OLOW Ministries - Volunteers

Applewood Nursing Home

Since 1978, the Applewood ministry has been a caring, compassionate ministry that involves setting up for Mass at 10:00 AM on Tuesday mornings at Applewood Nursing Home. Area priests celebrate the Mass at 11:00 AM in the dining room. Our member ministers distribute Holy Communion to the rooms of resident Catholics who are unable to attend Mass. The ministry is done by noon. You definitely receive more than you give.

Catholic Women's Ministry

The Catholic Women's Ministry provides an outlet for women to belong to a group with a common belief in fellowship, service, and spirit/prayer. Our group is a member of the Council of Catholic Women of Detroit. We perform multiple services to include providing rosary prayer services for requesting families at funerals, coffee and donuts, Advent Tea, May Crowning, Applewood Nursing Home, baby showers, hospitality, retreats, and working on other parish projects as requested, such as parish social events. It is a rewarding and fulfilling experience. We meet the second Monday of the month from 7:30 — 9:00 PM from September to May.

Christian Service

Christian service is a ministry responsible for helping parishioners put their faith into action within the framework of Catholic Social Teaching. This ministry helps to provide the parish with an awareness of human needs and responds to those needs both within the parish and outside the parish in the wider community. This ministry encompasses and supports the following areas: Justice and Peace, Life Issues, Health Advocacy, Legislative Issues, and Disability Issues. It supports the church and its ministries.

Coffee and Donuts Ministry

This ministry serves donuts and coffee to the parishioners after the 9:00 AM Mass on Sunday. Volunteers for this ministry order donuts and bagels early in the week from Dunkin' Donuts. Others pick up a check from the office and purchase these items on Sunday morning. Some set up coffee and other beverages, donuts and bagels in the social hall. They serve these goodies and clean up the social hall. This ministry helps to provide camaraderie and a place to gather for the parishioners of Our Lady of the Woods. The time commitment is less than three hours on Sunday morning.

CSA Ministry

The mission of the Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) is to draw together all Catholics in a unique way in the service of the Lord. Every financial gift to the CSA helps sustain programs that would not otherwise be possible through one individual or parish. CSA programs cover a multitude of works such as evangelization, charity, and education that carry a renewed importance, both in our archdiocese and throughout the world. OLOW CSA volunteers process donations as received and send them to the AOD on a periodic basis from May through October. We need whatever help you can provide in whatever time period you are available.


Evangelization/Discipleship Ministry

The purpose of the OLOW Evangelization/Discipleship Ministry is to integrate the work of Evangelization/Discipleship into all areas of parish life. The work of evangelization/discipleship is central to the mission of every parish and every member of the parish. For that reason, it needs to be kept at the heart of all parish visions and plans. The evangelization/discipleship committee finds ways to keep the work of evangelization, and training for that work, connected to the Parish Council's pastoral vision, which then flows to the work of all parish commissions, committees, and groups. The USCCB defines evangelization as:

  1. Bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ into every human situation and seeking to convert individuals and society by the divine power of the proclamation of salvation in Jesus Christ and the response of a person in faith, which are both works of the Spirit of God.
  2. Evangelization must always be connected to the Lord Jesus Christ. "There is no true evangelization if the name, the teaching, the life, the promises, the Kingdom and the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God are not proclaimed."

Each of the baptized is called, whatever their role in the Church or the education level of their faith, to be an active agent of evangelization. The only "qualification" the pope states for one to be an active agent of evangelization is " baptism." One does not need a higher-level degree in theology or formal training to be a missionary disciple, just an encounter with Christ, which naturally inspires one to share the same encounter with others.

Are you ready to answer the Great Command of God to go out and make disciples?

Finance Council Ministry

The Parish Finance Council (PFC), together with the pastor, is responsible and accountable for the good governance of the church property, goods, and finances to the parish and the Archdiocese. The role of the PFC is to assist and advise the pastor in overseeing and controlling the financial affairs of the parish, developing an annual balanced budget, and planning for long term fiscal stability. An active and well-formed PFC provides important and necessary support to the pastor/parish administrator in fulfilling the duty of being a good steward of parish resources. The time commitment is two hours on the second Tuesday evening of the month from September through June.

Greeter Ministry

The goal of this ministry is to genuinely and warmly welcome our parishioners and visitors as they arrive at OLOW for Mass or any other liturgical event. A smile, a handshake, or other pleasantry makes people feel welcome and convey a positive first impression. Plan on arriving about 30 minutes before Mass. Based on the number of volunteers, a rotating schedule will be developed.


Host Family/ Couple Ministry

Like the Greeter Ministry, the host family/ host couple acts as a family of greeters for a Mass and then acts as the gift bearers during that Mass. The whole family or couple works as a team to assist the priest during the Mass. If the host family has children of suitable age and desire, they may be trained as altar servers to further the family's involvement in the Mass. Please arrive 30 minutes before Mass. Based on the number of volunteers, a rotating schedule will be developed.

Ice Cream Social and Fundraising Ministry

The Ice Cream Social is OLOW's main fundraiser for this year. It will occur on Sunday June 11, 2017 from noon to 3:00PM in the Social Hall in conjunction with the parish raffle. The leaders of this ministry have a blueprint to make this fundraiser a success. It requires volunteers to mail out raffle tickets, record the ticket sales, help with gift basket donations and sales, set up and decorate, prepare and serve food, help with 50-50 sales, the cake walk, games, and ticket sales. We also need help to clean up after the event. Many helpers make these tasks easier and your minimal time commitment to one of these tasks will make this event a huge success.

