A parish of the Diocese of Owensboro located in Whitesville, Kentucky

Stewardship Prayer

“Almighty and ever-faithful Lord, gratefully acknowledging Your mercy and humbly admitting our need, we pledge our trust in You and in each other. Filled with desire, the Roman Catholic parish of St. Mary of the Woods responds to Your call for discipleship by shaping our lives in imitation of Christ. We profess that the call requires us to be stewards of Your gifts. As stewards, we receive Your gifts gratefully, cherish and tend them in a responsible manner, share them in practice and love with others, and return them with increase to you, Lord. We pledge to our ongoing formation as stewards and our responsibility to call others to that same endeavor.  Almighty and ever-faithful God, it is our fervent hope and prayer that You who have begun the good work in us will bring to fulfillment in Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Commitment to Service in and through…

Service Through Prayer

 

1. Perpetual Adoration – Volunteers commit to spending one hour a week with Our Lord.

2. Parish Retreat – Annual parish-based retreat held at the beginning of Lent with parishioners participating and serving as team members.

3. Prayer Chain – Prays daily for the special needs of the parish. Be part of the church family who receives prayer requests by telephone and weekly by email or monthly by mail.

4. Rosary/Chaplet Leader – Lead the communal recitation of the Holy Rosary and/or the Divine Mercy Chaplet before a weekend Mass on Saturday or Sunday.

Service Through Worship & Spiritual Life

 

  1. Worship/Spiritual Life Committee – Prepares for various liturgical Meets bi-monthly.
  2. Art and Environment Committee – Help with seasonal and monthly liturgical decorating of the church environment. Artist, seamstress, or flower arranger are needed.  Assist in design, setup, and take down of decorations and/or care of flowers or plants in the worship
  3. Altar Server(3rd Grade, after 1st Communion, to Adults) – Serves at the Lord’s Altar for weekend, holy day, and funeral Masses. A great way to be involved and learn more about the Liturgy.  Training
  4. Children’s Liturgy of the Word Catechist (age 21 and older)– Liturgy of the Word is a proclamation of the Word of God adapted for children, 4 years of age through Grade 2, at the 4pm, 9am, and 11am Masses.  Training required.
  5. Children’s Liturgy of the Word Helper (Middle school and older) – Assists the catechist. Training
  6. Sacristan – (Adults) – Arrives at church early and prepares for the liturgy for weekend Mass and holy days of obligation. Training required.
  7. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion(9th grade confirmed to Adult) – Assists in the distribution of Holy Communion with reverence and dignity during weekend and holy day Masses. Must be confirmed and an active parishioner with a deep love of our Eucharistic Lord and receives Holy Communion.  Training required.
  8. Eucharistic Minister to the Sick, Homebound, and Hospitalized – Takes Holy Communion to the homebound, nursing home residents, and/or hospital patients. Training required.
  9. . Lector – (6th grade to Adult) – Proclaims the Word at weekend and holy day Masses. Must be an active parishioner with a deep appreciation of God’s Word.  Training required.
  10. Usher – (Individuals or Families) – Welcome and greet all who come to weekend and holy day   You may be the only contact many people have with our faith community.  Assist in taking up the collection, distributing bulletins, and helping in any emergencies that occur. Training required.
  11. Gift Bearers – Your family represents the Church family by bringing our offerings to the altar during weekend and holy day Masses.
  12. Parish Choir – (High school through adult)
  13. Children’s Choir – (3rd through 8th grade) Sing for Mass 4 times a year.
  14. Cantor – The cantor leads the assembly in sung prayer
  15. Instrumentalists – Needed for all weekend Masses
  16. Funeral Choir – Volunteer singers who could possibly be available to sing at funerals
  17. Member of a music group
  18. Cleaning Altar Linens – Launder all altar linens, albs, corporals, and purificators. This is a  monthly rotation.
  19. Seamstress – Help to mend or to make altar linens, corporals, purificators, and other church items.
  20. Altar Care – Commit to dusting, cleaning, and vacuuming the sanctuary and sacristy of the church.  The ministry includes dusting all the statuary and care of the holy water. This is a monthly rotation.

