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Becoming the disciple Christ intended you to be

At St. Michael Catholic Church & School, we invite you to consider using your time and talent in one of our many volunteer activities.

“Each one should use whatever gifts he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” – I. Peter 4:10

Serving Our Faith in the Sacred Liturgy
(Training Provided in Advance of Being Scheduled for Service)

Altar Guild: Being a Guild member is a unique way to participate in the liturgical life of the church, behind the scenes. Through a combination of sacristan and sexton responsibilities, Guild members assist the Priests by cleaning the Mass linens (2 hours weekly for one month, twice a year), and / or caring for the Altar area and sacristies (2 hours once every 4-6 weeks).
 Time Commitment: Varies, depending upon duties selected

Choirs: Share your voice and musical talent. Opportunities include the 10am Sunday Choir, two children’s choirs (for 2nd graders and 3-5th graders), cantoring for special Masses and liturgies, and a Latin Schola which chants for our Masses in the Extraordinary form. There are also opportunities for liturgy-appropriate instrument solos.
 Time Commitment: Approximately 1 hour per week for practice, but may vary

Greeters: Be the welcoming face of St. Michael’s by greeting people before and after Holy Mass.
 Time Commitment: On a monthly rotation for the Sunday Masses; occasionally serving at special Masses

Lectors: Lectors assist in a particular liturgy by reading a Biblical text from the Ambo (other than the Gospel). Training will be provided to those interested according to diocesan, USCCB, and General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) guidelines.
 Time Commitment: Monthly rotation schedule

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC): This liturgical position assists in a special way to help distribute Holy Communion, when determined by the Pastor. Training will be provided to those interested according to diocesan, USCCB, and General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) guidelines.
 Time Commitment: Monthly rotation schedule

Ushers: Our ushers are one of the welcoming faces of St. Michael’s. They hold the doors open for people coming in for Holy Mass, help with seating and collections during Holy Mass, and straighten the pews and other areas of the Nave after Holy Mass.
 Time Commitment: On weekly rotation for Sunday Mass; occasionally serving at special Masses

Living Our Faith Through Prayer & Devotion

Nocturnal Adoration Society: The Nocturnal Adoration Society is an association of Catholics dedicated to prayer before the Eucharist for the praise of God and for the needs of the world. Volunteers spend one hour in adoration, once a month, during the night, at a designated hour.
 Time Commitment: 1 hour a month

Our Lady’s Intercessory Prayer Group: We pray to God for St. Michael’s prayer requests. All ages welcome. Volunteers commit to praying for a few requests in short blocks of time. Intercession is praying to God on behalf of another and is “characteristic of a heart attuned to God’s mercy… he who prays looks ‘not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others…” (CCC #2634-2635).
 Time Commitment: No meetings. Prayer is done on your own – time is determined by the volunteer

Our Lady of Fatima Pilgrim Statue Rotation: This program is designed for a statue of Our Lady of Fatima to visit a host family for a week of prayer and intercession (Saturday to Saturday), and is available for anyone, including homebound parishioners. Sign up at the table in the Narthex and the Legion of Mary will contact you with further details.
 Time Commitment: Statue travels on a weekly rotation

Growing in Our Faith Through Faith Formation & Catholic Education

Catholic Scripture Study (CSS): This is an engaging multi-week Bible study for adults from Catholic Scripture Study International. The study is facilitated by parishioners with commentaries lead by Scripture scholars and lecturers on video. There is a nominal cost for the class to cover the weekly study materials.
 Time Commitment: Weekly, from September – May, classes are approximately 1.5 hours in length

Donuts and Dogma (D&D): This is ongoing adult faith formation led by the pastor and other speakers most Sunday mornings during the school year. Volunteers record the talks and help set up the donuts, coffee and other light breakfast fare.
 Time Commitment: Weekly, from September – May

Evangelization Commission: According to the USCCB, “Evangelization is the Church’s deepest identity…and brings the good news of the Gospel to all who seek the life-giving message of faith in Jesus Christ”. This commission serves as a catalyst for evangelizing efforts inside (re-evangelization) the parish as well as outside the parish in outreach efforts.
 Time Commitment: 2 hours monthly

Eucharistic Congress Volunteering: Our parish supports the annual diocesan Eucharistic Congress through prayer and by encouraging and recruiting volunteers to assist on the Congress weekend as Ushers, Greeters, Youth Track Workers, and Procession Guides.
 Time Commitment: 2 hour shifts available at the Eucharistic Congress in September

