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Service Ministry

"Love one another as I have loved you." John 15

Epiphany Parish's Service Ministries are opportunities through which members serve parish needs or the special needs of individuals and families.

Altar and Rosary Society

All women of the parish (age 18 and over) are automatically members of the Altar and Rosary Society of Epiphany Parish. Active members are those who put the purpose of the group into action. The Altar & Rosary Society's mission statement is to serve God through the care and monetary support of the altar and parish, and to serve as an outreach to the needs of Epiphany parishioners. The Altar and Rosary Society is an excellent means of giving your time and talent back to God, and of meeting the women active in the life of the Church. The Altar & Rosary Society's co-leaders are Jackie Swan and Jan Emmert, and can be reached by Parish Office Email. A&R meets the first Saturday of most months at 8 am; see the Parish Calendar for details.

Annulment Assistance

Parish priests, deacons and Tribunal notaries are available to help those who were married in/out of the Church, and are now divorced and seeking an annulment of that marriage. For additional information about this ministry contact the pastor. To initiate a case or ask questions contact Kelli Heller through Parish Office Email.

Bereavement

Bereavement ministry is a special outreach to console and support individuals who are mourning the death of a loved one. Bereavement Ministry also helps the priests plan a special Remembrance Mass for recently deceased members of the parish each November. Contact our Parish Nurse, Lisa Weber, for more information or to volunteer at (309) 452-2585 or Parish Office Email.

Birthright

Birthright is a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide a center where any pregnant woman will find a loving, non-judgemental environment that supports her decision to carry her child to term. Birthright's positive support and advocacy strive to help the mother mobilize her own resources and those of the community to face the future, and to plan constructively for herself and her child. Volunteers are always needed. Please visit or contact our office located at 507 N. Center St., Bloomington (309) 829-5430. See Birthright International.

Buildings and Grounds

The Building & Grounds Committee consists of parishioners who are experienced in professions that help with the maintenance of the church, school, convent, rectory, and grounds. Mike Donnelly coordinates the committee. He can be reached through the parish office at (309) 452-2585. If you are interested serving the parish as the leader or volunteer, please contact the pastor.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria is a comprehensive social service agency providing a full range of services to children, families, adults, seniors and communities. Catholic Charities volunteers are needed for local service, foster parenting, and legislation advocacy. In Bloomington, Catholic Charities is located at 603 N. Center Street (309) 829-6307. See the Catholic Charities Website.

Communications

The Communications ministry serves to promote awareness in the parish and community about news and events at Epiphany Parish and School. Members strategize about effective communication strategies. If you have a background in computing, web design, communications, publishing, and related fields, please consider assisting the parish. Contact the pastor with questions and interest by email or (309) 452-2585).

Education Commission

The Education Commission assists the pastor with regard to catechesis and preparation for sacraments at Epiphany School, to discern formation needs, and to advise the pastor regarding policies and programs to meet those needs. Annually in the spring, parish elections fill the vacancies left by two departing members. Those interested need to be active and supporting members of the parish. Contact the pastor if you wish to be a candidate for service. For more information about the school, see the Epiphany School Website.

Elizabeth Ministry

Elizabeth Ministry involves woman to woman mentoring and sisterhood during the joys, challenges and sorrows of the childbearing years. The ministry welcomes the newly baptized and helps those women who are experiencing temporary difficulties or illness with meals, prayers, and friendship. At present this ministry is vacant at Epiphany Parish, but any woman who would like to lead this important service to mothers with new or young families should visit the linked web site and speak with the pastor. See Elizabeth Ministry.

Faith in Action

Faith in Action is a community organization serving the homebound sixty and older in Bloomington-Normal. This is a fine way to serve those isolated or living with chronic health conditions or disabilities. For additional information contact our parish nurse Lisa Weber at 309-452-2585. Those seeking to volunteer should also visit the local Faith in Action website.

Finance Council

The parish Finance Council is mandated by church law: "In each parish there is to be a finance council to help the parish priest in the administration of the goods of the parish." The principal function of the council is to promote adequate parish revenue for the services and activities of the parish. Every year in the spring elections are held to replace that member leaving the council at the end of their term. Candidates should be well versed in financial matters and need to be active and supporting members of the parish. If interested in running for office, please contact the pastor.

