St. Monica is blessed with a vibrant community of faith. The parish offers a wide variety of ministries related to community, formation in the faith, service of the parish's practical needs, prayer/liturgy, and service to the needy. Scroll down to peruse the mission of each ministry at a glance, from A-Z. Click "see here for more info" under each ministry to learn more!

Altar Servers

Mission: Assist the priest as he celebrates the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Boys and girls (grade 3 and above) provide assistance at all regular Masses, Holy Days, funerals, and Sacraments. Altar servers help prepare for the liturgy and serve during the liturgy, giving glory to God.

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Antioch Youth Ministry

Mission: Antioch is a community of high school teenagers seeking to live as intentional disciples of Christ.

Antioch offers opportunities for teens to grow and live out the faith through prayer, formation, community, and service.

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Bible Study

Mission: Provide faithful individuals of all ages with opportunities to reflect on Scripture, developing a deeper understanding of the word of God.

Throughout the year, the St. Monica Bible Study group meets to read and discuss Scripture. Studies are often formatted based on various themes, books of the Bible, and/or interests of the group. "Bibles, Burgers, and Beer" addresses special topics and is held in the summer months in the backyard of the rectory.

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Building and Grounds

Mission: Maintain and beautify St. Monica church and facilities, ensuring that our home is well taken care of and welcoming to all who seek to know, love, and serve God.

The Building and Grounds team works with Father to plan and execute special and on-going projects. The team also seeks to provide space, support, and accessibility for the parish's worship, prayer, and ministries,

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Coffee and Donuts

Mission: This ministry provides parishioners and visitors opportunities for fellowship and community.

Coffee, milk, juice, and donuts are shared after Sunday Masses. Mass-goers of all ages and states of life are encouraged to share in wholesome conversation with other members and friends of the St. Monica family.

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Extraordinary Ministers

Mission: Assist the priest in distributing the Most Precious Body and Blood of Christ to the faithful at weekend Masses and special liturgies.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are devoted to the Real Presence of Jesus - Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity - in the Eucharist. They come to the liturgy with eyes and hearts fixed on our Eucharistic Lord as they help distribute Him to the congregation in Holy Communion.

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Funeral Luncheons

Mission: Provide space for grieving families to come together and honor and celebrate the lives of their recently deceased loved ones.

Funeral luncheons at St. Monica have been made possible through the renovation and expansion of Columbus Hall in the lower level of the church. The funeral luncheon team helps coordinate the use of the kitchen and parish hall spaces following funeral liturgies held at St. Monica.

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Garden Club

Mission: Care for and beautify the parish and school landscaping, seasonally.

The Garden Club gathers, as needed, to weed, trim, mulch, plant, and everything in between, so that the beauty of our physical church gives glory to God and invites all to contemplate the Heavenly Kingdom.

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Homebound Visitors

Mission: Bring Jesus to those who are restricted from leaving their homes.

Homebound Visitors serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, bringing the Body of Christ to members of St. Monica who are unable to leave their homes.

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Knights of Columbus

Mission: Come together as men of faith to engage in charitable works and assist the pastor in strengthening the parish.

Knights of Columbus hosts men's meetings and family gatherings to build faith and fraternity. The group regularly assists in executing parish projects and engaging in charitable works that are both local and global in scope.

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Lectors

Mission: Proclaim the Word of God in the liturgy, drawing hearts to contemplate God's message of love to us in Holy Scripture.

Lectors practice and proclaim the Old Testament, Psalm, and New Testament readings at Mass.

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Liturgical Music

Mission: Assist the congregation, lifting their hearts in prayer during the Mass, other special liturgies, and seasonal concerts.

The St. Monica Choir rehearses and shares sacred music that deepens the congregation's experience of the liturgy. The choir contributes, greatly, to the liturgical beauty of Sunday Masses, Holy Day liturgies, and special opportunities for reflection throughout the year. Cantors lead the congregation in sung worship, and instrumentalists add to the richness of liturgical music.

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Liturgy Prep Team

Mission: Provide the pastor with direct assistance preparing and setting up special elements of liturgies/liturgical seasons and serve as the primary means of aid for visiting priests.

The Liturgy Prep Team works in conjunction with the sacristans to prepare various aspects of Holy Days, Sacrament liturgies, and devotions. This team is responsible for coordinating the liturgical set-up and clean-up and providing assistance to visiting priests when the pastor is away from the parish.

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Mom's Group

Mission: The St. Monica Mom's Group seeks to cultivate relationships between mothers so that they can help one another grow in faith and support one another in raising the next generation of Catholic youth.

Mom's Group provides regular book studies, monthly play dates, and regular children's Adoration and Stations of the Cross. Moms of all states of life are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the life of the community.

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Nursing Home Coordinators

Mission: Serve as a liaison between the parish and local nursing homes, helping to provide for the spiritual needs of our St. Monica family.

Father regularly visits the elderly and celebrates Mass at local nursing homes neighboring our parish. Nursing Home Coordinators assist with the preparation for Father's visits and maintains regular communication with contacts regarding special needs of those who live in nursing or assisted living facilities.

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Over 50's Luncheon

Mission: Share in fellowship and community with other individuals from St. Monica, ages 50 and older.