Service Through Education/Formation

 

  1. Education/Formation Committee – Members are responsible for setting goals and objectives to meet the faith formation needs of the entire community, and for monitoring and evaluating programs designed to carry out these goals and objectives. Meets quarterly.
  2. Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University – For those who have completed this 9-week program, your help is needed to facilitate future sessions.  FPU has helped thousands of families to learn God’s way of handling money.  This program has proven to be especially helpful to youngfamilies facing the materialistic demands of our culture.
  3. RCIA Team Member – (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) – This process is for adults interested in studying and learning about the Catholic faith. Volunteers are needed for sponsorship, hospitality, refreshments and child care. Formation and training is provided for the role of sponsor. Sessions held Tuesday evenings.
  4. RCIA Sponsor – Represents the Catholic community and serves as a mentor to the RCIA participant. Formation required.
  5. RCIA Childcare – Provide childcare on specific evenings for participants as needed. Safe Environment training required.
  6. RCIA Refreshments – Provides refreshments for the participants in the RCIA process on specific Tuesday evenings during the year.
  7. PREP Catechist – Faith formation program for Catholic students who attend public school, pre-school through 8th grade.  Classes held Wednesday at 6:45 during the academic year.
  8. PREP Aide – Assists the religious ed. catechist in a faith formation class.
  9. PREP Catechist Substitutes – The PREP program needs a list of persons who could be available to substitute for regular catechists when needed.
  10. Adult Education Facilitator/Group Leader – Guides discussion and reflection of an adult education(Bible/faith study) group. Materials are supplied to assist in leading.
  11. Sponsor Couple Mentoring – Married couple meets in their home with engaged couples to help them prepare for the vocation of marriage.  Minimum of 10 years of marriage. Training required
  12. Vacation Bible School Catechist, Aides, and Volunteers – Help with a one week religious education program in the summer for children pre-school through 6th grade. Requires Safe Environment training if volunteer is an adult.
  13. Youth Ministry Core Team – (Adults, 21 years of age and older) – Plan and execute gatherings for our parish youth.  Training required.
  14. Provide Food for Youth Ministry Activities – Our parish family provides a family-style meal to our youth  each time they gather.  You will be called upon in advance to provide all or part of a meal for an  upcoming activity, generally feeding 15-20.
  15. March for Life Trip Committee – This committee would plan throughout the year to assist our youth to make a yearly pilgrimage to the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
  16. SCRIP – Volunteers needed on Thursday evenings and after weekend Masses.
  17. Afterschool substitute – Volunteers needed to substitute for after-school program 2pm -5:50pm supervise while students play and assist them with homework.
  18. School Board – The board oversees school operations, makes recommendations and supports the school through active involvement with fundraising activities.  Members are nominated by the parishioners.
  19. Office Volunteers – Answer phones, make copies, miscellaneous projects
  20. Cafeteria Volunteers – 11:15am – 12noon – Help K-2 students items and wipe down tables.
  21.  Volunteers for watering and landscaping – Help with these jobs needed during spring and summer
  22. Volunteers to help with summer maintenance issues- Electrical, carpentry, plumbing, painting, and plastering.
  23. PTO Volunteers – Help faculty and staff with various projects to benefit the school and its students.
  24. Coaches for Elementary Athletics – Volunteers needed to coach varying sports and ages.
  25. Office Volunteer – Help with stuffing envelopes, updating alumni contact information and the messaging system, answering phones, etc.
  26. School Board – The board oversees school operations, makes recommendations, and supports the school  through active involvement with fundraising activities.  Members nominated by parishioners.
  27. Endowment Fund Committee – Oversees the appropriate, timely allocation and tracking of funds. Communicates the need for additional funds and insures appropriate disbursement. Members are nominated  by School Board.
  28. Bingo Volunteers – (18 years or older) – Bingo is the second largest source of income for THS. Volunteers  work one night a month, Monday or Thursday, selling bingo papers, calling games, selling pull tabs.
  29. THS Athletic Booster Club – Volunteers work to support THS athletic programs.
  30. PTO Volunteers – Help faculty and staff with various projects to benefit the school and its students.
  31. Volunteers to help with summer maintenance issues – Electrical, carpentry, plumbing, painting, and plastering.

