Parish Ministries

 St. Barbara Parish survives on the many men, women and teens who offer their gifts in many ways.  We  volunteer because we find giving of our gifts allows us to live as Jesus Christ called us to live.  Contact any parish staff member or call the parish office if you'd like to give the gift of your time and talents to St. Barbara Parish.  We need you.  

Parish Ministries - Parish Life

Circle Of Joy

The Circle of Joy is a “ community building” group at St. Barbara’s, open to all women of the parish. Building community is important. We see Christ’s love manifest in each other when we share in parish activities, building friendships and sharing our love of Jesus. We host First Communion and Confirmation receptions, the Advent Celebration, Lenten soup nights, and the Lenten evening retreat . We also provide for parish needs and support the local food banks. Every spring we hold The Annual St. Barbara Tea and in the fall we coordinate the Annual Artisan Bazaar to raise funds to support our activities. Meetings are held September thru May usually on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. If you have questions or would like more information on the Circle of Joy, please contact Sharon Clevenger at 253-208-9481 or clevengerds@comcast.net.

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal society. The order has the founding principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. The Knights offers social and intellectual fellowship among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, and social welfare. The St. Barbara Knights participate in many activities in the parish church and the greater community. Some of the programs our Knights participate in are Coats for Kids, Tootsie Roll Drive to raise money for Special Olympics, blood drives, Keep Christ in Christmas, RSVP program to help seminarians, Food for Families, Scholarship program for graduating high school seniors, and Building the Domestic Church to name a few.  Monthly meetings are held the third Monday of each month in the parish hall beginning at 7:00 PM. Please visit our website at  www.kofc11736.org. If you are interested in becoming a Knight or have questions, please contact Grand Knight, Mark Pimental at 253-508-0518 or  markkimpimentel@comcast.net or Deputy Grand Knight, Tony Stevenson at  206-251-9500  or anthony.stevenson@comcast.net.

Prayer Shawl

Prayer Shawl Ministry members share their talents by knitting or crocheting prayer shawls which are then given to anyone who is in need of comfort. These prayer shawls are prayerfully made with love and then blessed by Fr. Dave.  Anyone needing a prayer shawl for themselves or for a family member or friend is welcome to take a prayer shawl. Prayer shawls can be pick up at the Parish Office and are also available after mass. The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 AM in the parish office. All are welcome to attend. 


Parish Ministries - Service

Community Meal Program

St. Barbara Catholic Church joins with other local churches to support the Community Meal Program. The Community Meal Program offers meals Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings, hosted at various churches throughout the Black Diamond, Maple Valley, Hobart and Ravensdale areas. The Wednesday meal is hosted at St. Barbara in the parish hall. There is no charge for these meals. St. Barbara parishioners are responsible for preparing, set up, serving and clean up of the Wednesday meal.  If you are interested in volunteering with the Community Meal program, please contact the parish office at 360-886-2229 or office@stbarbarachurch.org


Black Diamond Community Center Food Pick Up

Each week St. Barbara parishioners abundantly bless the Black Diamond Community Center with non perishable food items. Every Monday morning, member from St. Barbara Knights of Columbus pick up these food items from the Church and deliver them to the Black Diamond Community Center.  You can take part in this ministry by bringing non perishable food donations and leaving them in the Narthex. Your generous donations will be deliever to the Black Diamond Community Center


Helping Hands

This compassionate group of women and men serve our Church Family when a loved one has died. At this trying time, we strive to extend God's compassion and abiding love by hosting funeral receptions. This includes coordinating with the church office on the wants and needs of the grieving family, providing food, hall set up, serving guests, and clean up. There are no meetings; rather we swing into action when the need arises. We are always looking for caring helping hands to assist us in any way they can, to do God’s work! Please contact the parish office at 360-886-2229  or office@stbarbarachurch.org for information. 

Parish Nurse

Parish Nurses can build bridges of support between parishioners, families and primary care providers. Nurses can also help establish support systems within families and neighborhoods. We meet with families with health concerns and would like to expand the program to other health care providers and /or other interested parties. Please contact the parish office at 360-886-2229 or office@stbarbarachurch.org to leave your name and phone number so the parish nurse can contact you. 


