COUNCIL & COMMITTEES

Organizational Life

New Member Registration

All Catholics 18 years and older, living in the area and regularly worshipping at Our Lady of Grace, are encouraged to register at the parish office. Parish registration is required to be a sponsor at Baptism, reception of first Reconciliation, First Communion, Confirmation, and the Celebration of Marriage. Arrangements are made through the parish office. Also, parish registration is required to enroll in the parish school and in the Religious Education Programs.

Maintenance

All carpenters, plumbers, brick layers, painters, roofers, and gardeners are needed. Please volunteer! Give your name and how you can be reached to help with parish repairs and upkeep. Please contact the parish office for further information.

Communication/Publicity

Meetings are scheduled with commission members monthly to discuss the current things that are going on with the parish. The meetings are usually held before the Pastoral Council meeting and minutes from the organizational life meeting are submitted to the Pastoral Council members for review.

Publicity—parishioners help create and distribute information regarding parish activities, events, special liturgical seasons and liturgies of the parish, parish organizations, and the parish school.

Resource and Development

Resource and Development members discuss upcoming changes and additions needed to the church property. An example would be the replacement of sidewalks around the church. Meetings are held as needed.

Hospitality

This group provides hospitality for parish gatherings. If interested in participating, please contact the parish office.

Stewardship

Being a member of our community means that each one of us must be faithful in sharing the gifts God has given us. We are asked to share our faith, prayer, time, knowledge, skills, and financial resources for the good of God’s people. If you are interested please contact the parish office.

Finance

Selected members meet with the Pastor to set the budget and review expenses for the Church and School. Finance review meetings are held monthly.

Collection Counters

Selected parishioners prepare the weekly offerings for deposit. 

Peace and Social Justice

Christian and Social Action

This is performed by members of the commission to help those in our community who are in need. Please contact the parish office if you are interested in volunteering your time.

OLG Outreach Ministry

This organization helps individuals and families with food, clothing, furniture, and financial assistance in times of emergency. The members hold aluminum can and paper drives to raise money to help the parish and people in our parish community that need assistance with food or paying bills.

OLG Outreach Ministry also sponsors the Cub Scouts, whose meetings are held once a month with individual meetings held at various times according to the age groups. First graders are “Tigers;” 2nd graders are “Wolves;” third graders are “Bears;” and fourth graders are “Weblos.” Boy Scouts start in the 5th grade up until 18 years of age. They merge with other local parishes for Boy Scout activities. Contact the parish office for more information.

Outreach-St. Louis De Gonzague

Sister Church in Haiti

 

Children from St. Louis De Gonzague, our sister church in Haiti

This is the sister parish of Our Lady of Grace in Haiti. Donations of clothing and other items, including monetary donations are collected. For further information, please contact the parish office.

Social Needs and Family Assistance

Please contact the parish office for information regarding this matter, and they will be able to refer you to the proper department or agency, depending on your situation.

Habitat for Humanity

Volunteers from Our Lady of Grace church are invited to assist with building projects as they arise. Please contact the parish office for information.

Food Pantry

Families in need are able to pick up a food basket once a month (unless there are special circumstances) by calling the parish office. Food is donated by parishioners through food drives and donations.

Soup Kitche

For those in need, the Soup Kitchen is located at St. Joseph’s Church on Hohman Avenue in Hammond, IN. Food is prepared onsite, and the meal is served from noon until 1:30 p.m. Please contact St. Joseph’s Church if additional information is needed.

Warming Shelter

The shelter is located in Hammond, and OLG Outreach Ministry assists with making meals. For additional information as to days and times, please contact OLG Outreach Ministry

Pro-Life Ministry

This ministry presents and fosters catholic teaching regarding all aspects and stages of life from conception to death, and includes the areas of stem cell research and the question of the death penalty.

Ministry to Shut-Ins

This ministry visits and assists homebound parishioners.

Educational Life

Evangelization

Evangelization is the study, prayer, and reflection on Church teaching and practices to strengthen our faith and promote a harmony of true Christian communities by following in the footsteps of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Our Lady of Grace Parish School Endowment

Our Lady of Grace Parish School Endowment Fund exists to perpetuate, partially support and uphold the educational work of our parish elementary school. The Endowment Fund is part of the Development efforts of the school and parish to set aside donated funds. The cash assets of the fund are restricted to helping support families in need of financial assistance. Members of the School Endowment Committee meet regularly during the year to decide matters relating to the Fund. Please contact the parish office for additional information.

Religious Education for Public School Children

Students in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade meet at Our Lady of Grace School for Catholic religious education on Tuesday afternoons from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Students in grades 7 through 12 meet at Our Lady of Grace School for Catholic religious education on Sunday mornings from 9:15 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

A two year Sacramental Preparation process is required.

Sacrament of Penance: 2nd grade

First Holy Communion: 3rd grade

Confirmation: 8th grade

If you are interested in assisting as a catechist or as an aide, please contact the Religious Education office.