St. Mary of the Woods School & Trinity High School volunteers must be Safe Environment compliant. *Please see the school secretary to become safe environment certified.

Service To Parish Community

56. Welcoming Committee – This group coordinates our quarterly meals to welcome new individuals and families to the parish.

57. Family/Social Life Committee – Serve as a member to help identify the interests and needs of our parish families and coordinates socials and potlucks for the faith community.  Meet quarterly.

58. Family Support Ministry – generous volunteers  provide support for families with overwhelming emergency needs; the support is in many forms, including household help or meals.

59. Parish Picnic Committee – Oversees the coordination and implementation of the parish picnics.

60. Parish Picnic Volunteer – Our annual parish picnics bring our parish family and the surrounding  community together.  There are many ways to help, including; set-up, clean-up, food service, managing stands, facilitating games, working in various booths, bringing cakes, and more.

61. Sacramental Receptions – Assist at receptions three times a year that are special occasions for the parish family by bringing food, set-up, clean-up, helping plan and decorate.

62. Horn Community Center Volunteer – Serve as a volunteer in the Horn Community Center concession stand for sporting and other events and would be willing to occasionally serve by assisting with parking lot duty.  There are around 52 home games for all our sports, high school and grade school.

Service Through Administration

 

  1. Office Volunteers – Office assistance at various times throughout the year – assembling materials, stuffing envelopes, etc.
  2. Office Receptionist – Assistance is needed in answering the phone, greeting visitors at the door Monday through Friday
  3. Finance Committee – Assists the business manager and pastor in developing and managing the parish annual  budget. Meets monthly.
  4. Stewardship Committee – Responsible for the program of stewardship. Meets quarterly.
  5. Fundraising Committee – Oversees the coordination and implementation of annual fundraising events outside of the parish picnic.  Meets quarterly.
  6. Parish Pastoral Council – Assists the pastor in the pastoral planning and care of the parish. Helps provide leadership, set goals, and coordinate parish activities.  Membership is by nomination for a three year term. Meets monthly.
  7. Technology Committee – This committee advises issues regarding security, sound system, computer, website, and other related areas.

Service Through Outreach

 

  1. Funeral Meal Team – This group coordinates the funeral meals by preparing the food, decorating the tables, serving the meals, and clean-up.
  2. Funeral Meal Providers – Our parish family provides a meal following the funeral for the family of a deceased member. The need is to provide a dish when called upon.
  3. Homecoming Core Team – Homecoming is a ministry of compassionate listening for inactive Catholics who desire to return to the Church.  Training is required and ministry occurs as needed.
  4. Social Justice/Outreach Committee – Coordinates social justice efforts locally, nationally, and globally. Meets quarterly.
  5. Parish Mission to Haiti – Our parish has established a twinning program with Haiti in order to respond to the call of the gospel to serve the poorest of the poor.  The parish social justice/outreach committee schedules annual  trips to Haiti. Each trip provides one week of immersion and service.
  6. Parish Nurse Program – Parish nursing emphasizes health and healing within a faith community. A parish nurse provides surveillance for members and refers to physicians for diagnosis and treatment, teaches families about medications, understands the spiritual dimension and needs of clients, and makes referrals to the spiritual leaders of the parish.

Service Through Maintenance

 

  1. Church Cleaning – Help with various aspects of cleaning the   This is a quarterly service that a family and individuals can do together.
  2. Building and Grounds Committee – Responsible for effective maintenance and repair of parish facilities and property.
  3. Electrical, Carpentry, Plumbing, Painting, and Plastering – Many volunteer skills are needed around the parish.
  4. Gardening/Weeding – This is a service that a family and individuals can do together.  You can pick the time and day to weed, etc.  This is on a weekly rotation system through spring, summer, and fall.

