MINISTRIES

Discipleship Ministries

I give you a new commandment: love one another; you must love one another just as I have loved you. It is by your love for one another, that everyone will recognize you as my disciples.

John 13:34-35


MORNING CHURCH CREW
Mission: To keep our worship space clean and tidy.
Description: To clean the church during the week, removing litter and replacing envelopes, pamphlets, etc. in the pews.
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PAX MOMS GROUP
Mission: To support our Pax Christi families with young children.
Description: Our Moms Group is comprised of mothers of all ages and stages who are bonded by their desire to raise strong, loving, serving, Christian families and to enjoy each other’s company. Regular meetings, play groups, mom’s night out and many other activities are planned during the year in an effort to meet the needs of Pax Christi families. Our schedule is open to allow for new ideas and activities. Great way for moms of any age, to get acquainted, share and support! Visit our website at https://paxmoms.wordpress.com/
I’m Interested  Pax Moms Pamphlet

POINT MEN OF PAX CHRISTI
Mission: Help men to grow in spirituality and faith formation through bible study, small group fellowship and prayer. We also hope to develop other male friends in Christ. Another goal is to develop disciples to go out and teach other men ways to deal with the adverse effects of modern day society through the fellowship of other men’s experiences.
Description: The group initially started 6 years ago with three years of That Man is You and one year of Symbolon. Last year we followed the “Be a Man” series from Father Larry Richards. This year we plan to follow the “Divine Mercy, the second greatest story ever told” series from Father Michael Gaitley and the Augustine Institute on Formed.org. A typical agenda includes 10-15 minutes of fellowship, breakfast on Fridays, Introduction and opening prayer, watch a 20-30 minute video, small group discussion for 20-30 minutes and closing prayer/dismissal.
I’m Interested  POINT Men Pamphlet

NEWCOMERS MINISTRY
Mission: To welcome all newcomers to be part of our Parish community.
Description: To greet new and incoming parishioners and welcome them into the life of the Parish by offering registration and ministry involvement information.
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CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER
Mission: To offer parishioners an opportunity for deepening their relationship with God through silent prayer.
Description: Contemplative prayer or Christian meditation is a prayer form that places a strong emphasis on interior silence.
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Liturgical Ministries

And as they were eating he took bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to them. ‘Take it,’ he said, ‘this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he handed it to them, and all drank from it, and he said to them, ‘This is my blood, the blood of the covenant, poured

Mark 14:22-24


EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
Mission: To serve the Body and Blood of Christ to members of the Eucharistic Assembly.
Description: Through the actions of giving and receiving, the Eucharist is experienced as Jesus’ life to be shared with all. EMHC have the privilege of offering Communion to those who gather at Eucharist. Training is provided to familiarize new ministers with all aspects of this ministry and to update current ministers with changes in procedures.
I’m Interested  Extraordinary Ministers Of Holy Communion Pamphlet

J.O.Y. COMMUNION
To Homebound, Hospital, Nursing Home (Jesus, Others, You)
Mission: To assist the clergy in bringing Communion from Mass to those who cannot attend due to illness or being homebound.
Description: In this ministry, the Eucharist is brought to those who are homebound, in the hospital, nursing home or Alzheimer’s facility, and cannot attend Mass for a grave reason. Includes a visit with prayer, length depending on need. These assist the priests and deacons of the Parish when they are not able to bring the Eucharist to those in need.
I’m Interested  J.O.Y. Pamphlet

SACRISTAN
Mission: To assist our Presider and guide other liturgical ministers at Mass and other sacramental services.
Description: The sacristan has three main roles: You will serve all three roles each time you are a sacristan. Security: Responsible for assuring proper treatment of the Blessed Sacrament during and after the celebration. Also responsible for keeping the facilities secure. Mass set up and clean up: A sacristan should have a solid understanding of how liturgies flow —the order of service, its preparations and the teardown. As Mass Coordinator, a sacristan also assists the presider with whatever details/duties he needs done. The sacristan will check to make sure all liturgical ministers (Ushers, servers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Lectors) are present and ready to serve.
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ALTAR LINENS
Mission: To take care of our altar linens and ensure that they are ready for use in liturgies.
Description: Volunteers pick up the altar linens from church, bring them home, wash them, iron them and return them to church.
I’m Interested  Altar Linens Pamphlet

