Ministries Open to Youth
The following is a list of ministries which the youth (ages 9-18) of our parish can be involved. We strongly encourage our youth to take time to decide how they can become involved at St. Anne Church. Remember our time and talents are gifts from God. What we do with them are our gifts back to God.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
MINISTRY LEADERS: AL AND VIRGINIA BASLER & EMY HERRAS
The blessed sacrament is exposed in Mercy Chapel every Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Participants can spend 30 minutes to 1 hour (or whatever time is most convenient for them) in prayer or spiritual reading. Adoration is closed with Benediction and the Rosary at 5:30 p.m.
MINISTRY LEADER: TAMMY YANCEY
Boys and girls, 4th grade and above, are eligible for this ministry. Training is required. Altar Servers assist as scheduled at weekly Masses, weddings, funerals, and school liturgies. Altar Servers arrive at least 15 minutes before Mass dressed in Sunday best ready to serve the Church and assist the priest. If you have a child who is interested in becoming an altar server, please download, print, fill out and return this application to the Parish Office.
Are you in 2nd-6th grade and love to sing? Consider joining our Children’s Choir! The Children’s Choir sings at the Christmas Children’s Mass and on other occasions throughout the year. We need your voice!
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
MINISTRY LEADERS: ANA LENIG (Saturday 5:30 p.m. Mass) & CATHEY TURNER (Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mass)
During Mass, volunteers present the readings and Gospel in a child-friendly version (ages 4-8), lead a discussion with the children and oversee a simple craft or coloring page. All materials are provided. No experience is necessary. Each volunteer only teaches once a month; total time commitment is about 30 minutes per month. High school students are welcome to volunteer.
MINISTRY LEADER: MARGOT LIPINSKI
Scouting provides an educational program to build qualities of character and train in spiritual growth, citizenship and sportsmanship. Boys in 1st through 5th grades, and their families, are invited to be involved in Cub Scouting. View 2013-2014 calendar here.
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.
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.” High schoolers may participate in this ministry.
MINISTRY LEADERS: ROGER & EDIE THOMPSON
Eucharistic Ministers assist the priest by doing pre-Mass set-up, assisting in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass and doing after-Mass clean-up. They also take Holy Communion to parishioners who can’t attend Mass. Any Catholic, high school junior and older, who is in sacramental union with the Church and has been a member of the parish for at least one year may apply. All members must be approved by the pastor and the Bishop. Initial training is done with follow-up as needed. Ministers sign up to serve at one or two Masses per month.
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 hand shake and smile!
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.
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP
MINISTRY LEADER: NATE FOLDS
Are you in high school? Are you Catholic? Then, you should be a part of the parish's High School Youth Group! Learn and pray with other teenagers who are trying to make sense of their lives, just like you. This group meets Wednesdays, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Youth Room. For more details, e-mail us or find us on Facebook.
MINISTRY LEADER: ROB SCHWING
Lectors proclaim the scripture in a way that reminds us God's word is alive here and now. By proclaiming the scriptures in the liturgical assembly, lectors bring to birth the living Word of God. The lectors minister the presence of God who speaks when the scriptures are proclaimed at Mass and at other special liturgical celebrations here at St. Anne Parish. Being comfortable in front of a large group, having a strong clear voice, and being a good reader are important attributes of a lector. Lectors must be members of St. Anne Church, confirmed, and in good standing with the Catholic Church. An audition is necessary and all lectors must attend an annual seminar. Lectors average two to three readings per quarter and spend additional time preparing prior to their scheduled Mass. Schedules are prepared quarterly.
LIFE TEEN RETREAT
MINISTRY LEADER: ELLEN NUNEZ
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.
MARY’S CHAIN GANG
MINISTRY LEADER: 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.
MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP
MINISTRY LEADER: TONYA SEGUIN
The Middle School Youth Group meets regularly through the year on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. We gather from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Youth Room. Occasionally, we meet on weekends or other weeknights for service projects or social gatherings. Youth Group meetings are a relaxed, social time to hang out in a safe environment and enjoy music, participate in activities, enjoy snacks, play games, meet new friends and much more. We will take time at Youth Group to recognize God for all He has given us and to share in prayer. We also participate in community service projects and attend the diocesan middle school youth retreat.
Youth are invited to join any choir (except the Sunday 10:30 a.m. Adult choir). Click here to learn about the different types of choirs available, their meeting and Mass times.
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. 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.
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.
MINISTRY LEADER: HANNELORE GRANTHAM
A group of parishioners who pray daily, in their own homes, for the intentions of others. There are several teams with a designated team leader. As prayer intentions are identified, members are notified by their team leader to pray for specific intentions. A Prayer Booklet has been put together for members.
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.
ROSARY PRAYER GROUP
MINISTRY LEADERS: VICKIE CORRADINO & DONNA LIPP
All are welcome to join the Rosary Prayer Group on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in Mercy Chapel. This ministry is for men, women and children. We pray at the invitation of our Blessed Mother for peace in the world, personal healing, and for the intentions of our pastors, bishops and the Pope. Additionally, those who are able attend wake services and pray the Rosary for deceased parish members and relatives.
SUNDAY SCHOOL ASSISTANT
This position gives baptized Catholic high school students who enjoy working with children (ages 4 to 10) an opportunity to share their time and faith. It is a good opportunity for service hours. Classes meet Sundays, from September through May, from 9 until 10:10 a.m.
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.
MINISTRY LEADERS: DAVID RODRIGUEZ & RUSS ENO
Ushers are individuals who help parishioners with seating and worship at Mass. They assist individuals with seating, procure a family to take the gifts of bread and wine forward at the offertory, direct parishioners to Communion stations, distribute bulletins at the end of Mass, and deposit collections in the church safe. Any registered parishioner over the age of 17 is invited to be an usher. Members must be physically able to direct or escort parishioners to seating and to various Communion stations. Training is given on the job.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
MINISTRY LEADER: EMILY ELLISON
Vacation Bible School (VBS) offers an exciting educational program that brings our youth closer to Jesus Christ. It takes place for one week during the summer from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers are needed to help make snacks, oversee arts and crafts, register children and decorate. Planning meetings will be held prior to VBS. Rising 6th graders and up are invited to volunteer. VIRTUS training and a background check are needed for those over age 18.