Bereavement Committee

The Bereavement Committee serves the families of deceased members of the parish by providing food and other assistance when a death occurs.

Members of the bereavement committee provide luncheon items for a reception following the funeral.  Help is always needed to cook, serve, and wash dishes.  This ministry is coordinated by Theresa Pitstick.

Greeters for Funerals

Greeters are asked to greet families and pass out programs prior to a funeral.

Volunteers are usually scheduled for a month’s time and are notified of an upcoming funeral by the parish secretary.  They arrive 30 minutes prior to the funeral, hand out programs, and assist anyone who is unfamiliar with our church facilities.  Call Patty Larger at the parish office if you are interested in serving in this ministry.

Eucharistic Ministry to the Homebound

This ministry involves taking communion to a person confined to his or her home or residing in a nursing home or assisted living facility and also to parishioners who are patients at Springfield Regional Hospital.

Hospital visits are alternated among the other 2 Catholic parishes so we are responsible for one week a month. Prayers from a Communion to the Sick prayer book are said, followed by giving the Body of Christ to the sick person.  The time and day of this visit should be agreed upon by both the distributor and the home bound person.  In this ministry we remember all of our parishioners and include those who cannot attend Mass by taking Holy Communion to them. Training for this ministry would be given upon request.  Contact Deacon Norm Horstman at the parish office if you are interested in serving in this ministry.

Collection Counters

Teams from the parish count the offertory collection each week.

Volunteers are scheduled once a month.  St. Raphael collection is counted on that Sunday, St. Joseph collection is counted on the following Monday.  Contact Brianna Beedy at the parish office if you would like to be part of this ministry.

Church Cleaning Crews

The Cleaning Crew keeps the church environment looking clean and presentable.

Members of the cleaning crews, dust mop/sweep all floor areas, replace all used candles, straighten the books, remove all debris (bulletins, etc.) from the pockets, clean the reconciliation room if needed, and clean the choir loft.  They check plants for clean up, replace altar candles if needed and clean wax drip plates on candle stands, as well as any other wax dripping.  Extra cleaning is done before weddings and funerals. Prior to Christmas and Easter, a more extensive cleaning is done.  These cleaning sessions are scheduled on Mondays and Fridays at St. Raphael and Tuesday mornings at St. Joseph.  Contact Patty Larger at the parish office if you would like to be part of this ministry.

Launderers

Volunteers who work in this ministry are primarily in charge of laundering the purificators used during the Eucharist. 

Launderers take purificators home to wash about once every two months.  Occasionally work also needs done on albs and altar cloths.  Contact Patty Larger at the parish office if you would like to be part of this ministry

Church Environment

Volunteers decorate the churches for the different liturgical seasons and events.

From the joyful decorations of Christmas to the somber settings of Lent our churches are decorated to reflect the liturgical season and assist us in the celebration of our sacred liturgies.  Contact Patty Larger at the parish office if you would like to be part of this ministry.

Parish Socials

Volunteers assist the coordinators in food and activity preparation for gatherings.

Annual gatherings include: Mardi Gras, Epiphany, Parish Picnic, Graduation Brunch, Card Party, St. Martin’s Day Luncheon, and the Easter Vigil Reception. Volunteers are not required to help at all functions.  Many people head up each social. Call the parish office to volunteer.

Diveristy Committee

This ministry helps the parish celebrate our growing diversity by sponsoring events such as St. Martin’s Day. We are open to new ideas and new members. Contact Lisa Lenard at the parish office if you would like to be part of this ministry.

Gardening Angels

Volunteers plant and maintain small sections of gardens on the parish grounds.

If you love to make things grow we have a place for you.  The Gardening Angels adopt an area of the St. Joseph or St. Raphael flower beds.  They weed and plant, and water their beds during the summer months.  Contact Lisa Lenard at the parish office to adopt a garden.

Maintenance & Renovation

Volunteers work on special projects on an as needed basis.

If you are handy with tools or a paint brush, there is a need for your skill.  With 5 aging buildings on our 2 campuses, we are always in need of some extra help with repairs/renovations.  Contact Bri Beedy at the parish office if you would like to be part of this ministry.

Office Assistant

Volunteers perform clerical duties.

Volunteers are needed throughout the year to perform clerical duties such as compiling mailings, stuffing bulletins, etc.  They come to the church office Mondays through Fridays between 8-4 on an as needed basis.  Contact Patty Larger at the parish office if you would like to be part of this ministry.

Rosary Makers

Volunteers make new and repair old rosaries.

The Rosary Makers meet in Hoban Hall on the 1st Thursday of each month.  They turn in completed rosaries at that time and pick up supplies for new projects.  Contact Dan Herider through the parish office if you would like to be part of this ministry.

Parish Nurse

The Parish Nurse Program organizes volunteer nurses to promote holistic health within the parish community (holistic health refers to a process of wholeness that exists when there is harmony parish between the body, mind, and spirit).

The Parishes Nurses are available every 4th weekend of the month to do blood pressure checks and contribute informational articles to the parish bulletin. Contact Patty Larger at the parish office if you are a nurse who is interested in assisting in this ministry.

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