God has blessed you with many talents. How will you choose to share your talents for God and for one another? You can read about each ministry, listed alphabetically below, in order to better understand where your service best fits within Most Sacred Heart.

To join a group, fill out our annual commitment card and either return it in person Stewardship Weekend, September 25/26; mail it back to church; or email communications@sacredhearteureka.org.

A/V Technician Ministry
This ministry uses technology and works with musicians, lectors, and priests to maximize the audio and visual experience of those participating at Mass or other special events that are held in person or online.
Time: Once per month; serving at a weekend Mass. (Stipend opportunities are available at weddings and funerals.)
Contact: Gerard Teague – gteague55@att.net

Adoration
On the first Wednesday of the month, we honor our parish Patron, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, through prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. All parishioners are encouraged to spend an hour in prayer.
Time: First Wednesday of every month. One-hour timeslots from 8am – 8pm.
Contact: parishsecretary@sacredhearteureka.org or 636-938-5048

Adult Faith Formation
In Adult Faith Formation we grow in the life of Christ through experience, reflection, prayer and study. This is done specifically through developing in adults a better understanding of and participation in the full sacramental life of the Church.
Contact: Phyllis – phyllisluehrmann@gmail.com

Altar Servers
Young men and women of the Parish serve at parish Masses, special ceremonies, weddings, funerals, etc.
Contact: Fr Leo or Gail Haynes – haynesge@att.net

Baptism Coordination
This ministry aims to welcome new families and children into the parish and into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism, and to partner with parents so they may embrace their role as their child’s primary faith educator. The team works closely with the parish office and clergy to ensure that families are registered, parents receive their training, and the baptism is scheduled. Volunteers serve as catechists: adults who enjoy working with families and sharing their faith by leading baptism classes with the parents; and as coordinators: adults who are organized and administrative and can follow the families through the baptism process of classes, paperwork, registration and scheduling.
Contact: Melinda Kruper – lpa@sacredhearteureka.org

Blood Drive
Those that participate in this ministry help share the precious gift of life by helping others donate blood or signing up to donate their blood. You must be at least 16 years, with parent permission, or 17 years and up to participate in this ministry. Families or individuals may serve in this ministry to greet and register donors, serve refreshments, etc.
Time: 1 hour, twice a year in January and July
Contact: Ron – ronaldrolwing@att.net

Boy Scouts
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development ministry, providing programs for young people that build character, train them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develop personal fitness. Boy Scouts at MSH participate in a wide range of outdoor activities and educational programs. The annual Scout Sunday Mass brings together BSA members in the parish for Sunday worship followed by the presentation of religious awards developed by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.
Contact: Aaron Seamands – 636-549-3010

Building Maintenance
These adult men and women provide carpentry, plumbing, electrical and other maintenance services to repair or improve the parish facilities. Basic maintenance skills required.
Contact: Greg Pierson – facmgr@sacredhearteureka.org

Choir/Music
The Parish Choir provides musical leadership some weekend Masses from Fall through Spring. The choir does not sing over the summer months. The choir also sings during the holy days of Advent, Christmas Eve, Lent, Holy Week and Easter Vigil, and for various parish celebrations and special Masses such as Parish Missions, First Communion and Graduation. To participate in the Choir, it requires a joyful spirit with the intent to praise the Lord in song.
Cantor: For individuals 16 years and older who desire to lead the congregation in song and may perform solos. Must have the ability to read music; an audition is required.
Musician: For individuals 16 years and older with a proficiency in a musical instrument.
Time: Choir rehearsals are Monday evenings at 7pm in church. Performance times vary.
Contact: Tracy McKillips – tamckillips@gmail.com

Church Cleaners
This devoted group of Parishioners work in Church to keep the sanctuary, pews, floors, etc. neat and clean.
Time: About 1.5 hours every five weeks
Contact: Margaret Baker – 314-954-7290

Church Decorators
Adults, high school and college-aged students decorate the church to highlight the liturgical seasons and other special occasions throughout the year. Also, water plants as necessary.
Contact: Donna Vogt – dvogtsl@yahoo.com or Susan Lenzen – lenstlm@aol.com

