Ministry Commitment Form 2016-2017
Please indicate the ministries in which you would like to participate this year. Each family member/student who signs up for ministries should fill out a separate form. Even if you have participated in a particular ministry in the past, please indicate below your desire to continue in that ministry. If you have not yet registered in the parish, please fill out a parish registration form and return it to the parish office. (Pink Form for KSU Students; White Form for all others.)
First Name
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Last Name
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Are you a Kent State student
Are you a Kent State Alumnus/Alumna
Phone Number
Please include area code and use the format XXX-XXX-XXXX
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Email Address
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Liturgical Ministries
The Eucharistic Liturgy is the source and summit of Catholic life. All members of God’s Holy Church are called to active participation in the Mass. Please consider participating in one of the following ministries that are integral to our worship.
Altar Server
This ministry is open to all parishioners 4th grade and older. Servers assist the presiding priest in the processional, setting and clearing the altar and holding the Roman Missal for prayers. You will receive training for this ministry and will serve with an experienced server initially.
Eucharistic Minister
Eucharistic ministers are parishioners who have been confirmed and have been commissioned to distribute Holy Communion at Mass. Eucharistic Ministers are required to attend a training session before being scheduled.
Lector
Newman Center parishioners who are high school age or older and have been confirmed may serve as Lectors. These men and women proclaim the Word of God at Mass and other liturgical celebrations. Lectors are required to attend a training session before being scheduled.
Liturgy Coordinator
Liturgy Coordinators ensure that everything necessary for Mass is set up and in place before Mass begins. Coordinators recruit additional ministers as needed for Mass and assist where needed during Mass. Coordinators are also responsible for making sure that items are properly cleaned and stored after Mass. You will receive training for this ministry and will shadow an experienced coordinator before you do this on your own.
Music Ministry/Choir
At each Mass choir members lead the congregational singing and individual cantors are recruited from the choir. Rehearsals are Sunday at 7:00 pm and Monday evenings at 7:30 pm. Choose the rehearsal that is most convenient for you. Contact Dr. John Roebke at Mass, by e-mail (jroebke@kent.edu) or just show up for choir rehearsal.
Mass Time Preference
If you are open to serving at more than one Mass time, please indicate the order of your preference in the notes section below.
If you have selected more than one Mass above, please rank your preference in this space.
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Parish Service
Coffee and Donuts
Coffee and doughnuts are offered after the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses year round. Volunteers select which shift they prefer: set-up before the 9:00 am Mass, refreshing the coffee and doughnuts between the two Masses, or clean-up help after the 11:00 am Mass. Please note: This is a Sunday morning obligation.
Communion to the Sick
From time to time we receive requests for Eucharistic Ministers to serve in local hospitals or to bring communion to the homebound. We need to compile a list of persons who are interested and trained for this ministry. If necessary, training will be provided for those who wish to participate in this ministry of compassion.
Parish Prayer Chain
Never underestimate the power of prayer. Be part of our parish prayer chain if you would like to be included among those who pray for the specific needs of our parish family. You do not need to forward any e-mails. You may always submit prayer requests to Linda Roebke at lkroebke@gmail.com.
Reception and Funeral Luncheon Help
Throughout the year we host receptions for a variety of events. The office will contact volunteers for this ministry as needed. Funerals are rare in our parish, but we do occassionally need help with set-up, food preparation, serving, and clean-up for funeral lunches. Times of these events will be based on need. Contact Veronica Victoria at the parish office.
Recycling Help
Our parish family generates a signifcant amount of recyclable waste. Good stewardship of our planet and parish resources mandates that we do our part to recycle. Help is needed to take recyclables out to the curb on Sunday evening for a Monday morning pickup, and occassionally to be taken to a recycling site. Volunteers will be scheduled on a rotating basis. Contact Veronica Victoria at the parish office.
Welcome Ministry
Welcome Ministry is a newly-formed group that aims to intentionally welcome parishioners and students to the parish community. If you're a friendly person and want to extend hospitality to others, sign up for this ministry.
Parish Organizations
Giving Tree
Members of this ministry prepare tags and decorate the Giving Tree, help sort and distribute gifts, and occassionally help with shopping for gifts to fulfill unclaimed tags. This is a fall ministry and is completed before Advent. Contact Eileen Kelly at 330-296-7002 or 19ekelly58@neo.rr.com.
