Many Hands Make Light Work!

As a parishioner the lord asks that you donate your time, talent, and treasure. Of these time and talent are the most precious to the Lord as they truly express your commitment to improving the life of your parish.

There are many opportunities to volunteer your time and talent at Saint Paul’s:

 

Alter Servers, men & women, boys & girls, assist the priest in celebrating the mass with devotion and respect.

Bible-and-CrossAltar servers perform most of the functions of the former “minor order” of ordained clerics known as acolytes from the Greek word akolouthos or ‘attendant’. Church writings from the second and third centuries discuss the role of acolytes, giving the office great importance and honor in the history of the Church. Altar servers today are not ordained, but are ‘commissioned’ by their parish priest.

The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy during Mass. This is done through specific actions and by setting an example to the congregation by active participation in the liturgy (hymns, responses, etc.), by looking alert and sitting or standing at the appropriate times.

Servers carry the cross, the processional candle(s), hold the book for the priest celebrant when he is not at the altar, carry the incense and censer, present the bread, wine, and water to the priest during the preparation of the gifts or assist him when he receives the gifts from the people, wash the hands of the priest, assist the priest celebrant and deacon as necessary, with the exception of distributing the Holy Eucharist.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming an Alter Server please fill out the Volunteer form on the right.

See: Schedule of Altar Servers

If you are interested in volunteering your time and talent to assist in the Annual Gala Irish Night, or learning more about this activity, please fill out the form on the right

From time to time St pauls has Bake sales to help raise funds for the needs of the church. If you like to bake and you are interested in volunteering your time and talent to assist in St Paul’s Bake Sales, or learning more about this activity, please fill out the form on the right

If you are interested in volunteering your time and talent to assist in the St Paul’s Basket Ministry, or learning more about this activity, please fill out the form on the right

If you are interested in volunteering your time and talent to assist in the St Paul’s Baptismal Ministry, or learning more about this activity, please fill out the form on the right.

St. Paul’s Bereavement Ministry exists to support parishioners and friends who lose loved ones through death. We seek to provide comfort, consolation and support to family members during these difficult times.

Upon being informed of the death of a parishioner or former parishioner, the Bereavement Ministry coordinator contacts the deceased’s nearest of kin or family representative. The grieving family are assisted in the planning of the funeral liturgy, The Mass of Christian Burial. Appropriate Scripture readings and liturgical songs are suggested. Our goal is to help make this significant liturgy as personal as possible for the mourners. We work within the guidelines and directives of the Diocese of Worcester concerning Funeral Liturgies.

At the funeral Mass, members of the Bereavement Ministry team serve as acolytes, lectors and cross bearer. Our entire Bereavement Ministry team is made up of dedicated volunteers. Family members and friends are encouraged to take an active part in the liturgy. Mr. Philip Dunlavey serves as the ministry’s coordinator.

St. Paul’s Bereavement Ministry is always seeking volunteers to assist us at this delicate time in our parishioners’ lives. Proper training and instruction are provided. If you are interested, please fill out the volunteer form on the right.

It was in 1971 that extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist were first permitted in the United States. At that time the Congregation of the Sacraments responded to a request of the American bishops to allow laypersons to assist priests in giving Holy Communion.In January 1973, Pope Paul VI, in the instruction “Immensae Cariatis,” extended this permission to the universal Church. He wrote “Present-day conditions demand that “greater access to Holy Communion should be made possible so that the faithful, by sharing more fully in the fruits of the sacrifice of the Mass, might dedicate themselves more readily and effectively to God and to the good of the Church” First of all, provision must be made lest reception become impossible or difficult owing to a lack of a sufficient number of ministers.”The person who has been appointed to be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is necessarily to be duly instructed and should distinguish himself by his Christian life, faith and morals. Let him strive to be worthy of this great office; let him cultivate devotion to the Holy Eucharist and show himself as an example to others by his piety and reverence for this most holy Sacrament of the altar.Prudent judgment should be used by the pastor in selecting persons to serve as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. The women and men selected should be of deep faith, respected by the community, engaged in living a life consonant with the Gospel and the Church’s teaching, and possess the talent and ability to perform this ministry.If you are interested in volunteering your time and talent to become an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist, or learning more about this calling, please fill out the volunteer form on the right.See: Schedule of Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist

If you are interested in volunteering your time and talent to assist in the Festival of Saint Paul, or learning more about this activity, please fill out the form on the right.

As a parish that is “poor in money but rich in the Spirit” St Paul’s needs talented, organized, and creative people to assist in the mission critical and ongoing process of Fundraising.

If you are interested in volunteering your time and talent to assist the St. Paul Fund Raising Committee, or learning more about this activity, please fill out the form on the right.

St Paul’s needs volunteers to commit their energy, time, talent, and sweat to assisting in maintaining and improving the Garden and grounds of our beautiful parish.

If you are interested in volunteering your time and talent to assist the Grounds Beautification Ministry, or learning more about this activity, please fill out the form on the right.

Crown of Thorns and the Holy BibleThe lector is the person who, in speaking clearly and passionately, brings the first part of the Mass, “The Liturgy of the Word” to life for all to hear. “When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his word, proclaims the Gospel. Therefore, the readings from the Word of God are to be listened to reverently by everyone, for they are an element of the greatest importance in the Liturgy.” (www.usb.org)

If you are interested in becoming a Lector for the Masses at St Paul’s, or learning more about this activity, please fill out the volunteer form on the right.

See: Schedule of Lectors

Bowl-of-HostsFor those parishioners who for reasons of disability or illness are hospitalized or homebound and cannot attend Mass, the Holy Eucharist is available to them through the Ministry of The Homebound. Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist are able to bring communion to these parishioners in need.

If you are interested in volunteering your time and talent to assist the Ministry of the Homebound, or learning more about this activity, please fill out the form on the right.

If you are interested in volunteering your time and talent to assist Project 45, or learning more about this activity, please fill out the form on the right.

RCIA Journey for the entire parish

Adults who come to our parish doors saying, “I want to be Catholic or I want to be confirmed and receive first Eucharist ,” are indeed seeking something.

All that is required is a sincere desire to learn, to grow, and to develop one’s relationship with God.

The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is design to welcome new members or returning Catholics into the church and at the same time deepen and renew the faith of the entire church community. This process includes several stages marked by prayer, study, and discussion. It is a process rather than an educational program.

please see: The RICA Ministry page.

If you are interested in volunteering your time and talent to assist RICA, or learning more about this activity, please fill out the form on the right.

Social Media is vitally important help spread the good news of St. Paul’s and to the strengthening of our parish community through better communication and sharing. If you would like to help St. Paul’s keep our postings fresh and up to date, please let us know by filling out the volunteer form on the right.

The Sparkling Angels

Our faithful band of volunteer ministers who help St. Paul’s with the weekly clean-up of our beautiful Church meets every week either on Thursdays at 6:30pm or Fridays at 1:00pm to lend their talent and time. We really need your help. We’re looking for willing folks to volunteer for this vital ministry. Won’t you consider giving your Parish a few hours per month to help keep our Church squeaky clean? Please fill out the volunteer form on the right.

Our Website at St. Paul’s will always be “a work in progress” and we need all the help we can get to keep it fresh, up to date, relevant and rich with content. If you know WordPress or Photoshop, or just want to help find and gather pictures and content we would love to hear from you.

Perhaps there is a topic you feel called to write (Blog) about regularly? If you are interested please fill out the form on the right.

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