For more information, contact the parish office at 419-629-2543.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION
Members of this ministry promote the ongoing educational and spiritual development of adult parishioners. They work closely with the Pastor to assess the spiritual needs of the wider parish community and then strive to meet these needs through various outreach and programs.
Assist the Priest during Mass when youth servers are not able to be present.
ARTS & DESIGN
Members serve the parish in preparing the environment for worship. They are responsible for decorating the church, taking care of the plants and flowers inside the church, and helping to set up and take down seasonal decorations.
Members of this ministry record and stream live Masses and other events throughout the year. This ministry is new in 2018 and actively seeking new members.
Members of this ministry provide information and church requirements for the Sacrament of Baptism. There is an opportunity for parents to come together to discuss the sacrament and its importance in the family life of the Church, as well as the importance of raising their children in the Faith. Baptism Prep Classes are scheduled the second Monday in March, July, and November. Baptism Prep Classes are required for all first-time parents.
Members of this ministry meet to extend prayerful support to those in the parish community who have experienced the loss of a loved one. This ministry also coordinates the yearly All Souls Mass of Remembrance for all parishioners who have died the past year.
Members meet regularly to share their faith as they discuss a variety of books. This group normally meets the second Tuesday of each month.
Members bake cookies, treats, and extra dishes for funerals and other various parish functions or events.
Our parish offers parishioners the opportunity to provide faith formation to our youth by teaching CCD classes. There is a need for teachers, aides, and substitutes. Training and ongoing support is provided.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
This ministry provides catechists to proclaim and discuss Sunday readings with the children in grades K-5 during the 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays most of the year.
CHRIST RENEWS HIS PARISH (CRHP) / Welcome Weekend
This ministry is a spiritual renewal experience that brings adult parishioners together in small groups to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and each other. Parishioners are invited to take time out to discover, in a casual relaxed atmosphere, how to connect more deeply their Catholic Faith with their daily life. The name of this ministry was changed to 'Welcome Weekend' in 2017-2018.
Members count the weekly collection after the 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays. Volunteers will also help count collections for special Masses or Holy Days during the week.
COUPLE'S NIGHT OUT
This ministry plans the yearly 'Couple's Night Out' event (usually held in February).
DIGITAL DISCIPLESHIP COMMITTEE
Members help to promote the Parish through new media technology. This helps all parishioners to stay connected to the Parish and to build a better relationship to Jesus Christ and each other through these new media technologies.
Do you pray for the dying? Praying for the dying is essential to the message of Divine Mercy. Jesus told St. Faustina:
At the hour of their death, I defend as My own glory every soul that will say this chaplet; or when others say it for a dying person, the pardon is the same. When this chaplet is said by the bedside of a dying person, God’s anger is placated, unfathomable mercy envelops the soul, and the very depths of My tender mercy are moved for the sake of the sorrowful Passion of My Son. (811)
This ministry is notified when someone is close to dying, we contact everyone in this ministry to pray a Divine Mercy Chaplet as soon as they are able for the intentions of that person’s soul. If you feel called to be a part of this ministry, please sign-up via Remind (Remind contact group (HR Divine Mercy, @hrmercy)) or contact the office ( email@example.com or 419-629-2543).
If you have a loved one who is near death, please call the parish office, so we can get the word out to pray for them.
This ministry provides donuts, drinks, and fellowship on Sunday's once a month (except July and August). This is usually held the second Sunday of each month, but is moved when holidays or other events are scheduled for the second Sunday.
Ministry of Teaching This Commission is to assure opportunities for all parishioners to grow in the knowledge of their Catholic Christian faith, and in their desire to be disciples of Jesus. It shall give guidance to the formal education programs, including pre-school, K-12 religious education and faith formation, adult faith formation, and RCIA.
Eucharistic Adoration takes place every Tuesday from 9AM-9PM. Volunteers are needed to sign up for a one-hour commitment to be present to pray.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are special ministers who assist the presider in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass. Some of these ministers bring Communion to Elmwood, to the home-bound, and to those in the hospital. Training is provided.
