Volunteering & Ministries

Volunteering at St. Michael’s

At times, determining how we can play a more active role in our parish can be a difficult exercise. We each have gifts that sometimes lay undiscovered. During our time of questioning, we turn to the Holy Spirit to motivate, direct, and inspire us so that we can harmoniously join together to do the Church’s work effectively.

By sharing our gifts in the church’s ministries, we are able to create what Pope Francis has repeatedly called for: a culture of encounter.

Here at St. Michael’s, we have a number of ministries that could be strengthened by your involvement. If you feel that you have a gift to offer, please fill out the form and we’ll reach out to you.


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Ministries

ALTAR SERVERS

An altar server’s primary role is to assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy. By fulfilling their responsibilities during Mass with reverence, they set an example for the rest of the congregation through their full, active, and conscious participation.

The mechanics of serving can be easily taught, but it takes a certain maturity to reverently serve God in the Eucharistic liturgy. If you would like to offer your time to this ministry, please contact Michelle Conway at mmconway@shaw.ca, or at 403-278-0050.

Catholic Women's League

The CWL is an association of lay Catholic women rooted in gospel values, calling its members to holiness through service to the people of God.

To learn more about CWL at St. Michael’s, visit saintmichael.ca/cwl.

Eucharistic Adoration

A team of committed individuals have been involved in the Eucharistic Adoration Ministry on Fridays since 2008. In our role, we encourage adorers to sign-up and to commit time to Adoration in one-half to one hour time intervals. Our team also ensures that the Blessed Sacrament is not left unattended. If you are interested in becoming a team member, and you can commit to the regular practice of Eucharistic Adoration, please contact the Parish Office 403-249-0423 ext. 101.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTRY

Communion Ministers assist in the distribution of Holy Communion, and in ministering to the sick and homebound of our Parish. Through their ministry, they affirm the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist with reverence.

For more information about the Eucharistic Ministry, contact Deacon Art at deaconart@saintmichael.ca.

GIFT SHOP

St. Michael’s Gift Shop is a non-profit venture run by volunteers from our parish community, whose mission is to provide parishioners with Catholic materials, gifts, and books. We welcome new volunteers to our ministry and provide training as needed. For more info, contact Colleen at pcjoy@shaw.ca.

Grief Support

The Grief Support Ministry at St. Michael is based on the Companionship model of grief program initiated by Dr. Alan Wolfelt. It offers support and companionship to the person during the time of loss. The grief support volunteer meets with the griever at his/her request only. The volunteer companion listens; the griever sets the pace. The grief journey includes prayer time together. In addition, there is a GriefShare program for individuals who wish to share in a support group. If desired-please contact the parish office-403-249-0423

Prayer Ministry

The Prayer Ministry is available to pray for others upon request, and is also available for home and/or hospital visits.

To send your prayer request or to make an appointment, please email prayer@saintmichael.ca.

Hospitality

Ministers of Hospitality have a unique role — the opportunity to serve the parish by fostering a culture of welcome and community.  They are also people of faith who can perceive Jesus’ presence in the gathering community.

To join or for more information, contact Dino at cdzuzic@shaw.ca.

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal order of Catholic men dedicated to the ideals of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. The Fr. Lawrence Carroll Council #8636 serves St. Michael Catholic Community.

For more information on the Knights, click here.

Knitting Ministry

The Knitting Ministry meets every other Wednesday to work on items such as scarves, hats, and prayer shawls for those in need. This is a wonderful opportunity to develop your knitting skills while also getting together for coffee and fellowship.

For more information, please contact Carol at 403-282-6469 for more information.

Men's Ministry

St. Michael’s Men’s Ministry is offering a new year of That Man is You! beginning Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. The Vision of Man Fully Alive is a brand new program (filmed April 2018) that enables men to experience authentic Christian freedom.

To learn more or to register, visit saintmichael.ca/mensministry or contact tmiy@saintmichael.ca.

Music

Music plays a major role in much of our liturgical, sacramental, and community life at St. Michael, and has the ability to lift the heart to God and encourage prayer.

