St. Charles Key Ministry Comeback!
Over the next couple of months, we will be re-engaging parishioners in our ministries. Here are some of our key ministries and the opportunies where you may use your gifts to serve God and our parish community. We welcome you to prayerfully consider being involved in our ministries, whether you are new or a returning ministry member. If you need help in deciding where your gifts may best serve our Lord or parish, we can help you!
The friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.
We want all who enter God’s house at St. Charles to feel welcome! If you have a passion for food and love to greet people, we want to hear from you! Whether it’s Fellowship Weekend (aka Donut Sunday), greeting those who come to Mass or events, organizing or serving food at funeral luncheons or parish events. For more information, contact Nancy Neuser at email@example.com
Our Core Team is an amazing group of adults who are passionate about leading teens to Meet, Know, Love, & Serve Christ. They walk alongside teens in all of our ministries and in life. They lead activities, facilitate small group discussions, run Bible studies, give talks, chaperone trips and overnight retreats, and lend their many gifts and talents to our young people. You do not need to have studied Theology to be a Core member. The most important qualifications are a deep love of Christ, His church and a passion for working with teens.
We ask parents of teens involved in Life Teen to help us create a warm and welcoming environment for our middle and high school ministries. This can range from providing snacks and drinks for the teens for our normal gatherings to helping with the handful of receptions we host annually. Some of our ministries take place in Host Homes where a small group and their core team member are welcomed into the host's home to provide an extra warm and welcoming environment to these groups.
Note: Life Teen is also bringing back Large Group events/format this year. We’re keeping some of the good things we gained from the past year (like consistent small groups throughout the year) but bringing back more of the large group games and talks and using the cafe again as our main meeting space. We’re also bringing back Summer Camps in a big way in 2022. For more information, contact Nick Scanlan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Charles is excited to announce that the Fall Session for Small Groups begins this month! Small Groups meet weekly in parishioners' homes to pray through the upcoming Sunday scriptures and journey through life together. We have men’s groups, women’s groups, couple’s group, young adult groups and groups specifically for moms and dads of school-age children. Contact Maria Notch with any questions and to join a group at email@example.com.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a Montessori-based, hands-on religious education program for children 3 years old through 6th grade that we are implementing parish-wide at St. Charles. This program provides a thoughtful and carefully-prepared room (called an atrium) in which the child can listen to God, talk to God and learn about God. The coordinated efforts of many people, with a variety of skill-sets (such as cleaning, plant care, sewing and woodworking,) are needed to help this wonderful program operate. There is an opportunity in the Children’s Discipleship ministry for part-time paid help (Sunday mornings and several weekday evenings) in working with CGS. Please contact Alicia Van Hecke at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We are excited to embark upon a new season of music ministry this month at St. Charles! One of the most comprehensive programs in the Archdiocese, St. Charles has something for everyone who is interested in sharing their gift of music. We have two Children’s Choirs, a Praise Group, Adult Choir, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, Resurrection Choir, Cantors, Psalmists, Instrumentalists, Handbells, and a Seasonal Choir. Some are scheduled regularly, some based on availability according to your schedule.
On Wednesday, September 15, we are hosting the Catholic Choir Comeback beginning at 6:00pm in the Borromeo Room. This is an opportunity for everyone who is interested in Music Ministry to come together to share food, fun, and fellowship and get to know other music ministers. For more information, contact Scott Currier at email@example.com or Peg Kasun at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall is a traditional time of year for parish ministries to be refreshed and rejuvenated, especially the ministries of prayer and worship. As Catholics, we believe that the Eucharist is the “source and summit” of our faith, and we have many opportunities for anyone who wants to share their gifts with our parish community in the celebration of the Eucharist. Ministries include Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Servers (4th grade through adulthood), Ushers and Sacristans. Training is provided, and scheduling is flexible according to your needs. For more information, contact Elizabeth Thompson at email@example.com.
Thursday Morning Men’s Group: A weekly, in-person fellowship gathering for men, this group starts Thursday, September 16th in the Borromeo Room. Doors open at 5:30 am (with coffee of course!) and the program at 6 am, followed by discussion at 7am. The program will be the Augustine Institute's Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist. All men are welcome, and young men and fathers are encouraged to join us. If you have any questions, email Jim Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outreach Services Team: The team ministers to both local Wisconsin communities and abroad, organizing events and programs that bring together volunteers of all ages to engage in projects that better the living, learning, and general condition of all! Opportunities to become involved as a volunteer include ministries such as the monthly Bread of Life Community Meal, the seasonal gift and clothing drives, Meals to the homebound and shelters, or volunteering at seasonal church events such as Fall Fest and more. For more information about specific events or to become involved, visit the Outreach Services Team Page or contact Terri Blazek, Outreach Services Team Chairperson, at email@example.com or 262-367-7608.
Knit & Crochet Ministry: Prayers are said while hands are busy when the women of the Knit and Crochet Ministry get together on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. They sew and craft everything from prayer shawls to baby booties, which benefit Parish and local Ministries including SVDP, Elizabeth Ministry, Sienna House, CGS and St. Anthony’s Food Pantry. All are welcome to join, including remote knitters. Contact Ann Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Parish Office 262-367-0800.
Fellowship Weekend: Save the date for Fellowship Weekend on Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26! Interested in helping? Visit the SignUp Genius page to check out opportunities to serve your fellow parishioners.