St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish . Madison, Wisconsin
We, the faith community of Saint Thomas Aquinas, united with the Church throughout the world, are called by God to bring the Good News of the Gospel into the life of our community.
We strive to serve each other in a spirit of compassion and love, and to enhance justice, peace and healing in our midst.
We strive also, through our common prayer and worship with the Lord who nourishes us, to enable the gifts of the Spirit to emerge from each one of us and become more fully the disciples of Christ.
Please note that most ministries require some level of Safe Environment training and clearance.

Volunteer Opportunities

Time and Talent Pledging

Recently parish members completed forms to pledge their time and talent.  If you did not have a chance to complete a pledge form, we invite you to print and complete the appropriate form below:

Adults and Confirmed Youth Age 16 or Older

Children and Youth Not Yet Confirmed

Please return your completed form(s) to Stewardship and Development Director Holly Irving at the parish.

Current Volunteer Needs

Baptism Prep. Class Leader

Due to the great number of couples who are coming to have their first child baptized, we  offer a Baptism Prep Class once a month. The preparation program leads newly parents to discovering and discussing the beauty the Sacrament of Baptism brings to their child’s life. Currently, our prep. class takes place on a Saturday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at STA and we need volunteers to lead it! We are asking for faithful couples who would be interested in leading one or more of these sessions.  If you are interested, please contact Lorianne Aubut at 833-2606 or lorianne@stamadison.org for more details.

 

Liturgical Ministers

Sacristans

Sacristans assist in the getting everything ready for Mass. They put unconsecrated hosts and wine on the gift presenter’s table. Sacristans set and organize the server’s table with empty ciboria, cruet of water, lavabo and towel, chalice, and Roman Missal. Hands on learning and written instructions are provided. The sacristan schedule is made according to your schedule.

Lectors

Lectors have the privilege of proclaiming God’s Word at Mass each weekend and at daily Mass. Each lector has training and is provided with lector’s workbook. The lectors schedule is made according to your schedule.

Commentator

Commentators begin the holy Mass with welcoming the congregation and introducing the lector, director of music and the priest. The commentator also read the intercessions. Training is provided. The commentator’s schedule is made according to your schedule.

Servers

Servers assist Father during Mass. Anyone in fifth grade or above can be trained in as a server. Adults are welcome to be servers. Training and written instructions are provided. Serving is a great way to serve God.

Extraordinary Ministers

Extraordinary Ministers have the honor to distribute Holy Communion to our parish family. Training is provided and attendance to a one time diocesan workshop for Extraordinary Ministers is encouraged. The extraordinary ministers schedule is made according to your schedule.

Gift Presenters

Everyone is welcome to be gift presents. This is a great way to get your children involved! The gift presenter schedule is made according to your schedule.

Parish Nursery

Safe and loving child care is provided in the Nursery during the 8:00 and 10:00 Sunday Masses. In addition to adults, middle and high school students are encouraged to be involved in this activity.

Minister of Hospitality

Ministers of Hospitality are key to the welcoming environment of St. Thomas Aquinas. They assist people in finding seating, take up the collection, and tidy the church for the next Mass. Ministers of Hospitality serve at the Mass they normally attend for one month three times a year

contact Holly Irving at 833-2600 or holly@stamadison.org

Music Ministry

Saturday, 4:30 PM Choir

Experienced vocal ensemble. Must be able to sing on an individual microphone and read music proficiently. Repertoire features both classical sacred and contemporary music with rhythm section. Rehearsals are Wednesday evening at 7 PM and immediately preceding the Mass at 4 PM. Extra rehearsal time required at major feasts.

Sunday, 8:00 AM Choir

Experienced vocal ensemble. Must be able to sing on an individual microphone and, read music proficiently. Repertoire features both classical sacred and contemporary music with rhythm section. Rehearsals are Thursday evening at 7 PM. Extra rehearsal time required at major feasts.

Sunday, 10:00 AM Choir

All voices are welcome for this SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass) choir. We are in particular need of tenors and baritones to round out this choir. Repertoire consists of SATB arrangements of both classical and contemporary music with rhythm section. Rehearsals are Thursday nights from 7 -8:30 PM.

Instrumentalist

Wind, brass and rhythm instrumentalists are welcome to join the ministry depending on experience. Audition required.

Outreach Ministries   

Catholic Multicultural Center Meal Program

St. Thomas Aquinas hosts the evening meal on the first Thursday of every month. Several cooks arrive at 1 pm to make the meal (all food is provided by the CMC), and six to eight other volunteers provide help from 3:30-5:45 pm with setting tables, serving the clients, and cleaning up. Older children (ages about 12+) are welcome to participate in serving the guests.

