Ministries

lectorsSaint Michael’s Parish family is blessed by the many talents our members provide. We hope that you will find an opportunity to share your unique talent with one of our wonderful ministries in order to grow and serve in the Lord’s work.

Altar Servers
Altar servers have important role of assisting the priest at Mass.  Training is provided for this special liturgical role.  For those who serve regularly, an appreciation event of fun is given and the servers have input in deciding what event will occur.  Those preparing for Confirmation are expected to take part in this or some other ministry for which they are qualified.  This ministry is open to those who are at least (10) years of age and have received First Holy Communion.

Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers
The distribution of Communion at Mass is an honor for all of us as we are given the opportunity to bring Christ literally and physically to others at Mass and to those who are in hospitals, at home, or otherwise unable to attend Mass. Ministers must first receive brief training and will be installed at Mass.

Finance Council
The Finance Council oversees the existing fiscal and physical resources of the parish and plans for their continuing development. The Finance Council reviews the parish budget and monitors income and expenses during the year. It advises the pastor in regard to major expenditures, especially for buildings and grounds. It has a number of de facto members, who sit on it as a result of their staff responsibilities. Contact our Finance Council

Lectors

The proclamation of Sacred Scripture at Mass begins to fulfill our Great Commission: “to go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations… teaching them to observe all that [Jesus] commanded” (Matt 28: 19).  Mindful that this ministry was once reserved to the clerical state, the laity are invited to take a more active role in the liturgy of the Mass.  Training is provided for lectors who will be installed at a Mass before their ministry begins.

Music Ministry
The goal of music ministry is to enhance our liturgical participation and worship of the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ Music ministry has many different opportunities to return to the LORD the gifts and talents that He has given to us: instrumentalists, choir members, and cantors.  Currently, we are looking for a Director of Music who accompanies the singing at Mass.  The Music Director selects sacred music to accompany the readings and theme of the Masses; coordinates choir and/or cantor practices; and accompanies at Mass.

Pastoral Council
The Pastoral Council is a consultative body to the pastor and is governed by norms determined by the Bishop of Grand Rapids. The Council’s purpose is to form community so that it is a sign and witness of unity for the larger community, to provide recommendations about the priorities and direction of the parish through pastoral planning, and to promote communication and understanding among parish organizations.
Contact our Pastoral Council members

Religious Education
This ministry seeks to fulfill the Great Commission to “go, therefore, and baptize all nations in the Name of” our Triune God, “teaching them all that [Jesus] commanded” (Matt 28:19).  This ministry works with those who have never been baptized; Catholics who were baptized but did not receive the other Sacraments of Initiation; and non-Catholic Christians who were baptized in other denominations but need the other Sacraments of Initiation.  This is generally a 1-year process but can take longer.  Sometimes, other issues may reside in a person’s heart or life – such as previous marriages that need an annulment – need to be reconciled before receiving other Sacraments.  However, those who seek a deeper communion with God and His Church should seek continually to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ on a spiritual and sacramental basis.

RCIA/Adult Catechism
This ministry seeks to fulfill the Great Commission to “go, therefore, and baptize all nations in the Name of” our Triune God, “teaching them all that [Jesus] commanded” (Matt 28:19).  This ministry works with those who have never been baptized; Catholics who were baptized but did not receive the other Sacraments of Initiation; and non-Catholic Christians who were baptized in other denominations but need the other Sacraments of  Initiation.  This is generally a 1-year process but can take longer.  Sometimes, other issues may reside in a person’s heart or life – such as previous marriages that need an annulment – need to be reconciled before receiving other Sacraments.  However, those who seek a deeper communion with God and  His Church should seek continually to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ on a spiritual and sacramental basis.


Social Ministries 

Bereavement
The Bereavement Committee offers assistance to parish families after the death of a loved one; assists in preparing for the funeral and vigil service; and, attends the funeral as a group. Adults interested in this ministry receive periodic training.  Soon to be assisted by the Women’s Guild, the committee provides food to bereaved families or requests memorial Masses for the deceased. Approximately one month after a funeral, a committee member follows up to determine if the family needs further assistance; writes notes of support and comfort to the family; and provides information about grief counseling services and seminars.

Food Pantry
St. Ann’s has a special charism in the tradition of St. Martin de Porres to care for the disadvantaged or the poor.  We have a food pantry that, on Tuesday mornings, assembles bags of food received from different sources and then distributes them on Wednesday mornings.  We are also looking into developing a St. Vincent de Paul Society which seeks to serve by visiting the family in their homes in pairs.

Youth Ministry
Our youth ministry exists to reach the youth of our parish and community ranging from the 6th grade into the high school years.  This ministry invites the youth to share in God’s Word; to offer themselves in service to Christ and His Church; and to care for one another.  Weekly meeting times are being discussed for the summer months.

 

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