It is in Giving

That We Receive

WE ARE CALLED TO LIVE OUR FAITH. WE BELIEVE THAT OUR HANDS DO GOD’S WORK, AND IF WE JUST LOOK AROUND, WE WILL SEE THERE’S MUCH WORK TO BE DONE.

Altar Servers

Altar Servers Ministry assists the Priest at the Altar during our Church services.

Altar Linen Ministry

Altar Linen Ministry assists with cleaning and ironing church linens. Ministers only need work once a month..

Art & Environment

Art and Environment Ministry is an opportunity to enhance the beauty and dignity of the Church by choosing decorative floral arrangements, Banners, etc.

Eucharistic Ministry

Eucharistic Ministry assists the Priest in administering Holy Communion in our Church services.

Faith Formation

Faith Formation Ministry helps teach Sunday school, and Vacation Bible School. Sacramental Preparation will be offered at a different time.

Funeral /Bereavement Ministry

Funeral /Bereavement Ministry assists the Priest and staff in helping the bereaved arrange and plan funerals, and assists the family before, during and after the service.

Homebound/Sick Ministry

Homebound/Sick Ministry is for Eucharistic Ministers who wish to share their hope, faith, compassion and love to the sick at the Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Homes and individual family homes.

Lectoring Ministry

Lector Ministry is an opportunity to proclaim the Word of God in our services.

Liturgy/Sacristan Ministry

Liturgy/Sacristan Ministry helps the Priest before, during and after our services.

Library Ministry

Library Ministry is an opportunity for those who wish to help maintain our Parish Library and promote spiritual reading.

Military Ministry

Military Ministry supports our troops by sending packages from home, collecting a different item every month. Assistance is needed in arranging and shipping packages.

Music Ministry

Music Ministry invites you to share your gift of singing as Cantors and/or Choir members in our church services.

Parish Vocation Ministry

Parish Vocation Ministry prays for Priests and helps promote Vocations in our Parish Community.

Sewing Ministry

Sewing Ministry is for those who enjoy sewing, knitting or crocheting. This ministry works on projects benefiting those in need.

Thrift Store Ministry

Thrift Store Ministry needs help arranging and cleaning items in the store and with sales. The profits of this ministry benefit many outreach programs.

Ushers/Greeters Ministry

Ushers/Greeters Ministry offers an opportunity to share the joy of faith by welcoming and accommodating those who are attending St. Columbkille Parish.

Visual-Projection Ministry

Visual-Projection Ministry members are needed at every weekend Mass to run the announcements and order of service on the screen in church. No experience is necessary, just a desire to serve.

Young Family Ministry

Young Family Ministry assists young families with children who are looking to grow spiritually and helps them find new ways to keep our Christian Values.

Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry helps the youth at Sunday 5:30pm Mass and assists with youth group activities.

New Events Ministry

New Events Ministry members are needed for decorating, setting-up tables, collecting tickets at the door, clearing tables, end of event cleanup, etc. for a variety of church-wide events, such as dinners, concerts and spiritual events within the calendar year.
Reach Out

Dip your toe into the waters of service.

Slightly more in depth explanations

of the wonderful ministries here.

1) Faith Formation Ministry
Faith Formation is a free Sunday School Program for children Pre-K through 6th grade. Please consider becoming a Catechist and sharing your faith, your time and talents with the children of St. Columbkille. Contact Lucia Nastasi  at lnastasi@stcolumbkille.com or call the Parish Office  at 239-489-3973 for additional information.

2) Youth Ministry
Volunteer to support our Youth Group, you can assist the Youth Coordinator in the parish’s effort to minister to young people from 7th through 12th grades. The Youth Group also needs help with events or trips taken during the year. The Youth Group meets on Sundays after 5:30 pm Mass. Contact Macy Logan at mlogan@stcolumbkille.com or the Parish Office for additional information.

3) Music Ministry
St. Columbkille has a very active and vital Music Ministry. A pastoral musician is one who has answered the call to serve the parish community by sharing their gift of music. At St. Columbkille, there is an Adult Choir, and the opportunity to be a cantor or an instrumentalist. If you are interested in the choir, being a cantor, or an instrumentalist, please contact Robert Kirchner at Rkirchner@stcolumbkille.com or call the Parish Office at 239-489-3973.

4) Eucharistic Ministry (Mass)
Eucharistic Ministry is an opportunity for those that wish to assist the Priest in administering the Eucharistic body and blood of Christ during our Church’s services. The action of ministering the Eucharist is, above all, a service of love performed in faith for the good of the community. The minister’s action is an invitation to share in the Eucharistic feast. An extraordinary Eucharistic Minister should be welcoming, open and affirming. If you are interested in serving God and our community as a Eucharistic Minister please contact Deacon Jim Tesoriero at jtesoriero@stcolumbkille.com or call the Parish Office at 239-489-3973.

5) Lector Ministry
A lector is the person who proclaims the first or second reading at Mass. This person also may lead the Prayers of the Faithful at Mass. This ministry requires a person who is of excellent character and serious about the practice of their faith. An extraordinary lector must believe that Sacred Scripture is the Word of God and have deep respect for Gods presence in that Word. If you are interested in becoming a Lector please contact Deacon Jim Tesoriero at jtesoriero@stcolumbkille.com or call the Parish Office.

