Liturgical

Altar Linen Ministry: Care for the linens used at the sacred liturgy.  Linens are picked up on a regular schedule, cleaned and returned to the church.  Activities include washing, pressing and cleaning of the purificators, corporals and all other linens used for the sacred liturgy as necessary. Contact: Stephanie Cain

Altar Servers: help facilitate our Eucharistic liturgies in a regular and reverent manner. Contact: Flor Palafox and Simon Davila

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC): Assist the priests and deacons at Mass with distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ. Contact: Roy Robinson (English) Karla Bautista (Spanish)

Greeters:  Greeters may be single individuals, couples or families who welcome Mass attendees at main church entrances 15 minutes prior to Masses.  May also be available for 15 minutes after Mass at the Welcome Desk to answer questions and provide welcoming materials to visitors.  Meetings are held as needed.  Contact:  Mimi Bell

Hospitality Ministers: Exhibit a warm welcome to all parishioners and visitors.  Activities include greeting, seating, assisting the physically disabled, collecting the offertory, and assisting with the preparation of the gifts and the Communion procession.  Help as needed during the year with special liturgical events. Meetings are held as needed. Contact:  Mimi Bell

Lectors: A lector is a Minister of the Word who proclaims God’s Word to the assembled faith community. Contact: Leila Trujillo

Sacristans are responsible for the care, cleaning, and preparing of the sacristy and liturgical equipment and supplies necessary for the celebration of the Mass.  Contact: Stephanie Cain

Music

The African Catholic Society joins the Santinig Choir once each month to add their uplifting and inspiring music to the 11:30 Mass. In addition to singing with the Santinig Choir, ACS has several opportunities to perform throughout the year (Christmas, Easter, Marian, & more!). Director: Hilda Bi

The Celebration Singers provide beautiful choral arrangements of traditional hymns and anthems for the 9:30 Sunday Mass. This choir rehearses  Thursday evenings from 7-9 and also performs at various concerts throughout the year. They are currently in immediate need of vocalists, instrumentalists, and a sound technician. Director: Erin Murdock

Hispanic Choirs
6:30pm Saturday Mass - A traditional choir that welcomes vocalists and instrumentalists! The 6:30 Choir rehearses on Fridays at 7pm.  Director: Arturo Mantar

1:30pm Sunday Mass - The 1:30 Choir is a diverse group of varying ages and musical styles, including both traditional and contemporary. Rehearsals are on Fridays at 7pm. Director: Joel Nevarez

7:00pm Sunday Mass - The 7:00 Choir presents liturgical music in a contemporary style with instruments and voices. The Spanish Young Adults (ages 18-30) also join the 7:00 Choir once each month. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 7pm. Director: Armando Manuel

The Santinig Choir provides music for the 11:30 Sunday Mass. This choir rehearses each Wednesday evening from 7-9 and represents a beautiful combination of diverse music from chant to contemporary. The Santinig Choir also performs at the Christmas Concert, Marian Concert, and more! They are currently in immediate need of vocalists and string players. Director: Emily Valenzuela

The Cherubs serve as Queen of Peace’s Children’s Choir! We welcome children in 1st-5th Grade. Our goal is to teach the children traditional hymns and songs to sing at one Mass each month. Cherubs will also be welcome to participate in parish concerts. Weekly Cherubs rehearsals will be determined after surveying parents to choose the best day and time. Director: Erin Murdock

The Youth Praise & Worship Choir is a contemporary ensemble that  leads music at the Sunday 5:00pm Youth Mass and occasionally contributes music for other church events as needed throughout the year. They currently have openings for male and female vocalists, an electric bass player, percussionist, and other instrumentalists. All music enthusiasts (especially teenagers and college-aged students!) are encouraged to contact the ensemble director if God is asking you to consider participating in this ministry! Rehearsals are Mondays from 7:30pm-9:00pm. Director: Kathryn Smeltz

Other Music Ministry Opportunities
The parish cantor is a person of faith dedicated to the ongoing study and awareness of the message of Scripture. Since the human voice is the vehicle for the sung expression of faith, a certain demonstrated ability of vocal competence is necessary to lead the assembly in sung prayer. Further, a willingness to grow in faith and an understanding of the importance of prayerful presence to the assembly is foundational.

