MINISTRIES WITHIN OUR PARISH
Should you be interested in joining one of the following ministries, please complete the following form:
(Please note all volunteer must complete a volunteer screening form and submit to a Police check if your ministry is high-risk)
click here for Archdiocese screening forms
The Church always welcomes volunteers. It is a natural response of our Christian faith to want to use our time, talents and skills in the service of our local church and our local community. Within our parishes there is a wide variety of tasks to be undertaken and, as we engage with our local communities, we become aware of a wide range of needs to be met. Sometimes a distinction is made between “volunteering” and “stewardship”. “Volunteering” is understood as unpaid work undertaken for organizations, trusts or charities which may or may not include church or faith organizations. Christian stewardship adds the dimension that our volunteering contains a thoughtful decision to commit our time and God-given talents to Christian service. Often this will be in our local Christian community but it may be in some other place where we sense God’s call: in the home, the workplace or in the local community.
Altar Society A small group of dedicated parishioners concerned with the beauty and cleanliness of the sanctuary and the church. Teams of volunteers come once a week to dust and polish altar furnishings and to care for the vestments and sacred vessels. Cleaning takes place every Monday morning.
Altar Servers Young people grade three and up are welcome to serve weekend Masses and other special celebrations. Training is hands on under the supervision of Pastor or Sacristan. Speak to Father Donatello before Mass is your child is interested in becoming an Altar Server.
Sacristan Men and women who assist the priests by preparing the altar and sanctuary for weekday and weekend Masses. Knowledge of Catholic rites and ceremonies is essential.
Finance Council Mandated by Canon Law to advise the pastor on the financial concerns of the parish. Members are appointed by the Pastor. Most have a financial background or expertise in property, or skills like that of legal or personnel matters. They meet at least six times a year to oversee financial reports, capital projects and the general upkeep of the church, offices and rectory. With respect to eligibility for membership the following should be added: The Parish bookkeeper and other employees shall not be members of the Parish Finance Council.
Volunteer Screening Committee All individuals involved in volunteer ministry must be officially screened. Those working with youth or in positions of trust require a police check. This programmme is mandated by the Archdiocese of Toronto. Our concern is twofold: for those who minister and for those they serve.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Ongoing spiritual and catechetical formation of adult men and women seeking initiation into the Catholic Church. RCIA is taught by Fr. Donatello
Children's Liturgy Our Time-With-God programme is geared to children from JK to Grade 3. We provide a child-centered Liturgy of the Word in the parish hall during the 10:30 a.m. Mass, and 12:00pm on Sundays .
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Volunteers visit needy families and individuals living within the St. Bernard boundaries. The SSVP provides spiritual, financial and social assistance. Members sponsor two annual collections of gently used clothing. Monthly team meetings in the parish hall.
Lectors Men and women commissioned to read passages of Sacred Scripture, Intercessions and Parish Announcements at Sunday Mass and other liturgical celebrations.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist Men and women commissioned to distribute Holy Communion at Sunday Mass, Weekday Masses and other Eucharistic celebrations.
Ministers of Communion for the Sick Parishioners commissioned to carry the Eucharist to the sick and housebound of our parish immediately following Sunday Mass or First Friday of the month . Transportation is a necessity.
Ministers of Hospitality (Ushers) Men and women who care for the good order of our Sunday celebrations. They provide a welcoming presence at the door, seat parishioners, take up the collection, oversee the procession of gifts, hand out bulletins and tidy the church.
Youth Ministry Parents and young adults who work with the youth of our parish. They facilitate social justice projects, host coffee Sundays, organize baby sitting afternoons for busy parents, etc.
Social Committee Parishioners who organize and facilitate social events for their fellow parishioners: movie nights, bingo, parish BBQ, etc. Their goal is to promote a sense of community among which cuts across, age, culture and language.