Service to the Larger Community

Interest in these areas will be forwarded to the organization

 

  1. Knights of Columbus – KC’s is the largest Catholic fraternal serviceorganization and is open to Catholic men.
  2. St. Vincent de Paul – Volunteers will help at the thrift store.

Commitment to Service in and through…

Service Through Prayer

 

1. Perpetual Adoration – Volunteers commit to spending one hour a week with Our Lord.

2. Parish Retreat – Annual parish-based retreat held at the beginning of Lent with parishioners participating and serving as team members.

3. Prayer Chain – Prays daily for the special needs of the parish. Be part of the church family who receives prayer requests by telephone and weekly by email or monthly by mail.

4. Rosary/Chaplet Leader – Lead the communal recitation of the Holy Rosary and/or the Divine Mercy Chaplet before a weekend Mass on Saturday or Sunday.

Service Through Worship & Spiritual Life

 

  1. Worship/Spiritual Life Committee – Prepares for various liturgical Meets bi-monthly.
  2. Art and Environment Committee – Help with seasonal and monthly liturgical decorating of the church environment. Artist, seamstress, or flower arranger are needed.  Assist in design, setup, and take down of decorations and/or care of flowers or plants in the worship
  3. Altar Server(3rd Grade, after 1st Communion, to Adults) – Serves at the Lord’s Altar for weekend, holy day, and funeral Masses. A great way to be involved and learn more about the Liturgy.  Training
  4. Children’s Liturgy of the Word Catechist (age 21 and older)– Liturgy of the Word is a proclamation of the Word of God adapted for children, 4 years of age through Grade 2, at the 4pm, 9am, and 11am Masses.  Training required.
  5. Children’s Liturgy of the Word Helper (Middle school and older) – Assists the catechist. Training
  6. Sacristan – (Adults) – Arrives at church early and prepares for the liturgy for weekend Mass and holy days of obligation. Training required.
  7. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion(9th grade confirmed to Adult) – Assists in the distribution of Holy Communion with reverence and dignity during weekend and holy day Masses. Must be confirmed and an active parishioner with a deep love of our Eucharistic Lord and receives Holy Communion.  Training required.
  8. Eucharistic Minister to the Sick, Homebound, and Hospitalized – Takes Holy Communion to the homebound, nursing home residents, and/or hospital patients. Training required.
  9. . Lector – (6th grade to Adult) – Proclaims the Word at weekend and holy day Masses. Must be an active parishioner with a deep appreciation of God’s Word.  Training required.
  10. Usher – (Individuals or Families) – Welcome and greet all who come to weekend and holy day   You may be the only contact many people have with our faith community.  Assist in taking up the collection, distributing bulletins, and helping in any emergencies that occur. Training required.
  11. Gift Bearers – Your family represents the Church family by bringing our offerings to the altar during weekend and holy day Masses.
  12. Parish Choir – (High school through adult)
  13. Children’s Choir – (3rd through 8th grade) Sing for Mass 4 times a year.
  14. Cantor – The cantor leads the assembly in sung prayer
  15. Instrumentalists – Needed for all weekend Masses
  16. Funeral Choir – Volunteer singers who could possibly be available to sing at funerals
  17. Member of a music group
  18. Cleaning Altar Linens – Launder all altar linens, albs, corporals, and purificators. This is a  monthly rotation.
  19. Seamstress – Help to mend or to make altar linens, corporals, purificators, and other church items.
  20. Altar Care – Commit to dusting, cleaning, and vacuuming the sanctuary and sacristy of the church.  The ministry includes dusting all the statuary and care of the holy water. This is a monthly rotation.

