A ten member consultative body to the Pastor. Nine members are elected by the parishioners, and one appointed by the Pastor. Using the gifts and wisdom of each council member, the Council shares it’s knowledge, identifies needs and after sufficient study, recommends solutions. Council meetings are normally the second Tuesday of every other month in the evening, unless a special meeting is needed.
This group membership is open to all ladies of the parish to enjoy a “LADIES NIGHT” out. They have fund-raisers throughout the year for the purpose of supplying funds to purchase Altar Breads and Wine for Mass; purchase candles and other necessary items for the church and liturgical services; and purchase other items when requested. They serve at funeral lunches; receptions for special occasions; and assist when called upon for other reasons. The Group meets in the evening the second Monday of each month (except July & December).
We are a group of parishioners who work together to being fun activities to our parish. Current and possible events include Movie Nights (2nd Saturday of every month at 6:00 p.m.), Children's Fall Festival (every year in October), Bingo Night, Fish Fry, Pasta Dinners, Ice Cream Socials, Football/Sporting event watch parties, Casino Night, etc., etc. Events are scheduled if enough volunteers are available to support the work. If you are interested in adding your name to our volunteer list or have a suggestion for a parish social event, please contact Kirsten Stalford at 405-802-5747.
This group is for anyone over the age of fifty years. They meet every fourth Tuesday of the month for social and business meeting and “pot luck” supper. It provides an opportunity to play cards and other games as a group, as well as visiting, and ending with a pot luck supper at 6:00 p.m.. All are welcome to join whenever their time permits, e.g. after work etc.
Parishioners from age 18 to 49 meet the First & Third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Donley Room of the Parish Hall. The gatherings include discussions, social activities, and group outings. Sometimes the group will have special fundraising projects for the benefit of the group or the parish.
Work is usually done on Saturday mornings. Each team is scheduled for not more than one weekend a month for about three hours.
Be available when called upon to help with watering, weeding etc. during the months of April through October. This requires approximately a few hours during the week depending on the weather.
You are called upon by the coordinator to prepare and bring a dish to the Parish Hall and/or to assist with the serving of the meal and clean-up. The meal is served after the Funeral Mass.
On Thursday morning once a month help is needed to prepare the meals, and to deliver the meals to the homes. There are three people on the preparation team and two people on each delivery team. Time involved is about two hours for preparation or delivery.
The Parish Office will notify you of a new registered parishioner. In an effort to make them feel welcome, and at home at St. Paul the Apostle parish, a member of this ministry will contact the newcomers. If they want a home visit, two members will visit. If a phone call is all they want, no home visit will be necessary. This ministry also collects and prepares items for a “welcome basket” for the newcomers.
Once a week we visit homebound parishioners that request Holy Communion. No lengthy visiting is required. Training is necessary to be a Communion Minister to the homebound.
Every month visit a homebound parishioner that request a visit from a parishioner. The length of the visit depends on what is required. The Parish Visitor does not give the homebound Holy Communion (done by other people).
Be a part of a team that visits parishioners that have suffered a loss. Special training is available and required of team members.
Make yourself available if possible, to be called upon to assist with a special need, using your professional talent.
Be a teacher or assistant in our Religious Education program for K through 12th grades. The classes are on Sunday 10:00 am to 11:00 am (between Masses) during the school year. Parents are encouraged to be part of their child’s Religious Education by offering to assist in whatever the Director of R.E. is in need of.
The Youth Ministry program is for 6th through 12th grade youth. Adults are always needed to help with events and activities. They meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Supper is served at 6:30 p.m. Parents are encouraged to be part of this important ministry to our young people.
Join a team of parishioners to take care of the flowers, decoration etc. inside the church. A very rewarding, stewardship committee beautifying the House of God. Actual time, varies in the different Liturgical Seasons.
The Parish Charity Ministry takes care of the requests from the needy people that ask St. Paul the Apostle parish for help. A team of parishioners work together on taking care of this ministry. New team members are always welcome. In most cases, there is no personal contact between the team member and client except by telephone.
Jesus called His apostles of His time to assist in His mission to further the Kingdom of God. By OUR Baptism, we are called to be the present day apostles. We do our best by being involved in our local parish family. Our involvement is called Stewardship of Time, Talent and Treasure.
There are many ways that we can show our love to others, particularly through prayer and service. At St. Paul the Apostle Parish there are ministries & organizations that offer us the opportunity to serve other parishioners or the parish in general. If we have a little bit of time to offer, there are still many tasks that give us an opportunity to be of help. Everyone has some type of talent – whatever your is there are opportunities to use them to better your parish; examples are carpentry, plumbing, electricity, general maintenance, fixer-up work, lawn and flower bed care, teaching our youth, leadership in organizations, cooking etc. If you think you don’t have a talent that can be used but still want to help, we’ll train you!
However we feel called, one thing is for certain; the love of Christ calls US to action. How will WE show our love for God? Remember, “Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for ME.”
Our involvement in the parish gives us the opportunity to SERVE and PARTICIPATE, while enjoying gratification and fulfillment in being an active parishioner of St. Paul the Apostle parish. An added benefit is you will make new friends and acquaintances!
With so many opportunities available you can be as active in our parish as you would like - there is no limit to the number of activities you choose to participate in. Some opportunities require little physical energy and others involve “heavy” work. You choose whichever you feel you are able to participate in. The fulfillment and gratification are rich rewards.