The Greek word in the New Testament that is often
translated as “ministry” is diakonia. The basic meaning of this word is “service.”
Our Lady of the Snows offers many
organizations, activities, and service opportunities to its members.
Single or married, young or more experienced, all of our members are
invited to become active participants in our faith community. If
you would like to become more involved in our parish community, consider
volunteering for one of the following....
Contact: Parish Office, 548-5119. Altar Servers assist the clergy during
the liturgy at Mass, and at other liturgies throughout the year, such as
with the Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings during Lent, Holy Week
services and funerals. Boys and girls in the fourth grade and older are
asked to volunteer for this service.
Contacts: Jeanne Tiedeman, 548-4632; Helen Gullard, 548-5317; Ann
Thrasher, 548-5363. Our Lady of the Snows Altar Society members help with
funeral dinners, work on the annual rummage sale, and share
responsibility for the gift store.
·Church Cleaning. Contacts: Pam Nicklas, 763-4357; Sr. Conchita Chavez, 782-2643
(Rectory), 662-8752 (Convent). Parishioners thoroughly clean the Church
each week, as well as participate in occasional special projects.
Volunteers are needed.Church Cleaning List 03/13
·Finance Committee. Contact: Ann
Callahan, 548-2065. The Finance Committee is a recommending and
consultative body to the pastor and Pastoral Council under the guidance
of the parish mission statement dealing with the administration of the
parish's material resources. Members have some experience in a related
area such as accounting, law or finance and development. Membership is by
appointment of the pastor.
·First Friday Adoration. Contact: Karl & Linda Reuss, 548-4465.
Adoration occurs on the 1st Friday of each month on a rotating
basis at Our Lady of the Snows & our sister parish St. Francis
Xavier. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament begins after Morning Mass ( at Our Lady of the Snows; at St. Francis Xavier) and ends with a Benediction
at . A Right to Life Rosary
follows Benediction. Participation is imperative as all Adoration hours
must be covered.
·Hospitality Committee. Contact: Ann Callahan, 548-2065. The Hospitality
Committee consists of home visitors who welcome and visit new
parishioners, a "Sunshine" person who sends cards of
encouragement and congratulations to parishioners, and greeters for
·Knights of Columbus. Contact: Grand Knight, Tony Hillock, 548-3001. The
Leavenworth-Cashmere Knights of Columbus Council provide scholarships for
graduating seniors, host monthly breakfast fund raisers and help with the
Junior Olympics, as well as providing many other services to our Parish
Contact: Parish Office, 548-5119. Lectors make the Word of God come alive
by proclaiming it to the Christian assembly. New lectors are always
welcome. Lectors are Catholics in good standing with the Church who
possess skills necessary for good public speaking, such as: effective use
of a microphone, careful enunciation, appropriate rate of speech, good
eye contact, proper posture and movement, the ability to convey emotions,
gain and keep the attention of listeners, and the ability to convey
enthusiasm and motivate listeners.
·Ministers of Holy Communion. Contact: Parish Office, 548-5119. Ministers of Holy
Communion, also known as extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist and
commonly referred to as a Eucharistic minister, are lay people who serve
the Catholic Church by distributing Holy Communion during Mass and
bringing it to the homebound. Eucharistic Ministers must be a Catholic in
good standing with the Church, at least 18 years old (or a high school
senior recommended by the pastor or the director of the youth ministry),
have a desire to serve your fellow parishioners, and be physically able
to ascend the steps of the sanctuary, stand at the altar, and able to
hold a ciborium or chalice while distributing the Eucharist. New
Eucharistic ministers must attend a mandatory training session that
covers the teachings of the church about the Eucharist and the reverence
for the Eucharist, a tour of the sacristy, and a review of procedures.
·Music Ministry/Choir: Contact: Jim Wolf, 548-7498. Bringing a sense of
celebration and community worship to our parish, our Musicians lead the
congregation in singing praises to our God. We welcome new members have a
love of music, a good ear, the ability to carry a tune (although no
formal music training is necessary), and the confidence to sing in front
·Parish Prayer Chain. Contacts: Helen Gullard, 548-5317; Barbara Roos,
548-5119; Linda Reuss, 548-4465. Our Prayer Chain is a group of
parishioners who pray for the requests of other parishioners. Please call
either Helen, Barbara or Linda, if you have a prayer request or would
like to join in praying for others.
·Pastoral Council. Contact: John Callahan, 548-2065. The Pastoral
Council is both a consultative aid to the pastor and his staff, and a
voice of discernment, focus and direction for the parish at large. The Council
promotes community, recommends parish priorities and directions through
pastoral planning. It promotes communication and understanding among
parish organizations and between the parish, diocese and universal
church. Membership is by discernment.
·Religious Education – Adult Formation/RCIA. Contact: Bill Dronen, 782-3976. Adult religious
education encompasses both Continuing Adult Formation & RCIA. Our
Adult Formation programs are tools to help us grow in our faith. RCIA, or
Right of Christian Initiation of Adults, is the process by which one
becomes fully initiated into the Catholic Church.
Contact: Rose Covert, 548-5571. Our Lady of the Snows Rosary Guild
members meet in the parish hall the 2nd Thursday of each
month, after the
Mass. More the 35,000 rosaries have been sent to missions around the
world since the group began in 1995.
·Service Opportunity Catch-All. Contact: Parish Office, 548-5119. Coffee/Social
hour after mass (bake items, set-up and clean-up); transport others to
Mass; Communion to the sick/housebound; care of vestments/albs and altar
server robes; assist with Lenten soup suppers; Resurrection Ministry
(help with funeral dinners: set-up, serve, clean-up, wash/iron
tablecloths/linens); Parish dinners, luncheons, receptions (help cook;
set-up, serve, clean-up, wash/iron tablecloths/linens); help with the
Christmas Giving Tree; help with Sausage Booth fund raiser; transport
donations to Community Cupboard; oversee gift shop; parish archivist
(scrapbook); Various tasks under the heading of “grounds and facility
·St. Clare’s Comforters Quilt Guild. Contact: Barbara Roos, 548-5119. Guild members meet
the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month at in
the parish hall. The Comforter’s Guild makes charity quilts and sponsors
the P. Louis O’Callahan scholarship fund.
·Tuesday Morning Prayer Group. Contacts: Jeanne Tiedeman, 548-4632; Helen Gullard,
548-5317; Nina Rinke, 548-5691. The prayer group meets in the Chapel
every Tuesday morning after the
Contact: Parish Office, 548-5119. Ushers welcome members of the
congregation to the liturgy, help individuals locate seats when
necessary, assist with gathering the collections and the presentation of
the offertory gifts and, in general, assist in the smooth running of the
liturgies. Membership is open to men, women and teens.
·Youth Ministry/Confirmation. Contact: Kristine Nicklas, 763-4327. We are in need
of individuals to help coordinate and assist with our Sunday evening
Youth/Confirmation Nights.You can
help as a member of our teaching core or with our evening set-up,
clean-up and food preparation.There is also the occasional need for chaperones, drivers, and
special event/fund raiser support. Constructive
comments/suggestions/ideas are always welcome :~)….