N.B. The chief apostolate of the laity is living in the world as exemplary Christians and model citizens, diligent in work and expert in skill. By intentionally consecrating our lives in the world to Christ, the world is sanctified and becomes a vehicle for the conversion of souls to the Person of Christ Jesus our Lord.
Local Red Cross Shelters
The Red Cross is in need of shelter volunteers for the shelters at the Menard Sports Center and the Upper Susitna Senior Center. To get involved, sign-up, here.
MINISTRY TO THE HOMEBOUND: Be trained to bring the Holy Eucharist to and to care for our injured and ill brethren who cannot join us for the Sunday Mass. Contact: Deacon Bill and Sharon Frost @ (907) 892-1038.
PARENTS WITH NEWBORNS MEAL MINISTRY: Volunteer to make meals for parish families who have recently welcomed new babies. Most meal scheduling and logistics are done through e-mail to allow volunteers time to plan. Usually volunteers sign-up for only 1-2 meals during a 1-2 month time frame. Come, support life by providing help to our new parents during the exhausting post-partum period. Contact: Linda Miller @ (907) 354-3039 or Gabe and Sarah Hennemann @ (907) 707-0202.
PARISH NURSING: Healthcare is a sacred ministry as it deals directly with human life. Parish nurses are registered nurses who help bridge the gaps in our healthcare system. They visit homebound persons and especially those who have been hospitalized and sent home; they can help with instruction and care. They also help integrate faith with caring and healing, provide health education, health screening, counseling and referrals, develop support groups, and coordinate other health ministry volunteers. Parish nurses also do monthly blood pressures in the wintertime after Sunday Masses. Contact: Marcia Watson @ (907) 376-2147 or Judy Lewis @ (907) 745-5983.
TRANSPORTATION: Volunteers help some of our parishioners who require help getting to Sunday Mass, a doctor’s appointment or elsewhere. Contact: Deacon Bill and Sharon Frost @ (907) 892-1038 or the parish secretary @ (907) 745-3229.
St. Therese’s Camp
St. Therese’s Camp is a wonderful apostolate within our archdiocese and Rudy Poglitsh, the camp’s director, can’t run it himself! If you would like to get involved in this wonderful work for our youth, contact Rudy at his office phone, (907) 745-3731, his cell phone, (907) 232-2066, or his e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bishop’s Attic II
A volunteer-based second-hand, non-profit store that serves the Valley. Each year, they donate hundreds of thousands of dollars back to the community. 30% of the profits are given to St. Michael Parish and 30% to Sacred Heart. The remaining 40% is distributed to local charities and ministries through a grant process. Come and serve! Contact: Jack Williamson @ (907) 745-4215.
Family Promise Mat-SU
A network of area churches create this important outreach to homeless families. Each parish takes turns hosting participants in the program for 1 week at a time. Parishioners are needed to help cook meals, spend the night, spend time with the families in the program, help with washing, set up and clean up. Contact: Cheryl Kajdan @ (907) 745-5075.
A volunteer run community service for peoople in need of assistance. Volunteers are needed to come spend a couple hours each week sorting food, cleaning, and helping customers. Contact: Jeanne Borega @ (907) 373-2739.
Each fall, normally during the month of November, a tree is placed in the foyer with tags that include the gender and ages of children from families in need. Parishioners take a tag and buy an item listed, wrap it, and place it under the tree to be delivered to that family for Christmas. Contact: Barbara Gerard @ (907) 745-3369.
For more than 50 years at the Alaska State Fair, the parish has opened the doors of Slippery Gulch and members of the parish donate countless hours of their time and efforts to host fairgoers at this food booth that serves hamburgers, hotdogs, soda and famous hand-baked pies. It is one of the few family-friendly food vendors at the fair where people can sit down, sheltered from the rain and wind, and enjoy a meal together. It is completely run by volunteers from the parish, but some with expertise in the restaurant business are highly valued and needed to serve in special leadership positions each year. Contact: the Parish Office @ (907) 745-3229.
Don’t See a needed Ministry?
Let us know what you would like to do! Perhaps others will want to join. Contact our parish office at (907) 745-3229 or at email@example.com.