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Ministries

Below you will find information about our parish and its various ministries, activities and organizations.  You may also find this link to our Stewardship Renewal Handbook helpful.  Buildings do not make a church – people do.  A parish is a community of believing Christians, and the people of Immaculate Heart of Mary are most important.  We are here to help you grow spiritually and to help you to develop associations with other members of your community.  When you have finished reviewing the opportunities, please complete the Stewardship Commitment Card and return it to the parish office.

 

ACTIVITIES

Alumni and Friends Committee
Mission:  To plan and host events inviting alumni and friends of IHM School who support our school, particularly our Tuition Assistance Scholarship Fund.
Activities: Events may include golf outings, bowling, picnics, dinners, etc.
Committee chairs are needed!
Kathy Marshall – 608-221-1521, ext. 308 or kmarshall@ihmparish.org
Sandy Bakk – 608-221-9181

Buildings and Grounds

Mission:  Upkeep and beautification of the parish grounds and buildings.
Activities:  This committee, chosen by the Pastor, meets regularly to discuss the building and maintenance issues of the parish grounds. The committee members are involved in a hands-on way, volunteering their time and talent to do projects such as painting, grounds work, facility repairs and upkeep, etc.
Additional volunteers are needed to help the committee with its tasks.
DuWayne Sweno – 608-358-0255 or pjmanager@charter.net 

Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts
Mission:  The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.
Elaine Waraczynski – ewaraczy@hotmail.com

Federation of North American Explorers

Mission:  A Christ-centered program for boys and girls ages 6 – 17 that teaches respect and community service in a fun and constructive manner.
Activities: To have fun, enjoy God’s creation, celebrate the Sacraments, and grow in the Catholic faith.  Meetings are held Monday evenings. Boys and girls meet separately according to age group.
Jeff Bond – jeffbond7@icloud.com

Garden Angels

Mission:  For the maintenance of the parish gardens on a weekly basis, spring through fall. Chores include planting, weeding, and watering of plants and flowers.
Chairs are needed for this ministry! For more information, contact:
Roy and Bernice Swanke – 608-222-6641

Girl Scouts

Mission:  Girl Scouting builds courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place.
Activities:  Girl Scouts earn badges, hike and camp, participate in the cookie program, and much more.
Claire Gnau – cmgnau@charter.net

IHM Memorial Day Festival

Mission:  To develop Christian fellowship in a fun community atmosphere and raise funds to support parish life.
Activities:  The IHM Festival is a time for the parish members to come together for two days of fun and fellowship for all ages! There are games for adults and children, as well as live entertainment, great food, a white elephant sale, a raffle and a silent auction. This is great fun for everyone.  New volunteers are always needed and welcome.
2016 Festival Chairs are needed! – For more information, call our 2015 chairs:
Chris and Sandra BonDurant, 608-222-6814

IHM Winter Gala

Mission:  To offer an evening of socialization, dining, a Silent Auction, games, and dancing, while at the same time benefiting the programs and ministries of IHM Parish and School.
Activities:  The Winter Gala is our largest event of the year, held in the winter between the celebrations of Christmas and Easter, providing adults from our parish and school community with a reprieve from winter by spending a nice evening out for fun and socialization.
Ivonne Blahnik, 608-221-1521, ext. 309 or iblahnik@ihmparish.org

Knights of Columbus
Mission:  Involvement in the Knights of Columbus provides opportunities of charity and fraternity for men, serving Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, St. Dennis Parish, our diocese and our world.
Activities:  Meetings are held at Immaculate Heart of Mary and at St. Dennis.
Grand Knight, John (Doc) Casey – 608-838-6583

St. Anne’s Society

Mission:  To provide all the women of the parish with opportunities to meet and join in social, educational and spiritual activities.
Activities: St. Anne’s Society raises funds for the needs of the parish through their regular bake sales and Holiday Bazaar. The group meets six times per year.  Meetings sometimes consist of guest speakers, and an annual May potluck supper and baby shower for Pregnancy Helpline
Gail Stuart – 608-221-0733

Young Adult Ministry
Mission: Providing opportunities for the young adults of our parish (ages 19-39) to get to know others in their age group, to become more involved in the parish community and to grow in their faith.
Activities: Activities include times of socialization/fun, fellowship, prayer, Scripture study, parish involvement, and community service. Melissa and Patrick Grube, 262-496-0152 or YoungAdultsIHM@gmail.com

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COMMUNICATION

Archivist
Mission:  To assess, collect, organize, preserve, maintain control over, and provide access to information determined to have long-term value. The information can be in any form—letters, documents, photographs, previous publications, electronic records and video or sound recordings.
Activities:  Photos, news articles and other items of historical interest to our parish can be submitted to the parish office.
Karen Duffey – 608-222-3858

Parish Mailing Group
Mission:  To assist parish office staff with parish mailings.
Edna Wrchota 608-221-1521 (Mon. and Thurs.)

