“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.”
1 Peter 4:10
Altar Linens and Vestments
You assist with preparing for Mass in the church by cleaning altar linens, priest’s and server’s vestments and other sanctuary appointments.
Time: As required
You assist the priest and deacon at weekend masses. This is a great way to be involved and learn about the Eucharist. Open to young people in Grade 3 and above.
Time: Weekly or scheduled as required. Arrive at least 15 minutes early for mass
Adult Altar Servers for Funerals
Participation in Funeral Liturgies expresses your support and that of our faith community for families who have lost a loved one. There are also opportunities to serve at most weekday masses according to your availability.
Time: The adult altar servers are listed on a roster and called for funerals when required
Arts and Environment
The liturgical seasons, particularly Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter, provide opportunities to enhance our worship space by the use of banners, flowers and other seasonal arrangements. If you have a flair for decorating, we encourage you to assist in this ministry.
Time: Several hours per season
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharistic
These ministers have the great privilege of feeding their brothers and sisters with the Body of Christ during the Sunday Eucharist. Training is provided by the Diocese once a year and is required. Additional practical training will take place in the Parish. Extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist must be confirmed members of the Catholic Church in good standing.
Time: Scheduled once every two to three weeks at the mass you customarily attend.
If you have a love for the liturgy, you may want to play an active role by presenting the bread and wine on behalf of the community for the celebration of the Eucharist. Minimal training is required and this is a great opportunity for a family to participate in the liturgy. Simply speak to one of the ushers to volunteer at mass.
Everyone appreciates a smiling face and a cheerful welcome when coming to Mass on the weekend. If God has blessed you with the gift of hospitality, you are invited to share it with your brothers and sisters in Christ at the Mass of your choice. We also ask greeters to assist in distributing bulletins at the doors after mass.
Time: One half-hour before Mass and five minutes after mass – averaging once a month.
Ministers of the Word
A wonderful way to participate in the mass is to proclaim the Word of God at the Eucharist. The parish will provide basic instruction and a guide book to pronunciation. The Diocese of Hamilton offers a one-day training seminar every year in November that new readers should attend. Readers must be confirmed members of the Catholic Church in good standing. All ages welcome – including young people.
Time: One mass per month for the mass you customarily attend
Our parish is blessed to have a good working relationship between the pastor, deacon and the various liturgical ministers. Our committee assists in planning the liturgical year and its various celebrations.
Time: Three or four times a year on a Tuesday evening, as scheduled.
Ministry to the Homebound
Our Parish community includes parishioners who live at home but for health reasons are not able to attend mass. You will have the privilege of bringing them Holy Communion and visiting with them. This may also include bringing Holy Communion to those in hospitals or nursing homes. Training is provided by the Diocese once a year for first time ministers and is required. Ministers must be confirmed members of the Catholic Church in good standing. Additional practical training will take place in the Parish.
Time: Scheduled or called as required
Ushers assist at mass by seating people, taking up the offertory collection and organizing the offertory procession. They also assist in keeping the church tidy for the next mass.
Time: Weekly at the mass you attend. Please arrive twenty minutes before Mass and stay for ten after Mass.
Liturgy of the Word for Children
This is a wonderful opportunity to assist children from junior kindergarten to grade two in joyfully knowing the Lord by accepting His word at a level they can understand. Children listen to the stories of Jesus, simply presented and using the structure of the mass as a guide. This ministry is provided at the 11:00 a.m. mass on Sunday from September to June. A resource manual and training is provided by the Diocese and the Parish.
Time: 2 weeks in a row every six to eight weeks.
Liturgical music is a very important part of our parish liturgies. If you love music, St. Patrick’s Music Ministry invites you to join one of our choirs. Singers are not required to read music and no audition is required. Most rehearsals are before mass. A few additional rehearsals may take place before major festivals. There are various choirs at St. Patrick’s led by organ or guitar, as well as a Resurrection choir for funerals. A Youth Choir sings at two masses each month and is eager to accept new members.
Time: Weekly for the mass you customarily attend. The Youth choir sings every other week.
Parish Service and Outreach Ministries:
Catholic Women’s League
The CWL is a national organization rooted in gospel values, calling its members to holiness through service to all of God’s people. Our chapter meets monthly and engages in fundraising to support our charitable initiatives. Meetings feature guest presenters who address topics such as spiritual development, Christian family life and education. All Catholic women age 16 and older are most welcome.
