Community and Family Enrichment

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COMMUNITY AND FAMILY ENRICHMENT

Parish Meals and Receptions – Parish events foster a sense of fellowship in our faith community.  Volunteers are needed for planning and preparing events and receptions such as the Easter Vigil reception, parish missions, luncheons, sacramental celebrations, and other events throughout the year. Volunteers are needed for a variety of times (midday, evening, weekend). This is a great ministry for those who enjoy planning, cooking, baking, or entertaining. The time commitment varies for each event.

Contact:  Donna Tarantino – 270-683-6525 – [email protected]

 

Dedication Anniversary Celebration – This event commemorates the anniversary of the dedication of our church building and celebrates our parish family. Held each September, this occasion offers a dinner and an opportunity to socialize with fellow parishioners, as well as an annual raffle to raise funds for our parish. Volunteers are needed to serve on and/or chair a variety of committees including overall planning, raffle planning and sales, dinner, set up, clean up, burgoo sales, and more. Committee Chairs and Volunteers Needed.

Contact: Committee Chairs and Volunteers Needed – Contact Parish Office – 270-683-6525

 

Parish Cooking Teams

Each September, delicious burgoo and BBQ chickens are prepared for our Dedication Anniversary dinner and for sales. Volunteers are needed to help with burgoo preparation, cooking, dispensing, and transporting to our church; and with the barbequing and transporting of the chickens. Burgoo cooking takes place on Friday and Saturday of Dedication Anniversary weekend; chicken cooking takes place on Saturday afternoon. Cooking takes place at Precious Blood Parish. Time commitment is approximately 4 hours on Friday afternoon and 4 hours on Saturday afternoon for the burgoo, and 4 hours on Saturday afternoon for chicken. Adult male and female volunteers welcome; youth (age 12 and over) are welcome with adult supervision.

Contact:  Donna Tarantino – 270-683-6525 – [email protected]

 

Epiphany Party

This annual event is held on Epiphany Sunday, beginning with Vespers and followed by an international potluck; families are invited to bring a dish from their country of origin. Volunteers are needed to help with planning, set-up and clean-up as well as help with activities.

Contact:  Coordinator Needed – Contact Parish Office – 270-683-6525

 

Ice Cream Social

This annual event is held on or near June 26 and celebrates the “half” feast day of Saint Stephen, which is December 26.  Families are invited to enjoy an evening of fellowship along with delicious ice cream and all the fixings. Volunteers are needed for planning, acquiring supplies, serving, and clean-up.

Contact:  Donna Tarantino – 270-683-6525 – [email protected]

 

Air Show Weekend Family BBQ

Each September, the city of Owensboro offers a free air show at the riverfront. The fun continues on the Sunday of air show weekend with a parish family BBQ hosted at the Saint Stephen Cathedral Youth House. Volunteers are needed to help with planning, set-up, grilling, and clean-up.

Contact:  Hannah Bland –  [email protected] or Crissy Stevenson – [email protected] – 270-683-6525

 

Trunk or Treat

This event is held on the Sunday before Halloween each year at 4 PM and offers families a safe alternative for children to Trick-or-Treat. Parishioners are invited to decorate their vehicles and distribute candy to the children. Children are invited to wear their costumes and Trick-or-Treat at each vehicle. A chili contest is a featured part of this event. Volunteers are needed to help set-up, serve, and clean-up.

Contact: Crissy Stevenson – [email protected] – 270-683-6525

 

Cathedral Docent – We are proud of the beauty and rich history of Saint Stephen Cathedral. Volunteer docents extend a warm welcome and provide enlightening, interesting Cathedral tours to groups or individuals throughout the year. More docents are needed and welcome; training is provided. The time commitment is approximately 1-2 hours per tour, a few times per year.

Contact:  Beni Howell – 270-683-6525 – [email protected]

 

Funeral Meals – Funeral meals, served in the Community Center following parish funerals, offer comfort and hospitality to bereaved families. Volunteers prepare and deliver dishes to the church and/or assist in set-up, serving, and cleanup. Volunteers are contacted by coordinators as the need arises. We would also welcome a leader for an additional funeral meal team!

Contacts: Sue Gough – 270-684-9104 – [email protected]; Gene Lyon – 270-684-3358 – [email protected]; Lisa Taylor – 270-302-6917 – [email protected] or Sharon Bell – 270-315-9214 – [email protected]

 

Meal Train – This ministry provides meals for families on a short-term basis, such as after the birth of a child, surgery, illness, miscarriage, injury, or death in the family.  Volunteers register at MealTrain.com and sign up to provide meals. Assistance is available for anyone needing help with registration. If your schedule prevents you from delivering meals, donations of gift cards or take-out meals for families are welcome. If you know of parishioners in need of meals, contact Amanda.

Contact:  Amanda Reffitt – 270-570-1508 – [email protected]

 

Bereavement Committee – Volunteers support bereaved families by serving as greeters for funeral Masses. They also assist with preparations for the All Souls Vespers each November, including hosting a reception following the service. The time commitment for funeral Masses is approximately 1.5 hours and approximately 4 hours for the All Souls preparations and reception.

Contact:  Coordinator Needed – Contact Parish Office – 270-683-6525

 

Welcoming Committee – This committee helps welcome new members to our parish family. Volunteers host and provide food for Newcomer Receptions, which are hosted at the rectory several times throughout the year. Volunteers also coordinate Welcome Sundays (first Sunday of each month after the Sunday Masses) in the Community Center for new members and all parish families. If you enjoy meeting new people and sharing your pride and enthusiasm for our parish, the Welcoming Committee welcomes your participation!

Contact:  Janet Murphy – 270-485-8553 – [email protected]

 

Marketing and Communications Committee – This committee promotes our parish to the greater community as well as other parishes. Projects include planning and sales of annual Cathedral ornaments, promoting our Arts at the Cathedral Series, Cathedral Tours, publicizing our parish throughout the community, and more. The committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:00 pm in the Parish Office. Share your pride in our parish; new members and ideas are always welcome!

Contact:  Kathy Wright – 270-302-7876 – [email protected]

 

Parish Newsletter – Volunteers prepare and publish the parish quarterly newsletter, “The Parishioner”. Do you enjoy writing or photography? Volunteers are needed to write articles or provide photographs featuring parish ministries, members, or events.

Contacts:  Katie Pagan – 270-314-5793 – [email protected] or Taylor West – 270-590-1636 – [email protected]

 

Parish Photography – If you have a talent for taking photographs, this is a great ministry for you. Photographers help document parish events, ministry functions, or special liturgies. Photos may be used for our parish newsletter, bulletin, pictorial directory, website, or social media.

Contact:  Donna Tarantino – 270-683-6525 – [email protected] 

 

Parish Health Committee – Volunteers offer blood pressure checks on Welcome Sundays (first Sunday of the month) in the Community Center. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, or other health care professionals are needed for this ministry.

Contact:  Aaron Overbeck – 641-494-7876 – [email protected]