Ministries2022-08-17T19:45:33+00:00

St. Michael Catholic Church, Msgr. Edward J. Dodwell Council #6920
All practicing Catholic men 18 years and older are welcome to join our Knights of Columbus Council. Come make a difference by being part of our Catholic men’s fraternity that has as members, many of our Parish’s leaders.  Meetings (in the Social Hall) Social Meeting: 2nd Monday of the month at 7 PM, Business Meeting: 4th Monday of the month at 7 PM. Grand Knight: David Schofield 678-362-3333 or Membership Director: George Farley, Email George or contact via phone #: (954) 993-2983 or Sign up online  For more information click here.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. Michael

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. Here at St. Michael, our local SVdP Conference meets on the 1st Monday of every month at 2pm in the Social Hall. Monthly our parish takes up a collection for SVdP. As individuals call in during the month seeking food and/or financial aid, our volunteer Vincentians reach back out to them visiting them in their homes, in pairs, to gain a better understanding of their needs and pray with them. For assistance, our SVdP phone number is 770-534-0234. Please leave a complete message on the answering machine, where a Vincentian volunteer will return your call as they are available. Our SVdP financial resources are always utilized quickly every month supporting the needy here in Gainesville, Hall County area. Please consider becoming a Vincentian volunteer with the Society of SVdP here at St. Michael. For more information email Joanne Capies – email Joanne.

The St. Michael Grief Support Group meets on Fridays from 4pm to 6pm downstairs in Room 30. The Grief Support Group is for anyone who is going through any type of loss. Josephine Atem leads this ministry. For more information, contact Josephine at 404-384-6524.

Usher Ministry
People experience the presence of Jesus’ Church through the Usher Ministry.
The first task of the parish community is to reach out to all people with Catholic Christian love and service. As Ushers and Greeters, we warmly welcome parishioners and/or visitors, thereby drawing us together and opening all to participation at the Mass. As individuals and families search out their parish home, it is often the Usher, who represents the parish at the moment of the first interaction, that can be the deciding factor on what St. Michael truly feels like to the visitor, if they’ve arrived at their new spiritual home. Our St. Michael parish, being located near the North Georgia mountains and Lake Lanier, often welcomes Catholics here on vacation. Besides welcoming parishioners and guests, the Usher needs to be prepared to answer questions about the parish and help guide them in a Christ like manner. If you are searching for a ministry at St. Michael to meet and welcome people, serving and assisting others, helping to build up the Body of Christ, volunteer to be an Usher. For more information, email Jack Capies or just talk to any Usher at Mass.

Lector Ministry
As a lector, your ministry is to proclaim the word of God. Or rather, it is your ministry to allow God to speak His word through you to the Eucharistic assembly. When you proclaim the word of God, it comes alive and it is your role to let the word of God come alive in you so that it may come alive for the entire congregation. As a lector, you become the means by which God’s word touches the hearts of those gathered together for precisely this purpose. If you feel so called to proclaim God’s word at St. Michael, please email Sandra Maule at sandramaule@yahoo.com.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
“Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion” is the formal title of a lay person who has been deputed by the bishop for a period of time, or by a priest or deacon for a single occasion, to assist the priest and deacon in distributing Holy Communion to the faithful on those occasions where a shortage of ordained clergy makes it impossible for them to distribute Holy Communion to all the faithful in a reasonable way. It is thus a privilege to which the Church invites certain individuals under given circumstances, and not a right.  The faithful who are special minsters of communion must be persons whose good qualities of Christian life, faith, and morals recommend them. The Archdiocese of Atlanta has given some concrete expressions of these norms, namely that an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, if married, be married within the Church, have received the sacrament of Confirmation, and be at least 16 years of age. In addition, it is necessary that the individual receives the certification of their pastor that they are properly qualified and trained.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Sick, also assist the ordinary ministers in taking the Holy Eucharist to those Catholics who are not able to attend Mass, by taking the Body of Christ to them at their home or hospital.  For more information on becoming an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at St. Michael, please email Alice Schultz at alicebethschultz@gmail.com or Arlene Walrath to bring our Lord to the sick at walrath.arlene@gmail.com.

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Knights of the Altar, Altar Servers, (Monaguillos), (Giúp Lế)
All youth who have made their 1st Communion through their senior year are welcome to join the Altar Server Ministry (Monaguillos) (Giúp Lế) of St. Michael Catholic Church. This ministry offers a wonderful opportunity for the youth of our parish to assist the Priests and Deacon’s during the liturgy of the Mass. If you are interested in serving at the English Masses (4:30pm  Sat, 7:30am and/or 10:30am on Sundays) or want to know more about this ministry, please contact Belinda and Jeff Jacob via email at E-mail us or call them at 404-932- 7587. If you are interested in serving at the Spanish Masses (6:30pm Sat, 9am or 1pm on Sundays) please contact Joel Urizar at 770-718-0497. If you are interested in serving at the  Vietnamese Mass at 3pm on Sunday please contact Hien Pham via email at  E-mail Hien or call her at 404-910-8003. Our parish is always in need of youth who want to be active in this ministry, so prayerfully consider if you would like to serve our  Lord in this beautiful spiritual way. We hold monthly meetings from Sept-May for social and training purposes. More information will be provided to you when you reach out to your  Ministry leaders.

