You are invited to participate in our parish ministries. Learn more about them and how to get involved by clicking on the links below:
Women’s House of Shelter houses approximately 70 girls ages five to twenty and about ten religious Sisters in Reynosa, Mexico. They receive support from our parish through financial donations as well as donations of bedding, vitamins, shampoo, soap, spiral notebooks, pencils, and even kerosene heaters! St. Tom’s has also donated gifts at Christmas. Some years those have been the only Christmas gifts the children received.
Assists engaged couples as they prepare to enter marriage. Couples meet to discuss various issues highlighted by a special questionnaire. Training is provided.
This ministry takes place 15 minutes before each weekend Mass. You simply welcome people as they come in the doors, help them find their name tags. No training needed. Simply sign up in the narthex.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP (GRIEFSHARE)
Provides support and a safe place to share the pain and questioning that comes with the death of loved ones. St. Tom's is using the program called GriefShare. If you are interested in participating, please contact our office 269 381 8917 for more information about the program.
FUNERAL AND FOOD PREPARATION MINISTRY
Provides assistance to parishioners in times of emergency or particular troubles in their lives, such as assistance with meals, errands, getting to doctor’s appointments, and funeral luncheons. Volunteers also help with special parish projects. A monthly coordinator makes phone calls from the list of volunteers to solicit help as needed.
Are an inclusive and ecumenical group of gay men and lesbian women, endorsed by the Diocese of Kalamazoo, to provide spiritual ministry in accord with the social justice teachings of the Catholic Church. Contact the group through the parish office 269 381 8917. St. Tom's supports Western MIchigan University's Safe on Campus policies.
Enhance our parish liturgies with service as a lector, Eucharistic minister, musician or mass coordinator. Others contribute their artistic skills or help to create a beautiful environment for the various liturgical seasons.
Gathers a group of Christian men, primarily Catholic, who share a burning desire to discuss and act on issues of faith and their common journey. They discuss issues involving the church, their families, and their jobs, seeking ways to be ambassadors of Christ in all they do. Meeting dates for 2015 follow:
Spend an evening at migrant camps near Kalamazoo during the summer months. Clothing and household items donated by parishioners also are distributed to migrant families in need. Volunteers organize games and recreation for the children. Speaking Spanish is not required. We also collect clothing and household items for the migrant workers. Volunteers are needed to help sort and organize the donations or help at the Aleman Center in Hartford.