OLOW Ministries - Volunteers
Catholic Women’s Ministry
The CWM’s services include, rosary prayer services, coffee and donuts, Advent Tea, May
Crowning, Applewood Nursing Home, baby showers, hospitality, retreats, social events and
other parish projects as requested. Monthly meetings from September through May last about 2
Christian Service Ministry
The ministry provides the parish with an awareness of human needs and responds to those
needs both within the parish and surrounding community. The ministry encompasses and
supports the following areas: Justice and Peace, Life Issues, Health Advocacy, Legislative, and
Disability Issues in support of the church and its other ministries.
Coffee and Donuts Ministry
Set up and serve donuts and coffee after Mass on Sunday. Order and pick up donuts and bagels
from Dunkin’ Donuts. Pick up a check to purchase these items on Sunday morning. Help to set
up and clean the social hall. The time commitment is about 3 hours per week on a rotating basis.
Catholic Services Appeal Ministry
OLOW CSA volunteers process donations as received and send them to the AOD on a periodic
basis from May through December. The time commitment is about 2 hours a week for 4 weeks
then every other week as needed.
Evangelization Committee Ministry
The committee works with all ministries to promote evangelization and meets twice a month
from September through June. Completion of all three segments of the ChristLife Course (or
equivalent training) is required. The time commitment is about 2 hours per month.
Finance Council Ministry
An active and well-formed FC provides support to the pastor/parish administrator in fulfilling
the duty of being a good steward of parish resources. Interested persons must contact and be
approved by the pastor. The time commitment is about 2 hours a month.
Various tasks are done by volunteers to plan and promote fundraisers for OLOW. The leaders of
this ministry create blueprints for the volunteers to assist them in performing these tasks. The
time commitment is about 1 hour per month.
Host Family/ Couple Ministry
A family acts as greeters before Mass and then acts as the gift bearers during the Mass. Arrive
30 minutes before Mass. Based on the number of volunteers, a rotating schedule will be
Our Lady of the Woods Catholic Church
Volunteers Make OLOW Great!
Please fill out the following information to offer your time as a volunteer.
Please check the appropriate box:
Youth (age) ____________
Ministries you are interested in:
Volunteers welcome parishioners and visitors as they arrive at OLOW for Mass or any other
liturgical event. The time commitment is 30 minutes before Mass or event.
Knights of Columbus Ministry
K of C is a fraternal, family service organization for practicing Catholic men 18 years of age or
older. The purpose is to defend, protect, and support the Catholic Church and its teachings,
priests, religious, widowed, orphaned, mentally or physically impaired, the unborn, and
America. “Service to All” is our motto. Our principles are Charity, Fraternity, Unity, and
Patriotism with the Blessed Mother as our patron.
Lawn Maintenance Ministry
This ministry provides maintenance for the church grounds and lawn equipment. Time
commitment is about 3 hours per week on a rotating basis.
Volunteers prepare and decorate the church for mass on a weekly basis. Training and scheduling
for Extraordinary Ministers and Altar Servers is provided. The time commitment is based on the
number of volunteers available.
Men’s Group Ministry
The Men’s Group is dedicated to enrich and share the Catholic faith. We also help when other
needs arise and plan events. Time commitment is about 2 hours twice a month.
Volunteers operate the media screens and cameras during mass. Media Ministry operators
receive personalized training Commit to 1-2 Masses per month. Time commitment is
approximately 1 1/2 hours per Mass.
The music ministry consists of several groups each committed to a separate function. Adult
choir, Resurrection choir, Children’s Choir, New Spirit Singers and instrumentalists. Time
commitment is variable based on scheduled rehearsals and events.
Offertory Counters Ministry
Volunteers count all donations received by OLOW. Counters are assigned to teams. Time
commitment is about 3 hours every five weeks based on team rotation.
Parish Pastoral Council Ministry
PPC discusses parish needs and activities with the pastor once a month. Interested persons must
contact and be approved by the pastor. The time commitment is about 2 hours a month.
Rosary Makers Ministry
Volunteers make rosaries for distribution to various organizations and groups. Time
commitment is 2 hours a month.
Religious Ed Catechist Ministry
If you love the Lord and would like to share your faith with OLOW’s young people, volunteering
as a catechist or co-catechist is a great way to do this. OLOW is in need of volunteers to teach
grades 1-8. In order to develop a deeper understanding of our faith and properly teach it, you
may need to take a few workshops to both refresh and deepen your own understanding of our
faith. The Archdiocese requires anyone that has contact with young people to take the
workshop, “Protecting God’s Children.” If you have a passion to do something that is rewarding,
love children, and are willing to share scripture stories and the principles of our Catholic faith,
this ministry is for you.
Volunteers make shawls for distribution to various organizations and groups. Time commitment
is 2 hours a month.
St. Vincent de Paul Ministry
Volunteers work in our food pantry and conduct interviews to provide financial help to qualified
clients. Time commitment is based on the number of volunteers available.
Social Events Ministry
The Social Events Ministry coordinates the implementation of parish social events. Time
commitment is based on how often the committee needs to meet.
OLOW ushers are responsible for various duties before, during, and after Mass, as well as other
tasks as needed by OLOW. Time commitment is based on number of volunteers available.