ALTAR SERVERS
Mission: To serve at Masses in conjunction with Sacristans.
Description: Boys and girls who have received First Communion and are in 5th grade or higher may serve in this capacity, assisting the priest presider at the Mass on Sundays and special liturgies.
I’m Interested  Altar Servers Pamphlet  Master of Ceremonies Pamphlet

BAPTISMAL GARMENTS
Mission: To honor the children baptized in our parish by sewing garments or embroidering their name on their baptismal garment.
Description: Make or embroider the names of the children baptized onto the garment used for their baptism. Once full, the garment is framed and displayed at Pax Christi.
I’m Interested  Baptismal Garments Pamphlet

LECTORS
Mission: To proclaim the scripture readings at weekend, weekday and special liturgies.
Description: By proclaiming the Scriptures, voice is given to God’s Word which makes the Divine presence alive and active in our midst. Training and support is provided for those who join this ministry. Children in third grade and older, youth and adults are encouraged to be part of this ministry!
I’m Interested  Lector Pamphlet

MUSIC MINISTRY: Adult Choir, Children’s Choir – 3rd to 8th grade, Musicians, Youth Choir-Sunday 5 p.m., Accompanists
Mission: To lead the assembly in prayerful song.
Description: The gifts desired are vocalists who can follow direction and instrumentalists who are proficient on their instrument.
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SOUND SYSTEM OPERATORS
Mission: To provide soundboard support to musicians, other liturgical ministers and volunteers.
Description: These members help set up for and monitor sound during various events. Volunteers must be willing to be trained in the use of the sound system and assist at liturgies and other Parish events.
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USHERS
Mission: To provide welcoming and gracious hospitality at our liturgies; to assist with the setup of our liturgical environment, as needed.
Description: The ushers of Pax Christi are available to assist at all liturgical functions. The duties of an usher are to greet people, prepare bulletins for distribution, guide parishioners to Communion, and help with collections. Children ages 11 and up are invited to be youth ushers. A great opportunity for families-a great way to teach your children the importance of stewardship by participation!
I’m Interested  Ushers Pamphlet

Outreach Ministries

Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

Isaiah 58:6-8


BREAD MINISTRY
Mission: To provide bread and tortillas for the homeless.
Description: Parishioners purchase bread or tortillas to be brought up as part of our community’s offering at each weekend Mass. Volunteers deliver the bread and tortillas to Fresh Harvest Food Bank.
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ST. ELIZABETH PANTRY
Mission: To provide parishioners the opportunity to assist families in our community.
Description: Volunteers will help organize the pantry and distribute food to families in need.
I’m Interested  St. Elizabeth Pantry Pamphlet

PRAYER CHAIN
Mission: To support others through the power of intercessory prayer.
Description: This ministry is for those individuals who would like to help others and believe in the power of prayer, but have limited time. Through our prayer chain, requests for prayer from fellow parishioners are channeled to the participants. They in turn receive the requests and spend any part of their day in prayer on behalf of these special intentions. This is a powerful ministry; through prayer, God’s love and care become known to those in need.
I’m Interested  Prayer Chain Pamphlet

CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE
Mission: To provide Christmas gifts for the poor, sick and needy of our community.
Description: Parishioners help with organizing, sorting, delivering and handing out the gifts.
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FR. ED JUDY’S HOUSE
Mission: To provide a meal to the shelter twice a month and additional food for the emergency food cupboard for “alumni” families who take advantage of post-shelter services that help prevent chronic family homelessness.
Description: Provide a part of a meal that is delivered to the shelter, or donate canned goods and other items needed for alumni families of the shelter. A soup and salad meal is provided each 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Along with soup and salad, this meal includes a dessert, fruit and vegetables, bread, and a gallon of milk. Donations are delivered to Pax Christi by the Thursday morning of our scheduled meal. (The Father Ed Judy House is a ministry of Catholic Charities that helps women who are typically victims of domestic violence move from homelessness to stability. They offer semi-transitional housing for up to nine families in a small, group home-like setting in southwest Denver.)
I’m Interested  Fr. Ed Judy’s House Pamphlet