Click here to learn more about music at St. Michael.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care is the unconditional and caring response to meeting the spiritual needs of the lonely, the shut-in, the grieving, the imprisoned, the sick, and the dying. Pastoral Care volunteers bring Christ’s healing presence through listening, praying and bringing of the Eucharist.

For more information, click here.

Proclaimers (Readers) Ministry

Proclaimers have the task of making God present in the Liturgy of the word for our community.  For this reason, the proclaimer must prepare to and properly deliver the word of God.

Prospective proclaimers must attend a training session, usually held both in the spring and fall, before being assigned to the regular schedule.

For further information, please contact Brian Popp at brian.popp@shaw.ca.

Rosary Group

Following the words of Pope John Paul II who said the rosary has a peaceful effect on those who pray it, praying the rosary leads us to see the face of Christ in others, to recognize one’s grief and suffering and to yearn to make the world more beautiful, more just and more closely conformed to God’s plan.

The Rosary Group meets on Tuesday evenings after Mass. For more info, contact Peggy at peggy.tan@shaw.ca.

St. Vincent de Paul

As Christians and members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, we are called to befriend and serve the poor by visiting them in their homes. We meet our clients in what is usually a time of crisis for them. This generally manifests itself as a request for food or sometimes help in paying bills to avoid eviction or having gas and/or power cut off.

Our role is to reach out to meet those who call on us where they are.

If you are in need of assistance or would like to contact us please call 403-249-0423 ext 122 and leave us a message someone will get back to you shortly.

Women's Ministry

“To apply the Word in a living way to our contemporary world setting, we need one another’s experience and wisdom — we need one another’s insight, courage, and support.” -Frank Anderson, Making the Eucharist Matter.

To join the Women’s Ministry, contact Shaanen at womensministry@saintmichael.ca.

Programs

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from Alcoholism. AA meets at St. Michael every Wednesday at 8 p.m. If you have a desire to quit drinking, you are welcome to join us.

For further information, contact Myra at 403-246-0529

Alpha

The Alpha course is an 11 week introduction to the Christian faith. Originally designed primarily for non-church goers, inactive and new Christians, it is also a wonderful program for fostering a deeper, personal encounter with Jesus, making new friends and becoming a member of an active faith community.

For more info, please visit saintmichael.ca/alpha or contact our Alpha team at alpha@saintmichael.ca.

Children & Youth

St. Michael’s is proud to provide ministries for youth from age three to graduation! From Kids’ Kingdom (Age 3 to Grade 3), to Roots (Grades 4 to 6) and Calling Youth (Grades 7 to 12), we have something for everyone. Visit the Children and Youth section for more.

Christmas Hamper Outreach

During Christmas, the community of St. Michael comes together in service, preparing Christmas hampers for those in need both within our community and in neighboring areas.

This year’s Christmas Hamper Day is on Dec. 17, 2018. For more information on how to help, click here.

Creative Arts

At St. Michael’s, there are two branches to Creative Arts, a weekly open art studio time & an annual event showcasing our parishioner’s talent.

Studio Time is an open studio time for parishoners to create together. Adult artists of all levels, barely budding to professional are welcome.

Art Walk is an annual event showcasing St. Michael’s talent.  Next year’s event will be on March 2-3, 2019. To register or for more information, click here.

Home Groups

In our Home Groups, we gather together to share our faith and deepen our relationship with Jesus. We do this through Lectio Divina, Scripture study, and prayer. We welcome every parishioner of St. Michael to join a Home Group!

If interested, please contact the Parish Office at parish@saintmichael.ca.

Library

St. Michael’s Library has a large selection of Catholic books and DVDs available for lending to adults and children of all ages, and is currently open after Mass on Sunday mornings. To volunteer or for more info, please contact Joan at library@saintmichael.ca.

Marriage Preparation

The Diocese of Calgary requires all engaged couples to take a marriage preparation program prior to their wedding. This can be completed through a parish marriage preparation program, or through diocesan-sponsored events.

Click here to learn more about marriage preparation at St. Michael’s, or contact John or Jocelyn at jocjohn@shaw.ca.

