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Join this very close family formed by a common desire to sing praise to God. The bigger the family, the greater the musical leadership and ability to set the proper mood for Mass.
Boys and girls in grades 3-12 are invited to serve at weekend Masses. They have a training session before they serve. A special thank you treat is offered during the month of June – a field trip to Michigan Adventure.
ARTS AND ENVIRONMENT
Help beautify the church environment inside and outside at different seasons during the year. Duties include decorating for the major liturgical seasons as well as spring and fall cleanups and spring planting.
A volunteer sends sympathy cards to parishioners after the death of a loved one. Phone contact and helpful letters describing the grieving process as well as useful suggestions for navigating through the first year are also mailed quarterly.
BUILDING AND GROUNDS
Use your expertise to assist the Pastor with advice and support in planning for the maintenance and improvement to our grounds and buildings.
Whether you pray the rosary, read the Bible or other spiritual books, Saint Francis’ Chapel is a place of quiet reflection before our Lord. Sign up to be a weekly adorer or stop in at any time to give thanks and pray. Perpetual Adoration takes place every day around the clock. Parishioners can sign up for time slots throughout the week.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD CATECHISTS
Teach children about God’s Word in a meaningful way. During the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses, catechists help children explore the Gospel message in an age appropriate fashion and help them understand ways they can live out the teachings of Jesus.
Help implement parish and community projects by joining this group. Projects include such things as October Healing Mass, Christmas Giving Tree, birthday luncheons every three months for seniors (75 years of age and up), Thanksgiving cards mailed out to shut-ins, plant delivery at Christmas and Easter to shut-ins and more.
COFFEE AND ROLLS
Help provide fellowship for the parish community by serving coffee and rolls in the Family Center following Sunday morning Masses.
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
Receive training and ongoing support to understand the privilege and responsibility of assisting clergy (ordinary ministers of the Eucharist) in the distribution of the precious Body and Blood of Christ during weekend liturgies. Once trained, ministers are scheduled according to Mass attendance preference.
EXTRAORDINARY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS TO THE CONFINED
Bring the Eucharist to the faithful who cannot attend Mass and partake in this very rewarding ministry. Parish ministers go in pairs to Munson Hospital, Bortz Nursing Home, and to the homebound. Ministers meet occasionally for updates and receive instructions when they begin serving. Communion services are offered at Bortz on Thursdays and at Hillview on Tuesdays.
Serve as a mentor to a family or an individual who struggles with issues of poverty, both transitional and generational. After training and with ongoing support, mentors establish an ongoing peer-to-peer relationship of support with those on the edge of becoming independent.
Volunteer to be the face of compassion to those who come to our doors hungry, struggling to make ends meet. Pantry workers staff the pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in one-and-a-half -hour shifts. Others stock and organize shelves or make purchases.
Help ease the minds and hearts of the bereaved as you volunteer to provide and/or serve food with one of six luncheon groups made up of over 250 parishioners.
Members of the congregation occasionally represent the entire assembly by taking up the bread and wine in procession during the presentation of gifts. Our gifts of bread and wine – representing all aspects of our lives – are united to our High Priest Jesus’ offering of himself to the Father which takes place during the Eucharistic prayer.
Families and/or parishioners of all ages are invited to help hand out the worship aids as people enter church. This is also an excellent opportunity to greet and welcome folks and express Saint Francis hospitality to members and visitors alike. A minimum of two greeters are needed for each Mass, and all that is required is to arrive a half hour early and bring a warm, positive attitude.
Health ministry’s mission is to foster health and healing in others while assisting them to live full, abundant, healthy Christ-centered lives. Members pray for the sick and serve as guides to community resources. They join with other parish ministries in caring for others addressing spiritual and physical needs. They assist with blood drives at church and volunteer for Safe Harbor. Ongoing projects include blood pressure screening, calls to the lonely, introducing educational opportunities, serving at Mass and the Anointing of the Sick, maintaining the parish library and emergency equipment. Members also organize the drive to provide knitted scarves to Munson’s Infusion Center for breast cancer patients.
Rely on your scriptural background and volunteer at Grand Traverse County Jail. Be trained to lead Sunday morning worship service or facilitate Bible Sharing on Thursday nights. Jail clearance is required.
JUSTICE AND PEACE COMMISSION
Help build the Kingdom of God by fostering education on Catholic Social teachings and by implementing outreach activities aimed at changing unjust attitudes and societal structures. Members meet with other justice and peace oriented Catholics on a regional basis for support and direction from the diocesan secretariat on justice and peace.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
Join an active group of men who enjoy each other and enjoy serving the needs of the church. Like other chapters across the nation, the K of C is a fraternal benefit society. True to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity, the Knights have grown into the largest lay Catholic organization in the world now 125 years later with more than 1.7 million members. Learn more about the Knights by visiting their website.
Lectors are ministers who are trained and then scheduled to proclaim God’s Word at Mass in a reverent and effective way. Their demeanor reflects their sacred role as the conveyors of God’s Holy Word to His people.