Time: Meetings are held on the second Tuesday evening of the month, September through June.
Coffee Social/Social Hour
Our coffee socials offer a great opportunity for parishioners to get to know each other better. If you enjoy meeting people this is ideal for you. You will be part of a team that organizes and serves refreshments. Families are encouraged to participate.
Time: Host two or three times a year between the 9:00 and 11:00 o’clock masses on Sunday. Our Coffee Social takes place the first Sunday of each month at 10:00 am in the parish hall.
Saturday Supper and Movie Night
Following the 5 o’clock mass on the Second Saturday of the month a simple supper is served in the parish hall, followed by a classic movie. Volunteers are welcome to assist with preparation or serving of the meal – or in helping with popcorn and drinks at the break – or with clean-up afterwards. No experience necessary.
Time: As you are willing and able.
Do you have experience handling cash? Are you detail-oriented? Counting the weekly offering would be perfect for you. Training will be provided.
Time: Once a month for approximately 2 hours after the 11 o’clock mass.
If you enjoy playing Euchre, you have the opportunity to play with other parishioners on the first Sunday evening of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Come out and enjoy good fellowship, an opportunity to socialize and a light lunch. Proceeds go to our Parish.
Funeral and Special Event Luncheon Ministry
You will help to prepare and serve a luncheon for bereaved families as they gather in the Parish Hall following the funeral liturgy. Your gift of compassion will be greatly appreciated by grieving families and by our faith community.
Time: As needed
Holy Spirit Prayer Community
Come and join the Holy Spirit Prayer Community in the Church for quiet prayer and reflection.
Time: Every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.
Knights of Columbus – K of C
The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal and social organization of Catholic men which embraces service to the Church and the community, to families and to young people. As a Knight, you will enjoy fellowship, participate in some Parish activities, raise funds for charities and offer support to one another. All Catholic men over 18 years of age are welcome.
Time: Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month from September to June in the Parish Hall.
Use your knitting talents without leaving your home. Donate your time by knitting baby outfits, slippers, socks or sweaters for the homeless, or by sewing quilts for babies/hospitals or making a lap quilt for the elderly.
St. Vincent de Paul
Do you have a sense of compassion and an interest in helping those who are most in need? Our Parish conference of St. Vincent de Paul has been established to quietly and discreetly assist individuals and families in need. Travelling in pairs, our Vincentians provide vouchers to assist with the purchase of food, furniture and other household necessities to residents in need who live within our parish boundaries. Any parish member over the age of 16 may join our conference. No formal training is required, but new members will receive some informal hands-on training through participation in initial visits with another experienced Society member.
Time: Visits require a commitment of one to two hours per week depending on the number of requests for assistance received.
Faith Formation and Education:
Are you interested in teaching young families about the sacrament of baptism? Members of this team facilitate the Saturday morning meeting that helps to prepare parents and godparents for their child’s baptism. One member assists the pastor or deacon at the liturgy of baptism on the last Sunday of the month at 12:15 p.m.
Time: Rotating monthly schedule
Rite of Christian Initiation for Children
Would you like to use your gifts to help young people prepare for their initiation into the Catholic faith? This Rite of Christian Initiation prepares young people beyond grade 2 for baptism or for reception into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church. Volunteers will have an opportunity to attend a workshop to train for this ministry.
Time: Sessions are biweekly on Sundays at 10 a.m. for one hour.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
Would you like to journey with an RCIA candidate on his or her way to full initiation into the Catholic Church? As part of the team, you would welcome, encourage and support those inquiring about our faith, while at the same time enriching and revitalizing your own faith. Preparation: Meeting with the Pastor
Time: One hour each week from October to April
Pastoral Planning and Communications:
Parish Pastoral Council
The St Patrick’s Pastoral Council provides assistance to the Pastor in guiding the overall care and ministry of the Parish. It develops and implements priorities for the Parish based on the Parish’s needs and the Diocesan Pastoral Plan. It also provides an opportunity to share information among various groups working within the parish. The Pastor approves a requisite number of members of the Parish who are interested in becoming members of the Pastoral Council.
Time: The Pastoral Council meets four times per year on a Tuesday evening.