Christmas Food Baskets

Parishioners provide residents of Wexford Village apartments and others in our parish neighborhood a basket of grocery staples to help them celebrate Christmas. A few days before Christmas you can help assemble and distribute over 100 baskets of non-perishable and fresh foods.

Community Meal Program

Parishioners provide and serve a noon meal to those in need at Luke House on Ingersoll Street on the fourth Wednesday of the month. You can help by preparing food for the meal and/or volunteering to help serve the meal.

Food Collection

On the third Sunday of each month, parishioners bring non-perishable food items to Mass. These food items are given to the St. Vincent de Paul and Wexford food pantries, as well as to neighbors in need. You can help by bringing in food or by transporting the donated items to the food pantries on the third Sundays.

Giving Tree

During Advent, donated unwrapped Christmas gifts are placed under the tree in the Parish gathering area. Some of these gifts are given to parish and neighborhood families who need assistance. St. Vincent de Paul receives the rest of the Christmas gifts to distribute.

Justice and Peace Committee

This group facilitates learning about, advocating for, and responding to issues of peace and social justice in our parish, community, nation and world. The foundation of all Catholic social justice teaching is the dignity of the human person. The Respect Life Subcommittee builds on this foundation by helping St. Thomas Aquinas parish to celebrate October Respect Life Month, as well as addressing other life issues throughout the year.

Mgolole Orphanage

This group coordinates outreach to the children of this orphanage in Tanzania by sending people and funds. Funds are used for beds, medication, playground equipment, tuition, books, and uniforms as well as building maintenance, labor expenses and expenses to irrigate and cultivate land to grow food.

St. Vincent de Paul

Members of the St. Thomas Aquinas Conference participate in many activities intended to recognize the face of Christ in those in our community who are in need. These activities include stocking the Society’s food pantry, preparing lunches for the residents of Port St. Vincent, collecting school supplies for the children of homeless and low income families who have requested our help. Furniture, clothing, bedding and household items are provided when needed. Financial assistance is given to get utilities turned back on and for rent assistance.

Waspam, Nicaragua

The purpose of this outreach effort is to reach out to the people who live along the Rio Coco River in the northeast part of Nicaragua by assisting the parish community of St. Rafael in Waspam. Past activities include collection of goods and supplies that are sent to Nicaragua and the provision of long-term funding for development projects. Visits are made to Rio Coco from Madison and to Madison from Rio Coco. This committee continues to work on meeting the needs of the Waspam parish community.

Pastoral Care Ministries

Home Communion Visitors

Our parish homebound population is growing and many cannot participate in parish life on a regular basis. Homebound visitors bring the care and compassion of the parish to help the homebound stay connected to the life and prayer of the parish which may include bringing the Blessed Sacrament to share.

Care Center Ministries

Oakwood Village Care Center: Mass is celebrated on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 10:00 AM. The Rosary is prayed the first and third Fridays of the month. Help is needed to move residents to and from the Chapel. Communion Visitors are needed for the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month to bring the Blessed Sacrament to resident rooms.

Sebring Assisted Living Center: A Word and Communion Service is led by parish members on the first and third Sundays of the month.

Wynwood Assisted Living Center: A Word and Communion Service is led by parish members every Friday of the month at 11:00AM.

Other Facilities are in need but we do not yet have the personnel to offer ministries.

Ministry of Consolation

Parish members offer the care and concern of the parish community through notes, conversation and our annual Bereavement Series. They help the grieving remember that they are not alone in their journey to healing. Members pray for the dead and all those who mourn them.

Prayer Network

The list of people needing prayers is distributed to the prayer chain participants by email or mail every other week. Special emails are sent to participants on behalf of people having surgeries or tests on the day of their procedures. Anyone who is interested may put people on the prayer chain or become an active person of prayer.

Care Team

Our care team gives caregivers time away from their loved ones so they have the opportunity to take care of themselves. The caregiver calls team members when they are needed, or they can make weekly arrangements. Team members stay about 2 hours. The care team also provides assistance to the elderly. Every other month the team members get together for some spiritual renewal, sharing, and education.

STACKS for Love

STACKS (St. Thomas Aquinas Crocheting and Knitting for Love) is made up of women and children who crochet and knit or who would like to learn. Yarn donated by parishioners is used to make prayer shawls, baby blankets, Afghans, lap blankets, etc. The items made by this group are donated to various local organizations that help others in need. This group gets together the first and last Saturday of every month from 1 – 3 PM.

The Parish Life Committee

This groups hosts a variety of social events including: Donut Sunday, Spaghetti Supper, Mardi Gras and Anointing Mass Luncheon.  They meet when it is necessary to plan an event. From decorating the environment for the event, to shopping, cooking, and cleaning up, this group brings hospitality to parish functions.