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1 Stewardship of Our Gifts Our Unique Role 2014 Pastoral Center 1079 Summit Avenue Saint Paul, MN Tel Fax

2 Prayer of Saint Thomas More O Lord, give us a mind that is humble, quiet, peaceable, patient and charitable, and a taste of your Holy Spirit in all our thoughts, words, and deeds. O Lord, give us a lively faith, a firm hope, a fervent charity, a love of you. Take from us all luke-warmness in meditation and all dullness in prayer. Give us fervor and delight in thinking of you, your grace and your tender compassion toward us. O Lord, give us the grace to work for, the things we pray for. Prayer of Saint Ignatius Loyola Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. To you, Lord, I return it. All is yours. Dispose of it wholly according to your will. Give me only your love and your grace. That is enough for me. Amen. Amen

3 Administration To Volunteer: Contact Patti Day, Office Manager. Communications & Media Explore, develop and facilitate avenues of communications at the parish level; publicize parish venues within the broader community. Community Hospitality Help with coffee and donuts after Sunday liturgies once a month. Help build community by planning and executing parish-wide celebrations. Editing & Writing Skills Work with a team to gather and publish parishioner stories in our quarterly publication: More Stories. Office Receptionist Answer phones, provide direction for Pastoral Center visitors, and help with clerical duties. Phone training provided; 2-hour morning or afternoon shift. Parish Mailings Work in the Pastoral Center to assemble and sort bulk mailings as needed. Photography Take photos of community and liturgical events. Website Assist in further development of our website through technical knowledge, programming expertise and graphic skills. Questions? Contact Nicole Johnson, Administrative Assistant. Saint Thomas More Community has various parishioner-led activities, events and organizations, that may be of interest, such as: Boy Scout Troop 45 Centering Prayer Group Girl Scouts Men s Spiritual Group STM Softball Team Saint Thomas More Community 7 Contact Information Saint Thomas More Church 1093 Summit Avenue (mailing address: Pastoral Center) Pastoral Center 1079 Summit Avenue Saint Paul, MN Tel Fax Pastor Rev. Joseph E. Weiss, S.J. - ext. 307 or Deacons Tom Dzik - ext. 317 or David Ingwell - ext. 318 or Faith Formation Rev. Joseph E. Weiss, S.J. - ext. 307 or Weddings Carol Arend - ext. 305 or Liturgy, Music and Worship Dana McCarthy - ext. 306 or Justice and Service Deacon David Ingwell - ext. 318 or Pastoral Care Pat Williams - ext. 312 or STM School Principal Donna Woodard , ext. 303 or Business Administrator Bob Collett - ext. 304 or Office Manager / Pastor s Admin. Asst. Patti Day - ext. 302 or Receptionist / Administrative Asst. Nicole Johnson - ext. 301 or Maintenance Supervisor Dan Kohler - ext. 308 or Saint Thomas More School 1065 Summit Avenue Saint Paul, MN Tel Fax

4 Faith Formation To Volunteer (except where noted): Contact Fr. Joe Weiss, S.J. Confirmation Group Leader Help with the confirmation process by leading a small discussion group in a variety of topics. Training is provided and involves a commitment of attending approximately 10 gatherings from October through May. Marriage Preparation As a married couple, help an engaged couple prepare for the sacrament of marriage and lead them through the PREPARE process. Training is provided; the commitment entails working with 1-3 couples per year; each requiring 3-6 meetings. To Volunteer: Contact Carol Arend, Wedding Associate. Reconciliation & First Eucharist Assistant Help implement sacramental programs involving parent/child gatherings and celebrations. Commitment: 1 meeting per sacrament, 1 or more Sunday morning large group meeting(s) or 1 Saturday morning retreat and a rehearsal. RCIA Sponsor Accompany an inquirer during the RCIA gatherings; 1 year commitment. Scripture Study Leader Lead a group of adult parishioners in the Little Rock Scripture Study. Prepare materials and facilitate 2-hour weekly meetings for 7-10 weeks in the fall or during Lent. Attend facilitator training and the final celebration. Liturgical Ministries To Volunteer: Contact Dana McCarthy, Liturgy, Music & Worship Associate. Altar Server Assist the priest during weekend and high feast liturgies. Responsibilities include participation in the ritual action of the liturgy and preparation of the Altar for the Eucharistic celebration. Open to adults and youth in grades Baptism Sacristan Assist families on the day of baptism by preparing the font, welcoming the families, and assisting them with immediate preparations prior to Mass. Baptisms take place on the first and third Sundays of the month. To Volunteer: Contact Laurie Barrett, School Receptionist or Saint Thomas More School has numerous volunteer opportunities. Time commitment varies; give an hour, stay the day, or whatever works for you - we are flexible. Volunteers need not have children in the school. Do you have an expertise to share? We are interested! Please consider these opportunities: Coaching Home & School Association Marketing Office Assistance Playground Supervision Special Events Tutoring Saint Thomas More School Building & Grounds To Volunteer: Contact Dan Kohler, Maintenance Supervisor. Architecture & Design Work with STM Staff and the Building and Grounds Committee to explore and help maintain the integrity of the buildings. Gardening & Landscaping Work with the building staff to maintain and beautify our grounds. Commitment is seasonal, with a spring and fall clean-up. Skilled Work We are seeking those with carpentry, electrical, masonry and plumbing skills to work with the building staff on small construction projects. Both men and women are welcome. Required time is on a per project basis. 1 6

