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Ministry Spotlight

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ABOUT THE CONFIRMATION SMALL GROUP LEADER MINISTRY…

Confirmation Small Group Leaders accompany a group of about 8 students in 10th or 11th grade each week in discussion and provided learning activities.  Along with a co-leader, their role is to provide a welcoming atmosphere in which group members feel comfortable to share their thoughts, opinions, and questions.

There is a catechist in-service in September which includes prayer, discussion of a faith topic, catechists getting to know each other, and a look at the materials and the year ahead.  We have a second catechist meeting in December to again pray together and share the joys and challenges that we are experiencing in our classes/small groups.

The time commitment for being a Confirmation Small Group leader is about 1.5 to 2 hours per week.  Small group leaders do not have to plan their own lessons, but simply read the provided outline ahead of time.  They are asked to arrive by 6:15 p.m. to pick up their outline and other materials and greet their small group members at 6:30 p.m.  Then they are asked to clean up their own small group table at 7:30 p.m. after the students leave.  

WHAT JOHN & GRETCHEN WANTED TO SHARE…

John and I felt called to be Confirmation small group leaders when our oldest son Jack was in 10th grade.  I had always admired the adults that were catechists for our older daughter 3 years before that when she went through the Confirmation process.

We both enjoy getting to spend time on Wednesday evenings with a great group of high schoolers.  We love their energy and gift of the Holy Spirit.  Before we started, we were a little concerned about being able to adequately share our faith and help in the preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation.  However, it has been amazing to be able to connect with the youth of our parish.  They have taught us just as much as they have learned throughout this process!  Each week, we have been able to dig deeper into our faith as the kids share their differing perspectives.

Do you have a willingness to serve in this way?
Please contact Lynn Simons, Connection Minister, at: CALL: 715-425-1879  ext. 109 EMAIL: connections@stbparish.com OR: Completing a connect WITH US card located in the pew and then drop at the desk.

ABOUT THE SATB CHOIR MINISTRY…

The SATB Choir leads the music for the 9:30am Mass from September through May.  It also sings for special Masses such as Christmas Eve at 10:30pm, Holy Thursday, and others. This is a four-part choir consisting of Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass.  Practices are held on Thursday evenings from 7 - 8:30pm. Weekly attendance is not required, but it is preferred that if you plan to sing on a particular Sunday that you attend the practice the preceding Thursday. This choir is open to men and women who are high school age or older.

WHAT DAVID WANTED TO SHARE…

I chose the adult choir as my ministry as my father was a "music man". He was a church choir director for 41 years, and then got his degree in music in 1972 after raising nine children. He then was a band and choir director for the rest of his career, which he followed up by becoming a deacon.  After he died, I felt I should continue his example. That was one of the best decisions that I have made.

Singing is like praying twice. I love the friendships, the rewards of our hard work. The liturgy also seems to give new meaning.

We are fortunate to have a wonderful director. She pushes us, but we still have a great time. If you can carry a tune and like to sing, please consider joining us.

Do you have a willingness to serve in this way?
Please contact Barrett Grove, coordinator of Liturgical Ministries, at: CALL: 715-425-1870  ext. 108 EMAIL: liturgy@stbparish.com  OR: Completing a connect WITH US card located in the pew and then drop at the desk

ABOUT THIS MINISTRY...
Eucharistic Ministers assist Father with the distribution of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ during Mass.   An overview of and training for this ministry, usually about 45 minutes, is required.   You are also asked to attend an annual meeting.   You can serve at your preferred Mass time, and you can choose either to be put on a team or to be a substitute. There are three teams that are scheduled and rotate for each Mass time. For Holy Days and special Masses, ministers are not scheduled; rather, they are asked to sign-up if they are able to help.   You must be a confirmed Catholic to be involved in this ministry.

WHAT BRAD WANTED TO SHARE...
I have been a Eucharistic Minister almost as long as I have been Catholic. I’ve always known and believe that God is present in the Eucharist but being entrusted to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ makes that understanding more real and special to me. Participating in this Ministry provides me a meaningful, active role in the Mass and an opportunity to connect with my fellow parishioners in a different and powerful way. I have also enjoyed working with and getting to know the many dedicated members of this ministry. Over the years, I have been an active participant in parish life, serving the Church in many different ways. No volunteer activity I have been part of means as much to me as being a Eucharistic Minister. If you are looking for a way to give back to the parish, more fully participate in the Mass and grow your faith, consider joining this important ministry.