Communion to the Homebound, Independent Living, and Marymount Manor
Marymount Manor: Holy Communion is brought to their residents every Saturday. Currently because of Covid, volunteers are not being allowed into the facility. When they are allowed to return, they will assist residents from their rooms to the Communion service between 9:00 and 11:00 am.
Contact: Deacon Tom – deacontomandjudy@yahoo.com
Homebound, Hilltop Manor, Victorian Gardens: Holy Communion is brought to parishioners every Friday. Visits are typically done in a group setting at each facility unless the individual’s condition requires a room visit. Volunteers must be both a Eucharistic Minister and completed the Prevent & Protect training and Protecting God’s Children training.
Time: Every Friday at 9am
Contact: Deacon Leo ­– leo49er@aol.com or 636-861-1456

Data Committee
This group works to maintain accurate information of all parishioners to enable communication within the parish. Anyone with computer, social media and/or data entry skills is encouraged to join us to keep the parish census data up-to-date and help us make good use of our parish information.
Time: There are no scheduled meetings, volunteer as your schedule permits.
Contact: Pat Croat – croat1999@hotmail.com

Extraordinary Minister of Communion
To reverently share the Body and Blood of Christ with all the faithful that we may be one as the Body of Christ for the whole world. We create a welcoming environment in that moment when we share the Body or Blood of Christ with one another so they can feel the love of Jesus. This ministry is for individuals 16 years or older who have received the Sacraments of Communion and Confirmation and is willing to be trained in the finer details of this ministry.
Time: Dependent upon the number of Eucharistic ministers available at Mass, but no more than one Mass or service each week.
Contact: John Deeken – john.deeken@gmail.com

Families Volunteering Together
The Family Volunteering Group engages in charitable projects benefiting our community, while simultaneously building relationships among our families and teaching our children the joy of helping others. We received a grant to support this effort. These projects have met so many needs within our local community, while also building relationships among our families and teaching our children the valuable life lessons of kindness and generosity. We assemble care packages and create personalized notes to include in each package. All ages are welcome.
Time: Approximately once a month
Contact: Corey Deeken – 417-844-3003, coreydeeken@gmail.com or Molly Meyer – 636-236-5992, akm294@yahoo.com

Finance Council
Finance Council members are appointed by the Pastor from individuals who have expressed interest in serving in such a capacity.  The Council, in support of the Pastor, works with the Business Manager in preparing and sharing with the Parish Council the annual budgets for the parish; helps oversee the annual parish budget; advises on expenditures outside of approved budgets; ensures compliance with archdiocesan financial regulations and recommends policies/procedures for the mission of the parish.
Time: Meets every 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Fish Fry
The annual parish Fish Fries are an opportunity for parishioners to spend time together working, serving and dining as they raise money for parish operations and ministries. Fish fries are held on all the Fridays in Lent except Good Friday. There are a variety of volunteer jobs requiring numerous helpers each week. All individuals grade 8 and up are encouraged to participate. Jobs range from food preparation and set-up before the fish fry, food preparation during the fish fry, serving, bussing tables, cutting desserts, clean-up after, etc. A parish-wide sign-up in the vestibule of church is used to schedule volunteers.
Contact: Marc Baca – chueyb@charter.net

Funeral Luncheons
This group of loving individuals serves a meal for the families of parishioners or former parishioners immediately following the funeral and/or cemetery service. The meal is served in Fr. Dowling Hall. Volunteers bring and/or serve food, set-up before the meal and/or clean-up following the meal. If you are not available during the day to help serve, you can volunteer to bring food for the luncheon.
Contact: JoAnn Jones – jjkra62@gmail.com; Janice Yancey – Jyancey44@att.net; Lori Decker – sld306@aol.com

Funeral Planning
Members of this group help plan a liturgy that truly celebrates the life of a loved one. They meet with family members to choose scripture readings and music as well as identify family members and their participation in the Liturgy. They follow-up with presiding clergy and related Liturgical Ministries, and coordinate all aspects of the proceedings on the day of the funeral Mass. Adults 21 and over – must be available during the day for family meetings and funeral Mass.
Contact: Bridget Whitson – bridgetewhitson@gmail.com

