- Befriender Ministry
Are you in a life transition? Are you or someone you know facing one of life’s many challenges? Guardian Angels offers you the gift and support of our trained group of BeFrienders. BeFrienders are volunteer ministers, trained as compassionate, nonjudgmental listeners. Friends we can trust to stand by us and walk with us on our life’s journey. Friends with whom we can share our insights, joys, sorrows, confusion, and triumphs with. Friends who will guard all we say in confidence.
- A BeFriender is one who accepts you as you are
- A BeFriender is one who allows you to express your feelings without telling you how you should or shouldn’t feel.
- A BeFriender is one who embodies the presence of Jesus Christ to others.
- A Befriender is one who listens with compassion.
The role of the BeFriender is to be a companion to the person experiencing a need. These needs may arise from losses (job, loved ones, health, etc.) to just needing someone to talk to. Through listening, presence and compassion, the BeFriender brings with them the caring presence of God and the emotional and spiritual support of the parish community. Training is provided and develops communication skills, faith sharing and ministry reflection. It also addresses such issues as grief and loss, spirituality, aging, listening and confidentiality. Training is typically covered in 20-30 hours and is offered every 2-3 years. BeFrienders participate in ongoing, monthly ministry reflection with the supervision of the BeFriender coordinators. Click Here to download a BeFrienders Brochure (in PDF format) For more information about BeFrienders please contact Gloria at 952-448-5163, BeFrienders@GAchaska.org or Jean at 952-227-4095, jrief@GAchaska.org.
- Bountiful Basket
The Bountiful Basket is a locally and volunteer run food shelf for Eastern Carver County that is located at 1600 Bavaria Rd, Chaska. It is open 9am-3:30pm weekdays, except Thursdays, and on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9am-Noon. They can be reached at 952-556-0244. Guardian Angels participates with the food shelf throughout the year, including the Pack-A-Pick-Up food drive each March. For more information on getting involved with food drives or with volunteering directly at the food shelf, contact: Tom Redman, 952-227-7745, BountifulBasket@GAchaska.org.
- Card Making Ministry
The primary purpose of the Card Making Ministry is to make and give cards to Guardian Angels parishioners in time of sorrow or celebration. We meet on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in St. Francis Hall. At these gatherings we concentrate our efforts on making cards for different groups such as retirement/nursing homes, Veterans Homes, etc. Creativity is not necessary! We provide ideas and supplies. We also welcome your cards made at home for our various needs – especially Thinking of You and Sympathy cards. These cards can be dropped off at the Parish Office. If you are interested in joining us or would like more information, please contact Tammy Bouska at 952-448-6980, CardMinistry@GAchaska.org
- Funeral Ministry
The death of a loved one is a sad and difficult moment in each of our lives. We know this and want to be especially present for you through our prayers and pastoral support during this time of sorrow. Father Ortega and the Guardian Angels staff and community are here to help you. Contact: Jean Rief in the parish office, 952-227-4095, Jrief@GAchaska.org
- Funeral Luncheon Ministry
The Guardian Angels Funeral Luncheon Ministry is comprised of two types of volunteers: Luncheon Coordinators and Servers. The Coordinators serve in 2 person teams and are responsible for interfacing with the family, ordering food, and recruiting and directing Servers the day of the funeral. The Coordinator teams serve on a rotating basis, each team serving a single funeral and then responsibility for the next funeral moving onto the next team in the rotation. The Coordinators recruit multiple Servers from a call list of approximately 50 people who are willing to assist the Coordinators prepare and serve the lunch and clean-up afterwards. If you are interested in helping as a Coordinator or Server, contact Linda Forner, 952-240-7226, Info@gachaska.org.
- Giving Tree
The Giving Tree is an opportunity for Guardian Angels parishioners to help provide Christmas gifts to individuals and families in need. Every November two Christmas trees are set up in the back of church with angel tags listing the particular needs of local residents. Parishioners choose a tag, purchase and return the gift with the gift givers name remaining anonymous. For more information contact: Cheryl Kirchenwitz at 612-366-3953, email@example.com or Marilyn Laughlin at 320-260-0116, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Loaves and Fishes
Loaves and Fishes prepares and serves meals to people in need in the area of Carver and Scott County at St. Mark’s Church in Shakopee. Guardian Angels’ volunteers provide the food, meal preparation and serves for the ministry on the fifth Thursday of the month but dinner is served every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-6;30 p.m. at 350 South Atwood Street. Everyone is Welcome. Guardian Angels Loaves and Fishes Ministry does not hold meetings and does not have formal members. If you are interested in joining us or would like more information, please contact Barb Williams-Flood 952-607-5402, email@example.com.
