Talent


Discover our gifts by using our abilities to help others.

Each of us is a unique blend of abilities and talents, as unique as our own thumbprint. God calls us to share with others our very selves. Jesus compares our giftedness to a light, created to illuminate “all in the house,” not to be hidden “under a bushel basket.” Below you will find ways to use your talents in our parish ministries.

For God has called man and still calls him so that with his entire being he might be joined to Him in an endless sharing of a divine life beyond all corruption.”(Gaudium et Spes, n. 18). The Pastoral Care and Community Life Commission exists to facilitate communication and dialogue among the numerous ministries and organizations operating within the life of the parish, cooperating with the leadership of the existing ministries to identify social and ministerial needs of the members of Christ’s body and is led by Parish Council Commissioners Brad Power and Daniel Davies.

African Community of St. Lawrence is composed of those with familial ties to Africa, offering them a local community atmosphere of hospitality and prayer. Contact Cornelius Ani.

Annulment Case Sponsors are volunteers trained by the Archdiocese who help lead others through the church marriage annulment process with compassionate and informed guidance. Contact Deacon Terry Millinger.

Grief Ministry offers workshops and meetings to those experiencing grief through death or loss. Contact Barb Kennedy.

Knights of Columbus is an order of Catholic men dedicated to the ideas of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. Membership available to Catholic men 18 years and older. Contact Bob Burns.

Ladies of St. Lawrence brings all women of the parish together to develop Christian friendships through social activities, and parish and community outreach. Contact Frances Alkire.

Sponsor Couples for the Engaged are married couples who meet with engaged couples over several weeks sharing stories and experiences from their own marriage and family life. Contact Bob and Joy Hernandez.

Stephen Ministry leaders are trained laypeople who provide Christian care to members of our congregation. The team of skilled caregivers are equipped to bring Christ’s healing love to those experiencing grief, a crisis, or other life stressors. Contact Trudy Turner. For more information on Stephen Ministry, click here.

Volleyball teams for girls in 5-6th grade and 7-8th grade are formed each summer to play against other parish teams throughout the Archdiocese. Volunteers are needed to help coach and assist with practices. Contact Amy Hamilton.

WEDS/ Marriage Encounter begins with a weekend enrichment experience held at local hotels for couples with good marriages. Couples who have experienced a Marriage Encounter meet monthly in the WEDS group. Contact Bob and Joy Hernandez.

Welcoming Committee greets and assists new parishioners after Sunday mass each weekend, and organizes newcomers’ socials throughout the year. Contact Betty Canfield.

The Second Vatican Council, considering the immensity of the hardships which still afflict the greater part of mankind today, regards it as most opportune that an organism of the universal Church be set up in order that both the justice and love of Christ toward the poor might be developed everywhere.” (Gaudium et Spes, n. 90) The Gospel Justice and Peace Outreach Commission, serves as a communications link for the various ministries involved in implementing the Church’s social justice teaching, and provides a forum for education and consciousness-raising, and identifies areas of concern and new possibilities for outreach by the parish and is led by Parish Council commissioner Glenn Zipfel.

Care for Creation ministry utilizes teachings from Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si to keep parishioners informed on environmental issues and engaged in Care for our Common Home. Contact Jim Nolan.

Family Promise of Gwinnett County works to end homelessness. It is an interfaith non-profit that partners with local church communities and social service agencies to help homeless families become self-sufficient.  Contact Dennis Reich.

Garage Sale Volunteers come together to advertise, organize, and manage our parish wide community garage sale held each summer. Contact Kathy McCoy.

Haiti Sister Parish Committee organizes communication, prayer support, cultural exchange, and material assistance for our sister parish in Thomassique, Haiti. Contact David Schreckenberger.

Respect Life Committee educates and informs the parish on the broad spectrum of human life issues about which the Church teaches. Contact Ray and Linda Bland.

St. Vincent de Paul Society provides emergency food, shelter, and clothing to parishioners and neighbors in need. Volunteer caseworkers help evaluate needs and coordinate assistance. Contact the parish office for more information.

“In the beginning God entrusted the earth and its resources to the common stewardship of mankind to take care of them, master them by labor, and enjoy their fruits. The goods of creation are destined for the whole human race.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2402) The Stewardship and Administration Commission helps to promote the principle of Christian Stewardship by facilitating prayerful, deliberate, and proportionate commitments of Time, Talent and Treasure by all parishioners throughout the year and is led by Parish Council commissioner Chris Johnson.

Clerical/Office Volunteers give of their time and talent to help with answering and directing calls, keeping our database up to date, assisting in the welcome window during office hours and other administrative tasks as needed. Contact Alma Martinez.

Greeter Ministry  is a ministry of hospitality comprised of outgoing, friendly volunteers who welcome both visitors and parishioners at the doors of the Church before Mass. Contact Kelly Schreckenberger.

Parish Festival of Ministries volunteers assist the Stewardship Committee with the annual Festival/Fall Picnic, promoting community building and new friendships among parishioners. Contact Beverly Osterbur.

Parish Mailings When called upon, volunteers regularly assist administrative staff with large parish mailings throughout the calendar year. Contact Alma Martinez.

Stewardship Council  members commit to promoting Christian Discipleship by inspiring our parishioners to use their time, talent, and treasure for the greater glory of God. We work to foster a sense of community among our parishioners,  provide education about Stewardship as a way of life to parish leadership, committees, and to all parishioners – collaborating with the Pastoral Council’s efforts to promote the Stewardship of Time, Talent & Treasure. Contact Kelly Schreckenberger.

