Ministries of Saint Moncia's

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Africa-Rising Club

The members of this faith community are descendants of African ancestry or are immigrants directly from Africa.  The purpose of this organization is to promote awareness and appreciation of the African culture; to provide fellowship events which allow both an educational and a social forum for the members and concerned supporters.  

COORDINATOR:  Deacon Kenneth Greene

ALTER & ROSARY SOCIETY

This ministry includes all of the women members of the church. The men of the church are also encouraged to join. Responsibilities include: monthly gathering for prayer (Rosary) and planning for special events, home visitations, hosting church receptions, decorating the Sanctuary, maintaining the altar servers & robes. 

MEETINGS: 2nd Saturday, 11:00 a.m., in the St. Monica Room. 

COORDINATOR:  Rose Palmer

BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY

Assists families of deceased parishioners, especially with preparing and serving the family meal, following the funeral service. 

COORDINATOR: Carolyn Greene

CONTRIBUTIONS COUNTING TEAMS

We are a team of volunteer parishioners who count and record Sunday contributions for the individual contributions for tax purposes. 

MEETINGS: Sundays, following 10:00 a.m. mass 

COORDINATOR:  Burnetta Burtin

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

Communion Servers at the Altar of the Lord, and servers to the parishioners who gather to worship; Assists the Pastor with distributing bread and wine to the Catholic congregation during the Eucharist celebration; to bring prayer and communion to the sick and shut-in parishioners. Meetings: As needed. Special training is provided through the Diocese. 

Register via Church Office. 816-471-3696 

COORDINATOR: Dianna Miller

EVANGELIZATION MINISTRY

To spread the word of God through a spirit of welcoming and fellowship. This ministry is responsible for welcoming Sunday visitors during mass, sending thank You, messages, Tele-angels, and overseeing monthly Fellowship Reception.  

COORDINATOR:  Terese Spears & Christine Johnson  

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FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY

Scheduled gatherings after each mass on the 3rd Sunday of every month.  Each ministry takes a turn providing the food. 

COORDINATOR:  Victor Ammons

FINANCE COMMITTEE

Serves as adviser to the Parish Council on all financial issues:

Develops annual operating budget; Monitors monthly actual results in comparison to budget; 

Reviews and approves requests for funds, 

Monitors over-all Building & Maintenance Process; 

Assists in generating support for the Church’s Tithing Program.  

MEETINGS: 3rd Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., COORDINATOR:   Fr. Leonard Gicheru

GARDENING MINISTRY

This group attends to the outside environment of the church. They are responsible for planting new flowers, seeding, weeding, & watering the plants on & around the campus. 

MEETING:  Saturdays in the early morning.

COORDINATORS:  Donna Murff

HEALTH & WELLNESS MINISTRY

This group encourages parishioners to strive for good physical and mental health, by providing health-tips in the church bulletin; offering exercise classes; Mammogram screening for women; blood-pressure & cholesterol checking. 

COORDINATORS:  Sr. Sandra Thibodeaux and Donna Murff

USHER/HOSPITALITY MINISTRY

Welcomes & seats visitors. Directs parishioners to available seating, helps with the offering, gifts, and Holy Communion as needed.   Calendar of Groups and assignments September 2019 to June 2020.  

MEETINGS:  Quarterly for updates to schedule and social events.

COORDINATORS:  Kim Urenda  (urendak@gmail.com) & Mary Pearison (58godsc@gmail.com

KNIGHTS OF PETER CLAVER (KPC)

An organization of Christian men, women, & children, who serve community and church. This Christian Community promotes good will and service to the poor. 

Includes:  

KNIGHTS  = Grand Knight,  Al Lomax  

     JR. KNIGHTS  =  Deacon Ken Greene

LADIES' AUXILIARY = Grand Lady, Deborah Scott 

     JR. DAUGHTERS = Kelly Artis

LADIES OF GRACE = Paula Nix

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LECTOR MINISTRY

Readers of the scriptures during Mass Celebrations at 8 AM & 10 AM Masses.  Training sessions are offered by the Diocese, throughout the year.

COORDINATOR:  Rose Palmer

LEGION OF MARY

Mission: To be followers of Jesus Christ, honoring the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus. Responsibilities: To pray the Joyful Mysteries, Sorrowful Mysteries, Glorious Mysteries & the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, visit the sick at home, in hospitals and to assist members of the church as needed. 

MEETINGS: first Sunday of each month, at Curio, in Independence, MO. 

COORDINATOR:  Angela Curry 

LITURGICAL MINISTRY

This committee plans yearly, seasonal, & weekly Eucharistic services. 

MEETING:  This group meets once a month. 

COORDINATOR: Fr. Leonard Gicheru 

MEN'S DISCIPLESHIP CLASS

St. Monica's men gather for breakfast, scripture study and discussion. 

MEETINGS:  Saturday mornings 

COORDINATORS:  Ovell Thomas & Mike Hughes

MUSIC MINISTRY

Supports Mass celebrations & worship services through music. Collaborates with the Liturgical Planning leaders of the parish, includes congregational participation in the musical celebration of the Eucharist. 

Director, Melvin Kerr, 

MEETINGS:  Inspirational Choir Rehearsals Sunday mornings at 9 am

8:00 a.m. Choir  

10:00 a.m.  Inspirational Choir

COORDINATOR:  Melvin Kerr & Michele Perez 

PRAISE DANCER MINISTRY

The purpose of this group is to enhance the liturgy through dance, as a choir does through song. 

COORDINATOR:  Marilyn Scott 

CHOREOGRAPHER: Deanna Atchley

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PRISON MINISTRY

Provides on-site support to inmates. Offers Bible study, and worship through prayer.  

COORDINATOR: Deacon Darwin Dupree  

SACRISTANS & ALTAR SERVER MINISTRY

Trains young people in the service of preparing the Altar for mass celebrations and assisting at the Altar.  

MEETINGS:  Every other month

COORDINATOR:  Victor Ammons 

SOCIAL SERVICES/FOOD PANTRY MINISTRY

St. Monica's Social Ministry provides emergency assistance to the poor, the elderly, and others experiencing emergency needs. Volunteers are involved in every aspect of this essential program, which assists families & individuals with meeting the basic needs of food, shelter, utilities, & medical care.  COORDINATOR: Marcheita Bush

STEWARDSHIP MINISTRY

Goals: To provide ongoing opportunities for parishioners to share their time, talents, and treasure. To encourage financial stability for the parish by developing action plans for upcoming & future building renovations projects, as outlined in the Parish Strategic Plan with ongoing parishioners input. 

COORDINATOR: 

TRANSPORTATION MINISTRY

Van service for parishioners who need transportation to & from 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass.

COORDINATOR:  Ramonda Doakes

*Driver, Conrad McDonald

VOCATION MINISTRY

This group promotes vocational awareness through prayer and education with an emphasis on priestly and religious vocations.  

COORDINATOR:  Deacon Darwin Dupree

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NOVENA MINISTRY

WEDNESDAY NIGHT NOVENA:  This group gathers to recite the Rosary, read the scriptures, and offer healing prayers.  Led by a team of lay ministers.  

MEETINGS:  Wednesdays in the Sanctuary at 6:00 p.m.

COORDINATOR:  Deacon Dupree

WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY

Women gather to read and study the scriptures. 

MEETINGS:   Saturday, 9:00 a.m. in the St. Monica Room.

COORDINATOR:  Paula Nix