Worship and Spirituality

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is every Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Reconciliation Room behind the sanctuary. Two adorers volunteer each hour to be in His presence. Others are welcome to stop in at any time during Adoration to pray. Prayer books, inspirational reading material and rosaries are welcome.     

 Liz Friedrich   783-6223

ALTAR LINEN CARE

The vestments and linens used for liturgical celebrations require constant cleaning and care to keep them suitable for worship. This group washes, irons and repairs the liturgical vestments and linens. Periodically, there is also a need to upgrade and renew vestments, apparel and linens required for our Catholic rites.

Courntey Hunter   627-7337

 ALTAR FLOWERS

This ministry involves decorating the church for the various liturgical seasons (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and of course Ordinary Time). Primarily this means flower arrangements for the altar, lectern, and the Statue of Mary, as well as display and care of live plants both in the sanctuary and the vestibule. Banners are also displayed at various liturgies. Wall hangings are currently on a seasonal schedule.
Gifts for this ministry may include: love and appreciation for the liturgy and an awareness of the seasons within the church calendar; interest and talent in flowers and flower arranging; creative ability in the making of banners and wall hangings.
Availability to work weekdays and an occasional Saturday is helpful. Also, one needs to be available at special times prior to the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Holy Week.

Courntey Hunter   627-7337

 ALTAR SERVERS

Service at Mass is a very special privilege open to anyone in grade 4 and up. You will be scheduled according to your Mass preference. Training is provided once a year. Altar servers contribute immeasurably to the dignity of our liturgical celebrations by their service at the altar. They are privileged to serve in close unity with Christ and experience an intimate relationship with God, whose worship they assist.

Trish Feeney 627-0228

 CHOIRS

Amazing Grace Choir and Celebration Choir. Please select the link CHOIRS above for more information. 

Julianne  or Theresa Barnaby 735-2163

 CLEAN ALTAR/SACRISTY

Once each week members of this group vacuum, dust and straighten up the altar and choir areas, reconciliation room and entryways surrounding the altar. They vacuum and clean counters and sinks in both sacristies.    

Diane Hansen 737-1200

 EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

Confirmed dedicated Catholic men and women are appointed to this ministry. They assist in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass, as well as taking the Eucharist to those who are ill or confined in hospitals, nursing homes or at home. Eucharistic ministers serve by appointment of the pastor and must attend an initial and an annual installation ceremony.

Trish Feeney 627-0228

GREETERS

Greeters and ushers are the “official” hosts of our parish. They are present at church entrances to welcome all, especially strangers and newcomers who enter for weekend Masses. They hand out bulletins and offer assistance to those with questions or special needs. Each greeter arrives 15 minutes before Mass.   

Trish Feeney 627-0228

LECTORS

Men and women who have a great desire to proclaim God’s word are provided the opportunity to participate in the Liturgy of the Mass by being lectors. The lectors proclaim the Word of God during Mass. It is Christ who speaks when Holy Scripture is read aloud in the church. Thus, lectors are privileged to assume the role of God’s heralds in announcing the good news of salvation. The proclamation of the scriptures fosters a greater love for the word and deeper insight into its meaning, allowing others to live God’s work in their lives, at home and at work. Special instructions are available for those interested in this ministry. Lectors serve by appointment of the pastor and attend an initial and an annual installation of ceremony.

Trish Feeney  627-0228

LIFE TEEN BAND (SUNDAY EVENING MASS)

This music group is dedicated to worship as an accompaniment to the congregation as we join Heaven in song during the Mass. We try to incorporate both contemporary Christian music and traditional hymns in our worship music. The group practices from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on Sundays, which may change after September 2014.

Perry Kelly 735-9691

MARY MARTHA PRAYER GROUP

The Mary and Martha Prayer Group meets every Wednesday from 1:30-3:00 p.m. For more than 20 years, this group has met together for prayer and study of the Sunday Scripture Readings. On the third Wednesday of the month, the group meets for lunch at a local restaurant. The priests are hosted for this social time.  All the women cherish the support in their faith-walk that they receive from this time of study, prayer and socializing. 

Camille Henneberry 783-4858     

MOMS & FRIENDS

Moms & Friends is a group of moms with children who come together to pray, support each other, have guest speakers at meetings, play at the park, attend a monthly Mom’s Night Out, represent the parish and participate in charitable causes within the community. We set up Meal Trains for new and expectant mothers or those experiencing family emergencies. We put on the annual Easter egg hunt at the parish, and the group has adopted a Christmas family each year.

Diana Henderson 783-3160

MORNING ROSARY

At the Parish of the Holy Spirit, the morning Rosary is recited every day following the 8:00 a.m. Mass. The Rosary is preceded by the Angelus prayer. During the Rosary, a different person leads each decade of the Rosary through to its completion. This prayer session is open to everyone.

