Altar Angels

Goals and Purpose - To develop an awareness of what the altar represents and develop a universal knowledge of the altar linens, holy vessels and colors of the Priests' vestments.

Responsibilities - Making and/or washing and ironing altar linens for a beautiful altar at St. Bernadette Church.

Helpful Attributes - Sewing abilities

Time Commitment - Varies with duties

Contact Marge Culkin
772-489-0542
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Altar Servers (Youth)

Goals and Purpose - As stewards of God's many gifts, and in the spirit of stewardship and service, the mission of the St. Bernadette Altar Servers is to minister at God's altar with reverence, with dignity, and with love.

Responsibilities - We do this by assisting, in many ways, the Presider at the Mass, wedding ceremonies and funeral rites.

Helpful Attributes - This ministry is open to all males and females who have celebrated their first Holy Communion. Training will be provided.

Time Commitment - Varies as scheduled for service at Mass and other rites and ceremonies, as needed. Youth altar servers also meet quarterly during the year. Training sessions are scheduled throughout the year, as needed.

Training Required - Parish training provided.

Contact

Father Antony Lopez

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772.336.9956

Art & Environment

Goals and Purpose - Creating a beautiful and prayerful environment for our liturgies and high feasts.

Responsibilities - Coordinating and creating ideas and decorative arrangements and displays to enhance the environment for special liturgical celebrations.

Helpful Attributes - Creative and constructive ideas; a love for our Catholic Ritual.

Time Commitment - Varies with commitment.

Training Required - Parish training provided.

Contact John & Donna Francavilla
772-873-9055
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Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound

Goals and Purpose - A response to your Baptismal call to serve God's people by assisting the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion.

Responsibilities - To fulfill monthly or daily assignments for the distribution of Communion and other duties as outlined in the handbook. A willingness to visit the sick and homebound, including hospitals and nursing homes.

Helpful Attributes - A strong commitment to Christ and to the Church as evidenced by a life lived in conformity with all that the Church teaches.

Time Commitment - Varies.

Training Required - Diocesan training provided.

Fingerprinting Required - Yes

Contact

Ann Marie Burchell

772 429-1321

772 812-3411(cell)

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Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Goals and Purpose - A response to your Baptismal call to serve God's people by assisting the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion.

Responsibilities - To fulfill monthly or daily assignments for the distribution of Communion and other duties as outlined in the handbook.

Helpful Attributes - A strong commitment to Christ and to the Church as evidenced by a life lived in conformity with all that the Church teaches.

Time Commitment - Willingness to commit to a schedule of service for a weekend Mass.

Training Required - Diocesan training provided.

Fingerprinting Required - No

Contact

Kathleen and Don Cupples

249-1232

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Hearts on Fire Prayer Group

Goals and Purpose - To bring the participants in the prayer group into a closer relation-ship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ using the gifts and charisms He has blessed us with.

Responsibilities - To gather with the group in prayer as often as possible.

Time Commitment - The prayer group meets each Thursday night beginning at 6:30 pm, opens with a Rosary, and then progresses to prayers and discussion of the Faith.

Contact

Rosina Ciocca

856-264-0055

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Hospitality/Ushers

Goals and Purpose - To make the warmth and welcome of Christ more real in our Parish.

Responsibilities - Helping our Parish to be a warm, loving family by greeting parishioners and guests and tending to their needs.

Helpful Attributes - "Ushers to be hosts at the feast"; determined to see that each guest feels welcomed, wanted, valued and special. A handshake, our friendly greeting, is all it takes to enhance each person's sense of belonging.

Time Commitment - Willingness to serve at the Saturday, Sunday and Holy Day Masses. Commitment to a minimum schedule and dress code.

Training Required - Parish training provided.

Fingerprinting Required - No

Contact Gary Lee
772-332-0100
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Ministry of the Word (Lectors)

Goals and Purpose - Using our gifts, we proclaim God’s Word in the support of our parish family prayer, the liturgy of the Holy Mass.