Instrumentalists: If you play an instrument, consider giving your talent to the parish assembly on a regular, occasional or seasonal basis. A willingness to assist the parish in prayer with the additional sounds of strings, brass, woodwinds, guitar, or piano will bring great personal satisfaction! A violin instruction class is offered each Thursday afternoon. Registration is required.

Music Librarians: If you enjoy organization, you might be a great Music Librarian! Librarians distribute needed materials (music books, announcements, schedules, etc) to choirs for rehearsal and Mass each week.

Sound Technicians: If you have a song in your heart for the Lord but do not wish to sing with a choir, please consider assisting the Music Ministry as a sound technician! Sound technicians set up microphones for the choirs before Mass (except 4PM Saturday and 7:30AM Sunday) and control the sound board during Mass. All training will be provided.

Caring for the church

Church Housekeeping:  Meets once weekly to clean the church and altar to maintain the cleanliness of the worship area.  Activities include wiping down pews, removing wax from candlesticks, dusting ledges and cleaning other out-of-the way places.  Contact:  Stephanie Cain

Floral Ministry: Meets weekly to create floral arrangements that enhance the beauty of the Worship and Gathering space and create an atmosphere where the celebration of a liturgical Church season or feast is accentuated. Men and women are welcome. Contact:  Barbara Norman

Pew Crew: is on-call 3-4 times a year for one hour each when volunteer help is needed to place items in the pews, like during Discipleship months – one weekend each in September-November.  Contact Ann-Marie Jackson

Plant and Garden Ministry:  Meets once weekly to maintain the parish’s indoor plants and garden.  Activities include watering, pruning and rearranging flowers as needed in order to maintain the landscape beauty of the facilities. Contact:  Lynn Burgess

Service

Bereavement Ministry: is a group of volunteers that assists families in the immediate grieving and ongoing healing process, after the loss of a loved one. Contact: Nancy Shelton

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for the Homebound: Volunteers visit the homebound at home, in nursing homes, hospitals, and senior citizens to spend time with them and take them the Precious Body of Christ. Contact: Enrique Carbajal

Friends of St. Andrew is the only soup kitchen in Aurora, serving 30,000 people each year. It has been in the community for more than 30 years. Volunteers provide hot meals from 10am-1pm every weekday, food baskets, IDs, job assistance, and a mailing address where those who are homeless can receive mail. It is financially supported fully by Queen of Peace Catholic Parish. Contact: Siobhan Larimer

Funeral Ministry: Volunteers assist families in funeral planning - from the initial contact, to organizing services (planning music, readings, etc.) Contact: Nancy Shelton

Gabriel House Project is a ministry of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver. Queen of Peace is part of a network of parishes that assist families throughout Northern Colorado. Volunteers offer material, emotional and spiritual help to pregnant women and families with young children. Contact: Norma Powers

Knights of Columbus are a fraternal organization focused on service, life insurance, and charity. They contribute to local, statewide, national, and international charities; the Knights are large supporters of the intellectual developmental disability community both financially and with volunteering. Each year, they give scholarships to elementary and high school students and organize multiple community events such as the weekly Friday Fish Fry during Lent. Contact: George Jackson

Ladies Auxiliary is a group of women that support the Knights of Columbus in all their functions. Additionally, they contribute financially to St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Samaritan House homeless shelter, and provide school supplies for children before the start of each school year. Contact: Maryfrances Gillis

Marthas Ministry is a group of volunteers that organize funeral receptions. They cook and donate food, and set up the reception area, providing a warm place for families to gather and grieve together. Contact: Nancy Shelton