Service Through Education/Formation

 

  1. Education/Formation Committee – Members are responsible for setting goals and objectives to meet the faith formation needs of the entire community, and for monitoring and evaluating programs designed to carry out these goals and objectives. Meets quarterly.
  2. Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University – For those who have completed this 9-week program, your help is needed to facilitate future sessions.  FPU has helped thousands of families to learn God’s way of handling money.  This program has proven to be especially helpful to youngfamilies facing the materialistic demands of our culture.
  3. RCIA Team Member – (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) – This process is for adults interested in studying and learning about the Catholic faith. Volunteers are needed for sponsorship, hospitality, refreshments and child care. Formation and training is provided for the role of sponsor. Sessions held Tuesday evenings.
  4. RCIA Sponsor – Represents the Catholic community and serves as a mentor to the RCIA participant. Formation required.
  5. RCIA Childcare – Provide childcare on specific evenings for participants as needed. Safe Environment training required.
  6. RCIA Refreshments – Provides refreshments for the participants in the RCIA process on specific Tuesday evenings during the year.
  7. PREP Catechist – Faith formation program for Catholic students who attend public school, pre-school through 8th grade.  Classes held Wednesday at 6:45 during the academic year.
  8. PREP Aide – Assists the religious ed. catechist in a faith formation class.
  9. PREP Catechist Substitutes – The PREP program needs a list of persons who could be available to substitute for regular catechists when needed.
  10. Adult Education Facilitator/Group Leader – Guides discussion and reflection of an adult education(Bible/faith study) group. Materials are supplied to assist in leading.
  11. Sponsor Couple Mentoring – Married couple meets in their home with engaged couples to help them prepare for the vocation of marriage.  Minimum of 10 years of marriage. Training required
  12. Vacation Bible School Catechist, Aides, and Volunteers – Help with a one week religious education program in the summer for children pre-school through 6th grade. Requires Safe Environment training if volunteer is an adult.
  13. Youth Ministry Core Team – (Adults, 21 years of age and older) – Plan and execute gatherings for our parish youth.  Training required.
  14. Provide Food for Youth Ministry Activities – Our parish family provides a family-style meal to our youth  each time they gather.  You will be called upon in advance to provide all or part of a meal for an  upcoming activity, generally feeding 15-20.
  15. March for Life Trip Committee – This committee would plan throughout the year to assist our youth to make a yearly pilgrimage to the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
  16. SCRIP – Volunteers needed on Thursday evenings and after weekend Masses.
  17. Afterschool substitute – Volunteers needed to substitute for after-school program 2pm -5:50pm supervise while students play and assist them with homework.
  18. School Board – The board oversees school operations, makes recommendations and supports the school through active involvement with fundraising activities.  Members are nominated by the parishioners.
  19. Office Volunteers – Answer phones, make copies, miscellaneous projects
  20. Cafeteria Volunteers – 11:15am – 12noon – Help K-2 students items and wipe down tables.
  21.  Volunteers for watering and landscaping – Help with these jobs needed during spring and summer
  22. Volunteers to help with summer maintenance issues- Electrical, carpentry, plumbing, painting, and plastering.
  23. PTO Volunteers – Help faculty and staff with various projects to benefit the school and its students.
  24. Coaches for Elementary Athletics – Volunteers needed to coach varying sports and ages.
  25. Office Volunteer – Help with stuffing envelopes, updating alumni contact information and the messaging system, answering phones, etc.
  26. School Board – The board oversees school operations, makes recommendations, and supports the school  through active involvement with fundraising activities.  Members nominated by parishioners.
  27. Endowment Fund Committee – Oversees the appropriate, timely allocation and tracking of funds. Communicates the need for additional funds and insures appropriate disbursement. Members are nominated  by School Board.
  28. Bingo Volunteers – (18 years or older) – Bingo is the second largest source of income for THS. Volunteers  work one night a month, Monday or Thursday, selling bingo papers, calling games, selling pull tabs.
  29. THS Athletic Booster Club – Volunteers work to support THS athletic programs.
  30. PTO Volunteers – Help faculty and staff with various projects to benefit the school and its students.
  31. Volunteers to help with summer maintenance issues – Electrical, carpentry, plumbing, painting, and plastering.

