Thank you for your interest in one of our many ministries! Even a modest contribution of your time and talent will promote the mission of the parish and strengthen our community. Everyone has something to share! If you have questions or would like to contact one of the ministry leaders, please CLICK HERE to email Debbie Rhodes, Director of Stewardship, or call 978-320-4212. To review our Volunteer Requirements, please CLICK HERE.
ALTAR SERVERS Altar servers assist the priest during weekend and holyday masses and weddings. Servers carry the cross and candles in the entrance procession, hold the candles during the Gospel reading, escort the gift bearers during the offertory, set-up the altar for the Liturgy of the Eucharist and get to ring the bells at the consecration! Girls and boys grade 3 and up, who have made their First Communion are eligible to serve.
ALTAR SERVER ADULT SUPPORT TEAM The Altar Server Support Team is a group of adults who supervise, schedule and support the Altar Servers.
ART & ENVIRONMENT The Art & Environment Team is responsible for enriching the liturgical environment with flowers and greenery, textiles, artistic seasonal decorations, and creative placement of liturgical items to enhance and deepen our worship experience through what we see. Crafters, sewers, floral designers, decorators, creative persons and good hard workers are most welcome to become part of this group.
BABYSITTING MINISTRY Adult and high school age youth are invited to care for the children of the people attending the Parent Peer Bereavement Group (taking place at St. Catherine). Babysitters need to be available from 5:45 - 7:45 PM on the 3rd Friday of the month. All volunteers over the age of 18 must meet all volunteer requirements (attend a one-time Protecting God's Children workshop; sign a Code of Ministerial Behavior; and complete an annual background check (CORI) with the parish office) prior to volunteering in this ministry.
CAP (CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION) TEAM (Collaborative) CAP Team facilitators are trained to present Protecting God’s Children workshops (aka VIRTUS). On a rotating basis, facilitators schedule, promote and present this workshop to staff and volunteers in the collaborative. The workshop is an excellent resource for all parents, grandparents, caregivers and catechists for increasing awareness and preventing abuse or neglect of children or vulnerable adults.
CEMETERY COMMITTEE The Cemetery Committee is an advisory group to the pastor. They aid in overseeing the maintenance and beautification of the St. Catherine Cemetery grounds.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD The Children’s Liturgy of the Word is an opportunity for young children to hear age appropriate scripture readings and reflections on the readings. An activity or project is usually offered to help reinforce the learning. CLOW takes place during the Sunday 9:00 AM Mass. Volunteers are needed to serve as Catechetical Leaders, Aides and Monitors.
CHRISTMAS GIVING TREES Every year, before Christmas, one or more trees are placed in the church or parish hall with tags on them listing Christmas gifts requested by local charities for the needy in surrounding communities. Recent charities include House of Hope, Lazarus House and St. Vincent de Paul. Volunteers participate in creating attractive tags for the trees, hanging the tags and restocking them between Masses, transporting the donations to temporary storage after Masses and transporting all of the gifts to the appropriate charities at the end of the collection period.
COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE (Collaborative) The newly created Communications Committee will define and oversee the overall communications strategy for the Collaborative. They will provide strategic support to those managing various communication tools used within the Collaborative.
COR UNUM VOLUNTEERS (Collaborative) Cor Unum, located in Lawrence, MA serves breakfast and dinner to hundreds of people every day, 365 days a year, utilizing the help of a small core staff and a large army of generous volunteers. It is a beautiful facility where the hungry are fed and treated with respect and dignity. Fifteen to twenty volunteers from our collaborative are needed to serve dinner from 4:00 – 7:00 PM on the last Sunday of the month. Serving at Cor Unum is a very rewarding experience for individuals, families, and faith formation classes. (Please note that teen volunteers must be high school students or older.)
EASTER BASKETS Each spring, parishioners are invited to donate baskets, grass, candy and small toys. Then, on a designated day, volunteers gather and form an assembly line to fill the baskets, wrap them in clear bags, tie them with beautiful bows and deliver them to the needy in our communities. This is a wonderful activity for families and faith formation classes.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS (ALSO SEE NURSING HOME MINISTRIES) Eucharistic Ministers are trained lay people who assist the priest and deacon with the distribution of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ at Mass. Eucharistic Ministers who desire to do so, may receive additional training enabling them to bring Communion to homebound parishioners (Visitation Ministry), nursing home residents (Bridges, Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley & Westford House) and hospital patients (Emerson Hospital).
FAITH FORMATION The mission of our Faith Formation (Religious Education) program is to teach as Jesus did through His word and personal example. We introduce God as our loving Father; offer opportunities for students to experience an encounter with the Lord and nurture students’ personal relationships with the Lord. We call people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today, drawing them to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of Christ and fostering the total personal and spiritual growth of each person. Programs are offered for all age levels. Volunteers serve as catechists, assistant catechists, substitute catechists, hall monitors, service project coordinators, hospitality/ special events coordinators, Works of Mercy project coordinators, Pageant organizers, clerical assistants, and craft assistants.
FAITH FORMATION ADVISORY BOARDS The Faith Formation Advisory Boards are volunteers who function in an advisory capacity to the faith formation staff about issues that impact the programs.
