St Juan Diego parishioners are involved in many aspects of the life of the parish. There is an opportunity to use whatever talent and interest you have to help bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to our community. The following is a list of some of the ministries. If you are interested in volunteering for the ministry or would like more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and put the ministry name in the subject line.
Eucharist for Hospital and Home Visits
Hospitality after Mass
Liturgy Prep Committee
Liturgical Music Ministry
Mass Collection Counters
Newcomers / Welcoming Ministry
Parish Health Ministry
Parents and Children Ministry
Altar Servers (back to top)
Girls and boys who are active in the worship service, may be trained as Altar Servers to assist the Priest at the altar. In doing so, they also assist the congregation. Servers must be at least 9 years old and must have been baptized and received First Eucharist. All Altar Servers will be required to attend training sessions.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist (back to top)
The Eucharist is the heart and center of our Catholic faith. It is a celebration of our unity we have with each other and with the risen Christ. The Eucharist gives cause for the Catholic Church to gather around the Lord’s Table to remember and make present again the sacrifice of Jesus, who gave his life for us. As Eucharistic Ministers, one continues to develop ones faith and helps with the distribution of communion during all Masses. The schedule of Eucharistic Ministries asks for a commitment of 2-3 consecutive Masses, about every two months.
Eucharist for Hospital and Home Visits (back to top)
Home and care center visitation is the ministry of taking communion to the ill and aged who are no longer able to participate in the community Eucharist celebration. In bringing communion to them, the minister of communion represents Christ and manifests faith and charity on behalf of the whole community.
Greeters (back to top) The parish is a house of welcome, “a sign and instrument” of that hospitality to which the followers of Jesus are called. From the very beginning, St. Juan Diego Parish has made a great effort to welcome all those who come to Mass. This has created a very friendly atmosphere in which we worship. We are always looking for more people to serve as greeters.
Hospitality after Mass (back to top)
This ministry provides an opportunity for the parish members to gather as a community and socialize after Mass. The Sunday Social consists of coffee, juice, and donuts. Parishioners are scheduled to help pick up fresh donuts before Mass.
Lectors (back to top)
Lectors are lay readers who proclaim the Word of the Lord at all the liturgical celebrations of the parish. Lectors are trained to develop the skills to proclaim the scriptures. This Ministry is open to all over 18 and confirmed Catholics who are registered at St. Juan Diego.
Liturgy Prep Committee (back to top)
The Liturgy Prep Committee meets monthly to assist the Pastor in all aspects of the liturgical life in the parish. They also work closely with all other ministries. “It goes beyond the Sunday Mass, it permeates all of parish life.
Liturgical Music Ministry (back to top)
Among the many signs and symbols used by the Church to celebrate its faith, music is of preeminent importance. Yet the function of music is ministerial: it must serve and never dominate. Music should assist the assembled believers to express and share the gift of faith that is within them and to nourish and strength their interior commitment of faith. St. Juan Diego Music Ministry consists of those individuals within our parish whom God has blessed with musical talent and the skill to use those talents to lead others in prayerful song. Practices are weekly on Thursday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Instrumentalists rehearse once a month, usually on the 1st Saturday of the month. The dates and times are flexible and arranged within the instrumental group. The Parish Bell Choir rehearses Monday nights from 7:30pm-9:00pm in preparation for the Christmas and Easter Liturgical Seasons.
Mass Collection Counters (back to top)
A group of people counts the offering received in accordance with Archdiocesan rules as required. They also count coffee social and any special collections taken.
Newcomers / Welcoming Committee (back to top)
Welcoming, is not merely being warm and friendly. It is a fundamental attribute of the Christian community. The committee strives to make new members welcome and to foster a stronger sense of community at St. Juan Diego Parish. Jesus welcomed all people to the fullness of life. “Anyone who welcomes you, welcomes me and anyone who welcomes me, welcomes the One who sent me.” Mt. 10:40
Parish Health Ministry (back to top)
The Parish Health Ministry’s goal is to care for the body, mind and spirit of persons within the St. Juan Diego faith community. Our ministry’s emphasis is on health education and disease prevention. Nurses, physicians and others who work, or have worked in health care are part of the Parish Health Ministry. We welcome anyone in the health care field or those interested in the health of our faith community to participate.
Parents and Children Ministry (back to top)
The St. Juan Diego Church Parents and Children Ministry serves parishioners with children from newborn to four years old. We look to the needs of our youngest parishioners and their parents by providing opportunities to meet and for fellowship. We deliver meals and a baby gift on behalf of St. Juan Diego Church to its parishioners with a newborn or newly adopted child. If you knit, crochet, quilt or love to cook please join our efforts during this busy time in a family’s life. The ministry throws an annual luncheon, stays connected through the church’s faith and family yahoo group, and supports a bi-weekly Women’s Sharing Group. For more information join our yahoo group faithandfamilystjuandiego (at) yahoogroups.com.
Young Adults (back to top)
The St. Juan Diego Young Adults Group serves the social and spiritual needs of this diverse group. If you think you are a Young Adult, you are!
Social Justice (back to top)
The purpose of this ministry is to promote a more just society by meeting immediate and long-term needs of the local and global community. The mission statement is: “In accordance with the teaching of Jesus, to act as both a catalyst and a participant, and to collaborate with both local and national communities, we will affect short-term and long term solutions to build a just society that reflects the Kingdom of God.
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Technology Committee (back to top)
The Technology Ministry’s role is to facilitate parish involvement by structuring the facilities to support parish liturgy and other parish meetings. The technology team supports Sunday liturgy by:
Ushers (back to top)
Ushers assist in seating people and making them comfortable for the mass. They attend to any special needs of the parishioners during mass. Taking up the collection and sporadic distribution and collection of materials are performed by the ushers. Finally, after each mass they tidy up in preparation for the next celebration.