Our Lady of the Woods Ministries – 2017

Spiritual Life Ministries

Adult Altar Servers – Adults who assist the priest at funeral liturgies.
Adult Retreats – Daylong experiences of hospitality, spiritual formation, renewal and fellowship for men and women.
Altar Servers – 5th grade and older boys and girls who assist the priest at liturgies.
Baptismal Garments – Persons who create such garments for infants and adults.
Bereavement – Persons who bring comfort to those who have lost a loved one by staying in touch with them for one year through phone calls and cards.
Common Thread – Persons craft prayers shawls for those in need of comfort during serious illness or difficulties
Greeters – Persons who welcome people as they come to worship.
Lectors – Persons, 16 years and older, who proclaim the Word of the Lord at our liturgies.
Men’s Group Ministry (MGM) – A men’s group which meets to explore and share topics of Faith and Christian living.
Ministers of Care – Persons who visit the sick in local hospitals and bring the Eucharist to the homebound and those in local health care facilities.
Ministers of the Eucharist – Persons, 16 years and older, who assist the celebrant of the Mass by giving the Eucharist to those present.
Music Ministries – Adult choir, children’s choir, handbell choir, resurrection choir, contemporary group, instrumentalists, cantors, cherub choir.
Sisters in the Lord – Women’s scripture reflection group.
Ushers – Men and women who provide assistance to the congregation during worship services.
Wedding Rehearsal Team – Assist couples with their wedding rehearsals.

Education/Formation Ministries

Adult Education Program – Faith development for adults.
Baptismal Preparation Couples assist families in preparation for Baptism.
Children of the Lord – Faith development for four- and five-year-old children during Sunday’s 9:30AM Mass.
Children’s Athletic Ministry Athletic programs for parish boys and girls in grades 1-8 including basketball, soccer, volleyball, golf and football (through St. Alexander Parish).
Family Ministry – provide family oriented activities to encourage family faith practice.
Marriage Preparation (Pre-Cana) Couples assist with individuals preparing for marriage.
Religious Education Program (REP) Faith development of grade school children, grades 1 – 8.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Persons supporting the process of becoming a Catholic and initiation for those adults in need of sacraments.
Vacation Bible School Grade school children attend a one-week enrichment program during the summer.
Youth Ministry Address the needs of young people through social, sports, service and faith formation activities. Programming offered for junior high (6th , 7th, 8th grades), high school and young adults.
Youth Ministry Alumni Association – Former youth ministry teens, now young adults, joining together to fund-raise for Youth Ministry sponsored events.

Human Concerns Ministries

Babysitting – Junior high and high school students baby sit during the Sunday 9:30AM Mass for one or two children two to four years of age with assistance and supervision by adults.
Blood Drive – Persons assist in planning and implementing the quarterly blood drives.
Cancer Support Group – This ministry offers support to those in similar life situations. Leadership needed.
Caring Hands – Persons give time and help to prepare meals, provide transportation or baby care in emergency situations.
Clothing Drive – Persons assist in the collection and distribution of clothing for those in need.
Food Drive – Persons assist in the collection of goods for our sharing parish and others in need.
Food Donation Ministry – Volunteers pick up donated food at a local grocer on Sunday mornings and deliver items to our local soap kitchen. Volunteers work in teams with a rotating schedule.
Giving Tree Helpers – Ministry of outreach which offers Christmas gifts to less fortunate families and children in and outside of the parish community. Volunteers organize gift tags for the Giving Tree and sort returned gifts to be distributed.
HOPE Employment Support Ministry – Spiritually based network of parishioners helping unemployed and underemployed job seekers to make connections with employers and each other.
MOMS – opportunity for small children to play together as moms enjoy faith filled discussions.
Port Ministries’ Bread Truck – Persons who prepare lunches which are distributed to the less fortunate by Port Ministries. Preparation takes place monthly at our parish.
Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) – Persons who assist the homeless either at local sites or as cooking team volunteers.
Rebuilding Together – Parishioners participate in a one day service project which improves the homes of elderly, disabled and low-income residents in nearby communities. Projects vary and experience is not necessary.
Respect Life – Persons develop and implement programs dedicated to respect for life issues.
St. Peter’s Rabbit Patch Bunnies – Ministry of outreach which offers an Easter basket to less fortunate children in various Catholic and community organizations. Volunteers organize and distribute baskets.
St. Vincent dePaul Society – Members minister to the needy within our community.

Parish Life Ministries

Bridge Club – Members meet at Hackney’s the second Wednesday of each month – September through May.
Collection Counters – Persons provide assistance as offertory collection counters.
Healthy Hikers – Morning weekday walking in the gym either individually or with peers.
Hospitality – Persons who help with set-up, serving and clean-up when refreshments are served after Mass or special liturgies.
Knights of Columbus – Provide service and social events for youth, church, community and families.
Mailing Crew – Parishioners assemble parish wide mailings at various times of the year.
Ministry Sign-Up Committee – Persons provide information about parish ministries and recruitment support and plan sign-up weekend.
Publicity Committee – This ministry communicates information about parish activities and news within the parish community.
Seniors – Senior citizens club meets the first Tuesday of each month to plan and have activities, events and trips.
Special Events Committee – Persons plan and implement parish activities including the golf outing, fish fry and the parish dinner.
Sunday Evening at the Gym – Adult open gym for basketball.
Women of the Woods Association (WOWA) – A women’s social and ministerial organization that strives to fulfill the spiritual and social needs of women