After School Ministry
Altar Linen Ministry
Art & Environment
Funeral /Bereavement Ministry
Parish Vocation Ministry
Thrift Store Ministry
Young Family Ministry
New Events Ministry
Dip your toe into the waters of service.
Slightly more in depth explanations
of the wonderful ministries here.
1) After School Ministry
The After School Reading Program grades K-5 runs from September through June, Monday through Friday from 2:30pm until 5:30pm. This after school program is run by The African Caribbean American Catholic Center (AFCAAM) which is a part of Catholic Charities. The program will begin again in September 2017. If you are interested in working with the students or driving the school bus please contact Janet Sushil at the Parish Office.
2) Faith Formation Ministry
Faith Formation is a free Sunday School Program for children Pre-K through 8th grade. Please consider becoming a Catechist and sharing your faith, your time and talents with the children of St. Columbkille. Contact Jeannette Gotz at the Parish office for additional information.
3) Youth Ministry
Volunteer to become a Catechist for our Youth Group. Assist with providing vision and coordination for the parish’s efforts in this ministry to young people from 9th through 12th grades. Or help the Youth Group with events they are involved in or trips taken during the year. The Youth Group will meet Sundays (Not every Sunday) after 5:30 pm Mass. Contact Manya Vartdal at the Parish office or mail firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
4) Music Ministry
St. Columbkille has a very active and vital Music Ministry. A pastoral musician is one who has answered the call to serve the parish community by sharing their gift of music. At St. Columbkille, there is an Adult Choir, Celtic Kids Youth Choir, Contemporary Choir and the opportunity to be a cantor or an instumentalist. If you are interested in joining any of these choirs or in being a cantor, or an instrumentalist, please contact Lee Van Asten at the Parish Office
5) Eucharistic Ministry (Mass)
It is an opportunity for those that wish to assist the Priest in administering the Eucharistic body and blood of Christ during our Church’s services. The action of ministering the Eucharist is, above all, a service of love performed in faith for the good of the community. The minister’s action is an invitation to share in the Eucharistic feast. A Eucharistic Minister should be welcoming, open and affirming. If you are interested in serving God and our community as a Eucharistic Minister please contact JoAnne Bertuch at the Parish Office.
6) Lector Ministry
A lector is the person who proclaims the first or second reading at Mass. This person also may lead the Prayers of the Faithful at Mass. This ministry in the Church requires a person who is of excellent character and serious about the practice of their faith. The lector must believe that Sacred Scripture is the Word of God and have deep respect for God´s presence in that Word. If you are interested in becoming a Lector please contact JoAnne Bertuch at the Parish Office.
7) Altar Servers Ministry (Children/Youth/Adults)
Servers carry the cross in the entrance procession for Mass. Servers hold the liturgical books for the celebrant . Beginning of the Liturgy of the Eucharist: Servers arrange the corporal, the purificator(s), the chalice(s), the pall, and the Missal on the altar, and then assist the celebrant in receiving the bread and wine and perhaps other gifts that are presented to him. They present the cruets of wine and water for the celebrant to pour some into the chalice. When the celebrant then washes his hands standing at the side of the altar, a server pours the water over them. Recessional: The servers lead the celebrant and any concelebrants as at the entrance procession. For additional information on becoming an altar server please contact Fr. Lorenzo at the Parish Office.
8) Ushers/Greeters Ministry
Ushers greet and welcome mass attendees at the church entrance ways. Also, they assist attendees as needed with finding a seat, paying particular attention to those with special needs. During crowded services, assisting with seating is especially important. When late-comers arrive, ushers help minimize disruptions by asking them to momentarily stand by during the readings and the priest’s homily. Ushers are also responsible for passing around the collection baskets. During communion, they assist the eucharistic ministers by pointing out those who cannot proceed through the communion line and therefore need communion brought to them. Please contact Parish Office for additional information on becoming an Usher.