Responsibilities - Responding to our call to stewardship, we proclaim the inspired Words of Holy Scripture. This requires personal prayer, a commitment to continuously improve technique and preparation the week prior to your assigned Mass. Lectors must adhere to the Lector schedule, procedures and dress code.

Helpful Attributes - Proclaiming God’s Word at Mass requires committed individuals to have a strong voice and a desire to make God’s Words be heard clearly and come alive to the congregation.

Time Commitment - Preparation during the week leading up to your assigned Mass - approximately 4 hours.

Training Required - Diocesan and Parish training provided.

Fingerprinting Required - No

Contact Maryellen McGarry
772-879-9692
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Music/Choir

Goals and Purpose

Adult Choir - Leads the singing at the 10:45am Sunday liturgy (October through April) and at special liturgical and non-liturgical musical events throughout the year. The Adult Choir rehearses once a week on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm. All interested men and women are welcome to join the Choir, however those individuals who do not read music are encouraged to attend Choir School when in session. New members are always welcome.

Choir School - Everyone is invited to come learn to read music notation whether you sing in the choir or not. Choir school generally meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:00PM in Nevers in the Parish Life Center. Choir school meets during the "choir season" - October through April.

Cantors - Lead the congregation in singing hymns and songs and occasionally are asked to provide solos. Cantor’s rehearsals are by appointment with the Director of Music. Singers are always welcome to serve as cantors for the Mass, simply contact the director of music at your convenience for an appointment.

For God's Grace (Contemporary Christian Music Ensemble) - Leads singing at the 5:30pm Saturday liturgy and the 9:00am Sunday liturgy during the school year. For God’s Grace rehearses once a week on Friday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm directed by Kris Krueger. Membership is open to all voices and instruments from senior high school and above by audition only.

Youth Ensemble (Contemporary Christian Music) - Leads singing at the 12:15pm Sunday liturgy during the school year. The Youth Ensemble rehearses once a week on Friday evenings (with For God's Grace) from 7:00-8:30pm directed by Kris Krueger. Membership is open to all voices and instruments from 6th grade through senior high school.

Hand Bell Choir - Ringers in the Hand Bell Choir provide special music for various liturgies and other musical events throughout the year. The Hand Bell Choir rehearses once a week on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm. The ability to read music notation is mandatory. Attendance at bell school or choir school will give you the skills you need to join the bell choir. Bell School will be held on Thursday evenings at 6:00pm.

Schola - Sings Gregorian Chant at special liturgical events throughout the year. Membership is restricted to singers who sing in the bass clef range. The Schola rehearses on an as needed basis by the direction of the Director of Music.

Children’s Choir - Leads the singing at the 9:00am Sunday liturgy every fourth Sunday of each month October-April and at special liturgical and non-liturgical musical events throughout the year. The Children's Choir rehearses once a week on Sunday morning following the 9:00am Mass (approximately 10:00-10:30am. Children from grades 2-6 are welcome to participate when schedules allow.

Orchestra - Plays special music with and without singers for liturgical and non-liturgical musical events throughout the year. Instrumentalists currently studying their particular instrument or professional and semi-professional instrumentalists are encouraged to seek an invitation into the orchestra through the Director of Music. During the summer months all instrumentalists are invited to play the music of the Mass at any Mass. Simply bring your instrument (tuned), find your music score in the choir area and play along for the Mass, no rehearsals, no commitments, just come and share your gift

 

Responsibilities and Time Commitment - Rehearsal attendance is mandatory and a willingness to share your gift is appreciated. A commitment to rehearse on a regular basis is important but flexible commitments are possible.

Helpful Attributes - The generous giving of your time and talent to praise God through music.

Fingerprinting Required - No

Contact Thomas Bold
772-336-9956 (Parish Office)
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Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

Goals and Purpose - Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is visiting and spending time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the Monstrance. It is an expression of our love for Jesus, who loves us so much that He never wants to leave us and stays with us day and night in the Blessed Sacrament. Our Lord says, “Behold I am with you always.” This visit to the Blessed Sacrament is one of the great treasures of the Catholic Faith, as it nourishes social love and gives us opportunities for adoration and thanksgiving, for reparation and supplication.

