Parish Volunteer Opportunities


If you would like to sign up for any of the following ministries, please contact the parish office at 507.452.4770 or info@cathedralwinona.org


Heavenly Father, stir in my soul the desire to renew my faith and deepen my relationship with your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, so that I might truly believe in your love. Pour out your Spirit, so that I might be strengthened to go forth and witness to the Gospel in my everyday life through my words and actions.

God, our Father, I pray that through the Holy Spirit I might hear your call to deepen my faith, grow in confidence to proclaim the Gospel, and boldly witness how I have been won over by Christ.

Amen.

EMULATE CHRIST’S MINISTRY OF SERVICE
Bring together the diverse population of our parish membership to participate in and enhance the liturgical experience for everyone. Liturgical Ministers’ hospitality and gracious acceptance of others will contribute to their own spiritual growth and enhance the spiritual growth of others. Our liturgical celebrations, enriched by the service of these ministers, will deepen the faith and sense of community for all. We are Christ’s hands and feet – the Body of Christ. Lay people who place their time and talent at the service of the liturgical assembly are people who are serious about living out their baptismal right and responsibility to worship.

Sacristans

Prepare the sacred vessels and linens needed for the liturgy and clean and put away all items afterwards.

Ushers

Ushers foster an atmosphere of reverence and order by aiding with seating, offertory collection, and distributing bulletins. You are perfect for this ministry if you enjoy knowing everyone and love to smile.

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Assist the priest and deacon in the distribution of the precious Body and Blood of Christ at Mass. Must be a confirmed parishioner.

Lectors

Proclaim the Word of God at Mass. Enliven the hearts of hearers through your proclamation of the Scriptures. Must be a confirmed parishioner.

Altar Servers

Open to youth, 4th grade and older AND their parents, or other adults. Assist the priest with specific duties, in a reverent and prayerful manner, at weekend masses, daily masses, funerals and special liturgies. A great family ministry!

Gift Bearers

Present the gifts of bread and wine for the celebration of the Eucharist at weekend and special liturgies.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Children ages 4 through 2nd grade gather with their teachers to hear the Word of God in an age appropriate setting. They rejoin the congregation at offertory time. Lesson books are provided for the teacher and aide. This is a great opportunity for adults and high school youth. Time commitment is for one year, one Sunday per month at the 10:30 AM Mass.

Altar Linens

Wash and iron purificators and other altar linens used during Mass. Training provided.

Church Environment Team

Our church décor/environment incorporates beauty and liturgical meaning. This team creates a welcoming and seasonal sacred space. Some tasks include tending fresh flowers, assembling and arranging seasonal décor.

MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE UNTO THE LORD!
Our Music Ministers at the Cathedral are those individuals or small ensembles whose primary purpose is to lead and support the assembly in prayer and music by inviting and engaging the assembly without dominating or diminishing their active participation. This group of individuals is committed to leading music at weekend and other special Liturgies, uniting the assembly through prayer and song and sharing in the Eucharistic celebration.

Adult Choir

This is a choir for men and women of high school age and older. The Adult Choir sings a variety of music in traditional and contemporary styles for approximately two 10:30 AM Masses per month, as well as providing music for special liturgies during Christmas and Holy Week, and at diocesan events. Rehearsals are 7:00-8:00 PM on Wednesdays during the academic year.

Children’s Choir

This group sings for Mass approximately once per month during the academic year.

Cherubs

Grades 2 & 3. This group rehearses after school from 2:15- 3:15 PM on Thursdays.

Choristers

Grades 4 through 6. Thus group rehearses after school from 2:15- 3:15 PM on Wednesdays.

Handbell Ringers - “Bells Angels”

This group provides accompaniment during the festival seasons and meets at a mutually convenient time (usually Thursdays at 7:00 PM).

Cantors

These adults and young people lead the singing for the Eucharistic liturgy - including some solo singing - at weekend, holy day, and festival Masses throughout the year.

Instrumentalists

Instrumental accompaniment of many types is used from time to time during Mass and at other liturgical events.

Choose either quiet reflection to look within yourself and connect with Christ or join in group prayer or faith sharing.

Catechists

Help children of all ages get excited about their faith! Join a team of catechists who teach the Catholic Faith to children grades 1-9. Age appropriate materials for each class are provided. Lesson plans can also be provided upon request. Classroom aides are also needed. Classes are held at St. Casimir.

RCIA

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a beautiful journey and celebration of initiation into our Catholic community of faith. Prepare and welcome our brothers and sisters who are seeking baptism in the Catholic Church, or full communion with the Catholic tradition through the Profession of Faith, reception of the Eucharist and Confirmation

Mentoring Engaged Couples

Strengthen your marriage as you guide engaged couples through their time of preparation. You will mentor one or two couples a year. Mentor couples are also asked to help with Pre-Cana classes in Winona one to two weekends per year.

