The fair was hosted by the St. Olaf Pastoral Council in hopes of showing members the wide range of activities to be involved in.
The Pastoral Council is made up of representatives from the ministries as well as parishioners who have a goal to make parishioners feel part of the Catholic community. The council sponsors many of the church activities such as the parish picnic, the Giving Tree at Christmas and the Mardi Gras, the last feast before the Lenten fast.
“A lot of our parishioners don’t realize what is available for them to participate in, especially if they are new to the parish. The fair provided an opportunity for everyone to meet the people involved and sign up for the various ministries,” said Bobby Earl, pastoral council vice president. “Our Welcome Committee welcomes new parishioners with a basket of bread and jam, a parish directory and a ministry booklet. When we have parish events, a member of the committee calls and invites new members to attend and introduces them to other parishioners.”
“The Ministry Fair is a way to promote time, talent and treasure in our parish,” said Paulette Hill, St. Olaf secretary and RCIA coordinator. “Hopefully the fair was an opportunity for people to sign up for something they have always wanted to do but were never asked to do.”
There were 21 ministries represented at the fair. Some dealt with the Masses directly such as the altar servers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and the choir. Altar servers are the youth enrolled in the Sunday Religious Education program or St. Olaf School who assist at the altar during Mass. The choir is an integral part of the worship service who lead the congregation in song, hymns and psalms. The Extraordinary Ministers distribute the host along with the priest or deacon during Mass as well as to the sick and homebound. The lectors proclaim the Word of God during Mass.
Coffee and donuts play an important part in the building of community following the Sunday Masses.
Religious Education serves children in pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade in preparation of their sacraments and in the Catholic faith. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults/Children (RCIA and RCIC) is an initiation process for adults and children to the Catholic faith and community.
Christian Services strives to fulfill the mission of responding to societal and individual needs within the parish and broader community by providing support to the poor, homebound, displaced or the immigrant.
The Council of Women cleans the altar, provides altar wine, funeral dinners, contributions to mothers living in poverty through St. Martha’s Baby Project, a Christmas Stocking Stuffer for the poor at the St. Vincent de Paul Center and donations to local and national charities.
The KnitWits are a group of parishioners who create blankets and baby clothing for Saint Martha’s Baby Project, hats for the homeless, and craft items to sell at various boutiques to support St. Olaf Parish and School.
The Athletic Program is a ministry for the youth in the parish and school to develop character through healthy competition in sports. As a faith-based program, the principles of moral, intellectual and spiritual growth combine well in developing the values of teamwork and discipline.
Other ministries provide services to various groups. Jail ministry volunteers visit incarcerated men and women and see them as good people who made bad choices.
The Knights of Columbus and the Ladies of Charity a part of international organizations committed to works of charity. The knights serve the church, support their brother knights, and give aid to the sick, the poor and those in need.
The Ladies of Charity provide the poor with a monthly supplemental food box, and clothing, household goods and furniture when needed. Their Center of Hope opens as a food pantry on the second Saturday of the month in North Salt Lake on Center Street.
St. Olaf School is a pre-school through eighth grade. The St. Olaf Cub Scouts offers boys lifetime values, fun and educational activities. The Girl Scouts offer girls an opportunity to develop leadership skills, strong values and a social conscience that will serve them all their lives.