Ministries & Groups
Formed.org is a subscription resource available to all members of our parish and the local community. It contains a variety of content, including video studies, documentaries, movies, audio talks, and e-books for adults and youth. Because it is web-based, it is accessible to anyone with an internet connection at home or wherever wi-fi is available. There is also an app for mobile devices. To register for your FREE account, please visit and click on the blue ‘REGISTER NOW’ button. Fill out the form with your information and create a username and password for yourself. Once complete, you will be able to access the content using your login information. This resource can be a useful tool for learning about the faith, growing in the faith, evangelizing and for entertainment and educational purposes.
Holy Family Council/Catholic United Financial:
Holy Family Council has been serving the parish of St. Henry’s for 124+ years. Our focus is supporting Catholic Education, the future of the Church, and our Seminarians. Together, with our Foundation, we help others with disaster relief. Not because they are Catholic, but because we are Catholic. For more information contact Lisa Smith at 218-346-5790.
Assist with the upkeep of the library, promote the library to the parish community, and/or review books for the bulletin.
If you would like to meet with Fr. Matthew regarding a living memorial gift or other type of bequest, please contact him through the Parish Office.
Parish Council & Finance Council:
The Parish Council advises the pastor in the operation of the parish. Meetings are held monthly, except during the summer. The Finance Council assists with the budgeting of parish funds and advises the Parish Council of the financial situation of the parish. Meetings are held quarterly. Election for the Parish Council is held each spring. Any interested candidates should contact the Parish Office. Finance Council members are appointed by the pastor.
Volunteers are needed to help with mailings, stuffing bulletins, and other miscellaneous tasks.
Stanislaus Communications is the apostolate that operates KXPM-LP 100.3 FM, serving the Perham area. The name for this 501c3 not for profit organization was selected to honor the memory of the other Catholic parish that served Perham for generations. The 5 seats on the board of directors are elected annually in October and there are a number of volunteers whose behind-the-scenes contributions are greatly appreciated. Those interested in contributing to this mission should contact Wayne Dardis at 218-298-2098 or .
Telephone/Email Prayer Chain:
To add a name to our prayer chain or if you would like to be added as a pray-er, contact Ardith Altstadt at 218-346-5345 or or call Sigrid Winjum at 218-346-7342.
Visit new members for a house blessing to welcome them to our parish. Plan and help with the New Member Welcome meal.
Music Ministry at Mass:
Sing, play an instrument or be the piano/organ accompanist to help lead the music at Mass. Rehearsals are generally one hour before Mass. Music is typically available 2-3 weeks in advance.
Come relieve the stress in your life by participating in the Variety Choir! This choir sings a variety of musical styles with a variety of talent at a variety of Masses. As of right now, we sing from the choir loft once a month with two practices on Monday at 6:00 pm and Wednesday at 6:00 pm the week before we sing. Have children? No problem! Bring them up to the choir loft with you. Any talent is appreciated! You can look on the parish website under music to see what we have planned for the next Mass. There’s just one catch. We ask that you please respect others’ time and talent by coming to at least one of the practices beforehand.
These choirs sing for our Christmas Eve Mass and/or Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil). There are 2-3 extra rehearsals prior to each liturgy.
See Opportunities for Children & Teens Section
Serve on the Liturgy Committee: The Liturgy Committee typically meets four times per year to discuss past and future Liturgical Events. If you would like to give feedback or suggestions about how we do Liturgies, this would be a good committee for you!
Assisting with Mass:
Want to become more involved with the Mass? Please consider helping with the following positions:
Sacristan – Help set up for Mass. Training provided.
Lector – Read the scriptures at Mass. Training and Lector Workbook provided.
Usher – Help people find seats and take up the collection.
Altar Server – Assist the priest at the altar. Training provided.
Rosary Leader – Lead the rosary 30 minutes before Mass.
Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister – Help distribute Holy Communion during Mass. Training provided.
Gift Bearer – Carry the gifts of bread and wine to the front during Mass.
Money Counter – Help count the collection money following the weekend Masses.
Greeter – Greet people before Mass and make them feel welcome. Scheduled for special occasions or whenever someone would like to do it.
Mass Recorder – Start and stop the equipment to record the Mass for rebroadcasting on TV.
