A Message from Our Pastor:
I would like to encourage you to become more involved in your parish. . . . A Parish becomes a lot more alive for the people who are involved, rather than just observing. . . Get involved and you will be surprised how much more fun and exciting your parish will become for you.
Fr. Terry Hazel
Join in—Give of yourself—Lend a helping hand—Donate—Volunteer—Contribute your time and talents.
There are many ways to participate in the life of the parish.
MINISTRIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
The many ministries and organizations at St. Michael provide a variety of opportunities to serve and help others.
HELP SANITIZE THE CHURCH
We need your help! We are still in need of people to help sanitize the pews after every Mass, as we continue to try to keep our church safe for everyone. It’s simple a matter of spraying all the pews with disinfectant, and will only take about ten minutes of your time. If you can help, please call the parish office, or just pick up a spray bottle in the back of the church after Mass and start spraying! The ushers can tell you what needs to be done.
BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS PROJECTS
Routine maintenance and repairs keep our facilities functioning at optimal levels on a day to day basis, but additional renovation, repair, and improvement projects are always needed to enhance and/or preserve our buildings and grounds. Your suggestions and help are always welcome.
VOLUNTEER AT THE SOUP KITCHEN
Individuals and families (children 8 and older) work one Saturday a month at the Saint Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen in Youngstown to prepare and serve breakfast to people in need.
After 39 years of dedication to our Soup Kitchen Ministry, Juanita Sherba has stepped down from her leadership role.
The Parish hopes to continue this ministry and Therese Sprockett will be contacting all of the current volunteers to determine their willingness to continue. New volunteers are also being sought.
At present, the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen (located at St. Cyril and Methodius Church, at 252 E. Wood St. in Youngstown) is operating as takeout only, but it is hoped in-person dining can return soon.
Volunteers are needed one Saturday every two months from 9:00 AM to 11:45 AM to help in the Soup Kitchen. Call Therese Sprockett at 330-881-1784 if you are interested.
SERVE AT THE ALTAR
We are in need of Altar Servers at all Masses. This very important ministry is open to young people in the fourth grade and older. Servers are scheduled at the Mass of their choosing approximately once a month. If you have questions, or if you would like to be trained, please call Maureen at the parish office, or email
Your help is needed!
JOIN OUR USHER AND GREETER MINISTRIES
Ushers and greeters are some of the most important of our ministries because these are the first people that newcomers and visitors to our parish meet. They offer a warm welcome to all those who enter our church. As with all our ministries, you would be scheduled at the Mass of your choosing approximately once a month.
Greeters: Greeters arrive approximately 15 minutes before Mass begins, and stand at one of the church doors, saying hello and welcoming everyone who enters. Once Mass begins, your job is done! This ministry is open to all ages; entire families can greet together (it’s a great way to introduce your children to service).
Ushers: Ushers also greet parishioners as they arrive; they also find a family to bring up the gifts, take up the collection, and direct the communion procession. Ushers are the people who answer questions, assist visitors looking for a restroom, and help people to find seats. This ministry is open to all adults, and young people middle school and up.
If you would be interested in either of these ministries, please call Maureen at the parish office (330-533-6839) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
VISIT PARISHIONERS IN NURSING HOMES
If you enjoy visiting with people and giving them a smile, the nursing home visitors could use you. We take communion to our parishioners in nursing homes. If you are interested in helping out but want more information call Janet Murray @ 330-565-7175.
PROVIDE HOSPITALITY AT COFFEE/DONUTS ON SUNDAYS
We are looking for more volunteers to serve coffee and donuts after the 9:00 & 11:00 AM Masses on Sundays so that
we can continue this ministry. If you can help once a month, please call Sharon Harpster at 330-533-7072.
ADD YOUR VOICE TO THE CHOIR
The St. Michael Choir praises God in song at the 9:00 AM Mass on Sundays and for other special occasions. The Choir leads the congregation in singing and also provides sacred music to enhance the prayer of the assembly.
The choir is open to anyone who can carry a tune and musically blend in with other singers. Singers of all ages, from middle-school students to senior citizens, are welcome. Our rehearsals on Wednesdays begin at 7:00 PM in the Tower Room, adjacent to the church’s bell tower and normally last only an hour. We are a friendly and fun group.
JOIN THE MEN'S CLUB
The Men's Club sponsors a number of Parish Activities such as the Mother’s Day Breakfast, attendance to an Indian’s Baseball game, the Steer and Ear Dinner, and participation in our Annual Parish Picnic.
