Adult Bible Studies

Adult Faith Formation and Women of Grace:

  • Purpose: Offer a selected course of Bible study that gives an in-depth look at a particular aspect of our faith from a scriptural basis.
  • Responsibilities: Provide instruction as outlined in the course study, with additional materials as appropriate. Facilitate group discussions of study topics.
  • Member Attributes: Leaders should be practicing Catholics in good standing with the Church and possess a sound knowledge of the Bible. Good communication skills in presenting lecture materials and facilitating discussions. Enthusiasm in helping others understand and appreciate the Word.
  • Meetings and Time Commitment: Preparation for classes will vary with topic and familiarity with the study materials. See weekly bulletin for meeting times and room.

Bob Gray, 828-693-5925, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sandy Donecho, 828-243-2020, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Women’s Bible Study:

  • Purpose: To learn the truth about God, ourselves, and our world. The truth of God’s Word gives us revelation about His relationship with us and draws us closer to Him. By sharing this journey with other women, we also learn through each other’s experiences how to fulfill God’s purpose for us. Depending on the focus of study, we use different workbooks to answer questions about the actual content of the Bible and its practical application to our lives.
  • Responsibilities: Read and answer workbook questions each week – although class members are encouraged to attend even if the assignments are not completed.
  • Time commitment: Meets on Wednesday mornings from 9:15 to 11am during the months of October to May, plus preparation time.

Sharon Asbury, 828-697-6188, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Altar Servers

  • Purpose: Assist the priest at Mass and other liturgical celebrations.
  • Responsibilities: Serve the priest at Mass and other liturgical occasions, respond to the prayers and dialogues of the priest along with the congregation and also join in singing the hymns and other chants of the liturgy.
  • Member Attributes: Must be registered members of the parish and have received their first Communion. Servers should be  mature enough to understand their responsibilities and to carry them out well and with  appropriate reverence. 
  • Time & Training Requirements: Training scheduled as needed.
  • Youth Servers: Must be at least in 3rd grade, have made their First Communion, and have a respect for the Mass. In addition, the child and their parents must be committed to a training and service schedule.
  • Adult Servers: Serve at Mass and other liturgies in the absence of youth servers. They will often serve at the 5 pm Vigil Mass and other times that youth servers are not able to attend.

Claudia Yepez, 828-595-3382, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Art and Environment

  • Purpose: To ensure that the church is suitable for sacred celebrations, dignified and beautiful, and that the religious artwork and decoration both inspire and reflect the prayer of the community.
  • Responsibilities: Change altar and décor in keeping with the liturgical calendar; fit and hem new altar cloths and banners; keep altar linens clean and fresh; arrange and maintain altar flowers and live plants.
  • Time Commitment: Banners, altar and other décor are changed seasonally and for special celebrations. Flowers are attended to weekly. Decorating for Christmas and Easter will typically take half to a full day. Special projects are on an as required basis.

Altar/Décor/Flowers- Terry Sardinia, 828-693-7691, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Barbara Wilde, 828-697-9058, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Linen’s - Agnes Schaeffer, 828-209-8467, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Audio/Visual Ministry

  • Ministry description: This ministry is responsible for the Audio and Visual Liturgical presentations during Mass. 
  • Purpose: The purpose of the Audio/Visual Ministry is to utilize the technical presentation equipment as a tool to draw our parishioners into a deeper and more meaningful relationship with our Lord during the celebration of Mass and other gatherings of our parishioners.
  • Responsibilities: This ministry has three major areas of responsibilities. These responsibilities are broadly defined and will require different skills from different people, however it is not expected that a single person possess all skills.
  1. Technical Proficiency
  • Presentation Software – Acquire the technical knowledge to understand and utilize the chosen presentation software.
  • Computer Skills – Possess a knowledge of computers.
  1. Weekly File Preparation
  • Graphic Presentation Skills – Have creative talent to graphically prepare compelling presentations.
  • Liturgical Appreciation – Have an understanding and respect of the Liturgical requirements and sensitivities for the Catholic Mass.
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  • Volunteers for Mass – This is especially important to ensure that we have scheduled and reliable volunteers to present the prepared files during assigned Masses.
  • Coordination Schedule – All volunteers will follow a published schedule.
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  • Time Commitment: Mass Volunteers should be present at approximately two Masses per month.  Naturally this will fluctuate depending upon the number of volunteers.
  • Training: Mass volunteers will need approximately 2 hours of training on how to run the Mass presentations.  For those interested in the actual design of the presentations, training will be more extensive.

Bob Lange, 828-243-9527, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Terry Wenninger, 828-697-7420, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Base Communities

  • Purpose: A Base Community is a small group of Christians who meet together on a regular basis to pray, read the Bible, share fellowship and give and receive support in our Christian/Catholic walk. The Base Community, by supporting each other, develops a close relationship with each other, as did the early church.
  • Responsibilities: To share your experiences and to support other members in their everyday Christian walk and to invite                 others to join your Base Community, thereby evangelizing by word and lifestyle. Additionally, members utilize the gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit in the Base Community, within the parish and within our community.
  • Member Attributes: An open heart to hear Christ and to give and receive support of fellow Christians. 
  • Time Commitment: Two hours every two weeks.

