Service Opportunities

 

Church of St. Leo the Great Time, Talent, & Treasure Giving Guide


The U.S. Bishops Pastoral Letter, Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, introduces the subject of stewardship on the foundation of these three primary convictions:

•  Mature disciples make a conscious, firm decision, carried out in action, to be followers of Jesus Christ no matter the cost to themselves.

•  Beginning in conversion, change of mind and heart, this commitment is expressed not in a single action, nor even in a number of actions over a period of time, but in an entire way of life. It means committing one’s very self to the Lord.

•  Stewardship is an expression of discipleship, with the power to change how we understand and live out our lives. Disciples who practice stewardship recognize God as the origin of life, the giver of freedom, the source of all they have and are and will be. They are deeply aware of the truth that “The Lord’s are the earth and its fullness; the world and those who dwell in it” (Ps 24:1). They know themselves to be recipients and caretakers of God’s many gifts. They are grateful for what they have received and eager to cultivate their gifts out of love for God and one another.

These three statements from the U.S. Bishops summarize the “big picture” of stewardship and the ideal we should be moving toward. The parish of St Leo the Great offers these service opportunities to you as one of the means you can use to cultivate your talents and use them to enrich this community of faith.

 

PASTORAL PLANNING AREAS

•  Finance Council Members – Council members are parishioners with a background in accounting and finances. The members of the council provide input, feedback and monitoring of the budget of St. Leo the Great. The council meets once per year to approve the annual budget and quarterly for ongoing business. It receives monthly financial reports to oversee all the actual income and expenses and to make sound decisions about future budgets.

•  Parish Council Members – Members of the Parish Council are asked to serve a three-year term as the eyes, ears and voice of the community. The members then pass along the needs and desires of the parishioners to the pastor and parish staff so that they are enabled to make better decisions. Each year three new members join the council after a nomination and approval process. The council, which meets on the second Monday of the month, currently consists of nine parishioners and two ex-officio members.

Office Support

•  Collection Counters – The Collection Counters meet weekly on Monday mornings to count the donations from the previous week.

•  Office Assistants – Office Assistants aid the secretary with various office duties.

•  Technology Providers – Individuals who share their expertise in areas such as email, web design and library cataloguing aid in keeping the parish current.

MAINTENANCE

•  Physical Plant Maintenance Providers – Individuals who are able to perform odd jobs, as needed, serve to maintain the safety and beauty of the parish buildings. Handy skills to have are knowledge of carpentry, gardening, plumbing, painting, and/or electrical wiring.


LITURGICAL MINISTRIES


Liturgical Ministers serve the community during the Eucharistic Liturgy, the Mass. This area is for people who are fully initiated (except for acolyte and choir members) and have an aptitude for public speaking, singing, quick-thinking, smiling and leadership. Each of these ministries does require some pre-Mass preparation. Training is provided for all of the listed ministries.

•  Acolytes – Acolytes or Altar Servers assist the presider during the Mass.

•  Children’s Liturgy of the Word Presider – Presiders lead the children in their own celebration of the Word of God during Children’s Liturgy of the Word.

•  Choir Members – Members of the choir lead the community in song.

•  Eucharistic Ministers – Eucharistic Ministers distribute communion to the congregation.

•  Lectors – Lectors bring the Word of God alive for the assembly.

•  Ushers – Ushers welcome people, distribute worship aids, assist late arrivals to locate a seat, take up the collection and hand out bulletins.

LITURGY RELATED AREAS

•  Altar Society – Society members are caretakers of the church interior and its furnishings. Members of this group may sew altar cloths and other linens, wash linens used throughout the church and clean the church.

•  Environment and Art Committee – Committee members enrich the worship space of our community with liturgically appropriate decorations. The committee arranges flowers, hangs banners and provides ideas for the church environment.

•  Hospitality Volunteers – This group of volunteers assist with the hospitality service after each Sunday Liturgy. Roles include baking and preparing foods, clean up and washing the plates, bowls and beverage containers. Volunteers usually serve one Mass on one weekend per month.

OUTREACH MINISTRIES

•  Homebound Ministers – Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound visit and bring the Eucharist to our parishioners who are unable to attend Mass. This ministry is indispensable to a parish. All fully initiated parishioners are invited to be homebound ministers.

•  St. Vincent de Paul Society – The Society heads the parish outreach to the poor in our community. Our chapter of the Society meets twice monthly and asks for contributions on the fifth Sundays so that they can take care of those in need. The society occasionally asks for volunteers for the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room on San Pablo Avenue.

•  Communications Committee – This team will be responsible for “getting the word out” about events at St. Leo’s or sponsored by St. Leo’s. The communications would be to other media such as diocesan and local newspapers and internet billboards. Email blasts to parishioners, along with phone trees and letters may also be useful.

LIFELONG CATECHESIS MINISTRIES


•  Catechists – In general, catechists are witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Initial training will be provided with periodic follow-up training and formation sessions. Individuals may choose to work in the following areas: sacramental preparation, on-going Christian Enrichment for children, youth or adults or family catechesis.

•  Initiation Team Members – Team members are catechists who focus on the process of initiating adults or children into Catholic Christianity via the four phases of the catechumenate process of conversion.

•  Scripture Study Facilitators – Facilitate discussions and study of our sacred scriptures. Currently, two Scripture Study groups meet on a regular basis, and others may be formed as desired. Vatican II encouraged Catholics to read and study the Bible. As a guide, you will be asked to prepare sessions. This preparation alone will enhance your knowledge of the Word of God. Preparatory materials are available.

AN ADDITIONAL AREA OF MINISTRY

•  Saturday Church Sitters These people sit in the church for an hour or so on a Saturday afternoon between 12 noon and 3:30PM. This service opportunity developed as a result of parishioners wanting to make the church more available to members of the parish and the neighborhood. Church sitters provide a presence in the open church. This task is great for all adults in the parish because it allows you some real quiet time for prayer and reflection.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT AREA

Please consider your financial commitment to the Parish of St. Leo the Great. As you consider remember that trust in God must be a part of the way we live. God, who makes the flowers so beautiful and provides for the needs of the animals in the field, will surely take care of those created in the image and likeness of God. Give in a way which is planned, proportionate to your income and sacrificial. Remember, you are asked to give an equal amount to other charities such as the Annual Bishop’s Appeal, Catholic Charities, and other charities of your choosing. The following is an example of various levels of weekly parish commitment for a household income of $30,000.00 per year.

  1.0%     1.5%     2.0%         2.5%       3.0%       3.5%        4.0%        4.5%         5.0%

$6.00  $9.00   $12.00    $14.00    $17.00    $20.00    $23.00    $26.00    $29.00

The ultimate giving goal is 5.0% to your parish and 5.0% to other charities.

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