At Our Lady of Grace, our ministries are our family. Every one of us has an important role in the community, and so each of us has an opportunity to make a difference in our lives, as well as the lives of others. Inspired by our Catholic tradition, we invite you to share your gifts with the community and to become fulfilled yourself by becoming a part of one of our many ministries featured below. Take a look, and see which ministry is right for you.
We are in need of volunteers for all ministries, so if you feel called to help out, give our Parish Office a call at (803) 283-4969 for more details!
Altar Servers are the people who help the priest during Mass, serving on a rotating basis. All children who are at least nine years old, in third-grade, and have made their First Communion are welcome to become Altar Servers. Contact the Parish Office for more information.
Funerals of loved ones are difficult times for any family. The Funeral Ministry looks to give some support through these times by providing refreshments following the sacrament. All are welcome to support and help this ministry.
As Catholics, we are called to continue our education of our faith, and so our Religious Education ministry continues to serve all ages in our parish, from kindergarteners to senior citizens.
Confirmation is open to all 9th and 10th grade students. Each student preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation is expected to have attended an approved program during the prior year (see our Christian Formation page for more information). In addition, preparation also includes the annual Confirmation Retreat, completion of 30 service or ministry hours each year, and weekly attendance at Sunday Mass.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC’s) are those who assist the priest in distributing Holy Communion during Masses at the parish. Any Confirmed Catholic who has completed the provided training is able to be put into the rotating schedule so that they can serve as an EMHC during Mass.
EMHC’s can also join the Ministry to the Sick team, which brings Holy Communion, as well as the love and prayers of the community, to our homebound parishioners.
If you feel called to contribute your musical gifts to our parish, consider joining our Music Ministry. We are in need of more members of the music ministry, either as a cantor or someone who plays a musical instrument. We are also in the process of re-forming our choir in preparation for the 11am Sunday Mass, so now is the time to come forward and volunteer.
If you are interested in obtaining information about the Children’s Choir for your child, come sign up after all Masses in the Narthex.
Our Lady of Grace Women’s Group was created to serve the parish and provide friendship and support to the women of our parish, and to this day, we strive to meet those needs for those in our parish.
We do many things in order to serve the parish at large, such as putting on events like the Thanksgiving and Easter food drives, the Back-to-School drive, and the Christmas Angel Tree. We also focus inward as well, making sure that our members’ spiritual needs are also met through a Lenten retreat at the Oratory, guest speakers, question and answer sessions following Mass. All women are invited to join us in this ministry of service and personal growth.
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization. Following in the footsteps of the Knights’ founder, Father Michael J. McGivney, Our Lady of Grace Council #14765 is dedicated to the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. Our members are here to serve our church, community, and country. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month, so please consider becoming a Brother Knight in this noble organization.
During Mass, we encounter the words of God Himself through the reading of the Scriptures. Those who do the reading are known as lectors, and it is this group of people who bring voice to the Incarnate Word. During Mass, the Lord uses the lector as the instrument through whom He proclaims His word to His people. Anyone can become a lector, so long as they complete the lector training offered by our parish.
Sacristans are those responsible for setting up the altar for Mass, caring for the altar cloths and vessels, among many other things. This ministry is vitally important in creating a simple and easily accessible atmosphere for Mass to run unhindered, so that the focus can be completely on the Sacrament. Due to the importance of this ministry, assistance for Sunday and Weekday Masses is always welcome.
Being an usher consists of handling a few specific tasks within the parish, namely, greeting and assisting our parishioners, collecting the offertory, and helping the Sacrament of the Mass run smoothly. With the additional Mass times being offered, we are in need of help now more than ever, so if you feel called, please volunteer your time to this important ministry.
The Greeter Ministry helps to create a warm and welcoming environment for all when entering our Parish. Greeters also help in distributing and collecting worship materials, as well as answering questions of visitors and new parishioners or directing them to someone who can assist them.