Peter Greko, 954-682-7183, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bounty of Bethlehem

  • Purpose: For 35 years, Bounty of Bethlehem has provided a Christmas Day Community Dinner for anyone in the Hendersonville area so that no one is alone or hungry on Christmas. Bounty of Bethlehem serves over 2,500 meals and provides additional meals for Meals on Wheels and on duty EMS/Fire/Police.
  • Responsibilities: 12 team leaders will provide direction to the 400+ volunteers in areas such as food preparation, event setup and décor, dining room and kitchen management, fundraising and marketing.
  • Time Commitment: Volunteers work on fundraising in October; throughout December planning and preparing; and from 8 am to 5 pm Christmas week.
  • Training: No special training prerequisite. Our team leaders will provide direction and training on job responsibilities. If interested in a leadership position, please see the list of contact persons included in the back of this booklet.

Richard Knust, 407-970-8055
Annamarie Jakubielski, 828-699-6996
PO Box 883, Hendersonville, NC, 28793
Bounty Hotline (volunteer opportunities) 528-702-1567

Called and Gifted Ministry

  • Purpose: We have all been given gifts and charisms by the Holy Spirit and by knowing and understanding what they are, we are better able to make use of them in God’s service. The Called and Gifted Ministry makes a journey with you to determine what gifts and charisms you have been given by the Holy Spirit. The process utilizes the Catherine of Sienna Institute’s discernment process to help you discern the presence of charisms in your life. All results are confidential.

    Pete Greko, 954-682-7183, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Catholic Book Club

  • Purpose: To deepen our faith by reading good Catholic books and discussing them with other Catholics.
  • Responsibility of members:  Purchase the selected books and read them for discussion at the next month’s meeting.
  • Time commitment: We meet once a month, September through May.

Catholic - Lutheran Covenant

  • Purpose: To reestablish dialogue between our churches. Steering committee members from each church meet monthly to discuss and plan ways to improve dialogue between our churches to fulfill Jesus’ prayer “that they may be one, as you Father are in me, and I in you”.  John17:21.
  • Responsibilities: Attend meeting and special events; participate in discussions to educate ourselves and our churches about our brothers and sisters in Christ.
  • Time Commitment: 2 hours/month plus special events.

    Dr. Colin Thomas, 828-692-8291, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Centering Prayer

  • Purpose: To deepen personal prayer life and study Centering Prayer as taught by Contemplative Outreach.
  • Responsibilities:  Attend and participate in weekly meetings.
  • Member Attributes:  Have an openness to the Holy Spirit.
  • Time Commitment: 1 1/2 hour meeting per week, prayer time at home.

    Mary Ruth Smith, 828-692-9547, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Children’s Faith Formation

  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based approach to faith formation for children ages 3 to 12. It is theologically sound, systematic, and rich in Scripture, liturgy, and sacred history. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd takes place in an atrium, a sacred, hands - on space in which both children and catechists can hear, ponder, and celebrate the essential mysteries of the Catholic faith as revealed in scripture and the liturgy. The catechesis was developed in Rome over a fifty-year period by Dr. Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi and has spread throughout the world.        Sessions run weekly for 2 hours.  Level 1 is for children ages 3 to 6. Level 2 is for children ages 6-9 and level 3 is for those aged 9-12. Our goal is to be able to offer sessions during the week with three permanent spaces. Formation is provided in the summer and it is an experience that will change your life forever.
  • Children’s Church: This ministry makes Jesus’ words in the gospel accessible to young children during the Mass. By using songs, games and activities the children ponder more deeply the meaning of the weekly gospel. Children are dismissed for the readings and gather in the St. Francis Room.
  • Time Commitment: 30 min. once a month. We strive to get enough volunteers to have a rotation.
  • Children’s Faith Formation: Children’s faith formation is a life-long journey that seeks to help the child fall in love with Jesus by nurturing the inherent relationship that children have with God. This is done primarily through the Bible and the Liturgy using     developmentally appropriate material that invites reflection and contemplation. Our curriculum seeks to cover the essentials of the Catholic faith in an engaging manner by allowing the child time to respond to the message heard proclaimed. Faith Formation Sessions are on Sunday mornings from 10:15 to 11:15 am in English and from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm in Spanish.  Volunteers are always needed and appreciated. Training is provided and bi-weekly meetings are a must.
  • First Reconciliation and First Communion: Traditionally, the celebration of these two sacraments is in second grade. In the Sacrament of  Reconciliation God expresses his infinite tenderness towards the human creature. We have decided not to separate these two sacraments but rather to join them and see reconciliation as the beginning of the celebration, which will culminate in the Eucharistic Banquet. By not isolating each Sacrament we give the child more time to rest in God and allow them to see their shortcomings in right measure when compared to God’s extravagant love. First Reconciliation is celebrated during the First Communion Retreat or during Sundays of Faith Formation in March. First Communion is usually celebrated in May.
  • Time Commitment: two years of consecutive faith formation; for volunteers every Sunday for 1.50 hours.
  • Confirmation: The Sacrament of Confirmation requires three years of consecutive faith formation, the last of which is traditionally in the 8th grade. During the last year there is a more focused preparation comprised of 12 sessions of 2 hours each. These are run either once a week from January to May or twice a month from Sept. to April. 
  • Time Commitment: Every Wednesday from September to May from 6:30-8:30 pm or Saturday mornings from 9 to 11 am.