Do you have a willingness to serve in this way? Please contact Barrett Grove, Coordinator of Liturgical Ministries, at: CALL: 715-425-1879  ext. 108 EMAIL: Liturgy@stbparish.com OR: Completing a connect WITH US card located in the pew and then drop at the desk

ABOUT THIS MINISTRY...
Plant care ministers are needed every week to keep our plants healthy.   There are many plants throughout the church that need water and an occasional pruning. You will be put on a schedule and are asked to come in on Thursday, Friday or Saturday of your scheduled week.   These tasks usually take about an hour to complete. This ministry is a great family ministry.

WHAT TERESA WANTED TO SHARE...
I chose to volunteer in this ministry when we first moved to River Falls three years ago, because I wanted to get involved, but having two young children made some ministries more difficult than others. Watering plants seemed so small to me at first, but it has given my three boys and me an amazing opportunity to be a part of the St. Bridget Community. Having a job in the big Church makes my boys feel important, and they enjoy making sure we check ALL the plants. Walking the quiet Church with them has even prompted questions and conversations about our faith and has provided an opportunity for me to respond to those questions without the distractions we might have at home. Just as much as watering, we enjoy visiting with staff in the office and saying hello to other parishioners around the Church. This ministry has been a real blessing to us. It has allowed us to develop relationships with others and form a real connection to our Church, outside of attending Mass. It has truly made us feel we are a part of St. Bridget. I would tell someone considering this or any ministry that no volunteer opportunity is too small to make a difference both in the Church and in your life. By opening yourself up to serving the Church in any capacity, you are also opening yourself up to God and allowing Him to work in your life.

Do you have a willingness to serve in this way?
Please contact Barrett Grove, Coordinator of Liturgical Ministries, at:
CALL: 715-425-1870  ext. 108
EMAIL: liturgy@stbparish.com 
OR: Completing a connect WITH US card located in the pew and then drop at the desk.

ABOUT THIS MINISTRY ...
Scrip is fundraising while you shop. Parishioners raise money for our church and school by purchasing gift cards used for everyday shopping. It's a way to tithe to the church without spending any extra money. Members of the Scrip team help to sell Scrip cards after masses on the weekend or process Scrip orders during the week. Scrip sellers arrive about 40 minutes before Mass starts and stay after mass for about 30 min. Schedules vary with each person working generally one or two weekends a month. The more helpers we get, the better the flexibility in scheduling. Weekday helpers work either on Monday or Friday mornings on a team of three and usually once every three weeks. Time commitment is approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Training is provided.

WHAT TOM & LIZ WANTED TO SHARE...
Tom is an active member of Ezekiel Lutheran Church. Because we are members of different congregations, we look for ways to support each other in our faiths. Scrip is an easy way for us to work together. Tom serves as an usher at Ezekiel Lutheran Church.   Some Sundays, he ushers at 8:30 service and then comes to 11:00 Mass so we can sell Scrip together. We both feel that it is important to give back and provide service to our fellow parishioners. It helps increase our sense of community as we’ve been able to get to know other volunteers and people making purchases. It’s a fun, easy activity to do. We end up having some great conversations with our co-workers. Come join us - this is an easy way to give back to the parish and get to know others.

Do you have a willingness to serve in this way? Please contact Lynn Simons, Connection Minister, at: CALL: 715-425-1879  ext. 109 EMAIL: connections@stbparish.com OR: Completing a connect WITH US card located in the pew and then drop at the desk.

ABOUT THE READER MINISTRY...
Proclaim the Word of God to our congregation during the Mass. A training and overview of this ministry is required before you are commissioned as a reader. You are also asked to attend an annual meeting. Once trained, you will be put on a schedule to read at the Mass you prefer; you will be scheduled to read the First Reading, Second Reading, or the Prayers of the Faithful. You are asked to arrive fifteen minutes before Mass begins.This ministry is open to men and women who are high school age or older.

WHAT MADI WANTED TO SHARE...
I have been reading for a couple years now and before that I was an Altar Server. I have always loved being involved in our wonderful parish. It really deepens my understanding of why Mass is important and how we can become closer to God by serving our church.

I love reading scripture because I come to understand it more that way by really studying the word I am proclaiming. I also love reading because I might be the voice that someone sitting in church needed that day. God is using me as a passage to give others the message they need from the reading. Everyone might get a different message from the scripture and it is exactly what God needed YOU to hear.

