Volunteer Ministries: At St Rita's, there are many ways to serve using your unique, God-given gifts and talents. Whether from a classroom, a homeless shelter, or with a pair of hedge clippers, all volunteer contributions are needed and welcome. Thank you for discerning how God may be calling you to serve.
Below is a list of all the volunteer ministry opportunities at St Rita's. Contact the Parish Office if you'd like contact information to become involved in one or more area. We thank you for using your gifts to further the Kingdom of God at St Rita's. Please feel free to contact us with questions or ideas!
WORSHIP: Contact the parish office to get started.
A.V. Operator - help run the projection system used during liturgy.
Altar Server - young and old are needed for this ministry. [Contact Dcn Jack Nicklay to sign up.]
Eucharistic Minister - Confirmed Catholics are needed as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
Environment Team - A team of parishioners does the decorating of the church for all the liturgical seasons.
Lector/Commentator - Training is available for those who wish to be a proclaimer of the Word.
Plant Care - a team that cares for live plants indoors on a rotating schedule.
Sacristan - a “behind-the-scenes” position that makes the priest’s job on Sundays (and weekdays) less stressful
Usher - this is a rotating team position, all ages welcome!
MUSIC: [contact Andrew Walker, our music director]
Resound - Youth Choir
Small Music Group; Joyful Praise & St Rita's Group
Guitar, Keyboard, Other Instrument
Adult Faith Formation
Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) Participant or Sponsor [Contact Dcn. Jack Nicklay for more information]
Adult Bible Study - click here for info
Children’s Faith Formation [Contact Kathy Kovarik to get involved]
Preschool to 5th Grade Teachers
Family Fun Nights
Kids Make a Difference Days
Children’s Christmas Pageant
Liturgy of the Word on Sundays
Summer Faith Formation Grades 1-5 Summer Program Teachers
Vacation Bible School Volunteer
Elementary Faith Formation Commission
Middle School / Senior High Faith Formation & Youth Ministry [Contact Amy Schroeder to get involved]
Small Group Leaders for grade 6-10
CORE Peer Ministry Team
UNWIND *Juniors & Seniors
St Rita’s Ladies
Summer Stretch & Service Days
Sr High Mission Trip youth and adult leaders
*more info on these events on our youth ministry page
PARISH LEADERSHIP TEAMS
Parish Pastoral Council
VOLUNTEER OUTREACH: Contact the parish office to get started.
Funeral Lunches - a team who ministers to grieving families by hosting funeral lunches.
Feed My Starving Children - volunteers meet after daily Mass on 2nd Wednesday of the month, all welcome.
Eucharistic Adoration - hourly shifts are available between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm on Thursdays.
Community Meal - the third Friday of each month, St. Rita's hosts Community Meal. This event is a hot cooked meal, served in Seton Hall at 6:00pm. Our Community Meal is open to anyone who wishes to join us, and is free of charge. A free-will offering will be gladly accepted. Cooks and severs are needed to make this event happen.
Sunday Night Rosary Group - gathers at 6:30 in the Eucharistic Chapel.
Wednesday Morning Coffee Group - gathers after daily Mass for fellowship and treats.
Craft Ministries - work with your hands and put your craft skills to use with this fun group of parishioners who knit prayer shawls for the sick and homebound and make rosaries for the missions, while praying for those who receive these spiritual gifts Meets the 1st Thursday of the month at 2:00 pm in room 101.
Knights of Columbus
Mission Outreach Commission - coordinates activities that assist our sister parish in Chimbote, Peru, Fr Mbiche's orphanage in Tanzania and Fr Albert's school in Ghana. Locally they organize St Rita's three volunteer weeks at Hope for the Journey shelter and service opportunities at Listening House. The commission organizes various fundraising activities to provide monetary support for these efforts. Everyone is welcome to join the commission!
Community Food Shelf Donation Basket - baskets near the baptismal font display monthly lists of needs for local ministries, donations always welcome.
Prayer Group for Priests
Respect Life Group - we seek to be a voice for the voiceless, as well as a direct means of assistance for pregnant women who are in need of help and support.
Fall Festival Committee - the September parish festival needs great leaders and great workers. Thanks to all who've helped out in the past.
Hospitality (Donut) Weekend - the 2nd weekend of the month is Cookie Saturday & Donut Sunday, help is needed to serve and clean up.
Money Counters - a team that collects and counts the weekly donations on Sunday mornings.
Office Mailings - several times a year we send out parish mailings, it's a vast undertaking and help is appreciated.
Kitchen Cleaning - consider helping out once or twice a month cleaning the parish kitchen.
Gardening - the gardens are gorgeous thanks to a dedicated team who cares for the grounds all summer.
Worship Space Cleaning - a team that cares for the sanctuary on a monthly basis.