• “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10

Share your gifts through ministry!

Did you know that you have been given spiritual gifts by the Holy Spirit, simply because of your Baptism?  It’s true! A spiritual gift is a special strength or ability from God, enabling you to share Christ through serving others. Maybe you have a gift for singing or perhaps you have a unique capacity to organize groups toward a common mission or vision.  Maybe you feel a strong pull to pray for others who are hurting. Or maybe you experience great joy and energy when you tell others about Jesus.

We encourage individuals of all ages to use their gifts by getting involved in our parish community.  Visit our various ministry pages to learn more about the many opportunities available.  For more information, call the Parish Office at 313.885.8855 and ask for Anne Graves.

How do I discover my spiritual gifts?

Find out more about how to discern your spiritual gifts through the Catherine of Siena Institute website.

Discover where you can serve

Altar Society

Established in 1881 to encourage devotion to the Blessed Mother, today’s St. Paul Altar Society also provides service to many areas of parish life and the community.

The Altar Society is responsible for the care of the altar sanctuary including purchase and care of altar linens, flowers, priest and server vestments, and liturgical supplies.  Ongoing social and spiritual activities include annual May Tea, bereavement programs, wedding anniversary mass celebrations, and Advent and Lent programs.  A few of the many Society-supported ministries include a knitting and quilting group which provides layette items for Pregnancy Aid outreach; a ministry which provides a baptismal garment for each baptized infant; and the Parish Prayer ministry.  Donations to the Christmas and Easter flower funds, and contributions received at the Annual Tea and throughout the year fund our Mission and our Ministries.

For more information please contact Josephine Pompeo at jpompeo@landscapeamerica.net, or the St. Paul Parish Office at 313-885-8855.

Bereavement Ministry

St. Paul’s Bereavement Ministry’s mission is, simply and profoundly, to walk with people who have experienced death and the pain of loss. Bereavement Ministers represent all of us through their presence and love, letting people know that they are loved and are not alone in their grief.

In Bereavement Ministry, we try to bring a heart that understands silence, ears that understand regrets, eyes that understand tears, and hands that hold memories with reverence.

St. Paul sponsors periodic speakers on bereavement issues, which are open to everyone. In addition, there are various Bereavement Support Groups in the community for those who are interested. Regular articles are featured in the parish bulletin, the St. Paul Reporter, related to bereavement issues.

For more information or to be added to the St. Paul Bereavement Ministry Mailing List, please contact the St. Paul Parish Office at 313.885.8855. The group is headed by Sandy Fisher.


Sing to him, sing praises to him; speak of all of his wonders. (1 Chronicles 16:9)

Unfortunately, the St. Paul choirs have been on haitus during the pandemic. We pray for an end to the pandemic and the resumption of this beautiful ministry. Please see the Reporter for updates about the St. Paul choirs.

Divorced and Separated Ministry

Please click here for information.

Homeless Week Program


Each year, our St. Paul community opens their hearts and doors to welcome and care for the homeless during a week-long interfaith rotating shelter program. Here is an overview of what makes our program so rewarding to both guests, parishioners, and volunteers:


  • Provide a warm, loving, welcoming, and spiritual environment for our less fortunate guests at all times.
  • Ensure that all the needs of our guests are met whenever possible.
  • Always treat our guests and each other with love and respect. “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
  • Encourage fellowship between our parishioners, volunteers and invited guests


  • Provide a warm and loving environment for our guests
  • Provide two hot meals and 1-2 large bag lunches daily
  • Deliver superior accommodations to our guests
  • Provide daily worship and spiritual opportunities for our guests
  • Foster a positive, challenging and rewarding environment
  • Ensure effective communication with our guests and each other
  • Encourage unity and fellowship amongst our guests and fellow parishioners
  • Organize activities, entertainment and opportunities for just having fun!