    Claudia Yepez, 828-595-3382, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cursillo Ministry

Cursillo (Cur see yo), is a movement of the Church, which by means of its own method, makes it possible for people to live what is fundamental for being Christian. If you are interested in joining a small group or just finding out more about the joy of living out your Christian life as part of a small group of Christian friends who meet weekly to share and deepen their faith, please contact us.
Men Cursillo - Dave Coe, 828-290-0351, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Women Cursillo - Jeri Schneider, 828-685-2994, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eucharistic Adoration

  • Purpose: Encourage all parishioners to participate in Eucharistic Adoration every Thursday, from 9am to 9 pm in the Chapel and on First Friday’s from 9:30 to 11:30 am in the main church, by visiting with our Lord as their schedule permits, even if it is for a few minutes.

    Contact church office, 828-693-6901, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

  • Purpose: Assist priest in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass.
  • Responsibilities: Distribute the Precious Body and the Precious Blood during the liturgy of the Eucharist; distribute Ashes after Mass on Ash Wednesday; and assist with the blessed candles after Mass on the Feast of St. Blaise.
  • Member Attributes: Must be a registered member of the parish, at least 18 years old and committed to serve. Should have a deep understanding and respect for the sacrament of the Eucharist.
  • Time Commitment: Ministers can expect to serve at least twice monthly at their normally scheduled Mass and should be willing to serve on Holy Days of Obligation and special Masses. Spend personal time in spiritual development and study available materials on the Liturgy of the Eucharist with special attention to reverence.
  • Training Requirement: All new candidates must attend a local parish 2 ½ hour training session before they can serve, and all current ministers must attend a refresher training at least once every 3 years in order to maintain their active status.
  • Training Schedule: EMHC Training sessions are held on Saturdays mornings and are held 3 to 4 times a year as announced in the Bulletin. Attendance at  the annual Liturgy Commission Retreat day (4 hours) usually held in October is highly recommended.

    Javier Diaz, 828-458-3734 - Parish EMHC Trainer

Facilities

  • Purpose: The purpose of the Facilities Committee is to provide advice and recommendations to the Pastor and Finance Council on matters concerning the Parish campus and equipment.  In addition, it provides support to our Facilities Manager related to maintenance, improvements, and expansion of the physical, mechanical and electrical components of the Immaculate Conception Campus.
  • Responsibilities: The Committee provides advice and technical support to the Pastor, Finance Council and the Facilities Manager.
  • Time Commitment: The Committee meets once per month on the morning of the second Thursday of the month. The Committee is on call for issues that require prompt attention. Email contact is normal. The physical presence of Committee members at the site may be required.
  • Training: Committee members are expected to have a sense of how things work, a sense of the economic trade-offs in making decisions, and the wisdom to contact experts when the need arises.

    Birch DeVault, 828-692-1806, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Feed the Kids Ministry

Good Samaritan Attic

  • Purpose: A cooperative Ministry of Grace Lutheran & Immaculate Conception Church to provide material assistance to those in need in Henderson County
  • Responsibilities: Drivers and driver’s helpers pick up furniture and household items in good condition and deliver to the attic. Coordinators take calls for donations and call drivers for pick up. Warehouse workers organize furniture and household items in attic and take care of customer’s needs.
  • Member Attributes: Organizational skills, people skills and muscles.
  • Time Commitment: 1 week per month for drivers and driver’s helpers, 1-2 hours per month for warehouse workers, 4 months per year for coordinators.
  • Training: A training manual is provided to familiarize volunteers with the policies and procedures of the different positions within the ministry.

    Margaret Cavagnaro, 828-280-1298, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Greet & Eat Ministries

  • Parish Dinner - Friends and families gather on Tuesday at 5:30pm to share a meal with others and socialize. Birthdays are celebrated once a month.      
  • Nationality Dinner (Pentecost) - 

    • Purpose: Manage the annual Pentecost Saturday Taste of Our Heritage Parish social event.
    • Responsibilities: Oversee the event and volunteers.
    • Time Commitment: Prep Time obtaining attendees signups before and after Mass, two weekends and making calls.
    • Prep Time shopping: Shopping for paper products, etc. - approximately 2 hours.
    • Day of the event: 
  1. setup: Morning - 1 1/2 hours. (Knights of Columbus
  2. - setup: AM - 1 1/2 hrs. (Knights of Columbus)
  3. - pre-event final setup 2 hrs.
  4. - event 2 1/2 hrs.
  5. - cleanup (Knights of Columbus)

    Contact church office, 828-693-6901, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Sunday Coffee Hour - Coffee & Donuts are provided after the 9am Mass by 5 rotating teams to bring parishioners and guests together for fellowship.
Betty & Tim Connolly, 828-685-2097, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 




Healing Prayer Ministry

  • Purpose: Praying with individuals for healing in body, mind, and spirit, bringing the love and healing presence of Our Divine Lord, Jesus Christ to those in need.
  • Time Commitment: Pray. Prayer Meetings. Be available to pray with others as part of a healing prayer team as needed. Continue the journey as a team through lectures, teachings, to grow as a ministry as God calls, and God wills. 
  • Training: Various types available. If you feel led or called to this ministry, please see the list of contact persons included in the back of this booklet.

