Christian Service Commission

Christian Service Commission

Current Christian Service Commission Members: Sue Swincicki (Co-Chair), Carol Poirier (Co-Chair), Pat Duyck, Gina Noonan, June Weiler, Natalie Walther, Cindy Soto, Laurie Berner, Jean Adamowski, Cammy Birdsall, Kathy LaLonde, Jan Robinson, Jodi Wolff, Isabel Cleary (PC Rep), Kathleen Mulligan (PC Rep), Gretchen Perry (Staff)

The Christian Service Commission exists to bring to life the Christian principals of outreach and service, so frequently mentioned by Jesus in the Gospels.  As we serve others, we grow in holiness and are enriched in Faith as members of the Body of Christ.  This Commission reflects our Catholic belief in the dignity of each person from conception to natural death.  The Christian Service Commission creates opportunities and organizes details so that our parishioners can make a difference through outreach  and generosity.  There are two focuses of Christian Service: Pastoral Care and Outreach Ministry.

Christian Service Commission Member
Become a part of the Christian Service  Commission that works with the Pastor and members of the parish staff along with the other Commission members to give direction toi the parish in regards to pastoral and outreach ministries.  Help create long and short-term goals for the parish.  Time commitment is 1.5 hour meetings once monthly; other meeting as needed.  



Pastoral Care Ministries

Homebound Communion Minister: Visit and take communion to one of our homebound on a regular basis. (1 hr. of time once or twice a month) Training provided.
Hospital Communion Minister: Take communion to parishioners in the hospital on Sunday mornings. (1 hr. of time once every two months) Training provided.
Bay Medical Care Facility Communion Minister: Be a part of a team who takes communion to Catholic residents  at the Care Facility on Hampton Rd. on the first Saturday of the month at 10:00am (1-1/2  hr. of time /4 times a year). Training provided.

Funeral Assistance

Funeral Reception Team: Assist with calling parishioners to bring a dessert for the funeral reception, or  become a part of a team to prepare coffee and punch, serve donated desserts, and light clean-up following.  (time commitment is flexible).
Funeral Altar Servers: Adult Altar Servers are needed to assist the priest during funeral liturgies.  Training is provided.  Names or those willing to serve will  be places on a list, to be called on a rotating basis as needed.
Funeral Choir:  An opportunity to share your gift of song at Funeral Masses.  Your name will  be placed on a list and you will be notified  for funerals.  If you are available , come and  sing as part of our parish ministry of consolation.
Funeral Eucharistic Ministers: Often times, families provide their own Eucharistic Ministers.   When that does not happen, volunteers are needed to serve in  this role at funeral liturgies.  Time commitment is flexible; names are put on rotating list.
Funeral Vigils: Lead or assist in a prayer service at the funeral home, as family an friends come together to pray and remember their loved ones.  Music ministers are also needed.  Training is occasionally provided by the diocese and parish.  Time commitment is about 1 hour per wake service plus preparation time.
Grief Ministry: One of the most painful events can be the death of a spouse or loved one.  This is a time when the ministry of the parish is needed most.  Grief ministers call or visit parishioners after the loss of a loved one.  Training is offered to help facilitate a grief recovery group.  Volunteers are also need to assist with hospitality when our parish hosts the grief sessions.  Time commitment varies depending upon  ministry chosen in this area.

Sick and Homebound of Parish

Prayer Line: Become a part of a prayer chain, praying for others according to special prayer requests received. When a request is received by the parish, a series of phone calls, e-mails, or texts ensure that intention are being prayerfully presented to God.  Time required –flexible, daily.
Ministry to Homebound/Sick of Parish: We have in excess of 75 parishioners who are homebound or in nursing homes and would love to have someone visit, bring communion, and share parish news with them.  Many of these people especially love to see children which makes this a very nice family ministry.  Time commitment is flexible - visits for about an hour, depending on person being visited.  Training is provided
Birthday Cards to Homebound: When people are confined to their homes and are no longer able to come to Church to worship with the parish community, they often begin to feel as if they are no long part of the parish family  Through cards for birthdays and other special occasions, we can help people realize that they are still vital members or our parish community.  Time commitment: very flexible, done as needed from home.
Christmas Plants to the Homebound: Deliver a Christmas plant and message of cheer to St. Jude Thaddeus homebound parishioners.  Time commitment: 1 to 2 hours per year.

