Each of us possess many talents. Stewardship of talent calls us to search out those talents, nurture them, and share them with others. To love God with our whole being we must use these God-given talents for the benefit of others. By stewarding our talents, then, not only are we loving God with our whole being but we are also loving our neighbor as ourselves. Stewardship of talent shows us the way to a spiritual life, a oneness with God through reaching out to others. Below is a directory of opportunities to steward your talent for the benefit of those in our community and beyond.
Volunteer sacristans are those who appreciate working near the Blessed Sacrament and assisting during Sunday and weekday Masses. Duties include setting up for Masses, cleaning sacred vessels, and occasionally assisting with funerals or weddings.
Altar Servers assist the priest during liturgical celebrations. Boys in grade six through young adults are eligible to serve as Altar Servers. Boys in grade nine through young adult are trained as Senior Servers.
Acolytes directly assist the priest during Mass by preparing the altar and performing other duties. The Acolyte position is open to young men who have been confirmed.
A reader is a lay person entrusted with proclaiming Scripture during Mass. It is expected that they will spend time in preparation through prayer and reading the Scriptures. This ministry is open to active, Confirmed parishioners who are in good standing with the Church and, if married, married in the Church.
Ushers greet people warmly as they arrive for Mass, invite people to bring up the offertory gifts, assist with seating, take up the collection, distribute the bulletins and tidy up after Mass.
Greeters assist the ushers in welcoming people to the church before Mass. They assist visitors with any questions about the church and pass out the bulletins after Mass.
Outreach to the Sick and Homebound
The Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion bring the Eucharist to the ill and homebound who are no longer able to attend Mass. Ministers must be in good standing with the Church and, if married, married in the Church. Training will be provided by the parish.
The Pier Giorgio Agape Ministry
Frassati Supper: A free meal is provided every Thursday in the Lower Hall from 5-6:30pm for the homeless and those in need. Volunteers help prepare food, serve meals, and clean up after dinners.
Frassati Closet: Distribution of clothing on the third Thursday each month during the Frassati supper. Volunteers organize and sort clothing, and help guests select items.
Frassati Cupboard: Food distribution takes place every Friday from 1-2pm in the Lower Hall. Volunteers help sort and assist in allocation of supplies.
The purpose of this group is to serve the parish through faith and medical awareness. Facilitated by a Parish Nurse, the group has two main tenets: 1) Jesus-directed care of multiple levels of support and healing by addressing the physical to enrich the spiritual, and 2) There is an implied promise of healing even in the absence of a cure. Working together: doctors, nurses, clinical, lay volunteers to provide assistance through support groups, speakers, and prayerful decision-making specific to the needs of our parish family and outreach. The Health Ministry is only limited as the prayers we offer.
The purpose of this group is to foster an environment where Christian Stewardship is understood, accepted, and practiced as a way of life at the Proto-Cathedral. Its primary focus is to inspire parishioners to offer their time, talent, and treasure as we grow in our faith and in our relationship with Jesus Christ. The group will evaluate stewardship efforts of the parish, assist with Stewardship renewal, and much more as we grow in our understanding of Stewardship as a Disciple’s response.
Members of the Social Committee seek to promote community by hosting social events and other fun activities throughout the year, including the annual Parish Picnic and receptions for special occasions (i.e., First Holy Communion, the Easter Vigil, etc).
St. Martha’s Apostolate
The Saint Martha’s Apostolate strives to promote an atmosphere of hospitality within our parish community so that all who visit or join our parish feel their presence is important and wanted. We provide loaves of bread for Father Harris to hand out to new parishioners, and offer registration opportunities after Mass on the first weekend of each month.
The Altar Society provides care for the altar, service as requested by the pastor, and fellowship and spiritual growth for its members. The Society aids in funerals and special social events in the parish. We welcome any and all women of the parish to join us.
Volunteers are needed to help beautify the church with floral arrangements for weekend Masses and Liturgical celebrations. This involves arranging the flowers one weekend per month and on major feasts and holidays. Training will be provided.
Protect Life Crusaders
This ministry is dedicated to defending human life from conception to natural death. Members work to build a Culture of Life through witness, prayer, participation in Pro-Life events and activities, and by helping to educate all on the dignity of life, our most precious gift from God.
