Ministries

Liturgical Ministries

Liturgical Ministry

Liturgical ministry is an excellent opportunity to fulfill your baptismal call of service to others. Our liturgies should utilize the talents and gifts that God has given this community to the fullest extent. Whether participation is through “behind the scenes” preparation and planning or through a public role of service within the Mass, parishioner contributions help our liturgies to be truly life-giving celebrations!

Altar Servers

Altar Servers assist the priest during the liturgies. Their roles include carrying the processional cross and sometimes incense and candles. They hold the proper liturgical book for the presider and perform other functions that enable the celebration to flow in a reverent manner. This ministry is open to all youth and adults, 5th grade or older. Training is required and provided. If you are interested please contact Skip Ekhart.

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers distribute the Body and Blood of Christ to fellow Catholics at Mass.  They assist with set up of Communion vessels prior to Mass, assist the celebrant with the distribution of Holy Communion, and properly clean and store the vessels after Mass. This ministry is open to those who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Training will be provided. If you are interested please contact Sr. Pat Dieringer.

Lectors

Lectors proclaim the scripture at all Masses, Sundays and weekdays, and special liturgies, such as Vespers. The ministry of the lector is of utmost importance to the life of the Church, for the lector proclaims God’s living word. If you are interested please contact Chris McGuinness.

Ministers of Hospitality

The Ministers of Hospitality Ushers and Greeters are there to greet current members and to assist/direct visitors. They are also there to help with members of the congregation who require special assistance.  At the end of Sunday Mass they distribute bulletins. If you are interested please contact Fred Schoenhofer.

Music Ministry

Music Ministry There are many ways parishioners of all ages can become involved in music ministry, primarily through the singing assembly. Below is a description of how one can participate. If interested in any one of them please contact Bonnie Ekhart.

  • ADULT CHOIR: This choir leads the sung prayer of the community regularly for Sunday and major holydays throughout the year.
  • INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC MINISTRY: Parishioners who play musical instruments are invited to consider sharing their talent with the community. Instrumentalists are always welcome, especially during the Christmas and Easter seasons.
  • HANDBELL MINISTRY: Hand bell ringers contribute to our worship by periodically playing during Mass.
  • CANTORING: The role of the cantor is to support and lead the singing assembly and to proclaim psalms. To this end cantors must be competent not only as singers but as leaders of prayer. Persons interested in becoming a parish cantor need not be members of any choir. Cantors provide leadership in singing Sunday and Holy Day Masses as well as parish celebrations of the Liturgy of the Hours.
  • PARISH COMMUNITY

Parish Ministries

Bereavement

Bereavement ministers meet with family members to plan funeral details. Luncheons after a funeral are available upon the request of the family. Parish members will contribute covered dishes, help serve the meal, and clean up afterwards. If you are interested in helping, please contact Eleanor Blasko at 898-1353.

Home Visitors

Volunteers bring Holy Communion to homebound parishioners and also to area nursing home patients on a weekly basis and on a schedule which is mutually advantageous to all. Service to the homebound at their residence is usually because of chronic medical or other circumstances that keep them from coming to church.

Parish Pastoral Council

The overall goals of Precious Blood Parish Pastoral Council

  • To serve as a vehicle of dialogue and communication among members of the Precious Blood Family.
  • Encourage communication among all members of the parish and will resolve conflicts in the practical working out of programs of various committees, associations, and commissions.
  • To provide advice and counsel to the Pastor.

Current members are Barb Maloney, Becky Chestnut, Bryan Mize, Chris McGuinness, Cory Kutter, Joan Gagan, Julie Vestal, Mark VanLuvender, Pam Glover

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in our parishes. Stephen Ministry lay caregivers are non-professional parishioners who are equipped to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. Stephen Leaders match up those hurting parishioners with a care giver who can best serve their needs. If you are interested please contact Mark Moorman.

Community Outreach Ministries

Brunner Literacy Center

This is a shared ministry with the Sisters of the Precious Blood.  The ministry was established in order to increase literacy in the surrounding area. Literacy is critical for individuals wanting to improve their lives. The Center offers free, one-on-one tutoring to adults who desire to earn a GED, improve basic reading and/or math skills, or learn basic computer skills. If you are interested please contact Barb Maloney.

Dorothy Day Dinners

In honor of the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, Precious Blood Catholic Church sponsors a monthly Dorothy Day Fellowship Dinner for all those in the area looking for good food and good fellowship. The dinners are usually held the last Sunday of the month from 1:00pm until 2:30pm in the school cafeteria. There is no cost. For more information contact Mark Moorman 276-5954.

God's Garden

God’s Garden is a volunteer-run garden that provides needy families with fresh locally-grown produce that they otherwise may not be able to obtain. The garden is a product of the efforts of parishioners from of all three parishes and is located on the St. Paul Parish grounds. If you are interested please contact Valerie Hagemeyer.

Health Ministry

This ministry offers blood pressure screenings and information on blood pressure control from qualified RNs with many years of experience. If you are interested please contact Mark Moorman.

St. Bonaventure Indian Mission & School

Precious Blood Parish sends clothes, shoes, coats, household items, blankets, toys, and children’s books to St. Bonaventure Indian Mission in New Mexico several times throughout the year.  The tribe lives in one of the poorest counties in the country and they are most appreciative of our efforts. Donations can be left in the usher’s room throughout the year.    If interested in helping with this ministry please contact Ruth and Don Simon at 937-770-1395.

St. Vincent DePaul

The Precious Blood conference , in  collaboration with the other parishes, manages and runs a food pantry, arranges volunteers to provide meals to a  homeless shelter, organizes  and delivers food and Christmas gift baskets,  and offers financial assistance to those desperately needing help with home or utility expenses. This assistance is provided with the established parish boundaries. If you are interested please contact Guy Fritchman.