At Holy Angels we have many so ways to get involved in the parish. Take a look at the list below and find something that interest you or read through everything and pick that way. To read about each ministry and to find out how to join one (or a few!) just follow the links.
The Mary Queen of Angels Adoration Committee is devoted to keeping the Mary Queen of Angels Adoration Chapel open 24 hours continuously from Monday 8 am – Saturday 8 am.
We currently have 8 members on our committee. We meet once per month to address the needs of the Chapel.
Our committee’s main goal is to achieve having 2 or more Team Members (Adorers committed to a specific hour for the week) each hour the chapel is open. Their duty is to oversee that specific hour every week to keep the chapel available for any/and all adorers (anyone who visits the chapel while it is open) to come and adore whenever they can be with our Lord.
We have a total of 266 team members, 103 substitute team members, and a grand total of 30,856+ hours of adoration since February 9, 2009 when the Chapel changed over to Perpetual Adoration from 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month.
Come join us in Adoring our Lord Jesus Christ in the Mary Queen of Angels Adoration Chapel! We would love to welcome you and Jesus will bless your life!!!
For more information please contact:
Diane Carlson (262)334-1042
Melinda Jessup (262)334-3680
We have a beautiful 100 year old worship space and it takes a lot to keep it clean. Holy Angels has 7 people that volunteer time out of their busy week to make sure the building stays a wonderful place for us to gather.
Each Thursday morning after the 7 am Mass our wonderful volunteers vacuum the carpets, dust the pews and the water font and clean the windows on the doors. When the candles are low the cleaners are in charge of changing them. These lovely ladies also take out the garbage generated from the weekend. They make sure the books look good in the pews and if a book cover needs to be repaired they fix it.
We even have a wonderful volunteer who comes in to clean the restrooms in the church. We sure wouldn’t be so comfortable on Sunday’s without this wonderful group of volunteers. If you are able to help the cleaning crew on Thursday mornings they would love the help! Call the Rectory at 262-334-3038 and we will help you get started.
The Decorating Committee is responsible for enhancing the church environment. The committee follows the liturgical calendar with our pastor’s guidance.
The church seasons are Advent, Christmas, Lent and Ordinary Time. To observe these seasons, linens of different liturgical colors are changed throughout the year. The linens have to be monitored for soiling and they need to be dry-cleaned.
The flowers, cactus and greenery are taken from storage and put in place at the designated times following the liturgical calendar.
Outside wreaths are put in place during the Advent and Christmas Seasons.
As part of the liturgy, decorating committee members are asked to attend the liturgy meetings for updates.
For more information contact:
Corey Weubben – 334-7161
Eileen Dethorne – 338-1458
Pattie Albinger – 677-8545
Do you like to welcome others or have a warm smile to share? Welcoming Ministry would love to have you and/or your family join our group as a “Greeter” before Mass! Families or individuals can participate, and all we ask is about once a month you greet and welcome parishioners prior to Mass. You tell us your preferred Mass times and you pick an entrance to welcome parishioners as they enter church! It’s that simple! All it takes is a smile and a friendly “Hello!” Greeting is a wonderful way to become involved and makes all who attend Mass each weekend feel welcomed at Holy Angels!
You can contact Heidi Sternig at (262) 338-7973, firstname.lastname@example.org or Deacon Mark Jansen at (262) 334-0140, email@example.com to volunteer or to learn more about this ministry.
One of the primary goals of the Holy Angels Music Ministry is to support the assembly in song and lead them in prayer through music. In order to accomplish this, we have various opportunities for you to consider! For questions or to sign up for any of these musical ministries please contact Tammy Nordman at 334-3038; ext. 138.
A Cantor is a “leader of song for the people.” Cantors lead the Responsorial Psalm; Gospel Acclamation; and have other solo opportunities. Ability to read music is necessary in order to be a Cantor. New Cantors will need to audition with the Music Minister.
