Parish Ministries & Groups

Rooted in Christ, we are called as servant leaders to build a thriving and inclusive parish family, reaching out with compassion and love to all, bearing witness to the Good News.

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Liturgical Ministries

Liturgical ministries are key components in how we as a parish community celebrate our faith together. Those who fulfill these ministries allow the parish to truly celebrate the sacraments, especially the Eucharist drawing ourselves closer to God and to one another.

Altar Servers

About

Open to all youth begining in grade 2, and all adults, this ministry is required at all of our weekend liturgies in addition to our funeral celebrations. We also invite families to serve together – parents with their children. Adult funeral altar servers are also needed during the day to support families mourning the loss of a loved one. Training is provided. Fun activities take place throughout the year for our youth & family servers.

Choirs: Weekend & Funerals

About

Singing and music adds so much to all of our liturgical celebrations. The choir ministry is open to everyone who has an open heart and a willingness to offer themselves in service. All the weekend Masses include various styles and instruments. Practices take place regularly during the week. The Funeral Choir sings at our funeral Masses and rehearses 30 minutes prior to the celebration.

Ministers of Hospitality

About

The Ministers of Hospitality offer a warm welcome, direction and information when required and make each person feel truly part of the parish community. This ministry is divided into three categories: greeter, usher and welcome desk. Training is provided. You may sign up for any or all of these distinct ministries.
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Lectors & Commentators

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This ministry is open to all parishioners beginning with students in grade 9. The Commentator is responsible for the welcome, announcing hymns, offering the Prayers of the Faithful and important information while the Lector proclaims the Word of God. The Liturgy of the Word is the time during Mass in which we reflect on how God speaks to us through the Sacred Scriptures. Training and annual workshops are offered to support this ministry.
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Eucharistic Ministers

About

This appointed ministry invites parishioners to assist in the distribution of communion during our weekend liturgies. It is open to all parishioners beginning with students in grade 9. Special care, training and preparation and regular workshops are required for this ministry. The reception of the Eucharist brings us into the light and love of Christ.

Living Rosary in Schools

About

The Rosary is one of the most sacred and powerful forms of prayer. This ministry (supported by the parish but operates as a distinct group in the deanery) promotes a devotion to Jesus through Mary by visiting elementary schools in the London District Catholic School Board. Leaders in this ministry teach and share how the rosary helps us in our Christian lives in addition to leading students in prayer. This ministry takes place in a school from October to May, usually one morning a month for one to two hours often at a grade level of the volunteer’s choosing. Training and support are offered directly by the organization.

Liturgical Design Team

About

This group helps create a powerful and grace filled experience for the faithful by decorating the worship space, narthex, chapel and hall throughout the liturgical year. If you enjoy decorating and/or working with flowers, this ministry is for you. Assistance is always needed.

Liturgy Committee

About

This committee meets regularly throughout the year planning for various celebrations and liturgical seasons in addition to addressing all the needs at our liturgical celebrations. This committee works together to make our prayer experiences true encounters of faith and hope with Christ.

Outreach Ministries

Parish Outreach Ministries are opportunities for parish family members to help, assist, support and connect with those in our community who have suffered illness, loss or simply need someone to be there for them. Through these outreach ministries we truly become like Jesus who reached out and healed all those who were in need.

Ministers of Compassion

About

Visiting those who are housebound or have gone through an illness, loss or just needing someone to connect with is vital to the outreach ministry of the parish. Ministers of Compassion are trained ministers who visit and support our parishioners in need on a regular basis. Regular meetings, information sessions and workshops are included in this ministry.

Bereavement Support Team

About

Going through the loss of a loved one is very difficult. The parish community, as the body of Christ, is called to support one another. The Bereavement Support Team assists in the planning of funeral celebrations, leads prayer vigils at the funeral home and follows up with the bereaved following the celebrations of life. Quarterly meetings, workshops and training sessions help support this ministry.

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Outreach Eucharist Ministry

About

There are many in our parish community who cannot attend Sunday Mass on a regular basis. Every Sunday or when possible, Outreach Eucharistic Ministers visit and bring the Blessed Sacrament to those who are unable to leave their homes. Through this ministry, those who are housebound stay connected with their parish family.

Nursing Home Ministry

About

This ministry of prayer, sacrament and presence involves visiting the long term care and retirement homes in the parish boundaries – McCormick Home, Ashwood Manor and Westmount Gardens/Longworth. There are many roles within this ministry that include visiting and praying with the residents, bringing Holy Communion, assisting in the preparation for the monthly Masses, and at different times gathering together to pray the Rosary.