Adult Faith Formation Team

Be a part of this exciting ministry which nourishes us in our faith for engaged, life-long learning. Get involved in Bible Studies, faith-based Movie Nights, Book Discussion Groups, Lending Library, Faith Sharing Groups, or Retreats.

ENDOW: Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women

Discover the fullness of our faith through studying what the Church has written on our unique role as women made in the image of God. Study groups last 8-10 weeks and are scheduled at various times.

Youth Discipleship

Our parish is renewing our ministry to high schoolers by organizing small youth groups. These groups are facilitated by volunteer mentors. There are three openings in this foundational ministry to our youth:

1) Small Group Member

Small groups welcome middle and high school age youth who would like to grow in their relationship with Jesus by getting together with a trusted peer group. You will have the chance to share your faith and discuss issues that are important to you.

2) Host Home

If you love to smile when someone walks into the room and are comfortable opening up your home, consider providing a comfortable meeting place for a small group for 90 minutes every other week. Providing a simple snack is appreciated.

3) Mentor

If you love to listen and enjoy helping youth develop in their faith, this is a great ministry for you! Work directly with a small group of youth in a team of 1-2 mentors. All materials are provided by the parish.

Adoration

Come spend one hour per week with Jesus. Take some much needed time to retreat from the daily grind, to pray, and to get recharged by the Lord. Consider signing up for one hour of adoration once a week. Jesus is calling you!

Prayer Chain

If you would like to intentionally pray for parishioners and their loved ones who are experiencing a difficult time, this ministry is for you: be an ambassador of prayer!

Prayer Group

A group is forming to meet weekly in the sanctuary, spending time with the Lord in adoration, praise, intercessory prayer, Evening Prayer, Lectio Divina, and other forms of traditional prayer. All are welcome.

Newman Center

The Newman Center evangelizes and serves young adults at Winona State University. Activities at the Newman Center include community nights every Thursday followed by Mass at 9:00 PM, retreats, bible study groups, a spring break mission trip, opportunities for community service, and much more. The Newman Center building is open 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Come and see us!

Soli Deo Gloria (Winona Area Catholic Young Adults)

Young adults are welcome to join in fellowship the second Thursday of every month for Gospel and Game Night. Additional events are held throughout the month. Check us out on Facebook.

Families in Faith

A parish-based gathering of Catholic families who come together to enliven their faith and foster a Catholic culture. Families enjoy activities, fellowship, prayer and special feast day celebrations. Join us during the school year on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00 PM at Cathedral.

Welcome Committee

Foster a rich Christian community with the Welcome Committee as they visit new parishioners and host a Welcome Dinner for new parishioners once a year.

CathedralFest

Join the dynamic team that organizes this engaging community-building event for the Cathedral parish. Opportunities are available for the Steering Committee as well as Fest volunteers.

Donuts and Coffee

Servers are needed to help with this ministry of hospitality after both Masses each Sunday. A welcoming smile is the only requirement. There is minimal set-up and clean-up. Groups and families welcome.

Elizabeth Ministry

This ministry aims to support women in their fertile years by celebrating the gift of each child conceived and born, and mourning each miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth and infant or child death, as well as encouragement during infertility and adoption.

Reception Volunteers

Receptions are held throughout the year for special liturgies and funerals. Help welcome visitors and families with a warm smile and facilitate the sharing of a meal.

Bakers

Prepare a yummy dessert in your own kitchen and bring it to the parish for events or funeral luncheons.

Cathedral Quilters

This group sews together and ties quilts for tCathedralFest and also makes baby quilts to welcome those newly baptized at the Cathedral. No experience necessary (Seriously!). Come as often as you can.

Young at Heart

This is a monthly gathering for senior citizens of the Winona Catholic community. Seniors meet for 12:10 PM Mass the first Thursday of every month, followed by a catered meal in Holy Family Hall that includes a program or activity. Reservations are requested for the luncheon. Cost is $3.00, but no one is turned away because of inability to pay.

YAH Planning Committee

Put your creative juices to work and help plan programs and activities for Young at Heart. You can also get involved by making coffee, and by setting and decorating tables for the monthly gatherings.

Outreach to Homebound

You are invited to participate in a wonderful ministry of prayer and presence to those who through age and ailment are unable to join the parish community at Mass or other events.

1) Communion Ministry

Extend the care and support of the parish community to those who are unable to attend Mass due to illness or disability. Bring Communion to a group of Catholic residents at a senior citizen housing facility or at a homebound parishioner’s residence.

2) Callista Court

Join Callista Court residents for prayer, conversation, and a delicious treat every second Friday of the month at 2:30 PM.

3) St. Anne’s

For parish residents at St. Anne’s, the monthly social gathering is held on the third Wednesday of the month at 2:00 PM. Those involved in this outreach help to bring residents to and from their rooms to the dining area, serve refreshments, and visit with the residents.