Faith Formation: Teachers, assistants and volunteers help teach the Catholic faith to the children of our parish, and help with the parish’s annual summer Catholic faith day camp.
 Time Commitment: Weekly classes from September until May

RCIA: The Rite of Christian initiation of Adults provides adults and teens with a starting point for coming into full communion with the Catholic Church. Volunteers opportunities include being an RCIA Sponsor to help the catechumens and candidates on their faith journey and providing snacks for each class. Although classes are geared towards non-Catholics desiring to enter the Church, all Catholics are welcome to attend the class as a way to deepen their faith.
 Time Commitment: Weekly, from September until the Easter Vigil

Sacrament Celebrations: Volunteers lead and coordinate the annual receptions for RCIA, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion, which involves planning, food prep/coordination, decorations, and bulletin announcements inviting people to attend. The Faith Formation Director will provide a skeleton outline of what needs to be done and timing for each annual reception.
 Time Commitment: 3 events per year; time per event varies

Sacramental Lettering: Do you have beautiful handwriting? Or can you do calligraphy? Volunteers write out information on sacramental certificates for Baptism, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation. When done in a beautiful style of handwriting, these valuable documents are often displayed in people’s homes and become a great testimony to the Faith.
 Time Commitment: You decide.

St. Michael Catholic School (SMCS): Our very active and fully accredited school serves grades PreK – 8 has a variety of ways to get involved in the mission of our school: acting as chaperones for field trips, helping plan fundraisers, or assisting with multiple extracurricular activities including band, chorus, the gardening club, Lego club, robotics club, Latin club, and various seasonal sports.
 Time Commitment: Weekly, from August – May

Putting Our Faith into Action Through Serving Our Neighbor

Buildings and Grounds: Volunteers who can assist with light gardening and maintaining the planters around the school, or who have specialized skills such as painting, carpentry, electrical, plumbing and more are able to use their expertise to help maintain the parish and school building and grounds.
 Time Commitment: Volunteer selects activity, timing varies depending upon opportunity

Parish Nurse Ministry: Volunteers assist the Parish Nurse in health promotions and programs, home visits to parishioners, serve as a liaison with community services all in supporting and helping church members to interpret the relationship between faith and health, and assist with meals and transportation. These services are all supportive in nature and do not involve medical treatment of any kind.
 Time Commitment: Depends on your choice of service from list above

St. Michael’s Thrift Store: An outreach to Gaston county residents which helps to provide gently used low cost clothing and home goods to people in our community. The cost of running the store is covered by contributions made by parishioners and the parish. You can help by making donations or working in the store.
 Time Commitment: Volunteer shifts in the store are in 2 hour blocks, Monday – Saturday

St. Vincent de Paul Society: Romans 12:7-8 says those who have been called by God to give should exercise that gift, generously. Parishioners who donate funds to the St. Vincent de Paul Society are, by their monetary donations, providing much needed assistance (e.g. utilities, etc.) to those in need who stop by the parish office. Donations may be made through the “Poor Boxes” located in the Narthex, or through the Parish Office.
 Time Commitment: No time. Only treasure.

Two Can Ministry: Volunteers manage the canned food collection and encourage families to donate 2 cans of food per week to help stock the food pantry at the Thrift Shop.
 Time Commitment: Time to purchase 2 cans of food each week and drop them off by the parish

Nourishing the Faith of Our Parish Life

Bereavement: During the stressful and emotional time after the death of a loved one, we show love to others by preparing a reception to provide food and fellowship for family and friends immediately following a funeral.
 Time Commitment: Varies depending upon funeral time / reception need; estimated 1 hour a month to 1 hour a week

Family Life: Through the gift of hospitality, we create a welcoming environment for St. Michael’s parish family and their guests, through providing parish-wide meals and events for social engagement that help foster a greater sense of belonging and community. Annual meal events include the Chili Cookoff Dinner and Corpus Christi Sunday Lunch.
 Time Commitment: 1 hour every other week

Finance Council: This is a dedicated group of parishioners, appointed by the pastor, who are interested in helping with St. Michael’s fiduciary responsibilities. Meetings with the pastor include discussion around current and future parish finance needs, and planning how to meet the annual fiscal goals.
 Time Commitment: 2-3 hours a month

