The Saint Agnes Carnival is the single largest fundraiser for the parish and occurs annually over the third full weekend in July. Carnival kicks off with a community Ride Night on Thursday and ends with the Hole-In-One finals on Sunday evening. Ten percent of the net proceeds benefit our Parish Outreach with the remainder being used for parish support and capital projects. The grand tradition of Carnival is planned, prepared, and staffed entirely by volunteers: from the co-chairs to the executive committee, the grounds crew who turn a parking lot into a festival, to those who order, prepare and provide food and drinks, those who run the booths and work in them, to those who set up entertainment and sound, and those who work behind the scenes counting money, organizing sponsors, baking cakes, gathering prizes, stitching quilts, designing t-shirts, and selling chances, there is definitely a spot for EVERYONE. The parish is grateful for all of our Carnival volunteers and welcome all to join in the fun!!! Our co-chairs each commit to a three year term with staggered rotation yearlyCome visit us on Facebook!
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Connect & Reconnect Team
The Connect & Reconnect Team was established in 2014 as a result of Goal 4 of the Strategic Plan – to Build a Supportive, Involved and Compassionate Parish Community. Parishioners who were identified as being underserved by our parish are being connected/reconnected to Saint Agnes. The following ministries have been formed or expanded. If any of these ministries interest you, please notify the contact person/persons.
The Saint Agnes Fish Fry takes place each Friday in Lent in the Saint Agnes School cafeteria. More details, including times, the menu, and volunteer opportunities, will come as we approach the 2023 Fish Fry.
When there is death in the parish, the family of the deceased is contacted by this committee. A lunch following the funeral is offered in Aloysius Hall. Committee members prepare food for the family and serve the lunch. If a family so desires, food is delivered to the home.
Saint Agnes hosts New Member meetings for those wishing to become a part of our Catholic community. Our pastor or staff member gives a Power Point presentation of parish history and some of the ministries or activities they can become involved in. Then they are introduced to the pastoral staff and each staff person gives a brief description of what he or she is responsible for here. Each person/family is given a new member packet, we have refreshments, socialize and we leave.
It is the hope that this ministry will give these new family members the support they need to become an integral part of the community. Parish members can volunteer to be a host family. As a host family they will introduce themselves to the new member, explain the various activities and answer questions they may have. This host family will invite them to activities sponsored by the parish and help them to become as involved as they want to be.
New Baby Meals
Saint Agnes Catholic Community has so many great families who are willing to use their time and talent in different and creative ways. One of the ways we do that is by volunteering to assist families with newborns. We do that by preparing a meal for the family in those first few blessed and hectic weeks that the newborn is home. Each person who volunteers to cook for the family will bring a meal on a designated evening. When I call for volunteers, I will give you all of the information you will need. You would only be responsible for (1) meal or you can pair up with another person and be responsible for ½ a meal. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please call the parish office or Diane Lewis.
Parish Communication Committee
The Saint Agnes Communication Committee was formed this year to increase and improve communication between the parish and its parishioners, as well as the greater community. We seek to enhance parish publications by continuing to use traditional paper printings, while improving on our existing electronic forms of communication and starting to leverage social media where applicable. We desire to make information readily available to those who wish to join committees, participate in projects, gather for social events and volunteer for ministries. We promote parishioner to parishioner dialogue, as well as outreach to the surrounding geographic population. We intend to meet at least once a month for team updates, and during each month as necessary to reach our goals.
Volunteers are needed to help make “Prayer Blankets.” These are for those in our parish, or our family members who are seriously ill. It is a way of letting them know that the prayers, love, and support of the Saint Agnes faith community are with them. These can be made at home at your own convenience. They are simply made, about a yard long and straight stitching. A “Prayer of Comfort” can be obtained at the Parish House to be given with the blanket.
If you know anyone that may be comforted by a “Prayer Blanket,” they are available at the Parish House.
The Quilting Group makes quilts for the benefit of Saint Agnes. Most quilts are designated for the two quilt booths at the Saint Agnes Carnival each July. The group also makes quilts for the Saint Agnes Christmas Boutique held in November.
The quilters meet on a regular basis on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 A.M. until 2:30 P.M. in Aloysius Hall (undercroft of the church, enter through the green awning) where 2 or 3 quilt frames are set up for quilting. Other weekdays are sometimes added. Quilters may work as few or as many hours or days as their schedule allows. The group welcomes anyone who would like to quilt, both parishioners and non-parishioners, even if they have no previous experience. A “beginner’s quilt” provides practice for new quilters.
Additional volunteers who may want to work at home may cut pieces for quilts, assemble quilt blocks, or actually make entire quilt tops. For additional information please contact either of the persons listed above.
The SENGA Club provides social and spiritual time for its members. Membership is available for those over 55 years of age. They take trips and sponsor activities that are based upon the interest of the members. Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in Aloysius Hall.