IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ANY OF THESE MINISTRIES PLEASE CONTACT US AT THE PARISH OFFICE AT 717-848-2007
MISSION: To provide the less fortunate of the parish with gifts and food during the Christmas season.
ACTIVITIES: A family in need is adopted by a sponsoring family or organization within the parish.
AMOUNT OF TIME REQUIRED / WHEN MINISTRY IS PERFORMED: During the Christmas season.
MISSION: To ensure that no parishioner will grieve alone
Food Ministry: Helps prepare casseroles or dessert or a complete meal for a family experiencing a loss. The meal provides nourishment for the soul as well as physical nourishment.
Resurrection Assembly: Participates by attending the funeral service or Mass, helps the family sit, stand and sing.
Visitation: Visits the bereaved family monthly, in two’s. Assess the well-being of the family, reports back to the Chairman to determine if intervention services are necessary.
Bereavement Support: Trained bereavement counselor(s) who work with the bereaved family and help them find closure. If additional services are needed, refer to York Hospital’s Bereavement program.
(Bereavement Ministry is not currently active…if you are interested in assisting in this vital ministry please contact Father Carroll at 717-848-2007 ext 104 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
MISSION: These classes are for anyone who wishes to learn more about the Bible.
ACTIVITIES: This is a good time to get to know more people socially
MISSION: Our purpose is to provide a nutritious lunch for the students of St. Patrick School.
ACTIVITIES: We have very dedicated and wonderful volunteers who serve the children lunch every school day. They are very committed and appreciated very much. The volunteers are what make this program a success.
Coffee & Donuts
MISSION: To provide parishioners an opportunity to gather after Mass for coffee, donuts, conversation and networking opportunities.
ACTIVITIES: Coffee and doughnuts served after 8 AM Mass on Sundays unless otherwise announced.
Divorced and Separated Support Group
MISSION: Our group provides support for Catholics experiencing the loss of a spouse through separation and or divorce. Those going through a separation/divorce can find consolation in knowing that they are not alone. Our purpose is to support one another without giving advice or counsel as many individuals experience feelings of isolation, rejection, anger and despair during separation/divorce.
ACTIVITIES: We provide the opportunity for people going through a separation/divorce to talk about their feelings, if they wish, with others in the group who are in various stages of being separated from their spouse. Dependant upon the interests of the group, we have had speakers present information on topics such as the Annulment process and Anger. The group occasionally will meet for Mass at different parishes on the first Sunday of the month and socialize afterwards.
(This group is currently in the process of starting up once again, if interested please contact the office)
Employment Assistance and Resources
MISSION: The purpose of this ministry is to assist parishioners and other Catholics with their efforts to prepare to find employment or better employment. Assistance includes training in and evaluating and identifying gifts, talents and abilities. Resume preparation and interview role-playing with feedback is also available. In addition, we will help with career discernment and review of opportunities as they arise.
English Language Assistance
MISSION: The purpose of this ministry is to provide assistance to immigrant parishioners and other Catholics with learning English as a second language; as well as assistance in civics and American History as required in preparation for the citizenship process,
We strive to provide for the spiritual nourishment and renewal of the Catholic Faith within our parish by empowering faithful Catholics to become more engaged in the life of the Church; by bringing inactive Catholics “home” to the faith; and by leading non-Catholics to the fullness of the faith.
- We strive to enable the life of our parish community to grow and be sustained through:
- Enrichment in the knowledge of the Catholic Faith and Scripture,
- Opportunities to witness and to share Faith and Fellowship with all,
- Equipping the faithful to live fully the sacramental life, and
- Encouraging ourselves and others to provide ideas and support to all Parish Ministries.
United as a Team, supporting each other, we reach out to the diverse needs of our Parish through encouragement, personal invitation, and meeting people where they are.
We seek to instill in our community a loving and nurturing Catholic spirit that fosters the love of God and leads all into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ
We strive to equip our fellow parishioners with the capacity and desire to bring people from the wider community into the fullness of the Catholic Faith.
“Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch…. When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing.” (Luke 5:4, 6)
The Kings Men
Mission: Under Christ the King’s universal call to serve, we as men, pledge to unite and build up men in the mold of leader, protector, and provider through education, formation, action and healing.
