The Ministry Directory is made up of three areas of focus, based on our parish vision – Prayer, Faith Formation, and Service. Click on the links below to learn more about the ministry listed. If you prefer, you can download the complete directory here.
Youth Education/Faith Formation Commission
Liturgy Commission Altar Servers Girls and Boys from the fourth grade through high school interested in being an altar server are invited to join this special ministry. Altar Server’s Garb Caretaking Following each weekend, the garbs are rearranged by size so servers can easily find their proper size. Garb is also laundered if necessary. This ministry is a hidden and humble work, but is very essential. Altar Linens On a weekly basis, altar linens are laundered and ironed. Eucharistic Ministry Contact: Tom Eichten , 451-6499 , Email Eucharistic Ministers are commissioned to feed the community of the faithful with the Body and Blood of Christ. This ministry is open to confirmed Catholics who are members of Sacred Heart and who have a deep love of and respect for the Eucharist. Eucharistic Ministry to the Homebound This ministry involves a commitment of time by a Eucharistic Minister following 7:30 AM and 9:00 AM Masses on Sunday. Ministers share a schedule with other ministers on a rotating basis one or two Sundays per month. Visits are made to homebound members of our parish as well as to all Catholics in assisted living facilities. The time can vary from 1 1/2 to 2 hours. This ministry is very rewarding and very much appreciated by the homebound. Eucharistic Ministry to the Nursing Homes This ministry involves a commitment of time by a Eucharistic Minister on weeks when there is no weekday Mass at the nursing homes. Lay ministers conduct a communion and rosary service, and make room visits to those unable to attend the service. We are also looking for Eucharistic Ministers to take communion to the Owatonna Hospital. Contact the parish office if you are interested. Mass is offered on the 3rd Friday of the month at both Cedar View and Commons. Assisted Care Facilities are also visited. Lectors/Readers Readers proclaim the Word of God through the liturgical readings designated for specific Sundays and Holy Days. At each Mass, they also welcome the assembly, introduce the theme of the Mass, announce the songs, lead the prayer petitions, and at the end of the Mass, make any announcements. A training session is provided for all new readers. Liturgical Arts & Environment Committee This group of individuals and families carries out the decorating for liturgical seasons, assists in planning for improvements and cares for some of the items used by liturgical ministries. Members of the group help manage and maintain plants and flowers within the church and narthex. Liturgical Music Musicians interested in providing wedding music are part of a list who may be contacted by wedding couples. Please let the office staff know if you would like to be included on this list. Mass Greeters Greeters welcome the people to our weekend assembly for worship, greeting both in the Narthex and at the Cedar Avenue entrance. Greeters needed for all masses. Sacristans Sacristans are volunteers who are responsible for the preparation of the items necessary for Sunday Mass. They arrive before mass to insure that there are adequate supplies available and ready for use by the priest, altar servers and readers. Sacristans needed for all masses. Ushers Ushers attend to the needs of the assembly at Weekend, Holy Day and Special Liturgies. They gather the regular and special collections, respond to special worship needs of parishioners, and work to assure a comfortable, pleasant worship setting. They are also responsible for picking up items left in pews after Mass and placing worship aids in racks provided. Both men and women are invited in this ministry. Videotaping One of the weekend Masses is taped each week and is shown on cable TV, channel 8 on Mondays @ 11:30 AM, Wednesdays @ 8:00 PM and Thursdays @ 2:00 PM. Requests for the original tape or copies should be made with John Haas or the parish office Arrangements for the videotaping of a wedding must be made three months in advance of the wedding date. The fee for the taping of a wedding is $125 (1 VHS tape, 2 DVD’s). Prayer Goups Commission Eucharistic AdorationEvery Thursday, Sacred Heart has Eucharistic Adoration in the Church from 8:00 am—Midnight. At least two people are signed up as Eucharistic Guardians for every hour. More people are needed to fill in hours. Drop-ins are always welcome. Gospa Prayer The word “Gospa” is the Croatian word for “Our Lady”. This group meets the second and fourth Mondays of the month in Church at 7:00 PM. Come and pray with us. Prayer Network Anyone with a prayer request can call one of the people listed above. The network calls volunteers on a list and as the requests spread among the entire network, the prayers are being said for that specific request. If you have a request or would like to become a part of the ministry, please call. Queen of Peace Prayer Group This group gathers at 7:30 AM on Saturdays at St. Joseph’s Church for Rosary followed by Mass at 8:00 AM. After Mass, prayer continues with the Litany, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, other prayers, and ends in song. Come and join us any Saturday. Rosary Leaders Twenty-five minutes before every scheduled Mass, the rosary is recited. It is led by volunteers and prayed by parishioners. We welcome rosary leaders. You can choose which Mass time works best for you. Funeral Rosary Leaders When a request is made by the family, one or two members of our parish will be present to lead