Spirit Ministry: Each Sunday, parishioners with physical and developmental special needs meet for three hours, for activities and a program tailored for them. They additionally have a designated Mass every month. Contact: Peggy Leichty

St. Michael’s Open Heart Ministry: A family-based group who held their inaugural, multi-course Thanksgiving Dinner in 2016 attended by over 100 people who enjoyed coming together for a free holiday meal. Contact: Monica Maestas-Smith

St. Vincent de Paul Society has been at Queen of Peace for more than 40 years. Five days a week, volunteers help people in need with temporary shelter, rental assistance, utility assistance, petty cash, local bus tickets, and grocery store food certificates. Contact: George Maes

Community

African Catholic Society: Includes members of the African community, but is open to all who want to learn more about the African culture. The group organizes cultural educational events and helps African immigrants integrate into American society. They also organize the annual African Catholic Week, in which they invite dignitaries, unite the community, and create cultural awareness through music, food, dancing, and more. Contact: Hilda Ndikum

Bayanihan Society: Once called the Colorado Filipino Association, its Filipino community members meet regularly and organize four main events throughout the year, creating cultural awareness and uniting the community at large. They additionally organize a monthly Mass and Novena which helps comfort those who have lost a loved one.  You are welcome to join.  Contact: Martha Graham

Citizenship Classes: Queen of Peace offers classes that cover eligibility for U.S. naturalization; the requirements of the written Application for Naturalization; the 100 civics test questions; and practice for the oral interview with USCIS. Contact: Gloria Rivera

Community Life is a group of volunteers representing Queen of Peace’s diverse population. They organize and execute social events like the FunFest in order to highlight the positive aspects of diversity and bring together people of different backgrounds. Contact: Mimi Bell

Discipleship Committee: A group of invited parishioners of all ages and backgrounds who develop opportunities for all to be good stewards of their many gifts (time, talent, and treasure.) They encourage parishioners to become contributing and active members of the Church community. Contact:  Ann-Marie Jackson

ESL Classes: Queen of Peace offers low-cost English language classes at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. The parish provides all study materials and training to volunteer teachers. Contact: Johnathon Prather

Respect Life: a ministry dedicated to educating and promoting the dignity of all human life. The group contributes financially to Bella Natural Women’s Care, which provides pregnancy assistance and continuum care for women.

Seder Dinner: An annual meal serving around 400 people, with guests from a Messianic Jewish temple meant to teach and also strengthen interfaith relations. Contact: Mimi Bell

Senior Ministry: This ministry, open to all seniors over 55, provides social and educational activities and events for senior citizens; these include monthly luncheons with professional speakers and other activities such as movie days, book clubs, knitting and crocheting and more.  Weekly transportation is also provided for seniors unable to drive to bring them to Queen of Peace for Saturday afternoon 4:00 Mass.  Contacts are:  Nancy Akers and Nancy Steinert

Serra Club of Aurora: Group of lay people focused on fostering vocations.  Contact: Janet Van Overmeiren

Men’s and Women’s Groups

Betanias: A group of women who meet weekly to discuss issues such as immigration, health issues, parenting, grandparenting, marriage, and divorce through the perspective of a woman. Contact: Mercedes Montes

Endow: A study group of women who meet weekly to study various materials, focusing on educating on the nature and dignity of women. Women gain insight that helps them in their roles as wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends.  Contact:  Valerie Goshorn

That Man is You:  an interactive, multimedia men’s program meeting early morning once a week to develop authentic male leadership, especially for men who have children at home.  The group, varying in age, study the leadership role that has been entrusted to men by God and addresses the temptations and struggles men face in a culture that attacks authentic manhood.  Contact:  Jeff Cann

Well-Read Mom is made up of a group of women who gather to discuss classical literary works from the western and Catholic tradition. Contact: Sarah Sehorn

Youth

(All youth are invited to join one of the groups below, and all are welcome to be a part of these ministries as a volunteer, to help our youth grow in their faith.)