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EDUCATION

There are many opportunities for learning more about our faith through our Religious Education program.
For chilrdren, you will find regular classes, music classes, and vacation bible school.  The high school ages can join the confirmation classes and/or the Summer Mission Trip.  Non-Catholic Adults seeking more information about the Catholic faith  are welcome in our RCIA program.  Adults interested in deepening their understanding of our faith will want to join Father’s Book Club or one of the “Between Sundays” groups.  See our Religious Education page for more information.

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SCHOOL STEWARDSHIP

Athletics
Coaches and assistant coaches are needed for the various sports at IHM.   Also, volunteers are needed to work concessions during games.
Ben Lange – 608-222-8831

HSA-Home & Sschool Association
IHM’s Home & School Association is a group of dedicated IHM parents that oversee the fundraising efforts for the school. Parents and the School work in partnership to fundraise and provide programs including Reading Night, Fish Fry, Soup-R-Raffle, Spaghetti Dinner, Grandparents Day, Catholic Schools Week, Book Fair, Muffins with Moms, Donuts with Dads, Prairie Fire Children’s Theater, 5K Run, and Monona Parade Float.
Sandra BonDurant – 608-222-6814 or 3424sandra@gmail.com

SAC-School Advisory Council
A group of school staff and parents who, along with the clergy, administration, and Pastoral Council are dedicated to the promotion and welfare of Catholic education.  This committee of IHM stakeholders is responsible for recognizing and effectively communicating relevant ideas and strategies to further achieve the educational goals and mission of the school and parish.
Trevor Stebbins (President) – Trevor.Stebbins@fbfcwi.com

School Volunteers
Share your gifts with children through reading to them, helping teachers, stuffing folders, food for functions, field trips, and lunch room.
Diana Winters – 608-222-8831

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FAMILY LIFE

Childcare for Little Mother’s’ Group
Mission: To provide childcare for the young children of the moms who are participating in our Little Mothers’ Group on Thursday mornings. Childcare providers must be Safe Environment compliant.
Stephanie Ehle – 608-712-8281 or sehle@gmail.com

FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding & Study)
Mission: FOCCUS Facilitators are married parish couples who serve to work with engaged couples on their preparation for marriage in the Catholic Church.
Activities: The married couples facilitate the FOCCUS inventory over 2-3 meeting dates with the engaged couple. The schedule for the sessions is flexible.
Kathy Marshall – 608-221-1521, ext. 308 or kmarshall@ihmparish.org

Little Mother’s Group
Mission: Mothers of small children gather on Thursday mornings after Mass in the Church Meeting Room for friendship, faith sharing, and Scripture study.  Child care is provided.
Debbie Pelloski – 608-512-6439

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FINANCE

Accounting Committee
Mission:  The Accounting Committee is responsible for counting and depositing Sunday collections in teams of two people. Credit and background checks are required for this committee.
Bernie Heit – 608-221-1521, ext. 310

Finance Council
Mission:  To assist, counsel and advise the Pastor in the overall fiscal operations of the parish; to plan and monitor the annual budget; to deliver the annual financial report to the parish, and encourage the Stewardship Way of Life.
Activities:  The Parish Finance Council is the only parish committee formally required by Canon Law. The Finance Council
consists of eight parishioners who are appointed by the Pastor.
Fr. John Silva, Pastor – 608-221-1521, ext. 311

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LITURGY

Altar Servers
Mission:  This ministry calls our young parishioners to serve in a special way during the celebration of the Mass.
Activities:  Students in the fifth grade and beyond can become regularly-scheduled servers if they demonstrate reverence and responsibility.
Sharon Derks – sdderks@gmail.com

