Ministries

ALTAR SOCIETY
MINISTRY LEADERS: SHEILA SPIKES & MAX NOLAN
If you are available for one month of Saturdays for no more than 60 to 90 minutes and aren't afraid of a little cleaning, Altar Society is looking for you! A team of three to four members helps prepare the chapel and sanctuary for Masses. Responsibilities include light dusting, filling candles with oil, changing altar cloths, if necessary, and cleaning the windows in the Cry Room. This ministry is open to all registered parishioners – men and women ages 18 and older. Come help make our liturgy a beautiful experience!

BUSINESS OUTREACH MINISTRY
MINISTRY LEADER: DENNIS LEGORI
The goal of this Catholic business ministry is to proclaim God's word by actively contributing to community development. This is done through relevant workshops, seminars and meetings. The group’s mission is to provide spiritual and business knowledge, relevant mentoring, and technical assistance to help small business owners achieve their potential. This ministry will also help parishioners in areas of employment and career planning, financial planning and tax planning. For more information, check out our website.

CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT GROUP
MINISTRY LEADERS: REGINA HALL & JOY CACIA
A support group for those who are faced with chronic pain. The focus will be on education, sharing stories, spiritual support and growth. Meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month in the Meeting Room from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m.

COFFEE & DONUTS
MINISTRY LEADER: KATHRYN JACKSON
Volunteers in this ministry set up Visitation Hall, make coffee before Mass, serve coffee and donuts after Mass, and then clean-up. Coffee and donuts are served after the first two Masses on Sundays with the exception of the third Sunday of each month. We welcome anyone, age 16 and older, with a willing spirit and a desire to give back for all the blessings one has received. This ministry provides a great service hour opportunity for the youth!

DEAR FRIEND
MINISTRY COORDINATOR: HILDE HOLMES
We all enjoy receiving mail, don’t we?  We love to hear and visualize the stories shared with us through letters. Dear Friend is based on this common truth. Members are partnered up with parishioners who are either homebound or in a nursing home. On at least a monthly basis, members write letters and send cards to their “Friends.” 

GOOD NEIGHBORS
MINISTRY LEADER: BRENDA THIELE
This ministry provides meals for families during a difficult time, such as an illness. Volunteers are notified of a parishioner who needs a meal. The volunteer should contact the family to arrange for a convenient meal time. They will then prepare and deliver the meal to the family. Time commitment is minimal.

GREETERS MINISTRY
MINISTRY LEADER: LOUIE ROBINSON
Greeters welcome parishioners at each weekend Mass and on Holy Days. Volunteers are asked to arrive 20 minutes prior to their assigned Mass and stay 20 minutes after Mass to greet and answer questions. Time requirement is one Mass per month. One-on-one training is provided, but you must have a warm handshake and smile!

GRIEF SUPPORT MINISTRY
MINISTRY LEADER: DR. EDIE THOMPSON
This support ministry reaches out to those who have experienced a loss through death or tragedy. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Rectory Conference Room.

GROUNDS BEAUTIFICATION
MINISTRY LEADER: BETH MOSS
This ministry works to continue to enhance the beauty of our church and school campuses. Volunteers are needed to plant flowers, trim trees, spread pine straw and prepare beds for planting. Anyone who enjoys gardening or working outdoors with a cheerful, positive, enthusiastic attitude is welcome.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
MINISTRY LEADER: STEVE WILSON
St. Anne Parish participates in the building of a Habitat for Humanity house in the fall. Volunteers can help out in a lot of different ways, from hammering nails to cooking and serving lunch. Volunteer now and you will be contacted later with details and times.

HEALTH MINISTRY
MINISTRY LEADERS: ANNE LESTER & ALPHONSE JOSE
A group of health care professionals working together in a health-related ministry for St. Anne Church. The focus is on wellness education and screenings. Blood pressure screenings are offered weekly with three shifts available: Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.; and Sunday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Blood sugar screenings are offered the second weekend of the month with the same shifts available. Anyone in the medical field is welcome to join! Time requirement is limited.

HELPING HANDS
MINISTRY LEADER: DUTCH WALDHEIM
This ministry is for anyone with a current Georgia driver’s license and safe driving record who would be available to occasionally drive other parishioners who can’t drive to: Mass, a doctor’s appointment, the pharmacy, grocery store or other such errands.