Prayer Line

About

The power of prayer is mighty and it is the role of this group to pray for the sick, housebound, the parish community and those who need God’s extra strength. This is done in the comfort of each person’s home. Prayer intentions are distributed amongst the members when needed, through a monthly list, the bulletin (monthly general intentions), a phone chain, and email lists. Sign up for the email list here.

Parish Welcoming Team

About

Consider this ministry the Catholic parish “welcome wagon”. When parishioners join the community or experience milestones in their lives this team will be there to connect with them in service, support and friendship. A phone call, visit and making connections with parishioners are key in this ministry. Meetings and training will occur as needed.

Helping Hands

About

This group works very hard to assist those in our local community who are in any kind of need. They gather food items for the St. Joseph Hospitality Centre and donations for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. This group also coordinates the annual Christmas Project that includes a Giving Tree, food hamper and gifts for families in need.

St.Martin de Porres Team

About

The purpose of this group is to enhance the consciousness of parishioners regarding issues of justice and to encourage meaningful involvement in social action. This group discerns, plans and coordinates international and local outreach ministry in close association with the Parish Pastoral Council, Parish Finance Committee, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Knights and the CWL.

Lazarus Group

About

This ministry gathers together various times in the year (usually in 4 consecutive weekly meetings) all those who have ever lost a loved one and are seeking a time to pray, support one another and to seek God’s grace in a casual and relaxed way. The gatherings involve scripture and multimedia reflections in addition to quiet time.

Community & Social Ministry

One of the key components of a strong and thriving parish community is the gift of gathering as family. The parish community has many different social events and ministries that make the parish itself a community centre in which we encounter the Lord through each other. This takes place when we pray but also when we have fun together.
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MEGAFEST

About

This annual parish picnic/festival takes place in August at East Park. The day includes free games for the children in addition to discounted rates at all the activities that East Park offers including the water park, go-carts, mini-golf, golf, batting cages and the driving range. The Knights and the CWL host a free BBQ. What a great way to end the summer season!

Roman Roadhouse

About

Every month we gather at the Byron Legion in Byron for an evening of discussion, fellowship, and a few beverages! Each month explores a new interesting topic with guest speakers and FREE appetizers! Sign up for our mailing list here.

Senior Circle of Friends

About

This group meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 1 pm in the parish hall for an afternoon of cards and fellowship. The cost is $2 per person and there are lots of prizes, a 50/50 draw, coffee, tea and goodies. Bring a friend and enjoy a great afternoon!

Road Pilgrims

About

Do you love road trips ? Do you like to see world class plays and shows ? Do you like great food ? The parish organizes a number of day trips to plays in Stratford, Toronto, Drayton, Grand Bend, Petrolia and other communities in addition to St. Jacob’s Market and even a Blue Jays game. Travel in a first class coach bus, enjoy a great meal and leave the rest of the details to the parish staff. Trips are listed in the bulletin and online.

Parish Breakfasts

About

Once a month from September until May the Knights host a monthly parish breakfast following the 9 and 11 am Masses. The food is great and the free will offering goes to a different charity or ministry each month. Great friends, great food and great causes !! The Knights along with the CWL and other groups help host a St. Patrick’s Day social and other special dinners to be together as a parish family.

Parish Leadership

The parish community needs strong lay leadership to maintain and sustain the vision and mission of the Gospel. The main parish leadership bodies guide parishioners on how the Good News of the Gospel is practically lived out on a personal and communal level.

Parish Pastoral Council

About

This group is the main leadership body for the parish community. The Pastoral Council discerns, discusses and plans the pastoral needs for the entire parish. Members are chosen through a discernment process and every year the council seeks new members.

Parish Finance Committee

About

This parish leadership group has the responsibility of maintaining and monitoring the budget and finances of the whole parish community. In addition, the committee is responsible for personnel and building and maintenance issues. Members are appointed by the pastor.

Building & Maintenance Committee

About

Do you have a background in building design, maintenance and function? This subcommittee of the Finance Committee monitors, plans and advises the parish leadership on the buildings and property owned by the parish. This committee meets twice a year.

Groups & Organizations

There are many different Catholic organizations that live out the Gospel through their own ministry but also working hand in hand with the parish community serving the needs of all.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

About

This group inspired and rooted in the life and ministry of St. Vincent de Paul are called to serve those in most need. This society helps those in need with food, clothing, furniture, appliances and anything else needed to live life more fully. In our parish the SVDP also supports the St. Joseph Hospitality Centre, Byron Cares, after dinner program at the Southdale Community Chaplaincy and Ronald McDonald House.