PRAYER CHAIN

The Prayer Chain ministry is an opportunity to join a network of compassionate people who are committed to lifting up the congregation and community in prayer. When a parishioner submits a prayer request (for themselves, family, loved ones, etc.), it is received by the Prayer Chain Coordinator who then relays the request to the team.   As a member of the Prayer Chain, you would receive a phone call with the prayer request, and then pass it along to the next chain member (in the phone tree) and then you pray.  While in other parish ministries we may take action on our own needs or the needs of the Church, Prayer Chain is an opportunity to take action on the needs of our parishioners and community. We are very happy and feel blessed when we are able to share the fruits of our prayers. We welcome your participation in this blessed ministry of prayer.  
Adele Ogryzek  627-0202

PROJECTOR OPERATORS

Projector operators are responsible for operating projectors to support the liturgy during weekend and Holy Day Masses, weddings, funerals, Stations of the Cross and all services where slides are being used/needed. The operators arrive 15 minutes before the Mass/service to turn on the computers/projectors and open the PowerPoint presentation files making sure you are aware of the celebrant and choir’s requirements for the service. There is a one-hour training session given to all new operators.

Trish Feeney  627-0228

REFRESHMENT COMMITTEE

People on the refreshment committee serve coffee, lemonade, and cookies following Mass. When assigned, volunteers should arrive about 15 minutes before Mass, so they can open the kitchen and prepare the refreshments. Following Mass, they immediately report to the kitchen and open the roll-up window and assist with serving. This normally takes about 15-20 minutes, after which they clean any equipment and utensils used.

Parishioners who volunteer will be sent a schedule with their assigned date and time. Volunteers are asked which Mass they prefer. A short training session is held with all volunteers prior to their first assignment. Volunteers can expect to serve once every two to three months.

Maria Hendrickson  627-0174

 SEWING PROJECTS

We sew banners, vestments and altar cloths/linens for liturgical services. We also help with sewing projects for other ministries as needed. If you like to sew, we would welcome your help.

 SMALL CHURCH COMMUNITIES

Small Church Communities are one of the most effective ways we have of helping Catholics connect their belief in God to the daily events of their lives. They are often the missing link that Catholics have been looking for between their personal lives of prayer and goodness and the life of the parish. Small Church Communities are a place where Catholics can speak to one another at a more personal level, where Scriptures can be applied to the specific events of our lives, and where mutual love and support can be offered. Small Church Communities do this for their members. Our parish has a number of Small Church Communities.

 THURSDAY EVENING ROSARY

The Knights of Columbus, through the gentle prompting of our Blessed Mother, formed the Thursday evening Rosary in the year 2000. With very few exceptions, this group has met every week to pray the Rosary since the group’s origin. A scriptural Rosary is prayed, and each week a different mystery is chosen on a rotating basis. Following the Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed, followed by the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. We conclude the service by joining hands and praying for special petitions.

The Thursday evening prayer group shares their faith and love for our Blessed Mother. She always leads her children, with their thoughts and prayers, to her loving Son, Jesus. Everyone who feels this love is invited to this prayer session to join in praising God for the gifts and blessings that have been received through the intercession of Mary. The Thursday evening Rosary prayer group meets at 6:30 p.m. in the church reconciliation room.

USHERS

This organization of parish members provides the ushering service at the celebration of Mass and other ceremonies. Their main task is to welcome all as they come to celebrate and see to their needs. Their other duties include taking up the collection and inviting a family to present the offertory gifts.

Before Mass, the ushers open all doors, dim lights in the back of the church and make sure the church is in proper order. During communion they keep an eye on women’s purses or any valuables left behind. After Mass, they make sure the money baskets are taken to the locked room where the money is counted by the tabulators. They also pick up all discarded materials, bulletins, toys, valuables, etc. They inform the pastor where any valuables have been placed.  

 Trish Feeney  627-0228

WIVES IN PRAYER

An invitation to pray (a 52-week ministry): What a gift we can give our husbands – the gift of prayer! We invite you to come and pray for your husband. It will benefit your marriage, your family, and yourself!

There is such power in praying together with other like-minded wives who desire to go to the Lord on their husband’s behalf, lovingly supporting them in prayer. The Bible says, “We have not because we ask not,” James 4:2. So, dear wives, join us in asking and see what God does.  If your heart is stirred to pray for your husband and for your marriage, then we would love to have you join us on Friday mornings from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the Parish Community Center classroom (nursery is available).

Whatever place your husband is at spiritually, he will indeed benefit from your faithful prayers!

Megan Demarest  628-8776