    Sherry Glatzer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Henderson County Churches United Ministry

  • Purpose: This ministry is an ecumenical dialogue with other Christian churches in Henderson County. HCCU sponsors such events as the Thanksgiving Service, Christian Unity Service,   Easter Sunrise Service, Messiah Sing and Vacation Bible School (VBS). To learn about our fellow Christian denominations and work toward Christian unity.
  • Responsibilities: To assist in providing these services.
  • Time commitment: 5 one hour meetings a year.

    Dr. Colin Thomas, 828-692 8291, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



IAM Support/Liaison Ministry

IC Blessings + Bendiciones de IC – “E” Newsletter

  • Purpose: To provide parishioners with a monthly electronic newsletter in both English and Spanish. To increase participation in our parish community by increasing awareness of parish activities and opportunities, both spiritual and social.
  • Responsibilities: Attend meetings when pertinent to your voluntary commitment.
  • Member Attributes: English and Spanish speaking reporter/writers, photographers, editors, proofreaders, and translators.
  • Time Commitment: Self-determined.

    Margaret Cavagnaro, 828-280-1298,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ignatian Retreat Ministry

  • Come away with the Lord…. We offer, one, two and three day silent Ignatian Retreats for small groups. Each retreat includes praying with scripture, and journaling. The retreatants will either meet individually or in small groups to share their prayer experience, guided by a Spiritual Director who has been trained in Ignatian Prayer methods.

    Sherry Glatzer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Immaculata School Volunteers

Into the Breach

  • Purpose: Our main purpose is for men of the parish to join together in prayer to encourage all men to enter Into the Breach as warriors in the spiritual battle and as virtuous fathers and husbands or servants of Christ in the single life. As men of the parish, we want to come together as one community and allow the Holy Spirit to work in us. We want to learn how to live the Christian life out in the world, not just in church.
  • Meeting Place and Time: We meet to pray the third Friday of each month in the chapel. We start with praying the rosary at 9:40pm. At 10pm we begin a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament. There is a time for praise and worship, sometimes with music, followed by Sacred Silence.

    David Coe, 828-290-0351
    Bob Gray, 828-450-1516
    Jerry Bryans, 828-551-1389

Knights of Columbus

  • Immaculate Conception Council #7184: The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic, family, fraternal, service organization open to men age 18 and older, who are in union with the Church. The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, and social welfare works.
  • Time Commitment: Attend monthly meetings, and help with parish and Knights’ events.

    Jim Welter, 828-329-1391, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Landscape and Grounds Maintenance

  • Purpose: Develop and maintain the church grounds in order to provide a pleasant and neat environment.
  • Responsibilities: Weeding, watering and trimming of bushes. Mulching and planting is encouraged but not required.
  • Member Attributes: Gardeners must be self-starters, autonomous but cooperative. Green thumbs are preferred.
  • Time Commitment: Flexible; each gardener takes care of their assigned area according to their own schedule.

    Bob Gray, 828-450-1516, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lead Like Jesus Training

  • Ministry description: Jesus provided a model for Leadership based on wisdom, courage, humility and sacrifice and it changed the world He also called and trained certain individuals to embrace this challenge of Leadership. Working in close connection with the Pastor, the Leadership Ministry is responsible for identifying and calling forward those individuals who exhibit charisms for true Christian Leadership. Additionally, this Ministry will lead the parish efforts in developing Christ based leadership through formal programs as well as individual mentoring. This Ministry also bears responsibility for ongoing training of all individuals who occupy leadership positions across all ministries.
  • Purpose: This ministry will take great care in developing leaders that are modeled after Christian attitude, temperament, commitments and sacrifice. Members of this ministry must appreciate the enormous responsibility they carry in the development of parish leadership as these are the people who will influence and shepherd the souls of the faithful.
  • Responsibilities: The Leadership Ministry will have an overall leader who is approved by the Pastor.
  • Time Commitment: Weekly, or Monthly.

    Dave Coe,  828-290-0351, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Life in the Spirit Ministry

Mary’s Mission Ministry

  • Purpose: Mary’s Mission is a ministry under the auspices of Our Lady Undoer of Knots. We are a group of men and women who love our most Blessed Mother and our mission is to spread devotion to Jesus through Mary. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we serve the church and community. Our goal is to emulate the life of our Blessed Mother’s virtues of holiness, obedience and service.
  • Responsibilities: Participate in the Pilgrim Virgin Statue rotations by bringing a statue of Our Lady Undoer of Knots to  parishioners’ homes, volunteer during retreats, pray the monthly Novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots, participate in the St. Faustina Way of the Cross during Lent and help in activities that promote devotion to Jesus through Mary.
  • Time Commitment: Attend monthly meeting, a couple of hours per month to pick up and deliver the pilgrim Virgin Statue, and volunteer at the retreats. Special projects are on an as required basis.
  • Training: No special training required. Come be a part of this fervent, faith filled ministry.

    Rosie Cruz, 828-435-0605,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ministry for Addictions

  • Substance abuse has become a major issue in our time. It affects our parishioners, our families and many within our community today. You may either know someone with an addiction, or have a family member who is suffering from an addiction. It is a disease, and there is no shame in being addicted or having someone close to you who is suffering with this disease. There is no need to suffer in silence any longer. Help is available here at Immaculate Conception Church for both those addicted and their families. All meetings’ and discussions are strictly confidential!