EVANGELIZATION AND SERVICE COMMISSION
Ministry of Service This Commission is responsible for shaping the parish’s ministry to its own members in need, and its outreach into the larger community and world. Among its concerns shall be: care for the sick, poor, divorced, bereaved, and other parishioners with personal needs. It shall provide outreach to inactive or minimally active Catholics within the parish territory. It will also support the Catholic Church’s domestic and foreign missionary efforts, and be responsible for the development of ecumenical relations both in the local community and beyond. It will promote social justice issues, and cooperate with local service agencies. It will also provide for strong public relations.
Members review the financial statement, put together budgets for the parish, and give advice and direction to the Pastor and the Parish Council on financial matters.
FLOWERS AND GARDENING
The primary purpose of this group is to beautify and care for the grounds of the parish. Members take care of all outside plants and flowers and the Mary Statue, help in the parish garden, and water the plants and flowers inside.
FUNERAL LUNCH COMMITTEE
Members order and prepare funeral lunches. They also set up and clean up as a service to families who are celebrating funerals in the church.
These volunteers help with various ministries for funerals. When a family is unable to supply family members, these volunteers will fill-in as Adult Servers, Cantors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Lectors, Organists, Rosary leaders, and Ushers.
GARAGE SALES HELPERS
This ministry helps with the annual parish garage sales that benefits the CCD program.
This ministry welcomes parishioners before Masses.
Lectors proclaim the Word of God in the readings at weekday and weekend Masses. Training is provided.
Members plan and train liturgical ministers for special services. They also provide help at Masses to coordinate Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, and altar servers.
LOAVES AND FISHES
Members serve meals to approximately 200 people every other month at a free meal site in Wapakoneta. They prepare the food as well as serve it on the scheduled day.
MARRIAGE PREPARATION / FOCCUS
This ministry is made of couples from the parish that meet with engaged couples and aid them in discussing married life.
MEN'S NIGHT OUT
This minister plans a men's night out once a year.
MEN’S PRAYER GROUP
Members meet regularly on Saturday mornings to discuss Scripture, share faith, and pray for one another, as well as the needs of the entire Parish.
Members provide the music for all Church Liturgies. There are many different ways to be a part of this ministry, both vocally or through instrument accompaniment. The Brass Choir provides accompaniment with the use of various brass instruments. Cantors lead the Psalms and other music at liturgical celebrations. The Ensemble is a contemporary choir. The Hand Bell Choir provides accompaniment with brass bells. The Adult Choir sings during Masses
Members are actively involved with churches in Grenada.
Members provide nursery services during the 10AM Mass on Sunday
This ministry forms every five years to assist in compiling the parish directory.
This ministry is called when someone is in need of a prayer, they pray for the needs of anyone requesting special prayers.
Members oversee the physical condition of the parish buildings, land, and equipment. They aid in the short and long term planning for maintenance, replacement, and expansion.
Members work in conjunction with the Minster Respect Life Committee to organize and advocate for all life issues.
Members lead the Rosary at church.
Members clean liturgical vessels, linens and vestments, and maintain the candles.
This ministry is made of volunteers willing to help parishioners or community members in need of help such as cleaning, yard work, as well as many other talents to share.
This ministry is made of trained parishioners who provide one-to-one, confidential, non-judgmental, Christian care to people in crisis or in need of care.
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TRANSPORTATION (AKA 'THE FRIEND'SHIP'')
This ministry provides transportation for parishioners as needed.
Members assist with the flow of parishioners entering, during, and when exiting our liturgies, provide worship aids, arrange seating, take up the offering, assist at Communion, and distribute bulletins.
Members reach out and welcome new people in the community who are new members of the parish.
WOMEN'S NIGHT OUT
This ministry plan's the women's night out each year. This is also known as the mother/daughter/sister/friend event.
WORSHIP AND SPIRITUALITY COMMISSION
Ministry of Sanctification This commission is to assure that the liturgies (Sacraments, Sacramentals, and other Prayer Services) are properly prepared and celebrated with dignity, and that they meet the needs of the people. It shall assure that the various liturgical ministries are functioning and coordinated properly. It shall also assure that the parish’s spiritual renewal is promoted.
YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
This ministry promotes the ongoing educational and spiritual development of adult parishioners in their 20's and 30's.
Volunteers help with youth ministry that is held for grades 7/8 on Wednesday evenings during the school year and for grades 9-12 on Sunday evenings. They also help with retreats, activities, and service projects throughout the year.