Garden & Grounds Maintenance
This group is organized to plant, nurture and maintain the parish grounds for all to witness the beauty of God’s creation. For adults 18 and over. Help plant, weed and water the flower beds; mow grass; trim bushes; mulch and assist with other maintenance projects around the church and parish grounds.
Contact: Greg Pierson – facmgr@sacredhearteureka.org

Girl Scouts
The Girl Scout program aims to develop girls of Confidence, Character and Courage who grow in their faith as they are developing life and leadership skills through community service, outdoor challenges, and group activities. At Most Sacred Heart, the girls can earn badges in all the traditional and new areas of Girl Scouting as well as badges developed working with the Archdiocesan Catholic Youth Apostolate for Roman Catholic Girls: Family of God, I Live My Faith, God is Love, Mary, the First Disciple, The Spirit Alive, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Anne.
Contact: Rebecca Mueller – 314-276-9237

Growing Project
The Growing Project is a Christian response to world hunger helping us to achieve our mission, “Loved by God…We love this World”. Parishioner donations are used to provide seed, fertilizer, and fuel to grow and harvest soybeans on local farms and hay on our parish property. The revenue generated from the sale of the soybeans and the hay bales is used to assist farmers in some of the poorest areas of the world; teaching them techniques to grow and develop a lasting source of nutritional food. The Growing Project is currently partnering with “Kindness in a Box”, working in some of the remote Quechua villages in the Andes in Peru.  Parishioners are invited to make monetary donations and contact any local farmers and inform them of the project – partnership with additional local farmers is welcomed!
Time: Committee members meet twice a year to assess status of project and discuss future direction; participate in the blessing of the field; spread the word about the project to fellow parishioners.
Contact: Jane Stern – janemstern@gmail.com or Jim Hoene – hoene@att.net

Knights of Columbus
We are doing well by doing good for our community and Parish. We ask any Catholic gentleman 21 years of age or older to please consider joining the Knights. We participate by raising funds for local food pantries, women’s and men’s shelters, church youth groups, disabled children and our home and school association.
Time: We meet the second Tuesday of each month in the school cafeteria 6pm Rosary, 6:30pm dinner and 7pm monthly council meeting.
Contact: The Grand Knight, Mike Jennings – kofceureka3511@gmail.com

Lectors
Parishioners proclaim the Scripture readings at Mass. Those who participate in this ministry have a love of God’s living Word; a clear, modulated speaking voice that is reverent in tone; able to be heard and understood by the congregation; and is a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church. Training and a lector’s workbook are provided. You will be scheduled for a Mass of your preference using an online scheduling program, MSP.
Contact: Tom Merriman – tmerriman@stifelbank.com

Loving Stitches
A group dedicated to using members’ talents to create sewn, knitted, and crocheted items for a variety of local charities. Our projects include adult, baby, and children’s items such as breast cancer pillows, wheelchair/walker totes, prayer shawls, pillowcases, hats, blankets, toys, and much more. Even if you do not sew, knit, or crochet, help is always needed cutting, stuffing, or hand sewing. Please consider joining us for a time of creating, fun, fellowship and service to those in need.
Time: Meetings are on the third Thursday of each month, from 9:00am-11:30am, on the top floor of the Claffey House.
Contact: Bee Tille – batsew@gmail.com

Men’s Bible Study
The members meet weekly to enrich their faith as they reflect on the Word of God and how it applies to their lives through discussion of the following Sunday’s Gospel readings. They may also serve as facilitators who prepare and lead the group in discussion, or as coordinators who set up the meetings and send email reminders.
Contact: Matt Scaring – mattscaring0418@yahoo.com

Money Counters
Adults 21 and over, approved by the Pastor, serve on a team to count Sunday, Holy Day, and special collections.
Time: 2 hours, once a month, on Mondays.