    Ray Messina, 828-551-7404

      

Ministry of Justice and Peace

Music Ministry

  • Purpose: Enriches spiritual environment through music and encourage/support congregational singing at liturgy.
  • Responsibilities: Leads/enables the congregation in music that supports the liturgical calendar and is appropriate to the readings of the day.  Presents  selections to the congregation in a sacred, respectful manner (i.e. not a performance).
  • Member Attributes: Commits to rehearsal schedules. Musical training desirable but not a must; respects role of music in liturgy. Needs to attend MOST rehearsals. (Unable to make the Mass you usually sing at due to a schedule conflict? NO problem - members may switch to a different liturgy as the music is the same.)
  • Choir Ministry: Attends MOST rehearsals Wednesday afternoons at 3:30pm OR 7:00pm. (September-May). Enjoy the many benefits, including increased lung capacity, improved posture, cleared respiratory tubes and sinuses, increased mental alertness through greater oxygenation, enjoyed sense of community, belonging and endeavor. NO AUDITION REQUIRED. Middle school age or above.
  • Cantor Ministry: Singsdesignated musical selections at Masses. Open to any individual who wishes to and is comfortable with   leading the congregation in song. Must also be a member of the choir ministry and attend most but not all weekly rehearsals. A brief and informal audition/interview with the Music Minister is required. Middle school age or above.
  • Handbell Choir: provides solo instrumental selections for reflection as well as accompaniment to congregational hymns and service music at liturgies. Requirements include the ability to count up  to six, keep a steady beat and  know basic knowledge of music theory (note/rest values). Informal interview with Music Minister is required. Middle school age or above.
  • Instrumentalists: provides solo instrumental selections for reflection as well as accompaniment to congregational hymns and service music at liturgies. Requirements include knowledge of music theory and commitment to practice on own time. Informal audition/interview with the Music Minister is required to determine both musical aptitude and readiness. Participation may be on a regular or an “as- needed” basis.
  • SCRAMBLE WEEKEND: Every 4-6 weeks, all music ministry groups swap their usual Mass time and provide music at a Mass which they usually do not attend, with the exception of the Sunday 7:00am liturgy. The 5:00pm, 9:00am, and 11:30am choir ministries gather together at a specified liturgy as a MEGA-CHOIR while the HANDBELL CHOIR, along with cantor and keyboard accompaniment, provide the music at a different liturgy. Any remaining liturgies are covered by a cantor and keyboard accompaniment. Typically a special choral piece is prepared for the MEGA - CHOIR liturgy. This scramble weekend concept has many advantages. It helps members of the choir ministry appreciate the advantages of singing in a larger group setting as well as becoming acquainted with other members of the music ministry program. On a larger scale, the scramble weekend also helps the parish experience musical variety at the liturgy.

    Terry Wenninger, 828-697-7420, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nursing Home Masses

Operation Christmas Child

  • Ministry Description: Provide children of poor countries with shoe boxes filled with small gifts.
  • Purpose: Collect shoebox Christmas gifts for children of underdeveloped countries under the auspices of The Samaritan’s Purse .
  • Responsibilities: Put leaflets in church bulletin; distribute and collect the shoeboxes to designated Samaritan’s Purse collection area.
  • Time Commitment: Hours in October and November.

Operation Rice Bowl Ministry

  • Ministry Description/Purpose: Operation Rice Bowl is a Lenten project of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Parishioners are encouraged to put money in cardboard “rice bowls” throughout Lent as a means of reaching out to needy people in foreign countries and in our own local community and diocese.
  • Responsibilities: Put donations in rice bowls and turn in at the end of Lent.
  • Time Commitment: From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.

    Kathy Meersman, 828-698-6586, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parish Library Ministry

  • Ministry Description: Provide to the parish the collection, cataloging, and circulation of good book materials. The Library presently contains over 1600 books in the #1 Conference Room near the St. Francis Room in the lower level of the Church. The Library is accessible during normal open hours of the Parish  Office when Conference Room #1 is not being used by other parish organizations (check bulletin for availability).
  • Purpose: To provide a parish resource for the spiritual development of parishioners that can be tailored to the needs and interests of the individual.
  • Responsibilities: Individual members of the Library Committee take on different responsibilities within the Library Committee Team.
  • Time Commitment: 1 to a few hours per week dependent upon the task(s) taken on by the individual and the time-varying work load. Individual members can often pick their own individual weekly work hours.
  • Training: Training is provided to new members of the library staff by the current members and is tailored to the abilities of the individuals. The library book holdings are organized sequentially on the shelves under a set of about 35 Dewey topics. The present library books are now mostly organized within the Dewey system and a Microsoft Excel data base but we are in pressing need of assistance from someone with a working knowledge of modifying, formatting, and updating of the Excel data base.

    George Simonis, 301-598-6669, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parish Outreach

  • Purpose: Help persons in need of assistance during illness or who can no longer drive, respite, home visitation.
  • Responsibilities: Referrals to Apple Country for transportation; prepare and deliver meals; phone calls to keep in touch; referrals to agencies.
  • Member Attributes: Patience and compassion. Experience with elderly or nursing experience helpful.
  • Time Commitment: Varies

    Jane Lombardo, 828-693-9014, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prayer Anchor

  • Purpose: Provide prayer support for those requesting prayers.
  • Responsibilities: Willingness to pray for the needs of others.
  • Member Attributes: Time and prayerful attitude.
  • Time Commitment: Flexible
  • Training: Confidentiality and as needed.

