School Council

Members of the Catholic School Council act as consultants to the pastor and principal in matters pertaining to the school. They assist the principal in developing and communicating the school’s vision and mission; they help develop and facilitate a strategic plan addressing the area of Catholicity, curriculums, personnel, facilities, finance, and public relations; and they strive to strengthen the image of the school through informative and interactive public relations. All members of the school council must attend the mandatory training session conducted by the diocesan superintendent of schools.

School Volunteer

School Office, Time Commitment: One day per week from 8:00am-12:00pm OR 12:00pm-3:00pm for the school year.
Responsibilities: Answer phones, check in visitors, and help teachers by making copies and/or doing special projects.

Library Helpers, Time Commitment: Any day, any amount of time.
Responsibilities: Reshelf books, place cards and pockets in donated books.

Computer Lab, Time Commitment: One day a week. Teachers will have a list each year of times needed.
Responsibilities: Help students with assignments or projects they have received from their teacher. Assist the teacher in helping the younger students learn computer skills.

Baptismal Lunches, Time Commitment: 4-5 hours one day per year.
Responsibilities: Each month our school provides a hot lunch for our students and staff. We recognize all of the students who were baptized in that month. Two families are asked to volunteer each month to purchase, prepare and serve the meal. The ingredients will be paid for by the Home and School Association.

Playground and School Maintenance, Time Commitment: Varies.
Responsibilities: Maintain/repair/install playground equipment, shelves, desks, etc. as needed.

Box Tops for Education, Time Commitment: 2 hours each semester.
Responsibilities: The Coordinator will collect the Box Tops from the church gathering space and the school office. The Coordinator and volunteers will add up the Box Tops and submit them to General Mills by October 31st and February 28th. The school will receive a check for the proceeds.

Labels for Education, Time Commitment: 2 hours each semester.
Responsibilities: The Coordinator will collect the UPCs, caps, and bonus certificates from the church gathering space and the school office. The Coordinator and volunteers will count all of the items and submit them to Campbell’s to bank points in our account at the end of each semester. The school will use the points to purchase items.

Coordinator for Competitions, Time Commitment: 2 hours each semester.
Responsibilities: Several times each year students will have competitions to see which class can bring in the most Box Tops, Labels for Education, and Nestle Pure Life labels. The Coordinator will send home flyers announcing the competition and add up each classrooms’ totals.

School Newsletter

We’ve Got Spirit, School Newsletter Time Commitment: Once a month.

Responsibilities: Volunteer needed to compile teachers’ articles and pictures in Microsoft Publisher for a monthly newsletter to be stuffed in the parish bulletin. They will work with the teachers and principal in getting articles about current events to publish in the newsletter in a timely manner each month. Volunteers are still needed to copy, fold, and stuff the bulletins monthly.

Parent Teacher Organization

The Parent Teacher Organization consists of the Holy Spirit Catholic School families and teachers, whose primary goal is to create strong bonds between school families by educating parents about topics of mutual concern and providing an arena to come together as a school family to socialize. Secondly, we support the school financially with two major fundraisers per year (one in the fall and one in the spring). With money raised, we can provide activities such as classroom celebrations, school supplies, library and text books, and technology upgrades, as well as other teacher/principal requested activities. We hope to see you at school or one of our many events.

Religious Education (PSR) Volunteer

Catechists/aides:  teach Religious Education classes on Wednesday or Sunday evenings during the school year. Our K-8 program meets on Wednesday evenings and our high school program meets on Sunday evenings.  

Substitute catechists are needed to provide instruction when the primary catechist is ill or unavailable -- either for one class or a period of a few classes. 

Office volunteers are needed to assist with paperwork, making copies, running errands and planning events. 

We are also occasionally in need of volunteers to provide supplies and meals for small groups of students on a monthly basis.

If you are willing to help with any of these positions, please contact Rita Kerschen at 794-3496.

Baptism Preparation Facilitators

Baptismal Preparation Facilitators conduct a one hour course for new parents or parents-to-be seeking baptism for their child or children. A video, pamphlet, and questionnaire provide a springboard for open discussion on the sacrament. Baptismal Preparation Classes are offered once a month.

Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation is designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the Living God and enter the way of life and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments fruitfully. The initiation of catechumens is a gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful. By joining the catechumens in reflecting on the value of the paschal mystery and by renewing their own conversion, the faithful provide an example that will help the Catechumens to be more open to the Holy Spirit.  Please call the parish at 316-794-3496 for more information.

RCIA Sponsor/Volunteer/Catechist

R.C.I.A. Sponsor: Journeys with the candidates and catechumens in their movement towards conversion. They offer personal insight, support, and encouragement by their own commitment to the faith, that these individuals will one day share in as well.

Requirements: Must be at least 16 years-old, must have received all the Sacraments of Initiation, and must be living in a way that demonstrates that their faith is strong enough to be able to fulfill the responsibilities. A sponsor who is married must be married in accordance with the laws of the Church.

Volunteer: To assist with various aspects of the R.C.I.A. process with guidance from the team. Catechist: Through a commitment to faith prepare the catechumens/candidates for full communion in the church. This may be done by teaching one class or helping with breaking open the Word. You decide how often you would like to help out.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is a time for the children of the parish and community (ages 4 thru 5th grade, during the upcoming school year) to come together in the summer to learn about Christ, the Bible, and the Church. We do this through crafts, songs, recreation and a variety of fun activities. A mid-morning snack is served. This is a great opportunity for stewardship! Volunteers range in age from 12 years-old to adult and do a wide range of tasks-from teaching and assisting to preparing craft supplies, and providing refreshments.

Babysitting is provided for the volunteers. The goal of VBS is two-fold: to help form our children in our faith and to be a time of fun and fellowship for the children and adults alike! Volunteer participation and meeting registration deadlines are vital to the program.

Adult Faith Formation

Our goal is to have an adult Bible Study program that meets regularly at the church or at a parishioner's home.  As Catholics it is very important for us to know and appreciate Sacred Scripture as best as we can, since it is the first pillar of our faith. These programs would provide a practical and thorough look at the scriptures we use in our everyday lives, both liturgically and spiritually. Days and times may vary, depending on when the facilitator(s) could meet. If you would like to participate or volunteer as a coordinator, please call Debbie in the church office at 794-3496.