The King’s Men is a dynamic Catholic men’s formation and accountability group that meets weekly to pray, to do spiritual reading and discussion and to be held accountable. The King’s Men desire to grow in holiness and in virtue in order to become better leaders, protectors and providers. There simply is no substitute along the masculine journey for quality brotherhood and support! A weekly formation meeting is taking place every Thursday evening in the St Teresa Room (parish office) from 7-9PM. For more information about this meeting please contact Tim Dennis at 717-577-2031. We encourage every man to come and check it out.
Men: do you want to experience your faith in a masculine way? If yes, please join The King’s Men- men who are seeking development in their God-given roles as leader, protector and provider. A weekly formation meeting is taking place every Thursday evening in the St Teresa Room (parish office) from 7-9PM.
For more information about this meeting please contact Tim Dennis at 717-577-2031.
Knights of Columbus/Columbian Squires
MISSION: The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s service organization. Our programs serve the Church, community, council, family and youth. The Knights of Columbus was started as a way to support the families of Catholic men who had died during a time in our country when Catholics were being suppressed. Since that time, the Knights of Columbus has become one of the best-rated insurance companies in the world. The week after the 9/11 tragedy, the Knights of Columbus sent checks totaling over $1,000,000 to all families that lost someone in the World Trade Center disaster. The Knights of Columbus supports the Pope and his mission through a trust fund set up especially for the Vatican.
ACTIVITIES: We have donated money to seminarians to assist them with some of their daily expenses incurred while in Seminary. We have raised money for ARC and assisted in the Special Olympics. The Knights of Columbus sponsors a Free Throw competition every year for grade school age children where the local winners can advance to regional and state competition. Last year we sponsored an essay contest at York Catholic for seniors and awarded over $300 to winners. The Knights have assisted the parish in renovations to the apartments that the parish owns. Our fund raising activities have included a golf tournament, parish dances, Monty Carlo night, spaghetti dinners as well as our pancake breakfasts, chicken barbeques in the summer months and chicken corn soup sales.
WHEN MINISTRY IS PERFORMED: We have a monthly general meeting on the first Wednesday of each month lasting 1 ¼ hours. We hold an officers meeting on the 4th Wednesday of each month lasting 1 hour.
MISSION: The Squires are in function to develop young men between the ages of 10 and 18 as Catholic leaders who understand their religion, who have a strong commitment to the Church, and who are ready, willing, and capable of living their lives in the manner of the youth Christ. They are also Squires to prepare for Knighthood. (Knights of Columbus.)
ACTIVITIES: We are a service organization, therefore we have many service projects, as well as monthly meetings. Every four months or so we have a special fun activity.
MISSION: To promote the spiritual, social, intellectual and economic welfare of its members. To impress a steadfast conviction relating to the proper place and function of Catholic women in society, in safeguarding the religious, civil and economic rights of all as Catholics. To assist those in need through individual Columbiette programs.
ACTIVITIES: Group and individual spiritual and service activities include making rosaries for missions, praying a decade of the rosary for the special intentions of those named by members, attending Mass together, volunteering at the Catholic Harvest Food Pantry on a regular basis, and committing to one hour in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel each week. In addition, we assist Knights of Columbus councils and the parishes of the members with various fundraisers and service projects. Proceeds from fund raisers are used to support organizations such as Pregnancy Problem Center, Catholic Harvest Food Pantry, York County Food Bank, religious education programs, York Catholic High School and the church schools, and an orphanage in Honduras as well as individuals in special need which are brought to our attention.
WHEN MINISTRY IS PERFORMED: There is a General Meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each month as well as an officer’s Meeting on the second Tuesday of each month which is also open to all members. In addition, there are usually one or two activities each month where members may participate.
Our newly renovated Parish Library will officially open after Masses beginning on the weekend of September 7, 2014. Our library is located in the rear of the school cafeteria. You may borrow books, DVDs or CDs. Just sign out what you are borrowing and return it in a timely fashion when you are finished so that others may have access to our treasures. If you cannot make it to the cafeteria, there will be a list of our books on the parish website and in the back of the church. We hope that you make good use of the library to grow in your knowledge and love of our faith. Also, all donations of books, etc., are always gratefully accepted!