Adult and Youth Groups

These groups offer spiritual and social events and opportunities for growth and friendship.

Theology on Tap

Presentations by authorities in scripture, theology, and church issues are delivered to adults ages 21-39.

Youth Group

Meets on a regular basis; please contact the Religious Education Office for dates and times of upcoming events.

Adult Education

This group provides guest speakers and a variety of presentations and discussions to address topics of concern. For example, scripture, liturgy, spirituality, with special Advent and Lenten programs.

Parish School

Our Lady of Grace School is a fully accredited school offering a quality Catholic education for students in grades Kindergarten through eighth grade. Students at OLG participate in the liturgy twice each week and in daily religious classes. Prayer is an integral part of the day. For further information, please contact the principal of Our Lady of Grace School or visit www.olgraceschool.org.

Home and School Association

The Home and School Association serves to develop the understanding, participation and community of Our Lady of Grace students and give greater appreciation of the Catholic faith. Assistance is done through raising funds and volunteering. Please contact Our Lady of Grace School administration if you are interested in assisting.

Tot Time for God

Our religious education department offers this pre-school program for 3 and 4-year-old children while parents attend the 9 a.m. liturgy on Sunday. The session focuses on the designated scripture with language and activities suitable for the understanding of a pre-school child.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is an annual program offered for five consecutive days during June for children ages 4 to 10-years-old. The children sing songs, play games, hear Bible stories, and enjoy snacks — rain or shine. A reservation fee is required.

 

Meetings: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed. Please contact the Religious Education office for more information.

Parish School Board

The primary concern of the school advisory board is the ministry of Catholic School Education and the spirit, intelligence, physical, emotional, and social development of the students. For further information, please contact the Our Lady of Grace School administration.

Bible Study

Come and explore the meaning of Holy Scriptures. Please contact the Religious Education office for further information and for meeting days and times.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

RCIA is a formation process by which adults learn through prayer, reflection, and the teaching of the Church to become members of our faith community of the Catholic Church. Please call the parish office for further information on meeting days and times.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC)

RCIA for children beyond grade 3 who have not received the Sacraments of Baptism, Penance or Holy Eucharist. These students meet weekly with a catechist in addition to attending religious education classes for their grade level. Please call the Religious Education office for dates and times.

Liturgical Life

 Extraordinary Ministers of Communion

The Extraordinary Ministers of Communion is a practicing Catholic parishioner who assists in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ at parish liturgies. After formation the person will be appointed to serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Communion. Please contact the liturgical office for further information.

Extraordinary Ministers of Care to the sick, homebound, nursing homes, and hospitals

This ministry visits and brings Holy Communion to parishioners who are unable to celebrate the liturgy with us because of illness or infirmity. Training is offered; please contact the liturgical office for further information.

Altar Servers

Boys and girls 4th grade and older are trained and then practice with older servers as they perform the duties of altar servers. Appropriate dress and neatness is a must! Please contact the liturgical office for meeting time and dates.

Music Ministry

This ministry is for people who are interested in cantoring, singing, or playing an instrument in the choir. No auditions are necessary. Please contact the liturgical office for more information.

Lectors are parishioners who read the Word of God at parish liturgies. They are trained in effective public reading and emphasizing the meaning of the text. A workbook is supplied giving the meaning of the text and pronunciations. Lectors are scheduled in advance so they have time to prepare. Please contact the liturgical office if you are interested in becoming involved.

Ushers

Ushers assist in seating, collections, communion processions, distributing bulletins, and helping in any emergency. All men and women are welcome to offer their services at any mass they attend by simply talking to an usher on hand. Meetings are held as needed and are announced in the parish bulletin.

Greeters

Greeters are Ministers of Welcome who acknowledge all parishioners and visitors at all masses, holidays, special liturgies, and funerals. Greeters need to arrive 20 – 25 minutes before the service begins. This assignment is an excellent way for families to participate. For further information, please contact the liturgical office.

Environment

This ministry is involved in making and repairing priests’ vestments and altar cloths. Meetings are held as needed. Please call the parish office for further information if you are interested in helping.

Sacristans

The people in this group are in charge of making sure that the linens for the altar are changed and cleaned as needed. They are also in charge of making sure that the votive candles are addressed and changed as needed. Please contact the liturgical office if you are interested in becoming a sacristan.

New Member Registration

All Catholics 18 years and older, living in the area and regularly worshipping at Our Lady of Grace, are encouraged to register at the parish office. Parish registration is required to be a sponsor at Baptism, reception of First Reconciliation, First Communion, Confirmation, and the Celebration of Marriage. Arrangements are made through the parish office. Also, parish registration is required to enroll in the parish school and in the Religious Education Programs.

Maintenance

All carpenters, plumbers, brick layers, painters, roofers, and gardeners are needed. Please volunteer! Give your name and how you can be reached to help with parish repairs and upkeep.

