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Our Lady of Good Counsel, West Boylston, MA

Volunteering

We are stewards of the gifts God has given us, and sharing them generously in ways small and large gives us the opportunity to use them for His work. Many parishioners contribute a range of skills and time commitments to make our parish flourish, enhancing our lives and connections with each other in the process. Please consider helping in some capacity for one of the needs expressed below, or any of the other activities described throughout our site.

Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)

Twice a year, one week in December & one week in May, parish volunteers help ease the pain of family homelessness by reaching out in unconditional love to support them in their time of need.  We do so by preparing and serving an evening meal each day and hosting in the evening and overnight at their new stable location, 91 June Street, Worcester.  We also host a Christmas party for them in December, complete with gifts purchased with donations from our very generous parishioners and the arrival of Santa Claus.  Most importantly, by extending them our hospitality they experience Christ's love, comfort, strength, and companionship for their journey.  "For I was hungry and you gave me food.  I was thirsty and you gave me drink.  I was a stranger and you welcomed me." Contact Terri King in the Parish Office at 508-835-3606 for more information.

Food, Clothing and Household Goods Donations

A St. Vincent de Paul Donation Bin is located in the rear of the Church parking lot. Watch the bulletin and the web site for collections of special items to help support winter clothing drives, the Christmas giving programs, and the Thanksgiving Baskets and Easter Basket projects.

Our Lady of Good Counsel supports the West Boylston Churches Food Pantry to serve the neediest among us.
West Boylston Ecumenical Food Pantry - First Congregational

Knitting - Prayer Shawl Ministry

Meets the first Wednesday of the month from October to June.  We gather together in the parish hall for a time of prayer, sharing, and working on our individual projects.  Prayers are woven into each stitch of the shawl so it is a sign of God's loving presence and a mantle of comfort and peace to the one who receives it.  Our shawls are given to the ill, shut-ins, to those in nursing homes, to the grieving; to those celebrating a significant birthday, marriage, birth of a child, graduation. Yarn and help is available to those who need it.  All ages and levels of expertise are welcome. 

Horticultural Talents

Seasonal Flower Arrangements for Christmas and Easter. Do you have an interest in flower arranging? Our Lady of Good Counsel Church could use your time and talent to decorate the altars during these special times of our liturgical year. Please contact the Parish Office at 508-835-3606

Gardening. During the spring and summer seasons, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church occasionally needs volunteers to assist with gardening, perhaps planting flowers for First Communion or helping to mulch the beds and shrubs. We welcome any and all help in this effort to beautify our churches’ surroundings. Please contact the Parish Office if you would like to join us 508-835-3606.

Driving

Rides needed. We are in need of drivers to bring parishioners to Mass who would not otherwise be able to attend. Contact Terri King for more information or to volunteer Parish Office.

Administrative Help

General Clerical Help. If you have some time to share during regular office hours, we could use help with various clerical tasks from time to time, such as parish mailings. Please contact the Parish Office.

Ministers Needed

Lectors are entrusted with the important task of making the word of God come alive in the weekend Masses and at other special liturgies during the year. We are always looking for new people to serve the parish community in this instrumental ministry. If you are interested or have any questions about this ministry, please contact the Parish Office.

Requirements for this ministry: A willing spirit to love and to serve the Lord and one another.

Ushers are always needed at each of our Masses.  If you would like to participate in this ministry of welcome and greeting, please contact Parish Office.

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