Cemetery Grounds Volunteers
Volunteers work under the direction of the Parish Custodian in maintaining our parish cemetery grounds and aiding in special projects requiring extra help.
Facilities and Grounds Committee
Volunteers work under the direction of the Parish Custodian to maintain the buildings and grounds of the Proto-Cathedral. Those with expertise in different trades are always needed, as well as those who would like to help with general maintenance.
This valuable ministry is open to all who would like to help prepare the church for weekend Masses. They dust, sweep, and vacuum the interior of the church.
The Proto-Cathedral has a need for committed volunteers to help with general secretarial tasks and parish mailings.
Knights of Columbus
Founded in 1882 by Fr. McGivney as a Catholic fraternal benefit society, today the Knights are over 1.8 million men strong worldwide. The Knights are dedicated to the principals of charity, unity and fraternity and were originally founded to render financial aid to members and their families. Today, the Knights are dedicated to serve the Priests and parishes with other efforts benefitting the community and the Culture of Life. Many recognize our Fourth Degree Knights, the highest Degree in the Order, by their distinctive capes, plumed caps and swords. The Fourth Degree is the patriotic degree and serves at many highly visible and special occasions supporting our pastor and bishops. Membership in the Knights is open to any Catholic man who is 18 years or older. http://www.kofcbishopblanchet15730.com/
Columbia River Serra
Serra was founded in Seattle in 1934 by four Catholic men who met over a meal to discuss how to live their Christian values in their professional lives, with a focus on encouraging vocations to the priesthood. They chose Fr. Juniper Serra as their patron saint, the 18th century Franciscan Missionary and founder of many California Missions. That small group has grown into Serra International, with over 20,000 Serrans world-wide, representing more than 1,115 Serra Clubs in 46 countries (with Seattle being the very first chartered club!). The mission of Serra is to foster and affirm vocations to the priesthood and consecrated religious life. Serrans are singly focused in the mission to build up the Church through support of religious vocations, motivated by great love for God and the Church, and commitment to the mission of Christ, that of redemption. Membership is open to all Catholics interested in taking an active role in helping to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life. http://www.columbiariverserra.org/
We have a rich Catholic history that must be protected, preserved, and shared with our Parish and Community. Our founding Fathers established Catholicism in the Pacific Northwest, through effective missionary work, struggling against great hardships, including vast distances, scant resources, and hostile tribes (as well as anti-Catholic sentiment). We owe them our deepest gratitude by honoring our history through church tours and published literature, caring for our artifacts, and keeping good historical records for future generations. Members of the Society help with monthly guided tours on the last Saturday of the month, the Epiphany celebration, St John the Baptist festival/dinner, Mother’s Day bake sale, Pilgrimage of Faith to a historical site, sponsor coffee hour every fifth Sunday, and write quarterly inserts for our bulletin. For more information, please visit their website here: https://protocathedralhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com/
St. Therese Home School Society
Our mission is to support the growth of a Catholic Home School community by providing support and encouragement to faithful Catholic families who are called to educate their children at home. We are dedicated to observing and promoting teachings of the Catholic Church and strive to live our Faith daily. http://protocathedral.org/faith-formation/st-therese-homeschool-society/
Holy League Men’s Group
The vision of the Holy League is to develop regular monthly Holy Hours with confession and fraternity for men, provide opportunities to unite men in prayer for the purification from sin and predisposition to Supernatural Grace, and create a unified front of the Church Militant for spiritual combat. http://protocathedral.org/faith-formation/the-holy-league/
Frassati Youth Group
Through Liturgy, Scripture, Youth Group Nights, and other eventful and fun activities, the youth group program at The Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater seeks to help teenagers in grades 9-12 form a young parish community, seek Christ together, discern their vocations, and learn more about their Catholic Faith.
Faith Formation Volunteers and Catechists
Volunteers work with the Pastoral Assistant for Faith Formation in educating children and adults in the Catholic Faith. Volunteers serve as catechists and assistants in the facilitation of Religious Education classes. An Internship Program is also available. http://protocathedral.org/faith-formation/
Youth Conference Volunteers / Chaperones
Volunteers serve as chaperones and drivers for youth conferences such as Ignite your Torch (IYT), a Catholic youth conference where religious and priests seek to evangelize young people through personal interaction. Volunteers are also needed to help coordinate fundraisers for conferences.