Baptism Catechist

Mission Statement:: To embrace the Word of God through study and reflection in the community and fellowship of women.
Volunteer Opportunities: For adult women. The group discusses the Bible using Bible study guides.

  1. Member – participate in the study and discussion of the Bible
  2. Facilitator – prepare and lead the group in discussion

Time Commitment:: Group meets from 9:15-11:00am every Friday in the Parish Conference Room or Fr. Dowling Hall.

First Wednesday Adoration Ministry

Mission Statement: To honor our parish Patron, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, through monthly prayer.
Volunteer Opportunities: All are welcome to join in an hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on the First Wednesday of each month.
Time Commitment: One hour per month.

Men’s Bible Study

Mission Statement: Enrich the faith of the members
Ministry Description: The members meet weekly to talk about the Word of God and how it applies to their lives through discussion of the following Sunday’s Gospel readings.
Volunteer Opportunities: For adult men.

  1. Member – participate in the study and discussion of the Gospel readings
  2. Facilitator – prepare and lead the group in discussion
  3. Coordinator – Set up next meeting and send email reminder

Time Commitment: Group meets from 7:00-9:00pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday or Wednesday of each month.

Parish School of Religion

Mission Statement: To proclaim and witness the love of God.
Ministry Description: To nurture children to follow Christ, develop children’s character with quality faith formation, and serve others in the parish and the community.
Volunteer Opportunities: ^All volunteers must attend Protecting God’s Children workshop
Class schedule: Sunday 10:00-11:15 am or Monday 5:30-6:45pm, September thru May

1. Catechist – For individuals 20 years or older who are filled with the love of God and willing to share their faith with children in a classroom setting.

Time Commitment: 1.5 hours class time and 2 hours preparation time once a week through school year

2. Substitute Catechist – For individuals 20 years or older who are filled with the love of God and willing to share their faith with children in a classroom setting.

Time Commitment: 1.5 hours class time as needed through school year

3. Aide – For individuals 16 years or older who love children and can be a role model for them to assist catechists in the classroom, monitor hallways or assist in the school office.

Time Commitment: 1.5 hours class time through school year

4. Special Needs Volunteer – For individuals 18 years or older who have patience and commitment with children with disabilities and learning needs to assist the catechist by providing one-on-one care in the classroom.

Time Commitment: 1.5 hours class time through school year

5. PSR Board Member – For adults who are committed to improve faith formation of Parish School of Religion and believe I the love of God for all.

Time Commitment: 2-hour meetings, 4 times a year, typically on Monday or Tuesday evenings

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Mission Statement: Guided by the Holy Spirit, the RCIA team seeks to help form disciples for Christ through prayer, study of the Sacraments and teachings of the Church, and participation in liturgical rites.
Time Commitment: Sessions meet every Thursday night from late September through Easter for 1 ½ hours.
Volunteer Opportunities:

  1. Catechist – Prepares and instructs 1-3 sessions on various topics throughout the year. Encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible to assist candidates as they learn their faith. This ministry requires discernment by the parish priest.
  2. Hospitality – Brings snacks to those involved in the RCIA process 4-5 times during the year.
  3. Sponsor – Supports the RCIA candidate on their spiritual journey to becoming a Catholic. Accompanies the candidate at the sessions and the two liturgical rites and stands with them at Easter Vigil. Must be a practicing Catholic.

Thursday Evening Prayer Group

Mission Statement: To gather together in God’s presence to pray.
Ministry Description: The group meets weekly in church to pray the rosary and meditate on its mysteries. They pray for all who have asked them to remember them; everyone who is suffering from health or other personal issues; and everyone who might be comforted and aided by their prayers. If there is someone in your life who needs help, they will pray for them. Special intentions also include those who are suffering because of disasters or struggling with important life decisions. They pray for peace in our hearts, peace in our families and peace in our world. You are welcome to voice your special intentions, to join in the responses or to silently contemplate upon your own special intentions.
Everyone is welcome to join any or all of their gatherings. Come and experience the power of prayer.
Time Commitment: 45 minutes, every Thursday at 7:00pm, whenever you are available. Bring your rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited after the Rosary.

Vacation Bible School

Mission Statement: To witness faith growing in the children of our parish community.
Volunteer Opportunities: Individuals 6th grade and older who love children and enjoy helping them grow in their faith. Activities include classroom teaching, arts and crafts, games, music, faith sharing, theater, organization, etc.
Time Commitment: One week during the summer break, usually in June. May also need help with preparation and set-up.

Women’s Bible Study

Groups of women meet to embrace the Word of God through
study, reflection and fellowship. One group meets on Friday mornings 9:30-11:00 in Father
Dowling Hall. To join it just come on Friday morning. Other groups meet in the evening in host
homes. To join an evening group, volunteer on My Parish Info by clicking on
Ministries/Organizations – Interested and select Formation – Women’s Evening Bible Study.

Youth Group

Our youth ministry consists of two main groups whose purpose is to lead
teens closer to Christ by helping them develop a personal relationship with the Lord in the
Eucharist and in the living church around them.
SHYG (Sacred Heart Youth Group) – 9th-12th grade students. SHYG is the parish Life Teen
outreach. We build fellowship, refresh our spirit and learn about the faith as it relates to our daily
lives. Meetings consist of discussion, adult-led talks, spiritual exercises and games designed to
help us grow closer together and closer to sainthood. We gather twice a week during school
year, Wednesdays 6-8 pm and Sundays 6-8 pm. See bulletin for summer schedule.
CORE – team of adults of any age who have a love for Christ, a love for teens and energy to help
the two meet. Contact our youth minister, Phill Wamser at for more information or to volunteer