Parish & Community Life Commission
The Parish and Community Life Commissions goal is to build a deeper sense of Christian community for all ages and interest groups in the parish. The scope of the Commission includes 1) Socials, 2) Ministry, 3) Scouts, 4) Hospitality/Welcoming and 5) Parish Organizations.
The Parish Picnic is an annual event for fun and fellowship held in July, August or September, depending on the committee planners. The format of the picnic is based on the ideas of those planning it. Any person who wishes to help develop the picnic or those who are interested in working at the picnic are encouraged to sign up.
Advent Angels is a program open to all parishioners where participants drop off little surprises for another participating individual or family at their home each Sunday of Advent. Dinner for 8 is a social event where participants meet in groups of 8 for dinner four times during the year.
Other parish social opportunities include coffee, donuts and fellowship weekly after 9 am Mass, Parish Breakfast the second Sunday of the month after 9 am Mass, an annual Chili Dinner, Turkey Bingo, Mardi Gras, Halloween party, New Years party and the K of C Steak Fry several times a year. Any person who would like to share his/her ideas & talents in suggesting, planning or working these or other social activities is encouraged to sign up to help us make parish social activities fun and enjoyable for all ages. Contact Vicky Tully at 788-5525.
CHILD CARE FOR PARISH ACTIVITIES
Several times throughout the year the need arises to provide childcare for families who wish to attend Mass or a parish function. We need a pool of experienced teens and adults to help us provide this service. Are you experienced and willing? Contact Vicky Tully at 788-5525.
2. Youth Ministry:
Jump into LIFE ! Learn about your faith and yourself, get Involved, have Fun and become Examples to others of committed Catholic youth. High school youth ministry (HSYM) activities include service projects, Bible study, lock-ins, retreats, lots of food, bowling, ice skating, pool parties and more! For the latest on whats happening, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or check the weekly bulletin. Contact Janet Clark, 788-5525 (w) or 259-3110(h).
Click here to find out more about LifeTeen/HSYM.
CUB SCOUTS/BOY SCOUTS
Scouting is fun for boys ages first grade through high school and their families. Scouting encourages members to build character, good citizenship, strengthen mind and body, do ones best, and be helpful while promoting duty to God. The youngest boys meet with an adult partner once a month. Older boys meet in dens with two adult leaders on a weekly basis, and all dens come together once a month for a pack meeting. Sixth graders and older meet in patrols with boy leaders and have a troop for Court of Honors for awards. Contact: JD Waldschmidt at 788-7038
(Boy Scouts) or Bob Schif at 788-52333 (Cub Scouts).
Girl Scouts are all ages from kindergarten through high school. Scouting provides an opportunity for girls to experience a wide variety of activities such as crafts, sports, outdoors activities, developing skills in leadership and communication, and working on community service projects. Troop meeting times, locations and duration vary. Contact Vicky Tully at 788-5525.
As new families register in our parish, in an effort to welcome them into our parish family, the hospitality committee reaches out to the new families to try to serve them. The families are visited at their homes to make them feel more comfortable, and questions about our parish are answered. Contact Vicky Tully at 788-5525.
5. Parish Organizations:
All adult women of the parish (Catholic or non-Catholic) are invited to join Altar Society. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month. Goals include furthering the spiritual welfare of the members, corporal works of mercy, furnishing funds to care for the needs of the altar and other parish services approved by the pastor. The Society is made up of six working guilds. Membership in St. Bernadette, St. Francis, Marian and Our Lady of Lourdes guilds are determined by geographic location. The other two are St Annes, made up of younger women, and Sacred Heart Guild, which meets in the daytime.
FUNERAL DINNER VOLUNTEER/BAKING
When there is a death in our parish family, the funeral coordinator is contacted by the parish office. She contacts the family to let them know that a dinner will be served for them and their out-of-town friends after the funeral. The appropriate Guild, which works on a rotation basis, is then notified. Anyone willing to cook, bake or work with this very important stewardship activity is welcome to call Sylvia Sommerhauser at 776-0537.
"For I was . . . a stranger and you welcomed me." (Matt. 25:35)
Newly registered parishioners are invited to a monthly parish breakfast hosted by the Knights of Columbus, the second Sunday of each month after the 9 am Mass in the Knights Hall.
The parish library started in 1980 with a few donated books. Through the sponsorship of Altar Society and other generous donors, we have expanded our collection and now include many childrens books, especially for preschool ages and other young readers. We also have videotapes, many books on spirituality and saints biographies. Located in the church cry room, the library is available to all parishioners. Contact: Sylvia Sommerhauser at 776-0537.
Harvest House is a social/educational program for adults 55 years of age or older, and younger spouses of those 55. Our normal meeting time is the second Wednesday of each month. Harvest House goals are social awareness, service, new religious experience, continuing education, community involvement, recreation and celebration. Contact: Dee Burnett at 788-4037.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
As a Catholic family organization, the Knights of Columbus provide unselfishly to the youth, family, Church, community and council of our parish. Membership is open to practicing Catholic men not less than 18 years of age. Knights are devoted to charity, fraternity, unity, patriotism and defense of priesthood. All Catholic men are invited and encouraged to join this social and fraternal organization. Contact
John Washburn at 788-3016. Click here for Knights of Columbus web page.
The purpose of the Serra Club is to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life and to educate members on fulfilling their individual discipleship. The Serra Club is named after the Spanish priest, Blessed Junipero Serra, who founded nine missions along the coast of California. Continue to pray for vocations! Click here to visit the Serra Club website. Contact: Gerry Kroening at 788-2187 or Tony Duran at