Church Music Ministry
Mission:  The Music Ministry is designed to assist and lead the congregation in the celebration of the Liturgy.  This requires the time and talent of many people including organist, instrumentalists and singers. The Immaculate Heart of Mary Music Ministry includes the St. Cecilia Choir, Youth Choir, and Funeral Choir.  New members are always welcome.
Catherine Henderson – 608-221-1521, ext. 309, chenderson@ihmparish.org

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC)
Mission:  Extraordinary Ministers are entrusted to perform a special function for members of the parish family by assisting the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion, either at Mass or at other times. Must be a practicing Catholic in good standing.  Training is provided.
Sharon Derks – sdderks@gmail.com

God’s Housekeepers
Mission:  This ministry entails cleaning the church on a weekly basis, replacing votive candles, and quarterly Spring cleanings.
Sharon Droessler – dcflyer@charter.net

Greeters
Mission:  Greeters arrive one half hour before Mass begins and welcome parishioners and visitors to Mass. Must be a practicing Catholic in good standing who possesses a friendly and welcoming personality
Karen Duffey – 608-222-3858 or kduffey@ihmparish.org

Lectors
Mission:  To proclaim the Word of God in the readings at Mass.
Activities:  Lectors should have a strong public speaking voice, a commitment to continued improvement of speaking skills, and a dedication to practice and preparation during the week prior to proclaiming the Word of God.  Training is required for new lectors.  Lector schedules take individuals’ preferences into account whenever possible. Must be a practicing Catholic in good standing.
Sharon Derks – sdderks@gmail.com

Liturgy of the Word for Children
Mission:  To present the Word of God to the Children in age-appropriate language and to explain the message in clear and current terms.  To recognize that the spirituality of children differs from that of adults and must be nurtured in ways that are more concrete, interactive and personal.
Activities:  Before the readings at 10:15 Mass, the children in kindergarten through third grade are invited by the priest to leave with a catechist and a helper. The children, catechist and helper meet in the Church Meeting Room, which has been set up for the enthronement of the Gospel Book. The catechist presents the Word, discusses it with the children, and allows time for their personal petitions. The children usually leave with some activity to take home to share and complete with their parents.
Laura Soldner – 608-221-1521, ext. 313 or lsoldner@ihmparish.org

Offertory Gift Bearers
Mission:  To arrange for parish families to carry up Offertory Gifts during the weekend Masses.
Activities:  All families of Immaculate Heart of Mary are invited to participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by volunteering to take up Offertory Gifts. You can volunteer by filling out the Time and Talent form each year or by contacting the Coordinator.
Alice Copper – copper0661@sbcglobal.net

Sacristans
Mission:  Sacristans offer behind-the-scenes support to the priest for set-up before and clean-up after Mass.
Bernice Owen – 608-222-9063

Ushers
Mission:  Ushers assist at Mass with seating, the offertory collection, movement of Communion lines, and distribution of the bulletins; they also assist those who are handicapped. Must be a practicing Catholic in good standing.
Sharon Derks – sdderks@gmail.com

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PARISH

Hospitality Committee
Mission:  The Hospitality Committee serves coffee and refreshments following Masses on Welcoming Sunday and on other special occasions.
Activities:  Volunteers offer cheerful hospitality, providing coffee, juice, home-baked items, and help with set-up, serving
and clean-up.
Karen Duffey – 608-222-3858 or kduffey@ihmparish.org

Pastoral Council

Mission:  The primary mission of the Council is to assist the pastor in his decisions concerning the matters that affect the life of the parish.  The Council accomplishes this by providing advice and consultation.
Activities:  Council members are elected by the parishioners to serve a three-year term.  There are nine members on the Pastoral Council.  Trustees are appointed by the pastor to serve for two years on the Pastoral Council, three years on the Finance Council. Meetings are held eight times per year, or as directed by the pastor.  Council members also serve as liaisons to the ministries of
the parish and provide updates on the work of those ministries.
Kathy Marshall – 608-221-1521, ext. 308 or kmarshall@ihmparish.org

Vocations Committee

Mission:  To help foster priestly and religious vocations.
Activities:  Members assist the pastor and invite parishioners to become more aware of the fact that Christ is calling everyone to a particular vocation in the church.  Among those, we can be confident that some are called to be priests and some to be sisters. Committee members help to create an atmosphere in which the call may be heard and encouraged. Meetings are held four times per year and events are planned to pray for and promote vocations.
Mary Anderson – 608-221-1926

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PRAYER

Email Prayer Chain
Mission:  To invite others to pray for specific prayer requests.
Karen Clough – ihmpray1@hotmail.com