The Over 50's Luncheon gives senior parishioners the opportunity to make new friends and strengthen bonds with current friend and familiar faces whom they have me through St. Monica.

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Parish Festival

Mission: Celebrate the life of the parish community in observance of the Feast of St. Monica!

The parish festival committee plans activities for St. Monica families, friends, and the broader community, including "Rock the Rectory" (21 and older party) and our parish picnic, equipped with a corn and sausage roast! Our parish festival will soon expand to feature a wide variety of community outreach events for people of all ages.

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Prayer Blankets

Mission: Provide a tangible sign of prayer support to parishioners who are suffering or in need.

The Prayer Blanket team assembles and sews hundreds of blankets, while praying for the special intentions of those who will come in contact. Blankets are distributed to those who are sick, suffering, grieving, or otherwise in need.

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Prayer Chain

Mission: Call upon the Lord's graces to aid those who are in need of prayer. 

Prayer requests are directed to the Prayer Chain, and members commit to pray in earnest for special intentions, while sharing particular needs with others committed to the ministry.

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Religious Education

Mission: Work alongside families to cultivate the faith formation of youth, grades 1-8. Students in religious education work toward and rich understanding of the fundamentals of Catholic teaching.

Religious education students and families come together to learn Catholic teachings, traditions, and practices. Students also experience strong preparation for receiving the Sacraments. Parents receive formation and support for raising their children in the faith.

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Rosary Society

Mission: Promote saying of the Rosary in the parish and assist in raising money for sacramental use.

The Rosary Society brings together women of faith of all ages to pray the Rosary and to plan, promote, and execute various fundraisers to support the sacramental needs of the parish.

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Rummage Sale

Mission: Come together as a community to raise funds for the work of the parish and the ministries it serves.

The Rummage Sale crew gathers donations from parishioners and friends of St. Monica to host a sale, raising thousands of dollars to benefit parish efforts.

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Sacristans

Mission: Assist in the regular preparation of sacred vestments, vessels, readings, and sacramentals used in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Sacristans work with the priest and altar servers to ensure that the liturgy is well-prepared and runs smoothly. Following the liturgy, sacristans assist in the cleaning of sacred vessels, help return all elements used in the liturgy, and monitor inventory of consumables. From time to time, sacristans are called upon to offer hospitality to visitors at funerals and other special liturgies.

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SCRIP

Mission: Offer financial support for various parish projects at no additional cost to parishioners.

The parish sells gift cards through the SCRIP program, year-round, for gas, groceries, food, retail stores, and more. A percentage of each sale comes back to support the work of the parish at no added cost to parishioners.

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Sons of St. Monica

Mission: Provide adult men of the parish with a social community in which they can enjoy one another's company while also working with Father to help fill many of the parish's special projects and on-going needs.

The Sons of St. Monica have regular, fraternal gatherings. The group also assembles at Father's request to plan and execute special building projects. The Sons lead the corn and sausage roast for the parish festival, coordinate parish football game watches, and more.

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Soup Suppers

Mission: Provide members and guests of St. Monica with an opportunity for simple fellowship following Adoration on Thursdays during Lent.

Those who attend soup suppers seek to grow more intentionally in Catholic community, deepening their faith through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving alongside one another during the Lenten season.

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St. Vincent de Paul Society

Mission: Provide emergency assistance to needy individuals in our community, offering spiritual and practical support.

St. Vincent de Paul collects and delivers food and monetary donations to help needy neighbors of St. Monica. the group operates a food pantry out of St. Monica, making home deliveries as requested by the main chapter office. The group provides support year-round, with special deliveries during the holidays.

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To Be Catholic (RCIA)

Mission: Walk with individuals interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, providing opportunities for catechetical and spiritual formation to those who are already Catholic or interested in becoming Catholic. "To Be Catholic" also provides a path of sacramental preparation for those seeking initiation or full communion with the Catholic Church.

"To Be Catholic" includes weekly talks/discussion on the fundamentals of the faith, two days of reflection, and a retreat entering into Holy Week. Each experience is designed to help form both the hearts and minds of attendees, focusing on both knowledge and lived experience of the faith.

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Ushers

Mission: Personally welcome parishioners and guests to the liturgy.

Provide seating assistance at all weekend and Holy Day Masses, collect contributions during the offertory, and coordinate the reception of Holy Communion.

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With a Mother's Love

Mission: With a Mother's Love seeks to provide support to local organizations that serve the needs of all people.

This ministry is made up of liaisons between the parish and local organizations. The goal of the ministry is to partner with organizations that assist in meeting the practical needs of struggling individuals within our community.

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Women's Book Club

Mission: Share God's love in prayer and community while promoting an environment of support and personal growth in faith.

Women's Book Club gets together regularly to share a meal and discuss various books, topics, and issues related to the Catholic faith. The group also shares and prays for special intentions.

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Young Adult Community

Mission: Provide young adults, ages 19-39, with an environment in which they are welcomed and encouraged to grow in knowledge, love, and service of God, and offer spiritual, personal, and practical support as they seek to do so.

The Young Adult Community offers regular opportunities for fellowship, service, and faith formation as a group, as well as chances to engage in the life of the parish across demographics.

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