JOYFUL ROSARY MAKERS
MINISTRY LEADER: FRANCES REITZ
A ministry which makes cord mission rosaries to be given away free to missions in our community and around the world. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to Noon to make mission rosaries, which are plastic beads strung on cording.  All materials are supplied and instruction on how to make the knots are taught at meetings. If you’re not able to attend meetings, you can pick up supplies and drop off completed rosaries at your convenience. Enjoy crafts? Give this a try!

JustFaith
MINISTRY LEADER: GERRY WIECZORECK
JustFaith is a conversion-based process that provides a context in which participants can grow in their commitment to care for the vulnerable and become advocates for justice. During this extended justice education process, which typically begins in the fall and runs through spring, groups meet weekly in the meeting room on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. The program employs books, videos, guest speakers, discussion, prayer, retreats and hands-on experiences. Beyond the regular weekly meetings, occasional immersion experiences are offered on Saturdays. Participants form a community with other participants and share a journey of faith and compassion that is both life-giving and challenging. Anyone, age 18 and older, with an open mind and compassionate heart is welcome.

LIFE TEEN RETREAT
MINISTRY LEADER: MEAGAN FOLDS
Life Teen Retreat (formerly known as Antioch) is an annual youth retreat for teens put on by teens. It is a fun and rewarding way to deepen your faith and relationship with God and to form strong bonds with other Catholic teens. It begins on a Friday evening and ends on a Sunday afternoon. This retreat weekend has limited space for participants. The next Life Teen Retreat will be January 17-19, 2014. Volunteers 18 and over will need VIRTUS Training and a background check.

LINENS OF THE SACRED HEART
MINISTRY LEADER: JENNIFER HARDING

This ministry provides respectful handling and cleaning of the Mass linens. If you are willing to give of your time in reverence and commitment to the handling and cleaning of these linens that have come into contact with the body and blood of Christ, this is the ministry for you.

MARY’S CHAIN GANG
MINISTRY LEADERS: BARBARA BIERENFELD
This ministry makes and sends rosaries to places in need throughout the world. Materials and instructions are provided. Any parishioner, over age 10, who likes to work with his or her hands is invited to join.

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING
MINISTRY LEADERS: JEFF & MICHELLE CHARDOS
The mission of this ministry is to teach the language of the body that is spoken through human fertility. Natural Family Planning (NFP), taught through semi-annual classes, is fertility awareness, the knowledge of a couple's signs of fertility. Applying this knowledge is over 99 percent effective in postponing a pregnancy and can be very helpful when trying to achieve one. Experience a depth and richness in your marriage by recognizing authentic married love and responsible parenthood. NFP is safe, healthy and effective. It can change your hearts! Email Jeff & Michelle Chardos for more details.

NOTRE DAME SHOP
MINISTRY LEADER: FRANCES REITZ 
The Notre Dame Shop staff sells religious gifts and books before and after weekend Masses. Volunteers are scheduled to work one shift every six weeks around their preferred Mass. Dependable adults who enjoy helping people and who can handle money are invited to volunteer.

NURSERY CARE
ELIZABETH JOHNSON
Our parish's nursery volunteers provide a safe and happy environment for children, ages 6 months to 4 years, whose parents are attending Mass on Saturday evening or Sunday. Adults interested in giving their time and talent to the Nursery Care ministry must complete a background check and VIRTUS training. Volunteers serve about once every four to six weeks. Time required is 20 minutes before Mass to set up and greet children, Mass time and then a few minutes afterwards to tidy up the nursery.

OUTREACH
MINISTRY LEADER: KATIE BYERS
A ministry to help those who are in need of food or help with rent or utility bills, when funds are available. Duties include conducting interviews with clients to determine their needs, picking up groceries, dividing food into individual-sized packages, filling grocery lists and yard work. Anyone who is willing to work hard and be understanding and compassionate to those in need is welcome to volunteer. The time required is up to the volunteer. The Outreach Center is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to Noon and the third weekend of the month around Mass time. Training is done on an individual basis.

PARISH MAILINGS
This group of volunteers gets together three to five times a year to assist the parish staff with large mailings. Volunteers put address labels on envelopes and prepare bulk mailings. Time requirement is about two to hours. Training is done on an individual basis.

PRISON MINISTRY FOR MEN
MINISTRY LEADER: JOHN QUILLEN
This ministry serves the spiritual and religious needs of the Catholic inmates of the prison, as well as other inmates who wish to know more about the Catholic way of life. We also provide Catholic Bibles and rosaries as needed.