Interesting Facts About Our Program

  • Open Hearts, Open Doors is the largest outreach program organized by St. Paul Church.
  • We prepare more than 950 meals during the week long program.
  • Last year, we served 15 gallons of orange juice and over 25 gallons of hot coffee!
  • We use 15 loaves of bread and 12 pounds of meat and cheese to make lunches every day.
  • Each year, an estimated 350-500 people volunteer to help with this program in various ways.

If you would like additional program information or to volunteer, please contact Tricia Kesteloot at 313.885.7022.

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a national fraternal organization for men dedicated to religious, charitable, service and social activities. Learn more about the Knights through their website at www.kofc12121.org or for more information about joining the Knights, please contact Mr. Ralph Fisher at gk12121@kofcmi.org.

Life Issues Committee

The Life Issues Committee works to support and promote the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. We welcome people of all ages. For more information on getting involved, please contact Bob Costello at 313.331.4075.

Liturgical Ministries

Laypersons, both men and women, are invited to serve through various liturgical ministries within the parish.


Ushers greet people, assist with seating, take up collections, and generally help wherever needed during Masses. Those interested in becoming an ushers should contact Mr. Ed Gotfredson at egotfredson@fb.com.


Lectors proclaim the Word of God (first and/or second Scripture reading) at Sunday and weekday Masses. If you are interested in becoming a lector, please contact Mr. Jeffrey Moyer at jeffreylmoyer@comcast.net for more information.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EM)

An Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist or EM assists the priest in distributing the Holy Eucharist at Mass, as well as to the sick and homebound. If you would like to serve as an EM, please contact Mrs. Susan Bristol susanbristol@comcast.net.


Sacristans care for the sacred vessels (e.g., chalice, ciborium, purificator, veils) used at Mass. If you would like to serve as a sacristan, please contact Mrs. Fran Bauer at 313.885.8855 or email her at fbauer@stpaulonthelake.org.

Altar Servers

Altar servers assist the priest at Mass. Young people from Grade 4 through adults are welcome to serve; men and women are equally eligible to serve. If you or your child(ren) is interested in being trained as an altar server, please contact altarservers@stpaulonthelake.org.

Wedding Coordinators

Contact Colleen Tolliver at ctolliver@stpaulonthelake.org

Mass and Funeral Greeters

Contact Josephine Pompeo at jpompeo@landscapeamerica.net

Ministry to the Sick

“I was sick and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:36)

Every Monday morning a team of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EEMs) visit St. Paul parishioners who are unable to attend Sunday Mass.

The Parish Office provides a listing of names, addresses and telephone numbers for those parishioners who are to be given the Holy Eucharist along with the weekly parish bulletin.

During special holiday seasons, EEMs also deliver gifts of flowers, decorations and St. Paul School student-produced articles to these shut-ins. Family members are urged to call the Parish Office when an ill or homebound relative wishes to receive Holy Communion during these weekly visits.

If you would like to volunteer for this special ministry, enroll a family member, or for more information, please contact Mr. Don Armbruster at 313.882.0241.

Parish Moms

Our mission is to bring mothers closer to Christ through their vocation of motherhood. We provide opportunities for mothers to grow in faith, strengthen families, nurture friendships, and have fun.

Annual membership dues of $35.00 provide the following benefits:

  • Breakfast at monthly meetings
  • Discounted event pricing
  • Funding for community service activities

Monthly meetings are generally held the second Wednesday of each month, 9:00-11:00 am, from September through May in the Canfield Center.

Children are welcome to attend. We also offer babysitting in the latchkey room. Our sitters have completed the Protecting God’s Children seminar and have passed a background check.


Annual babysitting fee is $35.00 for the first child and $25.00 for each additional child.

Babysitting fee for individual meetings is $5.00 per child.

Events range from fun activities with the kids to community service opportunities.

Got questions? Email us at parishmoms@gmail.com.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Ministering to the needy members of our community, the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Paul on the Lake parish is a Catholic lay organization open to all. If you are interested in joining, please contact the Parish Office at 313.885.8855 for more details.