Prayer & Worship


Altar Servers

Girls and boys in fourth grade or older who want to assist the priest at Mass are invited to be trained. They will then be scheduled on a month-to-month basis.

Contact: Micki Snyder                             616-293-3849


Art & Environment

Essential to the proper celebration of the Sacred Liturgy is to maintain an orderly, seasonally appropriate, beautiful, welcoming and sacred environment within the Church.  Those working with Art & Environment, with the guidance of the pastor, attend to this need by studying relevant Church documents, engaging in creative planning and executing plans.  We are always seeking volunteers who wish to participate.  Artistic experience is not necessary, but a willingness and desire to enhance the quality of our worship is always required.

Contact: Fr. Len Sudlik 676-9111 (ext. 122)


Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Do you hold a special place in your heart for the Body and Blood of Christ? Men and women who wish to distribute the Eucharist at weekend Mass are invited to request training.

Contact: Sue (Gartner) Mlynarczyk   616-949-6012



Do you want to join a ministry where you just talk to parishioners? Greeters welcome people as they arrive to worship and assist them as they leave the weekend masses. We use Sign-Up Genius so you can

Contact:  Dawn McDonald


Do you love the word of God? Lectors proclaim the word of God at the weekend liturgies as well as help with the readings at other special services.

Contact: Robert Stritzinger 975-9977


Ushers have a special role to play at every parish liturgy. The primary ministry of ushers is to be of service to everyone in the assembly so that all may celebrate the Sacred Liturgy as the holy people of God who became one in Christ.

Contact: Jim Stone               897.5709

Usher Guidelines HERE!

Spiritual Growth


Christian Men’s Group

Men desiring to live out Christian principles (how to know and walk closer with God) as men (better husbands, fathers, workers, and community-involved citizens); to meet in a small group to share these values and grow in faith and relationship with Christ; and to meet to study and discuss how to implement these principles in their lives through book studies and scriptural studies. We have good discussions, good fellowship and laughs, coffee and donuts. Please try us!

When and where:

1st & 3rd Saturday mornings at 8:00 am      Adult Lounge

Contact:  Kevin Ecclesine 676.3028

Dan Villalobos 957-1708

Family Rosary 

Family Rosary – Open to all. Held quarterly at 10:30 am in the chapel.

Liturgical Celebrations

Weekday Masses take place in the Eucharistic Chapel and are usually at 9:00 AM. Please see the bulletin for any variations.   Weekend Masses are Saturday: 4:30 pm; Sunday: 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 6:00pm. Sacrament of Reconciliation is available on Saturdays at 3:15 pm.

Pastoral Counseling

When there is a need for some pastoral – spiritual counseling, help is available. The priest and pastoral associate can be of help and can provide professional referrals if necessary.

Contact: Fr. Len Sudlik 676.9111   (Ext. 122)

Sr. Darlene Wessling, FSE   676-9111   (Ext. 113)

Prayer Support Groups

This is an opportunity to gather with men and women on a weekly basis to do intercessory prayer, meditation, prayer and reflection on the Scripture. Please join us.


Spiritual Library

Up-to-date spiritual material as well as spiritual classics are available in book form, audio cassette, CD, DVD, or video. All materials may be borrowed for one month.

Teri Burns  676-9111 ext. 115



Liturgical Music Ministry


Liturgical Music Leadership Team

Director of Music:   Lori Martin 676-9111 (Ext. 120)


Teen Mass with Mike Michaud – Contact Lori Martin.

Music Ministry opportunities are listed below. Schedules are posted for each group on the parish website for easy access.

Adult Chamber Choir (High School and up)

The Saint Robert of Newminster Chamber Choir is dedicated to celebrating the choral art as a living vibrant tradition in the Roman Catholic Church. Our membership consists of men and women from various musical backgrounds and a wide variety of professions. You do not need to read music, just love singing and be able to carry a tune. We meet every Wednesday evening for rehearsals and sing once a week at a Sunday morning Mass.

Teen Mass (Grades 6th – College)

This group leads all the music at the 6:00 pm Mass every Sunday and other special events during the year. All are invited to join us and experience harmony singing, cantoring, and having the opportunity to sing together as an ensemble. This group meets at 4:45 pm on Sundays before the 6:00 pm Mass. Come whenever you can join us!

St. Cecilia Choir (Grades *2 – 8th)

2nd graders joining this group need to be good readers.

This choir provides a nurturing environment for young singers to realize their gift both individually and as a group. Children learn music theory, vocal techniques, and many styles of music. They also get the opportunity to cantor, announce songs and lead the congregation in song. They meet once a week and sing once a month at select Masses including Christmas, Palm Sunday and Mother’s Day.

*2nd graders that are good readers can join this choir per director’s discretion.

Joyful Noise (Kindergarten – Grade 2)

The Joyful Noise choir provides a creative environment for children to experience their faith through song and movement and to share it with our parish community.   They sing on select Sundays once a month throughout the school year including Christmas, Palm Sunday and Mother’s Day.   Children

learn basic music theory, vocal techniques and many songs. Song sheets go home with students to practice. We meet once a week.

Newminster Ringers (8th grade and up)

This is a unique and fun ensemble that rings chimes and handbells. This ensemble is for music readers who want to explore making music as a group and love to build on new repertoire as musicians. They meet once a week and play at select Masses.

Chime Choir (3rd grade through 8th)

No experience necessary. Students learn basic note reading/rhythm skills and have fun playing song and accompanying the Children’s Choirs. The Chime Choir meets once a week and play at select Masses along with the Children’s Choirs.

Cantors – Leaders of Song/Psalmists

This is a ministry for those with strong singing voices and an ability to lead the congregation in song. It is an important leadership role in the liturgy. Anyone interested in the cantor program should contact Lori Martin.

Instrumentalists (HS-Adult)

If you play an instrument, you are encouraged to join us. Please contact Lori Martin to see which group you should join. Percussionists, guitarists, bass players, strings, brass and woodwinds are all encouraged to play. A variety of different instruments can add a whole new dimension to the musical life of a parish.

VBS Choir Participants

Character building, creativity and team work are built through the production of musical skits and leading VBS in their songs from stage. Skills and themes are interwoven to create a week of fun as well as growth! Open to students in grades 1-8. Please register through VBS. Space is limited to 12 students.

Internship in church Music (HS-College)

This program is designed for the high school or college age students who are advanced in keyboard, guitar, or voice study and have an interest in the vocation of music ministry.