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is held in the Mosignor Cosmo G. Saporito Chapel directly behind the main altar and is open 24 hours a day, 6 days a week, from Monday at 9:00am through Saturday at 7:00am with permanent exposition of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Holy Eucharist. It is simply our response to Jesus’ love for us, whereby each person is willing to spend a quiet holy hour of prayer in His Eucharistic Presence once a week, so that Jesus is never left alone, and the chapel is open for anyone to visit Him.

During Eucharistic Adoration, we "watch and wait"; we remain "silent" in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist. By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be! Like a magnet, The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us.

Responsibilities and Time Commitment - Everyone can participate because everyone can find at least one hour a week to spend with Jesus . Whatever hour you choose is most pleasing to the Lord, especially those hours that accompany him through the middle of the night.

Training Required - Guidance provided by your hourly captain.

Fingerprinting Required - No

Contact Stephanie Cassidy
772-343-8166
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Powerhouse of Prayer

Goals and Purpose - The Powerhouse of Prayer is an intercessional prayer ministry. Our spiritual focus is on the special intentions of our St. Bernadette Parish Family as submitted to us, as well as those special intentions brought forth by each of us as individuals. Because of the unique purpose of this ministry, our primary mode of prayer while we are together as a group is more spontaneous than structured.

Responsibilities - Gather to pray as a group for one hour a week in the Family Life Center, currently every Monday at 10:30 AM. However, anyone is welcome to pray with us at any time without committing to this ministry.

Helpful Attributes - An appreciation for the power of intercessional prayer in our lives and in the lives of those for whose intentions we pray. A desire to join with others in group prayer.

Time Commitment - One hour per week.

Training Required - None

Fingerprinting Required - No

Contact

Marilyn Hight
772-344-1576
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Cathy Vitta
772-777-4617

Sacristans

Goals and Purpose - The name sacristan is derived from the Latin sacer which means "sacred." The Sacristan provides invaluable background help to the church. It is through the stewardship of the sacristan that the celebrant priest and the Parish community can elevate and enhance their prayer and worship at Holy Mass and other liturgical functions.

Responsibilities - To prepare the liturgical space and liturgical articles for the celebration of the liturgy. The sacristan's responsibility includes preparing the vessels, sacristy, sanctuary and assembly for Mass. The sacristan oversees the 'behind the scenes' preparation for liturgy - that is, prepares hosts, wine, candles, and other supplies.

Helpful Attributes - To be a sacristan is truly a holy call. A devotion to the understanding of the Eucharist is paramount. A sacristan is expected to learn the different vessels used in the Liturgy of the Eucharist, their importance and proper care.

Time Commitment - It is expected that a sacristan will accept a minimum weekly commitment for at least one Mass. However, this can be flexible with the possibility of doing more or less based upon individual circumstances. The sacristan is expected to be present at a minimum of 30 minutes prior to Mass or other liturgical function, and for 30 minutes thereafter to ensure that all tasks are completed.

Training Required - Parish training provided.

Fingerprinting Required - No

Contact

Adele Lamour
772 879-7892
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The Word Prayer Group

Goals and Purpose - To share the love of our Lord Jesus Christ through Scripture, song and praise. We offer comfort, support and spiritual peace of mind in a loving, close knit community. When we gather, our understanding and appreciation of God's word increases dramatically as we share in a friendly, devout Catholic atmosphere.

Responsibilities - Our mission is to share our Lord with all His riches with each other and those with whom we come in contact.

Helpful Attributes - All that is required is a sincere desire to worship our Lord - be it through prayer, song, praise or silence. All are welcome. Please join us!

Time Commitment - We meet for approximately 1 1/2 hours weekly.

Training Required - None.

Fingerprinting Required - No

Contact Stella DiGiorgio
772-873-9023
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