Knights of Columbus Ministry

The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal family service organization for Practicing Catholic men 18 years of age and older. Our purpose is to defend, protect, and support the Catholic Church and its teachings, priests, religious, widowed, orphaned, mentally and physically impaired, the unborn, and America. Our motto is, "Service to All." Our principles are Charity, Fraternity, Unity, and Patriotism with the Blessed Mother as our patron.

Lawn Maintenance Ministry

The Lawn Maintenance Ministry is designed to make the physical grounds of OLOW beautiful in appearance and pleasing to the eye of the beholder. Generally, if possible, grass is cut on Wednesdays, weather permitting, from May through October. Equipment consists of two 60-inch riding mowers, two weed whackers, and an edger, all of which are gas powered. Crew members are responsible for doing a pre and post maintenance operating check for proper fluid levels and functioning safety features on the equipment. To minimize the commitment time, we need six crews of three people each to pitch in and help each other out on a rotating schedule.

Liturgical Ministry

The Liturgical Ministry is responsible for preparing the church for weekly Masses, decorating the church, and training and scheduling Extraordinary Ministers and Altar Servers. Another aspect of this ministry is home visits to the sick with Holy Communion. This wonderful ministry helps people deepen their understanding of the Eucharist and the Catholic faith.


Media Ministry

The Media Ministry involves running a presentation software similar to PowerPoint and switching between computer generated screens and live cameras. Media Ministry operators receive personalized training and commit to 1-2 Masses per month, approximately 1 1/2 hours per Mass. Don't be intimidated by the technology. If you can click a mouse or know what a spacebar is, you can do this! Media Operators should be in Junior High or older in order to operate the system independently.

Men's Group Ministry

The Men's Group gathers on the first and third Tuesday evenings of each month in an effort to enrich the faith for those who attend. We are currently watching episodes from the "Crossing the Goal" series which uses a sports show format to encourage men to get into spiritual shape. This series provides real solutions to the spiritual challenges men face. We watch an episode and break into small groups to discuss what we have learned. We also help the parish when other needs arise such as helping with the decorating and cleaning of the church for special events and seasons. Other events are being planned such as movie nights and community service.

Music Ministry

Offertory Counters Ministry

This ministry performs the important function of counting the weekend Offertory collections, candle money, Holy Day, funeral, wedding, and other donations. Accuracy is critical so that the amount deposited is confirmed by the bank to be correct. There is a team leader who is responsible for having the team members accurately perform the count and for filling out the paperwork. Cross training occurs so that each team member can perform all tasks. Usually, a counting team session lasts 2- 2 1/2 hours on Monday on a rotating basis once every five weeks.

Parish Pastoral Council Ministry

The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) serves as a consultative body to the pastor in the administration of the parish pastoral planning and priorities, parish facilities, activities, and long range pastoral development goals in order to fulfill the parish mission. Under the PPC's auspices are the four primary commissions of Christian Education/Formation, Worship, Christian Service, and Stewardship. The Stewardship Commission coordinates the process for encouraging parishioners to share their time, talent, and treasure in parish ministries, activities, and administration. Various commissions report on their activities to the PPC whose representative then reports to the PPC Vicariate on these and other activities such as Evangelization, Parish Resources, St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, and Religious Education. We meet once a month on Tuesday evenings for two hours approximately.

Religious Education Ministry


Rosary Makers Ministry

Our Rosary Ministry makes rosaries for distribution to missions around the world and to local hospitals, nursing homes, jails, religious organizations, and individuals. In order to fulfill Our Lady's request that the rosary be prayed daily, our goal is to make sure that the rosary is available to all, especially the poor of all nations. By doing so, we honor the Patroness and Namesake of our parish. Come join us.

Shawl Ministry

Since June, 2009, the Prayer Shawl Ministry has made and donated over 300 blessed shawls to the sick, those in hospitals and nursing homes, those who are experiencing emotional distress, and those in need of prayer and comfort. Each prayer shawl receives multiple blessings starting from the first stitch to the last as the maker prays as she works. Upon completion, the shawl is blessed at Mass and distributed to an individual. Not only are the recipients comforted and blessed, but our ministers continue to be blessed through this ministry. We meet the third Thursday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

St. Vincent de Paul Ministry

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of OLOW provides temporary support to those who find themselves in circumstances that prevent them from providing for their families. This support comes in many forms such as goods and products from the food pantry, financial support to prevent evictions from their homes, and payment of medical, dental, prescription, and other bills. Other forms of assistance include counseling services, education assistance, financial planning, and employment referrals. Our goal is to help the needy attain the ability to provide for themselves and their families.

Social Events Ministry

The Social Events Ministry coordinates the implementation of parish social events, so that they are successful such as in the past for the Chili Cook-off. Our role is to be a contact for individuals who have expressed an interest in volunteering to help with various parish activities and events as they arise throughout the year.

Ushers Ministry

OLOW ushers greet and assist parishioners when they come to church for Mass and other liturgical events. We are responsible for collecting and securing the Offertory Collection, managing the flow of worshippers during Holy Communion, and distributing the Branch after Mass. We also assist with grass cutting, snow removal and other church maintenance needs, and helping with social events such as the annual parish fundraiser. When asked, we help out as otherwise needed.