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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

(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

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

Catholic Scripture Study (CSS): This is an engaging multi-week Bible study for adults. 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 adult faith formation on Sunday mornings during the school year. Volunteers help set up the donuts, coffee and other light breakfast fare, as well as donate towards refreshments.
Time Commitment: Weekly, from September – May

Faith Formation: Teachers and assistants are volunteers who help teach the Catholic faith to the children of our parish, serve as substitutes, and/or help with the parish’s annual summer Catholic faith day camp.
Time Commitment: Weekly classes from September until May and/or a week in summer

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. 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, and decorations.
Time Commitment: 3 events per year; time per event varies

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

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

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 middle and 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

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

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

St. Michael Children’s Choir: Open to children of St. Michael Parish and St. Michael Catholic School ages 7-14. The choir’s primary function is to provide music the Friday Children’s Mass during the school year, along with one monthly Saturday 5 PM Mass for the parish.  The choir also performs at select parish and school functions and presents an Advent Lessons and Carols program to the parish and school in December.  They are instructed in the singing of sacred music, including hymnody, Gregorian chant, and introduction to polyphony using the Ward Method of Music for music literacy.  All interested choristers should contact Kristen Levine, Children’s Choir Director.