Volunteer Opportunities

The heart of our Parish Community is each of you who are the members of Christ’s Body, the Church here on earth. We hope and pray that each of you will take seriously the call of Christ to serve your brothers and sisters, most especially those in need.

There are many different opportunities to get involved in the life of our Parish. Please take a few moments to see the ways that you can be more active in your faith life, and in the life of our community. For more information or to volunteer, please contact thegroup leader by phone, or click on their name to send an email.

(Please note:  Volunteers who work with any of our children or youth need to meet the requirements of Safeguarding All of God’s Family)

Administration & Finance

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[tab_1]Super SecretaryThe Parish Office functions to assistthe Pastor, Staff, and Parishioners with day to day operations of the Parish. Help is often needed to answer phones, help with mailings, data entry, counting money, and the organization of people and events around the parish.
Time commitment: Whatever works in your schedule!

Contact: Judie Weeks, Parish Secretary
email:parish@sfdslg.org

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The Pastoral Council meets monthly, one hour as a group and the next hour in conjunction with St. Benedict’s Parish Council. This group of parishioners prayerfully advises the Pastor in matters concerning the life and direction of our parish, and offers a link between the various committees of the Parish, School, and our cluster Parish, St. Benedict.  The council follows the direction of the Archdiocese, and assists the pastor in fostering the pastoral activity of the parish as the community attempts to fulfill the mission of the Church.
Time commitment: One meeting a month plus involvement in various parish activities.

Contact: Millie McCormick
email: millemack632@gmail.com

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The Finance Council meets on the 2nd Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. This group of parishioners works under the direction of the Pastor, along with the Trustee Treasurer, Parish Staff and Committees to oversee the parish budget and financial operations of the parish. The budget is based on the goals and objectives determined by the parish council as it discerns the needs of the parishioners in the areas of prayer and worship, total parish religious education, human concerns, and on-going parish life.
Time commitment: One meeting a month plus planning.

Contact: Bill Ring
email: bring@dalcometals.com

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Buildings and groundsThe Buildings & Grounds Committee meets on the 1st Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Office. This group of parishioners works to oversee the physical conditions of parish property, its maintenance, and upkeep. This committee identifies and articulates the needs of the parish in this area and makes recommendations to the Finance Council. Time commitment: One meeting a month plus planning.

Contact: Phil Hall
email: phil.hall523@gmail.com

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This group of parishioners works to assist in developing within the Parish a sense of stewardship. Gratitude is the cornerstone of stewardship where we, as stewards, express our gratitude by a life of generosity – a giving of our time, talent and treasure.
Time commitment: Monthly meetings and various special projects.

Contact: Laura Zappitelli
email: stewardship@sfdslg.org

 

 

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Christian Formation

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Have you always wanted to deepen your faith by reading the Bible? We offer a 12-14 week Bible Class in the Fall (September-December) and in the Winter (February-May). Classes are held weekly on Wednesday mornings from 10am-11:30 am. Information about classes will be in the Parish Bulletin and Website several weeks prior to the start of a new class. If you are qualified to lead a bible study group, we would love to have your help!
Time commitment: As needed.

Contact: Pat Cramer
email: kcramer8407@gmail.com

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Lifelong Christian Formation is the foundation of faith development. Members of the Christian Formation Committee help to develop educational programs that will meet the faith formation needs of the whole parish, from children to adults. This committee works with parish staff to identify the Christian Formation needs in the parish and assist in the development of programs that will meet those needs.
Time commitment: As needed.

Contact: Maureen Redmer
email: memauly@hotmail.com 

 

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Our parish has an extensive collection of Catholic books, DVDs, and CDs that aim to encourage, support, and enrich the spiritual and intellectual growth of all of our parishioners by providing educational and inspirational materials for all ages. Volunteer help is needed to process items, stamp and cover books, and take inventory.  We would love to have you be a part of this important ministry.
Time commitment: You can volunteer once or as many times as your schedule allows.

Contact: Mary Jo Pankau or Jan Kreissl
email: library@sfdslg.org

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hdg3505cWorking under the direction of our Director of Child Faith Formation, this group of catechists works with, teaches, and mentors our students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. During 2nd grade, our students receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion for the first time. Classes are held during the school year on Sundaymornings. Catechists are expected to have a strong knowledge and passion for their Catholic Faith, and be willing to walk with these students as they grow in their faith and learn about God.
Time commitment: Seventy five minutes a week.