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
Mission: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a fellowship of parishioners growing spiritually together through the work of financially helping our neighbors with their basic needs.
Description: This worldwide ministry was founded in the 19th century by Frederic Ozanam. In the United States there are 96,000 members helping 14 million people with $375,000 each year (and growing!). Our Pax Christi conference, one of 32 in the metro Denver council, was formed in 2011 and is supported by the parish. Our members (Vincentians) visit neighbors in need in their homes and provide financial assistance for shelter, utilities and food, as well as spiritual fortitude. We grow closer to God by seeing the face of Christ in each of our suffering neighbors. Monthly meetings provide spiritual formation and organization of our services.
I’m Interested  St. Vincent de Paul Pamphlet

LUNCH BUNCH
Mission: To provide sack lunches for the residents of Samaritan House in Denver.
Description: On the third Sunday of every month, families make 12 or more lunches on a rotating schedule. Each sack lunch consists of 2 sandwiches, a piece of fruit, chips, and a dessert. The lunches are prepared at home and are delivered to the church before the beginning of the 10:30 Mass. A volunteer driver will deliver all the lunches to Samaritan House. This is a great family opportunity to learn the meaning of giving and stewardship.
I’m Interested  Lunch Bunch Pamphlet

MOBILE FOOD BANK OF THE ROCKIES
Mission: To bring food directly to the community where food assistance is needed regardless of income, status or citizenship.
Description: Pax Christi serves as a delivery site twice a month for the Food Bank. Parishioners serve as hosts to clients making use of this service.
I’m Interested  Food Bank Pamphlet

PROJECT LINUS
Mission: To make quilts and blankets for children in need.
Description: Our group meets in our Great Hall one Saturday morning a month for sewing, making quilts, hearing speakers, and sharing a meal in a social environment. A wonderful way to meet other women and provide to a wonderful cause!
I’m Interested  Project Linus Pamphlet

HELPING HANDS – FUNERAL MEALS
Mission: To assist families by providing meals after Parish funerals.
Description: Participants are asked to provide a dish for a funeral meal several times per year. Volunteers are also needed to set up, serve and clean up after the meal.
I’m Interested  Helping Hands Pamphlet

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Mission: To prayerfully create prayer shawls for Pax Christi parishioners and others in need of comfort.
Description: Our intention is that this will be a prayerful and spiritual ministry which will bring hope, comfort and solace to a needy recipient as an extension of the care, concern and compassion of our Pax Christi community. Shawls will be prayerfully knitted or crocheted with the hope that the recipient will receive spiritual, physical and emotional comfort as if the prayers were the embracing arms of God.
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PROJECT CARE – MEALS IN TIME OF ILLNESS
Mission: To provide a meal during times of need for parishioners.
Description: Parishioners provide meals for others in situations including a new baby, or those facing illness or death. In this ministry, we are following Jesus’ teaching to help one another. “What you did for the least of these, you did for me.” If you are in need or know someone in need of this service, please notify our Parish Office.
I’m Interested  Project Care Pamphlet

STEPHEN MINISTRY
Mission: To extend Christian-based care and support to people going through a difficult time in their lives.
Description: Stephen Ministry is a CONFIDENTIAL lay ministry which reaches out to others in time of need. This is a ministry of companioning or walking beside another with the focus on the needs of the care receiver. A complete system of training prepares Stephen Ministers for this caring ministry. While a Stephen Minister strives to bring the love of Christ to others, he/she may care for anyone of a different or no faith. A Stephen Minister is therefore: trained, cares, shares, and is dedicated to bringing the love of Christ to those in need.
I’m Interested  Stephen Ministry Pamphlet

IRVING STREET WOMEN’S RESIDENT
Mission: To provide a home-cooked meal for homeless women once a month. We can be the hands and feet of Christ on Earth as we serve these women!
Description: Volunteers are asked to grocery shop, cook and deliver a specific meal to the Irving Street Women’s Residence. Once our dishes are set up, we gather as a group, say a prayer together for the women of the center and give thanks and praise to God that we can provide assistance to them through His bounty.
I’m Interested  Irving Street Pamphlet

