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CAN YOU HELP WITHIN OUR PARISH?…
as a phone volunteer in the office?
Times are 9am-Noon on either Thursday or Friday each week. Please see Sue or John in the office if you are interested at (970) 242-6121.
on the Safety and Security Committee?
We would like to form a team for each of the weekend Masses. We would need at least 4 responsible adults, male or female, for each Mass. These mandatory requirements must be taken by everyone: background check, Shield the Vulnerable Certification, CPR & AED Certification and first aid training which will be provided by IHM. if you are interested in being on this team please contact John Gratkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on his voice mail (970) 242-6121 X218.
with “Garden Project?”
Do you have an hour or two a month to help the Parish’s “Garden Project” ? This once a year event is looking for volunteers who are willing to come to Mass 15 minutes early and stay 15-30 minutes after Mass one weekend per month (July through Sept) to staff our table in the Narthex and deposit the donated funds. It’s a great way to meet fellow parishioners, as well as help the Parish and Grand Valley Catholic Outreach, which benefits from the funds collected. If you can help or would like more information, please call or e-mail Dara Miller at (434-7212) or email@example.com or Bev Goodrich (242-6121) or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
with Food Preparation?
We are looking for parishioners who enjoy preparing food, helping in our kitchen and serving food at our events and activities. We are a large Parish and so we need many hands to help make those events a wonderful experience for everybody! For more information, please contact the parish office 242-6121.
with Columbarium Upkeep?
We are currently looking for volunteers to help maintain the looks of our Columbarium and outside Stations of the Cross. This would involve coming perhaps 4 times a year to wash and polish name tags on the columbarium and wash down the Stations. For more information, please contact the parish office 242-6121.
with our Altar Linens Ministry
Special care is always taken in the washing and ironing of the linens we use at Mass. We are in need of another person or a couple who would like to take the linens once a month. Please email Jack email@example.com or call parish office and leave a message 970-242-6121.
The Lord Jesus came to bring Good News, may we always proclaim his saving work!
with IHM Bulk Mailer
We meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9am to get the word out to parishioners. There is always good conversation & donuts too. Call Bonnie at 243-4698 for more information.
with making and/or buying dishes for IHM’s Funeral Dinners
Salads and casseroles are provided following a funeral mass for parishioners’ family and loved ones. We will ask for your help on an occasional basis. Email Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office 970-242-6121 to find out more.
with Marriage Preparation
Couples are needed who can listen well, share openly and encourage engaged couples in their search for a happy and fulfilling marriage. Manuals are provided and orientation sessions are held when needed. Learn more by contacting Coordinator Karen Kiefer 970-243-8908, or emailing her at RainbowArtistry@aol.com. We offer classes several times a year.
donating to our Grocery Cart?
We ask parishioners to help us fill a grocery cart in the narthex for Catholic Outreach the first Sunday of the month with non-perishable food items which will be donated to Grand Valley Catholic Outreach. For more details call 970-241-3658.
IHM’s Rent-A-Kid Program?
If you need odd jobs completed around your house, we have re-launched our Rent-A-Kid fundraiser. Young people from IHM and Mesa Catholic are participating in this program to raise money for the Alternative Spring Break trip to our Sister Parish in El Espino, El Salvador, and others to raise money to attend World Youth Day 2019 in Panama. If you need help with: yard work, light house cleaning or other odd jobs, please contact Andrea at IHM to see if we can help! There are currently 10 students ranging from high school to college involved in the Rent a Kid program. To submit a request requires sending Andrea an email email@example.com or calling the parish office (970)242-6121 and leaving a voice mail message at Andrea’s extension #207. A response to your request will be available within 48 hours. All work is done for a donation to the parish. Please be generous!
CAN YOU HELP WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY?
We are seeking a volunteer who is proficient in website/database maintenance and design, that would enjoy assisting us in our mission. Interested? Call 241-3658 ext. 103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
KAIROS Ministry at Delta Corrections Center?