As our club ages, we experience an increasing need for extra help during these events. We would welcome active involvement in our monthly meeting and/or volunteering to help in one or more of the above activities.
If you feel a calling, please call Tom Eaton at 330-533-4911 or Mark Curtis at 330-702-9302.
VOLUNTEER FOR OUR BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY
This special ministry offers comfort and sustenance to families during their time of grief, showing the support and love
of our parish community. Please consider joining this effort. Click HERE for more information.
One of the beautiful ministries our parish provides is the “Funeral Luncheon” ministry. After each funeral, we provide a
meal for the family and friends of the deceased free of charge. However, we are in desperate need of volunteers. If you
re available on weekday mornings, I would encourage you to consider volunteering for this beautiful ministry. Even if you
may be available only on one or two days a week, let us know and we can make a list of who is available on each day of
the week. This is a very beautiful ministry and it is deeply appreciated by the grieving families.
Please call our office if you are interested.
Fr. Terry Hazel
BECOME A EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS TO PARISHIONERS WHO ARE HOMEBOUND, HOSPITALIZED, or RESIDENTS OF NURSING HOMES:
Parish Council is interested in forming a group of parishioners willing to visit our own parishioners who are currently hospitalized; to make a personal visit in the name of St. Michael and to take them Holy Communion. If you are interested please call the parish office. This is truly a beautiful ministry.
--NURSING HOME VISITATION
We are in need of more volunteers for Nursing Home Visits. Would you like to make a difference in the life of a parishioner confined to a local nursing home/rehab facility? By offering kindness and friendship on a one-on-one basis, you have the opportunity to brighten a parishioner's day with each visit, while at the same time keeping them connected to St. Michael Parish. You are asked to take communion to someone every four weeks. If you would
like to be part of the Nursing Home/Rehab Center Ministry, even on a temporary basis over the winter. contact Janet Murry at 330-533-6871 or email@example.com
Eucharistic Ministers also visit and bring Holy Communion to Homebound parishioners. If you would like to be a part of the Homebound Ministry, contact Kay McCarthy at 330-533-4982. Click HERE for more information.
Note--FOR PARISHIONERS WHO ARE NURSING HOME RESIDENTS, HOSPITALIZED, OR HOMEBOUND:
If you know of a parishioner who is in a nursing home, either temporarily or permanently, please notify the Parish Office (330-533-6839) so we can add them to our nursing home list and schedule ministers to visit them. Nursing homes do not notify us if one of our parishioners is in residence there, so we must rely on friends and family to tell us. Lay Leaders of Prayer visit twice a month at Paisley House, Ironwood, and Windsor House of Canfield to do a Communion Service. We also have regular visits by Eucharistic Ministers to distribute communion to those people in the other nursing homes in the area.
If you are homebound or know of someone who is homebound and would like to receive the Eucharist, please call the Parish Office so you can be put on the visitation schedule.
When being admitted to the hospital, please let the admitting personnel know that you are a member of St. Michael Parish and would like your name to be included on our hospital list. If you are planning a hospital stay for several days or more for surgery or for a critical illness, please let Fr. Terry know BEFORE you go into the hospital so he can anoint you before you go in. If this can’t be done, or you go in through “emergency” please know that both St. Elizabeth campuses have priest chaplains. They can anoint you. Fr. Terry can come to the hospitals to anoint you but it is getting harder for him to walk those halls, especially the Youngstown campus.
BECOME A CANTOR
The cantor leads the congregation in singing hymns and sings the verses of the Gloria and the responsorial psalm as needed. At times a cantor may sing a meditation hymn. The cantor is an important part of our worship here at St. Michael Parish. A cantor must have a pleasant singing voice and should be able to read music. New cantors will need to have an audition and a short training session. High-school and college students are encouraged to be part of this ministry. If interested please call the parish office (330-533-6839), contact Laura Kunkel after Mass, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PROVIDE MUSIC AT MASS
If you play an instrument--either brass or woodwinds-- please consider joining the Brass of St. Michael. All ages welcome. Current members range from middle-school to adult. To find out more about our Music Ministries click HERE. If interested please call the parish office (330-533-6839), contact Laura Kunkel after Mass, or email: email@example.com
BECOME A LITURGICAL MINISTER
We are in need of more volunteers of all ages for our Liturgical Ministries--altar servers, Eucharistic ministers, lectors, liturgy/funeral/wedding coordinators, greeters, ushers and cantors. We are especially in need of ministers for our
4:30 PM Saturday liturgy. For more information about Liturgical Ministries, click HERE. If interested please call the
parish office at 330-533-6839.