a rosary for a parishioner at their wake in the funeral home the day prior to their funeral liturgy. This is a parish rosary so all are welcome to be present. We also welcome additional rosary leaders to this ministry. Adult Faith Formation Commission Men’s Bible Study/Faith Sharing Men need to support each other, as they strive to be images of God the Father to their spouses, children, and others. The group reviews the upcoming Sunday’s Scripture readings; studies a short commentary on these passages; discusses the meaning for their lives as fathers, husbands, brothers, uncles, grandfathers, etc.; and prays for attendees’ needs. Coffee and donuts served! Wednesdays from 6 to 7 AM. Wednesday Morning Bible Study We read, discuss and reflect on the upcoming Sunday’s Scripture Readings. This group is open to anyone and meets Wednesday mornings 9:00 to 10:30 AM. Bible Timeline Studies Join us as we work through the Jeff Cavins’ Series on the bible. We have multiple sessions including: The Bible Timeline, the Study of James, the Gospel of Matthew, Acts of the Apostles and Revelation. Future sessions are being planned. Studies are offered at different times throughout the year. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) RCIA, the process used to prepare and welcome new members into the Catholic Church, provides an opportunity for faith-filled people to enter into a deeper relationship with God. As an active, alive Catholic community, we welcome inquiries into our faith. RCIA is also for baptized Catholics who are inactive in their faith and would like to return, as well as for active Catholics interested in pursuing more information about the Church today. We seek parishioners who would like to be sponsors, share in bible study and offer hospitality. TheCall to be Catholic Speakers Program Five Owatonna-area Catholic parishes, along with the Gainey Center and the Winona Diocese, have combined their resources to sponsor knowledgeable speakers to address topics of interest to adult Catholics. Programs generally are held five times per year (Oct., Nov., Jan., Feb., Mar.), alternating between our parish and St. Joseph’s. Past topics have included: Scripture, Voting Your Catholic Conscience, Christology, the Eucharist, Marriage, John Paul II, the Role of the Laity, Young & Catholic, and the Challenge of Islam. Once a year, a speaker of national prominence is featured. No charge to attend, but a free will offering is suggested. Committee members select the topics, invite the speakers, develop promotional materials, find volunteers to bring refreshments, and assist with hosting the events. Suggestions for topics are always appreciated. Youth Education / Faith Formation Commission Preschool/Kindergarten Sunday School Sacred Heart’s Sunday School is open to all children of the parish ages 4 through Kindergarten. They must be 4 years of age by September of the current school year. There are 3 classes with a limit of 10 children per class. The children participate in song, prayer, and Bible stories. The school is held during the 9:00 AM Mass on most Sundays of the school year. Volunteers are always welcome, especially those having a musical talent. Religious Education Program (REP) & Catholic Youth of Owatonna (CYO) REP This is a program of faith formation for our children who attend public schools. Classes for students in grades 1-6 and 9-10 are held after school and in the evening on Wednesdays. 7th and 8th graders meet Tuesday mornings during a release time program. CYO All Catholic youth in grades 6-12 are members of CYO. This ministry encourages and offers opportunities for building community, appreciation of Scripture and prayer, participation in liturgy and service, with a goal of developing a Christian way of living. Information on events are published through the CYO Newsletter, calendar and through parish bulletins. REP/CYO Board The REP/CYO Board consults with the pastors of both parishes and the director to give guidance in the youth ministry/faith formation of both parishes. There are four members from each of the parishes along with the two pastors and the REP/CYO director. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month. Religious Education For Those With Special Needs Contact: Eunice Meixner , 451-5172 This service provides religious education to those with special education needs. The class meets once a month, usually on the fourth Monday, except Thanksgiving and Christmas week, from 3:45 to 4:45 PM at the Sacred Heart Parish Center and/or the Church. The classes rely on volunteer help. Volunteers are always needed. St. Mary’s School Website: www.stmarys-owatonna.org St. Mary’s School has been a part of the Owatonna Catholic community since 1877. The school has strived to provide an excellent Catholic education in a Christian atmosphere. Our school and dedicated staff have the highest expectations for students in both behavior and academic achievement. St. Mary’s School consists of licensed and professional teachers and support staff. Our teachers attend conferences and workshops to improve teaching methods and continue their education to best serve our students. The school has many opportunities for parishioners of Sacred Heart to help the students and school. Contact Connie for more information. Human Concerns / Outreach Commission Birthright of Owatonna Birthright is an emergency pregnancy service helping women and teens in troubled pregnancies as well as women who are concerned about the possibility of pregnancy. We provide friendship, support, guidance and educational materials for clients. We make referrals to appropriate resources and provide free pregnancy tests. Maternity