Hospitality Commission: Hospitality is a wonderful gift that shares the love of Christ with others. Our goal is to make new and current parishioners feel a part of a warm, supportive and hospitable community where “all are welcome,” and to assist newcomers to become active in parish life. Responsibilities include greeting people before & after Mass, hosting welcome events, delivering newcomer packets and more.
 Time Commitment: 2-3 hours a month

Youth Group: Fun, fellowship, and faith for all high school students. Adult volunteers act as coordinators, speakers, and chaperones for meetings and events. Adult volunteers must complete the Protecting God’s Children training.
 Time Commitment: 2-4 hours monthly

Young Adults: We’re open to Catholic singles in their 20’s, 30’s, and college age (some work, some are in school, and some are even in religious life) – we enjoy getting together at least once a month to enjoy Catholic fellowship, various activities and discussions.
 Time Commitment: 2 hours monthly

Pastoral Council: This is a dedicated group of parishioners, appointed by (and who serve under) the direction of the pastor, in order to “give their help in fostering parish activity” (Code of Canon Law 536).
 Time Commitment: Meetings as scheduled.

Pillars: A dynamic group of senior parishioners – the pillars of our community — who meet for social and spiritual interaction including a special Mass once a month, and who enjoy planning a variety of activities and trips throughout the year. Younger adults are welcome to volunteer to assist with set up, decorating and cooking for the meetings, and help coordinate activities and trips throughout the year.
 Time Commitment: 1-2 hours monthly

Respect Life Committee: A dedicated group of individuals who are concerned with promoting the sanctity of life from the womb to the tomb. Volunteers participate in various events throughout the year, including the Charlotte March for Life, the October Life Chain, an annual diaper drive, praying at local abortion clinics, and the 40 Days for Life.
 Time Commitment: 1-2 hours a month

Safety and Security Commission: This commission is still under development and will be comprised of a dedicated group of parishioners, appointed by the Pastor, who assist with parish safety and security concerns.
 Time Commitment: Varies

Stewardship: We promote parish stewardship through the gifts of time, talent, and treasure. Activities include helping connect parishioners with volunteer opportunities, highlighting those opportunities through the bulletin and during parish-wide events, and meeting with volunteer leaders to understand ongoing stewardship needs.
 Time Commitment: 2-3 hours a month

Vocation Commission: This group supports the pastor in promoting and planning events around vocations to the priesthood, religious life, diaconate, and marriage. Volunteers participate in various events throughout the year including the National Vocations Awareness Week and the St. Michael’s Adopt-a-Seminarian program.
 Time Commitment: Meetings are 1 hour every other month

Supporting Organizations of the Faithful

Ancient Order of Hibernians: This is an international Irish fraternal organization of Catholics who are either Irish-born or of Irish descent. The local chapter helps the Church through fundraising and charitable giving for parish projects.
 Time Commitment: 1 hour every other month

Homeschool Community
We are a group comprised of Catholic homeschooling families faithful to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. We meet regularly to support each other and work together to provide opportunities for education, service, and social activities.
 Time Commitment: Varies, depending on activity

Knights of Columbus (KofC): The Knights of Columbus is an international lay fraternal organization known for its charitable works among parishes and communities. Council 6700 at St. Michael’s is comprised of many talented men who support the parish in a variety of ways, including the Lenten suppers, taking part in the Eucharistic Congress, and regularly assisting the clergy by attendance at events in the life of the church.
 Time Commitment: 1-2 hours monthly

Lay Dominicans (OP): A vocation providing spiritual formation for the laity to live a faithful and intentional Catholic life, and grow in love for God and His Church by focusing on four basic areas: Prayer, Study, Community, and Apostolate. Lay Dominicans are part of the world-wide Dominican religious order, founded by St. Dominic, approved by the Pope in 1216, and known as “The Order of Preachers”.
 Time Commitment: Monthly community time with Holy Mass, prayer, study and fellowship: 2.5 hours

Legion of Mary: The Legion of Mary is an international lay organization open to adults and young people, whose mission is to bring Christ to all, and all to Christ, through programs of prayer, study, and service in the parish, mostly focusing on the Spiritual Works of Mercy. At St. Michael’s, Legion members assist the pastor by leading the Rosary before Masses, visiting the sick, and assisting at other events, as directed by the Pastor.
 Time Commitment: Weekly, including meetings which are most Fridays at 6pm

A Family United in Christ