Ministries

Prayer Chain/Prayer Shawl

Prayer Chain Ministry: if someone wants to request prayers for themselves or another individual, they contact a prayer chain rep from their parish.  This person will pass along the intention to the others on the prayer chain.  
Prayer Shawl Ministry: combines compassion and the love of knitting/crocheting to bring the comfort and warmth of God’s love to those who are suffering and to support and love those experiencing special joy.

St. Joseph’s: Diane (715) 468-4197, Monica (715) 468-4334, Jean for Prayer Shawls (715) 468-2274

St. Catherine’s: Noreen (715) 354-3223

St. Francis de Sales’: Carlene (715) 635-3823

Secular Servants of Mary

Secular Servants of Mary (and Servite Lay Dia-konia families) are affiliated with the Servite Or-der, particularly with the Ladysmith Servite Sis-ters. They share the Servite spirituality through special devotion to Mary, sense of community or family, and compassionate presence and service to others.  Their ministry consists of prayer, serving the sick and needy, and supporting service projects locally and beyond those boundaries. Some ser-vice project examples are: providing a community dinner annually, visiting the sick, bringing Holy Communion to homebound persons, coordinating the parish Adoration Chapel, supporting charitable causes including victims of human trafficking and ministry of prayer.
The group meets once monthly and other times for community prayer. New members are welcome - please contact Sister Dominica.
Sr. Dominica Effertz (715) 635-3434

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus founding principles are charity, unity and fraternity.  The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families.  Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families.  Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted through educational, charitable, social welfare, war relief and public relief efforts.  The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service.  Under the motto “Keep the Faith Alive,” the Order’s vocations initiative has a number of programs based on prayer and designed to reach the hearts and minds of young people, as well as to provide financial support during their years of seminary training and religious formation.
Larry Ford (715) 416-1100, Andy Medley (715) 635-3240

Natural Family Planning (NFP)

Natural Family Planning is: *HOLISTIC: Represents authentic family planning.  Methods can be used to both achieve and avoid a pregnancy...use of periodic abstinence based upon the observation of the woman’s natural signs of fertility...this practices fosters profound respect for one’s spouse which is necessary for authentic intimacy.  *HEALTHY: No drugs, devices or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy.  NFP reflects the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of the child.  By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife.
To learn more, click the link on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops homepage at www.usccb.org. 
Loree Nauertz (715) 635-4676 or loree.nauertz@gmail.com

Washburn Christian Outreach

Washburn Christian Outreach, aka, WCO, has just completed its 1st full year of operation.  Modelled after Good Samaritan and called Washburn Christian Outreach, the intent is to meet and fulfill poverty’s needs face-to-face, one crisis at a time.  Strong relationships were developed with other care providing groups within the community, (i.e. Salvation Army, ICAA-Connections, Washburn County Human Services, and Ruby’s Pantry).  A messages are left on a published phone number (715-468-1043), provided through the churches, et al.  Volunteers man the phone 365 days a year and provide not only direct aid, but work with other groups to provide solutions to people’s problems. It is with that spirit, commitment and success that the Christian community within the county as a whole has established this program.  Cluster Outreach Ministries and Good Samaritan thank the parishes of the cluster for their past support and prayers and look forward to their continued support of WCO.
Bill Holden (715) 497-6697 or wholden@centurytel.net

Meals Ministry

 If you are interested in helping, your name will be added to a list of people who are informed when a need arises.  If you can make a meal, you sign up for a date; specifics will be provided.  PLEASE NOTE: If you sign up, it is to receive communication when someone is in need, but you are not obligated to respond to each request.  Not everyone can, or is needed to help each time. Also, if you had previously offered to help but are now unable to and would like your name removed from the communication list, please let Loree know.  Many hands make light work and your generosity has been much appreciated by the families helped.
Loree Nauertz (715) 635-4676 or loree.nauertz@gmail.com

Eucharistic Adoration

The Cluster Eucharistic Adoration Chapel is open from Monday at 6 am until Thursday at midnight.  Adorers choose a weekly hour commitment to come in a pray with and in the Eucharistic presence of Jesus Christ.  Substitute adorers are also needed. Adoration Chapel PAGE.
Jacene Silvis (715) 635-0097 or jacenesilvis@gmail.com

Councils of Catholic Women

CCW is a group for all women of each parish who wish to support and contribute to the church community through various ministries and goodwill projects.  Their ministries include Social/Fellowship Sunday, funeral luncheon committees, nursing home and layettes for needy families.  Major projects supported include: Community Outreach, Altar Servers Appreciation trips, SFdS School, Spooner Trego Lions Christmas Fund, Farm of the Child, Leadership Training for our youth, Mariah Schultz/NET team, birthday baskets, prolife efforts and the Northwood’s Support Team for the 950th National Guard Unit.  Main fundraising events are bake sales.  Meeting frequency and days/times vary for each parish CCW. 
All women of the parish are considered members and invited to participate.

St. Joseph’s: Barbara Ailport (715) 822-8805

St. Catherine’s: Gail Librande (715) 354-7291

St. Francis de Sales’: Carlene Hansen (715) 635-3823, Sue Kending 715-466-2945

Home Ministry

The cluster Home Ministry reaches out to parishioners who are no longer able to worship with the community and desire to be connected to the parish however they can be.  Sister Dominica and the Deacons primarily minister to these members, with the option of receiving communion.
Sr. Dominica (715) 635-3434, Deacon Jim Stroede (715) 520-7043, Deacon Joe Wesley (715) 635-6653

St. Catherine Mass Ministries

Noreen Ferrari (715) 354-3223

St. Joseph Mass Ministries

Jude Bolterman (715) 468-2024

SFdS Ushers

The “first impression” people get walking in with their smiles and hospitality.  They seat people when needed and direct them to restrooms, etc. Ushers help with the collection and leave things in order after Mass.   
Dorothy Schwochert (715) 635-8542

SFdS Lectors

Proclaim the Word of God with joy; they invite those present to hear and make their own the words they reverently pronounce.
Trudy DeLawyer (715) 468-2956

SFdS Choir

Joan Fitzgerald (715) 635-3902

SFdS Altar Servers

Youth in grades 3 or older who receive training to assist the priest at mass.  Many adults are altar servers, as well.  Wonderful way to experience the Mass “up close and personal” and serve Christ in the priest.
Abbie Schmidt (715) 520-2667 or schmidtabbie@gmail.com

SFdS Mass Hosts

Call those present to prepare to worship as a community, welcoming all and sharing the events of the parish with an inviting appeal.
Stan Stanislawski (715) 635-6145

SFdS Eucharistic Ministers

Adults and young adults who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation and are trained in this ministry.  They distribute the Body & Blood of Christ to assist the priest at Mass and bring the Eucharist to the sick and homebound.   
Fr. Bala Showry (715) 635-3105 ext. 7

For corrections/additions to this list, please email sfdsschoolkk@we3churches.org.