Service Ministries

Image
ALTAR LINEN

Parishioners in this ministry wash and iron altar linens, purificators and other liturgical cloths. To volunteer, contact Bryan Bryant, Director of Music and Liturgy, or Colleen Schroeder cschroed1954@gmail.com

BULLETIN ASSEMBLY TEAM

Parishioners in this ministry meet on Thursday mornings to add inserts into the church bulletin for the weekend Masses. To volunteer, call the Parish Office at 419-352-4195.

CAREGIVER MINISTRY

Are you now or in the near future caring for an aging or disabled parent(s), spouse, sibling or friend? Would you like to learn more in order to assist and guide this special person under your care?

The newly formed Caregivers Ministry provides support and assistance to those who are caregivers. These are not therapy sessions, and the group does not help with the person who requires care. The idea is to provide resources for “taking care of the caregivers.” The meeting is open to all parishioners who are caregivers.

The group meets approximately one each month for fellowship and to share resources around different caregiver topics.  For more information, contact Mary Kay Williams, founder of the group, at yayawill73@gmail.com


CHRIST'S CRIB

During Advent parishioners collect and deliver gifts of food, clothing and Christmas presents directly to families in need. For more information contact Joanne Kessen via the Parish Office at 419-352-4195.


EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place from 8 a.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday in Clare Hall. For more information contact Doris Desmond via the Parish Office 419-352-4195.

FOOD PANTRY

The Food Pantry ministry calls upon the entire parish to help collect, sort and store the food in the pantry and assist in the distribution. For questions or to volunteer even a few hours a month, please contact Jenny Swope at jennyswope@gmail.com or call the Parish Office.

The Help and Hope Fund mission is to administer direct aid to those who lack food, shelter or other necessities for their dignity and survival. The program works in conjunction with Wood County Area Ministries. The Fund supports our parish Food Pantry and the St. Louis Helping Hands Kitchen in East Toledo, where parishioners serve a meal each month.

FOOD PANTRY HOURS
Monday-Friday
10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.
Closed on Holidays


FUNERAL LUNCHEON

Funeral luncheons are offered for the family of any parish member who has died. The luncheon consists of ham, au gratin potatoes, corn, rolls, coffee and lemonade. Additional food is donated by parishioner to supplement the meal including salads and dessert. The luncheon is held in the Narthex for groups of up to 80 people.  Larger luncheons are held in Hartmann Hall.

There are three community opportunities for parishioners to volunteer their services to this worthwhile ministry.
Kitchen Help: This involves 2-3 hours during the funeral luncheon to assist in the preparation, serving and cleanup.
Phone Captains:  Working from home, this group of volunteers calls parishioners on the food donation list to solicit the donations of food for the luncheon.
Donations of Food: Parishioners donate a salad or dessert on the day of the funeral. Donated items do not have to be homemade. A store-bought item is happily accepted.

To volunteer or to be added to the food donation list, contact Marcia Benner at mlbenner2003@yahoo.com


KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

The Knights of Columbus was founded by a parish priest, Fr. Michael McGivney in 1882 and has grown into the largest Catholic fraternal service organization in the world with over 1.9 million members. KofC is for Catholic men, age 18 and older. The four core principles of the KofC are charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.

The Bowling Green Holy Trinity Council #6373 offers support, both financially and manpower, to the two priests and the Catholic parishes in Bowling Green. It also has an insurance program for members and their families.

Our council offers activities in the areas of church, family, council, community, youth, and Culture of Life.

The Knights of Columbus host a variety of activities:

  • two coffee and donuts gatherings at St. Thomas More,
  • sale of religious Christmas Cards and Keep Christ in Christmas magnets at both parishes,
  • an annual free throw for youth ages 9-14 and an annual free throw for Wood-Lane,
  • a visit to the Sandusky Veteran’s home,
  • money collection for the developmentally disabled through the Measure-Up Campaign,
  • host fish fries during Lent,
    lead a Stations of the Cross at St. Aloysius during Lent,
  • help with parish grounds clean-up at both parishes,
  • provide manpower to help with tables and chairs set-up and take-down at the St. Aloysius Blood Drive and Rummage Sale,
  • raise funds and donate money to seminarians, etc.

During the year, the group holds 11 monthly meetings at St. Aloysius Clare Hall and one summer meeting at St. Thomas More.  Members are encouraged also to help at as many of the Council’s activities as they can.

For membership information contact Todd Grillot at tjgrillot23@gmail.com.


LIFE & JUSTICE COMMITTEE

Focuses on the practical application of Catholic Social Justice teaching to meet local needs in the community.  Assessment of current community resources, identification of where unmet needs are, and implementation of Catholic Social Justice principles to better the lives of others. For more information contact Deacon Phil Avina at pavina@woh.rr.com.

LOCK-UP CREW

Lock-up church, school, and offices at the end of the day. For more information, contact Dick Hermes dnphermes@ymail.com

MONEY COUNTERS

Teams of volunteers are responsible for faithfully counting the collection after weekend Masses. For more information contact Denise Foos 419-352-4195.

RESPECT LIFE COMMITTEE

Members of this ministry promote respect for life from conception to natural death within the parish and the larger Bowling Green community. For more information, contact Doris Desmond via the Parish Office at 419-352-4195.

ST. JOSEPH'S SQUAD

The purpose of this ministry is to assist community members complete tasks they cannot or should not do themselves. This ministry serves a broad variety of needs, with a focus on the elderly and less fortunate in our community. Tasks may be as small as changing a light bulb that would be unsafe for the individual to do. Projects the group has completed have ranged from trash removal to moving the contents of a small apartment.

Volunteers serve on an as-need basis with the time commitment dependent on the requirements of the task. No special skills are required just a caring for members of our community.

Parishioners Dan Wagner and John Bratton formed this ministry in 2017 as an outgrowth of the Men’s ACTS Retreat they attended. For more information contact Dan Wagner dan.wagner@cdsl.biz.


ST. LOUIS HELPING HANDS

Volunteers from St. Aloysius staff the St. Louis Soup Kitchen operated by the Diocese of Toledo Catholic Charities once a month. For more information contact Deb Feehan via the Parish Office at 419-352-4195.

The Help and Hope Fund mission is to administer direct aid to those who lack food, shelter or other necessities for their dignity and survival. The program works in conjunction with Wood County Area Ministries. The Fund supports our parish Food Pantry and the St. Louis Helping Hands Kitchen in East Toledo, where parishioners serve a meal each month.


VISITATION OF THE SICK

Volunteers make weekly visits to distribute Holy Communion to those in nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities or homebound circumstances. Many opportunities are available to serve in this ministry of mercy to those unable to attend Mass regularly. For more information contact the Parish Office at 419-352-4195.