Catholic Women's League

About

The CWL is a national organization rooted in gospel values calling its members to holiness through service to the people of God. They support, parish, local, national and international initiatives while also gathering socially as sisters in Christ. There are monthly meetings in addition to various social, fundraising and awareness events. General meetings take place monthly from September to June.

Knights of Columbus

About

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic organization of gentlemen committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. This group supports the parish community with special events, fundraisers and social activities to build up the gift of the parish family. In addition, the Knights support a number of local and international charitable organizations. The Knights also gather as friends socially to support one another in the pilgrimage of faith.

Youth Ministry

Youth ministry is extremely important for the parish community since it draws our young people closer to Christ.

Kidzone Weekend Babysitting

About

From September to June the parish employs trained and certified high school youth to run our KIDZONE during the 9 and 11 am Masses. This ministry helps young ones from infants to 3 years old enjoy games and toys in a safe environment while allowing parents to attend Mass and spend time in worship. Parents can register children at the weekend Masses.

Sunday Friends (Children)

About

This faith-centred program for children in junior kindergarten to grade 2 is offered at the 9:00 am. and 11:00 am Sunday Masses. The children learn about the liturgy of the day, pray, sing and make a simple craft related to the Gospel reading. Adult and high school leaders are needed and are scheduled regularly. Materials and training are provided for volunteers.

 

Family Movie Nights

About

Every month the parish hosts a “Family Movie Night.” This free event gathers families together for a great and recently released movie. The night includes popcorn, cookies and juice while enjoying the movie on a large screen. An amazing Friday night for all!

K-6 Summer Camp

About

Every year the parish hosts a summer camp for children from kindergarten to grade 6. The week long day camp invites campers to learn about God and the Church in a fun and entertaining way. Volunteers of all ages are needed to make this a fantastic experience for all.

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National Evangelization Team

About

Every year members of the National Evangelization Team come to lead a retreat for our grade 7/8 students from St. Nicholas, St. Theresa and St. George Schools. The NET team focuses on a number of different faith topics. They use songs, skits, witness talks and small group discussion to invite the youth to grow deeper in their faith.

The Well

About

This small faith sharing group is focused on high school youth who gather each Wednesday throughout the school year to reflect and share about the Catholic faith guided by adult volunteers with amazing videos and other resources. Great friends and food. Come out and connect the faith to your life !!

Parish Services

There are many different opportunities to serve the parish community rooted in the many different talents and abilities of our faith-filled parishioners. These services help in sharing and serving the needs of one another.

Office Suport Team

About

With all the activities that take place in the parish, the office is very busy. Volunteers are needed on a regular basis to assist the parish office and staff with reception duty (answering phone calls, welcoming visitors), photocopying, filing, bulletin folding, and special projects. If you have time during the day and love working in a fun office setting then this ministry could be for you.

Parish Newsletter

About

The parish newsletter is an important tool and vehicle to share the lives and ministry of people in the parish community. Reporters, photographers and computer savvy individuals are required. The newsletter is published at Christmas and Easter.

Media Team

About

Do you have audio/video/photography & computer skills? Your gifts can be shared in support of our parish online presence covering various events and editing videos to be placed on the website. This team will assist the parish staff in communicating in the virtual parish presence on the internet. Homilies, interviews and podcasts will be offered as a means of evangelization.

Collection Counters

About

Our collection counters work Sunday mornings from 10 am until around noon counting the collection and sorting envelopes. It’s helpful if volunteers have a background in banking or accounting, are good at working on a team and maintaining confidentiality.

God's Gardeners

About

Our garden team keeps our flowers and planters looking beautiful throughout the year. If you have a green thumb or just like to be outdoors, your help is most welcome. This ministry truly makes our parish building beautiful and welcoming.

Stacks Squad

About

We have a wonderful library located in the narthex, tucked in behind the Welcome Desk. All parishioners are welcome to borrow books, donate books or volunteer on the Stacks Squad. Members receive, review and categorize new library books and work towards keeping the library organized.

Parish Events Team

About

Do you love to host celebrations and have good organizational skills? Please consider being part of this team that organizes receptions and parish functions through the year to celebrate and to build community. Meetings will take place when required.

The Blitz Team

About

If you have skills and gifts to share with various committees on an “as needed” basis, consider adding your name to this open-ended category. There is often a need for additional computer skills, decorative abilities, or extra “willing hands” to complete a committee’s work or project. Meetings and events will take place when needed.

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Prayer For Our Parish Community

 

Heavenly Father, you gather us as one parish family united in faith, hope and love, to be one as you, Father, are one with your Son and the Holy Spirit. You call us through prayer to share and serve one another and to be stewards of all your gracious gifts. May we always remember that your grace forms us into the body of Christ and the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit.

 AMEN.

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