Most Sacred Heart School
Most Sacred Heart School (MSHS) is committed to nourishing the soul, embracing the spirit, inspiring the mind, and opening the heart of every child. Besides, providing religious education, sacramental preparation, liturgical experience and charitable opportunities, it is a Blue Ribbon Accredited elementary school which provides excellent 21st century education.
Contact: 636-938-4602 to inquire about school and/or volunteer

Parish Council
A group of Parishioners who serve as advisors to the Pastor. A new council is formed every three years and serves for a term of three years. Discernment for this ministry is held in the fall for terms beginning in January. Members are nominated, discerned by the Pastor, drawn randomly, and serve a three-year term. The work of the Council includes – serve as a sounding board for the Pastor; discern the direction of the parish; review/approve new events for the parish; assist the Pastor in establishing policy for the parish; review/approve functions that also involve people from outside the parish; review finances, marketing and fundraising; approve large expenses. The nomination period for a new council will be announced in the bulletin.
Time: Typically the third Monday of the month for 1-2 hours

Parish School of Religion
Through PSR we proclaim and witness the love of God as we nurture children to follow Christ. We lead our children to develop character with quality faith formation and to serve others in the parish and the community. Classes are scheduled for kindergarten through eighth grade on Sunday 10:30-11:20 am or Monday 5:30-6:20 pm, September thru May. In each class the curriculum presents the teachings of the Catholic Church in age-appropriate materials. In addition to religious education in the Ten Commandments, Sacraments, Bible, morality, prayer, liturgy and building a personal relationship with God, the PSR classes provide sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in 2nd grade, and Confirmation in 8th grade. For more information on the curriculum, feel free to view the publisher’s website, FaithFirst.com. Class sizes are kept to a maximum of 15 students. Registration for class selection is accepted on a first come first serve basis so early registration is advised. To register or volunteer as a catechist, aide, or board member contact Michelle Etter.
Time: Sunday 10:20-11:20am or Monday 5:30-6:30pm
Contact: Michelle Etter – cre@sacredhearteureka.org or 636-938-9507

Prayer Group
Requests for prayers come for a variety of reasons. For example: illness, surgery, a difficult situation at home, children, etc. Members of the prayer chain receive emailed prayer requests from the parish office and take time to pray for the individual and their family. Prayer requests can be made by calling or emailing the parish secretary.
Contact: parishsecretary@sacredhearteureka.org or 636-938-5048

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)
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. Volunteers serves as catechists, hospitality, sponsors and coordinators.
Time: RCIA sessions meet every Thursday night from late September through Easter for 1 ½ hours.
Contact: Phyllis Luehrmann – phyllisluehrmann@gmail.com

Sacristans
Parishioners prepare the church for Mass by unlocking doors, setting light levels, and assembling items needed for the altar. At the end of Mass, Sacristans make sure all candles are extinguished, lectionary is set for the next Mass, lights are off and doors are locked following the last Mass of the day. Training and mentoring are provided.
Contact: Melinda Kruper – lpa@sacredhearteureka.org

Special Events (Auction, Golf, Trivia, Bowling, Derby)
With this ministry, you are having fun while participating in events that raise funds. We currently offer three different events looking for many talents and abilities:
Auction: The parish event coordinator along with a committee plan the annual dinner auction. The monies raised support the ministries of the parish. This parish wide event affords many volunteer opportunities for those in Grade 8 and above in all areas of preparation for the event.
Golf Tournament: The parish event coordinator works with a committee that plans the annual golf tournament. The proceeds from the golf tournament directly support Most Sacred Heart Parish School. The annual golf tournament sells out early and golfers come from all parts of the Eureka community.
Trivia Night/Bowling: The parish event coordinator works with a committee that plans one or both events. The proceeds from the Trivia Night and/or bowling directly support Most Sacred Heart Parish School. Trivia Night can be an online event or live-in person. Bowling is an option for a live event which supports the parish school.
Contact: Marian Wolaver – stewardship@sacredhearteureka.org or Christine Jundt – ccorson324@aol.com