Contact: Lori Glass
email: childministry@sfdslg.org

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hdg3505cWorking under the direction of our Director of Child Faith Formation, this group of catechists works with, teaches, and mentors our students in 6th through 8th grade. Classes are held weekly during the school year on Wednesday evenings. Catechists are expected to have a strong knowledge and passion for their Catholic Faith, and be willing to walk with these students as they grow in their faith and learn about God.

Contact: Lori Glass
email: childministry@sfdslg.org

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Working under the direction of our Director of Youth Faith Formation, this group of catechists works with, teaches, and mentors our high school students as they continue to learn about their Catholic Faith, and learn to live their faith in their daily lives. Classes are held weekly during the school year on Sunday evenings and include both large group sessions and small group work. Catechists are expected to have a strong knowledge and passion for their Catholic Faith, and be willing to walk with these students as they learn to walk their journey of faith.
Time commitment: Ninety minutes, twice a month, plus special events.

Contact: Michael Deane
email: youthministry@sfdslg.org

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Working under the direction of our Director of Youth Faith Formation, this group of catechists works with, teaches, and mentors our 11th grade students as they spend the year preparing for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Classes are held twice a month during the school year on Sunday evenings and include both large group sessions and small group work. Catechists are expected to have a strong knowledge and passion for their Catholic Faith, and be willing to walk with these students as they prepare for this Sacrament.
Time commitment: Two hours, twice a month, plus special events.

Contact: Michael Deane
email: youthministry@sfdslg.org

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eLENT1bgcThe Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which interested adults and older children are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life. Children who were not baptized as infants are also initiated through an adapted process of this rite. The culmination of this process is initiation into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. Persons interested in learning more about the faith, as well as those who would be willing to be a sponsor and mentor are welcome to join us!

Contact: Geri Braun or Lisa Parker
email: lisaparker925@gmail.com

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Prayer & Worship

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[tab_1]Adoration E4CEvery Tuesday, we offer Eucharistic Adoration from 7:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. During this period of adoration, at least one person must remain in prayer before Christ. Stop in to pray anytime on Tuesdays, but please consider coming for a committed time weekly, bi-monthly, or as an occasional substitute. Scheduled times are usually for an hour.
Contact the parish office or Honor Greenwald.
Time commitment: One hour when your schedule permits.

Contact: Katie Alder
email: kalder@earthlink.net

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[tab_2]The Altar Society meets quarterly on the 4th Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center. This group works throughout the year to keep the church clean, hosts fundraisers, and helps to support the sacristans in their job to keep our church ready for prayer.
Time commitment: Quarterly meetings plus special projects as needed.

Contact:  Nancy Lazzaroni
email: nancy.lazzaroni@gmail.com

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[tab_3]Arimethea, St. Joseph ofThe Arimatheans, named after Joseph of Arimathea, attend funerals to represent the parish and guide the families in the responses and protocol of the Mass. The group welcomes new members.
Time commitment: Attend a funeral as your schedule permits.

Contact: Marilyn Brandel
email: marilynbrandel1027@gmail.com

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[tab_4]The Art & Environment Committee meets seasonally to decorate our church for the Liturgical Seasons of the Year. They keep our flowers fresh and watered, and keep our church space prepared to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Help is especially needed before Easter and Christmas. All skill levels are welcome!
Time commitment: About 2 hours each time for decorating, 10 times a year or as your schedule permits.

Contact: Sarah Gray
email: sarahgray8863@gmail.com

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Communion for the homeboundNo One is Alone at Home.  Volunteers bring Communion to people in nursing homes and private homes who cannot get to Mass.
Time commitment: As needed.

Contact: Lucy Leahy
phone: 262-203-1136.

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[tab_6]Emmaus group (English speaking)The Emmaus program is a retreat weekend open to all men and women seeking to grow in their relationship with Christ. The purpose of the weekend is to give adults the opportunity to reflect upon themselves, their relationship with God and their community. SFDS has Spanish and English speaking groups. Watch the bulletin and website for upcoming retreats.

Contact: liturgy@sfdslg.org

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Time commitment: As needed.

Contact: Katie Alder
email: kalder@earthlink.net

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There are many different ministries involved in the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Many ministers are needed at each Mass to ensure our prayer is the best that we can offer to God. Ministry opportunities include: Greeters, Ushers, Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, and Altar Servers. Time commitment: initial training, and then as needed. We can schedule around your schedule! Contact me for more information about each of the Liturgical Ministries and how to get involved.

Contact: Michael Deane, Director of Liturgy and Music
email: liturgy@sfdslg.org

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The Prayer & Worship Committee meets seasonally. This group is responsible for all of the different prayer opportunities offered by our parish, and works during the year to keep our parishioners well-informed, and our liturgical ministers up to date on their responsibilities and the sacredness of our prayer together.
Time commitment: As needed.