I would recommend becoming a ‘reader’ to anyone in our parish who is looking to get involved and is wanting to get deeper into the scripture we hear every week. I have met some wonderful people through this ministry, and we all have the same love for diving deep into the word of the Lord.

Do you have a willingness to serve in this way?
Please contact Barrett Grove, Coordinator of Liturgical Ministries, at:
CALL: 715-425-1870  ext. 108
EMAIL: liturgy@stbparish.com 
OR: Completing a connect WITH US card located in the pew and then drop at the desk.

ABOUT THE KITCHEN CARE MINISTRY...
The Kitchen Coordinator helps to maintain our licensed kitchen by ensuring the guidelines required by the State Health Department are followed.  The coordinator also makes sure the kitchen meets cleanliness standards and that the facility is organized so that groups are able to locate necessary tools.  

WHAT LOIS  WANTED TO SHARE...
St. Bridget provides many ways for the spiritual needs of our parish. Our kitchen provides for the coming together to share meals for our physical need … serving Funeral Luncheon meals, Donut Ministry, Faith Formation meals, Soup Supper and many other events during the year. We try to provide guidelines for each group to follow and to ensure proper food handling practices are followed and to maintain safe and sanitary conditions of the kitchen. I enjoy this ministry and being involved with many events and seeing people coming together to break bread. I welcome anyone to join in!!

Do you have a willingness to serve in this way?
Please contact Lynn Simons, Connection Minister:
CALL: 715-425-1879  ext. 109
EMAIL: connections@stbparish.com OR:
Complete a connect WITH US card located in the pew
and then drop at the information desk.

 

ABOUT THE DONUT MINISTRY... 
Parishioners who are early rises gather to make donuts at the church on Sunday mornings during the school year.   Teams of parishioners also help to sell and serve donuts to other parishioners on Sunday mornings after Mass.   Teams are on a rotating basis for both selling and making donuts. Each team is scheduled 5-6 times during September through May. You will be put onto a team with experienced makers and sellers to help guide and train to making, frosting, selling and serving donuts. Maker Team is generally about a 3-4 hour commitment of time.   Seller Team prepares coffee fellowship and serves donuts after the 9:30 and 11:00 Mass and includes clean-up. This generally is about a 3 1/2 hour commitment. This is a great family ministry!

WHAT JIM  WANTED TO SHARE...
I began making St. Bridget’s Sunday donuts in the 1980’s when I joined Frank and Marie Deja and their family. We worked in the current church kitchen while the Deja family had been involved in donut making years before the basement of the old church. The attraction to Sunday AM donut making for me is the people on the donut team.   Having fun with people you now and enjoy minimizes your early morning efforts at 3:00 or 4:00 AM. You are trained to do certain steps in the donut making process.   It is not difficult and you task with the spirit of your energetic co-workers. The head of the donut team monitors the quantity of the donut types and keeps track of donut orders from outside parishes and groups.   Another group of parishioners will come in later to sell the donuts after Sunday Masses. The donut team members enjoy working together and performing a task that benefits the entire parish.  

Do you have a willingness to serve in this way? Please contact Lynn Simons, Connection Minister, at: CALL: 715-425-1879  ext. 109 EMAIL: connections@stbparish.com OR: Completing a connect WITH US card located in the pew and then drop at the desk.

ABOUT THE GREETER MINISTRY ...
Greeting is an active service to parishioners and visitors. It requires that you arrive to Mass early with a welcoming spirit, friendly smile and a hand eager to greet all who attend Mass.   A 20 minute overview and training is required. Once trained, you will be scheduled for the Mass you prefer.   You will be asked to arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled Mass to begin your ministry. This is a great family ministry, so invite your spouse, children, parents, or friends to join.

WHAT MOLLY WANTED TO SHARE... 
I enjoy people and it is a great way to start Mass!   I am able to see many parishioners this way, some that I may not otherwise see, and our parish community becomes more familiar to me. I have been able to help people as they enter church for Mass by providing direction and I like to think that I help make them feel comfortable. I feel closer to God – it is a great feeling to offer fellow parishioners and visitors a smile and a hello and a great feeling to receive a smile and hello in return.   Sometimes I even get a hug!  

Do you have a willingness to serve in this way?
Please contact Barrett Grove, Coordinator of Liturgical Ministries, at:
CALL: 715-425-1870  ext. 108
EMAIL: liturgy@stbparish.com 
OR: Completing a connect WITH US card located in the pew and then drop at the desk.

 


USHERING

ABOUT THIS MINISTRY...