4) Rosary at Lake Winona Manor

Come pray the Holy Rosary with our parishioners at Lake Winona Manner on Fridays at 10:45am.

Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.
Matthew 26:40

Home Delivered Meals

Help minister to our wider community by delivering meals to the homebound in Winona. Meals are provided. Commitment is one day a week for a month.

Hearts for Life, Marriage & Religious Liberty

Are embracing God’s design for life and marriage and promoting religious liberty priorities for you? If so, you are welcome to be a part of this group which follows the four objectives set by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops: Public Information & Education, Pastoral Care, Public Policy, and Prayer & Worship.

Habitat for Humanity

An Ecumenical Christian ministry which provides simple and affordable housing for low income families. Various volunteer opportunities include:

1) Jobsite Construction

Painting, framing, flooring are a few examples of the hands-on work you can do on a team of volunteers. No experience necessary; you will work under the direction of Habitat jobsite construction manager to construct.

2) Restore Volunteer

Help keep usable materials out of landfills by helping at the Restore! Check in donated items, and assist customers with purchased items.

3) Providing Snacks & Lunch

Prepare a snack or lunch for volunteer groups working at a jobsite. Usually involves preparation and delivery for groups of 12-16 people.

4) Administrative Support

Periodic tasks involving addressing envelopes or data entry.

Money Counters

Work in teams of 3-4 to count and record money from collections. Money Counters complete a detailed deposit worksheet. Experience working with adding machines and spreadsheets are helpful but not necessary.

Social Media & Website Support

Use your creativity and tech savvy skills to engage others in parish life digitally by keeping the community up to date about what is happening at the Cathedral.

Church Cleaners

Participate in the blessed ministry of cleaning the house of the Lord. Tasks include vacuuming, dusting, and general tidying of the main body of the church and the entryways. Sign up for one or several times a year. Groups and families welcome.

Adopt-A-Garden Ministry

Praise the Lord for the goodness of His creation by tending a garden or flowerbed around the Cathedral. Some of the areas can easily be taken care of by one person, while others may need a group of people to maintain them. Some areas will require regular weekly or monthly maintenance, others only require maintenance once or twice a season. If you would be interested in this ministry, please sign up and we will let you pick your garden to care for at your convenience for the season.

Angels Everywhere Store

Serve the Cathedral parish and the wider community by volunteering at our Catholic gift shop. Substitutes are needed to fill in occasionally for regularly scheduled volunteers. Saturday Evening at 4:00 until 5:15 PM Mass and reopened after Mass for approximately 1/2 hour. Sunday Mornings: After the 7:00 Mass until about 8:00 OR from 10:00 until 10:30 Mass and after Mass until noon.

Pastoral Council

The Pastoral Council is viewed as the unifying structure within the parish which guides the liturgical, social, ecumenical, educational, and administrative activities of the parish, along with any other aspects of parish life which contribute to the living out of the Gospel. The Council acts as a forum to provide communication between the parishioners, committees, the pastor and the staff. Council members serve a 3 year term and meet monthly.

Finance Council

The Finance Council considers and makes recommendations concerning parish finances. They work within the approved parish budget to supervise spending that helps reach the physical and spiritual needs of the church.

Parish Life Committee

Join in the rewarding service of engaging parishioners to experience growth in faith and fellowship that will encourage participation and connection in all areas of parish life. Committee meets monthly.

Building and Grounds Committee

Provides long-range planning and goal setting for the parish. They help manage any parish “work days” and individual volunteer activities. They also provide parishioner input to the Parish Councils concerning facility related issues.

Social Justice Committee

This committee invites all parishioners to proclaim the Good News through active participation in programs that serve those in need. Join us in promoting and educating on Catholic Social Teachings, so that we may shape a society more respectful of human life and dignity, and more committed to justice and peace. Committee meets monthly.

Liturgy Committee

The Liturgy Committee is comprised of leaders from the groups involved in ministries for Mass. This committee is organized by the Director of Liturgy & Music.

Knights of Columbus

Men’s service organization focused on charity, fraternity, patriotism, and the Catholic faith. This group is involved in charitable works, especially for youth. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month. Any Catholic man age 18 and older is welcome to join.

Serra Club

Volunteer organization with 3 main purposes: To pray for and promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life, to support our current priests and religious, and to advance the spiritual life of its members. The Serra Club meets on the third Monday of each month at St. Casimir Church, starting with dinner at 5:30 PM with program to follow. A holy hour is held on the first Thursday of every month at 5:00 PM at Cathedral’s Adoration Chapel.

Teams of Our Lady

Married couples are invited to join a small group of other couples for spiritual growth, faith sharing, and support in your vocation of marriage. Couples in each group share a potluck meal monthly, followed by faith sharing.

Catholic Daughters

Women’s service organization committed to a circle of love that encompasses youth, legislation, education, spirituality, leadership, and life. Meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 6:30 PM in Holy Family Hall.