There are a number of organizations at St. Vivian Parish to get involved in…
Members are present to families and friends at the time of a death in the parish. These members will help in planning funeral liturgies, and are also present during the liturgy to assist grieving families and friends in any way needed to ensure all goes as smoothly as possible. This includes visitations at St. Vivian and a reception, if requested. For every funeral, two ministers are needed for the liturgy, one minister for the visitation, and one for the reception. A few more volunteers are always welcome. If you would like to assist with Bereavement, please contact Deacon Larry Maag (513-728-4331).
This ministry collects donated food, toiletries, cleaning products, paper products, and baby supplies at our monthly food drive for our St. Vincent de Paul Conference. These same items are collected at Easter and Christmas to support Mother of Christ Church and St. Vincent de Paul in Winton Hills. Time commitment is 30 minutes after the 9:30 Mass on the first Sunday of the month and about one hour for the Christmas and Easter collections. Two or three volunteers are needed for each monthly collection and as many as possible for the Christmas and Easter collections. Volunteers sort and box donated items and carry them to the breezeway or trucks for delivery.
This group cares for all flowers, plants, and some shrubs on the church property. There are presently four retired men working spring, summer and fall, and three or four others who water regularly during that time. A few more men and women volunteers are needed.
The Needlecraft group is a group of people who enjoy knitting and crocheting. They make hats, scarves, afghans and other warm yarn items for the homeless and needy. All levels of talent are welcome! Meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month in Ursuline Hall from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. Can’t make the meetings? You can work from home! Donations of yarn are also accepted. Call Joann Sanders at 513-931-5402 with questions.
This Ministry prays for those who request prayers. It is open to anyone who chooses to be on the prayer list to receive prayers, or has a request for prayer for someone else, or an intention. This ministry is also open to anyone who wishes to join those who pray. The Network of Prayer forwards the prayer request to the volunteer network team via phone or email. The volunteer team commits to praying for that person or intention according to the request. If you would like to have the network pray for you and/or your intention, or would like to add your name to the group who prays, please call or text Nancy Brodbeck at 513-378-7872 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may sign up online here.
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Rosary Altar Society
This society ministers to the “extra” needs of the parish. These include numerous activities such as making baptismal robes, presenting the annual May Crowning, and hosting a reception after the Easter Vigil. These are tasks that must be done, and the work of this group is a way of serving the Lord and our parish. Funds are sometimes raised for parish special needs. Meetings are held only for particular service projects.
Cord/wire rosaries are hand-made and distributed to various mission stations in this country and overseas. Rosaries are made available to churches and hospitals. The goal is to promote devotion to the Blessed Mother and her Son. Meetings are held once a month. Rosaries are made mostly at our leisure time in our homes. This ministry is partially supported by donations and partially by making handmade ornate rosaries that are sold in the area.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
SVDP assists families living within the boundaries of St. Vivian Parish that need help paying their utility bills or rent. Sometimes we advise on ways to economize and reduce expenses. We also provide food if requested. There one meeting per month lasting about two hours. Members are assigned clients, and a home interview is required to assess need and determine amount of help available. For St. Vincent de Paul requests, please contact the parish office (513-728-4331).
Social Action Committee
This Committee works with the Social Action Commission of the Archdiocese and AMOS project to address social justice concerns such as parish life, health care and nutrition, climate change, jobs, foreclosures and immigration reform. The regular meeting is on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00-8:30 pm in the Gather Room; all are welcome.
The Spiritual Life Committee is a group dedicated to the continued growth of the spirituality of our parish community. The primary focus is to look at alternative ways to encourage the faith formation of our individual families, as well as our collective parish family. The group works in conjunction with the Education Commission to assist in the development and implementation of ideas discussed and approved through these commissions. This ministry encourages prayer for the parish and seeks out programs, speakers, retreats, missions, and concerts that may be of value to the parish. Such events are then planned and implemented. Volunteers require no experience but a desire to help further the spiritual growth of the parish community. Meetings are generally held on the first Tuesday of the month, but please check the Event Calendar to confirm.
Welcome Home Ministry
The Welcome Home Ministry consists of St. Vivian parish volunteers who provide support to new parishioners and inactive Catholics wishing to return to the practice of their faith. There are two prongs of this ministry: to compassionately communicate with returning Catholics about their faith in a supportive environment where they are comfortable expressing their opinions, and to make personal visits and telephone calls and distribute welcome packets to new parish members.
Such gestures provide both a sense of comfort in joining the parish and an opportunity to learn about the many parish spiritual, social, athletic and school activities, and ministry opportunities. Volunteers with a friendly disposition are being sought. We all have unique faith stories that we can share. Come join our ministry and help us provide that listening ear that can reassure returning Catholics that we want them to come home. Please contact Mary Fruewald or Jim Meyer if you are interested in volunteering.