When it was evening, the disciples came to [Jesus] and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body…If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
1 Corinthians 12:14–20,26-27
The readings above indicate that we all have different abilities, we are all needed to work together in the Church, and we all rejoice together when we serve together. God calls, and then helps with our shortcomings.
The more we serve as God calls us and the more we cause “all to rejoice together,” the more we are fulfilled as human beings. Since we were incorporated into His body at baptism, invigorated by the Holy Spirit in Confirmation, and continue to be nourished by Communion with the Lord every Sunday at Mass, we have what we need to serve here in some way.
Here are some services to consider and try. Note: although we have at least one person in most necessary positions, it is very useful and more enjoyable to have more helping with each good work. Some positions require a criminal record check.
If you would like to volunteer for a particular position, join a group, or get more information, please contact the parish office at email@example.com or 306-545-4411. Your contact information will be passed on to the appropriate organizer or group leader.
Prayer and Fasting
More important than outward actions, and needed for their success, is the service of prayer. Jesus accomplished the miracle described above through prayer; one could quickly write a book-long list of evidences of the power of prayer from the Bible and from common experiences. The most important prayer is the Liturgy, that is, the Mass. Prayerful fasting, abstinence, and other penances are also very necessary, but these have to be, to the extent that they are voluntary, in moderation (within the limits of what is healthy practice) and as prescribed by the Church for the rhythm of the liturgical day and season.
For the liturgy, “through which the work of our redemption is accomplished,” most of all in the divine sacrifice of the Eucharist, is the outstanding means whereby the faithful may express in their lives, and manifest to others, the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church. It is of the essence of the Church that she be both human and divine, visible and yet invisibly equipped, eager to act and yet intent on contemplation, present in this world and yet not at home in it; and she is all these things in such wise that in her the human is directed and subordinated to the divine, the visible likewise to the invisible, action to contemplation, and this present world to that city yet to come, which we seek (Hebrews 13:14). While the liturgy daily builds up those who are within into a holy temple of the Lord, into a dwelling place for God in the Spirit, to the mature measure of the fullness of Christ, at the same time it marvelously strengthens their power to preach Christ, and thus shows forth the Church to those who are outside as a sign lifted up among the nations under which the scattered children of God may be gathered together, until there is one sheepfold and one shepherd.
Vatican II, Constitution on the Liturgy, par. 2.
Some are called to serve the body of Christ primarily, or even only, through prayer. This includes not only contemplative priests and nuns, but also, to various extents, those with severe disabilities, infirmities due to old age or other factors, difficult illnesses, and indeed the dying. Such people, whom the unreligious world deems less useful and, in many cases, ready for euthanization, the Church considers most useful in prayer. By virtuously enduring their sufferings and offering them up united to Christ’s prayerful sufferings on the cross, their prayer becomes particularly powerful, as Pope St. John Paul II explained in Salvifici doloris.
Lay Ministries for Mass
Just as Jesus mobilized His disciples to help feed the 5000, the Catholic priest uses the help of lay people to deliver of God’s message and the Holy Eucharist at Mass. Therefore, we invite all parishioners to volunteer in one or more ways at Mass:
- those who prepare and arrange sacred objects used in the Mass (“sacristans”),
- choir members,
- readers of Biblical readings,
- children’s liturgy leaders and helpers,
- carriers of the community’s gifts of bread, wine, and collection to the priest,
- distributors of Communion,
- and cleaners (esp. during the pandemic).
In addition to those who volunteer at regular Masses, we have a special Resurrection Choir, which greatly enhances worship at funeral Masses.
The Parish Needs Volunteers Outside of Mass
Our parish also needs:
- lay ministers of Communion who can bring the Eucharist to shut-ins and pray with them,
- parishioners who know their Faith to help teach catechism, sacrament preparation classes, RCIC (Rite of Catholic Initiation of Children) and RCIA (Rite of Catholic Initiation of Adults),
- youth activity helpers,
- collection counters,
- funeral lunch helpers,
- maintenance helpers,
- drivers, either for bringing parishioners from home to church and back again, or for misc. other needs,
- and people to clean and/or repair fabrics
Many of the lay ministers described above need coordinators/decision makers. The following positions are therefore needed here.