GARDEN MINISTRY Garden Ministry members work to keep the plants on the St. Catherine grounds healthy and well maintained.
HOSPITALITY MINISTRIES (Coffee & Donuts; Hospitality Café; and Special Events) Jesus was a wonderful model of hospitality in welcoming all to share a meal with him and to gather at the Lord’s Table. Following Jesus’ example, we strive to welcome all to become a part of our faith community and to provide not only a warm reception to our churches but to offer opportunities for refreshments and fellowship. In the past, ministry members have provided coffee, tea and refreshments after designated weekend masses to encourage hospitality and fellowship among parishioners. We would also like to expand this ministry to include Special Events. These events occur during the year such as SMA Weekends, Remembrance Masses and receptions, graduating high school senior Masses – and more! This ministry is also expanding to include caring for our Hospitality Café. Duties will include: ordering supplies and food, restocking the coffee cart and cabinets, serving refreshments and cleaning up afterwards.
LECTORS Lectors proclaim the Word of God at Mass. Lectors prepare by reading and reflecting upon the Scriptures, and praying for guidance so that they can facilitate the congregation’s reception of the reading as “God’s Living Word”, rather than simply words on a page.
LIBRARY MINISTRY We have growing resource library and we occasionally need assistance with sorting, cataloguing and shelving books and other media.
LITURGY COMMISSION (Collaborative) The Liturgy Commission is a consultative body to the pastoral staff. They assess the spiritual and liturgical (worship) needs of the collaborative and provide direction for the broad goals, strategic planning and policies governing those needs.
MINISTRY OF HOPE The Ministry of Hope is a group of caring, compassionate parishioners who work closely with families who have experienced a death. They meet with families to help them plan the funeral liturgy; pray with the family at the wake before their guests arrive; assist the priest at the funeral; and say prayers at the burial. The families we work with often express gratitude for our assistance and ministry members find it to be truly rewarding.
MISSION TRIP TEAMS (Collaborative) Mission trips provide a wonderful opportunity for youth, young adults and adults to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. We are motivated by the social justice teachings of Jesus, who preached a gospel of grace and humble service. We heartily embrace the commandment to love our neighbors by taking an active role in demonstrating that love through volunteer aid for the less fortunate. Generally, there are several annual mission trips planned, providing opportunities for middle school students, high school students, college students, and adults.
MUSIC MINISTRY Our music ministry is a warm, welcoming community that strives to proclaim the goodness of God through quality liturgical and pastoral music and to move the congregation to a full, conscious and active participation in the Mass.
The Collaborative Adult Ensemble (singers and instrumentalists) are invited to help provide music at a weekend liturgy of their choice, at either parish and at any time. Ideally, each Mass is supported by a small instrumental ensemble (guitars, piano, solo instruments, etc.) and a group of singers. Repertoire for these masses tends toward a contemporary style, while still honoring traditional roots. All adult musicians come together once a week (Thursdays 7:30-9:00 p.m. at St. Catherine) to rehearse music for the weekend liturgies. Musicians are also invited to participate for Christmas, Holy Week and other special liturgies.
The St. Catherine Teen Ensemble rehearses Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at St. Catherine and provides music for the Sunday 5:30 p.m. liturgies that follow the Confirmation program schedule.
The St. Catherine Children’s Choir welcomes children in 2nd-6th grade. Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 PM in the St. Catherine Music Room and the choir provides music for the 9:00 AM Mass on the first Sunday of the month along with special liturgies.
NEIGHBORHOOD SUPPER (Collaborative) Working in a rotation with other churches in Littleton, members of this ministry cook and serve dinner once a month at the Congregational Church in Littleton. They provide a home-cooked meal and fellowship to those who attend the dinner. Volunteers plan, shop, set-up, prepare, serve and cleanup for these meals.
NURSING HOME MINISTRIES (Collaborative)
Eucharistic Ministers at Bridges, Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley and Westford House Members of this ministry visit the nursing homes on Sundays to offer their caring presence, spiritual support and Holy Communion to residents.
Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley Members of this ministry visit Life Care Center on Tuesday mornings. They begin with a sing-a-long in the memory Care Unit, followed by a Communion Service or Mass in the dining room and if time allows praying of the rosary. Communion is also brought to residents, who are unable to gather in the dining room.
Rosary Groups at Bridges and Westford House Members of these groups visit the nursing homes weekly (Westford House on Mondays at 10:00 AM, and Bridges on Tuesdays at 11:00 AM) to pray the rosary, sing uplifting songs and offer friendship and spiritual support. Once a month a Mass is celebrated. Twice a year, a Mass followed by the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is celebrated.
OFFERTORY COUNTERS Offertory Counters are volunteers who count the monetary donations collected at weekend and Holy Day liturgies. Counters serve on Sundays after Mass and on Monday mornings.
PARISH FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION COUNCIL The Parish Finance Council is advisory in nature. They meet monthly to plan for the future financial needs of the parishes and to work with the Finance and Operations Manager and Parish Accountant to generate a balanced budget for each fiscal year. Members come from a broad range of backgrounds including banking and finance, human resources, engineering and other professions.
