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Mary Immaculate Church
2800 Valwood Pkwy
Farmers Branch, TX 75234  
Phone: 972-243-7104
Fax: 972-406-1254

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Mary Immaculate Faith Ministries

 
The Mary Immaculate Community offers more than 30 faith based ministries to our parish members. All of us are on a journey to learn and follow Christ’s teachings and to help others along the way of our life in Christ. The following ministries are made possible by a group of volunteers and church staff who are dedicated to assisting you on your journey. We invite you to participate in our ministries and to contribute your time and talents whenever possible. Ministries are divided into Faith Building, Family Life, Community Service, and Liturgical.
 
To sign up for one of our ministries, sharing your time and talent, please click HERE
 
Faith Building
  • The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) welcomes new members to the Catholic Faith. Through a series of prayers, teachings, reflections and finally sacramental celebrations, people who were never baptized, or who were baptized into another tradition, are welcomed into full membership. Volunteers are needed all along the way as catechists who present various aspects of our faith, sponsors who companion each candidate individually,  and team members who help with hospitality or any variety of other tasks. All parishioners are invited to come and participate in a way that matches their skills and time to the needs of the group. RCIA is a wonderful way to grow your own faith as you enjoy the company of others who are falling in love with the church. Call Beth Crouch at 972-243-7104 or email bethc@maryimmaculatechurch.org
     
  • Adult Bible Study for Lifelong Faith is for groups who meet to study a certain book or aspect of the Bible. For most of the year, a group gathers on Thursday morning and/or evening to discuss and study the Bible from a Catholic point of view. From September 2009 through Spring 2010, the study material will be The Great Adventure: A Journey Through the Bible. This year long study will uncover the “story narrative” of the Bible by selected readings from Genesis through the Acts of the Apostles. There are video and written components to help us in our study. Sign up for this exciting opportunity to come to know the Word of God in a new way.  Call Beth Crouch at 972-243-7104 or email bethc@maryimmaculatechurch.org.

     
  • Lifelong Faith is a team of parishioners who coordinate activities to help our parish grow as a faith community.  The two primary goals of the team are to provide opportunities where people can turn their hearts to Christ, discover Christ in their lives,  and  to offer  instruction in the faith to all parishioners. Examples of activities are parish retreats, faith-sharing events for families, and small church communities. Volunteers are encouraged to join at any time of the year. All different types of talents and skills are needed, from planning events to baking cookies to inviting parishioners to attend events. Contact Beth Crouch at 972-243-7104 or email bethc@maryimmaculatechurch.org
  • Baptism Preparation is for Parents and Godparents who attend a class prior to the Baptism of thier child.  The English Class is held on the 1st Tuesday of each month in the library.  English Baptisms are celebrated on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM.
     
  • Youth Ministry at Mary Immaculate Church provides religious training, social events, and retreats for 7th thru 12th grade students. Many times in life youth are pulled in different directions between school, family, friends, and activities. Youth Ministry reminds our teens they can find God’s peace in their lives. We incorporate games, retreats, leadership training,  and fellowship to focus on God and grow deeper in faith, while spending time with friends and having fun.   All of this is made possible by our volunteer staff.   If you are a person of prayer, love talking with teens, going on retreats, playing music, leading service projects, acting in skits, are great with office work or technology, coordinating social events or just want to help protect our youth, we need your volunteer help. Please contact us to enroll your child or to help the youth of our parish as a volunteer.
     
  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word   Young children have a hard time understanding the readings and the homily that are intended for adults. During Saturday evening and Sunday morning English masses, trained catechists lead the children from the church to a separate room where we proclaim the readings and share a reflection that is age-appropriate.   Adult and teen volunteers are needed for the readings and reflection and to help maintain a safe environment for our children.  Families are encouraged to use this service for the development of our young faith community members between the ages of 4 to 10 years. 
Family Life
  • Marriage Preparation is for engaged couples who meet with a married sponsor couple. Over a 4 week period, the married sponsors  present “In Faithful Love” – the marriage preparation for those preparing to marry in the church.
     
  • Marriage Enrichment offers different presentations throughout the year to keep Marriages growing and help couples in their spiritual journey.
     
  • Marriage Encounter is a two day program to strengthen a marriage.  Typically, a session is held at a local hotel and is given by trained volunteer couples. Registration information is available by contacting the church office.
     
  • Separated & Divorced support is offered for persons who have experienced the pain of separation and divorce. Contact the Family Life Office at the church for more information. The Beginning Experience is a weekend retreat for those who are widowed, separated or divorced. www.beginningexperience.org 
     
  • Meals for Funerals The Parish provides a meal on the day of the funeral of a parishioner. Volunteers are divided into “teams” and called every 3 months to help provide a meal for the family of the deceased. Food is brought to the church and then delivered to the family.  
     