    Gail Andrzejewski (English), 828-891-2424
    Mary Richter (Hispanic), 828-891-4206

Prayer Shawl

Prayer Shawl is a ministry of The Women's Guild and is open to ALL women of the parish. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in the conference room at 10 am. For more information or to request a prayer shawl, please see the list of contact persons included in the back of this booklet.

  • Purpose: To weave prayers for God’s love and healing into the shawls for those in need of comfort and support.
  • Responsibilities: To provide materials, create shawls and pray for the recipients as needed.
  • Helpful attributes: The ability to knit or crochet although instruction is available.
  • Time: As needed to complete a shawl.

    Mihoko Knudsen, 828-290-0128, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.om
    Barbara Guenther, 282-693-9914, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prison Ministry

  • Purpose: Bring prisoners/inmates face-to-face with Our Lord Jesus by providing a compassionate ear and sharing the Good News.
  • Responsibilities: Parishioners visit inmates in the Henderson County Detention Center at the times allotted to the parish. Depending on our resources, we may also serve those in need in other ways, such as providing assistance to families and loved ones of inmates, and by visiting other jails and prisons in the surrounding area.
  • Member Attributes: Be a practicing Catholic. Have a relationship with Jesus. (We cannot give what we do not have.) Be comfortable with your level of faith knowledge. Be prayerful and willing to trust the Spirit to guide you. Have a heart for our incarcerated brothers and sisters. Be able to pass background checks – required by Diocese and County Sheriff.
  • Time Commitment: Members visit inmates by sign-up as scheduled. These visits last about two hours. Visiting hours and dates: every Monday and Tuesday at 7pm; the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 am. The ministry meets in the parish office from time to time as needed to provide an opportunity to conduct business, share experiences and orient new members.

    Juan Ramirez, 828-388-1559
    Bob Gray, 828-450-1516, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

  • RCIA is a process for those seeking to join the Catholic Faith. The RCIA Team leads those wanting to become Catholic in this spiritual journey, to help seekers deepen their friendship with Christ and learn how Catholic Christianity deepens our relationship with God and our faith community. The RCIA Team meets with folks on the journey most Sundays from 10:30 am-12 pm. We also meet as a team on the 1st Thursday of each month for a business meeting and the 3rd Thursday of each month to pray as a team.

    Mary Ann and Bob Dylewski, 828-890-5870, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Readers (Minister of the Word)

  • Purpose: To proclaim the Word of God at Mass.
  • Responsibilities: Prepare, using the Reader’s Workbook, all readings for their scheduled Masses so as to properly proclaim the Word of God.  Be willing to serve for Holy Days and special Masses throughout the year on a volunteer basis. May also proclaim the Word of God at daily Mass.
  • Member Attributes: Must be a practicing Catholic, registered member of the parish, have been confirmed, and committed to proclaiming the Word of God well. 
  • Time Commitment: Depending on their preferred Mass time and the number of readers for that Mass, readers are typically scheduled for one Mass per month. One hour per Mass is the typical time a reader should spend preparing for their Mass readings.
  • Training: Approximately one to two hours of training will be provided before a person is scheduled. A workbook of readings for the year with background and helpful hints is provided.

    Wayne Foresman, 570-290-3654, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rose’s Ministry - Funeral Reception

  • A group of men and woman consisting of 9 teams provide a light reception after funerals for friends and family together, to begin the healing process.  

Sacramental Preparation - Baptism

  • Description: A baptismal preparation course for parents, looking to have their first child baptized.
  • Purpose: To help parents better understand the Sacrament of Baptism.
  • Responsibilities: Speak to parents on the phone about questions, and to teach the baptismal preparation course at the church.
  • Time commitment: One hour class whenever there is a need.

    Josh & Jill Miller, 828-388-3013, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Sacramental Preparation - Confirmation

  • Confirmation: The Sacrament of Confirmation requires three years of consecutive faith formation, the last of which is traditionally in the 8th grade. During the last year there is a more focused preparation comprised of 12 sessions of 2 hours each. These are run either once a week from January to May or twice a month from Sept. to April. 
  • Time Commitment: Every Wednesday from September to May from 6:30-8:30 pm or Saturday mornings from 9 to 11 am.

    Claudia Yepez, 616-402-2299, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sacramental Preparation - First Holy Communion

  • First Reconciliation and First Communion: Traditionally, the celebration of these two sacraments is in second grade. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation God expresses his infinite tenderness towards the human creature. We have decided not to separate these two sacraments but rather to join them and see reconciliation as the beginning of the celebration, which will culminate in the Eucharistic Banquet. By not isolating each Sacrament we give the child more time to rest in God and allow them to see their shortcomings in right measure when compared to God’s extravagant love. First Reconciliation is celebrated during the First Communion Retreat or during Sundays of Faith Formation in March. First Communion is usually celebrated in May.
  • Time Commitment: two years of consecutive faith formation; for volunteers every Sunday for 1.50 hours.
    • ·Claudia Yepez, 828-595-3382, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sacramental Preparation - Matrimony

  • Purpose: Provide faith-based preparation for engaged couples approaching the Sacrament of Marriage.
  • Responsibilities: Provide preparation to engaged couples.
  • Member Attributes: Catholic married couples.
  • Time Commitment: Flexible
  • Training: Ongoing