clothes and baby clothes are provided free of charge, as needed. Birthright hours are: Tues., Wed., & Thurs from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and Sat., 10:00 AM to noon. We are located at 140 1/2 E. Rose Street. Volunteers are needed. Elizabeth Ministry Elizabeth Ministry celebrates the gift of life through baptismal gifts and cards. Elizabeth Ministry also offers support and comfort to women and their families before, during and after childbirth. A group of volunteers is available to offer support during situations like, but not limited to, Infertility, Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Adoption, Multiple Birth, Bed Rest, and other similar life experiences. Funeral Lunch Committee This ministry helps organize and serve lunches for funerals. Volunteers are always needed. Grief Ministry This ministry offers grief support and comfort to family members who have lost a loved one. Hispanic Ministry This ministry is one of welcome and hospitality. Its purpose is to be a support to all of our Hispanic brothers and sisters and their families who live either temporarily or permanently in the Owatonna area. This ministry plans Sunday liturgies, special Feast Days & Baptismal preparations. Meals on Wheels Meals on Wheels is a world-wide concept providing nutritious meals to people who are homebound and/or disabled, or would otherwise be unable to maintain their dietary needs. The Owatonna Meals on Wheels seeks support from a network of groups throughout the area to find volunteer drivers. The Sacred Heart CCW finds drivers for one day a week, four months a year. We always look for new volunteer drivers (male or female)—and appreciate our regular drivers. The program operates out of Senior Place. Parish Nurse/Caring Ministry This ministry is the health, wellness and holistic approach to life from conception to natural death. The mission of Parish Nursing is the intentional integration of practice of faith with the practice of nursing so that people can achieve wholeness with and through the community of faith in which the parish nurse serves. Some of the opportunities for both professional and lay volunteers to serve are: blood pressure monitoring, educational sessions, networking, friendly visiting, care visits, “meal runs”, grief support, transportation, “Heart Warmers” articles, and special Masses and liturgies. Its purpose is to create a “Catholic Christian Community of Service” at Sacred Heart with volunteer parishioners meeting individual needs. If you feel the need to serve or to be served, please contact us. Respect Life Team The Respect Life Team welcomes all members of Sacred Heart to be part of its mission to share the beautiful Catholic teaching on Life. The Team seeks to help protect human life from the womb to natural death, through prayer, adoration, education, evangelization, and activities and events. We humbly request that all parishioners pray for the preservation of life, and we invite anyone interested in further participation to attend a Respect Life Team meeting, held the first Tuesday of the month in the Parish Center from 12:00 to 12:50 pm. New members welcome and needed. Rides to Mass A weekly shuttle bus sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and Sacred Heart’s and St. Joseph’s Women’s Councils is available for those who need a ride to Mass. The shuttle will pick you up at your home and bring you to the 9:00 AM Mass at Sacred Heart or to the 9:30 AM Mass at St. Joseph’s. Contact the Owatonna Bus Company for this service. Social Justice Committee This committee is a group who meet monthly to address social justice within our parish, community and world. It plans events and activities to promote life, dignity and the rights of all. A few of the many activities include Steele County Food Shelf collections, Steele County Clothesline Coat Drive, CROP Walk, Good Samaritan Fund, Caring Hands for Tanzania, Operation Minnesota Nice, Christmas Giving Tree, Heading Home Steele County and Thanksgiving Food Baskets. Your involvement is welcomed, needed and will make a difference. Parish Life Commission Baptismal Garment Sewing Those talented in sewing can help with the preparation of baptismal garments and other sewing needs of the parish. More members are needed and welcome. Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) Court Owatonna #1180 is part of the largest organization of Catholic women in America. The purpose of this group is to participate in the religious, charitable, and educational work of the Church. CDA meets once a month September through June. Fundraisers include a Spring Salad Lunch and a Fall Bazaar. Church Dusters This ministry of dusting the worship space and Narthex needs volunteers who have an eye for dust and will enjoy keeping God’s house dust-free. No vacuuming is involved. Training is provided. Fellowship This ministry encourages an atmosphere of “family” among our parishioners and extends the spiritual nourishment to the physical nourishment. It involves serving coffee, juice and rolls on various Sunday mornings after all the Masses, September through May. This ministry is open to everyone. Flower Planting This ministry takes care of planting, watering and caring for flowers that are in containers on the south side of the church, by the Shrine of Our Lady of Beauraing, around the Oak Avenue sign and in front of the church. If you have a green thumb, we can use your help. Guild of St. Blanche This group of Catholic women gather the first Thursday of each month to pray, play cards and enjoy treats. Guild of St. Therese The guild’s primary function is sewing for the missions. Quilts and other items are