"Each of us has a part to play,
a gift to share,
a service to offer
for building up the Body of Christ in love."
Stewardship: your gift of time, talent and financial resources
Stewardship as a way of life invites Catholics to offer back to God the “first-fruits” of their lives to support their parish, its programs and associated ministries. Everyone has something to give, and every gift, big or small, is truly a blessing to your church, to your community and a thanksgiving to God. This commitment of your time, of your talent and of your financial resources is important and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church cannot thrive without every member’s personal and financial support. Therefore, we hope that you will pray and carefully discern how you can joyfully support the many ministries and needs of the parish.
Financial giving and donations can be made weekly via parish envelopes, electronically through direct debits from your checking or savings account, through stock transfers, investments, trusts and by simply placing cash in the collection baskets during Mass. We also have parish endowments at the Catholic Community Foundation (http://www.ccf-mn.org/) in funds which provide interest income designated for tuition assistance, youth and faith formation, Catholic Charities, Maintenance and Operations. Another way to show joyful support is to volunteer your time and talent. Please consider sharing your special skills with the church and contact the Parish Office or an individual staff member or parishioner in a leadership position for details about the specific opportunities available.
Parish fun-raisers, like the January Thaw , the Growler Gathering, and Heaven's House Halloween Party are additional events that build community and provide another opportunity to share of your time, talent and of course your treasure. Immaculate Heart of Mary is blessed with many wonderful, generous and talented people – if you are not currently involved and desire to be, any of your parish leadership or staff would be happy to help you get connected and engaged.
Time and Talent Ministries
You can read about some of the many ministry opportunities available at IHM. Our participation makes our Parish a strong faith community. Thank you for participating financially and sharing your gifts of time and talent. If you have any questions or if you want to participate, please call the contact person identified with each ministry or the Parish office at 952-935-1432.
Faith Formation: Offers formational programs for those from three years old through adult.
Adult Faith Formation: Contact: Pat Byrd at 952-935-7077 x1214 or email@example.com
Remembrance Luncheon: An informal gathering on the 4th Thursday of each month with a luncheon, for those persons in the IHM parish who have lost a loved one.
Prayer Shawl: Knitting/crocheting prayer shawls to bring comfort, strength and peace to persons who are ill, hospitalized or just want to be wrapped in the prayerful support of a caring community. Meet monthly to knit and crochet shawls and to pray over shawls being created and those completed. Contact: Bonnie Brynteson, 952-934-3511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer Ministry: Volunteers needed to pray for the welfare and intentions of our community. Contact Sister Eleanor 952-935-1432, Ext 1211 or email email@example.com.
ICA/Food Shelf: Provide food and monetary gifts throughout the year. Special drives are done in November (Thanksgiving Drive); Minnesota Food Share & Empty Bowls in March; Peanut Butter & Jelly in June for summer months when children are out of school. Contact: Darlene Meixell 952-934-9237.
Sandwich Making Ministry: Volunteer to prepare sandwiches to be distributed to the homeless on the streets of Minneapolis through Alan Law's 365 Days ministry. Dates announced in the bulletin and volunteer sign-up sheets posted at IHM. Contact: Arlene Monk 952-938-3847.
St. Jude’s Circle: Provide comfort and care for the children at St. Joseph’s Home for Children by making small infant quilts for young children and decorative quilts for older residents. Provide quilt kits for Confirmation classes doing community involvement projects. Collect gifts for the children at Christmas. Contact: Maurine Burke 952-935-4081.
Respect Life Ministry: Promote awareness of pro-life issues and respect for all life through prayer, education, service, and advocacy. All ages are welcome. Contact: Parish office 952-935-1432
Sacred Heart Seminary: Support Sacred Heart Seminary and Fr. Matthew Odong with prayer and monetary donations. Contact: Rob Rich 952-933-3173.
Salvation Army Bell Ringers: IHM volunteers ring the bells for the Salvation Army during the Christmas season. Contact: Paul Lehman 952-934-5315.
Operation Christmas Child: During October and November, parishioners bring small gifts that fit into a shoe box (toys, hygiene items, school supplies) for children in developing countries. Volunteers come together to sort and fill shoe boxes and prepare them for shipping. Contact: JoAnn Budd
Minnetonka/Hopkins Family Resource Center in Hopkins: The “55 & Better” outreach project – invites all parishioners to collect school supplies in Aug/Sept and warm winter wear in December. Contact Sister Eleanor 952-935-1432, Ext 1211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kateri House: St. Dymphna’s Women’s Circle donates money toward Christmas gifts for Native American women at the Kateri House. Contact: Thelma Yurek 952-393-8507.
Hearts and Hands Ministry
Garden Maintenance and Upkeep: Enhance the Church surroundings by maintaining the garden areas and planters throughout the year. Select, purchase and plant the flowers in the planters in the spring and maintain (water) throughout the summer months. Change out the planters and decorate for the winter months. Assist the Grounds Maintenance committee as needed. Contact the parish office at 952-935-1432.
Grounds Crew (Upkeep of Church Grounds): Maintain the beauty of the church grounds (landscaped areas, parking lots, lawns) by picking up trash, pulling weeds, removing fall leaves and trimming shrubs and trees. Work, except for the fall leaf pickup, can be done at your convenience. No meetings – all email. Contact: Steve Wolf 952-933-1501 or email email@example.com.
Upkeep of Worship Space: These ministers are part of a team of parishioners who help keep the sanctuary of our church clean and orderly. Time commitment: quarterly, two days a month, maximum – one hour each time. Both weekday and weekend opportunities available. Contact Sister Eleanor
952-935-1432, Ext 1211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Talents and Skills: Special talents and expertise that are not part of regular committees: may include painting, tile work, carpet laying, HVAC, carpentry, office work, mailings, computer data base, communications, website expertise, child care. Contact: Business Administrator 952-935-1432 Ext 1207 or email email@example.com
Parish Social Activities
Men’s Club: (All Parish Men Welcome): The IHM Men’s Club is an organization that provides an atmosphere for fostering Christian fellowship and a sense of community among the men of the parish aimed at strengthening family life in our parish. The MC conducts fund-raising activities throughout the year and with the funds raised, the MC makes financial contributions to the Church and/or other ministries within the parish. The MC may also perform various service projects on behalf of the parish. Events include but are not limited to the annual Winter Thaw Dinner, Lenten Fish Dinners, Pancake Breakfast, and other social events. Contact: Blake Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
55 & Better: Plan monthly gatherings with those over 55 for a luncheon and speaker or entertainment and plan group outings. Contact Sister Eleanor 952-935-1432, Ext 1211 or email