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1 St. Jude of the Lake Discipleship Opportunities St. Jude of the Lake Church 700 Mahtomedi Ave Mahtomedi, MN FAX: Go out! Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit." ~Pope Francis 16

2 Welcoming Ministries #servelikefrancis Staff Leader: Laura Stierman - Director of Formation ext. 222 Our Welcoming Ministries are designed to help our visitors and parishioners to feel that they are a vital member of our growing faith community! We encourage you to join in our celebrations of the Eucharist, to develop a deeper understanding of your faith, and to participate in our numerous opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the world. May God bless you as you continue your faith journey as a disciple of Christ. Welcome Weekends This ministry strives to encourage everyone grow closer as a community. We set aside three times each year to emphasize our community and getting to know one another by name. We ask parishioners to wear a nametag, to introduce themselves, and to pray for those around them. Volunteers are need to set up sign-in tables, greet people as they arrive, distribute nametags and periodically to help host Welcome Weekend hospitality events. Frequency: Three times/year (May, August, October) Time required: two hours Lay Leader contact: Available Greeters - We want to welcome those who enter into our doors to feel the fellowship of Christ in community the moment they arrive. Our greeters show kindness, hope, and love and help us feel at home. If you feel called to this ministry, please contact Laura Stierman. Frequency: one Mass per month Time required: 20 minutes before Mass Lay Leader contact: Available Sunday Hospitality Our families and groups who host hospitality on Sundays after Mass have the easiest (and best) job on Sundays: feeding the hungry! We serve coffee, juice, and donuts nearly every Sunday in Kohler Hall. We welcome individuals and family members to plate donuts, make coffee/juice, and do a little clean-up. Donuts are delivered to the Gather Space and just need to be put out on plates. It is a simple and thank-filled ministry (ask the children about their favorite part of Sunday and they will smile and say donuts after Mass! ) Frequency: Weekly opportunity. Time required: ½ - 1 hr. before Mass to make coffee and plate treats and ½ to 1 hr. after Mass to serve and clean up. Check out the website to schedule and for more details Volunteer-Opportunity Below are ministries that have an immediate need for volunteers. #servelikefrancis Volunteer Opportunity New Member Mentor Family Welcome Weekend Lay Leader Greeters Lay Leader BeFrienders Altar Servers Contact Jodi Heinzen; Jenni Corbett; Laura Stierman; Laura Stierman; Carrie Hackman; Jane Matson; Funeral Ministry Parish Office, Eucharist Minister of Holy Communion Fun-raising Team Member Cornfest Planning Team Becky Gaunt; Vicki Krawczeski; Lorraine Kluegel; Jon Shimnowski; I am interested in volunteering in the following ministries: Name: Primary phone number: Please mail to: St. Jude of the Lake, 700 Mahtomedi Ave., Mahtomedi, MN or to 2 15

3 Councils and Leadership Welcoming Ministries Staff Leader: Fr. Cory Rohlfing Ext Every parish needs a strong set of leadership teams that are committed to helping the parish bring more people to Christ and his Church. These councils and teams are appointed by the Pastor and, together serve the him in key areas of need. If you are interested in the leadership opportunity please contact Fr. Cory. New Member Mentor Family/Individual This team reaches out to our new parishioners and welcomes them to our community. The mentor family/individual answers questions, provides information about our events, and encourages involvement in the parish. Names and contact information are provided by the lay leader. Frequency: As needed, but generally one new family needs a mentor per month Time required: varies per phone call; attends the New Member Brunch twice/year. Finance Council Provides counsel on financial outlook of the parish community. Parish Council Provides Fr. Cory and the staff both vision and input on the pastoral needs of the parish. Trustees Two Trustees provide consultation to Fr. Cory and participate as officers of the Civil Corporation which is registered with the State. New Member Brunch Team New Member Brunch Team: Use your culinary skills to welcome our new members through cooking and baking! We invite our new (and long-time) parishioners to mix and mingle over brunch after Mass. Frequency: twice a year, Spring and Fall. Time required: 2 hrs. grocery shopping, 4 hrs. for cooking, baking and service at the brunch. Frequency: Monthly meetings for each of the councils are from September through May, plus planned events where council members represent parish leadership. Time Requirement: Monthly Meetings typically are typically 90 minutes. Additional commitments and activities may range from 1 to 5 hours per month. Expectations of All Volunteers All Volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults are required to complete the Essential Three: Virtus Training, Background Check and Code of Conduct. New volunteers can complete the process for all three requirements online. Current Volunteers who completed the essential three before 6/30/2008 will need retraining and rechecking as well as signing a new code of contact, all online. Go to If you would like more information on how to complete these requirements, go to If we believe in the free and generous action of the Spirit, we are able to understand one another well and work together to serve society better, and to contribute to peace in a decisive way. ~ Pope Francis (12/1/14) 14 3

