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Cantors
Cantors lead the faithful in singing at all weekend liturgies, holy days, weddings, funerals, and special liturgies when no other musical group is present. Cantors usually sing once per month during the ministry season and twice during the summer. The ministerial role of the cantor is one which is held in high regard and importance by the Second Vatican Council. Cantors rehearse with the Pastoral Associate for Music & Liturgy the week before they sing.
Parish Choir
The Parish Choir leads the faithful in song and worship at the 9:00 AM Sunday Mass every week. The choir also sings on most holy days and special events from September through Corpus Christi. Membership is open to men and women of high school age and older. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM in the St. Cecilia Music Hall in the Parish Life Center.
Saint Wendelin Ringers
The Saint Wendelin Ringers is our handbell choir for men and women who are high-school age and older. The Ringers play at liturgies, most commonly weekend Mass, usually once per month. The handbell choir sometimes travels to perform at local nursing homes during Christmastime to bring the joy of music to residents. Rehearsals are held from 6:30-8:00 PM on Tuesdays evenings in the church.
Contemporary Ensemble
The Contemporary Ensemble is a group that gives a contemporary flair to the music of the Church. The ensemble is comprised of vocalists, guitarists, piano, drums, and other instruments such as flute or clarinet. The Contemporary Ensemble leads the faithful in song for the 11:00 AM Mass on Sunday as well as other special liturgies. Rehearsals are held at 5:30-6:30 PM on the first Thursday of the month in the St. Cecilia Music Hall in the Parish Life Center.
Youth Choir
The Youth Choir is a new group as of Fall 2016. Membership is open to all parishioner-students in grades 7-12 from the local schools. The Youth Choir leads the faithful in song at the 11:00 AM Mass on the second Sunday of each month during the school year. Rehearsals are held on most Wednesday evenings from 5:00-6:30 PM in the St. Cecilia Music Hall in the Parish Life Center.
Children’s Choir
Under the former title of “Youth Choir,” our Children’s Choir is comprised of students in grades K-6 from all our local schools. The Children’s Choir sings approximately every two months during the ministry year. Students learn singing techniques, musicianship, and deepen their spirituality in Children’s Choir. Rehearsals are held various times throughout the year on Thursday evenings.
Memorial Choir
The Memorial Choir minister to the bereaved by singing at funerals and the annual All Souls’ Day Parish Memorial Mass. All parishioners are welcome to join the Memorial Choir. Rehearsals are held in the church on the first Thursday of the month after the daily 9:00 AM Mass and forty-five (45) minutes before each funeral Mass.
Instrumentalists
Instrumentalists enhance our liturgy with musical accompaniment during holy days and special liturgies throughout the year. Instrumentalists may also be asked to play for weddings and funerals. Open to any qualified musicians who seek to share their talents with our faith community. Any instruments – winds, brass, or strings are welcome!

Art and Environment Committee
The Art and Environment Committee seeks to design and prepare an environment in our church and gathering space that is conducive to prayer, celebration, and the spirit of each liturgical season. In particular, people skilled at various crafts and arts are important for the success of this committee. Extra help is always needed, especially prior to and during the Christmas and Easter seasons, to handle the large amount of work necessary to prepare the church for these special times of the year.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
These ministers assist the priests and deacons in distributing the Holy Eucharist at Mass and to the shut-ins of the parish in their homes, nursing homes, and hospitals. Training and approval by the Bishop are necessary before the ministry begins.
Gift Bearers
Gifts Bearers carry the bread, wine, water, and monetary gifts to the altar in the course of our weekend Masses. Normally 2-4 people are needed per Mass for this task.
Greeters
Greeters welcome parishioners and guests to Masses and assist them in any way possible. They also may assist ushers if called upon to do so.
Lectors
Our Lectors are members of the parish who proclaim the Word of God to the faith community at each liturgical celebration. Good communication skills are required for this ministry.