Knights of Columbus
A service organization for Catholic men, 18 years of age or older, the Knights of Columbus are dedicated to the four core principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. Members support our parish and the community through volunteer work and raising funds for use by local, state and national charities. Meetings are held on the first Sunday of the month at 12:15 p.m. For membership information, contact Michael Liptak at mliptak@enviroscienceinc.com
Mission Committee
As Catholics, each of us has a call to be a missionary. This group promotes our parish’s longstanding support for Catholic education at the Padre Nicolas Antonio Rodriguez Diocesan School in Agua Caliente, El Salvador, by raising awareness, organizing fundraising events, and coordinating quarterly donations. The committee typically meets on the 4th Thursday of the month. Contact Pat DiMauro at 330-688-2989 or patdimauro@gmail.com.
Dignity of Life Committee
The sanctity of human life in all of its stages is a fundamental position of the Catholic Church. The committee organizes the activities of the parish around this issue. Contact the parish office for more information.
Wellness Ministry
The Newman Center's Wellness Ministry promotes the healing gospel of Jesus Christ by increasing parishioner awareness of the relationship between faith, health and healing. In order to be effective evangelizers, parishioners must strive to be healthy in mind, body and spirit. This mission is accomplished through intergenerational and active participation in parish worship, health education, community health service as well as gender-based fitness groups. For more information, contact Sally Missimi at missimis103@gmail.com
Christian Education and Formation
CCD Catechist
The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine or CCD is the name given to any group within the church that provides for the catechesis (teaching) of the faithful. In our parish we use the term to refer to the religious education we provide for our children from age 4 to grade 8. CCD instructors must be confirmed Catholics, submit a BCI background check (paid for by the parish) and attend a diocesan-sponsored Child Protection Inservice. Teaching manuals and materials are provided by the parish. Classes are held on Sunday mornings (Pre-K through Grade 1) and Wednesday evenings (Grades 2-8). Contact Carmen Roebke at 330-678-0240 or croebke@kent.edu.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) Sponsor
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) sponsors are needed for those who are preparing to come into full communion with the Catholic faith. Meetings for RCIA are held most Tuesdays at 7:00 pm from September to the Easter Vigil. Contact Carmen Roebke at 330-678-0240 or croebke@kent.edu.
Youth Ministry Volunteer
Adult and student (over 18 years of age) volunteers who have participated in the Diocesan Child Protection program (or are willing to attend a training) are needed to assist with our Youth Ministry program. Duties include, but are not limited to, providing transportation and chaperoning various activities. Contact Jody Schmucker at 330-673-7719 or jodybrimpt@neo.rr.com.
And Toto, Too: Book Series
Ever wonder why the movie The Wizard of Oz is so appealing to viewers generation after generation? Dominican priest Nathan Castle maintains that it is because at its core The Wizard of Oz is the story of a spiritual journey. Join us for a three-night series as we consider Fr. Castle's book And Toto, Too: The Wizard of Oz as a Spiritual Adventure. The discussion group will meet in the Social Hall from 7:00-8:30 pm on the following Monday evenings: September 19, October 17, and November 21. Books in paper or electronic form can be ordered from Amazon.com or for $19.95 prepaid through the parish if ordered from Carmen Roebke by September 11.
Community Outreach
Catholic Charities
Located in Ravenna, Catholic Charities provides programming and services to meet basic human needs, strengthen families, build communities and empower low-income people. Volunteers are always needed for a variety of activities. Contact Mary Lynn Delfino at 330-678-0240 or mdelfino@kent.edu.
Center of Hope Volunteers
Volunteers help serve lunches at the Center of Hope facility located on Route 59 in Ravenna. Volunteers work from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on weekdays to serve lunches. This is a great way for members of the parish to serve those in need beyond our parish community. Contact Dee Kline at 330-296-6933 or bikelady100@aol.com for more information on day and time commitment.
County Clothing Volunteers
Members of the community help with sorting clothes and performing other duties to provide clothing for those in need around Portage County. Volunteers perform this service at Portage County Clothing Center in Ravenna from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on the first Tuesday of every month. Contact Dee Kline at 330-296-6933 or bikelady100@aol.com.
Hattie Larlham
The Newman Center has had a longstanding relationship with Hattie Larlham, a residential facility in Mantua for developmentally disabled young people. The Catholic Student Association sponsors a volunteer opportunity once a month on Sunday afternoon or Monday evening, which is open to all parishioners. Contact Mary Lynn Delfino at 330-678-0240 or mdelfino@kent.edu.