- Love Inc
Love INC is a partnership of over 25 Eastern Carver County Churches, including Guardian Angels, who provide support for area families and individuals who are in need of help. Much of the help is part of the Gap Ministries where each church volunteers to provide one of the many everyday necessities. Love INC is also part of the Blessed Bee Thrift Store on Co. Rd. #61 where economical clothing and household goods can be purchased at greatly reduced prices. Love INC can be contacted at 952-448-2508, loveincecc.org. Guardian Angels contact: Tom Redman, 952-227-7745.
- New Beginnings
We exemplify our Catholic values; supporting life and each other. New Beginnings, located in Chaska at the East Creek Family Center, is a comprehensive interagency program supporting pregnant and parenting teens and their families to obtain their high school diploma. Students create a plan for healthy pregnancy, safe childbirth, and an effective plan for adoption or healthy attachment with their children. Students also learn independent living skills and develop a productive career plan for self-sufficiency. Child Care is available on site. In support of New Beginnings, we collect donated items weekly at the entrance of the church in the Collection for Ministries kiosk. (Frequently needed items: school supplies, diapers, start up home needs (for teens living on their own or planning to move out), toiletries, and flash drives. Please label “New Beginnings” If you are in need of the services New Beginnings provides, please contact them at 952-368-8850 or visit their website at www.cseced.org.
- Pastoral Care for the Homebound
Pastoral Care ministers go out and visit one or more parishioners, on a regular basis, that are sick, homebound, or living in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Parishioners who aren’t able to get around like they used to and their connection to Guardian Angles parish might be more limited than they’d like or even totally disconnected because of mobility issues. We have the opportunity to be that connection, that vital link, that servant of Christ that makes a difference in the life of someone while at the same time receiving a gift with many rewards. If you are interested in learning more or know of someone needing a Pastoral Care Minister please call Jean in the parish office at 952-227-4095, jrief@GAchaska.org
- Prayer Line
Guardian Angels Prayer Line is honored to pray for you and your loved ones upon request. Intentions may be called or sent to Jean Rief who will pass them on to all the members of the group by email. Each member prays for the intention in their own special way. If you have a prayer request or would like to join the prayer group please contact Jean at 952-227-4095,firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Prayer Shawl
Guardian Angels is fortunate to have a group interested in knitting and crocheting prayer shawls. Each handmade shawl is blessed when completed and donated to unknown recipients in times of illness, grief or of celebration. The group not only meets to work on their shawls, but also to pray and build community. Not sure how to knit or crochet? Not to worry, we have great teachers who love to share their joy of the craft! The group meets on the first and third Monday of every month at the Parish Office from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and all are welcome. You may also wish to knit or crochet prayer shawls at home. If you know of someone in need of a prayer shawl or are interested in joining us and would like more information, please contact Tricia Feilmeyer at 952-217-5828 or Kathy Rasmussen, 952-448-5922, PrayerShawls@GAchaska.org.
- Prison Outreach
Members from Guardian Angels, St. Victoria and St. Hubert meet every third and fifth Sunday of the month at the Carver County Jail in Chaska where we have an interactive Liturgy of the Word Service. It is a moving experience and a ministry of love and evangelization. A volunteer application, background check, interview and orientation are necessary to do ministry work at the jail. For more information, please contact Jean Rief at 952-227-4095, jrief@GAchaska.org
- Separated and Divorced
The Separated and Divorced coalition is sponsored by 9 area Catholic Churches including Guardian Angels. It is the coalition’s desire to share the love and healing presence of God with those who are involved in marital dissolution. Our goal is to provide support by promoting acceptance of self and situation, fostering personal and spiritual development, and challenging persons to grow. Contact Jean in the parish office at 952-227-4095 or email@example.com for more information.
- Sunday Eucharist for the Homebound
Psalm 46-10 “Be still, and know that I am God”
On Sunday mornings, volunteers bring the Eucharist to parishioners who are unable to attend Mass. In bringing the Eucharist to our homebound parishioners, we are also telling them that they are still an active and important part of our parish community, and that the rest of the community is one with them, and are praying for them. Homebound Ministers typically go out in teams of two, but you are also welcome to do this ministry as a family. Bringing the Eucharist to the homebound is like being the hands and feet of Christ. Contact: Lucy Halloran 952-448-2565 If you, or someone you know, would like to receive the Eucharist on Sunday mornings, or if you’d like to become a Sunday Homebound Minister please contact Lucy Halloran at 952-448-2565, HomeboundMinistry@GAchaska.org.