One sign of the vitality of a parish is all the organizations that assist the parish in its mission.
Listed here are many opportunities to do just that. There are groups for all of us, depending on our interests.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Stewardship opportunity: To reach out to the marginalized of our society – the poor, the hurting, and the lonely – and to bring to them the love of Christ.
Talent/Gift to offer: Compassion and commitment.
Time commitment: Members meet as needed to plan their activities. Members are also called on to perform the works of charity that are funded by the group, such as delivering flowers to the homebound and to nursing homes, writing cards to the sick, and other gestures of caring and concern.
Treasure/Blessing received: To be a hands-on part of Christ’s compassion, to extend His work on earth to those who need it most.
Stewardship opportunity: To provide social and spiritual opportunities for all women of the parish; to maintain the beauty of the church by keeping the altar, reredoses and sanctuary clean and well-equipped; to participate in activities that raise funds for the physical needs of the church; to help lead the praying of the rosary at various times; to utilize talents, such as sewing and embroidery, to provide sacramentals that enrich the experience of the sacraments for the people of Immaculate Conception Church.
Talent/Gift to offer: Membership includes all women of the parish; a generous spirit to contribute time to the care of the church interior and its furnishings; a willingness to offer hospitality and support to family and friends of the parish at important moments in their lives.
Time commitment: Monthly meetings on the first Monday following the third Sunday of the month, except summer months; volunteer, as needed, for a variety of social and spiritual activities.
Treasure/Blessing received: Forming bonds of friendship and support with other women of the parish; feeling a sense of fulfillment and wholesome pride by helping maintain the beauty of the church; developing an inner joy when serving others in times of need.
St. John Builders
Stewardship opportunity: To assist those who need additional help with either a construction project at their current home or the building of a new home.
Talent/Gift to offer: Various construction skills, electrical wiring and plumbing skills are needed, but sometimes just having extra hands on large projects or tasks are a great benefit and always welcome.
Time commitment: Can vary from project to project, but whatever time you have to offer would be beneficial.
Treasure/Blessing received: There is a deep satisfaction that comes from helping people and families with their housing needs. A home may be their biggest investment and when you help people to improve their conditions, it is a joyous event. You feel that you were involved in answering the prayers of families being supported by this ministry.
Knights of Columbus Council 1800
Stewardship opportunity: To be a part of a Catholic organization that provides spiritual, social, and charitable opportunities for men.
Talent/Gift to offer: A willingness to work with other members to promote Christian charity in our organization, church, and community. The scope and size of the organization is such that every gift is welcome.
Time commitment: The K of C holds monthly meetings which members are encouraged to attend; in addition, members are asked to participate in many fundraising, social, and parish events each year. The amount of time committed by each member depends upon his level of involvement and interest. Also, new members participate in an initiation ceremony.
Treasure/Blessing received: To foster Christian charity through various programs, to come to know brother knights and to see in them examples of Christian living, and to promote ideals held important by our Catholic faith.
The pastoral council is made up of three men and three women who are elected by the adults of the parish, joined by members of the parish staff, to help direct the work, worship and mission of Immaculate Conception Parish.
Stewardship opportunity: To share responsibility with the pastor for the life and mission of the Church in the parish; to listen for the needs of the parish and to be a representative voice of the parish; to provide leadership for the parish.
Talent/Gift to offer: Leadership and organizational skills, a broad vision of the parish and a real sense of the needs of its people. An ability to look long-term and envision the future.
Time commitment: Pastoral Council meets in the months of August, October, January, March and May. Members, who are elected by the adult members of the parish during voting on the fourth Sunday of March, serve staggered three-year terms. Members may be asked to take on additional projects.
Treasure/Blessing received: To become more involved, to witness inspirational leadership, to gain a larger perspective on parish functions and resources, to grow in leadership skills and to help guide the parish along the right path.
Stewardship opportunity: To instill stewardship as a way of life in the parish.
Talent/Gift offered: Share the joy of ministry by creating awareness of the many avenues of stewardship available to the members of the Parish with a willingness to promote and invite participation in the various Church Ministries.
Time commitment: Monthly meeting except July and December. Members serve three-year terms that are renewable.
Treasure/Blessing received: There is a deep joy and satisfaction that comes from touching the lives of people in profound ways.
Sunday Night Men’s Group
Stewardship opportunity: Explore the teachings of the Catholic church and grow faith through open discussions about experiences and current issues.
Talent/Gift to offer: Willingness to listen and share with fellow men on a wide range of topics from current events to Catholic doctrine.
Time commitment: A couple of hours monthly on a Sunday night, as schedules permit.
Treasure/Blessing received: To have fun, develop new friends and deepen your Catholic faith. To find your connection with other Catholic men within the IC family.
Parish Life Commission
Mardi Gras, parish coffee, Christmas Bazaar, newcomer visitation, casseroles & kindness, and other special receptions.
Stewardship opportunity: To enrich the lives of the people of Immaculate Conception through activities and programs that strengthen the community spirit of the members of the parish.
Talent/Gift to Offer: Individuals willing to help plan and carry out the social aspects of the parish through the social events held.
Time commitment: A willingness to donate time in event preparation, participation and food donations. Individuals generally contribute two hours per event which may fluctuate.
Treasure/Blessing received: To develop new and enrich existing relationships among parishioners and to create a family feeling among Immaculate Conception parishioners that extends beyond the Sunday liturgy. The opportunity to be an integral part of the life of the church.
Stewardship opportunity: To provide parishioners with mission experiences in the local community and abroad.
Talent/Gift to offer: A missionary heart and generous spirit that can see beyond our own parish borders to the broader needs of those in our local community, in our country and in our world.
Time commitment: Monthly meetings, three to four mission fundraisers and events per year.
Treasure/Blessing received: Being in mutual relationship with our brothers and sisters, offering talents and resources (treasure) as well as being enriched by the gifts and resources of another culture.