Eucharistic Adoration
Mission:  To encourage and promote Adoration of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.
A) Weekly Eucharistic Adoration occurs Wednesday morning after Mass from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
B) Family Eucharistic Adoration occurs once per month on the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the Church, followed by a potluck supper, held in Marian Hall during the colder months, and outdoors on the parish or school grounds in the warmer months.
Activities:  People spend time in prayer and adoration before the exposed Blessed Sacrament, as well as fellowship with other families from our parish community.
Kelly Bond, Chair of Family Adoration – 608-839-4312

Ministry of Praise
Mission:  This ministry is a way for parishioners to be actively involved in the parish, despite being homebound or unable to physically volunteer their time in other ways.  Ministers of Praise are especially commissioned and provided with special daily prayers and a monthly list of requested prayers.
Shelby Guerin – 608-819-8399 (h), 608-235-8312 (c), or ssjguerin@aol.com

Pre-Mass Rosary
Mission:  To promote praying of the Rosary and Marian devotion.
Activities:  To pray the Rosary before every weekend Mass.
Ivonne Blahnik – 608-221-1521, ext. 309 or iblahnik@ihmparish.org

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RESPECT LIFE & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Luke House
Mission:  Luke House is a community meal program.  IHM members provide a meal on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Meal donations are dropped off at the parish center.  Volunteers help serve the meal at the Luke House location on Ingersoll Street in Madison.
Don and Cathy Bernards – 608-226-9932

Respect Life Committee
Mission:  To respect and protect all human life, from natural conception to natural death. To advocate to those in need.  To serve God’s children of all stages of life, by being a strong, active, and prayerful parish.
Activities:  Mother’s Day Rose Sale, Pro-Life educational efforts, Participation in 40 Days for Life, support of pregnancy help centers, etc.
Kathy Marshall – 608-221-1521, ext. 308 or kmarshall@ihmparish.org

Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Mission:  The Society of St. Vincent De Paul is a Catholic lay organization whose members join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need who live within and beyond our parish boundaries.  It is personalized involvement that takes the form of intervention, consultation, or often through the direct dollar or an in-kind service. The Society collaborates with other commissions in the parish to help relieve the need and address the causes.  The Society is an international organization, organized locally, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.
Activities:  Meetings are held on the first Thursday following the first Tuesday of every month. Meetings are supportive gatherings of prayer and reflection with a primary concern of charity and justice.
Pat Ponty – 608-221-4330

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SPECIAL NEEDS

Bereavement Ministry
Mission: The Bereavement Ministry offers support and compassion to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
Kathy Bier – 608-222-0376

Communion to the Homebound
Mission:  Communion ministers are trained to take Holy Communion to the homebound or those in care facilities who are unable to attend Mass.
Ivonne Blahnik, 608-221-1521, ext. 309 or iblahnik@ihmparish.org

Funeral Luncheon Committee

Mission:  To provide food items for funeral luncheons.
Activity:  Committee members are divided into teams and are contacted on a rotating basis to contribute salads or desserts for funeral luncheons.
Armella Sonn – 222-8193

Ministry of Compassion
Mission:  The purpose of this ministry is to provide emotional and spiritual support to parishioners during prolonged illness.
Ivonne Blahnik – 608-221-1521, ext. 309 or iblahnik@ihmparish.org

Respite for Caregivers
Mission:  This ministry gives temporary relief to family members who are caring for a loved one at home.
Ivonne Blahnik – 608-221-1521ext. 309 or iblahnik@ihmparish.org

Sunshine Committee
Mission:  Members of the SHARE Sunshine Committee write and send greeting cards to parishioners who are hospitalized, and to elderly parishioners on their birthday, at Christmas and Easter.
Ilene Marking – 608-221-4414

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STEWARDSHIP

Stewardship Committee
Mission:  To develop and foster a Christian community atmosphere whereby the spiritual and social needs of parishioners can be realized through Stewardship of Time, Talent and Treasure, resulting in a sense of belonging, involvement and commitment for each parishioner. Activities:  This committee meets monthly with the exception of the summer months, discussing ways to implement Stewardship as a Way of Life at IHM, planning for the annual Stewardship Renewal, Ministry Fairs, Parish Leadership Retreat, etc.
Kathy Marshall – 608-221-1521, ext. 308 or kmarshall@ihmparish.org

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