|Adult Choir: The Choir serves as an
integral part of the liturgical life of the church. Its primary role is
to act as song-leader for the congregation and to contribute to the
beauty and sacredness of the Mass.
The choir is made up of volunteers and is open to all members of the
parish who enjoy singing.
|Eucharistic Ministry: At each
Eucharistic celebration where there are more communicants than can be
served without prolonging the Communion rite, special ministers of
communion assist the priest and deacon.
These persons are commissioned by the Bishop through his delegate, the
pastor of the parish. This privilege is renewed every two years.
Special ministers of the Eucharist may also take communion to the sick
and if the case warrants, give viaticum to the dying. As the rite says,
they "must strive to be an example of Christian living in faith and
|CCD / Religious Education:
Continuing Christian Development is a program for children and youth not
attending a Catholic school. The goal is to develop an awareness of the
riches of the Catholic tradition and to encourage the spiritual and
moral growth of young persons.
Through learning experiences, prayer, and development of community
spirit, dedicated catechists reinforce the Catholic Christian atmosphere
of the family.
|Knights of Columbus: Knights of
Columbus are Catholic gentlemen committed to the exemplification of
charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism, and defense of the priesthood.
The Order is consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Order is
unequivocal in its loyalty to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth. It
is firmly committed to the protection of human life, from conception to
natural death, and to the preservation and defense of the family. It was
on these bedrock principles that the Order was founded over a century
ago and remains true to them today.
|Lectors: A person who has a love of
God's work and chooses to proclaim it publicly exercises the role of a
lector. That person then meets with the ministry coordinator for
instruction and orientation.
The lector begins serving by a prepared weekend schedule, and by
rotation on a voluntary basis for Holy Days, prayer services, Holy Week,
etc. This ministry involves the lector with two important tools, the
Bible and the Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers.
It is through a lector's love and understanding of God's Word that the
proclamation of faith community comes alive.
|Rosary - Altar Society: This group
of women serves the parish by attending to needs that are a part of our
gathering around the table of the Lord -- the primary sign of our
The Society provides hosts, altar linens, vestments, servers' albs,
baptismal stoles and some altar flowers.
Every woman of the parish is considered a member of the Society and is
encouraged to attend meetings. These meetings feature various speakers
and presentations. The Rosary - Altar Society operated within the
guidelines of the diocesan Council of Catholic Women. For more
|R. C. I. A.: The Rite of Christian
Initiation of Adults is the restoration of an ancient process of
discerning and ritualizing stages of conversion, leading to sacramental
initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) into the Catholic
It is a formative process involving past and present teachings,
traditions and rites.
The responsibility of the parish community in the RCIA process is
through its witness, worship, service and catechesis. The community
offers the invitation and support necessary for these men and women.
Each year in the United States, there are thousands and thousands of
adults, either never baptized, or baptized in another Christian
denomination, who become Catholic. I want to form an RCIA team made up
of members of the parish to help with the instruction of these new
candidates and catechumens and also as support staff - to provide
snacks, to be sponsors or godparents and to assist with the various
rites and meetings and retreats or simply to provide an interested "ear"
to a newcomer. RCIA will most likely meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:00
p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If it turns out that potential candidates cannot meet
on Tuesdays, we would change the meeting to a different night of the
week. If you are interested in helping out with the RCIA team in one
capacity or another, give me a call.
When someone begins RCIA, they are not committing themselves to becoming
Catholic at that time. In the first stage of RCIA, called the Inquiry
Period, a person makes no other commitment than to begin finding out
what Catholics believe. It is only at the Rite of Catechumenate (around
the First Sunday of Advent) that the individual is asked to become a
catechumen - a learner of the Faith. That lasts up through Lent when the
catechumens are asked to make another commitment - that of the Elect -
those who have elected or chosen to become Catholic at the Easter Vigil.
Those who are already baptized make a profession of faith as Catholics
and are confirmed and make their First Holy Communion as Catholics. At
any time, if a candidate does not feel ready to take the next step, they
are certainly free to "put themselves on hold." We need your help in
asking possible candidates to consider RCIA this year. I will be happy
to speak to anyone to explain the RCIA program to them in greater
detail. Since these folks are not members of the parish, they will not
see my invitation to consider becoming Catholic. We need you to invite
them to become part of us!