Please contact the parish office for further information.

Communication/Publicity

Meetings are scheduled with commission members monthly to discuss the current things that are going on with the parish. The meetings are usually held before the Pastoral Council meeting and minutes from the organizational life meeting are submitted to the Pastoral Council members for review.

Publicity-parishioners help create and distribute information regarding parish activities, events, special liturgical seasons and liturgies of the parish, parish organizations, and the parish school.

Resource and Development

Resource and Development members discuss upcoming changes and additions needed to the church property. An example would be the replacement of sidewalks around the church. Meetings are held as needed.

Hospitality

This group provides hospitality for parish gatherings. If interested in participating, please contact the parish office.

Stewardship

Being a member of our community means that each one of us must be faithful in sharing the gifts God has given us. We are asked to share our faith, prayer, time, knowledge, skills, and financial resources for the good of God’s people. If you are interested please contact the parish office.

Finance

Selected members meet with the Pastor to set the budget and review expenses for the Church and School. Finance review meetings are held monthly.

Collection Counters

Selected parishioners prepare the weekly offerings for deposit.

 

Family Life

 


 

Baptismal Preparation

These preparations teach parents to reflect on how they are called to fulfill their responsibilities as Christian parents, first teachers of the faith. Baptism is celebrated on the first and third Sundays after the 11 a.m. mass or during one of the Sunday masses.

Baptism preparation is required prior to baptism, and parents must be registered and practicing parishioners. The two godparents must be active members of a parish and recommended by their pastor. Adults and/or older children seeking baptism do so according to the Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults. 
Please contact Pat Franz at 838-6790 for further information


 

Marriage Preparation

This is an energized and fulfilling weekend for engaged couples which includes a series of talks and round table discussion. Couples deal with different aspects of married life. Marriage prep weekends are held three times a year.
Contact our Marriage Prep Coordinator Sharon Van Bodegraven at 838-6790 for further information.


 

Altar and Rosary Sodality

Open to all women of the parish who gather together for spiritual and social enrichment. The Sodality promotes devotion to the Blessed Mother. They also participate in communion the first Sunday of the month.
Please contact Mary Ellen Smith, Marge at 838-1458 for further information and dates and times of meetings.


 

Ephesus Home (Seniors)

The Ephesus Home provides a sense of belonging, care, support, education and activities for adults 55 and older. Visitors are welcome to socialize with their peers, participate in the many scheduled activities (Tai Chi, games, medical screening, etc.), and attend programs with various guest speakers on topics benefiting their age group.

Weekly events are posted in the parish bulletin. This is a handicap accessible facility.

Contact Pat Penwell at 769-7570 or 972-1944 for additional information.


 

Bereavement Ministry

This ministry is in charge of sending cards to the family of a parishioner who has passed away. They also sponsor masses during the Liturgical year.
For additional information, please contact Danette Lashbrook at 838-4945.


 


Elizabeth Ministry

This is a woman-to-woman supportive ministry where members spiritually companion one another. The issues include childbearing, adoption, infertility, loss of a child, parenting and grandparenting.

Please call Sue Kresich at 838-5755 or refer to weekly bulletin for meeting dates and times.


 

Angels of the Altar

The Angels of the Altar are dedicated parishioners who keep the Lord’s house clean by washing the pews, statues, and sacristies. All helpers are welcome.
Please refer to the weekly bulletin or call Lillian Haber at 838-7838 for further information as to days and times for cleaning.


 

We Are the Church (WATCH)

WATCH is a weekend experience for men and women to grow in their faith and to deepen their life in the church.
Contact Dave at 322-4379 for further information.


 

Adult Scripture Study

Meetings for Adult Scripture Study are held at 4 p.m. in the Ephesus Home on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month during the school year, unless noted in the parish bulletin. Topics presented are announced in the parish bulletin.


 

Knights of Columbus

This is an organization of men who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved in your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life.

For further information please contact Jon Breslin at 201-4735 for days and times of meetings.


 

Prayer Shawl and Blanket Ministry

This ministry creates shawls, blankets, and lap blankets through knotting, sewing, knitting and crocheting to comfort those going through difficult times.
Please contact Ann Geleta at 924-6072 for further information.


 

 

Pastoral Council

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The Pastoral Council of Our Lady of Grace Parish is established to represent and guide our entire parish community. The representatives work in conjunction with the Pastor and Pastoral staff to exercise our Catholic faith and principles while setting goals and priorities to meet the parish needs. With openness and patient listening, through the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit, we hope to unify our parish community for the glory of God.

Each organization is represented by at least one person on the council, and meetings are held before each monthly council meeting. Group discussions and minutes from their meetings are presented to the council at the monthly meeting. These are held on the third Wednesday of each month. You are chosen to the council by a drawing of lots after your nomination has been approved by the pastor.

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