Ballet Folklorico: A group of youth who meet weekly to learn Mexican folkloric dance. They perform at large parish functions.  All youth are welcome.  Contact is: Virginia Mireya Ramirez

Called by Name: Program for young men and women who have been nominated by the community as someone who may have a vocation to the priesthood or religious life. The youth attend dinners and events and listen to speakers in order to help them have direction as they discern the Lord’s calling. Volunteers help organize dinners and events. Contact:  Ann-Marie Jackson and Todd Heissenbuttel

Middle and High School Youth Groups: Queen of Peace has multiple youth groups for middle and high school students. They meet an evening during the week to learn about and grow in their faith in a welcoming and fun environment. They are also invited to attend Mass together on Sunday, have meals together, and attend field trips. Contact: Becky Finger

Quinceañeras: Each month, Queen of Peace celebrates up to four quinceañeras, a 15th birthday celebration, traditional in Latin America. Unique to the parish, the young women and other youth involved in the party must attend a series of talks in preparation. These help guide them in their role as young men and women. Contact: Amalia Figueroa

Religious Education Program:  Volunteer teachers lead children in Religious Education classes to a closer relationship with God and a better understanding of the faith.  Contact:  Lilian Pruneda

Summer Internship Program: This program welcomes teens to intern at Queen of Peace three days a week, for 5 hours, learning communication, maintenance, education, horticulture, administrative, hospitality, culinary, and music skills. Contact:  Mimi Bell

Totus Tuus is a Catholic summer youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel through catechesis, Christian witness, Eucharistic worship, and Marian devotion. The goal of Totus Tuus is to help young people grow in their faith in Jesus Christ and have fun in the process. Volunteers are always welcome.  Contact:  Becky Finger

Young Adults Group is a place where young adults can grow spiritually and belong to a community of young people, to know more about the faith and to have an encounter with Christ through activities and events. Contact:  Genesis Nunez (Spanish) Becky Finger (English)

Family

Baptism Classes: Parents of children, from infants to 6 years-old, attend two classes which help them learn to raise their children in the faith.  Contacts:  Ed & Addie Suski (English) and Martin & Alice Aragon (Spanish)

Couples for Christ: A movement born out of the Bayanihan Society, which focuses on renewing Christian family values.  Contacts:  Carlos and Wilma Teves

Marriage Encounter: A group of married couples who meet weekly to discuss struggles and ideas to help strengthen communication in marriage. Contact: Jim and Luisa McMillan (English) Miguel y Jaquelin Medallan (Spanish)

Marriage Prep is a 10-week preparation course for couples on their path to marriage, led by married couples and a priest. Contact: Father Fernando

Movimiento Familiar Cristiano Católico: Es un grupo de familias católicas que unen sus esfuerzos para promover los valores humanos y cristianos de la familia. Por medio de la comunicación y el diálogo.buscando matrimonios más unidos mayor comprensión entre padres e hijos. Para tener un estilo de vida más familiar y teniendo a cristo como centro de tu vida así podremos encontrar la felicidad en nuestro hogar  Contacto: Francisco Madera

Wedding Preparation: Following marriage preparation, helps couples plan their actual wedding ceremony.  Contact: Analee Arredondo (English) Nora Castillo (Spanish)

Adult Faith Formation

Archdiocesan Biblical and Catechetical School: Biblical classes offered every Fall and Spring available to adults throughout Northern Colorado. Contact: Mimi Bell

Little Rock Scripture Bible study:  English session – Meet once a week from September to May for six-week sessions to learn about God’s Word and study different topics and books of the Bible.  There is a small cost for the materials.  Check weekly bulletin for information regarding topic, class time and location.  Contact:  Marlene Thurston