    Contact Priest or Deacon, 828-693-6901

Sacristans

  • Purpose: Maintain the vestments, linens, and supplies and prepare the altar and the vessels for the celebration of the Mass and other liturgies (for example, Good Friday Service).
  • Responsibilities: Arrive at least 30 minutes before Mass, begin to prepare the sanctuary and have everything in place and ready for the celebration of the Mass at least 10 minutes before Mass begins. Ensure that all vessels are properly purified and securely stored after the Mass. Sacristans for daily Mass are also trained to serve on the altar during the Mass. The sacristan responsible for supplies keeps track of the inventory of the altar breads, wine, oil cylinders for candles, charcoal, incense, purificators and corporals and orders as needed. The ministers responsible for the vestments and linens ensure that the vestments are cleaned, repaired as needed and properly stored. The ministers responsible for the linens  ensure that the altar linens are cleaned, ironed, and available for Masses throughout the week.
  • Member Attributes: Must be a practicing Catholic and registered member of Immaculate Conception. Must be responsible, mature, dedicated to the real presence of Jesus in the Precious Body and Precious Blood, have a mind for details and be organized. Those sacristans who serve for daily Masses must be willing to serve on the altar during Mass. Helpful but not required for weekend sacristans to be willing to serve as Adult Altar Servers.
  • Time Commitment: Weekday sacristans, 1 1/2 hours, once a week. Weekend Sacristans, 2 1/4 hours, once a month. On a volunteer basis, serve as sacristan for Holy Days of Obligation and holiday Masses.
  • Training: Scheduled with the lead sacristan for the weekend Mass of choice and takes place as often as necessary for the new sacristan to be comfortable serving alone or with another sacristan.

    Contact Church Office, 828-693-6901, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Secular Franciscan Order (St. Francis of the Hills Fraternity)

  • Order Description: The Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) is a branch of the worldwide Franciscan Family. We are single, married, and clergy. We work, worship, and play in the community where we live. The OFS is a secular movement, established by St. Francis of Assisi more than 800 years ago.
  • Purpose: Our purpose is to bring the Gospel to life where we live and where we work. We look for ways to embrace the Gospel in our lives and try to help others to do likewise. Secular Franciscans follow the OFS rule that requires us to spend time in community with our Franciscan brothers and sisters. We gather at least once monthly. We support each other through the ups and downs of daily life. We pray together. We take opportunities to learn about our Church, our community, and our world.
  • Responsibilities: Our rule mandates us to be involved in apostolic ministries and with youth. When we are called to action, we embrace the call joyfully. As a fraternity, we take action on issues that affect the lives of others.
  • Time Commitment: Profession in the OFS is by nature a lifelong commitment to the Franciscan way of life. Fraternity members come together in various groupings to participate in fraternity apostolates and special Franciscan celebrations, like the Transitus of St. Francis, throughout the year.
  • Training: Members are professed after a period of initial formation that moves through orientation, inquiry, and candidacy phases over a total time span of three years. Ongoing formation is an integral part of life in community and takes places at each monthly gathering.

    Nancy Torres OFS, 352-727-0504

Security Ministry

  • Purpose: Provide parishioners a safe environment and reasonable access to the church building and protect church property.
  • Responsibilities: Open in time for activities every morning. Inspect and secure the premises after the last activity every evening.
  • Member Attributes: Be a practicing Catholic and member of the parish in good standing. Be reliable and punctual. Be flexible to accommodate reasonable use of the premises for authorized meetings and activities. Be able to handle unusual situations in a courteous, Christian manner while being faithful to our purpose.
  • Time Commitment: The morning team opens the main door to the church and the two doors to the chapel area in time for early arrivals for the 8:30 am Mass on weekdays and the 7 am Mass on Sundays. The evening team closes up at 9 pm, but earlier on days when there are no evening activities. We try to have enough team members so that members are only assigned duty a few days each week.

    Bob Gray, 828-693-5925, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sick & Homebound Ministry

  • Description: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion bring the Eucharist to our brothers and sisters who are hospitalized, homebound, or in nursing homes.
  • Purpose: To visit the sick and bring Jesus to them.
  • Responsibilities: To visit those assigned to you at least once a week.
  • Time Commitment: 1-3 hours once a week.
  • Training: Individual instruction initially and as needed.
  • Special Requirements: Background check and “Protecting God’s Children” certification.

    Dr. Colin Thomas, 828-692 8291, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spiritual Direction

  • Purpose: Spiritual Direction is offered by trained Spiritual Directors through regular meetings with a Spiritual Director in a one on one basis. It is primarily about growth in one’s spiritual life. It encourages a personal relationship with God and how He is working in one’s life through the use of the Spiritual Exercises and Rules of Discernment developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola. All discussions are held in confidence. All Spiritual Directors are recognized as such by the Diocese of Charlotte. If you would like to inquire about Spiritual Direction, please talk with a Parish Priest or see the list of contact persons included in the back of this booklet.