Kent Hot Meals
Volunteers from our parish are needed six times per year on a Thursday afternoon to help serve meals to those in need at Kent Social Services, located at 1066 S. Water St. in Kent. Two shifts are available: 1 pm to prepare the meal and 3:45 pm to serve and clean up. Dates are posted in the bulletin two weekends prior to serving. Remaining dates in 2016: October 6 and December 8. Contact the parish office for more information.
Lord's Lunch
The Lord’s Lunch is a ministry of Christian hospitality sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church in Kent. Each Saturday from 11:30-1:00, members of Kent’s faith communities prepare and serve a meal to persons in need at Trinity Lutheran, located at 600 S. Water St. The Newman Center is scheduled to host the Lord’s Lunch three times in 2016/2017: October 8, December 3, and April 22. Contact Mary Lynn Delfino at 330-678-0240 or mdelfino@kent.edu for more information.
Prison Ministry
Every Friday evening, under the direction of Deacon Tim DeFrange from St. Patrick Parish and CSA leader Paul Billig, Newman Center parishioners and students visit the Portage-Geauga Juvenile Detention Center for a sharing of the Word and the Eucharist with the community. No experience in prison ministry is required, only a heart full of mercy. Background checks and clearances are required. Contact Paul Billig at pbillig@kent.edu for more information.
Campus Ministry/Catholic Student Association (CSA)
Contact Abigail Kramer at akrame13@kent.edu or
Mary Lynn Delfino at 330-678-0240 or mdelfino@kent.edu
Facebook: Kent State University Catholic Student Association | Twitter & Instagram: @ksu_csa

Take an active role in campus ministry as a member of the Catholic Student Association (CSA). CSA meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 9:00 pm, following the student-led Mass at 8:15 pm. CSA offers a variety of programs and leadership opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to participating in CSA activities, all students are encouraged to help with the planning and implementation of events. Students also have an active role in our parish by serving as members of Parish Council (1 year term, renewable). The best way to find out what’s happening with CSA is to attend our monthly meeting, follow us on social media, or read the weekly bulletin for a current listing of activities.

Prayer and Worship
Broaden and mature in your faith by participating in and helping to plan Sunday and weekday liturgies, singing in the choir, praying the Rosary, and participating in other devotional prayer experiences. Weekend retreats are offered in the fall and spring semesters for a deeper experience of prayer and community. These are a great way to take a break from academics, meet new friends, and reflect on how God is present in your life.
Service and Justice
Within and beyond the parish community, we are called to serve our brothers and sisters in need and to reflect on the treasure that is Catholic Social Teaching. CSA offers direct service to local organizations, including Catholic Charities of Portage County, Hattie Larlham and the Portage-Geauga Juvenile Detention Center. CSA raises money for local charities of your choosing with our monthly parish breakfast. Additionally, students have opportunities for service learning and cross-cultural experiences in the United States and abroad through our domestic Alternative Spring Break and through an international service immersion to El Salvador. Collegians for the Colegio is a student-led, monthly sponsorship program to support education at the Padre Nicolas Antonio Rodriguez School in Agua Caliente, El Salvador. The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Student Ambassadors educate and advocate for global justice on campus.
Education
Learn more about your Catholic faith by participating in Bible Study, joining our CSA men’s group “Emangelization,” and attending speakers on Catholic topics at the Newman Center and off-campus.
Campus Outreach
Help us spread the good news about the Newman Center and CSA within the larger campus community by participating in ecumenical and interfaith events in which we connect with other student and religious groups on campus. We also work to build awareness of Catholic campus ministry at Kent State University through publicity channels (flyers, chalking, signs, etc), social networking, representing CSA at on-campus events, and good old-fashioned conversation.
Social Activities
CSA plans numerous social activities throughout the year providing recreation, fellowship and community in a relaxed environment. Past events have included Ready.Set.Cook with parishioners, game nights, outings to explore downtown Kent, dances, bowling, ice skating, trips to local attractions, drive-in movies and more. Each year, we participate in the annual Homecoming Parade. This year’s events…well, that is up to you! Come to our monthly meeting and help us plan for this year! Team Newman participates in a number of Intramural sports sponsored by Rec Services at KSU such as flag football, volleyball, basketball, indoor soccer, softball and basketball. Intramural sports is a great way to meet new friends and to stay active.
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