4 Pastoral Care and Service Parish Administration and Support Staff Leader: Laura Stierman - Director of Formation ext. 222 BeFrienders - Want to bring Christ and the Church to people at home and in healthcare facilities who are unable to come to Mass. We need you! We ask for a twoyear commitment and provide you extensive training. Volunteers provide their own transportation. Frequency: Weekly. Time required: 1 3 hrs. per week. Wedding Mentor Couples Meet with couples preparing for marriage to administer and interpret the premarital survey. Frequency: as needed. Time Required: 3 5 hrs. per couple. Need: 2 openings. Funeral Luncheon Help the families and friends of the deceased feel the compassion and love extended to them by the members of the parish. Volunteers coordinate, provide and serve food after funerals. We appreciate help with calling volunteers, setting up, serving and clean up after luncheons Frequency: As needed Time Required: Varies Prayer Shawl Ministry - This joy -filled crowd makes prayer shawls for people in need of support. If you knit, crochet or want to learn, join our group! Frequency: Meet 1 st Thursdays of the month in parish office from 1-2:30 pm. Time required: 1-1/2 hrs. for meeting. Rosary Makers The rosary is a beautiful and powerful prayer. Over the years, this group has donated over 40,000 rosaries to St Jude, The Archdiocese, United Hospitals and at missions throughout the world. Consider joining this at home ministry that promotes prayer world-wide. We have a group pot-luck meeting every second Thursday of odd numbered months at the Ark 6-8PM Frequency: Flexible. Time required: Flexible commitment. Staff Leader: Jon Jakoblich, Business Administrator Ext. 239 Money Counter Count the weekend collection on a rotating schedule. Frequency: Every Monday for 1 month every 3 months. Time required: 1 ½ hrs. Need: This is an appointed position. Volunteer Receptionist We need a pleasant and helpful person to answer the parish office phone, greet and help visitors who come to the office. Experience preferred and training is provided. Frequency: once a week, or on occasion. Time required: 1 hr. on designated day of the week from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm or a 4 hour shift either 8:00 am to 12:00 pm or 12:00 pm to 4:30 for coverage when the Office Coordinator is out. Need: 1 4 openings. Campus and Facilities Staff Leader: Melissa Curtis, Ext. 247 Garden Group Member - Do you have a green thumb? Help beautify St. Jude s campus by maintaining one of the many gardens and outdoor plants on parish grounds. Frequency: Weekly starting mid April through October. Time required: Depending on activity needed, 1/2 hr. to 4 hrs. Spring and Fall Cleanup Volunteer Let s enjoy working together to maintain and enhance the beauty of our campus. Paint walls, clean walkways, maintain lawn, prune shrubs and trees, etc. Frequency: Twice per year. Time required: 4 to 6 hours. Sewing Ministry Volunteer This ministry is for anyone who loves to sew. Sew for the needy: hats for the homeless, baby clothes for Women s Life Care Center, and other prenatal programs. Frequency: flexible. Time Required: Flexible time commitment. 4 13

