MINISTRIES & ORGANIZATIONS
Please see the list below for an overview of the many ministries and organizations that make up our Catholic parish community. If a ministry does not have a specific contact person listed, please reach out to the Parish Office staff, and we will assist you in getting involved.
(Due to COVID-19, many of these ministries are not active right now but are looking forward to restarting soon! Thank you for understanding!)
ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL
Many parishioners are needed each year to make our St. Charles Borromeo appeal a success. Funds raised from the Appeal are used for Archdiocesan and individual parish efforts. Contact Dale Gerstenkorn.
A group of parishioners totals the contributions each Monday after the weekend Masses. Contact Paul Luebbers at 636-946-9420 or Jim Yates at 636-940-1990.
We try to keep the grounds looking good by cutting the grass, trimming the shrubs and raking the leaves. And we are always in need of new people to help with this tremendous task.
The Parish Council is the advisory board for the parish community, working in cooperation with the pastor and other parish staff in setting strategic direction, policies, goals and objectives for the parish. Members serve a three-year term. If you are called to participate, please prayerfully consider this important work.
ARTS & ENVIRONMENT
This group of parishioners takes charge of the church decorations for the major liturgical seasons, certain holy days, and special liturgies throughout the year. Contact Sharon Schnarre at 636-723-3675.
Come spend the last Tuesday of each month with the Lord through Eucharistic Adoration, praise music, and inspirational words. 7-8 p.m. Contact Barb Bott at 636-947-3939.
Serving in the choir ministry is a gift to give to yourself. Our choir is a community within the larger parish family, sharing the bond of music. We welcome new singers of all ages but especially encourage younger members to consider joining our groups. Contact Beth Duello at email@example.com or 636-947-8456.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place generally on the third Monday of each month, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. with Benediction at 6 p.m. Parishioners are encouraged to spend a few quiet moments with our Eucharistic Lord in prayer. Contact Bill Kish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHRIST RENEWS HIS PARISH (CRHP)
Christ Renews His Parish emphasizes continued growth in the Catholic Christian life. CRHP is a two-day retreat with time for listening, prayer, fellowship and celebration of our loving God and Savior. Women’s and men’s weekends are held separately. Contact Cathy Carey at 636-946-4626 or
PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION CATECHISTS
Help us prepare our children for the Sacraments by becoming actively involved in their faith education! Assist us on Sunday mornings by becoming a Catechist, aide, substitute teacher, or a PSR office assistant. Contact Sr. Raquel Ortez at 636-946-2916 or email@example.com.
EMAUS RETREATS - HISPANIC MINISTRY
Our Hispanic Ministry hosts Emaus retreats to allow parishioners a time to grow in their faith and in their faith communities.
Contact Sr. Raquel Ortez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 636-946-2916 or Deacon Jorge Perez at email@example.com or 636-946-1893.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS
RCIA is the journey through which adults receive instruction in the teachings of the Catholic faith. Current parishioners are needed to serve as sponsors for RCIA candidates. Sessions are held weekly from September through June. Contact Sr. Raquel Ortez at 636-946-2916 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a group parents who meet to offer spiritual support and practical resources as they parent in today’s ever-changing world. The group is open to discussing any parenting issues. Contact Christine Woody at 314-503-7277 or email@example.com.
This wonderful opportunity to be active and serve our parish in a fun atmosphere. We need all the help we can get! Thank you to all those who have helped in years past and are here to sign up again. Please help recruit others from our awesome faith community to help make our fish fries more successful each and every year!
The Parish Picnic is the first weekend in October. This total parish effort in the fall is one of the primary fundraisers for the parish, as well as the individual organizations taking part in its planning and execution. This ministry needs more people because it is a large event for our parish and everyone’s help is needed.
ST. CHARLES YOUNG ADULTS
SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT GROUP
Having a family member with a disability may present unique blessings and challenges. Join a support group for families of people with special needs to share our joys and struggles with people who are experiencing similar situations. Contact Ann Tollefson at 314-608-4615.
Women of our parish gather at 6:00 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays each month. Time is spent in prayer, bible reflection and fellowship. Contact Ann Tollefson at 314-608-4615 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Becca McCullough at 636-922-9220.
This biennial fundraiser consists of a Silent and Oral Auction with items donated by local businesses, parishioners, and others in our community. It is a wonderful time to raise money for the parish, enjoy an elegant evening of delicious food and fellowship, and take home treasured items at the same time.
