Parish Pastoral Council
Tina Steck, Chairperson
The Parish Pastoral Council assists the Pastor. The members of the Council are drawn from the Parish, and must be of good standing and at least eighteen years of age. From its membership the Council selects officers for the positions of President, Vice-President, and Secretary. At the present time, the Council has the following Commissions: Christian Service, Christian Formation, and Parish Life.
The Council holds regularly scheduled meetings that are open to all parishioners. The meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM. in the Monsignor Good Hall. There are no meetings during the months of July and August. Check the bulletin for announcements.
The various Commissions meet as needed to address pertinent issues. Parishioners are encouraged to contact any member of the Council with any questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding the life of the Parish.
Parish Finance Council
Tom Duda, chairperson
The Parish Finance Council is comprised of various lay members of the Parish. The Finance Council assists the Pastor in his responsibility of administering the temporal goods of the Parish.
Respect Life Apostalate
BE A HERO! SAVE A LIFE! The Respect Life Apostolate lends support to Birthright through the annual adoption of a woman and her unborn child. We also support the VITAE Society, Our Lady's Inn, Our Little Heaven, and Missouri Right to Life. We sponsor the annual Parish Ice Cream Social in August. Meetings are few, rewards are great.
Adult Faith Formation
Tom Block, coordinator 962.0772
The foundation of our mission is "a complete and systematic catechesis" that nurtures a profound life-long conversion of the whole person that will help adults experience the transforming power of grace and grasp the integrity and beauty of the truths of our Faith, as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. We seek to motivate and empower the adults of our parish to continually pursue a deeper understanding of their relationship with Jesus Christ and a deeper knowledge of His teachings that come to us through the Catholic Church.
Altar Society af Saint Therese
Celeste Burke, scheduling & church cleaning day 918.8323
The members of the Altar Society do the light cleaning of the Church including dusting, straightening missalettes and hymnals in the pews, and changing water in the holy water fonts. Ladies work with a partner, usually after morning Mass. Commitment is for one morning, twice a year. The Altar Society is under the patronage of Saint Therese of Lisieux, popularly known as the Little Flower, who served as assistant sacristan at the monastery to which she was attached.
Legion of Mary
Reverend James J. Byrnes
The Legion is devoted to the spiritual life of the Parish. Active members visit new parishioners and shut-ins and sponsor the daily Rosary. The Legion also sponsors the Living Rosary and May Crowning of Our Lady.
Auxiliary members pray the Rosary and special Legion prayers daily in support of the work of active members. The Legion is open to practicing Catholics 18 years of age and older. They meet on Wednesday morning in the Monsignor Good Hall after the 8:00 A.M Mass.
Please speak with the Pastor or one of the Permanent Deacons if you are interested in serving at the altar. Training will be provided and scheduling will accommodate your availability.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Margaret Guth, scheduling
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the priest and deacon in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass, and may also take Holy Communion to parishioners who are, due to disability, illness or age, homebound or otherwise confined. Please contact Msgr. Rivituso or one of the permanent deacons regarding present need. Archdiocesan certification for a particular Parish is required.
Terry Schermann, scheduling
Proclaim the Word of God. If you are at least 16 years of age, you can be a lector. It is not difficult, and you can find fulfillment in participating at Mass in a special way. Sign up for a Mass you will attend anyway. On average, you will factor approximately once a month. Lectors also participate in Holy Days of Obligation and Holy Week services. Written detailed instructions as well as walk through training are provided.
The Parish Choir consists of parishioners who express their love of God through music. We meet for practice each Thursday evening from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the church. We rehearse music for the following Sunday 9:30 AM Mass as well as music for future use. In addition to the Sunday 9:30 AM Mass, we sing at other Parish liturgical celebrations, including Holy Week, Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, the Corpus Christi Procession, and Solemn Vespers. While regular attendance is expected, it is understood that sometimes absences are unavoidable. The Choir is a community of friends who share a love of God and of music. We often gather for parties and fun social events. All are welcome! Come visit us on Thursday evenings.
Ed Schermann, scheduling
Ushers serve at the weekend Masses by greeting people, seating those requiring assistance, taking the offerings, directing those receiving Communion, and distributing Sunday Bulletins. We also spend a few minutes after Mass to straighten missalettes and hymnals in the pews. Four ushers are needed for each Mass. This is another important apostolate that requires no additional time — you are already there! New volunteers are always welcome, and if you're new to the Parish, this is a great way to meet new friends.
David Rowan, chairperson
Our annual picnic is held in fall on the church grounds. We have dinner, raffles, games, bingo, music, barbecue and lots of fun at this event. There is always a need for volunteers to help plan, chair and staff the parish picnic. All are welcome.
Parish Life Commission
Once each month after Sunday Masses. Please feel free to sign up in the vestibule to help out with this time for fellowship. Come and spend time with each other. All are welcome.
St. Patrick's Day Party
Parish Life Commission
Celebrate Irish heritage. Corned beef, cabbage, and good Irish music makethis an evening to remember. Held near March 17th. All are welcome.
Parish Life Commission
Join your fellow parishioners in the Monsignor Good Hall after the Mass of the Easter Vigil. Sring your favorite appetizer or dessert to share with the others as we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord.
Christmas Dinner Party
Parish Life Commission
Celebrate the Birth of Christ at our catered Dinner Party in mid-December. All are welcome.
Pot Luck Dinners
A fun social gathering, scheduled in Spring and Fall. Share your favorite dish with your fellow parishioners and enjoy great fellowship as a bonus. All are welcome.
Ladies of the Daughters of Ars graciously honor the men of the parish by providing breakfast in the Monsignor Good Hall the day before Father's Day.
Gentlemen of the parish return the favor the ladies provide at the Men's Breakfast by treating the women of the parish to breakfast the day before Mother's Day.