Sports Association
The Sports Association is part of the archdiocese’s Catholic Youth Council (CYC) program.  Our goal is to help boys and girls, regardless of their skill, to become physically fit, mentally alert and morally sound. Sacred Heart participates in soccer, track, volleyball and golf. Duties of the coordinators include teaching good sportsmanship, coordinating volunteers, maintaining schedules, coaching; and assisting with equipment, uniforms and concessions. All adults working with children must attend the “Protecting God’s Children” Workshop.
Contact: Christine Jundt – ccorson324@aol.com or visit www.shsports.org

St. Vincent DePaul Society
This ministry’s men and women work together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering. We minister to people of all faiths who live within our parish boundaries. Volunteers make home visits to our neighbors in need to provide assistance with utilities, prescription drugs, housing, and transportation, as well as other essentials. We have an annual appeal for support near Thanksgiving. Throughout the year, we collect non-perishable food for the Eureka Food Pantry. We sponsor the annual Spirit of Christmas drive. Families in need from Eureka and the surrounding areas who have children, disabled adults and senior citizens are provided with Christmas gifts, food vouchers and toiletries. We also provide gifts to senior citizens in several nursing homes. This work is funded 100% from the generosity of parishioners. And we also offer spiritual support and prayers. We strive to maintain the confidentiality and dignity of those being served, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or age.
Time: Meets on the third Monday of every month at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria.
Contact: Mike and Jean Bollinger – mikeandjeanssvdp@gmail.com

Ushers
Parishioners act as Ministers of Hospitality and greet people when they enter Church; help as needed to find seats; take up the collection at Mass and distribute bulletins at the end of Mass. Training and mentoring are provided.
Contact: John Taylor – jwtaylor55@att.net

USO Christmas in July
To thank our military, and their families, for their sacrifice for all of us, this ministry collects requested items for the USO who is funded by donations only; no federal money is provided. Families and individuals can participate in this ministry by purchasing and/or donating items for the USO in St. Louis.
Contact: Margaret Baker – 314-954-7290

Vacation Bible School
Meets daily for one week during summer to witness faith growing in the children of our parish community. Volunteers are Catholics 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.
Contact: Watch the bulletin in Spring to sign up to help.

Wedding Coordinator
The team works with engaged couples, guiding them in their marriage preparation and helping answer questions. They help prepare the church before the wedding, run the rehearsal and the wedding processions at the ceremony. As a wedding coordinator, you would work with the couples assigned to you. You will attend a 1-hour team overview meeting once a month with the couples, and a 1-hour ceremony planning meeting at a later date. Each wedding consists of 1 hour for rehearsal, usually a Thursday or Friday evening and 2 hours for wedding, usually on Saturdays.
Contact: Kristy Stockell – parishsecretary@sacredhearteureka.org

Welcome Committee
Our welcome committee is called to serve as ambassadors of our great parish. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we visit new parishioners to welcome them to our parish family. When new parishioners register with the parish, the welcome committee is automatically notified.
Contact: Melinda Kruper – lpa@sacredhearteureka.org

Women’s Bible Study
Groups of women meet to embrace the Word of God through study, reflection, and fellowship.
Morning Group Time:  Friday mornings 9:30-11:00 in Father Dowling Hall
Morning Contact: Connie Apperson – connie.apperson@gmail.com
Evening Group Time: Meet in the evening in host homes.
Evening Group Contact: Karen Marklin – kmarklin@charter.net

Women’s Club
Christian women coming together for friendship, fun and service. Meet for a variety of social activities to foster friendships and be of service to the parish. The main fundraiser is the annual Rummage Sale. Other events have consisted of hosting an annual reception with a light supper served with kindness and compassion after All Soul’s Day Mass, winery trips, fashion show, Christmas dinner with entertainment, Chicken Soup for the Soul, St. Patrick’s Day Party, and much, much more.
Time: Meet 6-8 times per year, typically Thursday nights
Contact: Claudia Sobocinski – Mike_ClaudiaSobo@hotmail.com

Youth Ministry
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) is composed of 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 is a team of adults of any age who have a love for Christ, a love for teens and energy to help the two meet.
Contact: Phill Wamser – youthminister@sacredhearteureka.org