Councils


FINANCE COUNCIL
Mission: To advise our Pastor in all areas of fiscal responsibility.
Description: The Council’s function is to advise our Pastor in the prudent planning and administering of all Parish financial matters and the setting of policy and procedure to provide effective management of Parish assets, and to prepare the budget.
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PARISH COUNCIL
Mission: To advise our pastor on matters related to the mission and vision of our Parish.
Description: Our Parish Council is a consultative and advisory body to our Pastor. They serve as stewards of the Mission, as liaisons to the chairpersons of our ministries and committees, updating and monitoring our Parish Pastoral Plan. The Parish Council provides support and direction to our Parish as we seek to live out our vision of Pax Christi.
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Faith Formation (Adult And Children)


GIFT (GROWING IN FAITH TOGETHER) Family Faith Formation and Sacrament Preparation
Mission: To assist parents and children in the process of growing in relationship with God through learning the riches of the Catholic faith, preparing children for the sacraments, and building up a Catholic culture in the home.
Description: GIFT is a weekly at-home, family-based program with monthly support classes at the Church for both parents and children, which also includes sacrament preparation for children receiving 1st Reconciliation and 1st Eucharist. Busy families choose from several monthly support class schedules taught by faithful and competent catechists to support the home-teaching. Program materials (print and electronic) provide a beautiful, rich, and engaging presentation of the Faith. Over the course of 6 years (grades 1-6) of the GIFT program, the fullness of the Divine Pedagogy (God’s teaching) will be taught.
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YOUTH MINISTRY
Mission: Encountering Christ – Forming Disciples
Vision Statement: Our youth ministry is drawing youth to an encounter with Jesus Christ, in the Eucharist, to foster conversion to be his Disciples; spreading the Gospel in their community and the world.
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LIFE TEEN High School Youth Group
Description: Sundays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
We strive to deepen our faith and incorporate it into our daily lives as disciples of Christ through engaging talks, small group discussions and prayer.

Ministry Opportunities: Join the adult CORE team, a community of volunteers that challenge each other to deepen their faith as they share it with the youth in relationships build during the sessions and small groups.
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EDGE Middle School Youth Group
Description: Sundays 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
All 7th and 8th grade students are invited to our weekly youth group. This group strives to form the youth as disciples of Jesus Christ, striving to glorify Him in relationships and situations in life. We form friendships in Christ through fun games and fellowship. We deepen our faith and challenge each other through small group discussions. We encounter God through prayer and the Sacraments.

Ministry Opportunities: Join the adult CORE team, a community of volunteers that challenge each other to deepen their faith as they share it with the youth in relationships build during the sessions and small groups.
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CHOSEN Confirmation Preparation
Mission: To foster deeper conversion in the lives and families of the youth preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. “The goal is nothing short of winning over the hearts of teens and making them lifelong disciples of Christ.” – CHOSEN
Description: Sunday 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
This is a period of time for the youth to deepen their faith and ask God for the Grace to live it out in a more real way. The youth who fully enter into this process of ongoing conversion have the opportunity to encounter Christ and become his disciples. Because of this, our entire Confirmation Preparation Program is structured in a way to encourage the candidates to not just go through the motions but to be open to the life changing power of the Holy Spirit as we see in the apostles at Pentecost. “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:1-4)

Ministry Opportunities: Join the adult CORE team, a community of volunteers that challenge each other to deepen their faith as they share it with the youth in relationships build during the sessions and small groups.
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RCIA_AC (RCIC): Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Adapted For Children
Mission: To assist young people and their families in the process of growing in relationship with God through full initiation into the Catholic Church.
Description: This process is for young people age seven and older who have never been baptized, or who have been baptized in another denomination, or who have been baptized in the Catholic faith, but with little other formation in the Catholic faith who are seeking full membership in the Catholic Church. Through opening up Sacred Scripture and learning the Doctrines of the Catholic Faith children seeking full communion with the Catholic Church will come to know and love Jesus Christ and His Church.
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RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Mission: To assist adults in the process of growing in relationship with God through full initiation into the Catholic Church.
Description: This process is for people who have never been baptized, people baptized in another denomination, and people baptized in the Catholic faith, but with little other formation in the Catholic faith who are seeking full membership in the Catholic Church. Through opening up Sacred Scripture and learning the Doctrines of the Catholic Faith adults seeking full communion with the Catholic Church will come to know and love Jesus Christ and His Church.
Needs: Sponsors (Parishioners) who are practicing Catholics in full communion with the Church and Her teachings and are willing to walk the journey of faith with RCIA participants.
Time Commitment: Sponsors attend weekly sessions and other Parish functions. At this time, RCIA sessions meet on Sunday mornings. Length of process varies according to the needs of participants. A wonderful opportunity to refresh your own faith and journey with people along their newly chosen path.
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ENDOW
Mission: Transforming the hearts and minds of women and girls by inviting them into the joy, freedom, and dignity that come from living out their gift of authentic femininity in Christ. Endow attracts women from all walks of life who are at various places on their faith journey. We have developed a comprehensive program that is understandable and embraced by women and girls in the pew-because that is who we are too: faithful wives, mothers, daughters, and career women. Studies are also available for pre-teen and teenage girls who would like to discover their individual and spiritual identity. Facilitators for middle school and high school aged girls are needed. Call Sharon or go to www.endowonline.org to learn more about the studies we off or to become a facilitator.
I’m Interested  ENDOW Pamphlet