Moms and Tots

Our Moms and Tots group meets every Friday morning after the 9 a.m. Mass for coffee, fellowship, and faith-sharing.

All moms are welcome to join  and come with their little ones.

Natural Family Planning

Do you want a baby now or do you want to wait? Do you want to practice green sex? Do you want to divorce-proof your marriage?

Natural Family Planning (or NFP) is the natural, scientific, and ethical methods of helping couples achieve or delay pregnancy.

To learn more, visit saintmichael.ca/NFP.

RCIA

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the sacramental process through which adults are welcomed into the Catholic Church. At the heart of the RCIA process is conversion, and each journeyer (candidate) requires a sponsor from the parish to support him/her.

For more information, visit saintmichael.ca/cominghome or contact the Parish Office at parish@saintmichael.ca, or 403-249-0423.

Sacrament Preparation

St. Michael offers Sacrament Preparation programs for all sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist) and Reconciliation. For more information, visit the Sacraments section.

Together in Action

Together in Action (TIA) is an annual major fundraising project by the Diocese of Calgary, which typically runs during Lent. At St. Michael’s, contributions are still welcome in order to reach our fundraising goal.

For more information, contact our TIA Coordinator, Sean Maxwell, at se.maxwell@hotmail.com, or visit tia.calgarydiocese.ca to learn more.

Vocations Chalice

St. Michael has a Traveling Vocation Chalice Program — the purpose of which is to encourage prayers for an increase in vocations, and to help develop a “vocations culture” in St. Michael’s.

Fill out the form located in the Gathering Area’s book rack, and you will be contacted as to which weekend you will receive the chalice. For more info, contact Ian and Rosemary at iansggardner@hotmail.com.

Operations

Finance Committee

The role of the Finance Committee is to assist the pastor and administration in the control and reporting of parish finances. Membership is based on individual knowledge of accounting principles, financial management experience, and participation in parish life. To join this committee, please contact the chair of the Parish Finance Committee, Greg Tapuska to discuss: gtapuska@gmail.com.

Funeral Reception

By working with the bereaved family members, the Funeral Reception ministry assist in the planning and serving of food at funeral receptions for families at St. Michael’s.

To learn more or volunteer for this ministry, contact Maria at mgonsalves2@hotmail.ca.

Liturgical Environment

By enhancing the sanctuary with appropriate decorations, the Liturgical Environment Committee contributes in fostering a deeper worship of our Lord in the Liturgy.

If you like to be creative, you can share your talents by joining the committee. Contact the Parish Office at parish@saintmichael.ca to get started.

Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) serves as a consultative body that makes recommendations to the pastor, including review and recommendation of all parish ministry plans. It is comprised of 6 elected members and 3 appointed representatives of the Parish. To reach the PPC, please email parishcouncil@saintmichael.ca.

Revenue Accounting

This committee is responsible for counting, accounting for, and depositing the financial offerings on a weekly basis. They also activate and record the parish pre-authorized debit program. For more info, contact Magda at maguillon@saintmichael.ca.

Sacristy Care

The Sacristy Care committee is responsible for washing and ironing Altar cloths weekly, which requires about 4 hours per month. Volunteers are very welcome. Contact Helen at 403-249-0423 or hgal@saintmichael.ca.

Sunday Coffee Committe

This ministry provides an opportunity for parishioners to interact spiritually and socially, bonding them into a closer knit church community.

One of the rewards of this ministry is seeing the eager looks of the children as they enjoy the treats provided by the members.

We have a number of dedicated volunteers and are looking to add new members to this ministry please contact Yvette Tapuska through the parish office at 403.249.0423 ext. 115 or parish@saintmichael.ca.

Technical Ministry

The responsibility of the Technical Support department is to facilitate the audio and visual needs of the parish. Volunteers in this ministry have the privilege of serving God in a growing and vibrant community. We have need for people to serve not only at the weekend Masses, but also throughout the week.

If you would like to get involved please contact Kyle De Jaegher at kdejaegher@saintmichael.ca.

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