Health Committee

The Health Committee promotes the improvement of parishioner health through education and service. Volunteers may be experienced in the medical field but is not a requirement. Responsibilities include: guidance and support for the parish nurse, assist with planning and implementation of health ministry projects, assistance in determining the health needs of the parish and determining the appropriate programs to meet identified needs. Please contact Lisa Weber by Parish Nurse Email or by phone at (309) 452-2585.

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus are a very important fraternal order in the Church that provides important services to the parish and community. the Organization is open to Catholic men eighteen years and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting the Church. Those interested may join here: Application Form. Please also visit the web site of Knights of Columbus Normal Council 6498, and see the national web site of the Knights of Columbus.

Legion of Mary

The goal of "Our lady of the Epiphany" Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary's and the Church's work. "For all states of the laity the perfect example of spiritual and apostolic life is the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Apostles, who while leading the life common to all here on earth, one filled with family concerns and labors, was always intimately united with her Son and in an entirely unique way co-operated in the work of the Savior . . . All should devoutly venerate her and commend their life and apostolate to her maternal care". For information on Epiphany Parish's Legion of Mary please visit our Legion Website or contact Father Julius by email at (309) 452-2585.

Money Counters

Counters collect, count, sort, and prepare the collections each week for deposit. If you are interested in becoming a Money Counter, please contact the Parish Office Email or call (309) 452-2585

Parish Council

Soon to be relaunched, the Epiphany Parish Council has the important purpose of fostering parish activities and coordinating the details needed for that purpose. Candidates for the parish council need to be active and supporting members of the parish. Elections will take place in the spring with other parish elections. Please see the pastor for details.

Parish Nurse

The Parish Nurse is a Registered Nurse committed to the healing mission of the Church, supporting parishioners in crisis or day–to-day struggles. The Parish Nurse assists the Pastor and one's physician serving as a health counselor and educator, referral agent to community resources, visitor in your home, nursing home and hospital. The Nurse emphasizes preventive healthcare and promotes the wellness of body, mind & spirit. Some activities include assessment of your medical status/needs and guidance on physician treatment plans at hospital discharge, during routine doctor visits or at your place of residence. For assistance or interest in becoming a parish nurse please contact Lisa Weber by Parish Nurse Email or by phone at (309) 452-2585.

Prayer Chain

Epiphany Prayer Chain communicates parishioner intentions to those signed up on the chain. To register or to send in a prayer request, contact the Prayer Chain.

Respite

The "Angel at Your Side" Respite program is a service ministry for parishioners in need of respite from tending to their home bound loved one. A trained volunteer (parishioner) comes to the home to relieve the caregiver for up to four hours at a time. This program offers basic nonmedical care and companionship allowing the family member to take personal time. Services can be requested by calling Carolyn Oleson, the Coordinator at (309) 452-2585, or Lisa Weber, Parish Nurse, at Parish Nurse Email. The respite program is part of the Parish Nurse ministry. The respite committee consists of a group of nurses within the parish, committed to the needs of both the caregiver and parishioner that are disabled and/or in declining health.

Sanctity of Life

The Sanctity of Life Committee seeks volunteers to help raise consciousness and provide education about life issues, from conception to natural death. Contact Amy Christensen through the SanctityofLife Email or (309) 452-2585 to get involved or to be placed on our legislative alert email tree. At anytime, please voice your concerns by contacting your Representatives (see Illinois Congressional Districts) and Senators.

Strategic Planning

The ad hoc Strategic Planning Committee is even now completing the Parish Survey (January 2010) and will set its sights on a survey for the Epiphany School community. Parishioners with work related or other strategic planning experience help plan and implement the surveys. Please contact the pastor if you are interested in assisting this committee.

Vocations

In the Fall of 2009, Epiphany Parish initiated a Vocations Awareness Committee. This ministry prays for and supports vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The committee is responsible for the Vocation's Cross and Box entrusted weekly to a parish family. Obligations of this ministry include a personal holy hour monthly, dedicated to vocations, and an annual Novena leading up to Pentecost. If interested in joining this spiritual ministry, please contact the pastor by phone or email.

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