Contact: Kathleen Murray
email: kathie.murray@me.com

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Time commitment: As needed and as your schedule permits.

Contact: Jeanne McCarron
email: jeannemac0129@gmail.com

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[tab_6]e09-04bc“Shepherds of Christ” is a prayer group which focuses on praying for our priests, the priesthood, and the renewal of the Church and the whole world. This group meets most Wednesdays at 11:15. Watch the Parish Bulletin for current prayer times.
Time commitment: One hour a week when your schedule permits. For more information about the Shepherds of Christ Associates Prayer Chapters, visit: http://www.sofc.org

Contact: Jan McRae
email: janmmcrae@aol.com

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Music Ministry

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[tab_1]CantorThe cantor’s function is to lead and encourage the congregation in singing. In preparation for the liturgical celebration, the cantor may introduce and teach new music to the people. Cantors lead the music at every celebration at our parish. They are our song leaders, animators, and psalmists.
Time commitment: Rehearsals are once a month for two hours, cantor at Mass as your schedule permits.

Contact: Michael Deane, Director of Liturgy and Music
email: liturgy@sfdslg.org

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[tab_2]Chorale (2)The Chorale sings at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. In addition, this group sings for evening Holy Day Masses, Midnight Mass, Triduum, Confirmation, and other Special Celebrations during the Church Year. This choir sings from September through May, and sings a wide variety of congregational music as well as a varied repertoire of well-composed choral music. Instrumentalists are also needed!
Time commitment: Rehearse every Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., sing at 10:30 Mass from September through May, as well as special liturgical celebrations.

Contact: Michael Deane, Director of Liturgy and Music
email: liturgy@sfdslg.org

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[tab_3]Contemporary ChoirThe Contemporary Choir sings at the 9:00 a.m. Mass. This choir sings year-round, and sings a wide variety of congregational music as well as a varied repertoire of contemporary music. This diverse group also includes an ensemble of guitars and various other instruments. Rehearsals are every Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Time commitment: Rehearse once a week and sing at 9:00 a.m. Mass.

Contact: Michael Deane, Director of Liturgy and Music
email: liturgy@sfdslg.org

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[tab_4]Do you play an instrument? Please consider donating your talent! We occasionally need accompanists, string, or brass players for special liturgies and weddings. There is often a stipend available.
Time commitment: As your schedule permits. If you are a trained musician and can help out once in a while, please make an appointment for an interview.

Contact: Michael Deane, Director of Liturgy and Music
email: liturgy@sfdslg.org

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Hispanic Ministries

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[tab_1]St. Francis de Sales is proud to have a thriving Hispanic Community. Some of the many ways to get involved include prayer groups, festivals, Emmaus, liturgical dancers, church musicians, retreats, and participation in the liturgy of the 5:00 p.m. Sunday Spanish Mass.

Contact: Sandra Cruz
email: 65sandracruz@gmail.com

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Human Concerns

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If you would like to be a comfort to those who are in need, please consider this important ministry.
Time commitment: As your schedule permits.

Contact: Jeanne McCarron
email: jeannemac0129@gmail.com

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[tab_2]Human ConcernsThe Human Concerns Committee is a vital, active and caring group that reaches out in many ways to help others. This committee helps to support the Lake Geneva Food Pantry through food collection and monetary donations, provides a meal for the homeless, offers food and gas vouchers for those in need, and supports the needs of our community.
Time commitment: As your schedule permits.

Contact: Carole Nevin
email: carn1@sbcglobal.net

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Parish Life

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[tab_1]Funeral luncheon workersFuneral luncheons are provided by members of St. Francis de Sales if they are requested by the family. Volunteers are needed to help bake or serve. Time commitment: About 4 hours per funeral for serving, or sign up to drop off a food item.

Contact: Carole Nevin
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[tab_2]HilltoppersThe Hilltoppers is primarily a social group of seniors (55 and older). The activities include monthly potluck luncheons, socializing, and speakers/presentations. Meetings are held in the Parish Center, usually the 4th Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. (watch the bulletin for other information & changes). We encourage all seniors to join us for an afternoon of fun.
Time commitment: Social gathering once a month.

Contact: Pat Palicka
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[tab_3]e05-12lcHospitality Sunday takes place the 1st Sunday of every month. Join us following Mass in the Parish Center for food, fun, and fellowship. Enjoy a cup of coffee and some food with your fellow parishioners. We are always looking for help baking, setting up, and clean up on Sunday mornings. Please consider joining us as we share this journey of faith together.
Time commitment: A few hours once a month.

