Ministries

Family Service Sunday Sign-Up Fair is held in the Fall each year. The Mission of Holy Family Parish is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, to educate and counsel, to offer hospitality, to celebrate liturgies of praise and thanksgiving, and to be a living witness of love, justice and service. Everyone’s participation is needed to make our mission a reality! Please take time to consider how you might serve our parish community. Following is a brief description of our ministries and programs. Contact the parish office – 692-1820 – for more information.

ALTAR SERVERS in the 4th grade and beyond assist at all Masses as well as funeral and wedding liturgies. Training is scheduled several times a year as noted in the Sunday bulletin.

ADULT FAITH ENRICHMENT and SCRIPTURE STUDY: group leaders use approved materials to facilitate programs for adults during the school year. Everyone is invited to participate.

CHOIRS: CELEBRATION sings at the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass ; practice on Monday evenings.

CHILDREN sings at the 5:30 p.m. children’s Christmas Eve Mass. Times for practice are announced in the bulletin.

FUNERAL CHOIR sings at Funeral Masses. Singers report 20 minutes before the funeral.

PARISH CHOIR sings at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass with practice on Wednesday evenings.

SABBATH CHOIR sings at the 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass with practice before Mass.

* CROSSROADS BEREAVEMENT GROUP LEADERS provide support to those who are coping with the death of a loved one.

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION are responsible for preparing the credence table, distributing communion at Mass, and greeting people in the foyer before Mass. Additional training is provided for those who wish take communion to the hospitals, nursing homes, and homebound. Home/Hospital ministers must adhere to the Diocesan Safe Environment Policies.

HOMEBOUND/HOSPITALIZED COMMUNION MINISTERS serve by taking communion to those in the hospitals, nursing homes, and those who are at homebound. Additional training and approval is required for this ministry.

* FINANCE COMMITTEE members are appointed by the Pastor in consultation with the Pastoral Council to meet periodically to consider the financial development of the parish, approve funding for parish organizations and prepare the annual parish budget. Currently, there are no vacancies on this committee.

FIRST FRIDAY ADORATION takes place from 7:00 p.m. on the Thursday before First Friday until 12:00 midnight. Everyone is invited to pray before the Blessed Sacrament.

FUNERAL DINNER COMMITTEE arranges for food and refreshments following funeral services to be served in the church foyer or taken to the home.

GOD’S GOFERS assist, during normal 9:00-5:00 office hours, with clerical duties in the church office. They stuff mailers, prepare monthly newsletters for mailing, prepare bulletin inserts, etc.

REFUGEE COMMITTEE members assist immigrants with monetary and household needs, travel to church, English as a second language, as well as coordinating a Parish Bible Study for the Refugee Community.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS is a national organization of Catholic men who meet at the Knights of Columbus Hall for the purpose of serving specific Church needs.

LADIES SHARE GROUP meets weekly during the school year on Tuesday, 12:30-2:00 p.m. for shared prayer, Bible study, and personal experiences in a small group environment.

LECTORS participate in reading the Scripture passages at Mass.

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP meet weekly for contemporary praise and worship, thanksgiving, talks on living life in the (Holy) Spirit, intercessory and healing prayer.

* MARRIAGE TRIBUNAL ADVOCATES are trained and appointed by the diocese to facilitate the annulment process for petitioners.

MARTHA COMMITTEE provides meals and assistance (errands, transportation, etc.) to families in times of crisis such as when a loved one is ill or recovering from an accident.

MEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP meets every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. and Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. to deepen their relationship with God.

* MONEY COUNTERS must be approved by the Parish Finance Council and are responsible for counting the weekend Sunday collections after the noon Mass. One of five teams is scheduled to count each Sunday.

NURSERY WORKERS are employees of the parish and provide an appropriate environment for infants up to four years-old during the weekend Masses and other church services and activities. Workers must be 16 years of age. Contact the parish office if you wish to apply.

PARISH RECEPTIONS COMMITTEE provides refreshments and food at special celebrations and occasions in the parish, such as the celebration of Sacraments, the annual parish Christmas party, etc.

* PASTORAL COUNCIL MEMBERS are elected to serve in a consultative manner in the development and promotion of policies for the parish.

PRO-LIFE COMMITTEE works to enhance our commitment to respect all human life by praying the rosary in front of Planned Parenthood and supporting Pregnancy Counseling Services with contributions to the Celebrate Life Bassinet.

PRISON MINISTRY involves ministering to prison inmates through Bible study, prayer, and sharing. Training and approval by a Prison Chaplain is required.

* RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) TEAM helps non-Catholics learn about our faith and experience our community. Ways to serve include discussion facilitators, prayer leaders, musicians, hospitality, and sponsors.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CATECHISTS AND AIDES prepare and teach weekly religious education sessions. They must adhere to the Diocesan Safe Environment Policies, and attend in-service meetings.

SANCTUARY CARE COMMITTEE is responsible for dusting altar area, chapel and confessionals; cleaning altar cloths, linens, etc.

SENIOR CITIZENS “HELPING HANDS” COMMITTEE keep in touch with the homebound and those in retirement centers through regular phone calls, home visits and assistance with errands, etc.

* SPONSOR COUPLE PROGRAM is a marriage preparation program in which a Catholic married couple meets with an engaged couple to discuss aspects of a sacramental marriage. Materials and training are provided.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY is a charitable organization of the Catholic Church serving the poor and the needy. Parishioners can help through financial contributions, volunteer work and donations to the Thrift Store, and personal meetings with those in need (training provided).

SUNDAY COFFEE & DONUTS COMMITTEE coordinate the serving of refreshments in the church foyer following the 9:00 and 10:30 Masses during school year.

USHERS are responsible for maintaining orderly entrance and exit, locating seating for persons attending liturgies, taking up collections, directing flow for Communion lines etc.

VOCATIONS COMMITTEE works on the parish level to encourage and foster priestly and religious vocations.

* WEDDING COMMITTEE members (appointed by the Pastor) assist the bride and groom with the final preparation for the wedding rehearsal and ceremony.

WELCOME COMMITTEE greets parishioners before and after Masses and assists newcomers in meeting other church members and learning about various church activities.

YOUTH PROGRAMS and RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CATECHISTS work with the Director of Religious Education and the Coordinator for Youth Ministry to provide social and service opportunities for parish youth. All adults working with youth must adhere to the Diocesan Safe Environment Policies.

 

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