Liturgy Committee
The Liturgy Committee is a group which focuses on the public prayer life of the St. Wendelin Catholic Community. The purpose of this committee is to prepare liturgical celebrations in line with the liturgical documents of the Second Vatican Council and other universal, national, and diocesan liturgical directives; strive to achieve maximum participation in public prayer; and foster a sense of the sacredness of the Church’s liturgical life. Membership is comprised of a cross-section of our community.
Mass Coordinators (Sacristans)
The Mass Coordinators (Sacristans) assist the priests by preparing the vessels and books before the weekend Masses as well as cleaning them after Mass. Specifically, this involves preparing the hosts, water, and wine among other details necessary for the Mass.
Sacristy Helpers
This is a group of people committed to laundering the servers’ albs and the communion linens.
Servers
Servers assist the priest at Mass, as well as at weddings and funerals. It is important to have parental support when a young person decides to become a server. Adult men and women are also invited to join this ministry, and are especially called upon for funerals when children are in school. Training sessions are provided.
Ushers
Hospitality should always be an outstanding characteristic of the Christian community. People need to feel welcome at the local parish level. The ushers render this service by welcoming and seating parishioners and visitors arriving for Mass. They also assist the handicapped, take up the offering of the faithful, and hand out bulletins after Mass

Catholic Cemetery Committee
St. Wendelin Catholic Cemetery Committee meets quarterly to guide development, maintenance and policies of the parish cemetery.
Charitable Contributions Committee
An open committee, meeting quarterly, that promotes stewardship of time, talent and treasure to benefit various community service organizations. The Committee’s promotional efforts mainly take the form of monthly bulletin information and collections.
Circle of Mercy
The purpose of the Circle of Mercy is to:
Aid and comfort the afflicted and underprivileged, by providing financial assistance in partially covering the cost of prescription medications for those in need and participating in various local programs to provide food for families in need.
Visit the primarily Catholic poor, helpless and ill residents at the three local nursing homes each month.
Provide suitable clothing for those children making their First Holy Communion whose families would find this expense to be an added burden.
Provide flowers for the altar for First Holy Communion.
Members elect parishioners and ask them to be a part of Circle of Mercy.
En Camino
En Camino is the name given to those who join in the effort of helping our migrant and immigrant brothers and sisters who are on the move during the harvest season. It also provides aid to migrants who have settled out of the migrant stream. The three bases of En Camino are Fremont, Fostoria and Toledo. In Fostoria and Fremont the physical, spiritual and educational needs of the people are tended to. In Toledo there is a concentration of aid toward legal matters.
Gardeners
Open to all on a volunteer basis. Our fantastic gardeners plant, water, and weed as well as help to complete the beautiful landscape and flower arrangements of the various areas inside and outside of St. Wendelin Parish.
Guadalupe Society
The members of the Guadalupe Society work to keep the Hispanic culture alive. They assist at the novena for Our Lady of Guadalupe, Las Mañanitas, the Guadalupe Parish Fiesta and Las Posadas. They also help the parish by having a Mexican dinner during the festival and providing soup and bread at the Tuesday evening Lenten dinners. Migrant Ministry is also part of what they do; they provide Mexican food to assist the Funeral Dinner Committee when a Latino person dies. And members work with the diocese when there are Hispanic events such as Spanish Cursillos for men and women. At Christmas time the group works with St. Vincent de Paul Society, members of the parish and school to provide needy families with food, warm winter clothes and gifts.
Health Ministry
This program seeks to empower people to become more active partners in managing their personal health care resources. The Health Ministry provides a variety of services to meet the many needs of the parish. Both nurses and lay people help provide these services. Everyone in the parish can benefit from this program and it is open to all ages. There are no restrictions or charges for these services, and all information is confidential. The Parish Nurse has office hours at the Parish Life Center on a regular basis. Please contact the Parish Office for current hours.
Nursing Home Ministry
Members of this ministry serve communion and visit parishioners in the three local nursing homes or those parishioners to our unable to make it to Mass due to an illness or some other severe circumstance. Anyone who wishes to receive communion or knows someone who would like to should contact the Parish Office to be added to a list.
Parish Office Helpers
These volunteers are called upon by the Parish to assist in routine but vital office tasks such as the preparation of parish mailings or the stuffing of Sunday bulletins.