Social Concerns

Social Concerns is the parish outreach ministry. Social Concerns meets to determine and coordinate the social outreach of the parish. Social Concerns currently supports Stuff the Truck, which is the annual donation drive for St. Vincent de Paul, the Christmas Giving Tree which supports Black Diamond Community Center, Foster Champs,  Maple Valley Food Bank and Fountain Court Assisted Living, Christmas in July which is a gift card collection drive supporting Vine Maple Place and the Back to School Supplies drive which supports the Black Diamond Community Center.  Social Concerns meets monthly during September through May. If you are interested in joining the Social Concerns Ministry, please contact the parish office at 360-886-2229 or office@stbarbarachurch.org.  


Parish Ministries - Liturgy and Worship

Altar Servers

Altar Servers assist the priest at Mass and other liturgies.  Servers  need to have completed their First Communion and at least be entering third  grade. We have Servers from third grade to college. Serving at Masses is a vital parish ministry open to all. To  become a server contact Steve Healy at any Mass or contact the parish  office at 360-886-2229 or office@stbarbarachurch.org.


Ambassadors (Greeters)

Ambassadors at St. Barbara are ushers and greeters who ensure both welcoming and safety for our parishioners. This ministry is open to any individual or family with a gift for hospitality.  Ambassadors greet parishioners before mass, assist with seating as necessary, assist with collections, are trained in emergency procedures and seek out volunteers to bring up the gifts and ring the bell after Mass. Ambassadors are required to complete a Seattle Archdiocese back ground check every three years. If you are interested in becoming an ambassador, please contact the office at 360-886-2229 or office@stbarbarachurch.org.


Choir and Musicians

All voices are welcome to join the choir. The choir practices from September to May on Sunday mornings at 8:00 AM. The choir sings from September to May at the Sunday 10:00 AM Mass. The choir also participates in other liturgies  and parish events throughout the year.  Musicians are also welcome and encouraged to join us each week. If you play guitar, bass, a string or wood instrument, we would love to have you join us. Please contact the parish office at 360-886-2229 or at office@stbarbarachurch.org if you have any questions or need additional information. 

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers are an important part of each Mass. Eucharistic Ministers   

assist with distribution of communion, under both species. Eucharistic Minister training is provided. Eucharistic Ministers are scheduled based on Mass preference and availability. If you have questions or are interested in being a Eucharistic Minister, please contact the parish office at 360-886-2229 or office@stbarbarachurch.org.

Eucharistic Ministers for the Homebound

Eucharistic Minister for the Homebound bring Eucharistic to those who are unable to attend church due to illness or other reasons. Visits can be on a weekly or as needed basis.  Training is available and resources are provided so you can pray with those you are visiting.   If you have questions or are interested in being a Eucharistic Minister for the Homebound, please contact the parish office at 360-886-2229 or office@stbarbarachurch.org

Lectors

Lectors proclaim the Word of God at Mass and at other special liturgies.    Lector training is provided. Lectors are scheduled based on Mass preference and availability. If you have questions or are interested in being a Lector please contact the parish office at 360-886-2229 or office@stbarbarachurch.org

Parish Ministries - Faith Formation and Sacramental Prep

Preschool - Grade 1 Teaching Team

Also known as the Sunday School Teacher. Class is held during the 10:00 AM mass on Sunday mornings. Volunteers will be assigned a specific class of students to instruct for about 24 Sundays from late September through early May. Volunteers will work as a team to inspire and enliven our children while educating them about their Catholic Faith. Lesson Planning support, curriculum, materials, and training will be provided. All volunteers must complete the Safe Environment Training offered through the VIRTUS program.  If you are interested in assisting with preschool through grade 1 faith formation, please contact Sara Hotchkiss at at 360-886-2229 or re@stbarbarachurch.org.  

First Reconciliation/First Communion Teaching Team (includes Grade 2)

Also known as the Sunday School Teacher. Class is from 7:00-8:15 pm Wednesday nights. Volunteers will instruct the Reconciliation and Eucharist Preparation classes for about 24 Wednesdays from late September through early May.  They will also help plan and facilitate the two parent/child retreats. Volunteers will work as a team to inspire and enliven our children while educating them about their Catholic Faith. Lesson Planning support, curriculum, materials, and training will be provided. All volunteers must complete the Safe Environment Training offered through the VIRTUS program.  If you are interested in assisting with First Reconciliation and First Communion Preparation, please contact Sara Hotchkiss at at 360-886-2229 or re@stbarbarachurch.org.  

