Pastoral Care Ministries

 

Elder/Disabled Assistance

Volunteers visit the elderly or homebound, ascertain needs, and coordinate available assistance.

Homebound Visitation

Visit and take Eucharist to parishioners who are homebound.  This is an ongoing commitment.  You will be paired with a homebound parishioner and will make arrangements with them concerning the frequency of visits.

Hospital Visitation

Visit and take Eucharist to parishioners who are hospitalized.  This is an ongoing commitment.  You may be called upon to make a visit approximately once every two weeks.

Mediator/Peacemaker

Volunteers who have mediation training provide assistance upon request by the Pastor.

Outreach to Inactive or Returning Catholics

This group works to “re-member” our parish by reaching out to Catholics who, for various reasons, are away from or inactive in the Church. The committee seeks to enrich these members’ understanding of the Gospel message, the Good News of Salvation, thereby encouraging them to return to the Church.

Supporting Gifts and Talents

Household skills, such as babysitting, baking, cooking, house sitting, and sewing, are needed in support of Pastoral Care as well as other ministries.

WORSHIP MINISTRIES

 

Liturgy Committee

The Liturgy Committee plans, implements, and evaluates parish prayer and worship.  It develops meaningful liturgical and para-liturgical services (services other than mass) for all seasons of the church year. Membership may include representation from among the Lectors, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Mass Coordinators, Music Ministry, and Arts and Environment.

Altar Servers

Assist in the celebration of Sunday and Holy Day liturgies. Training sessions are provided.  Children — ages nine (9) and older – and adults who wish to serve are encouraged to participate.   Altar Servers are needed.

Arts and Environment

Responsible for seasonal decorations for the church.  Decorates the church for all Holy Days of Obligation, as well as the Easter and Advent/Christmas seasons, and removes decorations afterwards.  Artistic abilities and gifts or talents in decorating or flower arranging are needed.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

During the 10:30 a.m. mass on Sunday, September through May, presents and explains mass readings in an age-relevant format to children 7 and under,  in a separate space, returning after the homily.   Must have VIRTUS training.

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Assist in the distribution of the Eucharist at weekend and weekday liturgies. Ministers must be confirmed Catholics at least 16 years old and in good standing in the Roman Catholic Church.  Training is provided.

Greeters

Greet and welcome parishioners and visitors as they arrive for weekend liturgies.

Lectors

Read scriptural passages to congregation as part of the Liturgy of the Word.  Training is provided.  Lectors are usually asked to read about once a month.  Participants are mostly adult members of the Parish, but youth members in at least their junior year of high school are welcome to participate as well.

 

Mass Coordinators

Ensure that the church is ready for the celebration of the Eucharist by preparing the vessels, candles, sacramentary, and lectionary. Ensures that sufficient numbers of Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, and Altar Servers are available for mass.

Music and Choir

Choir

Sing at one of the weekend liturgies each week and participate in special music programs during the Christmas and Easter seasons.  Must attend rehearsals.

Musicians

Accompany Choir during liturgy on musical instruments e.g., organ, piano, drum, trumpet, violin, guitar, or flute.  Must attend rehearsals.  Must audition.

 

Sacristan

Launders altar cloths and purificators and has priest’s vestments dry cleaned. Oversees the order of the sacristy.  Straightens up the sanctuary after weekend masses, funerals, etc.

Small Christian Communities

These small groups (8-15 people) meet monthly (usually in members’ homes) and combine food and fellowship with opportunities for frank and open discussion of many topics including ones on faith and religion.  These supportive and non-judgmental groups help to confirm member’s beliefs in the Catholic faith.  The communities jointly sponsor the church’s team for the Gloucester County Relay for Life (American Cancer Society fundraiser).  New members are always welcome.

 

Theresians

This social and community-building organization comprised of women of the parish has several fundraising events each year. All monies earned are funneled back into the parish wherever they are needed. Events include the Christmas cookie sale, spaghetti dinner, and fish fry. The group also provides the bereavement receptions after funerals, and provides refreshments for the blood drives andcraft shows. Members attend First Friday Mass at 9:00 a.m. followed by their monthly meeting.   New members are always welcome.

 

Youth Group

The junior (grades 6-8) and senior (grades 9-12) levels of this group work to foster a sense of faith, community, and service in their members through entertaining and fun sessions each month. They facilitate participation by parish youth in regional and diocesan youth events. Adult volunteers are needed to assist with activities.