This choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. “New members are encouraged to join the choir”. Experience welcomed, but not required, a desire to be part of the music ministry and to sing are the pre-requisites.
As an integral part of our music department, this choir provides the worship in song for all funerals that take place in our parish. New members, both men and women, who enjoy singing and are free during the day are welcome to join. The ability to read music is not necessary.
Do you like to work with fresh flowers, or decorate your hom
e? Then this committee would give your great pleasure. Each week, teams are responsible for the sanctuary and tabernacle floral arrangements and for decorating the church for holy days and during the holiday seasons.
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF COMMUNION
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion are examples of Christian living in faith and conduct. They strive to grow in holiness through the Eucharist, the sacrament of unity. Candidates must be actively living the Catholic faith, have been confirmed, attained the age of eighteen, reside in the Archdiocese of Hartford, and they must attend a three hour Archdiocesan training session. Candidates are then commissioned by the Pastor for 3 consecutive renewable years. They may distribute Communion at Mass, be able to bring Communion to the sick, homebound or those Catholics in a nursing home.
There is no better experience than to assist at Mass at the Altar of God. An altar server represents the people at the altar by assisting the priest and the deacon. Candidates, boys or girls, must have made their first communion. Adults, both men and women, are also asked to reflect on this stewardship position. If interested in considering this opportunity, inquiry about the training and Scheduling
St. Augustine’s lectors proclaim the Word of God, making God present in the liturgy for the congregation by communicating the words of the Apostles that are challenging, comforting, encouraging and admonishing. He/she should make the text come alive for the listener. It is an awesome responsibility, one that requires commitment and time. Any man or woman, high school age and up can become a lector. It is the spirit of God who will guide the lector in this ministry. Lectors are assigned to the Mass that they prefer. They don’t have to be great orators, just have the love of God in their heart and wish to be a part of the liturgy. It will become a religious experience that can bring great joy to the heart.
VISITING OF THE HOMEBOUND
If you enjoy making someone’s day a little brighter, bringing a smile to their face or warming their heart, you will enjoy working on this committee and visiting our homebound parish members. Some of the people are elderly and others are homebound for a variety of reasons but all enjoy seeing a friendly face and catching up on the news of the outside world. This is a particularly good stewardship opportunity for Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist in that they can also bring prayer and communion to these people.
Members of the Council are elected by the parishioners in the Spring of each year to serve on this committee for 3 years. The group meets 4 times a year and functions in an advisory-capacity to the Pastor on matter relating to the operation and activities of our Church.
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The ushers of St. Augustine have much more responsibility than just passing the collection basket. They are there to perform the duties of greeting the parishioners and visitors at each mass, passing out the bulletins as people leave church at the end of Mass, and directing people to seats on special occasions. They also are available for special Masses and on holy days. Our ushers are a dedicated group ranging in age from high school age to our senior members. Call Joseph Rogalis to learn more about being part of this loyal group.
The Evangelization Committee seeks to provide a welcome and open environment for active and inactive Catholics to become more connected to Christ and His Church by discussing and exploring the intersection of religion, faith, and life experience. The committee has organized and presented the Catholics Coming Home discussion series, and seeks to collaborate with other parish ministries in making St. Augustine a welcoming and inviting parish.
Do you enjoy working with numbers? Do you have the abstract knowledge of working with financial reports, and budgets? The group meets on a quarterly basis to review the church finances, set an annual budget and to work on the Archdiocesan Annual Report.