Christian Service Commission

Christian Service Commission

Current Christian Service Commission Members: Sue Swincicki (Co-Chair), Carol Poirier (Co-Chair), Pat Duyck, Gina Noonan, June Weiler, Natalie Walther, Cindy Soto, Laurie Berner, Jean Adamowski, Cammy Birdsall, Kathy LaLonde, Jan Robinson, Jodi Wolff, Isabel Cleary (PC Rep), Kathleen Mulligan (PC Rep), Gretchen Perry (Staff)

The Christian Service Commission exists to bring to life the Christian principals of outreach and service, so frequently mentioned by Jesus in the Gospels.  As we serve others, we grow in holiness and are enriched in Faith as members of the Body of Christ.  This Commission reflects our Catholic belief in the dignity of each person from conception to natural death.  The Christian Service Commission creates opportunities and organizes details so that our parishioners can make a difference through outreach  and generosity.  There are two focuses of Christian Service: Pastoral Care and Outreach Ministry.

Christian Service Commission Member
Become a part of the Christian Service  Commission that works with the Pastor and members of the parish staff along with the other Commission members to give direction toi the parish in regards to pastoral and outreach ministries.  Help create long and short-term goals for the parish.  Time commitment is 1.5 hour meetings once monthly; other meeting as needed.  

Food of Faith: Become involved with preparing and serving a hot meal to the poor of the community at a local church (Group effort).  (1- 4 hrs. of time) Currently our parish participates two times a year.         

Food Pantry: St. Jude Thaddeus in connection with the Essexville Food Pantry sponsors an ongoing collection of food items, paper products, personal care items, and money for the Food Pantry.  Donated items are brought to Mass and  placed in baskets in the gathering room.  Volunteers aer needed to sort the food and transport it to the food pantry.  Time commitment varies with need.  

Hospitality Weekend Host: The first and third weekend of each month, hospitality is provided after all Masses as a time for parishioners to socialize and also to meet new members. Coffee, punch and cookies/doughnuts are served. Hospitality also is provided for special events of the parish.  Assist with the set up and serving on scheduled weekend. (1-3hrs of time 4/5 times a year).
Other Areas of Christian Service                                         

Juvenile Home Birthday Ministry: Volunteers provide 2 birthday cakes and a pail of ice cream each month and drop them off at the Juvenile home on Hampton Road.  Time commitment is about 1 hour each month on a rotating basis.

Simple Blessings Quilters: Quilters gather monthly at the Parish Hall to share their talents and create fantastic quilts.  Group does not meet in the summer months.  Time commitment approximate 2 hours per month.

Pastoral Care Ministries

Homebound and Sick Parishioner Communion Minister: Visit and take communion to one of our homebound or sick parishioners on a regular basis. (1 hr. of time once or twice a month) Training provided.
Hospital Communion Minister: Take communion to parishioners in the hospital on Sunday mornings. (1 hr. of time once every two months) Training provided.
Bay Medical Care Facility Communion Minister: Be a part of a team who takes communion to Catholic residents  at the Care Facility on Hampton Rd. on the first Saturday of the month at 10:00am (1-1/2  hr. of time /4 times a year). Training provided.

Funeral Ministries

Funeral Altar Servers: Adult Altar Servers are needed to assist the priest during funeral liturgies.  Training is provided.  Names or those willing to serve will  be places on a list, to be called on a rotating basis as needed.
Funeral Eucharistic Ministers: Often times, families provide their own Eucharistic Ministers.   When that does not happen, volunteers are needed to serve in  this role at funeral liturgies.  Time commitment is flexible; names are put on rotating list.
Funeral Sacristan: Assist in preparing church/altar for funerals.  Time commitment varies.

 

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