Outreach Ministries

Juvenile Home Birthday Ministry: Volunteers provide 2 birthday cakes and a pail of ice cream each month and drop them off at the Juvenile home on Hampton Road.  Time commitment is about 1 hour each month on a rotating basis.  
Outreach to our Troops: Periodic collection of non-perishable food items, DVD's, batteries, gift cards, and other personal care needs are collected each year, especially at Christmas time, for the young men and women serving in the Armed Forces.  Volunteers aer needed to sort gifts and transport them to the Bay City Armory.  Car loads of items from the entire parish are send to troops overseas.  Time commitment is  2 to 4 hours per year.  
Project Bethlehem: Outreach project providing Christmas gifts to families and individuals in need within our local community.  Assist with preparing tags and sorting then delivering gifts.  This is a great family ministry.  The time commitment is flexible.
Food Pantry: St. Jude Thaddeus in connection with the Essexville Food Pantry sponsors an ongoing collection of food items, paper products, personal care items, and money for the Food Pantry.  Donated items are brought to Mass and  placed in baskets in the gathering room.  Volunteers aer needed to sort the food and transport it to the food pantry.  Time commitment varies with need.
Cradle of Love: Baby items are collected to help support local organizations assisting young families in need.   Items are given to Beacon of Hope, the Women's Center, Good Samaritan Rescue Mission, the Foster Closet of Bay and Arenac Counties, and the Salvation Army Baby Pantry.    Hundreds of baby items are donated by the parish.  In addition to donations, assistance is needed with writing tags, sorting gifts after Mass, and/or delivering gifts to agencies.  Time commitment is 1 to 2 hours per year.  This is another great Family Ministry.  
Hospitality Ministry: The first and third weekend of each month, hospitality is provided after all Masses as a time for parishioners to socialize and also to meet new members. Coffee, punch and cookies/doughnuts are served. Hospitality also is provided for special events of the parish.  Assist with the set up and serving on scheduled weekend. (1-3hrs of time 4/5 times a year).
Right to Life Baby Bottle Drive: Parishioners fill baby bottles with dollars and coins throughout the month of May.  Donations go to Bay County Right to Life.  Volunteers needed to help count and record money collected.  
St. Vincent DePaul  Society: These volunteers gather money from the poor boxes designated for this organization found at the two entrances of the church.  The money collected is used to assist the needy within our community and volunteers for this organization help with that process.  Time commitment is approximately 1 hour per month.  

Other Areas of Christian Service

Food of Faith: Become involved with preparing and serving a hot meal to the poor of the community at a local church (Group effort).  (1- 4 hrs. of time) Currently our parish participates two times a year.

Marriage Preparation:  To assist couples in  our parish planning to be married through Engage Encounter Day.  There is a need for presenters as well as set-up and assisting throughout  the day.  Help is also needed for follow-up meetings to review the results of the FOCUS  ("Facilitate Open, Caring Communication, Understanding and Study") Inventory couples are required to take.  Time commitment varies with the number of engage couples.

W.A.R. Events Women at Risk
These events help raise funds to support women and children who have been victims of human trafficking through an ornament sale in the fall and jewelry sale in the spring.  Volunteers are needed to help with set-up and sale of items.  Time commitment is 2 to 4  hours twice yearly.

Cookie Bakers
Cookies and baked goods are needed for a variety of events within the parish including hospitality  weekends,  funeral receptions, bake sales, and other special  events.  Volunteers are needed to call parishioners to ask for baked goods.  Volunteers are also needed to be on the list for baking cookies and other treats.  Time commitment is flexible



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