“Love is shown more in deeds than in words.” - St. Ignatius of Loyola
Explore our virtual ministry fair below to learn how you and your family can become more actively involved in our Parish.
St. Ignatius Altar Society is a support ministry for the care and maintenance of the interiors, linens and vestments of the Church.
For more information about participating in or volunteering for the catechetical ministries below, please contact Fatima Avila- Ohlsen at 916-482-9666 ext. 238 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Alan Nissila, Liturgy Director ANissila@StIgnatiusSac.org
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist with the distribution of the Eucharist during our weekend masses. This special ministry of serving the Body of Christ recognizes the living Body of Christ in our brothers and sisters.
Altar Servers assist the priests at our weekend masses by carrying and moving items used during the ritual actions. Servers are a vital part of keeping the liturgies running smoothly.
Ushers/ Greeters ministry
Do you have a friendly, outgoing personality? Do you like being treated like a guest when you arrive somewhere? Would you like to extend a warm welcome to people as they arrive at church?
Mission and Outreach Ministries
"Together we can do something beautiful for God." (Mother Teresa)
Health Ministry: Ask-a-Nurse
"For I will restore you to health; of your wounds I will heal you, says the Lord" -Jeremiah 31:17
Our nurses staff the Ask–A–Nurse table at our Sharing God’s Bounty Dinners for the hungry and answer health related questions, provide pressure screenings, health care resources, and provide a bag of personal hygiene items to our guests. Our nurses also collect glasses for the Lyon’s Club during Lent. We are always in need of travel size hygiene products, TP, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and deodorant.
We also support NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, who provides help, hope, and healing for those affected by mental health challenges.
Community Assistance Ministry
"For it is in giving that we receive..." - St. Francis of Assisi
The St. Ignatius Community Assistance Ministry helps families with crisis rental and utility assistance.
If you would like to donate, or if you are in need of help, please contact the Parish Office.
Advent and Lent Faith in Action
We provide food baskets and hygiene items at Christmas and Easter for 300 families through our Feed-A-Family Program. The collection of non-perishable food items as well as monetary donations to purchase the perishable food items begins Thanksgiving Day. We need you: Thursday, December 21, Friday, December 22 at 4pm, and Saturday, December 23 at 7am. Many hands make light work!
Loaves and Fishes
Please join St. Ignatius' Loaves and Fishes Ministry on the 3rd Saturday of the month (June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16). If you have the time please sign up after the 9:30 mass or call Mariann Friedrich at 916 362-8107. You must be at least 15 years old to serve. Mariann has all the information!
Sharing God's Bounty
Meals for Those in Need
"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me; Amen, I say to you whatever you did for one of these least brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 25:35, 40)
Hot dinners are provided for anyone who is hungry on the last Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm. Over the past year, more than 5,000 meals have been served. We also have a clothing boutique filled with clothing, books, bedding, shoes etc, and bags filled with nutritious and fresh food staples for our guests in need. At the “Ask a Nurse” table guests may have their blood pressure checked, get health related questions answered, and receive hygiene bags. During dinner our guests enjoy BINGO games. If you would like to volunteer, please arrive by 5:15pm on the evening of the event. Donations for our clothing boutique, fresh produce, and desserts may be dropped off at the Parish Center on SGB Dinner dates. It has been a few years since we have held a gently used clothing and bedding drive—are you called to this ministry?
Family Promise is a program hosted by religious congregations in Sacramento for families experiencing crisis homelessness.
A host church or congregation agrees to provide housing and meals for up to four families at their church for a week. The Family Promise organization then provides transportation to schools and work or training for work. It also provides other services to assist the family. A family stays in the program moving from church to church for enough time to get back on their feet and save enough money to enable it to move back into housing.
St. Ignatius would like to be a support parish to the congregations that are actually providing housing. This would mean that a group of volunteers from St. Ignatius would bring a meal to the facilities housing the families. Volunteers would prepare a designated portion of a dinner and bring it and share it with the families. They would have an opportunity to meet and get to know the families as well as some of the volunteers from the host congregation.
If you are willing to volunteer, you can anticipate being asked to assist in this way around once every couple of months. St. Ignatius is expecting to assist the Unitarian Universalist Society and Fremont Presbyterian Church. The only requirement is a generous heart and the willingness to prepare and share a meal.
Family Promise, although not large, has been successful in saving families from long-term homelessness. You can find out more details about Family Promise at http://sacfamilypromise.org.
If you are interested in helping with this ministry please contact Patty or Joe Symkowick at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interfaith and Ecumenical Outreach
"Our first task in approaching another people, another culture, another religion, is to take off our shoes, for the place we are approaching is holy. Else we may find ourselves treading on people’s dreams. More serious still, we may forget that God was here before our arrival." (Max Warren)
This ministry reaches out to Christians and members of other faiths, by listening and learning, sharing beliefs, respecting diversity and learning about our faiths. It's accepting others' rights, respecting their beliefs, and appreciating our common ground. It's celebrating our mutual ideals, praying together as we have in the Week of Christian Unity, serving together in Sharing God's Bounty, learning together as we have in the Arden, Arcade & Carmichael Faith Communities, The Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento, and the Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue Commission.
All weekend and Holy Day Masses include singing. Singers and Instrumentalists are always welcome to join the music ministry team! More Information
This group sings weekly at the 9:30am Sunday Mass. Rehearsals are every Thursday (7:00 – 8:30 pm) in the Church. New members are always welcome! Contact Sandi Holland, Director of Music, at email@example.com
The St. Ignatius School Choir leads singing at all liturgies during the school year, as well as occasionally at the 9:30am Sunday Mass. In addition, we have a Parish Children’s Choir which sings at the 4:00pm Christmas Eve Mass each year. Children from 3rd-8th grade (from any school) are welcome. We hope this group will sing more frequently in the future.
Cantors serve the liturgy in a vital way:
At St. Ignatius we are blessed to have a diverse group of talented musicians. New instrumentalists are always welcome! Contact Sandi Holland, Director of Music, at firstname.lastname@example.org