Ministries

 
 

PASTORAL COUNCIL CHARTER

Task Description


EVANGELIZATION & SPIRITUAL LIFE

"To equip the body of Christ till we become one in faith and in the knowledge of God's Son."Eph 4:12


LIGHT OF THE WORLD RETREAT: Through a series of talks given by fellow parishioners guided meditations prayer time spent before the Blessed Sacrament, the retreatant receives the basic message of Jesus -- the kerygma -- which calls for a commitment expressed through the sacraments and received in a renewal of faith. It begins on Friday night and lasts until Sunday night. No charge but a free will offering is welcomed to pay for the meals.


GROWING IN CHRIST: these six sessions provide the retreatant with a means to apply the inspiration of the retreat to everyday Catholic life. It The retreatant is guided to choose an appropriate apostolate that fits his/her talents and availability in the parish is hoped that these will lead to the formation of small faith sharing groups.


REKINDLE THE FLAME: These gatherings provide a reunion. They are scheduled after components of the Foundations of Faith classes and will include a time of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.


COME AND SEE: prospects are invited to learn more about the parish evangelization efforts through the retreat and enrichment opportunities. Hold before the retreat.


Saints Alive prayer group is a growing movement toward charismatic renewal in the CatholicChurch. At each meeting we read scripture and praise and worship Our Lord through song. We have a prayer chain that is available to anyone who would like support in prayer. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for spiritual enrichment through the renewal of God's spirit living within you!


JESUS ESTA VIVO A prayer group conducted in Spanish.


LUZ Y VIDA  A prayer group conducted in Q’anjob’al for those of Guatemalan or Mayan background.


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WORSHIP

And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,  to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,  until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the extent of the full stature of Christ,  Eph 4::11-13


Minister of the Word: Lector, or reader, proclaims the first and second reading during Mass.  The Gospel reading is always done by the priest.


Minister of the Eucharist: an extraordinary minister helps to distribute Communion during Mass, and also to the sick and shut-ins unable to come to the church.


Musicians: assumes any of the following roles: choir director, organist or instrumentalist, song leader, cantor, folk group member.


Minister of Hospitality: greeters and ushers welcome those who enter the church for worship.  Ushers assist with the offertory, distribute parish bulletins and other materials, see that the sanctuary and nave and vestibule are neat and orderly.


Servers: acolytes, bookbearers, lightbearers, thurifers. This liturgical ministry is open to youngsters of middle school age.


Art and Environment:  those who organize the beautification of the church in accordance with the liturgical seasons.


Sacristan: Prepares what is needed for the celebration of the liturgy.  Also acts as Eucharistic minister.


Pastoral Care

Encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss!  2 Cor 13:11


CATECHUMENATE: is devoted to the spiritual and moral formation of adults. It guides them toward prayerful reception of the sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation, and eucharist). Four stages:

1)  Inquiry- a focus on Christ and the church as experienced by Catholics. Intended for those seeking to enter the church, or returning to the church.

2)  Catechesis - a period of instruction and formation often times

done in conjunction with other parish members.

3)  Purification - the Lenten time when candidates selected in the Rite of Election consider the moral teachings and lifestyle of being Catholic.

4)  Mystagogia - a post-Easter catechesis centered on the spiritual life (such as a Life in the Spirit seminar) and involvement in the mission and ministry of the parish.


EUCHARISTIC MINISTER TO HOMEBOUND: Provides Holy Communion to those unable to attend Mass and arranges for the sick to receive the Sacraments of Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation, offering spiritual support to them and their families.


SOCIAL SERVICE AND OUTREACH

When you have done all you have been commanded to do, say "We are useless servants; we have done no more than our duty." Lk 17:7, 10


THE NEEDY The Parish is beginning a St Vincent dePaul Conference. A once-a-month collection helps fund the Saints Pantry Food Bank, and there are other charitable efforts - Holiday food baskets, Christmas Giving Tree for foster children, and Rice Bowl Coordination. The Community meals at St. David's Church receives support from us.


RESPECT LIFE : Educates the parish on the sacredness of human life at every stage. Provides a speaker on Respect Life Sunday at the beginning of October.


WELCOMING NEW PARISHIONERS: The pastor personally meets with each new family. A parish information packet is presented to them at this time.


CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICES: The archdiocesan agency providing child care, counseling and family services, volunteer services for elderly and disabled.