5 Pastoral Care To Volunteer: Contact Pat Williams, Pastoral Care Associate. Anointing of the Sick The Sacrament is for those facing serious illness and can be given before surgery or whenever there is a need for physical or emotional healing. If you or a family member would like to receive Anointing of the Sick, please contact Fr. Joe or Pat Williams, Pastoral Care Associate. Community Caring for Life Work with a group of parishioners to create a Community Caring for Life at Saint Thomas More, rooted in Gospel justice and demonstrated through prayer, service and education. Funeral Ministry You may choose to get involved with one or more aspects of this important ministry. Be a welcoming presence for the family before and during Mass, lead a Rosary during visitation or be a pastoral care presence at the burial site. Grief Support Saint Thomas More Catholic Community is a member of many faith communities that come together to support those who are grieving the death of a loved one by providing education and support. Homebound, Hospital & Nursing Home Ministry Extend the presence of Christ from the gathered Eucharistic community to parishioners unable to attend Mass because of illness or infirmity. Visits to transitional care facilities are made when we are aware that someone is receiving special care. Training is provided. Prayer Line Our prayer team holds up in prayer: the sick, military personnel, those experiencing life transitions and those who have died and their families. Prayer Shawl Ministry Our prayer shawls symbolize the love and faith of our community. They are knitted or crocheted by parish members, as they pray for those who will receive them. Instructions, and if needed, materials for the are provided. Children s Liturgy of the Word Team Share the Word of God and the Church s rich tradition of prayer and ritual with children in grades K-3. We are looking for Leaders of Prayer and Assistants to provide guidance in an environment and experience designed for the children assembled for worship. This ministry is open to adults and teens. Eucharistic Minister Assist with the distribution of Communion at weekday, weekend and feast day Masses. Eucharistic Ministers must be at least 16 years of age and have celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation. Lector Proclaim the Word of God at weekday, weekend and feast day Masses. This ministry is open to adults and to youth in grades 6 and up. Liturgy Support Team Help with the behind the scenes action that supports our worship experience. These ministries are the first visible sign of a welcoming and hospitable community. Opportunities are many and varied: remove expired Worship Orders from the pews, help prepare and distribute new Worship Orders, clean and press altar linens, clean Holy Water Fonts, straighten hymnals, polish brass, remove wax from liturgical items and furnishings, sweep the front steps, etc. Open to all ages, and with adult supervision, is very child-friendly. Sacristan/Mass Coordinator Prepare the church and sacristy for weekday, weekend or feast day Masses. Responsibilities include preparing necessary materials for celebration of the Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist, setting out materials for the assembly (with the assistance of ushers), overseeing vesting and pre-mass duties of altar servers, and making sure that all scheduled ministers are in place before Mass begins. This ministry is open to adults and teens. Usher and Greeter Provide a welcoming and hospitable environment throughout the liturgical year. Responsibilities include meeting and greeting, offering direction to restrooms and information centers, assistance with seating, distribution of Worship Orders and bulletins, etc. This ministry is open to families as well as individuals. Designated adult volunteers assist with the collection. Worship Environment Team Help put in place and/or remove seasonal church décor reflecting the Church s liturgical calendar. This ministry is family friendly and open to all ages. 5 2

6 Music Ministries To Volunteer: Contact Dana McCarthy, Liturgy, Music & Worship Associate. Adult Choir Help support and enhance the prayer of the assembly at weekend liturgies and high feast days with a broad choral repertoire that includes traditional hymnody, contemporary inspired song, gospel and folk tunes, global music, Gregorian and Byzantine chant and more. The Choir Season runs September through the Feast of Pentecost. Weekly rehearsals during choir season are on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm. Teens (grade 9 and up) and adults are welcome. Cantor Sing the responsorial psalm and support the assembly s song at weekend Masses and high feast days. Demonstrated skill and participation in one of our parish choirs is important. Ongoing training is provided. Festival Choir Provide festive choral music for the high feasts and seasons of Christmas and Easter. Adults of all ages and teens (grade 8 and up) are welcome. Invitations to participate are published in the bulletin preceding each high feast season. Handbell Ringers Can you lend us a hand? Hand bells lend a festive ring to special feasts and seasons. You don t need to read music for this ministry - you just need to be able to count. Rehearsals are scheduled as needed. This ministry is open to adults and youth (grade 5 and up). Instrumentalists Provide instrumental support and embellishment at our weekend and high feast day liturgies. We need skilled percussion, woodwind, brass, string and keyboard musicians. Ensemble experience is helpful. Youth Choir Young people in grades 3-8 from public and parochial schools come together weekly to make music with their voices, rhythm instruments and hand bells. Rehearsals are Wednesdays (4:15-5 pm) from late September through mid- May. The Youth Choir provides music ministry for Sunday Mass numerous times during their choir season. Justice and Service To Volunteer: Contact Deacon David Ingwell, Outreach Associate. Advent Giving Tree Coordinate the annual collection of items for those in need. Ain Dah Yung Offer support through collections and community to our neighbors, Ain Dah Yung, who provide a healing place for American Indian youth and their families so that they can thrive in safety and wholeness. Food Shelf Collection Publicize the need for donations, collect and deliver goods to local food shelves and coordinate parish food drives. ISAIAH Team We join in collaboration with other faith communities through ISAIAH, which is an ecumenical organization made up of over 90 congregations in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and in Saint Cloud. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working for racial and economic justice. Swap Shop Bring your gently used clothes and household items for others to use. Volunteers are needed during the school year to receive donations each Saturday, 12-3 pm and to staff the shop during hours of operation (1-3 pm). Toy Give-Away Assist with the annual collection of toys and holiday items for families and individuals in need. Commitment varies and is flexible. Women s Group Join with women parishioners to build community through service as they coordinate a wide range of activities such as: Funeral Ministry support, hosting a Free Spaghetti Dinner, Church Tours, Holiday Bake Sales and participating in MoreFest - a parish-wide event in support of Saint Thomas More School. 3 4

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