BIBLE STUDIES
Mission: To deepen our love and knowledge of sacred scripture through group study.
Description: Varies by class.
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Programs


GROCERY CARD SALES
Mission: To give back to Pax Christi while doing your normal grocery shopping.
Description: Sell grocery cards after the weekend Masses. King Soopers’ grocery cards are reloadable. The cost is $5 per card and the card is initially loaded with $5. When parishioners shop, they can load the card at the register with any amount they wish (check, debit or credit card), then pay for groceries with the card. King Soopers sends a small percentage of the total purchase to Pax Christi.
Time Commitment: Monthly for 15 minutes after Mass.
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RETROUVAILLE-LIFELINE FOR TROUBLED MARRIAGES
Mission: To provide help for couples who are experiencing marital problems.
Description: Retrouvaille begins with a weekend experience in which spouses are helped to re-establish communication and to gain new insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple. A follow-up series of presentations which provide a time and place to work on your relationship is an important phase of the healing process. This post-weekend phase offers a more relaxed setting to explore other topics relating to marriage and love, to renew your commitment, and to develop additional insights and skills.
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SPIRIT GARDENS
Mission: To build community and promote simplicity in living.
Description: Love gardening? Got a green thumb? The Spirit Gardens are 12-foot square garden plots, available for rental annually through the Parish office. There is often a waiting list for the garden plots.
Advantages: Grow nutritional food, get to know fellow parishioners, and have fun as a family appreciating what it takes to grow your own food.
Details: Each plot is $40 per year. Bring your own tools. Water is provided.
I’m Interested  Spirit Gardens Pamphlet

Organizations


KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL 10937 & ASSEMBLY 3353
Mission: In service to One, In service to all. The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic Family, Fraternal, Service organization.
Description: From the moment of our founding in 1882, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. We are men of faith and men of action based on our core values of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. Two key focuses are: Building the Domestic Church and Strengthening our Parishes. The Knights of Columbus is an organization dedicated to the well-being and support of Catholic family life. The family is the first and primary place where we experience and are formed in our Catholic faith. The Knights promote the family as the “domestic church” where husbands and wives, parents and children, grow in their knowledge and practice of the Catholic Faith together. The Knights of Columbus seeks to support each family’s sacramental life in the parish through spiritual and outreach activities meant to support the church, families, youth, and community.
I’m Interested  K of C Pamphlet

CATHOLIC CHARITIES AMBASSADOR
Mission: To assist in establishing strong communication channels between Catholic Charities and Pax Christi (placement of Catholic Charities materials at the Parish, updating contact information for Catholic Charities and the Parish).
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Other Volunteer Opportunities


OFFICE VOLUNTEER
Mission: To provide office support to our Pax Christi Staff.
Description: While supporting each ministry, the staff often calls upon volunteer help from within our Parish. Many of these tasks must be completed in the office. Occasionally there is work that can be done from your home. Volunteers will be called as needed.
Time Commitment: Variable as convenient to your schedule.
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MONEY COUNTERS
Mission: To provide assistance in counting the weekend collection.
Description: Scheduled counters gather in our Christi Center on Monday mornings to sort, count and deposit the monies collected from the weekend.
Time Commitment: Once or twice a month for 2 to 3 hours.
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