Please consider strengthening your Faith Journey by volunteering your time and talents to one or more of the following Parish Ministries.
Your own life and faith will be built up and infused with joy.
Most importantly, you will be offering a great gift of your time, talents and Christ-like example to those you serve.
Bulletin Stuffing: Join our team to help stuff bulletins after the 8:10 am Mass on Fridays when needed. Father announces the need at the Mass. Contact: Parish Secretary
Cemetery Board: Oversees all aspects of the cemetery, including budget process, financials, rates and grounds. Contact: Jerry Akstulewicz-SJ Larry Buck-SM
Counters Club: Count and organize weekly collections on Sunday after the final Mass, and make the deposit. Contact: Jack Drzewiecki-SJ Jean Sell-SM
Finance Council: Overseeing the total financial management of the parish, meetings involve finance, budgets and personnel. Same as the Parish Council, parishioners are nominated and voted on at Mass. Contact: Brian Julius-SM/SJ
Office and Clerical: Answer phones, greet people, sell scrip, copying, stuff envelopes, attach labels, and miscellaneous items. Contact: Parish Secretary or Steve Siegel
Parish Pastoral Council: Working together to set the vision for the parish and act as advisers to the pastor. Parishioners are nominated and the names voted on at Mass. They meet 9 times a year, taking June, July, and August off. Contact: Joe Fahley-SM Becky Castonia-SJ
Public Relations / Marketing: Create marketing material and promote all upcoming events, contact local advertising agencies, and distribute. If you are a creative individual, this is the ministry for you. Contact: Carol Van Marter
Website/Facebook: Help keep our website up-to-date and looking professional by joining this group. Edit content and come up with new and exciting ways to display what SM/SJ has to offer via the web or Facebook! Contact: Steve Siegel, Dcn Don Schultz or Ann Hoernke
Building and Grounds
Church Decorating: Help decorate the church for special liturgies and/or liturgical seasons. Contact: Jean Sell-SM Becky Castonia-SJ
Gardeners Group-Spring & Fall Clean Up:
Trim bushes, rake, plant flowers, clean up litter, and many other areas to help the parish grounds look neat and tidy. Contact: Pete Krautkramer
Painting: Help make your church and school look like new by adding a fresh coat of paint. No need to be a professional. All you need a willingness to help. Contact: Steve Siegel & Bruce Nufer
Parish/Church Cleaning: Help keep our churches looking beautiful. It includes jobs such as vacuuming, washing windows, dusting and more. Contact: Parish Secretary
Snow Removal: Help during the winter to shovel and snow blow the sidewalks and entry ways of the church and school. Contact: Pete Krautkramer
Workshop/Handy Person: If you are a handy person that is good with wood working, electrical, plumbing, or general maintenance, we will gladly accept your talents. Contact: Steve Siegel & Bruce Nufer
Faith Formation (FF)
Adult Faith Formation: This faith study group meets on a periodic basis to view and discuss various Catholic DVDs/Books. There is also an opportunity to meet every Wednesday evening during Faith Formation. Contact: Dcn Don Schultz or Judy Dvorak
Alpha Team: Alpha gives everyone the opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. People come to investigate questions about the existence of God, the purpose of life, the afterlife, the claims of Jesus and more. Team members serve in set-up, small group facilitation, food preparation, or prayer support. Training and support are provided. Contact: Dcn Don Schultz
Catechist (Grades 1-11 and Confirmation): What a great way to share your faith with the future of our great parish! Classes run from September through April. Lesson plans provided. Contact Joanne Vanness
Children’s Liturgy of the Word: Need a team of people to assist children K-2 to learn about God at their level during the Readings and Gospel at the 9:00 am at St. John the Baptist or 10:30 am at St. Mary on Sundays. Contact: Joanne Vanness
Classroom Aide: If you don’t feel comfortable “teaching” a class but would love to help, come join us on Wednesday evenings as an aide. We all have gifts that can help our children carry on the faith. Contact: Joanne Vanness
Feed Your Body: Be part of a team to help organize, purchase, prepare meals, serve meals and clean-up for families of Faith Formation students on Wednesday evenings serving from 4:45-5:50 pm. Contact: Joanne Vanness or Russ Brumm
Feed Your Soul: Spend some quiet time with the Lord on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm during Faith Formation classes for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Contact: Joanne Vanness
Office and Clerical: Sell Scrip and answer phone calls during Faith Formation. Contact: Joanne Vanness
RCIA Leader: Prepare the catechumens and candidates to receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil as they become a member of the Catholic Church. You can also volunteer as a sponsor. Contact: Joanne Vanness
Vacation Bible School: Totus Tuus through Spiritus at Mount Tabor is a weeklong “parish mission” for Catholic youth in grades 1-12. It is dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith. (Coordinator needed) Contact: Joanne Vanness
Youth Group (Grades 6-12): Empower our youth to embrace and nurture their Catholic Faith and evangelize others. Plan and hold events for our youth.
