All Hands On Deck!

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School is now well underway and even though Monday is a holiday it seems as though another summer has flown by. The start of a new school year signals the start of many parish programs and initiatives, especially here at St. Charles and St. Peter’s! Our hope is that you’ll consider being part of things – whether as a volunteer or participant. “Many hands make light work,” it is said. We’re counting on many hands to help us make the coming year successful!

We’re still in need of volunteers to help with Alpha which begins this Tuesday, September 8th. There are many small tasks to be done that only require a weekly commitment of time. Please see the accompanying “Help Wanted” ad in this week’s bulletin.  For those planning on attending Alpha I want to make a special plea for table “hosts.” All that hosts do is help facilitate discussion over coffee and dessert. No teaching, just conversation with starter questions provided. Contact Greg Gilbertson 715-723-4088 ext. 102 if you can help with this – thanks!

At St. Charles we are in need of volunteers for Friendship Sunday. If you are willing to make some bars/cookies; pour coffee/juice; purchase needed supplies please call the Central Office. Again, these are all relatively small but necessary tasks to ensure our time of fellowship on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of the month continue.

We’re always looking for more liturgical ministers at both parishes! If you have a good speaking voice, would you consider reading at Mass? If you have young people Grades 4 and up, would they consider serving at Mass? If you sing – even if just in the shower! – consider being part of the parish choir or serving as a cantor. For all ministries training is provided. Again, the commitment is not huge but the tasks to be carried out at Mass are so necessary! Call the Central Office to sign up for any liturgical ministry.

One of the things you’ll discover by volunteering is how good you’ll feel knowing that you’re doing your part to serve the Lord and keep our parishes vibrant. Getting involved is also a great way to feel a greater sense of community. As one participant in Alpha remarked, his experience helped him put names with the familiar faces he saw each Sunday. A parish shouldn’t be just a collection of “nameless individuals” but a true community of fellow disciples who know and care for one another. Stepping up to the plate is not just about getting a job done, but becoming who we are called to be as a Church. We really do need “all hands on deck.”

Father Ed