In the liturgy the sanctification of the man is signified by signs perceptible to the senses, and is effected in a way which corresponds with each of these signs; in the liturgy the whole public worship is performed by the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, that is, by the Head and His members.” (Sacrosanctam Concilium, n. 7) The Liturgical Worship and Spirituality Commission, led by Rudi Lanehart, is charged with advising the pastor in the area of the Church’s public worship by providing a forum for communication among the various liturgical ministries and offers overall support and guidance in the area of worship.

Adult Choir rehearses Wednesday evenings and sings at the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass. Bring a love for music and a desire to experience new friendships and spiritual growth. Contact John Brandt.

Altar Servers are young men and women grade four and older who assist the ordained ministers by leading processions, bearing ritual books and serving the altar with dignity and grace. Contact Kathy Donnelly.

Art & Environment Team members create the visual expression of our liturgical celebrations. Parishioners with creative ideas join those with hands-on skills. Helping hands are always needed. Contact Robin Ramsey.

Audio/Visual Technicians operate the state-of-the-art sound and video equipment in our church, ensuring that our worship is seen and heard clearly by all. Contact Tom Galucki.

Cantors lead the assembly in the sung responses and other music at mass and other liturgical celebrations. Contact John Brandt.

The Cherub Choirfor children 4 years old through 1st grade, rehearses on Wednesdays from September through May. Children learn about sound, instruments, and social interaction. Contact John Brandt.

Children’s Choircomprised of young people in grades 2 to 8, rehearses on Wednesdays and serves monthly at the Sunday 12:00 p.m. Mass. Contact John Brandt.

The Contemporary Choir leads the congregation’s song at the Sunday evening 5:00 p.m. Mass. Singers and instrumentalists, young and old welcome. Rehearsals are held on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. Contact Andrea Drath.

Family Choir, open especially to those who cannot commit to weekly practice, rehearses on Wednesdays and serves twice a month; at the Saturday 5:00 p.m. Mass and at the Sunday 8:00 a.m. Mass. Contact John Brandt.

Instrumentalists help support the assembly’s sung prayer with the color and texture of strings, horns, and keyboards. Contact John Brandt.

Lectors receive training and support so that God’s Word is not just read, but proclaimed in our worship. Men and women with clear spoken English, willing to prepare and rehearse their readings, are welcome. Contact Jane Riordan.

Martha’s Minions ensure the cleanliness of the sanctuary, altar linens and liturgical appointments, conducting their work in a spirit of prayer and service. Contact Ellie Hubbard.

Resurrection Choir leads the sung prayer at parish funeral liturgies. Daytime availability is needed, along with the ability to respond on one or two days’ notice. Contact John Brandt.

Sacristans prepare the church and altar for Mass at all liturgies and coordinate the service of the other liturgical ministers. Contact Robin Ramsey.

Ushers have a willingness to greet and welcome worshipers at Sunday Mass and care for the comfort and order of the church environment. Contact Roger Turner.

Wedding Coordinators offer assistance to couples preparing for a wedding–meeting with the couple for planning, leading the rehearsal and assisting at the wedding. Contact Loretta Graves.

The name of catechesis was given to the whole of the efforts within the Church to make disciples, to help people to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, so that believing they might have life in His name, and to educate and instruct them in this life and thus build up the Body of Christ. The Church has not ceased to devote her energy to this task.” (Catechesi Tradendae, n. 1) The Education and Faith Formation Commission serves the parish by ensuring through consultation with the pastor that a life-giving knowledge of Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith is imparted to adults and children by education and formation programs and is led by Parish Council member Ana Flamenco.

Adult Formation Catechists include those able and willing to teach and facilitate discussion among adults in our Faith Formation programs. Contact Diane Maguire to get involved.

Baptism Preparation Team welcomes parents of children to be baptized and leads them to a renewed appreciation of this foundational sacrament, The team also assists with hospitality at our monthly baptism celebrations.  if interested. Contact Jessica Thornhill if interested.

Catholics Returning Home team members provide hospitality, catechesis, and prayerful support to Catholics returning to the practice of the faith. Contact Eleanor Lashley or Patti Millinger to get involved.

Christian Initiation Sponsors are Catholics who find joy in their own faith and are willing to accompany an Inquirer in the Initiation process as a friend and companion on the journey. Interested?  Contact Diane Maguire.

Christian Initiation Team members offer hospitality, catechesis , and prayerful support to adults and young people preparing to enter the Catholic Church. Contact Diane Maguire to be a part of our team.

Elementary Faith Formation Catechists serve in all grade levels from Pre-K through 5th grade or as office helpers. Contact Beth Hodgson to become a catechist.

High School Adult Catechists assist the Youth Minister with educational, social, and service experiences on Sunday nights, off-site retreats, Confirmation preparation, and summer mission trips. Contact Michele McPheely to join our Youth Ministry High School Core Team!

Middle School Adult Catechists are needed to assist the Youth Minister with our Sunday night EDGE program for grades 6-8.  Contact Tarcy Hernandez to join our Edge Core Team!

Parish Library Volunteers work with the Director of Faith Formation to maintain the parish library. Contact Diane Maguire to assist in the parish library.

The Bridge Catechists give their time and energy to focus on our faith formation component for children and adult parishioners with specific special needs. Contact Diane Maguire or Beth Hodgson to minister in the Bridge program.

Vacation Bible School Catechists help prepare for and facilitate a week of fun and faith building  for children ages 3 through rising 6th grade each summer, focused on learning about Jesus’ love for us.  Contact Beth Hodgson to help with VBS!

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