PARISH OFFICE SUPPORT – FIRST CLASS CLUB These volunteers assist the parish administrative staff with preparing and collating periodic bulk mailings. They work on an on-call basis as the need arises.
PARISH OFFICE VOLUNTEERS Volunteers commit to a set schedule of one morning or afternoon per week when they assist office administrative staff with specific duties.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL (Collaborative) The Collaborative Pastoral Council assists the pastor in his leadership role of planning, initiating, organizing coordinating and reviewing the evangelization, worship, faith formation and service activities within the collaborative. While its view is strategic, PPC members often volunteer to provide leadership and support in implementing agreed upon initiatives.
PRAYER LINE Volunteers pray for the needs of parishioners, their family members, relatives and friends. The group has no meetings. Prayer requests are forwarded to members via email or phone.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY (Collaborative) Members of this ministry knit and/or crochet shawls or lap blankets, which are given to people who are grieving or in need of hope, or to celebrate life and its milestones. They are given as a tangible sign of God’s love and the love or our faith community. The work is done at home, and then some members of the group gather on the first Friday of the month from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the St. Catherine Parish Center. For more information or if you know of someone who may like to receive a Prayer Shawl, please contact Merlyn Cajolet by phone (978) 692-6632 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Butterfield by phone (978) 692-6521 or email email@example.com.
PRISON GIFT BAG MINISTRY (Collaborative) Ministry members coordinate the collection of donations for Christmas gift bags given to prisoners at Northeast Correctional Center and MCI Prison in Concord, MA. Ministry members also transport the donated items from St. Anne and St. Catherine to Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord Center where volunteers help to sort the donated items into gift bags.
RESPECT LIFE (Collaborative) The mission of the Respect Life Ministry is to promote a culture of life where every human life is valued and protected from the moment of conception until natural death. The ministry meets monthly for education, fellowship and work on many beneficial projects.
RIGHT OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION (RCIA) (Collaborative) RCIA is an ongoing process of faith formation for adults and older children who would like to join the Catholic Church. Catechists and sponsors accompany candidates on their faith journeys, offering support and encouragement as they learn what it means to become a Catholic Christian. RCIA sessions are held weekly on Sunday mornings from 10:15-11:30 in the St. Catherine Parish Center (Mezzanine).
SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL Inspired by Gospel Values, St. Vincent de Paul, an international lay Catholic organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-person service to needy and suffering families within our local community, who are experiencing temporary difficulty due to illness, unemployment, personal tragedy or other unexpected challenges. Note: Beneficiaries do not have to be parishioners and all inquiries are treated confidentially. We also provide advocacy and assistance in obtaining federal, state and local services to address longer-term needs. Members participate in several fundraisers and community service projects throughout the year.
SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL YOUTH MINISTRY High school students who wish to offer support to the needy in our community are welcome to join this ministry. Under the guidance of an Adult Advisor, ministry officers: President/Co-President, Vice President/Co-Vice President, Secretary/Co-Secretary and Treasure/Co-Treasurer are responsibility for running group meetings and for organizing fund-raising and community service initiatives throughout the year. The money generated from fund-raisers is distributed by St. Vincent De Paul (adult ministry) to needy and suffering families in our local community.
STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL (Collaborative) The purpose of the Stewardship Council is to encourage parishioners to practice stewardship as an expression of gratitude to God and as a way of life for Disciples of Christ, and to see that active involvement is a return of the many gifts we have been blessed with by God. Meetings are held monthly. Members participate in numerous collaborative events throughout the year.
STITCHERS (Baptismal Robes) Volunteers create baptismal robes that are placed on infants during the Rite of Baptism to symbolize “Putting on Christ”. Duties include purchasing, cutting, embroidering and stitching cloth.
SUNSHINE CLUB (Collaborative) The Sunshine Club is a group of Sodalists (from the Blessed Virgin Mary Ladies Sodality) who volunteer their time once a month to provide bingo and goodies to local senior citizens. We are in need of bakers and people to help with meeting set-up, refreshment serving and cleanup. The group meets on the third Thursday of the month, from Sept. through May at 1:00 PM, at St. Anne.
USHER MINISTRY These ministries work together to make everyone feel welcome at Mass and a part of our faith communities. The various roles include welcoming and greeting all as they enter and exit the church; guiding guests to seats; taking up collections, passing out bulletins and other information, answering questions and helping people when needed. We also clean the pews, turn off lights and lock up the church after Mass. The goal of these ministries is to keep things running smoothly, quietly, and reverently.
VISITATION MINISTRY Members of these ministries bring the Eucharist to those who are unable to come to Mass because of sickness or disability. Eucharistic Ministers and clients select a mutually agreed schedule to bring Communion, usually once a week. The caring presence of the Eucharistic Minister helps the client and their family to know they are loved and cared for by the parish family of faith.
WELCOME AMBASSADORS This ministry’s objective is to welcome new parishioners. At St. Anne this is done by letters and phone calls to welcome new parishioners and answer their questions. At St. Catherine participants welcome new parishioners with an initial phone call or visit and ongoing communications. Both groups strive to make new parishioners feel welcome and that they are a vital part of our faith community.