This ministry is responsible for assisting the clergy during Mass. The members are children,youth and adults who take an interest in serving God by helping liturgy run smoothly.
The ministry of catechesis is responsible for helping to teach people about the Catholic faith. Catechesis also nurtures people of all ages along their faith journeys. This ministry is relational and ever evolving. It provides catechists an opportunity to share their faith, be a witness for Christian living, and continue to grow and mature in their own faith.
Child Abuse Prevention Training
This team is responsible for training all staff,clergy and volunteers at our parish who are in contact with children. The training involves the discussion of the warning signs of child abuse so that we are aware and can assist in protecting all of God’s children from predators. Trainers are parishioners who have complete a 2-day training program run by a national organization called VIRTUS. The mission of this team is to assist parishioners in protecting our children.
This ministry is responsible for participating in First Friday Adoration each month as well as occasional 25 hour vigils. Participation includes signing up for a specific hour of adoration. The time spent before God present in the Eucharist can be spent in prayer, reading scripture,praying the rosary, or in any other appropriate way that would help someone draw nearer to Christ. Spending time before the Blessed Sacrament in prayer and devotion is exactly the same as spending time before the Living God.
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
This ministry is responsible for assisting clergy with distribution of Communion to parishioners at Mass as well as to our parish members in nursing care facilities, hospitals and the home-bound. Ministers are sent from Mass to bring Communion to those parishioners who could not gather in person with us due to physical limitations. These dedicated ministers bring the Scriptures,as well as our prayers,to these people.
Faith Formation Council
This committee is responsible for helping the Faith Formation office to develop programming that assists parishioners, from infants through adults, in developing a deeper understanding and faith in God. This includes preparation and celebration of our Sacramental life. Those involved in this council usually have a background and/or experience in religious education and an interest in the faith formation process.
Finance and Administration Council
This committee is responsible for managing the money, personnel, and facilities needed to operate the parish. The main committee is made up of 12 people. The three subcommittees are budget, human resources and development. Each year the committee is entrusted with ensuring that offerings collected by the parish meet our current needs and provide for future needs. l. If you have experience in accounting, legal matters, or human resources and work well with people, you may want to consider volunteering your skills for this committee. If you know someone who you'd recommend, please share their name with our Pastor or current Finance Council members.
Hospitality is vital to any social organization. It is important to be welcoming and hospitable at every occasion. Our hospitality committee ensures that refreshments and service are available when needed for parish fellowship after Mass and for other special events. There is also a need for volunteers to welcome new members to the parish.
Lectors proclaim the Word of God from the Scriptures at liturgies. There are training courses for new and experienced lectors throughout the year; watch the parish bulletin for times and dates. For more information, contact Peg Hicks, Pastoral Associate.
This group is made up of representatives of the various liturgical ministries (altar servers, lectors, ministers of communion, musicians, those who plan and implement the liturgical environment, ushers and ministers of hospitality, etc.). The commission meets bi-monthly to coordinate efforts. For more information, contact Peg Hicks,Pastoral Associate.
Ministry of Hope
The members of this ministry assist families in planning wakes, funerals, and graveside services. They review the funeral liturgy with family. Members also attend the wake, participate in the vigil service or lead the service as lay presiders in the absence of a priest. They assist at the funeral liturgy and in the burial prayers at the graveside. Contact: Diane Holmes 978-692-4652 firstname.lastname@example.org
The music ministry is committed to leading and supporting the assembly in sung prayer by lifting our voices in praise to the Lord. The Junior Choir, Youth Choir, Senior Choir, Family Folk Group, and Eclectic Ensemble all prayerfully carry out this vision of uniting the assembly as one voice as we gather weekly in celebration. Please see the Music Ministry page for more details on each group.
The role of the Parish Council is to set the mission and vision of the parish so as to care for our priests, support the various ministries, hear parish feedback and look to the future needs of our parish.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
This group creates knitted, crocheted, and woven prayer shawls for those who are sick, grieving, preparing for a child, or otherwise in need of prayer. Much of the work is done at home; however, several members enjoy meeting the first Friday of each month (10 a.m.-12 noon) at the Parish Center to share ideas, prayers, and to bless the shawls. For further information, contact Peg Hicks, Pastoral Associate.
The prison ministry is a program that provides various support options for inmates. These programs give the inmate options for passing the days and also for reflecting on their lives, both while in prison and after their release.
Respect Life Ministry
This ministry supports causes which support life from conception through natural death. The group participates in focused petition drives, walks for life, baby supply collections, educational outreach, fundraising, prayer, and more. Please email life.collaborative[at] icloud.com for more information.
The rosary is a powerful “weapon” to avoid evil and bring good into the world. Because Jesus will not refuse what His mother asks of him,we pray to Mary to intercede for us. This group meets every Wednesday evening at 6:30 in the church to pray the rosary for world peace and other special intentions. Please join them, or in lieu of that, consider asking them to pray for any special intentions of importance to you or your family.
The Stitchers came together to stitch the Baptismal bibs and sashes for all who are baptized here at St. Catherine parish. The group meets every other Wednesday morning from 10-12 a.m. in the Parish Center Mezzanine. If you love to stitch, we would welcome more people to join us in this special ministry. Please contact Carol Marcinkowski 978-692-6594.