Service Opportunities Within Our Parish:

  • CHRISTMAS WREATH SALES – STOCYM FUNDRAISER (3-5 spots available per Mass)
    Pre-Sale of Christmas wreaths to raise money for Winter Retreat, and all of our other STOCYM Events
    Date: 11/18 & 11/19
    Time: All Masses (Sat. 5:30 PM; Sun. 9 AM, 11 AM, 5:30 PM)
    Meet outside the Church 15 minutes before the end of each Mass, then stay 20-30 minutes after each Mass to sell wreaths.

    Contact: Harrison ASAP

    CHRISTMAS WREATH SALES – STOCYM FUNDRAISER (3-5 spots available per Mass)
    Pre-Sale of Christmas wreaths to raise money for Winter Retreat, and all of our other STOCYM Events
    Date: 11/25 & 11/26
    Time: All Masses (Sat. 5:30 PM; Sun. 9 AM, 11 AM, 5:30 PM)
    Meet outside the Church 15 minutes before the end of each Mass, then stay 20-30 minutes after each Mass to sell wreaths.

    Contact: Harrison ASAP

     WE NEED TEEN MINISTERS OF HOSPITALITY 

    Whether they are called ushers or greeters, those who assist at Mass welcoming worshipers and tending to the orderly assembly of the gathered faithful are all “Ministers of Hospitality.”

    Those who greet parishioners as they enter the church, assist them to their seats when necessary and at communion time, as well as take up the collection are clearly ministers.   Hospitality is a basic tenet of our faith and there is no more important way to serve than being a Minister of Hospitality.

    Unlike other ministries in the Church anyone can be a minister of hospitality, regardless of age or gender, as long as the person understands the importance of the tasks and carries them out well. This is a ministry where even a family can serve together.  It’s about readiness, not age.

    Ministers of Hospitality are Needed for all Masses, particularly Sunday at 5:30pm

    Would you be willing to help just one weekend each month?

    Duties include:

    Arriving 15 minutes early to Mass on your assigned week

    Greeting parishioners

    Asking a family to bring up the Bread and Wine

    Passing the Collection Baskets

    Assisting the Communion Lines

    Distributing Bulletins

Confirmation Service & Justice Hour Submission Form (CLICK HERE)

 

 

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Homily of Pope Francis

Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Prison for Minors “Casal del Marmo”, Rome
Holy Thursday, 28 March 2013

This is moving. Jesus, washing the feet of his disciples. Peter didn’t understood it at all, he refused. But Jesus explained it for him. Jesus—God—did this! He himself explains to his disciples: “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.” (Jn 13:12-15).

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It is the Lord’s example: he is the most important, and he washes feet, because with us what is highest must be at the service of others. This is a symbol, it is a sign, right? Washing feet means: “I am at your service.” And with us too, don’t we have to wash each other’s feet day after day? But what does this mean? That all of us must help one another. Sometimes I am angry with someone or other … but… let it go, let it go, and if he or she asks you a favour, do it.

Help one another: this is what Jesus teaches us and this what I am doing, and doing with all my heart, because it is my duty. As a priest and a bishop, I must be at your service. But it is a duty which comes from my heart: I love it. I love this and I love to do it because that is what the Lord has taught me to do. But you too, help one another: help one another always. One another. In this way, by helping one another, we will do some good.

Now we will perform this ceremony of washing feet, and let us think, let each one of us think: “Am I really willing, willing to serve, to help others?” Let us think about this, just this. And let us think that this sign is a caress of Jesus, which Jesus gives, because this is the real reason why Jesus came: to serve, to help us.

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