5 Parish Events Community Outreach Staff Leader: Jon Jakoblich, Ext. 239 Annual Dinner/Auction Each year, we sponsors a theme party to joyfully bring members of the community together. This community building and fund raising event is one of the most significant social events of the parish. The committee members plan and carry out annual catered dinner and auction. Frequency: Annual event. Time required: 1 ½ hrs. monthly meeting, weekly the month before the event. 4 5 hrs. for set up the day before event, 8 10 hrs. the day of the event. Cornfest Committee Members and Volunteers Cornfest is one of Mahtomedi s main events! We invite people from the whole community to join in this family friendly fun with great food, entertainment, and activities for all ages. As a committee member or volunteer, you get to plan and carry out this parish community celebration. Frequency: Annual event on the 2 nd Saturday of September. Time required: Monthly meetings from April July, 2 4 hr. weekly meetings beginning in August up to the event. 4 to 8 hrs. set-up on Friday before the event, 8 to 10 hrs. on the day of Cornfest. Fun-Raising Committee Each year, we opens our doors to provide fun and relaxing activities for the community. Help plan and carry out FUN fellowship opportunities. Frequency: 2 4 event per year. Time required: 2 hrs. for planning and 5 hrs. on day of the event. Need: Unlimited. Staff Leader: Michelle Stiepan Food Shelf Coordinator Food Shelf Volunteer - Help the Food Shelf provide assistance to families in our community. This is a great family or youth volunteer opportunity for ages 11 and up. Volunteer hours are M-F, 9 am-3:30 pm, or by appointment. Frequency: Weekly, monthly or as your schedule permits Time Required: 1 to 3 hrs. Staff Leader: Kathy Giuliano - Office Coordinator Dorothy Day Center Volunteer Our parishioners help serve or cook meals on the fourth Saturday during February, April, June, August, October, and December. This is a great opportunity for the whole family. There are 2 shifts with about 8-10 people per shift. The first shift (1:30-3:30) prepares the meal. The second shift (3:30-5:30) serves the meal in a buffet line, and clean-up is done by the Dorothy Day staff. If you would like to work both shifts you can. Frequency: Once a month or as your schedule permits. Time required: 2 to 4 hours Creation Care Team - In the first week on the job, Pope Francis called on the faithful to be "protectors of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment." If you would like to support our parish community as it acts on Pope Francis' call, join us! Frequency: periodic meetings, 1-2 events a year. Time required: flexible. Bloodmobile Volunteer - Each year, St. Jude s conducts a blood drive to provide lifesaving support in conjunction with the Red Cross. We need volunteers to make phone calls, serve snacks, greet donors and/or drive donations to the Red Cross. Frequency: Once per year. Time required: 1 to 2 hrs. for calling, 4 6 hrs. on the day of the blood drive. In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love. ~ St. Theresa of Calcutta 12 5

6 Liturgical Support Education and Formation Staff Leader: Becky Gaunt Director of Music and Liturgy , ext. 229 Lector - The Word of God becomes a transforming influence in the life our parishioners. Lectors help them receive that Word by proclaiming the first two readings and the Prayers of the Faithful at each Sunday Mass and on Holy Days on a rotating schedule. We provide training and a Workbook with all the readings for each Mass to use for meditation and practice. Frequency: Approximately, one mass every 3 months. Time required: 30 min. training, Prep min before mass, and reading during Masses. Children s Liturgy of the Word Help children in grades K-4 understand and engage with the Sunday readings during weekend Masses all year round. Frequency: once per week on Sundays during 9:00 or 11:00 a.m. Masses Time required: ½ hr. preparation and ½ hr. leading during Mass time. Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion - Distribute Communion at Mass on a rotating schedule. Training is provided. Frequency: 1 month every 3 months. Time required: 45 min training, serving at mass. Altar Server - Serve a scheduled Mass and assist Father as needed on a rotating schedule. Going into 5th grade & up. Training is provided. Frequency: One Mass time assigned for a month every 3 months. Time required: 1 hr., 15 min. Usher - Welcome worshippers and assist with other needs before, during and after weekend Masses. Open to youth and adults; schedules vary. Training is provided. Frequency: 1 month every 3 months. Time required: One time 30 minutes of training, then ushering at Mass. Staff Leader: Laura Stierman, Director of Formation Ext. 222 Carrie Hackman, Coordinator of Family Faith Formation Ext. 233 St. Jude of the Lake School General Volunteer- St. Jude of the Lake is an International Baccalaureate World School for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 that is committed to helping students develop intellectually, spiritually, and personally into the person God created them to be. Our students thrive with our small class sizes and individualized attention. We are 100% dedicated to a nurturing environment and Christ centered. Weekly Mass puts Jesus at the center of our students' lives. The school is in need of volunteers to help the Administrative Assistant with copying, collating, answering phones and other basic office duties. Frequency: Once a week. Time required: 1-2 hrs but flexible. Contact Laurie Barclay, Family Faith Formation (PreK 7 th grade) Catechists There are four pillars of Faith Formation: Proclamation of the Gospel, prayer and worship, service, and building community. As a Family Faith Formation catechist you will make use of all these means to evangelize our young people. Frequency: once a week, Wednesdays September May. Time required: 90 minute classes with 1 2 hrs. prep time. St. Jude Discovery Center - Lake Area Discovery Center s partnership with St. Jude of the Lake School provides a unique opportunity to buddy with students in the elementary school and benefit from their wonderful facilities. One other unique aspect of this site is the partnership with Coventry Senior Living Center, through which the children have a chance to develop ongoing relationships with Senior Citizens. St. Jude Discovery Center offers classes for 2-5 yrs old. There is daycare and extended care programs as well. Contact: Emily Sullivan,