Lighthouse Catholic Media
Stewardship: A Mission of Faith and Lighthouse Catholic Media
(Stewardship/Lighthouse Catholic Media)
There are three beautiful wooden Resource Centers in the narthex of the Church that contains a variety of different resource materials including books, booklets, CDs, DVDs and pamphlets. The materials contain messages on challenging topics of Christian living to help build up your faith in God and to inspire many areas of your life such as:
· Marriage and family
· Children and teens
· Spiritual growth and prayer life
· Basics of our faith
· Answers to questions you’ve always wondered about
· Stories of conversion, or returning to the faith
People from all walks of life profess that these materials have helped them grow in a deeper personal and intimate relationship with God, and life changing conversions have occurred.
All materials are free. Gift donations are accepted and the money will be used to replenish the material and further the mission as well as help plant seeds of faith in other Churches. What a great way to begin “Living a Stewardship Life” and to grow in love for God.
Learning and growing in faith is a lifelong process. Start today! Please take a few moments after the service to stop by our new Resource Center to see what is available.
Long Range Planning Committee
The Long Range Planning Committee has been reconstituted to assist Father Carroll in looking at the needs of the parish. Right now there primary goal is to review our current facilities, and suggest possible projects that will need to be looked at in the future.
Intended to support families in the parish who are dealing with family members who have had surgery or been in the hospital, or difficulty with extended illness. By serving the family just one meal initially–so it wouldn’t become something they depended on for a long period of time.
“He who sings, prays twice.”St. Augustine
The purpose of Pastoral Music is two-fold. First, it provides an opportunity for parishioners who have musical talents and abilities to offer their gift of time and talent, which is truly their treasure, in service of their parish and their Lord. Second, it enhances or deepens the worship experience in order to assist the assembly in entering more easily into “full, conscious, active participation” in the liturgy, “the work of the people.”
The length of commitment for these choirs is one year at a time.
Rehearsals begin in September and run through May. This commitment is renewable each year.
MISSION: The purpose of our ministry is to provide a safe and caring environment for children and help parents benefit spiritually from this service.
ACTIVITIES: If the child uses the nursery, I ask if one of the parents would volunteer one hour every other month. Notices are put in the church bulletin. I ask anyone that comes near the nursery to help.
MISSION: The Patricians are a division of the Harrisburg Deanery Senior Adult Ministry which is open to all seniors (55 or over) of any denomination for the purpose of sharing and serving the entire person – body, mind and spirit – through: 1) programs of programs of prayer activities and fellowship; 2) luncheons with other senior groups (ecumenical). Request for prayers for the youth of our country and support youth causes if possible.
ACTIVITIES: Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Prayer Breakfasts are held biannually. The Patricians also have Lenten around the cross service and pilgrimages to cathedrals, grottos and convents.
Prayer and Praise Community
MISSION: The purpose of our ministry is to gather together to praise God in song and prayer and to build a Christian Community.
ACTIVITIES: Catholics from all area parishes and persons of other faiths, who seek to deepen their relationship with God, are invited to join the Prayer and Praise Community.
WHEN MINISTRY IS PERFORMED: Every Thursday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Office - St. Therese Room.
The ushers of St. Patrick’s Church play an integral role in our parish spirit. They provide us with the comfort of a friendly greeting when we enter the Church for Mass.
Their responsibilities start before many of us arrive. Some of the more obvious tasks include: helping people find seating, arrange for the presentation of the gifts, and collection of the offerings.
When we finally leave the Church the Ushers are there to hand out the bulletins with the same warmth that greeted you before.
Vacation Bible School
MISSION: To provide a fun, safe environment for children that will assist them in developing a deeper understanding of Scripture and the Catholic faith.
ACTIVITIES: This is a 5 day session during June. There are games, crafts, stories, music and snacks. Volunteers are needed for preparation during April and May. Catechists and other volunteers are needed during the week of VBS.
Women’s Prayer Group
Ministry of St. Rita of Cascia
This is a faith sharing and prayer community meets weekly to testify to God’s goodness, discuss and share the issues faced by Christian women; and to pray for marriages, families, and God’s people, We ,meet week y on Wednesdays at 7 pm.
The Youth & Young Adult Ministries of St. Patrick, in union with the teachings of the magisterium, seeks to bring teens into an intimate relationship with Christ through His Church. We seek to create teen disciples and develop Christian leaders who will lead others to Christ. By serving teens, young adults, and their families we hope to strengthen unity and build a civilization of love within our culture of life.