Ministries

Sacred Heart Parish is gifted with many generous people, involved in a variety of ministries. The following is an alphabetical listing of those ministries. If you are interested in sharing your time and talents in any of these ministries, please contact the parish offices.

Altar Servers

The role of the Altar Server is integral to the normal celebration of the Mass. Altar Servers assist the priest by carrying the processional cross, holding the book for the priest, preparing the altar for the gifts, washing the hands of the priest, etc. Boys and girls in the sixth grade through high school serve weekend masses. Fifth through eighth grade Sacred Heart School students serve at the weekly all school masses. Training is available to the Sacred Heart School and Religious Education Students each year. Weekend servers are scheduled with the other liturgical ministers.


Grief Support

Sacred Heart offers a Grief Support Group for those who have experienced a loss in their lives through death, divorce or drastic life changes. This 8 session program is designed for the grief-stricken from late adolescence to 80's. (There should be at least 3 months time from the loss.) Come and see the Goodness of the Lord as we travel together from despair to hope! Look for brochures and notices in the bulletin for the next bereavement group.


Choir Adult and Youth

Adult Choir sings each weekend during one of the Masses and for major feasts such as Christmas and Easter. Practice is every Wednesday night at 6:45 p.m. For more information contact Monica 432-6481. 

The Youth Choir sings at a Mass almost every weekend. For more information contact Sue 433-1447. WELCOME, everyone! Sharing this talent in worship is an important contribution to the prayer of the community.


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Through our Baptism, each of us is called to minister to others. Sharing communion in the church or to the sick is a very important ministry. You are Christ to those you serve and you offer them Christ.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion receive special training and are commissioned by the Bishop for three years. They help the Priest distribute Communion to the congregation during the Liturgies and are scheduled for the weekend Liturgies throughout the year. They also serve on Holy Days of Obligation and weekdays. Some Communion Ministers take Holy Communion to the sick, homebound and nursing home residents on behalf of the Sacred Heart Parish family.


Food Pantry

This is a monthly opportunity for the parishioners of Sacred Heart to reach out to members of the Boone community and beyond. Staple food items are donated for the local food pantry, which provides residents of Boone County with nourishment and support. Needs include food staples, paper products, and toiletries.


Habitat for Hummanity

Habitat for Humanity is an international, nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. It seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Boone has a local affiliate and Sacred Heart Parishioners volunteer for building, food donations, and monetary assistance. Watch the bulletin for work days and ways to help.


Lectors

Lectors serve Sacred Heart Parish by proclaiming the scripture readings at the Liturgies on weekends, holy days, and weekdays. Lectors are scheduled for the weekend Liturgies throughout the year. Special training sessions are held during the year. For more information about becoming a Lector, contact the parish offices.


Liturgy Committee

The Eucharistic Liturgy is the source and summit of our life in Christ. The purpose of a Liturgy Committee is to work with the Pastor, Liturgy Director and Music Director to design and plan parish Masses and other worship services. The planning includes decorating the church for the seasons of the Church year. Anyone who has the desire to learn more about the liturgy and to help plan for the Church seasons is invited to become a member of this committee. For more information and to join this committee, please contact Monica Pearson at the parish office, 432-1971. The goal is to involve as many parishioners as possible in meaningful and prayerful liturgies.


Music Accompanists

Accompanists meet twice yearly to plan and build community support. Anyone interested in being an accompanist for the Mass, please contact Monica Pearson, 432-6481. The parish is always in need of people to serve in this capacity.


Parish Prayer Chain

The Parish Prayer Chain is composed of parishioners who seek to support those in need of prayer. We offer our prayer hospitality for all needs, but most people find that health issues are first priority. If you, a friend, or family member is in need of the power of supporting and companioning prayer, please call the Parish Office (432-1971) for information on how you can be placed on the list.


Prayer Shawl Ministry

Care and the love of knitting (and crochet) have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. The knitter begins each shawl with prayers for the recipient. Intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. When the shawl is completed it is offered a final ritual before being sent along its way. Work in a group setting or work alone. The shawls are made by hand from bulky, soft yarn. The patterns are easy and the prayers ecumenical. If you are interested in participating in this ministry, contact the Parish Office.


Reaching Every Child

This is a prayer group who prays for children all over the world. They meet every Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Office to pray the rosary. Anyone is welcome.


Religious Education

The Sacred Heart Religious Education program is offered to all students in grades K-12 who do not attend a parochial school. They are instructed in basic Catholic doctrine and belief, prepared in the sacraments of the Church, and taught traditional prayers and selected scripture passages. Through planned instruction, music and activities, the students learn to see the Christian Community as a sign of God's loving care for them and as a sign of the presence of Jesus among us. They learn to show their own concerns for others through acts of love, peace and justice.

Classes are held at Sacred Heart School for all Grades K-8, every Wednesday evening from 6:45-8:00 p.m. during the school year. Email Cathy Steffen or call 432-1971 for more information. Grades 9-11 meet twice a month on Sunday mornings from 9-11 a.m. during the school year to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Contact Deacon Darwin Messerly for more information. 


Ushers

Ushers are ministers of hospitality for the weekend liturgies and other special liturgies. Some of their duties include the following: seating the congregation, collecting the offering, setting up reserved seating, counting the number of people in attendance, assisting in emergencies, distributing the bulletin and other materials as needed, and coordinating the gifts to the altar.


Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry is ministry for, with and by the young people of our parish. There are no membership fees and every Sacred Heart student in grades 7 through 12 is automatically a part of the parish youth program.

The Youth Council consists of a group of elected youth whose aim is to provide activities that will encourage and aid the overall health and development of our youth. Monthly activities include bowling, skiing, swimming parties, bonfires, cookie baking and Christmas caroling to name a few. The age range is aimed at 7th through 12th grade. It is the council's responsibility to envision and coordinate social, recreational, spiritual and service oriented activities to aid our youth in Christian maturity. The Youth Council meets the first Sunday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Council meetings are open to all youth. Check the Youth page in this website for details of activities.

Search is a weekend for juniors and seniors. It is sponsored by the Diocesan Catholic Youth Ministry Office. Its focus is on meeting Jesus as a friend. For more information, please contact Darwin at 432-1971.

Discover is a weekend for H.S. freshmen and sophomores sponsored by the Diocesan Youth Ministry Office. Discover aims to establish youth's identity and learn relational skills. Prayer, sharing and celebrating together as a Christian community are key characteristics of the weekend. For more information contact Darwin at 432-1971.

Diocesan High School Youth Rally is a large group activity held in late October each year that aims to more closely unite youth to Christ. Mass with the Bishop, a guest speaker, pertinent workshops to youth, dance and concerts are included in this one day event. For more information contact Darwin at 432-1971. Also check the Youth page.

Exodus: A Catholic Youth Rally for Middle School Youth is a large group activity for middle school youth grades 6-8. The rally is held the first part of October and aimes to unite the middle school youth in the diocese to Christ. Prayer, concerts, guest speaker, group activities, and liturgy are included in this event. Contact Darwin at 432-1971 for more information. Also check the Youth page.