Prayer Chain
Any willing persons may help their brothers and sisters by responding to requests for intercessory prayer (that is, prayer asking for a particular blessing) and in turn passing the request on to the next member of the chain. Prayer chain requests are taken for family members only. Please call the Parish Office to be put in contact with organizers.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a service ministry involving members of the community who hope to give comfort and celebrate the love of God through the work of their hands, prayer and support. Some of the members knit, crochet and sew, while other members excel at presentations. As a shawl or lap robe is made, prayers are offered up for blessings and comfort for the recipient. After they are completed, they are brought to St. Wendelin Parish and presented for blessing. The blessed items are then wrapped and boxed for presentation to a person for comfort or celebration for many reasons. Many times, beads or a cross are added to the shawl to represent a decade of the rosary to help with prayers. Each prayer shawl has a label proclaiming that it has been prayerfully and lovingly created by the ministry. This ministry also provides “pocket” prayer shawls as a reminder to pray and can be kept in one’s pocket. They are available in baskets in the St. Jerome Library or the Eucharistic Chapel. Confirmation candidates as well as First Communion students receive a pocket prayer shawl at their retreat. Newly baptized babies may also receive a blessed blanket or afghan from this ministry. In order to request a shawl, please do so through the Parish Office. This group is open to anyone interested and some members are even willing to teach knitting or crocheting.
Rosary Altar Society
Through various activities, these women parishioners help defray the cost of altar linens, hosts, flowers, kitchen supplies, etc. Members of the society have formed a Funeral Dinner Committee. The committee, upon request from the bereaved family, prepares a dinner (at cost), which is served after the funeral services for the deceased family and friends in the Parish Hall.
St. Joseph Workers
At St. Wendelin Parish, we have a group of ‘handy-men” who are retired or semi-retired who volunteer to do various maintenance and up-keep things around the parish from minor carpentry projects, painting, and more. If you would be interested in becoming a St. Joseph Worker for the parish, please call the Parish Office.
St. Vincent dePaul Society
This organization of volunteers from the parish is dedicated to “Helping Others During Their Time of Need”, regardless of race, creed, or color. Aid is provided with utility bills, transportation, prescription drugs, food, clothing, housing/shelter, and other needs not covered by other agencies. Saint Vincent dePaul Office is located in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church at 201 W. Fremont St., Fostoria. Office hours are Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 AM- 12:00 noon. During other times and for emergencies, call 419-435-7259.

Bilingual Bible Study
This liturgically based Bible Study is held every Tuesday morning from 10-11:45 AM. Its aim is to prepare its participants for the Sunday liturgy. A guide for each month, written by Alice Camille, is used along with a commentary and lesson from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Both Spanish and English scriptures are read. Fellowship and faith- sharing are included. All are welcome.
Estudio Bilingüe de la Biblia
Este estudio de la Biblia, basada en la liturgia, se celebra todos los martes por la mañana 10-11:45 AM. Su objetivo es preparar los participantes para la liturgia dominical. Una guía para cada mes, escrito por Alice Camille, se usa junto con un comentario y una lección de la Iglesia Católica de San Carlos Borromeo. Las escrituras se leen en español y en inglés. Convivencia y oportunidad para compartir la fe están incluidas. Todos son bienvenidos.
Divorce Care
Divorce Care is a weekly seminar and support group that helps people heal the hurt of divorce. It’s a warm, caring environment led by people who understand what you are going through. Attendees will learn practical information to help deal with the challenges of divorce and in the process gain hope for the future. The group meets Sundays from 6:30-8:30 PM from September through April.
Our Lady’s Group
The members of Our Lady’s Group meet on the first Thursday of each month (when possible) to pray and reflect on the attributes of the Holy Mother of God and to share how she is active in their lives. Members help with the planning of the Parish May Crowning service and the Parish Guadalupe Feast. Men and women of the parish are invited to become members.
Our Traveling Lady of Fatima Statue
Enjoy the blessed comfort of having the traveling “Our Lady of Fatima’s” statue in your home. A volunteer brings Our Lady on Monday afternoons (usually about 3:30 PM) with welcoming prayers and the rosary and then picks her up on the next Monday afternoon (usually about 3:00 PM) with farewell prayers before taking Our Lady to the next home.
