Parish Ministries & Administration

 Spiritual Life

 Faith Formation – Our entire community is made up of learners and sharers of faith.  Our goals are to reach all parishioners by building community and identifying ways we encounter Christ in our lives.

Dismas Ministry – is a Catholic Outreach to victims, prisoners, their loved ones, those released from prison and the entire community.  Named after the “good thief,” who was convicted along with Jesus, this organization strives for restorative justice through projects that are designed to foster spiritual transformation.  Volunteers help administer a Faith Study course for inmates across the country. Twice a week they gather to process requests for faith study materials and to assess the progress of each participant.  While this ministry does not visit inmates directly, our St. Margaret Mary volunteers are impacting the faith lives of those in prison.  They are also being changed by faith they witness in those who are in prison.  Through these volunteers our parish is living out the corporal work of mercy to visit the imprisoned.

   

Music

 Director of Liturgical Music: Bob Gallagher, bobg@olghparish.org

 Cantor – leads the assembly in sung prayer during the liturgy.  Training tapes and music are provided. 

 Resurrection Choir – sings at funerals on an “on-call” basis; occasional rehearsals.

  

Church Ministries

 Eucharistic Minister – distributes Holy Communion at liturgies.  Training is provided on an ongoing basis.  Please contact Marlene Kollmeyer at 414-461-6073.

Eucharistic Ministry to the Homebound – provides a means to take Holy Communion to members who are unable to attend church services.

Please contact Deacon Frank Pemper (262) 385-5696 or at the Parish Center: 414-461-6073

 Lector– proclaims God’s word in the midst of the assembly gathered together for liturgy.  Lectors will lead the community in responding to the scriptures and in the general intercessions. 

 Greeter (Minister of Hospitality) – welcomes parishioners and visitors in a friendly manner as they enter the church for liturgy, assists those who need help, answers questions and offers directions as needed. Volunteers sign up for the days they wish to greet. Training is provided.

 Usher – welcomes people to our liturgical celebrations. Also seats and assists parishioners as needed, takes collections, secures gift-bearers, distributes bulletins and checks pews after mass. Training is provided. 

 Care of Altar Linens – launder linens, robes and other items as needed.

Church Cleaning – Performs light cleaning of church furniture and fixtures.

 

 Social Ministry

Social Ministry – responsible for discerning the human needs of parish members and others in the parish neighborhood. The committee works with community groups and other parishes to address social problems which impact the community; it also keeps parishioners aware of issues related to justice and peace.  Organizations functioning under the Human Concerns Committee include: St. Vincent DePaul Society. The committee meets monthly.

St. Vincent de Paul Society – members visit needy families within the parish boundaries to provide food, clothing or home furnishings. Volunteers work in pairs. (New members will be paired with the more experienced.) Home visits average about one per month for each pair. Members also help with the blood drive and “Bundle Sunday.” Meetings, on the second and fourth Mondays at 6:45 P.M., include spiritual reflection.  Please call 461-6073.

 

Prayer Shawl Group – Provide shawls and lap-robes, knit and crocheted with love and prayers.  The focus is on those who are homebound, in the hospital, or anyone experiencing difficult medical or emotional problems.The blessing of the shawls is at 8:15 a.m. mass on the 2nd Thursday of each month.   Karen Valent 464-3298.

Northwest Interfaith: their mission is to assist seniors in the community with resources that helps them stay independent in their homes.  Please contact Ms. Neidra North at  414-466-8858.

 

                                                                                                       Administration 

 

Personnel Committee – counsels Pastor and Pastoral Administrator on personnel matters; oversees staff replacement interviewing; evaluates and sets personnel policy, updates Employee handbook; advises on laws and regulations affecting personnel. 

 Finance & Administrative Services Committee – oversees all aspects of parish financial and budgetary matters. 

 Buildings and Grounds Committee – oversees the maintenance and upkeep of parish property and monitors environmental concerns. 

 Technology Committee – evaluates proposals and develops alternatives for telecommunications and computer networks, web site development, software applications, etc. for internal and external communications.  Technical background requested.  

 Stewardship Committee – communicates message of stewardship to parish.  Develops, evaluates and updates programs that encourage parishioner involvement in prayer, financial support, and service.  

  Money Counters – Count collection receipts on Monday mornings. The time committment is approximately two hours per week.

 

 

  

Organizations

Promises of God Prayer Group – comes together in prayer and song to praise, worship and thank God, and to share His Word for the wondrous works of the Lord in our lives. Prayer services are held every Wednesday at 7:30 P.M. in the church. Life in the Spirit seminars are held periodically for those who desire to be baptized in the Spirit.  Please contact Tom Stano at 414-406-8133.

 

 Men’s Scripture Group – Discuss Sunday’s scripture readings.  Meets every Sunday at 10:00 A.M. for 1 ½ hours. Please contact Emily Harder at

414-466-3337.

 Centering Prayer – Encourages us to wait in silence upon God. It is a very simple but profound way to pray.  Please contact Emil Harder at 414-466-3337.

 

 Boy Scouts – meet every Thursday 7:00 – 8:45 P.M. in the gym hall.  youth from ages 11 to 17 can join.  Please contact Gray Sisley at 414-353-7136.