made. The items sewn are donated to the Salvatorian Missions in New Holstein, WI, to the needy in Guatemala and Haiti and some are given to local needs. The project operates under the International Concerns Commission of the Winona Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. It is supported through the Sacred Heart Council of Catholic Women. Knowing how to sew is not a requirement, but women who would be willing to sew at home would be most welcome. Knights of Columbus Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal organization that engages in serving God, church and community. If offers special service to the Pope, bishops, local parishes and projects within the Owatonna community. Legion of Mary The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members, developed by prayer and active cooperation in Mary’s and the Church’s work. The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a praesidium, which holds weekly meetings to pray and offer discussions and reports. There are 6 million active Legionaries throughout the world. Nursery The nursery is available every Sunday, September through May, during the 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM Masses. Parents with newborns to age six can take advantage of the nursery while attending Mass. It is staffed with two adults or one adult and one teen, your children are assured of quality care. Adults and teens with love of children are welcome to join our volunteers. Owatonna Area Serra Club The Owatonna Serra Club is comprised of lay men and women from several Catholic churches in the area. The objectives of Serra are: To foster and promote vocations to the ministerial priesthood and religious life, while supporting those who already have dedicated themselves to this ministry; and to further Catholicism by encouraging its members to fulfill their Christian vocation to service. New members are welcome and needed. Sacred Heart Women’s Council This organization acts to support, empower and educate all Catholic Women through spirituality, leadership and service. The Council’s programs respond to the Gospel values and to the needs of the Church and society in our modern world. The officers and commission chair-people meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM in the nursery, September through June. Any interested women of the parish are welcome to attend. Some of the projects the local Council is responsible for are: Women’s Spring Banquet, Meals on Wheels, Quilt Collection for Brother Regis and other needs. Bake Sales provide donations to charity. Welcome Ministry This ministry helps to make new members in the parish feel welcome. Contact is made by phone, followed by a visit with a parish information packet. The goal is to help connect newcomers to ministries and people within the parish. The time commitment is only two or three times a year. This can be a veryrewarding ministry. Young Adult Group We are 20- 40 years old, married and single, from Sacred Heart and St Joseph. Rooted in faith we invite you to join us for prayer, discussion, and fellowship. We are not a club and invite you to drop in any time. We meet at 7:00pm on the 3rd Monday of the month. We also do one social or service activity per month. Administration Commission Archives This is an outgrowth of the work done in 1996 by the Archives Committee in connection with the writing of the new Parish History Book. Historical items already collected plus more to be collected need to be properly preserved and stored. Building & Grounds This ministry supports the physical needs of the parish. We invite people with a talent for carpentry and a willingness to tackle “fixer up” projects. Finance Council A group of selected adult parishioners give their time to help the pastor in the development and management of parish resources and financial obligations at Sacred Heart. The Finance Council works with the pastor to develop an annual budget, select and promote fundraising activities within the parish and review parish expenditures to ensure appropriate stewardship and to meet the fiscal needs of Sacred Heart. Money Counters A small group gathers to assist the office in processing the church sacrificial giving envelopes and special collections Pastoral Council This council is made up of thirteen members, ten of whom are elected. Elections are held each May. The council’s role is to coordinate and unify our parish community. Its mission is to achieve full participation of the whole parish. The council helps determine the direction the parish should take. Everyone is invited to attend the monthly meetings, which are held the third Tuesday of each month, September through June, usually at 7:00 PM. Personnel Advisory Committee PPAC advises the pastor and administrator on parish staff additions/changes, develops necessary Human Resource policies and job descriptions for parish employees, and monitors that annual job evaluations are being completed by Pastor and/or Administrator. The committee meets once per quarter. Stewardship Committee This group works in conjunction with the Parish Council to assess the needs of the parish; advertises the various parish ministries to parishioners; updates the Ministry Directory; coordinates the annual sign-up of parishioners who pledge their time, talent, and treasure; makes recommendations for allocation of parish resources and committee structures; and assists the pastor in educating parishioners on the principles of stewardship. Meets about once per month. We are always looking for additional members who embrace and are willing to share in the commitment to grow the “Stewardship as a Way of Life” at Sacred Heart Parish.