The Family of Catholic Parishes
At the Rising of the Sun
(serving Alcona and southern Alpena counties)

From the rising of the sun to its setting to You, Almighty God all honor and glory (Ps 113,3)

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Ministries and Parish Activities

LITURGICAL MINISTERS have special roles at Eucharist. They are to be: parishioners of faith; faithful to Sunday Mass; open to faith and ministry development; responsible in keeping their assigned schedule.

 
MINISTERS IN THE ABSENCES OF A PRIEST
are trained lay parishioners commissioned to lead Sunday Worship in the unexpected absence of the priest.

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
Lay parishioners in good standing in the Church can be commissioned to assist in the distribution of the Sacred Body and Blood of the Lord at Eucharist, and to the sick and homebound, and to administer Viaticum. Continual education is required for renewal of their commission every three years.
 
LECTORS
are to proclaim the scripture reading at Eucharist clearly, distinctly, and slowly with meaning. It is assumed they prepare beforehand through prayer and reflections on the scriptures they will proclaim.

CANTORS/SONG LEADERS
when necessary, support the congregation in song and teach and practice new songs with them.
 
PSALMISTS
proclaim in song the verses of the responsorial psalm after the first reading and the verse in the Alleluia Antiphon.

ALTAR SERVERS
Are those who are confirmed and faithfully participate in Sunday Mass assist the priest at Mass and lead in the community prayer through their active participation, prayerfulness, and dedication.

USHERS
welcome parishioners and visitors as they arrive and assist with needs as they arise.

SACRISTANS
prepare everything for the celebration of the Eucharist.
 
While our Sunday Eucharist in praise and thanksgiving to God is the summit of who we are as Catholic Christians. Our parishes have a number of other activities that bond us together helping us in fufilling our Mission Statement. 

FUNERAL LUNCHEON MINISTRY
Each parish has a funeral luncheon committee. Volunteers to help are greatly appreciated. Willing to pass a dish, help with set up, serving, and cleanup for St. Anne's and St. Raphael's call parish office at 989.724.6713. For St. Catherine's and St. Gabriel's call parish office at 989.471.5121. The offices will pass the name one to the appropriate committee

BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY
Pamphlets to assist with grieving are periodically mailed to the parishioners who have lost a love one.

PARISH COUNCILS AND COMMITTEES
Each of our four parishes has its own pastoral and finance council and cemetery committee.
Parish pastoral councils act as consultative bodies and advisory boards to the pastor, The members are to bring pastoral concerns to the pastor, work with and help the pastor to plan and implement pastoral activities and implement decisions.

Parish finance councils, mandated by canon law, are consultative to the pastor and the parish council in the administration and stewardship of parish finances, budgets, upkeep of parish facilities and the long-range financial and facility development.

Cemetery committees are charged with the finances and overall maintenance and upkeep of their respective cemetery.

Building and Grounds committees help in the planning, development, maintenance of the buildings 
and grounds. They check for safety hazards and needed repairs, advice and seek bids, and arrange parish work bees.

FOUR-PARISH COUNCIL
Three members from each of the four parishes form a council to encourage, foster, and support 4-parish cooperation, sharing of resources, planing four-parish activities and events, and seting four-parish calendars.

WOMEN’S ORGANIZATIONS
St. Gabriel Altar Society/CCW meets the 4th Tuesday May-Nov
St. Raphael Altar Society/CCW meets the 1st Monday of the month
All women of the parishes are invited to be part of and attend their meetings.
Funds raised by these groups cover organizational cost, donations for parish projects, and various local charitable organizations.  

The Council of Catholic Women (CCW) is a national Catholic women’s organization that supports, empowers, and educates Catholic women in spirituality, leadership, and in the teaching and traditions of the church and women’s issues.

MEN’S ORGANIZATIONS
St. Gabriel Men’s Club meets on the first Monday of the Month (September-June) to discuss projects and to socialize. They keep up the exterior and interior of the church, the cemetery, provide a Mother/Daughter breakfast, and help with the Special Friends (developmental friends) Halloween party.

The Knights of Columbus (K of C) is a fraternal benevolent and charitable organization of Catholic men. It was established to support Catholic men in living out of their Catholic Faith and to offer insurance to care for their widows and children. 

Council #4235 meets in the K of C room in Maria Hall on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm.
Council #6851 meets in their Hall on South US 23 on the second Monday of the month.

ST. VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY
The members of the St. Vincent de Paul society believe in the dignity of each human being and in 
growing in intimacy with Jesus Christ through a lifelong striving to see the face of Jesus in every person. 

Our Family of Parishes has two councils: 
Alcona County St. Vincent de Paul Society operates a thrift store and food pantry on F41 in Mikado. 
St. Catherine’s St. Vincent de Paul Society shares in the ministry of the Alpena St. Vincent de Paul thrift store and food pantry on South US 23 in Alpena.

Income from the thrift stores and donations provide funds to assist the needy. 
They also serve as advocates for the defenseless and voiceless. Some 12 million are helped annually by Vincentians in the U.S. 

HELPING AROUND THE PARISH
Help is always appreciated in the care of parish and cemetery grounds, flower beds and with holiday decorations and cleanup.. 

SOME ADDITIONAL PARISH ACTIVITIES
--Christmas Giving Tree and Thanksgiving Food Collection 
--May Crowning, Christmas pageants 
--Four-Parish Picnic and Four-Parish Family Party
--High School & College Graduation Mass & Reception
--Refreshments after Sunday Mass 
--Interfaith Lenten Potluck Suppers & Prayer together 
--Ice cream social after Mass Saturday before Ash Wednesday and Labor Day at St.GBabriel
--Father/Son & Mother/Daughter breakfasts, St Gabriel
--Halloween Party for special friends, St. Gabriel Helping Hands 
--Collecting empty inkjet cartridges from computers for Food for the 
--Poor, and Monthly collection for St. Vincent de Paul

REACHING BEYOND OUR COMMUNITY 
Parishioners are certainly encouraged to participate in local government and local organizations. The parishes also offer opportunities to help those in need and those affected by major disasters through special collections, financial support of the St. Vincent de Paul Societies, local food pantries, Christmas Giving Trees and food collections and the like.