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Guild Standing Committee Descriptions
Altar Society: Provides and maintains the necessities of the Altar, such as vestments for priests, wine, linens and other items as needed. Raises funds through the Annual Bake Sale, the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
Building and Grounds: Perfect for someone who cannot commit to a monthly project or ongoing responsibility. This committee cleans the Bride's Room and sanctuary of the church twice a year, during Advent and during Lent, usually on a weekday morning. This committee provides input to the church’s building and grounds committee.
Christmas Party: Volunteer as Committee Chair or Committee Member if you would enjoy planning, decorating, and/or coordinating the details of our annual Christmas Celebration.
Community Service: You'll see the Spirit in action if you join the Community Service Committee! The committee organizes the Guild's support of the Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) including Back to School, Jingle Bell Express and Azalea Dinner as well as Amazing Place, Casa Juan Diego and the monthly parish food drive. The committee collects hygiene products at our monthly meetings. The committee may also evaluate other community service opportunities for the Guild's consideration throughout the year.
Corporal Works of Mercy: Perfect for someone who is available on weekdays and on short notice. A large pool of members is required, since not everyone is available when needed. The members assist in the church at Funeral Masses by welcoming attendees, answering their questions and assisting in any way necessary.
Historian: The Historian records the Guild year in photographs, taking photos at meetings and parties. Photos are shared with members, included in the Newsletter and used to chronicle the Guild Year. Each year a photobook is compiled and presented to the outgoing President. This is a small committee of women who like to work with photography and capture the essence of our gatherings.
Hospitality: This committee provides the daytime luncheons and evening dinners for our monthly meetings. Two captains for each of the meals are needed to organize the meal and lead the volunteer kitchen helpers to cook, serve and clean up. Sign-up sheets are available at meetings to volunteer as helpers or captains. This committee offers a great way to get to know other ladies in the Guild.
Martha: The Martha Committee is the companion committee to the Corporal Works of Mercy. Members are needed who are available on short notice. They assist with funeral receptions for families of any member of the parish who requests this service. Most receptions are catered. The Martha Committee provides coffee, tea and water and advises the caterer (as necessary). They set up for reception, serve the needs of the family and clean up following the gathering.
Membership: A perfect way to get to know everyone in the Guild. At monthly meetings, the committee greets and welcomes members, checks them in and distributes name tags. This committee is responsible for keeping the membership roster up to date, making new members feel welcome, interviewing new members for the newsletter, hosting new member events, representing the Guild at the Ministry Fair, and receiving dues.
Newsletter: The Newsletter Committee ensures that the St. Anne's Guild Newsletter reports informative, timely and accurate material that is of value to the organization and its members from September through May of each Guild year. The committee chair(s) develops and edits the Newsletter contents, and the committee members provide assistance with the collection of material, proofreading and printing/distribution of the monthly paper copies. This committee is a good fit for Guild members who enjoy reporting on special events, volunteer efforts and items of interest for each month’s issue.
Spiritual Life: If you want to help to sustain and grow the prayer life of the Guild, this committee is for you. They plan the Advent and Lenten Days of Prayer and plan tribute to Mary for the May meeting, keep the Guild Book of Prayer up-to-date, organize prayer partners and small study groups, and choose prayers to be said at each board & Guild meeting. They write articles of spiritual interest for the Newsletter. They write the “Prayers of the Faithful” intentions for each Sunday Mass.
Telephone: The Telephone Committee is a ministry that extends the President's reach to all members who do not have or use e-mail. It is mostly utilized when members request the Guild's prayers for a specific urgent need among close relatives. Each member makes a half dozen or so calls per month to two to 4 members.
Ways and Means: This committee needs a variety of talents as it plans and implements Guild fund-raising activities. Whether you can sign up for ongoing work like publicity and planning or help with set up and work at events, you are needed.
Wedding Assistance: Not available weekdays? Then this is the committee for you! All weddings have Friday evening rehearsals and Saturday weddings. Members average four to six weddings per year. Weddings at St. Anne are such beautiful events, but they do need our help to come off without a hitch. While training is minimal, you will learn to conduct a rehearsal and a wedding, and be able to share in the joy of a couple’s special day.