Cantors participate along with other singers in the Adult Choir. The ability to read music is helpful in order to participate in the Choir, but not mandatory. The number of singers in this group vary depending upon the liturgy being served. More participants are always needed for the Christmas and Easter seasons, and thus a request is put in the bulletin for extra singers for the choir. Some participants choose to sing only at Christmas and Easter. However, since music is provided at each weekend Mass year-round, singers are always in demand! Rehearsals for the Adult Choir are held each Wednesday night in the church at 7:00 p.m. Singers of High School age and up are encouraged!
The Contemporary Choir leads music at the 9:30 a.m. Masses Sunday mornings. This group follows the order of worship done at all the other weekend Masses but utilizes many hymns and songs of the modern Christian genre. Rehearsals are held Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. in the church rectory.
HOLY ANGELS CHILDREN’S CHOIR
Comprised of students in grades 3 thru 8, the Children’s Choir has members from Holy Angels School and other area schools. Rehearsals are held in church on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. during the school year. The focus of the choir is to sing for God and be a leader of prayer. The group sings at weekend Mass one time per month and is responsible for the music at the 4:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass. Additional performances take place at a variety of community events.
HOLY ANGELS YOUNG CHILDREN’S CHOIR
Open to students in K5 thru grade 2. The children learn simple songs and grow in their love of music and how it relates to the church. Rehearsals are held 2 Tuesdays per month in the church from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. The Young Children’s Choir then sings a prelude piece before a 9:30 a.m. Mass one time per month.
Instruments of all sorts are always needed to enhance the liturgy! Brass, woodwinds, guitar and string players are encouraged to contact the Music Minister for more information. And, pianists and organists are always in demand (strong accompanying skills necessary).
In RCIA/”Why Catholic?” people come to the sessions for a variety of reasons. This ranges from people wanting to enter into the Catholic from another faith tradition, Baptized Catholics seeking full initiation (First Communion or Confirmation), and practicing Catholics looking to further their understanding of the faith. The primary reason most people attend is to enter into the Catholic Church from another faith tradition. The program generally runs from December-April on Wednesdays for 15 sessions. In addition participants attend the Rite of Welcoming held at the Cathedral of St. John in Milwaukee some time during the Lenten season. The sessions cover a variety of topics concerning the Catholic faith such as The Mass and the Eucharist, Prayer, or The Scriptures.
From time to time we need sponsors of those seeking communion with the Church. This is dependent on the personal situation of those seeking the Sacraments and there is not always a need each year. A sponsor must be a Catholic who has received all of their sacraments and fully participates in the practice of their faith. If you are interested in helping please call Deacon Dave at 262-306-1536 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if help is needed for the year.
Do you like the outdoors and working in a garden? Then the flower garden ministry would be perfect for you! Every summer we ask families to water and weed flowerbeds around the School, Church and Cemetery. Bring your own gloves, a bag for weeds, and maybe a hand rake. Sign up for one week during the summer- whatever works best for you. Visit once or twice for about an hour during your assigned week.
The Water-N-Weed Locations are-
At the gym entrance on 8th Avenue
Flowerbeds outside the School Office Entrance
Holy Angels Church sign in front of the main church entrance
Flowerbed outside the rectory front door
Cross-Shaped flowerbed in the center of the cemetery
Ring-Shaped flowerbeds in the center of the cemetery
If you have questions or would like to sign up please email email@example.com.
This ministry was started in 1998 in Hartford, Connecticut and has now become worldwide. The group at Holy Angels was started in 2008. The purpose of this ministry is to combine compassion and the love of knitting or crocheting into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. The shawl is intended to wrap, comfort and enfold the recipient who may be dealing with a physical, emotional or spiritual crisis.
The shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient and continues to offer prayers as the shawl is made. When completed the shawls are blessed by one of the priests or Deacon Mark. Many recipients choose to pass on their shawls to someone else in need when the crisis is over, thus extending the ministry to others.
There is a supply of prayer shawls in the Holy Angels rectory and anyone is welcome to take one for him/herself or to give to someone in need. There is never a charge of a prayer shawl. We also make prayer shawls for Kathy Hospice and Serenity Hospice.