PARTICIPATE IN OUR PRAYER CHAIN MINISTRY:
If you would like to become involved in a more spiritual way at St. Michael, you can… by devoting time to pray for your fellow parishioners’ needs as they arise. St. Michael has established a Prayer Chain Ministry to pray for the special requests of our parish family and friends. New members are always needed. A prayer chain is an effective way to bring
the power of many prayers to those in need. The commitment to pray for others is a sacred privilege and is an example
of our faith in action. Pray as time allows during your day. If you have a prayer request or want to join the Prayer Chain send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Therefore I tell you whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
GET INVOLVED WITH THE "ACTION" ORGANIZATION
ACTION is a faith based community organization that unites people of various faiths and various racial lines. It is really a great organization whose primary aim is to improve the communities in which we live. It is an opportunity to meet and get
to know people from completely different backgrounds. When you truly know others on a one-to-one basis you are much more likely to work together on any issue that may arise. We are looking for some new volunteers to join our parish chapter of ACTION. You must be a person who has a strong sensitivity to Social Justice and be aware that all of us are people of God. If you want to talk more about this, please give Father Terry a call. To learn more about ACTION click HERE.
JOIN THE SUPPORT TEAM FOR GENERATIONS OF FAITH
Volunteers are the heart and soul of our program! If you are interested in learning more about how you can help our families grow in faith through teaching, assembling craft kits, or set-up crew, look no further. Join us! Click HERE to find out more, or call Nicky at the Parish Office at 330-533-6839.
VOLUNTEER FOR OUR CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD
For many years, 1st-3rd grade children of St. Michael Parish have celebrated the Liturgy of the Word with language at their level. Our Children’s Liturgy program is in need of volunteers! We will provide training and resources to help you guide our children through each Sunday’s readings.If you are interested, please contact Nicky Uerling at the Parish Office, 330-533-6839.
LEND A HELPING HAND FOR PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN LITURGY OF THE WORD
At the 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM Masses, we offer Liturgy of the Word for children in Preschool and Kindergarten. We are looking for a few helping hands during instruction time. This would be a great volunteer opportunity for our high school students. More information HERE.
BABYSIT FOR PARENTS ATTENDING GOF
We are looking for high school students to babysit for pre-schoolers and infants during GOF. Generations of Faith happens once a month on Sunday afternoons, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings; we need teens to watch smaller children so parents can take part in the adult session. For more information, please call either Nicky or Maureen at the Parish Office, 330-533-6839.
BRING UP THE OFFERTORY GIFTS
If you are interested in bringing up the gifts in the Offertory Procession, please see the ushers before Mass begins.
VOLUNTEER AT OUR COMMUNITY MEAL
The bi-monthly meal is an offering of hospitality free-of-charge to all, that brings us together as a community to nourish body, mind, and spirit.This planned meal, usually buffet style, is sponsored and prepared by St. Michael Parishioners and
is attended by parishioners/non-parishioners alike to build community and promote fellowship. We are seeking to extend
the number of parishioners who would like to get involved in this ministry. We especially invite our jr.high/high school teens to volunteer to help! If you are a high school youth seeking service hours, this is a good opportunity! Phone Barb Spencer (330-788-8373). Adults are also needed. Pete Rich oversees the group of us and communicates via email prior to each meal. Areas include: food contribution based on a pre-planned menu, food set-up preparation, serving of the buffet, set-up of the hall, clean up. Please contact Barb Spencer (330-788-8373) if you would like more information/volunteer to get involved or contact Pete Rich at email@example.com or 330-547-9119. Money donations for purchase of food is
welcome too! We look forward to hearing from you. To find out more about our Community Meal click HERE.
HELP OUT AT THE ST. VINCENT DEPAUL SOUP KITCHEN
Volunteers are always welcome and needed to work one Saturday a month at the Saint Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen in Youngstown to prepare and serve breakfast to people in need. Please consider making a monetary donation to help defray the cost of required security protection. Extra money can also go for extra food. Just mark a plain envelope “St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen” and place it in the collection basket on Sunday. It’s a tangible way to be a part of this important work. For more information about this Ministry, click HERE.