7 Discipleship and Evangelization Liturgical Support Staff Leader: Laura Stierman, Director of Formation Ext. 222 Core to our parish mission is to be disciples and make disciples of Christ. Within this mission, it is our responsibility to study and learn about Christ and His Church. Then we are to teach and share with others. Adult School of Prayer Are you passionate about your Catholic faith and want to provide opportunities for adults to grow in prayer, knowledge and as a disciple of Christ? Be part of the team to schedule events, plan and make them happen! Frequency: 1 2 meetings per month when planning an event. Time required: varies, meetings 1 1-1/2 hrs., 1 3 hrs./ week prep time during events. Need: 1 to 2 openings. Worship Environment - Create a visual environment for worship according to the liturgical season. Anyone interested in flower arrangement, plant care, sewing, or design is welcome. Frequency: events/changes each liturgical year. Time required: 1 4 hours per liturgical season. Plants and Flowers Volunteer - Maintain flowers and greenery in the worship and gathering spaces. Frequency: weekly and seasonal. Time required: 2 hrs. per week during ordinary time, 3 4 hrs. during Christmas & Easter. Liturgical Sewing Ministry - Sew banners, altar cloths, etc. Frequency: as needed. Time required: varies. Bible Study Are you passionate about your Catholic faith and want to lead adults in bible studies or small groups? This ministry will provide the opportunity to lead fellow adult parishioners in bible study or small groups. We provide facilitator materials as well as support for new leaders. Frequency: weekly during bible study series. Time required: prep 1 hr. and the bible study class is 1-1/2 hrs. Be attentive to the needs of the poor, the suffering, the lonely, for whoever has chosen to love Jesus cannot but love his neighbor. 10 7

8 Music Ministry Prayer Staff Leader: Becky Gaunt, Director of Music and Liturgy ext. 229 Music and song enhance the expression and unity of prayer during the celebration of Mass. They help the faithful join together in prayer to give glory to God. The Music Ministry of St. Jude of the Lake is a vibrant, prayerful and dedicated group of talented individuals. Choir Members The voices of the choir lead and support the congregation in song and music at Sunday Mass September-May. Frequency: once a week during Mass, 1 rehearsal a week. Time required: 1 ½ hr. per Mass during Ordinary Time, 3 hrs. during seasonal liturgies, 1 ½ hrs. rehearsal. Cantor - Lead sung prayer at parish liturgies. Audition required. Frequency: One rehearsal and sing at one Mass each week. Time required: 1 ½ hr. per Mass during Ordinary Time, 3 hrs. during seasonal liturgies. Instrumentalist - Attend rehearsals and play an instrument at parish liturgies. Audition required. Frequency: One rehearsal and play at one Mass each week. Time required: 1 ½ hr. per Mass during Ordinary Time, 3 hrs. during seasonal liturgies, 1 ½ hrs. for rehearsal. Staff Leader: Laura Stierman - Director of Formation ext. 222 Eucharistic Adoration Volunteer O come let us adore him sings the psalmist. Our Lord, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, is adored and worshipped. Spend time in Church praying before the Blessed Sacrament. Frequency: First Thursday of each month and every Thursday during Advent and Lent. Time Required: minimum of ½ hour. Cenacle Prayer - Feel called to pray for others and have a support group for your own faith journey? Please join us! We are part of the Marian Movement of Priests. Pray as a group or at home as requested through the parish prayer chain. Frequency: meet weekly on Wednesdays, pray daily. Time Required: 1 ½ hrs. per week. Prayer Service Ministry This ministry provides a communion prayer service when the parish priest is unavailable or when a priest cannot be secured to offer Mass at the 9 AM daily Mass time. The prayer service leader needs to be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, will lead prayer, reads the Gospel after the first reading and the responsorial Psalm is read. Then will read a reflection on the Gospel from a Catholic source. Training and resources are available for both the prayer service format and to become a Eucharistic Minister. Frequency: Once every 6 to 8 weeks. Time Required: The time commitment 1 hour to prepare the gospel reflection and intentions. 8 9

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