Contact: Youth Minister or Russ Brumm
Creating Crafts/Sewing: Work with fellow parishioners to make many varied crafts for our parish fundraising events. You are also welcome to make jams, jellies, candy, cookies and soup. Contact: Mary Gyrion-SM Nancy Dietz-SJ
Prayer Shawls: Workers pray while making knitted and crocheted shawls to be given as a gift of comfort, hope and peace. Yarn is donated by the knitter or available through the parish. Contact: Mary Gyrion
Quilters: This group meets weekly to work on quilts either to be given away, raffled at our parish events, or other deserving causes. Contact: Nancy Dietz
Rosaries: Make rosaries for fellow parishioners with your parish family members. Contact: Monica Sumnicht
Sewing Ministry: Help mend any of the priest’s vestments or altar linens. Contact: Mary Gyrion-SM Jan Harrmann-SJ
Social Justice/Service Organizations
Greeting Card Group: Make greeting cards for parishioners who are sick, had a recent death in the family, birthday, or just to stay in touch. Meet monthly. Contact: Jan Kargus-SM Janet Jakubek-SJ
Men’s Group: Share your Catholic faith with other men in your parish family. The group meets every Tuesday at 6:00 pm. Contact: Tom Kemp
Our Lady of Grace – Women’s Group: Share your Catholic faith with other ladies in your parish family. The group meets the second Mondays of the month at 6:30 pm. Contact: Deb Mortimer
Parish Nurse: Share your nursing vocation with our parish family. Monthly blood pressure readings after Mass. Help develop this meaningful ministry. Contact: Marshelle Bergstrom
Prep/Serve Meals at the Emergency Shelter: When there is a fifth Sunday in a month – we are there! The food is provided but we prepare, cook, serve and clean up. Come be the hands of Christ to those in need. Contact: Russ Brumm
Respect Life Committee: Responsible for raising awareness in all areas relating to the dignity of life, from conception to natural death. Come help us create a culture of LIFE! Contact: Jeanne Griffith-SM Wendy Fischer-SJ
St. Vincent de Paul/Food Pantry:
This group of men and women serve those in need for the love of God. Meetings are held the first Tuesday every month at 8:00 am. Contact: CoCo O’Brien or Anna Halaychik
Third Order of St. Francis: Meets monthly on the third Tuesday of the month with Mass and a social gathering afterwards at Mt. Tabor. They commit themselves to walking in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, following his example of love, simplicity, peacemaking, works of mercy, helping the poor, prayers, kindness, poverty and chastity. Contact: Jean Marie Mueller
Warming Shelter: Prepare/serve food for designated days at the Appleton Warming Shelter. You won’t regret helping a person in need. Contact: Barb Unruh
Sign-up for Warming Shelter Meals Here
Parish Family Life
Child Care for Meetings/Events: (NEW) Watch any parishioner’s children while they are attending a meeting or a parish event. Contact: Steve Siegel
Family Events: Coordinate, setup, assist and work events focused around building family community and fellowship (ie-Movie Night) Contact: Dcn Don Schultz
Fellowship Gatherings: Help set -up, serve and clean-up at fellowship (donut, coffee or pizza) gatherings after the Masses. We welcome new ideas to bring parishioners together. Contact: Dcn Don Schultz
Legion of Mary: Doing weekly apostolic service and developing a personal relationship with Christ through Mary. Contact: Jean Marie Mueller
Stewardship Committee: Work with all the ministry groups to help them with their needs, provide encouragement, and to bring a sense of belonging and fellowship to the entire parish. Contact: Ben King or Dcn Don Schultz
Welcoming Committee: This group helps to improve our hospitality and welcoming of new parishioners. Contact: Dcn Don Schultz or Bob & Barb Bisby
Young Adult Group: (NEW) 20-45 year olds looking to share their faith and experiences with those of the same age group. Also organizes events to promote community and raise funds for our parishes and for charity. Both single and married are welcome. Contact: Dcn Don Schultz
St. Mary Elementary School
Classroom Help: Assist teacher in their classrooms with various tasks.
Lunch Assistant: From 11:10 am to 12:00 (noon) to help serve food to students and assist them in the lunchroom.
Office Help: Assist the school office by answering phones and other office duties as needed.
