Ministries



For information on any of the following ministries, please call the Parish Office, 996-7424

PARISH COUNCILS

Parish Council
Presided by the pastor, a consultative group of lay ministry leaders and an elected parish members that meet to foster pastoral activities and issues concerning the faith life of the parish.

Finance Council
Presided by the pastor, and appointed advisory group of lay parish members who meet quarterly to assist the pastor in his duties in administering the temporal goods of the parish.

Stewardship Committee
Presided by the pastor with lay parish members who meet to foster implementation of the National Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Pastoral Letter on Stewardship in the parish.


PRAYER

24 Hour Prayer and Eucharistic Adoration
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament following morning Mass at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday through Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. for quiet prayer and worship.

Prayer Chain/Network
Prays for special needs by receiving prayer petitions from parishioners.

Rosary Facilitator Before Mass
A parishioner leads this community Rosary before all weekend masses and after all weekday masses.

Living Family Rosary
A decade (Mystery) of the Rosary recited daily by 20 families or individuals so that the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries are recited in their entirety daily.

Men’s Group
Meets monthly for supper followed by feeding the soul.


LITURGY

Altar Servers
Assist priest at altar with articles and liturgical functions.

Environment
Prepare interior and exterior of Church building for liturgical seasons

Eucharistic Ministers
Assist priest in distribution of Eucharist during Holy Communion at Sunday Mass.

Gift Bearers
Bring up the bread, wine and collection during Presentation of Gifts at Sunday Mass.

Greeters
Warmly welcome people at the main Church entrance as they come to Sunday Mass.

Lectors
Proclaim the Word of God during Liturgy of the Word at Sunday Mass.

Liturgical Music
Led by music director to enhance the Mass. It consists of an organist, other musical instruments and cantor.

Sacristan
Helps priest in preparation before Mass and after Mass

Ushers
Assist in seating, receiving collection, handing out bulletins, and meeting special needs during Sunday Masses.

Sunday Coffee & Rolls
Free coffee and rolls served in the gym after the 9:00 AM Sunday Mass from September through April.


SOCIAL CONCERNS

Altar Society
Organization of all women of the Parish.  Meet monthly (Sept-April) to provide food and hospitality for parish events, serve funeral luncheons, clean  the church building interior, bring gift baskets to parish newborns, make baptismal garments, and host monthly Bingo (Sept-March).

Building and Grounds Ministry
Meet quarterly to evaluate and maintain parish facilities.

Cemetery Ministry
Joint-parish bi-annual meeting to manage the temporal needs of the Catholic cemetery.

Meals on Wheels
Deliver meals on wheels to shut ins on a yearly rotation schedule.

Respect Life Ministry
Raise awareness and seek ways to respond to current life issues.

Social Concerns Ministry
Meet to raise awareness and seek ways to respond to current social issues.

Stewardship Ministry
Foster implementation Stewardship in the Parish.

Vocation Awareness
Raise awareness and seek ways to promote the vocations of the Church.


EDUCATION

John Paul II Elementary School:  Website:  www.johnpaul2.org
All day academic year of classes for Pre-school through 6th grade and involves John Paul II Education Committee, administration, teachers, support staff, activity helpers and P.T.O.

John Paul II Education Committee
Together at monthly meetings, the Pastors and Committee members of Holy Family and Holy Spirit Parishes place their gifts at the service of one another and the school/parish community.

Parent Teacher Organization
Monthly meetings of parents whose children attend parochial day school.  Involves planning education, social, and fund-raising events for the school.

Faith Formation Program:  website:  www.ffmitchell.com

Grade K-12 Faith Formation Classes
Religion sessions during academic year for children of Holy Spirit and Holy Family Parishes.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Weekly academic year of evening classes for adults discerning conversion to the Catholic faith and for parish members who wish to enrich their knowledge of their Catholic faith.  Led by the Adult Faith Formation Director.

Marriage Preparation Classes  The Mitchell Area Pre-Marriage Program has been discontinued.  Contact your pastor about preparation for the Sacrament of Matrimony.

Baptismal Classes
Please call the pastor to schedule a time for classes and Baptism.

Parish Resource Library
Available at the main Church entrance, provides religious educational material for all ages and includes DVD’s, CD’s, and books.

Adult Education Library
Books available at the Holy Spirit St. Thomas Aquinas Conference room during the office hours of 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


COMMUNICATION

Bulletin – Bulletin Board
Weekly parish bulletin and posting of upcoming events for the parish, community, and diocese.


NON-PARISH CHURCH ORGANIZATIONS

Catholic Daughters - Court Margaret Mary #2453

Knights of Columbus - Maher Council 1079

Worldwode Marriage Encounter - www.sdwwwme.org

Catholic Family Services - Call 1-800-700-7867 for appointment
 Find hope, comfort, direction, help, through Christ centered counseling.
  * Divorced, Widowed, Separated Support Group

Catholic United Financial Association
A non-profit insurance organization that provides financial assistance to the Mitchell Catholic community through their Fraternal Programs

Mitchell Foundation for Catholic Education (MFCE) - phone 999-9127  websitewww.mitchellfce.com
To create a sound financial base, through an endowment, to support Catholic education in Mitchell, SD