Held annually since 1995 and now named in honor of Joe Hensley, one of the original organizers, the profits from this fun day directly benefit the programs and services offered at our parish. The entry fee includes the cart, greens fee, lunch, refreshments, dinner, and cash prizes. Contact Mike Murray at email@example.com.
These ladies meet weekly on Wednesday mornings to quilt for special projects and for our Ladies Sodality quilt raffles. Contact Frankee Tajkowski at 636-724-7112.
SET ABLAZE PRAYER GROUP
Parishioners gather at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays each month in the church vestibule. Time is spent in prayer, bible reflection and fellowship. Contact Deacon Steve Moeller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored by the Ladies Sodality and St. Charles Borromeo School, five blood drives are held each year so that we may help support our local hospitals and earn the school a $250 grant. Contact Barb Bott at 636-947-3939 or email@example.com.
WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY DOING FUNERAL LUNCHEONS DUE TO COVID.
A team of parishioners offers to serve a meal for the family and friends of the deceased following a funeral. Contact Pat Koenen at 636-946-2280 or Barb Bott at 636-947-3939 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEALS IN TIMES OF CRISIS
Parishioners will be asked, no more than three times per year, to furnish a simple evening meal when a parish member is experiencing crisis because of illness, accident, death of the family, etc. Contact Barb Bott at 636-947-3939 or email@example.com.
We are asking for volunteers who like to crochet and knit, but most importantly, love to pray. If you are in need of a prayer shawl for yourself or others, please let us know. Contact Rochelle Hord at 314-503-8595 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This group promotes the sacredness of all life through the efforts of Birthright, legislation awareness, fundraising, education and prayer. Contact Sandy Boschert at 636-947-3421 or email@example.com.
SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
SVDP assists people within our parish boundaries in need of food, utility and rental assistance, medicine, housing and miscellaneous services. We are funded, to a great extent, by the generous contributions of our parishioners. If you would like to assist this ministry, call our hotline at 636-925-1616.
Some of our Hispanic parishioners need assistance with translations in their daily lives, either spoken or written. If you are bilingual and would be willing to assist fellow parishioners, contact Deacon Jorge at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-946-1893.
BORROMEO VOLUNTEER CORPS
Throughout the year we will plan events to help and support our community. If you have interest in volunteering, providing
volunteer opportunities, or making St. Charles an even better community, please email Tammy (email@example.com) and Ryan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sponsored by our Society of St. Vincent DePaul, this outreach ministry offers our parishioners the opportunity to help an individual or family at Christmastime by providing gifts, thereby living out the spirit of giving which this season signifies. Contact Bev Lewis at email@example.com.
The FISH food pantry has an ongoing need for food donations. Check out the weekly bulletin for the list of items needed each month that can be brought to the church at the end of each month so we can get the items to the food pantry. Contact Pat Walendy at 636-724-1423 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our 7th graders get a taste of serving others as a mini branch of our Society of St. Vincent de Paul through food collections and other community service events.
The Prayer Tree has over 175 parishioners who pray for your intentions. Prayer requests are emailed to prayer tree members as they are received so that prayers can be lifted up in a timely manner. Contact Ann Tollefson at 636-928-2970 to join the prayer tree or submit a Prayer Request or email@example.com.
ST. PATRICK CENTER CASSEROLES
One casserole per month is prepared in your home to be sent to the St. Patrick’s Center in St. Louis to help feed the homeless. Casseroles are frozen, so they can be brought to the church office any time during the work day, or early on the Friday morning that they are delivered. Contact Mary Dean Glosier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers are needed to help serve a meal to those less fortunate in our own area. The kitchen, sponsored by the Salvation Army, is set up at North 4th Street and Emmons in North St. Charles near Highway 370. Interested in helping? Contact Bev Lewis at email@example.com.
VISITING THE SICK & HOMEBOUND
Along with feeding the hungry and clothing the naked, Jesus also tells us to visit the sick. Our parish has a group of volunteers who visit the homebound (some of the volunteers are Extraordinary Ministers). Contact Mary Kutchback at 636-946-9758 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scouting is open to those who are 11 years old (or who are at least 10 years old and have completed the fifth grade or earned the Arrow of Light Award) up to the age of 18. Contact Scoutmaster Mike Kesler at 636-462-0929. Register for Scouts here.
Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others; develop values to guide their actions; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others. Contact Stacey Iadevito at 636-219-2081 or Irene Iver at 636-345-1462.
Totus Tuus is a youth program (Latin for “totally yours”) that aims to bring young people into a relationship with Christ and His Church for lifelong discipleship. The day program is open to rising 1st-6th graders. The evening program is open to 7th-12th graders.