Contact: Carole Nevin
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[tab_4]The Parish Festival is our largest fundraiser of the year. This event brings us together to share our traditions, cultures and families. The Parish Festival is usually held in September and requires many hands to contribute to its success. Countless duties are involved in the planning, preparation and execution. The festival requires donations from our entire parish community of their time, talent and financial support.
Time commitment: Planners and workers are needed as your schedule permits.

Contact: Parish Office
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[tab_5]Italian nightUsually held in February, the Italian Fest is a wonderful evening of food and fun for all. Come and enjoy a wonderful Italian dinner, silent auction, and a festive evening shared with friends and parishioners.
Time commitment: Planners and workers are needed as your schedule permits.

Contact: Parish Office
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[tab_6]Chili Cookers 14COur Annual Chili cook-off is an opportunity to come and enjoy wonderful food and fellowship on a cold winter evening! Help is always welcome and needed to coordinate all of the activities of the evening. Chili categories include: traditional, spicy, specialty, student, and more! We welcome all to come and share an exciting evening with fellow parishioners and friends. Watch for future information for January 2016.
Time commitment: Just a few fun hours!

Contact: Parish Office
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[tab_7]Irish nightOur Annual Irish Festival is a fun filled afternoon! We are proud and excited to keep this tradition going! Come and enjoy authentic Irish cuisine, Irish dancers, and many other activities. Join us in celebrating this rich heritage and enjoy the company and fellowship of parishioners and guests. All are welcome!

Contact: Parish Office
parish@sfdslg.org

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Parish School

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[tab_1]Our Home and School Committee provides a means of communication and outreach between parents, school staff, and the school advisory committee, and promotes the welfare and education of our school children. The Home and School Committee supports St. Francis de Sales School and St. Francis de Sales Parish, through assistance, activities, social functions, and fund raisers. The Home and School Committee provides community outreach in order to create a greater appreciation of Catholic Education.
Time commitment: Meetings once a month plus special event participation.

Contact: Amber Weis
email: weista@hotmail.com

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[tab_2]The School Advisory Committee has the spiritual and intellectual development of the students as its primary concern. It assists the school principal with policy development, identifying and expressing the educational goals of the parish community, budget planning, and public relations. This committee is dedicated to the promotion and welfare of Catholic Education.
Time commitment: Meetings once a month plus special event participation.

Contact: Eric Gallagher
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[tab_3]When shopping with Scrip, you earn money for our school just by making your regular household purchases. But instead of paying with cash or credit, you use prepaid gift cards from your favorite retailers. When you purchase Scrip through us, our school and parish get a percentage of your purchase donated back to us! You’ll find cards you can use at grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, movie theaters, home improvement stores, and almost any business that accepts gift cards.
Time commitment: Help is needed to sell the gift cards after Mass.

Contact: School Office
email: secretary@sfdslg.org

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[tab_4]Our Parish school’s biggest fundraiser is usually held in March. Help is needed to organize the raffle, dinner, sell tickets, publicity, and more. Help support Catholic Education while having a lot of fun!
Time commitment: Whatever you can give!

Contact: Eric Gallagher
email: ericgallagher@sfdslg.org

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There are many ways that you can volunteer during the school day… Tutoring, classroom aide, lunchroom helper, library worker, playground duty, and more! Come and work with the best kids and staff on the planet!

Contact: Eric Gallagher, Principal
email: ericgallagher@sfdslg.org

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Parish Affiliated Organizations

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[tab_1]Catholic daughtersThe Catholic Daughters of the Americas is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas. They donate to charities, administer scholarship programs and strive “to be helping hands where there is pain, poverty, sorrow or sickness.” The CDA motto is “Unity and Charity.” For more information about the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, you can visit their website at: http://www.catholicdaughters.org/

Contact: Lois Maywald
email: allomay1959@gmail.com

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[tab_2]The Order of the Knights of Columbus is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity. Fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief, and public relief works. Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practicing Catholics in union with the Holy See. This means that an applicant or member accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church. For more information about the Knights of Columbus, you can visit their website at: http://www.kofc.org/

Contact: Bob McCormick
email: logmack93@hotmail.com

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[tab_3]Side by Side is a non-profit organization made up of representatives from Lake Geneva area churches, service organizations, and businesses, including St. Francis de Sales. Representatives meet with families in crisis to offer emergency financial support, and refer to other community resources for assistance.

Time commitment: As needed.

Contact: Maureen Redmer
email: memauly@hotmail.com

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