MinistriesSt. Patrick’s is a very vibrant parish thanks to all who volunteer their time and energies, supporting the groups and events we have to offer.
At St. Patrick’s we have many opportunities for you to help and support our parish and community. In addition, students can collect volunteer-hours for school while gaining long lasting friendships as well as developing strong work ethic.
Jesus’ presence in others
St. Vincent de Paul
Children and young people, who have made their first communion, are invited to serve Mass at our weekend liturgies and special celebrations. Training is provided.
Funeral Altar Servers
Men and women who are available to serve Mass for parish funerals. A call from the parish office is made to volunteers when there is a funeral scheduled.
Why Altar Servers are so important during the celebration of Mass.
Who the Eucharistic Ministers are.
Eucharistic Ministers distribute communion at parish liturgies. Schedules are made up in the parish office in four month intervals. With the number of volunteers we currently have, and the fact 4 volunteers are needed at each weekend Mass, our volunteers are scheduled at least once every month. Training is provided.
Lay Readers commentate or read at parish liturgies. Two volunteers are needed for each Mass. Schedules are made up in the parish office in 4 month intervals. Training is provided.
Why to become a Lector in the Church.
Michael Mette, Catholic singer and musician, talks to Kevin about prayer and worship through music.
The Music Ministry at St. Patrick’s church consist of two choirs: Traditional and Funeral.
We are always looking for new members and as well a new Folk choir! So please joins us!
Ushering duties: help with seating if necessary, take up the collection, direct communion, distribute bulletins. This hospitality committee works in groups of at least 4. More volunteers are always welcome. Training provided.
What does it mean to be an Usher?
Why you might join the Altar Society.
One lady (or gentleman if interested) to clean the altar cloths, chalices, altar and sacristy each week. It can be done after a weekday Mass or on Sunday afternoon. The altar cloths are taken home to wash and iron. Instructions provided.
Schedules are prepared and sent out from the parish office and with 4 or more volunteers each person would only be scheduled once each month.
For families who have lost a loved one a funeral doesn’t seem like a simple thing to plan or arrange. Here at St. Patrick’s everything is done to make this process as easy as possible under such difficult circumstances. Families will find the process best if they work through a funeral parlour that will work directly with the parish to handle all the details and costs.
Traditionally the only cost for the church is a one hundred dollar stipend for the use of the church and a one hundred dollar stipend for an organist to provide music for the funeral. Payment can be made to the Funeral Parlour who will direct it to the parish or some families prefer to pay the parish directly. Either is acceptable. Families may choose to give the priest presiding at the funeral a stipend and that is permissible but it is not a requirement. When a date and time is chosen for the funeral Mass and graveyard service, a meeting is set up with the priest. At that meeting all the logistics of the funeral mass will be set, as well as selecting readings and music. The parish will arrange all the details regarding the funeral choir, altar servers for Mass and a luncheon following mass if requested and available.
Funerals are a very special ministry here at St. Patrick’s and our volunteers work hard to provide for and respect the needs of the families at a very difficult time. We have a number of senior parishioners who generously give of their time to sing in the funeral choir, act as altar servers during the Mass or provide a luncheon after the funeral. We are always in need of volunteers for these ministries.
Funeral Music: Our parish organist is always available for funerals. He works with the funeral choir but is open to guest vocalists as well. When a funeral is set up one member of the funeral choir is notified and she calls all of the choir members giving them the date and time of the funeral. Our organist and dedicated choir is a valuable addition to the funerals that families truly appreciate.
Funeral Altar Servers: When setting up the details for a funeral the parish secretary calls a list of senior men in the parish who will attend funerals as altar servers. This service provided by the altar servers adds dignity and respect to the funeral and families are always grateful for this extra detail.
Funeral lunches are provided by the Catholic Women’s League if the hall is not already booked and the ladies are available. There is no cost for the use of the hall following a funerals that take place at St. Patrick’s. The Catholic Women’s League charges a small fee per person for their luncheon of sandwiches, cut veggies and sweets, tea, coffee and juice. When a family requests a luncheon they must estimate the number of people they expect to attend so that the ladies can purchase the supplies. Payment for luncheons is made directly to the Catholic Women’s League.
Funerals are meant to help us cope with the loss of a loved one, but that is only one of many deeper purposes they serve.
What is the RCIA.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
A program for those who would like to become Catholic or find out more about their faith. This group meets Wednesday evenings, 7:30 – 9:00 pm from September until Easter. Volunteers from the parish are always welcome to participate with candidates who are on this faith journey.
Seniors are welcome to join us on Wednesday afternoons, 1 – 3 p.m., from September to May. You can enjoy an afternoon of comradery, games and refreshments. Periodically special guest speakers are scheduled and group outings. A great time to socialize with your friends.
What we can learn from the Annual National Convention of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada?
Catholic Women’s League (C.W.L.)
A national organization, rooted in gospel values, that contributes to the life and vitality of the church, family and community, both at home and abroad. Our own C.W.L. provides services to the parish such as funeral lunches as well as fund raising-social events like the annual bazaar, to name only two.
General meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from September to June. All ladies in the parish are welcome to join and are invited to participate in whatever capacity that is possible for them.
St. Vincent de Paul
Our St. Patrick’s St. Vincent de Paul is part of the London Conference as well as operating in our parish. This group meets on the 1st Monday of each month from September to June. With donations from parishioners they hold food banks in our parish hall on the 2nd Thursday of every month if funds are available, or every second month if funds are low. Our volunteers distribute vouchers for food and furniture to those residing within our parish boundaries who are in need. Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated. All are welcome to join this group.
Society of making each other feel whole, bright and happier! Making shure no-one is left alone without a prayer or a friend.