A CATHOLIC PARISH IN THE MARIANIST TRADITION
LOCATED IN HISTORIC EAST WALNUT HILLS
8:30 and 11:00 am
Aiding our pastor with his pastoral duties is a great way to get involved and share your gifts with the community in a way that no other ministries offer. The following options are available to parishioners who wish to get involved:
Pastoral Council – The Parish Council is an advisory board to the Pastor, which guides and maintains the overall spirit and functioning of the parish by assessing current needs, pastoral priorities, long-range planning, and other strategic issues that affect the parish as a whole. Nine people serve on this Committee for three-year terms, along with the Pastor and Principal of Saint Francis de Sales School serving as two additional ex-officio members. The Pastoral Council also maintains contact with other committees and ministries. Members are recruited and voted in by seated Parish Council.
Worship Committee – The worship committee is chiefly responsible for our parish’s liturgical and para-liturgical prayer life. These men and women serve an advisory function to the pastor and the director of music. They are instrumental in creating, preparing, executing, and evaluating our liturgical prayer life. The pastor and the director of music are ex-officio members of the liturgy committee. Membership on the committee is open to all members of the parish who are interested in our prayer life. The committee meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month in the Parish Family Residence at 7:00 p.m.
Finance Committee – This committee reviews the annual budget and finance statements, recommends capital improvements, and organizes the offertory enhancement drive. It also serves the financial procedures of the parish office, makes long-range projects, and offers evaluation and recommendations on the basis of this information. Members serve on this committee, along with the pastor, for three-year terms. The Finance Committee meets about four times a year. For more information regarding the Finance Committee, contact Brother Mike Murphy at (513) 961-1945.
Children’s Ministry Committee – This committee, while new, is exploring all the venues available to us that will help us grow our church and to offer religious education to our young members. We have recently started the program during the 11am mass that allows children to go into the parish residence to read and talk about the Gospel with other children their age and to learn about the parts of the mass at their level of understanding. The younger kids can look at or read Bible Story books with one of our volunteers. It is our goal to eventually offer a complete CCD program for our children. For more information or to get involved contact Gail Miller at (513) 921-3208.
Wedding Hospitality Committee – Our Hospitality Committee generously gives of their time acting as a liaison between our Parish and the couples being married here at SFDS. Hospitality Committee Members act as the face of SFDS and hosts welcoming guests to the Church on both the evening of the rehearsal and on the day of the wedding. If you love working with people and enjoy weddings, then this is the ministry for you. Contact Mr. David Schawe for more information at (856)380-6909.
Spiritual Outreach Ministries
If you would like to be involved in the spiritual development and well being of our community members, one of the following ministries might be just what you are looking for:
Faith Sharing Groups – Would you like a safe and welcoming environment to discuss your journey of faith? Contact the Parish Office for more information.
Marianist Spirit Committee - This is a planning group that comes together to initiate events that center around what it means to be a Marianist Parish. Events in the past have been a gathering to hear Bro. Mike O’Grady, S.M. talk about the philosophy of William Joseph Chaminade, the founder of the Marianists Religious Order, and how we as a parish can support these traditions; a prayer service devoted to the Blessed Mother; an all day parish retreat; and Lenten Soup Supers which brought parishioners and others together to share a meal, pray and converse. If you are interested in being a part of this planning group contact Dennie Johnson at email@example.com or Donna Griffith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Chain – The Prayer Chain Ministry consists of about a dozen members, but is always seeking new members and all are welcome. This group responds to requests for the support of prayer through an email and telephone chain. The group describes its reason for being as, “Trusting in God’s mercy and goodness, while being supportive and connected to others in a time of need.” While the Prayer Chain does not meet as a group, they are in communication through phone and email. To join the Prayer Chain or make a request, please contact Jane Smith at (513) 233-3187 or via email: email@example.com
RCIA Program If someone you know would like to become Catholic, or you would like to participate as an instructor in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults the program, please call the Parish Family Office at (513) 961-1945 with any questions.
MAY THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT BE GLORIFIED IN ALL PLACES BY THE IMMACULATE VIRGIN MARY
Saint Francis de Sales Parish | 1600 Madison Road | Cincinnati, OH 45206
513 961-1945 | firstname.lastname@example.org