Volunteer Opportunities

Find out all the ways to get involved at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church

The Administration, Worship, Formation and Pastoral Care Departments rely on the time, talents and financial resources of our generous parishioners to carry out the mission of sharing the Good News.

Opportunities abound for serving others within St. Stephen’s Parish and the broader community.  We invite everyone to consider sharing their time and talents with the community.  It is a wonderful way to get to know our brothers and sisters in Christ.

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The areas we need Volunteers

Greeters are the face of the parish and its official host or hostess by presenting a feeling of welcome to all parishioners and guests as they walk in our doors.. They perform that important function by personally welcoming each person in a warm and friendly manner before the beginning of Mass. A greeter is the first person a parishioner or guest may interact with when arriving for Mass. Ideally this will start their worship experience on a positive note.

It is our goal to have two or more greeters, arriving 20 minutes before Mass, stationed at the entrances into the church at each Mass to welcome all who enter. The qualifications for being a greeter are simply that you be a registered member of the parish, have a desire to serve, and a warm, friendly smile. Individuals as well as families can volunteer for this important role.

The Stewardship Commission is planning an informational meeting for all who have or are currently volunteering as a greeter before each of our Masses as well as for anyone who is interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity.

If you wish to volunteer, you may do so by going online and volunteering through Volunteer Spot , calling the church office (763-421-2471), or emailing Eileen Howe. If you have any questions, contact Eileen Howe. Please prayerfully consider this opportunity. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

St. Stephen’s Garden Angels tend to the various gardens on parish property.  The group always welcomes new members.   Download the schedule here .

Neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth.
(1 Cor 3:7)

Calling all bakers, movers and shakers! The parish is hosting a Labor Day BBQ Saturday, September 3 following the 5:00 p.m. Mass for all of us who don’t have a cabin or a friend with a cabin. We need some willing hands to make the picnic run smoothly. Please call the parish office if you are able to bake bars/brownies/cookies, help grill, set up or clean up.

If you can’t help, we sure do hope you’ll join us for some fun and fellowship! A simple picnic dinner of hotdogs/brats, chips, beverages and dessert will be provided. Please RSVP to the parish office at 763-421-2471. RVSPs requested by August 29.

The Administration Department is responsible for all the business affairs of the parish. Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas to assist in keeping the business side of the parish operating smoothly.

We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28

 

Download the Administration Shared Ministry Form (pdf) 

The Worship Department utilizes lay ministers to provide leadership and service to the worshipping assembly of the parish.  There are many opportunities to help minister to the assembly each weekend.

Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly father.
Matthew 5:16

Visit Our Liturgical Ministry web page.

Download the Worship Shared Ministry Form (pdf) here

The Faith Formation Department actively supports parents, who are the primary religious educators of their children.  Many people are needed to assist in nurturing the Catholic faith of our children and teens.

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another
as good stewards of God’s varied grace.

1 Peter 4:10

Download the Faith Formation Time and Talent Form (pdf) here

Download the student volunteer character reference form (pdf) to be filled out by youth volunteers under age 18 who are working with children.

The Pastoral Care Deparment ministers to the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of those in our parish and the broader community.  This ministry includes reaching out to those who are hungry, grieving, ill, lonely or imprisoned.

 

Amen I say to you, whatever you did for the least
of these, you did for me.

Matthew 25:40

Download the Pastoral Care Time and Talent Form (pdf)

ACBC Food Shelf  located in Anoka.  Call 763-422-0046 to sign up for hours before volunteering.  Work includes stocking shelves and packing groceries.

Alexandra House located in Blaine.  Teens must be accompanied by a parent or other adult.  Work includes sorting and shelving donations.  Contact their Volunteer Coordinator at 763-656-1368.

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) located in Coon Rapids.  People can volunteer alone at various times throughout the day or with WHO group the first Wednesday of every month at 9:30 a.m.  Work includes packing food.  Contact FMSC at 763-951-7310 or you can also register to volunteer online at volunteer.fmsc.org.

Hope 4 Youth in Anoka. This is a drop-in resource center for homeless youth.  The volunteer positions they are formally accepting applications for are directly in the Drop-In Resource Center. They are always in need of knowledgeable and compassionate Center Leads and Center Mentors who want to help our youth get their basic needs met and personal goals reached.  For more information, call 763-323-2066 or visit hope4youthmn.org.

Stepping Stone Emergency Housing in Anoka.  Stepping Stone is the ONLY adult homeless shelter in Anoka County.  It’s a dormitory-style shelter that provides a primary, yet temporary, address for 60 men and women.  For more information call 763-323-7006 or visit steppingstoneeh.org.

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VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children

Volunteers who minister to children, youth or vulnerable adults must complete the ‘Essential 3’ which includes undergoing a background check, signing a code of conduct and attending a VIRTUS session, as mandated by the Archdiocese.  You can register for the VIRTUS session, submit background check forms, and sign the code of conduct online by visiting www.virtus.org.  (See more information below.)  Please call or stop in the parish office (763-421-2471) if you need assistance or have questions. Paper copies of the background check forms and code of conduct are available in the parish office as well.

(If you are not driving a vehicle as part of your ministry, you do NOT need to complete the Driver’s Information Form 7.  If you do not need/wish to share the background check information with another parish, you do NOT need to complete Form 8.)

Youth under the age of 18 who wish to volunteer with children must complete two student volunteer character references and sign a code of conduct.  

VIRTUS training is a three hour awareness session which better equips adults to protect children in the world around them. It is required of all clergy, deacons, school and parish employees as well as all volunteers who are in regular contact with children under the age of 18.

VIRTUS sessions are scheduled at churches throughout the Archdiocese, including St. Stephen.

You must register online to attend a session:

•Go to www.virtus.org

•Click on the “Registration” link in the left-hand column.

•Select “Saint Paul and Minneapolis (Archdiocese)” from the drop-down box.

•Participants will create their own “User ID” and “Password”.

•Follow the screen prompts to continue the on-line registration.

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