  • New Day is an eight week grief support program for those who have suffered a loss through the death of a loved one.  The New DayProgram is designed to help each person work through the tasks of grief in an atmosphere of caring and understanding. Support from others who have experienced similar situations is one of the most helpful ways to move beyond the pain of grief towards healing. The number of participants is limited in order to create a supportive environment for each person. The program is offered when enough people express an interest in the process to form a group.  Contact person:  Jeanette Fey  972-242-1305   rf6@verizon.net 
     
  • Bereavement Group meets on the fourth Wednesday evening of the month at 7 p.m.  It is open to anyone who is grieving the death of a loved one.  We meet in an informal setting, sharing and helping each other find ways to heal. Contact person:  Jeanette Fey  972-242-1305   rf6@verizon.net
     
  • Addictions – Contact Phil Paschke -972-960-2166 or ppaschke@cathdal.org 

      
Community Service Ministries

  • Ministry of Hospitality enjoys introducing newly registered parishioners to the parish community through its regular Newcomers’ Reception held routinely on the third Sunday of the month, except in March, August and September.  The reception is presented in Spanish and English after the 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses, respectively.  Also, all visitors are invited to attend this reception.  They may complete a Guest Card found in the Narthex at the brochure desk and place it in a collection basket or give it to an usher.  Anyone interested in assisting with this ministry please contact Marie Wood at: micc.welcome.committee@gmail.com or leave a message for her at the parish office.
     
  • Catholic Daughters of America - Court Our Lady #2337 – strives to embrace the principle of faith working through love in the promotion of justice, equality and the advancement of human rights and human dignity for all. Monthly meetings are on the 3rd Monday of the month (September through June) in the parish hall. CDA also participates in the life of the parish by volunteering their time, talent and treasure to help with a variety of activities at Mary Immaculate. Contact: Diane Starnes 972-247-4484
  • Jr. Catholic Daughters – is for young girls, ages 8 through high school, who would like to learn more about their faith and be involved in service projects that are here at MIC and throughout the community.  Contact: Eileen Thompson  – 972-243-1938.
  • Knights of Columbus - Knights of Columbus Council #5052 T. as an organization committed to UNITY as a Catholic lay society, CHARITY to those in need and FRATERNITY with fellow brother knights.  Today Knights and their families remain true to these principles and work to spread Columbianism throughout the world.  Contact:  John Catchings - 972-416-7235.
  • AIDS Supper Club volunteers from the parish provide a hot meal on the 1st Wednesday and 5th Sunday of the month to residents of Ewing House, part of the AIDS Services of Dallas. Food is brought to the church and then taken to the Ewing House. 
  • Keenagers (50 years+)  gather on the 2nd Monday of the month (September through May) to share lunch, fellowship and hear a speaker.  This is a terrific opportunity to get to know other members of the parish and to be active and involved.
  • Young Adult Ministry is the outreach service of Mary Immaculate Catholic Church to women and men in their twenties and thirties, married and single. We have a very simple purpose - to put adults in contact with each other and to offer some alternatives to what is experienced in our culture.
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry volunteers knit and/or crochet shawls that are given to those who are ill or grieving the loss of a loved one – or are just having a difficult time. This ministry meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. Prayer is offered for all the shawl makers and recipients. Yarn is provided to the shawl makers through donations of parishioners. 
  • St Vincent De Paul provides donated food, clothing, and other necessities on a temporary basis to those in need.


Liturgical Ministries

Each baptized Catholic has the  opportunity to participate fully in our community worship. Through Baptism and Confirmation we are called to minister to each other as we worship our God. All Liturgical Ministers should be practicing Catholics in good standing who regularly receive the sacraments. Volunteer coordinators schedule Liturgical Ministers for Mass monthly.  Please call or email Beth Crouch to volunteer for any of the Liturgical Ministries at 972-243-7104.


  • Altar Servers assist the priest and deacon in the celebration of the mass liturgy. Servers may carry the cross, the processional candle(s), and carry the incense and censer. Servers present the bread, wine, and water to the priest during the preparation of the gifts or assist him when he receives the gifts from the people. They assist in washing the hands of the priest and hold the book for readings that are not at the altar. Mary Immaculate Church welcomes all boys and girls who have completed 3rd grade to serve in this ministry. Training is offered throughout the year and is announced in the weekly bulletin. Carol Young is coordinator for Altar Servers. You may call or email Carol at young1234@verizon.net.  She also can be reached at lit.min@maryimmaculatechurch.org.

  • Ushers greet and welcome the community as they gather, help keep order and gather our gifts at the presentation of the gifts during Mass. Jack Eiffert coordinates our Usher Ministry. You may call or email Jack at jeifert@sbcglobal.net.
     
  • Lectors are trained readers who proclaim the Word of God to us during Mass. Lectors should be both baptized and confirmed. You may contact Beth Crouch at lit.min@maryimmaculatechurch.org to volunteer and be trained as a Lector.

     
  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion bring Jesus to the people at Mass or outside of Mass for those who are sick and cannot attend Mass. Training is available several times a year to prepare people for this important task.  Contact LouAnn and Rich Norton at l.norton11@verizon.net.
     
  • Altar Linens Volunteers sign up for a two week period to wash and iron the purificators and towels used during the daily Mass.
     
  • Sacristans prepare for each Mass by cleaning and setting out what is needed for the service.  This includes vessels, appropriate amounts of hosts and wine, the linens, and candles.
     
  • First Friday Adoration is organized by volunteers who sign up for a one hour worship period and maintain a presence throughout the 24 hour adoration period.
     
  • Divine Mercy accepts requests for those in need of prayer by our ministry members.
     
  • Music for each mass is provided by our choir groups under the direction of Thomas Woods 972-243-7104 x37.  
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