Golf Cart Transportation Ministry
A ministry created and supported by the Knights of Columbus to provide drivers to facilitate transportation from the parking area to the church during Masses on Sundays and other events. This cart offers assistance to parents with small children, elderly, those who suffer disabilities, or those who are just grateful to not to have to walk up the hill when parking in the lower parking area. Please consider to join this ministry to help out once or twice per month. If you are interested in being a driver either at an English or Spanish Mass, please contact Tom Bolin at E-mail Tom. Driver requirements consist of being at least 18 years of age or older with a valid GA drivers license. When contacting Tom please indicate which Mass time/s you would be interested in driving and how often you would like to be scheduled. Each Mass you cover involves 30 minutes prior to the Mass start time and about 15 minutes afterwards. Training is available.

Coffee & Donut Ministry
The Coffee & Donut Ministry is the easiest ministry to volunteer for! There are No Meetings. You work one Sunday a month. All you have to do (for the most part) is ask which donut they want or which drink they want. If you want to come in a little early, you can help set up and make the coffee or stay later and help clean up. Nothing too heavy or difficult. It is a Ministry that makes it possible for the Parishioners to have fellowship after the Sunday morning Mass they attend. For more information, email Jack Capies

St. Michael Finance Council
Our St. Michael Finance Council acts as an advisory body and to assist our Pastor in the management of parish resources in order to carry out the identified missions of the parish. The Council’s recommendations shall deal with financial plans and policies, and not with ordinary matters of day-to-day operations and management. Appointed members by the Pastor serve at least a 3-year initial term, with one-third of the members rotating off each year to preserve continuity of the Council.  Current members of our St. Michal Finance Council are: Ben Hawkins: Chairperson, Tony Herdener: Vice-Chairperson, Antonio Rios, Anthony Vu, Tuan Nguyen, Margie Braff, Pep Matus, Jack Capies, Beth Andert: Secretary, Deacon Ken Lampert: Business Manager, and Father Tim Hepburn: Pastor

What is Alpha?
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Alpha is about Jesus, drawing closer to Him and pointing and guiding others to Him. Typically run over eleven weeks, each session looks at a different question that people can have about faith and is designed to create conversation. It’s just an open, informal and honest space to explore and discuss life’s big questions together. Alpha runs all around the world in cafés, churches, universities, homes, bars—you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but they have three key things in common: food, a talk, and good conversation. There is no cost for
attending Alpha Like more information? Especially when the next Alpha will begin? Contact Jami & Dave Dittmeier E-mail the Alpha Contacts

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction is an ancient Christian ministry, tracing its roots to the desert fathers and mothers. A Spiritual Director is not a therapist but is someone who will listen with you and may be able to offer reflections about your relationship with God, understanding of God, or how the Holy Spirit may be working in your life.  A spiritual director’s primary function is to help another grow in relationship with God by listening, offering, and trusting the direction of the Holy Spirit. To schedule a meeting, contact Suzie Hawkins at shawkins@saintmichael.cc

 

“Sending Smiles” is a card-making ministry intended to send our parish shut-in friends an uplifting message and reminder that we are thinking of and praying for them. The Confirmation youth branch of this ministry also makes cards to send to those in Confirmation formation to challenge and encourage them during this time. The youth also make cards for vulnerable community members such as nursing home residents, meals on wheels recipients, and the like. We hope to share Christ’s love in a way that refreshes their soul and brings a smile to their faces. Contact Deborah Ulam@ E-mail Ulam or Mary George@ E-mail Mary George for more information.

The Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters Apostolate is a call to strengthen the Church by ensuring that a Holy Hour is prayed each day of the week for the sole intention of a specific priest or bishop.  The initial recipient of a Seven Sisters group is their parish pastor; the intention is directed towards the office of the shepherd more than the individual.  This ministry is being formed at St. Michael to pray for our Pastor, Fr. Tim. Once we have all seven women praying for our Pastor, we will begin additional teams of Seven Sisters to pray for our Vicars. A Seven Sisters group begins when at least seven women respond to a call to the mission of the apostolate. The coordinator of the group is known as the Anchoress; at St. Michael the Anchoress is Caron Gorman. Each member commits to a Holy Hour on a distinct day of the week, thus covering a complete week. The commitment is to that day; the Seven Sister may pray at any time on that day. If she is unable to offer her Holy Hour, she is to secure a substitute, explaining the Apostolate’s mission. The substitute need not be a woman. If unable to arrange a substitute, the member should contact the Anchoress for assistance.

The Holy Hour is prayed in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament – either in an Adoration Chapel or in front of a Tabernacle – but not restricted to the parish of which the Seven Sister is a member.  Thus, one can remain faithful to the commitment when traveling, when a parish does not offer Perpetual Adoration, or when there is limited access to a particular church. You can learn more about this apostolate for women at https://sevensistersapostolate.org.

If you are sensing the Lord calling you to participate in this apostolate, please e-mail us with name, telephone number and email address here.  Once we have all seven women, we will have in introductory meeting and prayer, select the prayer day that works best for each, and choose the date to begin!

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