We meet about every 3 months in the rectory. For more information about the Prayer Shawl Ministry contact Carol Bork at 262-338-8558.
Come see the face of Jesus…
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.
As a reflection of the whole family of God, members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to basic Rule.
Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ. St.Vincent de Paul is a worldwide Christian community founded in Paris in 1833.
How Does St. Vincent de Paul help in West Bend?
Vinecntians work to help families throughout Washington County in need through a variety of ways including: rent, electric, food, medications, gas assistance. During on on one home visits, Vincentians assess each family’s needs, pray together and work to create a plan for assisting each family. St. Vincent de Paul is a supporter of the Journey Program located at Saint Frances Cabrini. They also visit the sick, help those exiting from jail with food and clothing, and help the homeless as they are transitioning through programs such as Family Promise.
Parishioners from Saint Frances Cabrini, Holy Angels and St. Mary Immaculate Conception parishes form the West Bend St. Vincent de Paul Group. For more information please contact Genevieve (Jenny) Wolf at 414-811-1186 or Steve Wolf at 262-251-7689. The West Bend St. Vincent de Paul group meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 6:30 pm in the Holy Angels Rectory.
FIVE EASY WAYS TO SUPPORT ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
1. Donate Clothing, furniture, etc to St. Vincent de Paul Stores
2. Shot at St. Vincent de Paul Stores
3. Place donations in the poor boxes at Church
4. Give a personal donation to St. Vincent de Paul
5. Become a Vincentian – Contact Jenny Wolf for more Info!
420 N. River Rd.
445 E. Washington St.
52 S. Main St.
Each year, Holy Angels Parish hosts the Festival of Angels on the second weekend in June. It is an opportunity for our parish family and the West Bend and surrounding communities to gather, celebrate, eat and drink, listen and dance to fantastic music, enjoy a round of mini golf, play games, take in the midway and excitement of the rides, enter to to win great raffle prizes or simply sit and relax under the big top. There’s something for everyone! But in order to make the Festival a success we need volunteers like you!
If you are an organized person and like being in charge, we could use you to be the head of one of our booths (food, drinks, games, etc.). You would make sure your booth has everything in order to run smoothly, recruit volunteers to work different shifts, help set up and take down the booth, and attend a few meetings during the year prior and after the festival.
Maybe you want to volunteer but are not good with the organization aspects, or cannot commit the time. Well don’t worry we have space for you too! We need hundreds of volunteers each day to help serve food, man game booths and so much more. There is also set up, take down, and cleaning the festival grounds each night.
So much to do and it can only happen with your help! If you are interested or have more questions please contact Jim at 262-338-1148.
The Money Counting Committee consists of seven teams of four parishioners each and are responsible for counting the mass collections. Each team meets once every seven weeks after the 9:30am Mass to count the collection and prepare the bank deposits. A separate team is created to count the Christmas collection.
A group of substitutes is also available in the event you cannot count on your regular weekend.
Please contact Larry Mueller at 262-677-2043 if you are interested in joining.
Littlest Angel Gift Shop provides affordable religious goods for individual devotional use or to give as gifts. There is an assortment of crosses, statues, holy water fonts, pictures/plaques, rosaries, pendants, holy cards, books, etc. We have sacramental gifts for Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, and Weddings. We have gifts for Fathers, Mothers, Graduates, and Children. And we have seasonal items for Advent, Christmas, and Easter.
All profits from the Littlest Angel Gift Shop support the Quad-Parish Youth Outreach and Holy Angels Youth Ministry programs.
Littlest Angel Gift Shop is open every Sunday after all Masses (8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am), and is located in the church basement at the northeast entrance.
Please stop in after Mass to check out the selection of affordable gifts and devotional items while supporting the youth of our parish. See you there!
Littlest Angel Gift Shop is always looking for volunteers to open and work the shop on Sunday mornings after Mass. It would be a 30 minute, once-a-month commitment (or more, if willing). Training will be provided. Adults and kids 13 or older. If interested, please contact Katie Talbot at 262-338-3515 or firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!