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Team
This group is composed of volunteers who have a desire to help others build a more intimate and loving relationship with Jesus through the organization of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. This team arranges for the education, promotion and sign up for Eucharistic Adoration as well as ensuring that all Holy Hours of devotion are filled and kept. Through their efforts, and in cooperation with many parishioners, the chapel is available for prayer and devotion 24 hours a day.
Secular Franciscan Order
This is a religious order founded by St. Francis of Assisi. A Secular Franciscan is a person devoted to the ideals of St. Francis. Fully a part of the world, these lay men and women seek to live out the spirit of this special Son of God and provide an example of what it means to be joyous in their love of one another. Not a social organization, this is a spiritual group of people who seek to better live the gospel in today’s ever changing world. They devote themselves to following the Franciscan Rule, a way of life given by St. Francis and approved by the Catholic Church. The group meets monthly at Our Lady of Consolation Shrine in Carey. Contact the Parish Office for contact information.
Vocations Chalice
St. Wendelin Parish encourages creative and useful ways to foster and support vocations to the priesthood, religious life and diaconate from within our parish. To that end, in 1975, the Vocation Chalice was inaugurated. Families host the Chalice for one week and then pass it on to another family. The Chalice is a chalice that is accompanied by prayers that reflect upon vocations, which the family prays together during the week that they host it. The parish group recruits the families to host the Chalice, and hosts are reminded of their turn via mail and the parish bulletin. This group meets six to eight times throughout the year.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a method of spiritual formation for children ages 3-5 that takes place in a specially-designed environment called “The Atrium” and introduces them to the Bible and the Liturgy. The children attend a weekly session from October-May in a group of 8-10 with a catechist who has received special formation in this Montessori-based method. Helpers are always needed in various ways: making materials, caring for the atrium, as assistants and as catechists.
English As A Second Language Class
English is taught to members of the Spanish-speaking community by Sister Elizabeth Maria on Mondays and Thursdays in the morning at 10 AM. All classes are held in Sister’s office on the second floor of the Parish Life Center. The program used is called Ingéls Sin Barreras. It consists of a video series of 12 levels with four lessons in each level. Included are textbook and a workbook for each level. Classes are offered at different times depending on the availability of the existing students.
Inglés Como Segunda Idioma
Inglés se enseña a los miembros de la comunidad de habla española por la Hermana Elizabeth María los lunes y jueves por la mañana a las 10 AM. Todas las clases se llevan a cabo en la oficina de la hermana en el segundo piso del Centro de Vida Parroquial. El programa utilizado se llama Ingéls Sin Barreras. Consiste en una serie de videos de 12 niveles con cuatro lecciones en cada nivel. Incluidos son los libros de texto y un libro para cada nivel. Las clases se ofrecen en diferentes momentos dependiendo de la disponibilidad de los estudiantes existentes.
Religious Education (Grades K-8)
Religious instruction is provided to children attending public elementary and junior high schools on Wednesday evenings from 6:45-8:00 PM at St. Wendelin Catholic School. For program details, please call or stop by the Parish Office for a Religious Education Handbook. Volunteers (men, women and high school students) are needed to serve as catechists and teachers’ aides at all grade levels. Training sessions are provided.
RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The RCIA is a process of initiation into the Christian way of life, specifically in the Roman Catholic tradition. It is an order of rites celebrated within our church community and combined with spiritual instruction and formation. It strives toward a conversion of heart and mind that take place at the candidate’s own pace and according to his or her needs. The rite involves the participation and support of the church community, whose members, through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, come to find their individual faith and baptismal call renewed and refreshed. Practicing Catholics are welcomed to attend sessions for spiritual enrichment.
Our RCIA journey for inquirers begins in early September. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, please contact the Parish Office.
Vacation Bible School
A week in June is set aside each year for young children, kindergarten through fourth grade, as a means of staying “connected to Jesus” over the summer months. The atmosphere is relaxed with a different theme from Scripture along with music, crafts, games and snacks each year.
