Mission and Discipleship Ministry Fair
Saturday, August 18 - Sunday August 19
After all Masses, Commons
Enjoy some coﬀee and donuts after Mass as you learn how to become more involved, about our faith, and how to serve others by making Jesus Christ known and loved through our Mission and Discipleship ministries. Plan now to visit the booths and talk with representatives from various ministries about becoming Team Catechists and Discipleship Group leaders for Faith Formation, RCIA, Encounter, Conﬁrmation and Life Nights; becoming a Peer Minister or Marriage Mentor couple; as well as joining a Stewardship subcommittee!
Responding as Disciples in Gratitude
The Sacrament of Baptism calls Catholics to a lifelong vocation of discipleship - to imitate the love of Jesus and share that love with others. By opening our hearts to receive God’s gift of love, we begin to love in a way that transcends our human nature. This conversion call to love is not just a feeling of love but a decision to love, to receive God’s love and return love to Him and His Church.
Our Lady of Grace is blessed to have many dedicated and faithful men, women and children who generously share the gifts entrusted to them by the Holy Spirit to serve the people of God. When people with particular qualities and gifts are matched in ministry roles that call for those gifts, they grow in holiness, give new life to the Church and help build the Kingdom of God.
This weekend we’re featuring opportunities to serve from our Mission and Discipleship Ministries. As a disciple, how are you being called to steward your gifts and make Jesus Christ known and loved and, in the process, bring others into discipleship?
Q & A
FAITH FORMATION MINISTRY
Q: What is Faith Formation? When does it meet?
Faith Formation is sharing Catholic Teaching in a small-group format. Each small-group is led by a team of catechists and comprised of children who are a similar age or skill level. Faith Formation meets during the school year on Sundays during 9:30 AM Mass for children ages 3 - Kindergarten and Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:15 PM for children in Grades 1-5.
Q: Who is a catechist?
A catechist is anyone who seeks to answer the call of his or her Baptism by using the catechism to teach others how to live our Catholic faith more fully.
Q: What is the Catechism?
It is the organized presentation of the essential teachings of the Catholic Church regarding both faith and morals.
Q: What does participating as a catechist at Our Lady of Grace look like?
Training to learn how use our pre-selected and scripted curriculum, which is faithful to the Catechism of the Catholic Church; being willing to grow in your own personal relationship with Jesus and his Church; committing to teach 20-24 sessions.
Q: How can I become a catechist?
Contact Stephanie Lloyd at email@example.com or in the Parish Oﬃce (x9038)
Discipleship Group Leaders
Q & A
MIDDLE SCHOOL AND
Q: Who is a Discipleship Group Leader?
A Discipleship Group Leader is a parent, young adult, college or high school student who guides a small group in discussions, family sharing, fun events, retreats, and more, to help our youth discover the wonderful fruits of living a life founded on Christ. Materials and training provided.
Q: What is Encounter?
Encounter is designed to bring middle schoolers into a closer relationship with Jesus, the one who can ﬁll their hearts with joy, hope and love. Using Discipleship Group Leaders and small groups, our goal is to help participants engage in their faith and build the foundation for a strong Christian life. Each year our youth share and learn about diﬀerent topics that will become important tools for growing in their faith. Prayer, the Sacraments, Theology of the Body and other topics will all be important parts in this process. During 8th Grade our youth will receive the Sacrament of Conﬁrmation.
Q: When is Encounter?
Wednesdays during the school year from 6:00 - 7:15 PM
Q: When are Discipleship Group sessions for Our Lady of Grace School 8th Grade students?
Wednesday during the school year after the 9:00 AM Mass
Q: What is LifeNight?
LifeNights are a mixture of faith and fun for high schoolers - an incredible opportunity to connect with friends and God in the midst of their busy lives. Teens talk about a variety of issues and experiences with friends and a young adult Discipleship Group Leader so that together they grow in faith and discover how a relationship with God will help them have the best life possible. Each LifeNight has a fun game, a testimony or teaching about a diﬀerent topic of our faith, discussion and closing prayer.
Q: When are LifeNights?
Wednesdays during the school year from 7:30 - 8:30 PM
Q: How can I become a Discipleship Group Leader or learn more about these programs?
Encounter: Contact the Sisters of Pro Ecclesia Sancta at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the Parish Oﬃce (x9049)
LifeNight: Contact Veronica Whelan at email@example.com or in the Parish Oﬃce (x9050)
Our Lady of Grace
Our Lady of Grace Catholic School is an OLG ministry to families with children in Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Our shared Catholic faith is integrated throughout the school day and each time we gather. The faith lives of our students and their families are supported through:
Faith Formation and Sacraments
including daily religion class, weekly celebration of the Eucharist, First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Conﬁrmation.
when learning the communal prayers of our faith, praying for each other and sharing with ‘prayer buddies’.
during monthly service projects, all school family service events, Middle School Service club, altar serving, Peer Ministry, Sharing and Caring Hands and multitude of parent volunteer roles in the classroom and beyond.
Virtues and the Saints
when we practice living and learning a speciﬁc virtue each year.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS
RCIA is the process by which people become Catholic. Our RCIA process is a great blend of fellowship, formation, prayer and laughter. We have a dedicated team who loves walking with others on their journey with Jesus and his Church.
Clear expectations and training provided for:
Wednesday Night Team
Meets 2-3 times per month during the school year
Meet one-on-one 3-4 times during the calendar year
Parish Oﬃce (x9042)
Stewardship Committee Assistance
Stewardship committees help build a culture of lived discipleship through prayer, hospitality, service and formation.
Renewal Weekends and Prayer Fair Helpers
Help restock and organize prayer cards and pencils in the pews after each Mass. Time commitment: 20 minutes after Mass. Occurs on 3 consecutive weekends in September and one weekend in March.
Help oversee and serve donuts and coﬀee after Mass on pre-selected weekends and/or during Prayer Fair Weekend and Ministry Fair Weekends.
Prayer Fair Workshop Leader
Lead a 20-minute workshop after Mass on a prayer-related topic of your choice. Prayer Fair usually occurs on the second weekend of Lent (March 16-17, 2019).
Help welcome new parishioners through participation in our registration weekends and phone call outreach.
NEW! Welcome Dinner Team – we are looking for individuals interested in starting and managing a bi-annual Welcome Dinner with our priests.
A/V Production and Editing
We are in need of individuals who have an audio/visual production and editing background and are willing to give their time and expertise in creating and producing a New Parishioner Welcome Video.
Contact for more information:
Parish Oﬃce (x9006)
Wedding Ministry Team
Our Lady of Grace has been blessed to provide support to couples on their wedding day for more than 20 years through the Wedding Ministry Team. Members of the Wedding Ministry Team assist the lead coordinator at rehearsal, help prepare the Church, coordinate the procession and communicate with ﬂorists, musicians, guest celebrants, photographers, videographers and outside wedding planners on the day of the wedding.
Time commitment: Approximately three hours on a Friday or Saturday, once every four or ﬁve weeks.
Marriage Mentor Couples
On behalf of the Pastor, Mentor Couples help prepare engaged couples for a long and fruitful marriage. OLG’s highly developed Prepare Ministry plays a crucial role in helping couples have successful and happy marriages.
Time commitment: Seven hours of expert training upfront. Meet with two or three couples each year for a total of 18-27 hours annually. Occasional meetings with Prepare Ministry Leadership.
Parish Oﬃce (x9032)
Celebrate Marriage Dinner
An evening dedicated to spending a celebratory and enriching time with your spouse. Planning needs include catering and dessert coordination, decoration planning, program development, budget management and day-of setup/cleanup.