Ushering is an active service to parishioners and visitors by welcoming and assisting all joining us for Sunday Mass. It requires that you arrive to Mass early with a welcoming spirit and a hand eager to help others. Your primary roles are to help with seating people, participate in obtaining collection during the Presentation of the Gifts, and Communion flow. 

A 30 minute overview and training is required. Once trained, you will be scheduled for the Mass you prefer.  You will be asked to arrive 20 minutes before Mass begins and stay about 10 minutes after Mass ends.  

This ministry is open to anyone high school age or older.

WHAT KEN WANTED TO SHARE...

Ushering is one of the best ways to give of my time and fill an essential need during Masses. I feel a need to give willingly of my time to God. Helping our congregation gives me the satisfaction of knowing that by assisting them during Mass, I am also assisting them with their ability to worship our Lord.

My spirituality is nourished when I take the time to usher. I go away after each Mass with a spiritual and emotional feeling of completion. 

Saint Matthew wrote that Jesus said, “To help the needy is to help me.”  Know that you can help others by ushering and serve God at the same time. 

Do you have a willingness to serve in this way?
Please contact Barrett Grove, Coordinator of Liturgical Ministries, at:
CALL: 715-425-1870  ext. 108
EMAIL: liturgy@stbparish.com 
OR: Completing a connect WITH US card located in the pew and then drop at the desk.

ALTAR SERVING

ABOUT THIS MINISTRY... 
This ministry is open to those in fifth through twelfth grade. Duties include helping Father, preparing the altar, receiving the gifts, and setting a good example by participating in the Mass. Servers will become more familiar with the Mass and learn to work as a team.

About a 1 hour training session is required. Once trained, servers will be scheduled for the Mass time preferred. On average, servers serve about once per month.

WHAT FAYE WANTED TO SHARE... 
What I like most about being an altar server is how much you get to learn about the Mass. It taught me to pay a little more attention to everything that happens and then, even when I'm not serving, I remember the importance of every little part in the Mass and it connects me even better to the Mass and to God.

To anyone considering this ministry I would say that it is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people who share your faith and it can really increase your understanding of the mass and how important it is. It's a great way to get involved and new people are always welcome!

Do you have a willingness to serve in this way? 
Please contact Barrett Grove, Coordinator of Liturgical Ministries:
CALL 715-425-1870 ext. 108, EMAIL: liturgy@stbparish.com
OR complete a 'Connect WITH US' card located in the pew and then dropping it off at the information desk.

BUSY BAG CARETAKING

ABOUT THIS MINISTRY...

Organize, maintain, and clean the Busy Bags that are used by the families with small children during Mass. This generally takes about a 1 hour commitment each week. Busy Bags are picked up any time after the last Mass on Sunday, cleaned and returned prior to the 5pm Mass on Saturday. This is a great family ministry!

WHAT KRISTIN WANTED TO SHARE... 
We know that God and the church need our help to build a strong faith community. We talk about what it means to serve the Lord and why it is important and that we help families like ours have a more spiritual and healthy Mass experience. Our work in this ministry is quick, easy and purposeful.

Thank you to all of our current Busy Bag Caretakers!

Do you have a willingness to serve in this way? 
Please contact Lynn Simons, Connection Minister by: 
calling: 715-425-1879 ext. 109, or
emailing: connections@stbparish.com, or
by: completing a "Connect With Us" card located in the pew and then dropping it at the information desk.


VIDEO MINISTRY

ABOUT THIS MINISTRY...

This ministry provides video feed to the overflow areas of church during Mass and a recording of the Mass for our sick and shut-ins.

This ministry is open to men and women who are high school age or older. A 45 minute overview and training of our video equipment is required. Once trained, you will have a short mentor-ship then put onto a schedule for the Mass you prefer. You are asked to arrive about 20 minutes before Mass, and you may need to stay about 10 minutes after Mass ends.

Those interested in this ministry are very welcome to come back to the video box to talk with an operator or watch us video.

WHAT ROBB WANTED TO SHARE...
Many people are needed to help at mass and other ministries from which I benefit. I felt called to do my share. Then I am not just a "receiver" but also a "doer".

I feel like I have helped out and given someone who might not otherwise be able to get to mass or hear a homily at least the chance to view it and feel more like a part of the parish community.

Do you have a willingness to serve in this way? 
Please contact Barrett Grove, Coordinator of Liturgical Services by calling: 715-425-1870 ext. 109, emailing: Liturgy@stbparish.com, or by completing a "Connect With Us" card located in the pew. The card can be dropped off at the information desk.