Recess Duty Help: Help monitor students playground activities during recess. For all above Contact: Jill Ahles, Principal
Baked Potato Dinner: Help organize, donate or volunteer at this new FUNraiser held in March. Contact: Steve Siegel
Committee Chair Persons: Help to organize, promote and execute the FUNraisers. New ideas are always welcome. Contact: Steve Siegel
Community Thanksgiving Dinner: Organize, prepare, serve, deliver food and cleanup at our community dinner held the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving. Contact: Dcn Rick Dvorak
Jolly Holly Craft & Cookies Sale: Help organize, donate or volunteer at this craft and bake sale held in November. Contact: Mary Gyrion
Pasta Dinner & Cash Raffle: FUNraiser held in spring. Help sell raffle tickets, coordinate donations, dinner, volunteer to assist at event. Endless opportunities for our largest event. Contact: Steve Siegel
Rummage Sales: Sort, price and organize Tuesday mornings or work during one of the largest rummage sales in the area. Donations are always welcome if you cannot lend a helping hand. Contact: Barb Godeck or Carol Quinn
SCRIPNIC (Picnic): Parish Picnic Event to thank everyone for SCRIP purchases over the past year. Promotes fellowship with parishioners. Includes picnic and games for children. Contact: Steve Siegel
Cashier: Help with all of the clerical aspects of the parish event like organizing receipts, tracking sales, and various other clerical items.
Cooks/Bakers: Prep, cook and bake food for the event, maybe even use one of your recipes or creative idea for an event.
Set Up/Clean Up: Anything from table setting, to dishwashing, food prep, and more to help prepare or clean up for the event.
Games/Raffles: Set up, take down and/or manage your particular game or raffle.
Concessions/Refreshments: Prepare, serve, collect monies during the event.
Baptismal Preparation: Prepare a family for the sacrament of Baptism. Second Tuesday of the Month. Contact: Dcn Rick Dvorak
Care Ministry: Provides regular social visits, prayer shawls and/or brings Eucharist to our homebound, nursing home or hospitalized parishioners. Contact: Dcn Rick Dvorak-SM Carol Ropella-SJ
Marriage Prep (FOCCUS Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding and Study): as a “FOCCUS” couple, you will help prepare engaged couples for the days and years beyond “the big day.” Training is provided through the diocese. Won’t you put your “years of experience” to good use? Contact: Dcn Don Schultz
Prayer Chain: We believe in the power of prayer. Be a part of this prayer network and give someone in need the best gift you can… the gift of prayer. Contact: See the bulletin for names and phone numbers
Widows of Prayer: Support Prayer Group, focusing their prayers for the intention of Priests and for those in need. Contact: Alice Peeters
Worship and Liturgy
Altar Servers: Assist the priest during liturgy. Anyone 4th grade or older is welcome to serve in this ministry. Parent/child teams are great! Contact: Dcn Don Schultz-SM Gery Farrell-SJ
Choir & Musicians: If you love to sing or play an instrument then the music ministry is for you. We have several groups with which to sing/play, including, Adult Choir, Cantor, Funeral Choir, Youth Choir (grades 2-8). Contact: Peter Krautkramer
Eucharistic Ministers: Assists the priest in administering the sacraments of holy communion, the consecrated bread and wine. They may also take the sacraments to those who are ill, or otherwise unable to attend Mass. Contact: Ann Hoernke-SM Maribeth Knutson-SJ
Funeral Help: Come and support your parish families in their time of sorrow. Please consider helping in one of the following areas Altar Servers: To serve during the Mass of Christian burial. Dinner Servers: Assist with set-up, serving and clean-up at funeral lunch in the parish hall. You can volunteer when available. The time commitment of a typical funeral is 2 1/2 hours. Contact: Parish Secretary
Greeting & Welcoming: This ministry is for everyone from singles to families! Share a smile with your fellow parishioners and visitors as they come to celebrate the Mass. Must be available at least 20 minutes before Mass. Contact: Dcn Don Schultz
Lectors: Proclaim the Word of God at Mass or other services. Contact: Ann Hoernke-SM Gery Farrell-SJ
Musicians: What instrument do you play? We would love to have you accompany to enhance our music at Mass. Contact: Pete Krautkramer
Rosary Leader: You can be a member of the team that leads the rosary before a weekday or one of the weekend Masses. Contact: Dcn Don Schultz
Sacristan: Set up liturgical needs for weekend and weekday Masses. Training provided. Contact: Mary Gyrion-SM Jan Harrmann or Betty Schmidt-SJ
Ushers: Greet, help people find seats, take collections, hand out bulletins, etc. Must be available at least 20 minutes before Mass begins. Contact: Ken Danielson-SM Gery Farrell-SJ