LIVING YOUR STRENGTHS
Small, prayerful groups are lead through a well-honed process to help participants name their top five strengths and then use them to improve their personal and spiritual life. Over the course of five sessions signature strengths are identified and thoroughly examined in light of life experience and scripture. The group leads to prayerful answers to the questions: “Lord, who am I? How am I made in your image as a uniquely gifted and talented individual like no other? With insight into myself, how are you calling me to do a fuller life?
LOVE THY NEIGHBOR
Love Thy Neighbor is part of the social safety net for our neighbors in need in the Grand Traverse Region. They work with partner churches to bridge the gap in services in our area and help our neighbors in need work toward sustainable change in their lives. All of their programs incorporate the gospel message of forgiveness and grace and prayer is an integral part of their ministry. Bridge Ministries help with emergency needs offering a Crib & Layette Ministry, Medical Equipment Loan Closet, Transportation Ministry, Hygiene Pantry, Household Appliance Ministry, and Adopt-a-Family at Christmas. Love Thy Neighbor has FREE life skill classes in budgeting, parenting, healthy cooking, communication, healthy self-care and more to promote new directions for change. Their Change Partnership provides a supportive goal oriented process for those looking for personal growth and transformational change. Partnering with us to mobilize volunteers and resources, together we work to better fulfill the biblical mandate to help the poor and needy in our community. Call 231-941-5683 or emailwww.lovethyneighborgt.org.
MEN’S PRAYER GROUP
Join fellow men of faith as they spend time in quiet personal prayer, pray as a group, and read/reflect on Bible readings of the day. The groupmeets Wednesdays, 7-8 a.m.
MOTHERS IN CHRIST
Enjoy this spiritual, educational and social opportunity for mothers of all ages as you enter into a deeper appreciation and renewed commitment to the blessing and sacred calling of motherhood. Meetings open to mothers from all area Catholic parishes take place in the lower level of Christ the King Parish in Acme during the school year on Monday mornings from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. Childcare is available for a small fee.
Members of this group support and promote foster care and adoption with activities throughout the year aimed at education about and direct support to foster care, adoptive families, and orphanages in mission areas, to name a few.
OUR LADY’S PRAYER GROUP
Pray a complete rosary in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament with particular prayers for healing and intercessions between the mysteries. The group meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel.
Members serve in an advisory capacity to the Pastor for a three-year term. Helping the pastor to set goals and priorities in service of the parish mission, PC representatives act as the eyes and ears of the parish to the Pastor and a means of communicating pastoral concerns to parishioners.
PRAYER CHAIN VOLUNTEERS
Volunteer to pray for those who have requested our prayers. Saint Francis Parish tries to honor all prayer requests with immediate and confidential prayer. Only first names are received, and no explanation is needed.
Quilters and sewers of all ages and abilities are welcome to help with sewing projects for parish decorations and for the annual CHRISTmas Festival.
Singers of all ages are welcome to join this group as it ministers during parish funeral celebrations. Practice takes place before each funeral, normally on weekday mornings.
SACRAMENTAL PREP/FAITH FORMATION PROGRAMS
We have a number of programs for all ages, including Baptism, Marriage, RCIA, Confirmation, Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
This ecumenical program serves the homeless in our community by housing them at Saint Francis and providing for their shelter and food needs two weeks in winter. It serves the parishioners of Saint Francis by allowing us the honor to serve “the least of our brothers and sisters.” Working with other denominations in our community to accomplish these goals also moves us closer to a time “that they all might be one.”
ST. VINCENT de PAUL
Join SVDP to fulfill the two great commandments, love of God and love of neighbor. The group seeks to grow spiritually in their meetings through prayer and sharing faith. They seek out God’s needy, both materially and spiritually and help wherever needed – whether supplying great resources or simply listening and comforting those in need.
Share your hospitable, welcoming spirit with others as you serve as an usher ministering at the particular Mass you usually attend. Ushers hold doors, assist people to find seats and make sure that the communion call is orderly. In general, they help assure liturgical celebrations function smoothly.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Help provide a wonderful experience for young children as they study Bible readings, learn songs, do crafts and socialize with others in this four to five day program. Many adult and teen volunteers are needed to run the various themed activities during the daily three-hour-plus program. VBS begins approximately two weeks into summer recess.
LIFE TEEN UNDERGROUND - Join other teens in grades 9-12 as they openly share and experience what it is to be a Catholic teen today. These creative nights bring the Catholic faith to life and break open relevant issues for teens in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church. The group meets every Sunday following the 5:00 p.m. Mass.
THE EDGE OF UNDERGROUND - Students in grades 6-8 experience the Catholic faith at an age appropriate level, similar to Life Teen. The Edge meets every Sunday after the 5:00 p.m. Mass.
YOUTH MINISTRY VOLUNTEERS
Assists the Youth Director and serves our Junior and Senior High as CORE Team members, prayer ministers, administrative support, retreat support, Audio/Visual assistants, environment specialists, and, probably MOST important, Food ministers for both our LIFE TEEN and EDGE Programs.
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