Outreach Community Groups
Please note that ministries and organizations are listed in alphabetical order. To learn how to become involved, please contact the Parish Office.
Are you looking for a Ministry to be active in at St. Angela Merici Parish that makes a world of difference but does not require a lot of time? We are looking for members to reach out to those on a journey of bereavement. We would like to create a team to assist us during the Mass of Christian Burial. Men and women are needed to be present as greeters to welcome family and friends of the deceased to St. Angela. Ushers are also needed to point out where the offertory gifts are, and to show guests where to go for Communion. If you are interested, please call the Parish Office. We are planning to have an informational meeting regarding this committee in the next few weeks.
Identified by the Parish Pastoral Council as a priority in our planning process, an Evangelization Committee will be created to minister to the un-churched and to inactive Catholics, as well as develop ways to deepen everyone’s faith. The committee will look at the parish census, identify inactive parishioners and family members in the parish area, and develop strategies to invite people back to regular worship and participation in the parish.
Extraordinary Ministers to the Sick
Extraordinary Ministers to the Sick rotate taking Communion to the sick parishioners at home or in nursing homes who may otherwise not be able to receive the Holy Eucharist.
Family Life Committee
Family Life Committee provides opportunities to serve and celebrate with parishioners and community members. The members coordinate the Family Holiday Meals and Christmas Angel Tree programs to help needy families in the parish and in the community. They also organize Anointing of the Sick Mass held each spring. Committee meets the second Wednesday of the months of October through April.
A warm and friendly welcome to our Church tells everyone who enters that they are an important part of the parish. These ministers arrive 15-20 minutes before Mass begins and greet those who come to the liturgy. Greeters also assist handicapped members while entering and leaving the church, answer questions about the parish, and direct those who are visiting our church for Mass. They should be familiar with the items at the information desk and distribute these as necessary: Welcome Books, registration forms, hearing devices, etc. Greeter Ministers should be energetic and friendly. Training will be provided. No age restrictions. Families are encouraged to participate.
Junior Ladies of Charity
The Junior Ladies of Charity is a ministry of young girls 6th grade through high school, committing their time and energy to do acts of service for others. Projects are guided by the Ladies of Charity Ministry and include such functions as making Valentines and cookies for the homebound parishioners, assisting with refreshments at various presentations, and preparing snacks for Vacation Bible School. Additional service activities may be planned by the leaders. Commitment hours are 2 to 2.5 hours 4 times per year.
Ladies of Charity
The Ladies of Charity minister to the Body of Christ. Members visit our hospitalized parishioners weekly on a rotating schedule. Members take Holy Communion to the shut-ins on the First Fridays of each month and visit our nursing home residents regularly. Other Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy include attending the funerals of parishioners, baking for Parish social functions, and making fruit baskets for the shut-ins at Christmas. Formal induction into the Ladies of Charity Diocesan Organization takes place after a new member shadows an existing member for at least 12 months. The Diocesan ceremony is held annually. The Diocesan LOC will also hold annual days of recollection at various churches in the Diocese.
Ministry of Consolation
These caring parishioners provide spiritual support to those who are grieving and mourning the loss of a loved one. Ministers extend condolences by visiting the funeral home, calling the family on the telephone and sending cards. Ministers also works with and encourages attendance at district bereavement programs. A family picture of the recently deceased buried from our church is displayed and prayed for the month after their death and used for the All Soul's Day mass. Members assist with the All Soul’s Day Reception.
This group helps to keep the lines of communication open between the pastor and the parishioners. In a large parish it is often difficult to always know the needs of each individual family. We try to organize and assign our families to a specific neighborhood area and ask representatives from each neighborhood to network with our parishioners about needs or concerns. The committee is asked to contact their parish neighbors and welcome new members, keep people up to date on parish activities, and invite members to participate. Periodic meetings of the group are held at the parish.
RCIA Support Team
Members of the RCIA support team welcome and support those preparing to receive their Sacraments and join Saint Angela Merici Parish. Team members will attend the RCIA classes occasionally on Sunday 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM for the months of September through May. They are present for the inquiry gathering and at the Easter Vigil celebration of candidate’s reception into the church. With the desire to support people on their faith journey, team members share and invite candidates to upcoming parish events and help them become part of our parish.
SAM Outreach Ministry/St. Vincent Depaul
We are presently in need of reestablishing this group with the parish. We need a group of compassionate people who are willing to reach out and help the lonely and destitute people of our parish and community. They assist the unfortunate by providing financial and other material aid. When a crisis arises the pastor along with these members will help in various ways. They will evaluate requests for assistance and will see that appropriate aid is given as resources permit and/or refer them to other organizations when necessary.
Young Adult Group
Catholic Young Adult Groups are organizations across the Diocese for individuals ages 19-39. Groups and activities can vary depending on whether they are single or married, as well as parents with school-age children. Activities include social gatherings with a spiritual basis, family outings, and projects to expand involvement in the parish and community. For updates on upcoming events or additional information regarding our Young Adult Group, please visit our Young Adults tab or contact Jonathan Bartko.
The St. Angela Ministry for Youth (SAMMY) (grades 6 thru 12) hope to provide faith based service and social activities. Groups will provide a means to keep young people active and engaged with the Church and involve youth groups from other district churches. Coordinators are needed to develop programs for these groups and recruit members. Adult volunteers are needed to assist as chaperones on events/outings and must have clearances.