Sound Monitor – Listen to and adjust the volume of microphones when needed using an iPad. Training provided.
Mass at Perham Living:
Assist at the 10:00 am Mass on Friday mornings by taking attendance, helping people find a place to sit, handing out worship aids, collecting the offering and escorting Fr. Matt or Deacon Randy as they distribute communion. We are also in need of volunteers to help with singing, playing piano and/or lectoring during this Mass.
The Environment Committee serves the parish by decorating for holidays and liturgical seasons, watering our indoor plants, and more.
Every Tuesday from 8:00 am to Wednesday at 8:00 am, the Church of Saint Henry is blessed to have Eucharistic Adoration. Please feel free to pray before the Blessed Sacrament during this time. If you would like to sign-up for a designated time period, please call Dot Hofland at 346-5785.
Votive & Holy Water Care:
Volunteers needed to check and refill holy water fonts and votive candles throughout the church.
Faith in Action
Help prepare, serve, and clean up lunch at funerals. Please contact the Parish Office, if interested in serving on this committee.
Training is provided so that you can pray with and bring the Eucharist to the homebound members of our parish who cannot make it to Mass on a regular basis. Occasional help is also needed with running errands or giving rides to appointments. Please contact the Parish Office, if interested in serving on this committee.
In the Narthex near the Parish Office, you’ll find a tree with cards listing different needs for the parish and school. If you take a card & do the job listed on it, the church will receive $3.00 for every card completed, signed, and returned. We can receive a total of $300.00 per year from Catholic United Financial, plus get lots done for the parish.
Prayer Shawl Ministry:
Volunteer to make the shawls, and also to deliver shawls, pray and visit with the people receiving the shawl who may have had a surgery, illness or loss in their family. Donations are also needed for material (either monetary or supplies). Please contact the Parish Office, if interested in serving on this committee.
Healing Hearts Ministry:
Healing Hearts Ministry meets once a month. Caregivers are trained individuals who walk with another individual through a difficulty/struggle in their life. It is a Christ centered, caring walk. This ministry is based on strict confidentiality and relies on God to give the cure while we give the care. We will listen, pray, love and walk with them through any situation (if you are familiar with Stephen Ministry, it is similar, but more Catholic orientated). If you are interested in being a caregiver or care receiver or want more information, please contact: Mary Schumacher 218-346-3996, Judy Christopherson 218-346-6437 or Pamela Hyde 616-915-2909.
St. Agnes-Mary Mission Circle:
The St. Agnes-Mary Mission Circle meets monthly Sept. to May on the 3rd Thursday of the month. We are members of the Propagation of the Faith. We pay dues and spend our time doing the work of God in small ways: sewing, crocheting, knitting, embroidering, piecing quilts, making rosaries and praying for the missions. We give our products to both local, regional and world missions. Contact Kathy Hemmelgarn at 218-346-5797 for more information.
St. Martha’s Meal Ministry:
This ministry helps people in need of an occasional meal or meals for a short time. They can be individuals and/or families that have had surgery, illness, disease, a birth, a death, crisis, a significant event, etc. There are times when life has been rough and we could use a helping hand to make it go a little smoother; we are all part of a family and are here to help each other. A meal can be provided as little as one time, once a week, once a month, or more, depending on the circumstances. The meals are provided by members and friends of the parish. We can make arrangements for pick up or delivery, depending on your desire. If you are in need of this ministry or would like to provide meals to others, please contact Cheryl Prososki 218-758-2343, Renee Doll 218-346-7944 or the Parish Office 218-346-4240.
Special Events Committee:
This committee organizes the food, decorating, and clean-up of special events, such as the Vocations Mass, when the bishop comes, and other events as they come up. There are usually 2-3 events annually. If you are willing to use your gifts in this way, please contact Deacon Randy at the parish office.
Opportunities for Men
Perham Area Knights of Columbus Council #1773:
When you become a member of the Knights of Columbus you are joining the largest Catholic lay organization in the world. To join, you must be a Catholic man over the age of 18. Knights are the ‘strong right arm’ of their local parishes; they help with tasks and special projects that require both the financial and manpower based resources that the Knights can provide. Perham Area Knights of Columbus meet the second Tuesday of every month. For membership information ask any Knight or contact Grand Knight, John Bell at 701-297-2830.