3rd-5th Grade Teaching Team

Also known as the Sunday School Teacher. Class is from 7:00-8:15 pm Wednesday nights. Volunteers will be assigned a specific class of students to instruct for about 24 Wednesdays from late September through early May. Volunteers will work as a team to inspire and enliven our children while educating them about their Catholic Faith. Lesson Planning support, curriculum, materials, and training will be provided. All volunteers must complete the Safe Environment Training offered through the VIRTUS program.  If you are interested in assisting with grade 3 - grade 5 faith formation, please contact Sara Hotchkiss at at 360-886-2229 or re@stbarbarachurch.org.  

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is dependent on volunteers to be a successful week. Volunteers are needed to lead each station which children will rotate through. All materials and supplies are provided.  All volunteers must complete the Safe Environment Training offered through the VIRTUS program.  If you are interested in assisting with Vacation Bible School, please contact Sara Hotchkiss at at 360-886-2229 or re@stbarbarachurch.org

Grade 6 - Grade 12 Teaching Team

As part of the Faith Formation team for grades 6 - 12, volunteers assist with classroom facilitation, service coordination, hospitality, administration and scheduling. Volunteers also assist with various Liturgical needs. Classes are Sunday evenings 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM, mid-September through mid-May. All volunteers must complete the Safe Environment Training offered through the VIRTUS program. If you are interested in assisting with grades 6 - 12 Faith Formation, please contact Valerie Winston Healy at 360-886-2229 or vwh@stbarbarachurch.or

Confirmation Preparation Team (High School)

As part of the High School Conformation preparation team,  volunteers help with classroom facilitation, service coordination, hospitality, retreat planning and execution, administration and scheduling. Volunteers also assist with various Liturgical needs. Classes are Tuesday evenings 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, mid-September through mid-May. All volunteers  must complete the Safe Environment Training offered through the VIRTUS  program. If you are interested in assisting with grades 6 - 12 Faith  Formation, please contact Valerie Winston Healy at 360-886-2229 or vwh@stbarbarachurch.org

Baptism Preparation Team

As part of the Baptism Preparation team, volunteers assist with hospitality, classroom needs, various Liturgical needs, administration and scheduling. Preparation occurs quarterly on Saturday mornings, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. If you are interested in becoming part of the Baptism Preparation team, please contact Valerie Winston Healy at 360-886-2229 or vwh@stbarbarachurch.org.  

RCIA Team

As part of the RCIA Team, volunteers  assist with hospitality and community building, classroom needs, liturgical needs administration or act as a sponsor for a Catechumen. Classes are Monday evenings, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, September through May with additional liturgical events throughout the Lenten season. If you are interested in becoming part of the RCIA team, please contact Valerie Winston Healy at 360-886-2229 or vwh@stbarbarachurch.org.   

Parish Ministries - Administration and Facilities

Pastoral Council

Information Coming Soon!

Flower and Plant Ministry

The flower and plant ministry provides care and maintenance for the flowers and plants that adorn our worship space. This includes weekly watering, pruning and replanting as needed, and assisting with flower and plant arrangement.   If you are interested in joining our flower and plant ministry, please contact the parish office at 360-886-2229 or office@stbarbarachurch.org.    

Money Counters

Money counters tabulate donations from the weekend Masses.  Money counters prepare the collection for deposit. Money counters meet every Monday morning and are scheduled based on their availability. Money counters do need to complete a background check through the Archdiocese of Seattle. If you are interested in becoming a money counter, please contact the parish office at 360-886-2229 or office@stbarbarachurch.org.

Office Assistants

Office Assistant volunteers help with various office tasks as needed. Tasks include assistance with the weekly bulletin, data entry, assisting with parish mailing and filling in for office staff as needed.   If you are interested in becoming an office assistant, please contact the parish office at 360-886-2229 or office@stbarbarachurch.org

Votive Candle Care

Each week, members of the Votive Candle Care ministry replace and clean the votive candles in the Main and Little Church.  Votive Candle Care ministry members also tidy up the pews, collecting any items left over from the weekend masses and straighten up the cry room and the narthex.   If you are interested in joining the Votive Candle Care ministry, please contact the parish office at 360-886-2229 or office@stbarbarachurch.org.  

Your Time & Talent

I want to give of my time and talent! If you have a desire to join any of our ministries, please let us know.