    Pete Greko, 954-682-7183, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

St. Gerard House

  • Ministry Description: St. Gerard House is a therapeutic center for individuals and families facing autism in our community/region. A variety of services and programs are offered for all age groups.
  • Purpose: The mission of St. Gerard House is to help families and individuals with autism experience more joy and achieve meaningful life outcomes.
  • Responsibilities: Depending on the volunteer role, responsibilities include but are not limited to: reliable, willingness to work with special needs individuals or willingness to participate on special projects such as fundraising or administrative.
  • Time Commitment: This varies and is unique to each volunteer and their availability. Opportunities to volunteer are daily, weekly or even seasonally (summer break, special events, etc.)
  • Training: Varies- depending on the volunteer’s willingness to learn and also depends on the volunteer’s area of interest.

    828-693-4223, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., stgerardhouse.org

St. Toribio Ministry

On April 2018, Immigration and Customs Enforcement carried out an operation in our county and the surrounding areas. During this operation, many immigrant families in our community were frightened and unwilling to leave their home. Parishioners realized that our parish needed to be better organized to accompany these families during their time of great need. So, we decided to establish the Santo Toribio Ministry to respond to such a situation whenever it arises in the future.

  • Purpose: Santo Toribio Ministry’s mission is to accompany immigrant families during difficult times.
  • Focus points of the ministry: Providing food assistance and basic needs through collecting, distributing, and delivering food to affected families.
  • Legal Help: Providing information, connecting families to legal counsel, and creating a fund to assist families.
  • Transportation of Children: Coordinating transportation for children to and from school.

    Sharon Gedwellas,  828-696-1792, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Unbound Ministry

  • Unbound healing prayer, a method of seeking freedom in Christ developed by Neal Lozano. The focus is on the individual as they share their story and heart. It is a safe, loving effective prayer   model that helps people respond to the good news of the Gospel. Unbound applies the truth to our lives using The 5 keys (Repentance and Faith, Forgiveness, Renunciation, Authority and The Fathers Blessing). Unbound teaches how to listen and respond in the 5 key areas as you seek greater freedom.  Each key incorporates practical direction on how to respond to the grace that unlocks the door and sets us free.

    Cynthia Ward, 828-775-1706

Ushers (Welcoming Ministry)

  • Purpose: Create and maintain a climate of hospitality and help ensure the safety and security of the congregation.
  • Responsibilities: Welcome parishioners and visitors assisting with seating as needed, respond to medical and other emergencies, select people to carry the gifts during the Offertory, and take up the collections and safeguard the collection according to diocesan rules.
  • Member Attributes: Members must be at least 18 years old, dependable, kind, friendly and reverent. EMT, law enforcement, or military backgrounds are helpful but not required.
  • Time Commitment: For the scheduled Mass, arrive at church early in order to ensure readiness of the church, and welcome parishioners and visitors to the celebration of the Mass. Remain after Mass to distribute bulletins, secure the collection properly and check the church for items left in the pews.
  • Training Requirements: Attend a training session with the ministry chair and the lead usher for the chosen Mass.

    Tom Ashby, 828-289-2187, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wedding Anniversary Celebration Ministry

  • This ministry celebrates Anniversaries from 25- 65 years, with a Mass and reception close to Valentine’s Day. A papal blessing is given to all who celebrate.

    Lois Kaupa, 828-697-4329, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Women’s Guild

  • Purpose: Provide spiritual, charitable and social activities for its members; to help provide a Catholic Education for children in Immaculata School; to support the parish with our time, talent and treasure; to support local non-profit community organizations that provide services consistent with our Catholic Faith; and to increase awareness of the international role and needs of the church.
  • Responsibilities: Pay the yearly member dues and participate in the various activities.
  • Member Attributes: All women who are registered members of Immaculate Conception Parish are welcome to join.
  • Time Commitment: Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday after the 12:10 pm Mass and all members are encouraged to attend. Special events require time depending on the activity.

    Barbara Jeter, 828-329-4783, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Youth Ministry

EDGE Middle School Ministry

  • EDGE is youth ministry for those in grades 6th, 7th and 8th.  It seeks to engage the whole person in their faith journey. EDGE is a Catholic middle school youth ministry program. It provides a safe fun place for youth to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way. EDGE resources speak to the physical, psychological, cognitive, relational, and spiritual maturation of middle school youth. EDGE seeks to present Catholic teaching in a way that young people can understand.
  • EDGE youth meet every week on Wednesdays during the school year, from 7-8:30pm in the Immaculata School Gym.
  • EDGE Core members are volunteer adults who are responding to their Baptismal call to serve the church in some capacity. This capacity is as small group  leaders for middle school boys and girls. EDGE core are small group leaders and meet once a month to plan out the upcoming EDGE nights, and to pray about EDGE and for the EDGE youth. 
  • All EDGE Core members/small group leaders are required to take Protecting God's Children as well as complete a background check and volunteer profile form.

Life Teen High School Youth Ministry

  • Life Teen youth ministry is for all high school students. It is a Eucharist-centered ministry, seeking to lead teenagers into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. 
  • Life Teen meets every week on Sundays during the school year. We meet in the St. Francis Room primarily, but move to the school gym for social nights about once every 5 weeks. 
  • Life Teen small group leaders (SGL) are adult volunteers who are responding to their Baptismal call to serve the church in some capacity. We meet twice a month to plan out the upcoming Life Nights, and to pray about Life Teen, our mission and for the teens. 
  • All Life Teen small group leaders are required to take Protecting God's Children as well as complete a background check and volunteer profile form.

    Emily Sevier, 828-595-3281, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.