St. Mary of the Woods School & Trinity High School volunteers must be Safe Environment compliant. *Please see the school secretary to become safe environment certified.

Service To Parish Community

56. Welcoming Committee – This group coordinates our quarterly meals to welcome new individuals and families to the parish.

57. Family/Social Life Committee – Serve as a member to help identify the interests and needs of our parish families and coordinates socials and potlucks for the faith community.  Meet quarterly.

58. Family Support Ministry – generous volunteers  provide support for families with overwhelming emergency needs; the support is in many forms, including household help or meals.

59. Parish Picnic Committee – Oversees the coordination and implementation of the parish picnics.

60. Parish Picnic Volunteer – Our annual parish picnics bring our parish family and the surrounding  community together.  There are many ways to help, including; set-up, clean-up, food service, managing stands, facilitating games, working in various booths, bringing cakes, and more.

61. Sacramental Receptions – Assist at receptions three times a year that are special occasions for the parish family by bringing food, set-up, clean-up, helping plan and decorate.

62. Horn Community Center Volunteer – Serve as a volunteer in the Horn Community Center concession stand for sporting and other events and would be willing to occasionally serve by assisting with parking lot duty.  There are around 52 home games for all our sports, high school and grade school.

Service Through Administration

 

  1. Office Volunteers – Office assistance at various times throughout the year – assembling materials, stuffing envelopes, etc.
  2. Office Receptionist – Assistance is needed in answering the phone, greeting visitors at the door Monday through Friday
  3. Finance Committee – Assists the business manager and pastor in developing and managing the parish annual  budget. Meets monthly.
  4. Stewardship Committee – Responsible for the program of stewardship. Meets quarterly.
  5. Fundraising Committee – Oversees the coordination and implementation of annual fundraising events outside of the parish picnic.  Meets quarterly.
  6. Parish Pastoral Council – Assists the pastor in the pastoral planning and care of the parish. Helps provide leadership, set goals, and coordinate parish activities.  Membership is by nomination for a three year term. Meets monthly.
  7. Technology Committee – This committee advises issues regarding security, sound system, computer, website, and other related areas.

Service Through Outreach

 

  1. Funeral Meal Team – This group coordinates the funeral meals by preparing the food, decorating the tables, serving the meals, and clean-up.
  2. Funeral Meal Providers – Our parish family provides a meal following the funeral for the family of a deceased member. The need is to provide a dish when called upon.
  3. Homecoming Core Team – Homecoming is a ministry of compassionate listening for inactive Catholics who desire to return to the Church.  Training is required and ministry occurs as needed.
  4. Social Justice/Outreach Committee – Coordinates social justice efforts locally, nationally, and globally. Meets quarterly.
  5. Parish Mission to Haiti – Our parish has established a twinning program with Haiti in order to respond to the call of the gospel to serve the poorest of the poor.  The parish social justice/outreach committee schedules annual  trips to Haiti. Each trip provides one week of immersion and service.
  6. Parish Nurse Program – Parish nursing emphasizes health and healing within a faith community. A parish nurse provides surveillance for members and refers to physicians for diagnosis and treatment, teaches families about medications, understands the spiritual dimension and needs of clients, and makes referrals to the spiritual leaders of the parish.

Service Through Maintenance

 

  1. Church Cleaning – Help with various aspects of cleaning the   This is a quarterly service that a family and individuals can do together.
  2. Building and Grounds Committee – Responsible for effective maintenance and repair of parish facilities and property.
  3. Electrical, Carpentry, Plumbing, Painting, and Plastering – Many volunteer skills are needed around the parish.
  4. Gardening/Weeding – This is a service that a family and individuals can do together.  You can pick the time and day to weed, etc.  This is on a weekly rotation system through spring, summer, and fall.

Service to the Larger Community

Interest in these areas will be forwarded to the organization

 

  1. Knights of Columbus – KC’s is the largest Catholic fraternal serviceorganization and is open to Catholic men.
  2. St. Vincent de Paul – Volunteers will help at the thrift store.

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