Men's Bible Study:
All men of the parish are invited to join us to study scripture and the teachings of the church. The group gathers from 6:45 am - 8:00 am each Friday in the St. JPII Conference Room.
Opportunities for Women
Catholic Daughters of America/Court St. Rita #409:
Catholic Daughters of the Americas is the largest organization of Catholic women in the Americas. It is comprised of Catholic women 18 years of age and older. Under the Patroness of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is an extraordinary organization with the dual purpose of spirituality and service. Our local CDA Court, Court St. Rita # 409, is the 3rd oldest Court in the state of Minnesota. They meet the 1st Tuesday of the month. (Sept – June). For more info, please contact Dianne Rohde-Szarke at 218-205-1301 or Karen Hammers at 218-298-0726.
A Widow's Walk is an informal group for Catholic Widows. They meet the 2nd Thursday of the month at 5:00 pm (note time change) for dinner and fellowship. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Char Holzer at 218-298-0646 or the Parish Office.
Opportunities for Children & Teens
Making Music Praying Twice:
Join us with your little ones for a fun, low pressure, hands-on parent/child music class for our youngest parishioners (0 - 5 years of age).with even the littlest babies to sing, dance, pray, play instruments and more! Ann Dardis at or 218-346-3429 for more information.
Catholic Youth Fellowship (CYF) Choir:
This choir is open to youth who have completed 6th grade. They sing for the 10:00am Mass the 2nd Sunday of each month and on some special occasions. Rehearsals are generally two Wednesdays a month at 6:00 pm.
Religious Ed & Youth Ministry:
Our parish offers weekly programming for those in 1st-12th grade through religious education, youth ministry activities, Sacrament preparation, and more. Keep an eye on the bulletin for the latest information. If you are interested in being a teacher, helper, or small group leader, please contact the Parish Office. Substitutes are always needed!
Junior Catholic Daughters:
The local Catholic Daughters of America, Court St. Rita #409, sponsors a Junior Catholic Daughters Court, Court St. Teresa of Calcutta, which includes St. Henry’s and the three surrounding parishes. JCDA is a unique organization that is open to Catholic girls, ages 6-18. JCDA brings girls together for friendship, faith and action to make a positive difference in the community. The goals of JCDA are Message (Faith), Service (Helping Others), and Community (Friendship). To express interest in joining or helping, contact Emilee Olstad (firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-371-4198) or Ann Dardis (email@example.com, 218-346-3429).
Little Flowers Girls’ Club:
This club is for girls ages 5 - 11 and their moms. We meet from 10:00 am - Noon on the 1st Saturday every month from September - May to learn about a particular virtue and a female saint that exemplifies this virtue. The girls earn badges for each virtue studied. Please contact Ann Dardis for more information. , 218-346-3429.
Cleaning, Maintenance & Grounds
Serve on the Maintenance Committee:
Help is always needed with painting, general repairs, moving heavy items, lawn care and more. If you would like to join the maintenance committee, contact Deacon Randy in the Parish Office.
Church Cleaning Volunteers:
Each month, a team of volunteers is responsible for cleaning the church (dusting, polishing, washing, vacuuming, etc.), if you would like to be included on this list, contact Michael at the Parish Office.
Care & Cleaning of Vestments, Altar Linens, & Server Robes:
Help is needed to keep these items clean and in good repair. If interested, contact the Parish Office.
Forever Remembered Garden:
The Forever Remembered Garden, located on the north side of the Church, is looking for volunteers to prune, water, and weed once a week for one week during the summer. The group meets early spring and early fall and as needed. If interested in helping, please contact Ruth Ann Palmer at 218-346-2666.
Locking & Unlocking of the Church on Weekends:
Weekend opening and closing of the church. If interested, contact Deacon Randy.
Marriage Preparation (Sponsor Couples):
Mentor & work with an engaged couple as they prepare for marriage. Required training provided.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process established by the universal Church for individuals to become Catholic and receive the sacraments of initiation — Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Those who are already Catholic are also welcome to attend and learn more about the richness of our faith. All are welcome! If you are interested in becoming Catholic or learning more about Catholicism, contact the Parish Office.
Bible studies will be offered occasionally throughout the year. If you are interested in facilitating or being a part of one, please contact the Parish Office. Materials will be provided.