9) Art and Environment Ministry
This ministry is for those that wish to enhance, the beauty and dignity decorating our Church with flowers or keeping our plants watered and taken care of. We would also need volunteers during the holiday seasons especially Christmas and Lent with decorating our church. Please contact Jeannette Gotz at 239-292-3512.
10) Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound/Sick Ministry
This is an opportunity for those Eucharistic Ministers who administer Holy Communion that wish to share their joy, hope, faith, compassion and love to the sick at the Hospital, Nursing Homes, assisted Living and homes. Contact Deacon Jim at the Parish Office for additional information.
11) Funerals/Bereavement Ministry
The Bereavement Ministry serves families who have lost a loved one to death. The members of this ministry will meet with the family and will implement our mission to give comfort and support to them. You will assist with the planning of the funeral or memorial service and will assist during and after the service. Please contact the Parish office for additional information.
12) Liturgy/Sacristan Ministry
At every Mass there are one or two people who oversee the set up for Mass as well as assist the priest during Mass. The official title for this ministry is sacristan. We are currently in need of additional sacristans for weekend, weekday and funeral Masses.Please consider serving God and our community in this way. Please contact Fr. Lorenzo or JoAnne Bertuch at the Parish office if you would like additional information.
13) Library Ministry
It is an opportunity for those who wish to help keeping and maintaining our Parish Library and promoting spiritual reading. Your commitment will be one hour a week to help manage the library. If you are interested in joining this ministry, call Marie at 230-481-1437.
14) Transportation Ministry
This ministry needs help driving our parish bus to and from Masses on the weekend on either Saturday or Sunday. We also need drivers for our after school program to drive children from Harlem Heights Elementary School at 2:30pm to St. Columbkille weekdays during the school year. Please contact Peggy O’Rourke at the Parish Office for additional information.
15) Parish Vocation Ministry
The Parish Vocation Team is a new initiative of the Vocations Office to promote culture of vocations in every parish of the Diocese. This new team will be dedicated to raising awareness for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, promoting prayer for vocations, and inviting young people to consider the call God has for them. For additional information please contact Linda at 239-489-3973
16) Sewing Ministry
The Sewing Ministry will resume meeting in September twice a month. The ministry works on projects benefitting those in need in our community. Knitting and crocheting are included as well as sewing. For more information contact Pat Gregg at 239-432-9905.
17) Altar Linen Ministry
Help is needed for our Altar Linen Ministry. The church linens need to be cleaned and ironed. Contact Mary Wambaugh for additional information.
18) Thrift Store Ministry
Our Thrift Store in the K-Mart shopping plaza is looking for people to help in the running of both stores. Volunteers would be responsible for receiving items, cleaning, pricing and setting out items on display. We also need help at the front desk of the store answering the phone, customer check out and other miscellaneous duties. No experience is necessary; we will train. Contact Molly or Jan at 239-489-4001 for more information.
19) Military Ministry
Throughout the year we support our troops by sending packages from home, collecting a different item every month. For additional information please contact Pat & Paul 239-481-8333.
20) Visual-Projection Ministry
Projectionists are needed at every weekend mass, projectionists are responsible for running the announcements and order of service for the mass. Make your own schedule whether it’s every week or once a month. No experience is necessary, training will be provided. Please contact JoAnne Bertuch in the Parish Office.
21) New Events Ministry
St. Columbkille Parish is comprised of a team of dedicated individuals who is responsible for the coordination, decorating and setting-up tables, collecting tickets at the door, clearing tables, end of event cleanup, etc. for a variety of church-wide events, such as dinners, concerts and spiritual events within the calendar year. The special events ministry strives to organize fun and entertaining celebrations that foster growth and fellowship among the members of the St. Columbkille church family and the community. If you are interested in volunteering for our New Events Ministry please contact Manya Vartdal in the Parish Office. You can volunteer for one event, or two, or all….it’s up to you. We look forward to hearing from you and forming this new Events Ministry.