- Parish Council Chair
- Pastoral Care Visitation
- Vocations Awareness
- Social Justice
- Community Relations
- Deanery Representative (helps us coordinate with other nearby parishes)
- Ecumenism (fosters relations with congregations of other faiths that worship God)
- Buildings and Grounds
- Parish Council Secretary
Burial Aid Society
Those who opt in to Burial Aid each pledge to contribute $2.00 towards funeral costs of other members when they die. $2.00 is not a great burden for those who give periodically; but for the families who receive the combined amount from hundreds of members, it can significantly ease their financial burden.
The Burial Aid team sometimes needs new volunteers to help collect money when an active member dies, to answer questions of potential new members, and to phone members and their families.
Catholic Women’s League
Our Parish is inexpressibly grateful and indebted to our many caring, talented, smiley, selfless, fun, helpful and holy women in the CWL. They meet monthly, September to June, to pray, discuss, and organize a variety of good works, some for the parish and some for other local charities. Some of them lead sing-alongs, make quilts together, make meals for the poor, serve funeral lunches, fundraise, and more. They also help lead the community in prayers such as the Rosary and Stations of the Cross.
True to the goals of their national organization, they unite women to achieve individual and collective spiritual development, promote the teachings of the Catholic church, exemplify the Christian ideal in home and family life, protect the sanctity of life, enhance the role of women in church and society, recognize the human dignity of all people everywhere, uphold and defend Christian education and values in the modern world, and contribute to the understanding and growth of religious freedom, social justice, peace and harmony.
El Shaddai, Regina Chapter
El Shaddai draws together our beautiful and vibrant Filipino community for prayer, especially praise; music; singing; social life; readings; and service. They also wonderfully serve our whole parish community though volunteering in lay ministries, choir, and leading us in Stations of the Cross. As their Facebook page says:
The mission of this foundation is to proclaim to the world the greatness, faithfulness, power, goodness and love of God; to provide relief to people whose hearts and minds are burdened with problems; to heal the spiritual and physical afflictions of men in our time through the infallible Word of God. And most of all, to preach the Good News of salvation offered by our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus said: “Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads and I will give you rest.”
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic, family, fraternal service organization that includes prayer, charitable service and financial aid to our communities, parishes, families, and members. St. Peter Parish has an active council of Knights who assist with various needs of the parish, bring our community together for brunches many times a year, do volunteer work at nearby Catholic Schools, promote ProLife values and events, fundraise and volunteer for other excellent local charities, gather winter clothes for the needy, provide high quality Catholic booklets, and strive to become better Catholic men. They also help lead the parish in prayers of the Rosary and Stations of the Cross. One of their pamphlets well says:
Just 24 hours can change your life: 8 hours a year working with your council on charitable projects…, 4 hours a year enjoying a council social function such as a dinner, dance, picnic, etc. with your entire family, 4 hours a year attending council meetings to help plan future activities, 6 hours a year…reading the Knights’ magazine…and website, 1 hour meeting with your Knights of Columbus insurance agent for a free analysis…and 1 hour attending Mass together with your council… There is no more highly rated insurer in North America that the Knights of Columbus.
Ladies’ and Men’s Auxiliary
Some of our parishioners who give off a particular peaceful and gentle glow do so because of a spirituality of primarily behind-the-scenes service to our church and community. Our Ladies’ and Men’s Auxiliary members tirelessly fundraise for the parish and for other local charities, provide a bursary every year for Archbishop M.C. O’Neill High School, give gifts, serve meals, and once a year draw the parish together for a well loved chili-or-hotdog supper social. They also help in our decorating committee and in other capacities, including helping to lead the Rosary and Stations of the Cross.
St. Peter’s Seniors’ Society
One of the main centres of social life at our parish is our Seniors’ Society, who gather for regular visits, enjoy games and special celebrations; and host a number of parish meetings and other parish gatherings. Many members are also core volunteers in a variety of ministries.
The Archdiocese of Regina’s
Lay Formation Program
Sometimes a person would love to help our parish or the broader Regina community in a Catholic way, but needs further training. Our Archdiocese therefore offers a Lay Formation Program.