Justice and Charity
The mission of the Justice and Charity ministry is to help provide for the needs of the poor and homeless in our community and to promote parish participation in the ministry’s activities. Some of the organizations we support are The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia, Gloucester United Emergency Shelter Team (G.U.E.S.T.), and Bread for Life Food Pantry.
Visit and take Eucharist to parishioners who are homebound. This is an ongoing commitment. You will be paired with a homebound parishioner and will make arrangements with them concerning the frequency of visits.
Visit and take Eucharist to parishioners who are hospitalized. This is an ongoing commitment. You may be called upon to make a visit approximately once every two weeks.
Volunteers who have mediation training provide assistance upon request by the Pastor.
This group works to “re-member” our parish by reaching out to Catholics who, for various reasons, are away from or inactive in the Church. The committee seeks to enrich these members’ understanding of the Gospel message, the Good News of Salvation, thereby encouraging them to return to the Church.
The Liturgy Committee plans, implements, and evaluates parish prayer and worship. It develops meaningful liturgical and para-liturgical services (services other than mass) for all seasons of the church year. Membership may include representation from among the Lectors, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Mass Coordinators, Music Ministry, and Arts and Environment.
Assist in the celebration of Sunday and Holy Day liturgies. Training sessions are provided. Children — ages nine (9) and older – and adults who wish to serve are encouraged to participate. Altar Servers are needed.
Responsible for seasonal decorations for the church. Decorates the church for all Holy Days of Obligation, as well as the Easter and Advent/Christmas seasons, and removes decorations afterwards. Artistic abilities and gifts or talents in decorating or flower arranging are needed.
During the 10:30 a.m. mass on Sunday, September through May, presents and explains mass readings in an age-relevant format to children 7 and under, in a separate space, returning after the homily. Must have VIRTUS training.
Assist in the distribution of the Eucharist at weekend and weekday liturgies. Ministers must be confirmed Catholics at least 16 years old and in good standing in the Roman Catholic Church. Training is provided.
Greet and welcome parishioners and visitors as they arrive for weekend liturgies, ushers assist with seating and collections.
Read scriptural passages to congregation as part of the Liturgy of the Word. Training is provided. Lectors are usually asked to read about once a month. Participants are mostly adult members of the Parish, but youth members in at least their junior year of high school are welcome to participate as well.
Ensure that the church is ready for the celebration of the Eucharist by preparing the vessels, candles, sacramentary, and lectionary. Ensures that sufficient numbers of Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers, and Altar Servers are available for mass.
Sing at one of the weekend liturgies each week and participate in special music programs during the Christmas and Easter seasons. Must attend rehearsals.
Accompany Choir during liturgy on musical instruments e.g., organ, piano, drum, trumpet, violin, guitar, or flute. Must attend rehearsals. Must audition.
Launders altar cloths and purificators and has priest’s vestments dry cleaned. Oversees the order of the sacristy. Straightens up the sanctuary after weekend masses, funerals, etc.
These small groups (8-15 people) meet monthly (usually in members’ homes) and combine food and fellowship with opportunities for frank and open discussion of many topics including ones on faith and religion. These supportive and non-judgmental groups help to confirm member’s beliefs in the Catholic faith. The communities jointly sponsor the church’s team for the Gloucester County Relay for Life (American Cancer Society fundraiser). New members are always welcome.
This social and community-building organization comprised of women of the parish has several fundraising events each year. All monies earned are funneled back into the parish wherever they are needed. Events include the Christmas cookie sale, spaghetti dinner, hosting a Father’s Day brunch, and an annual bazaar, as well as other activities throughout the year. The group also provides the bereavement receptions after funerals, which is a vital ministry of our parish. Members attend First Friday Mass at 9:00 a.m. followed by their monthly meeting. New members are always welcome.
The junior (grades 6-8) and senior (grades 9-12) levels of this group work to foster a sense of faith, community, and service in their members through entertaining and fun sessions each month. They facilitate participation by parish youth in regional and diocesan youth events. Adult volunteers are needed to assist with activities.