Neocatechumenal Way: Post-baptismal itinerary of faith for adults and youth. Contact:  Terry & Carol Laes

Parent Classes: All parents of Religious Education students are invited to take weekly classes to learn about what their children are learning in class and as a help for them to pass on the faith to the children. All are welcome. Contact: Lilian Pruneda

RCIA: Preparation for adults entering the Catholic Church.  It is an itinerary of learning and being immersed in the life of the Church lasting 9-10 months. The group meets weekly and walks together toward reception of the Sacraments of initiation. Contact: Jim Daly (English) Tony Popoca (Spanish)

Talleres de la biblia:  Spanish sessions - Meet once a week from September to May for six week sessions to learn about God’s Word and study different topics and books of the Bible.  There is a small cost for the materials.  Check weekly bulletin for information regarding topic, class time and location.  Contact:  Lillian Voll

Prayer

Apostolate of the Mantle of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Thus, the apostolate of the Virgin's holy mantle, which began in Guadalajara, Mexico, to pray for the sick and needy by covering them with the mantle, has reached Queen of Peace. Come and listen to the call of the Blessed Virgin to share in this beautiful ministry. Contact: Yajaira Delgado

Blue Army: The apostolate’s mission is to help people learn, live and spread the message of Our Lady of Fatima in communion with the Church and in concert with The New Evangelization. Contact:  Joan Murphy

Charismatic Prayer Group: Its goal is to renew and strengthen the Holy Spirit received in baptism to serve the mission itself, thus being God's instrument in the service of the same and under the full obedience to their pastors under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Contact: Alejandro Ramos

Divine Mercy Cenacle: Focuses on meditating and educating on the Divine Mercy. Contact is:  Eileen Czapa-Haslam

Holy Hour in the Adoration Chapel: Spend one hour a week in the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Contact Lucy Kane  or Margarita Meraz

Perpetual Adoration Committee: This group schedules and organizes people for perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament so that 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, there is at least one person in the Adoration Chapel.  Contact is:  Lucy Kane

New Parish Center

(All are welcome to be a part of this project! If you have a skill or talent that you’d like to share but doesn’t fit one of the committees below, please contact Dana Molina)

Building Committee is composed of a small group of invited professionals with expertise in the areas of architecture, engineering, construction, and the like, to plan and advise the pastor on building matters, specifically, the new parish center.  If you may have skills to share in this area, please contact: Dennis Haberkorn

Capital Campaign: The upcoming capital campaign for our new parish center will need many volunteers to make phone calls, visit parishioners, and encourage others to be a part of this wonderful project. If you are interested, please contact Dana Molina

Fundraising Committee: A group of parishioners with knowledge in fundraising gather to brainstorm and advise pastor on raising and properly using funds for the new parish center.  Contact: Dana Molina

Prayer Committee: A group focused on praying and organizing group prayer for new parish center building project. All our building efforts are sustained and encouraged by prayer warriors who spend time with God interceding for this much-needed endeavor. Contact: Stephanie Cain

Short term Commitments.  These have been mentioned as needed:

Short-term assignments of 1-2 hours on an as needed basis, per project.  No long-term commitment.  Contact:  Ann-Marie Jackson

Child care services – someone to coordinate building a list of caregivers who would provide care and supervise activities for children while parents attend parish activities. Dates and time will vary.  Contact Ann-Marie Jackson

Data Entry help as needed.  Contact Ann-Marie Jackson

Graphic artist skills to occasionally assist Communications Director.  Contact Dana Molina

Translator – Bilingual speakers are needed to translate documents from English into Spanish.  Contact:  Dana Molina or Ann-Marie Jackson

Coordinate publication of a quarterly Youth and Young Adult newsletter.  Contact Ann-Marie Jackson

Ambassadors – help with welcoming new members to our parish.  Contact Mimi Bell or Ann-Marie Jackson

Help with Vocation Discernment program for young women and boys.  Contact Ann-Marie Jackson