6) Altar Servers Ministry (Children/Youth/Adults)
Altar Servers carry the cross in the entrance procession for Mass. Servers also hold the liturgical books for the presider. Beginning of the Liturgy of the Eucharist: Servers arrange the corporal, the purificator(s), the chalice(s), the pall, and the Missal on the altar, and then assist the celebrant in receiving the bread and wine and perhaps other gifts that are presented to him. They present the cruets of wine and water for the priest to pour some into the chalice. When priest then washes his hands standing at the side of the altar, a server pours the water over them. Recessional: The servers lead the priest and any concelebrants as at the entrance procession. For additional information on becoming an altar server please contact Fr. Lorenzo at the lgonzalez@stcolumbkille.com or call the Parish Office at 239-489-3973.

7) Ushers/Greeters Ministry
Ushers greet and welcome mass attendees at the church entrance ways. Also, they assist attendees as needed with finding a seat, paying particular attention to those with special needs. During crowded services, assisting with seating is especially important. When late-comers arrive, ushers help minimize disruptions by asking them to momentarily stand by during the readings and the priest’s homily. During communion, they assist the eucharistic ministers by pointing out those who cannot proceed through the communion line and therefore need communion brought to them. Please contact Deacon Jim Tesoriero at jtesoriero@stcolumbkille.com or call the Parish Office for additional information on becoming an Usher.

8) Art and Environment Ministry
This ministry is for those that wish to enhance the beauty and dignity by decorating our Church with flowers or keeping our plants watered and taken care of. We also need volunteers during the holiday seasons, especially Christmas and Lent to help decorating our church. Please contact Jeannette Gotz at jgotz@stcolumbkille.com or call the Parish Office 239-489-3973.

9) Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound/Sick Ministry
This is an opportunity for those Eucharistic Ministers who administer Holy Communion that wish to share their joy, hope, faith, compassion and love to the sick at the Hospital, Nursing Homes, Assisted Living and homes. Contact Father Fritz at jmfritz@stcolumbkille.com or call the Parish Office for additional information.

10) Funerals/Bereavement Ministry
The Bereavement Ministry serves grieving families that have lost a loved. The members of this ministry will meet with the families and implement our mission to give comfort and support to them as well as assist with the planning the funeral or memorial service. The Funeral Ministry assists during and after the funeral or Memorial service. Please contact the Parish office at 239-489-3973 for additional information.

11) Liturgy/Sacristan Ministry
At every Mass there are one or two ministers who oversee the set up for Mass and assist the priest during Mass. The official title for this ministry is Sacristan. We are currently in need of additional Sacristans for weekend, weekday and funeral Masses. Please consider serving God and our community in this way. Contact Fr. Lorenzo at lgonzalez@stcolumbkille.com or call the Parish office if you would like additional information.

12) Library Ministry
This is an opportunity for those who wish to help in keeping and maintaining our Parish Library as well as promoting spiritual reading. The commitment is one hour a week to help manage the library. If you are interested in joining this ministry, please contact Barb Hawkins at barbhawkins@hotmail.com.

13) Parish Vocation Ministry
The Parish Vocation Team is an initiative of the Vocations Office to promote culture of vocations in every parish of the Diocese. This team is dedicated to raising awareness for vocations in the priesthood and religious life. This is done by promoting prayer for vocations, and inviting young people to consider the call God has for them. For additional information please contact Father Lorenzo Gonzalez at lgonzalez@stcolumbkille.com or call the Parish Office 239-489-3973.

14) Sewing Ministry
The Sewing Ministry works on projects benefitting those in need in our community. Knitting and crocheting are included as well as sewing. For more information contact Jill Breslin at jillbreslin.campbell@gmail.com.

15) Altar Linen Ministry
Help is needed for our Altar Linen Ministry, this involves the church linens being cleaned and ironed. Contact Mary Wambaugh at the Parish Office 239-489-3973.

16) Thrift Store Ministry
Our Thrift Store in the Iona Shopping Plaza is looking for nice people to help in the running of our store. Volunteers are responsible for receiving items, cleaning, pricing and setting the items  out items on display. We also need help at the store front desk answering the phone, customer check out, and other miscellaneous duties. No experience is necessary; we are happy to train you. Contact Marion Donlin 239-489-4001 for more information.

17) Military Ministry
Throughout the year we support our troops by sending packages from home, and collecting a different item every month. For additional information please contact Paul O’Neil at 239-481-8333.

18) Visual-Projection Ministry
Projectionists are needed at every weekend Mass, they are responsible for running the announcements and order of service for the Mass. You can make your own schedule whether it’s every week or once a month. No experience is necessary, training will be provided. Please contact Manya Vartdal at mvartdal@stcolumbkille.com or call the Parish Office at 239-489-3973.

19) Events Ministry

St. Columbkille Parish is comprised of a team of dedicated individuals who are responsible for the coordination, decorating, setting-up of tables, collecting tickets at events, clearing tables etc.  This is for a variety of church-wide events, such as dinners, concerts and spiritual events, and lectures within the calendar year.  The Events Ministry strives to organize fun and entertaining celebrations that foster growth and fellowship among our St. Columbkille Church family and the community. If you are interested in volunteering for our Events Ministry please contact Manya Vartdal at mvartdal@stcolumbkille.com or call the Parish Office.  You can volunteer for one event, or two, or all….it’s up to you.

A Ministry Reflection

We are totally convinced that bringing people closer to God involves direct service to those in need. From the material, to the spiritual, God’s work is never done.