We are called to visit the imprisoned! Kairos is a non-denominational Christian ministry that is rewarding for both the volunteer and the incarcerated. We are looking for Christian men that are bilingual so we can better serve the Spanish speaking men there. Contact Deacon Price Hatcher at (970) 275-0069 or Bill Bennett at (970) 240-9455 for further information.
as a Saint Mary’s Hospital’s Eucharist Minister?
Faith filled people willing to give Communion to patients are needed. For more information please call Chaplain Julie Parrish-Fender at 298-2290.
with Mesa Catholic Campus Ministry?
Please prayerfully consider if and how God is calling you to be a part of the Mesa Catholic Campus Ministry. Students are always encouraged to contact us and learn more. Email Fr. Don Malin to learn more at email@example.com
at Hopewest, formerly known as Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado?
Are you interested in support for patients and families in their time of need at the Hospice Care Center; visiting patients at home, nursing homes or assisted living centers, or working at Heirlooms Upscale Retail Shop or Administrative and office support? For more information contact Laura Switzer firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-257-2378.
with Strive, formerly known as Mesa Developmental Services?
Help with recreation activities, tutoring, a special activity, a service project, Special Olympics or help in our Fair-Trade retail store ” Uniquely Yours”. CLICK HERE to learn more about Strive. You can also call 970-256-8695 to learn more about volunteering.
with Mesa County Long-Term Care as a Ombudsman Program Volunteer?
Consider serving as advocates for residents in assisted living and nursing homes in the county. Training will be provided to support you in this task. For more information call Robb Huff at 243-7940 at ext. 385.
in Child and Migrant Services, CMS?
CLICK HERE to learn more about helping our migrant workers in the valley. You can also call us at (970) 464-5226.
Can You Help within our WORLD with …
Foundation for Cultural Exchange, FCE?
Immaculate Heart of Mary has collaborated with FCE, a local non-profit, to assist our Sister Parish in El Salvador on a number of projects, including the construction of a kindergarten classroom in 2009 (increasing the school’s capacity from 1,050 to 1,200 students), a school auditorium in 2010 that more than doubled the size of the existing meeting area, and emergency relief funding that funded the construction of three new homes following Hurricane Ida. Parishioners have traveled to El Salvador as part of the FCE’s annual cultural immersion trips since 2005. CLICK HERE to learn more.
THE GOOD NEWS …
WITHIN OUR PARISH…
Children in Faith Formation at IHM collected a car load of stuffed animals to donate to Catholic Outreach for their Lenten project this year. Thanks all who contributed these flurry friends to offer to children in need of love and friendship during difficult times.
“The Last Words” Lenten Production: God has blessed us all with many different talents. Our 2017 cast for “The Last Words” displayed their talents to praise and honor Our Lord, Jesus. Director Greg Stephen along with cast members: Megan Rubalcaba, John Moniz, Angela Rubalcaba, Jeff Henni, Henry Pena, Annastasia Moniz and Henry Ibarra stepped forward and accepted the challenge to demonstrate their faith in their portrayals. They were supported by narrator, Gary Carr; piano & drum solos by Sherry Harmon, and technical support was by Shirley Carr and Kathy Stephen.
WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY…
Thanks to all of the IHM middle and high school youth who prepared Italian vegetable with ham soup, chicken and rice soup, and grilled cheese to serve 130 residents at Homeward Bound on Friday, April 7th 2017! If you want to help offset the cost of food to continue this Corporal Work of Mercy, CLICK HERE to access IHM’s Memorial Burse: Homeward Bound Dinner Preparation on IHM’s online Giving Page.
WITHIN OUR WORLD…
2017 Spring Break trip to El Espino, El Salvador school supplies and a large amount of books were delivered to our Sister School in El Salvador by young adults and high school students from our parish along with our Youth Leaders. They also spent time with the 34 scholarship students of El Espino who have received the support of our parish. Thank you IHM for your continued prayers and support!