PRISON MINISTRY FOR WOMEN
MINISTRY LEADER: SR. PAT THOMPSON
Weekly Share and Learn discussion sessions are held with the women living at Trinity House on Lawyer’s Lane in Columbus each Friday, from 5 to 6 p.m. Efforts are underway to work within the Muscogee County Jail, as well. You may serve as a volunteer with Sister Pat, as a generous donor, as a prayer warrior, or as a provider of treats to be shared. Kairos of Georgia Prison Ministry serves the women at Pulaski State Prison in Hawkinsville, Georgia. Sr. Pat is a volunteer team member and will be more than happy to talk with you about becoming a part of this ministry.

RIGHT TO LIFE
MINISTRY LEADER: JULIE GRECO
This ecumenical group coordinates support for and awareness of Right to Life issues, such as the March for Life in January and a Life Chain in October. The focus is on education. The group meets monthly on the fourth Monday at 7 p.m. at the Burger King on Wynnton Road (near AFLAC). Adults and teens are welcome. A commitment to peaceful, prayerful education about life issues is desired.

SEWING CIRCLE
MINISTRY LEADER: VERA WOJTYSIAK
If you love to sew, embroider, cross stitch, crochet and/or knit, this ministry is for you. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. They make baptismal bibs, purificators and other altar linens, as needed. They also work on baby blankets for Project Linus and other charities. Anyone who loves to sew and enjoys good fellowship is welcome.

STRONG FOR LIFE! STRENGTH EXERCISE FOR OLDER ADULTS
MINISTRY LEADER: LYNN NORRIS
This strength/flexibility improvement program is tailored for middle-aged and older adults but can be great for others wanting to begin strength exercise. It trains and educates people to maintain or improve their strength for an active, independent life. It benefits multiple body systems, improves body composition/metabolism, and confidence. A doctor's approval form is needed and may be picked up on your first day of class. It is offered in the Youth Room on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:45 until 2:30 p.m.

TAI CHI
MINISTRY LEADER: LYNN NORRIS
This exercise program, led by a trained volunteer, can promote relaxation, help improve balance and coordination, physical and mental well-being, and can relieve stress. Most movements may be done while sitting, so all adults are invited. It is offered on Mondays from 1 to 1:45 p.m. in the Youth Room. No physician approval is required, but participants must sign a release.

THYME & TALENT
MINISTRY LEADER: BETH ROBERTS
This group prepares and/or serves meals or refreshments for small parish functions. Volunteers can set-up and decorate for functions, prepare and serve the meal, and/or clean up after the function. Members work together in teams. The time commitment is usually a few hours a month, depending on the church‘s calendar. Cooking experience is an asset, but not necessary.

TLC - THE LOVING COMFORTERS
This group prepares food for a bereaved family around the time of the funeral or wake. The group is broken into teams that arrange a special menu. When it is a team’s turn, members prepare a dish for the meal at their home and deliver it to the church at a designated time. Time requirement is minimal.

YOGA
MINISTRY LEADER: MARTHA CRANSTON
A relaxing exercise program scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Youth Room. Occasionally, we have a certified yoga instructor lead the class and at other times we follow a yoga routine from a series of videos. Yoga is a perfect way to end a busy day. Participants need to bring their own yoga mat and block.

YOUTH MINISTRY: HIGH SCHOOL
MINISTRY LEADER: NATE FOLDS
This ministry is open to any high school graduate/adult willing to work with teens as a chaperone, discussion leader and role model. The high school group meets each Wednesday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Youth Room. Volunteers should have a sense of humor and a good listening ear. Volunteers over age 18 need VIRTUS training and a background check.

YOUTH MINISTRY: MIDDLE SCHOOL
MINISTRY LEADER: TONYA SEGUIN
This ministry is open to any adult over 21 willing to work with middle school children as a chaperone and role model. The group meets regularly through the school year on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. The group meets from 6 until 7:30 p.m. in the Youth Room. Occasionally, members meet on weekends for service projects or social gatherings. Volunteers should have a good listening ear and a sense of humor. Volunteers need VIRTUS training. 

ZUMBA! GOLD
MINISTRY LEADER: RITA HELLCAMP
Zumba! Gold is a fun, Latin-inspired dance class that will tone and sculpt the body. It raises the heart rate without you even realizing it’s exercise. All are welcome to participate and/or watch. The class meets Wednesdays from 1 to 1:45 p.m. in the Youth Room.