PARISH ORGANIZATIONS AND MINISTRIES
Altar and Rosary Society: This organization
of the parish’s women goes back a long time
and continues to be a blessing for us. The ladies have a major fund
raiser each November.
Part of their ministry is to send “get well” cards to the shut-ins and
those in the hospital.
A special party is given to those children who receive First
Reconciliation. High School
seniors who contribute to ministries in the church are given small
monetary gifts. Items
pertaining to the Altar (Altar Cloths, Sacred Vessels, etc.) are
purchased along with other
needed items for church functions.
Bereavement Committee: This group of
dedicated and caring parishioners provide a luncheon following funeral
services for those families who have suffered the loss of a loved one.
This is offered to those who are active members of the parish.
Many men and women of the parish provide the salads, pastas, cakes,
pies, etc. If you would like to assist us with food or the preparation
for the luncheon, please call the office.
Golden Age: This organization is for those
who are 50 years of age or older. They come together in fellowship once
a month for a meeting and luncheon. They have several bus trips a year
and parties to celebrate the seasons. This is open to all Catholics from
the North Pocono community.
Eucharistic Adoration Committee: This
committee has been directing the hours of adoration for more than 20
years. Although a small committee, they are able to direct almost 200
people for their prayer time in the Chapel. This is a great grace for
our people and they are always looking for more adorers. “Come and spend
an hour a week with the Lord.”
Pastoral Outreach: This group of trained
volunteers visits members of our parish who are in the local hospitals
or other facilities. These men and women meet once a month to share
their experiences. They also sponsor the annual Service for the
Anointing of the Sick, which is followed by a “Soup Social.”
Knights of Columbus: This gathering of local
Catholic men is a fraternal organization that is family oriented and
whose principles are charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. The
Knights are part of a world-wide organization that has done, and
continues to do great things for our Catholic Faith. Each year the
Knights sponsor our Red Cross Blood Drive, Free Throw Contest, Pasta
Dinner, St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, and they provide a breakfast for the
First Communion Class on the Feast of Corpus Christi.
Committee: This group of volunteers meets a
few times a year to plan our seasonal celebrations (Lent/Easter,
Ordinary Time, Advent/Christmas). We discuss music, environment,
scheduling of Masses and various services. Although not a very large
group, much is accomplished. With these volunteers, we are able to
provide Saint Catherine’s with some of the best liturgical celebrations
in the Northeast.
Parish Prayer Basket: Each Sunday of the
year, upon entering the church, you can always see people placing
prayers in the basket that is found on the table at the entranceway from
the parking lot. We do provide paper and pens for those who wish to
write out their petitions upon arrival for Mass. We, as a community,
pray for these intentions at all the Masses celebrated at St.
Catherine’s. We then place the basket in our Chapel with the request
that all who enter remember these intentions in their prayers. This way
the whole parish is part of an active prayer ministry! (These petitions
are collected periodically and burned to make room in the basket).
Pro-life Committee: This is a “standing
committee” that serves to remind us about our obligation to protect the
unborn, and our need to contribute to this nation-wide organization.
Quilters: Founded a number of years ago to
help pay off the parish debt, this group of women still meets each
Monday morning to sew quilts. The money raised is used for the parish,
and those who do this beautiful work have a good time doing it! As
in all things, if you think you would like to join this small group of
“artists” on Mondays, call the office.
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