Youth Groups
We have a High School youth group made up of students from both St. Wendelin Parish and St. Wendelin Catholic School. See the bulletins for a schedule of events and Mass announcements. Ydisciple is also an apprenticeship for high school students to discuss and learn about their faith in small groups. Ydisciple meets weekly.
This is a time where youth are challenged and encouraged to grow in faith, hope, and charity. Activities vary from topics to discuss, to service projects, to diocesan activities. We seek to foster discussions on faith and lots of fun, all in a judgment-free atmosphere. High School (grades 9-12) participants are all welcome no matter what faith.
Please contact Christine Paul, Youth Coordinator for more information. Follow us on Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Action Auction Committee
This committee sponsors an annual fundraiser, called ‘Action Auction,’ in February or March. Donations are requested from businesses and professional people and are auctioned during an evening party. Besides providing financial support for St. Wendelin Catholic School, this event is an excellent community builder.
Development Department
The purpose of the Development Department is to involve the wider community in the St. Wendelin Parish & School mission to pass on the Catholic faith through Catholic education. Through the commitment and investment of parishioners, parents, alumni, and friends, we are able to offer quality educational programs to hundreds of young people every year.
School Advisory Commission
This is the central advisory group made up of parents who advise the parish and school leaders on matters of education and general advice. Fellow parishioners are elected for a three-year term. The advisory group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 5:00 PM in the Notre Dame Room within the Parish Life Center.
St. Wendelin Catholic School
Our outstanding academic program is guided by exceptional courses of study. These reflect the latest in educational research and ‘best’ educational practice, as well as our highly qualified faculty and administration’s collective commitment to students and their parents. SWCS students succeed because of high expectations, a rigorous curriculum and discipline, all rooted in and shaped by Gospel values. Opportunities are given to students each year to volunteer for a variety of ministries that serve the pastoral and liturgical needs of the student body and parish so that they may develop a deep and lasting commitment to their faith.
St. Wendelin Mohawk Club
The Mohawk Club is an organization established to promote all sports at St. Wendelin Catholic School. The club operates concessions for various sporting events throughout the year. Meetings are held monthly. Monday of every month at SWCS at 7:00 PM.
St. Wendelin Parents Association
The St. Wendelin Parent’s Association works diligently hand-in-hand with SWCS to help provide additional opportunities for children. In the past, it has supported the school through retreats, honoring our teachers during Catholic Schools Week, outside activities including bowling nights, the annual Easter Egg Hunt, the purchase and construction of the playground along with the moving of it to its new location, helping to provide funding for a new reading program and many, many more. SWPA takes pride in being able to offer SWCS and students time and energy for the well-being of all.
St. Wendelin Music Boosters
This active and indispensable group is responsible for financially supporting St. Wendelin Catholic School Music Department by raising funds to purchase music, uniforms, equipment, repairs, etc. The Boosters sponsor activities during the year to make this possible. If your child is in the instrumental program in any grade, you are automatically a member. The group meets monthly in the Band Room.

55+ Club
This is a social organization of St. Wendelin Parish for persons age 55 and over. One person of a couple must be Catholic. The Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall for a business meeting and social hour including bid euchre and refreshments. A Mass is offered for the living and deceased members of the club – on the third Wednesday of November each year at 5:00 PM, and a Harvest Banquet is held afterwards.
Just Friends
Just Friends is an ecumenical social group of single men and women over eighteen who don’t like to do things alone. A calendar listing of a wide range of activities is issued monthly and members select the activities that interest them. Meetings are held the third Thursday of the month at 5:15 PM in the Emmaus Room at St. Wendelin Parish.
Parish Festival Committee
A steering committee plans and organizes an annual parish festival that is held in early June. The committee, made up of chair people from the parish, makes decisions regarding hours, prices, and entertainment. Total parish involvement is necessary to provide the extra funds to run our parish and school.
Sunday Morning Fellowship
Sunday refreshments are provided after weekend liturgies so parish members can enjoy one another’s company. Volunteer as a group or as a family.