Gifted          *          Engaged          *          Growing

Parish Ministries, Committees & Groups

The following is a list of the ways you can become more involved in parish life while growing in your own faith.  New members and fresh ideas are always welcomed! For more information, to become involved, or to share an idea for a new ministry, please call or email the rectory at 461-5734 or office@saintpaulcranston.org

Altar Servers

Girls and boys who have received their First Eucharist can assist the priests at God’s Holy Altar. Training begins in the fall each year, but new servers are always welcomed.  Servers are usually scheduled to serve at Mass every-other weekend, and may be asked to serve at funerals, weddings and other special liturgies.

Breadline Volunteers 

Several times each year, parishioners work to prepare sandwiches and pack other food items to be distributed by Saint Patrick Church or at other Diocesan agencies.  Announcements about upcoming Breadlines will appear in the parish bulletin and on the website.

Building Committee

Members meet and work with the pastor to plan and assist in the repair, upkeep, and reconstruction of parish properties.

 Catechists

Adult volunteers (and teens who have been Confirmed) teach weekly Faith Formation classes from September – May for students in grades KG-10.  Resources, textbooks, supplies and support are provided.  Serving as a substitute or a classroom aide is another great way to be involved in this ministry.  Prior teaching experience is helpful, but not necessary.  For the safety of our children, all volunteers 18 years of age and older MUST complete a background criminal check and Safe Environment Training in accordance with Diocesan regulations.  Contact Mrs. Bradley in the Faith Formation Office to become involved.

Choir

Mr. Tom Salvadore, our parish Music Director, leads the choir for both children and adults.  Adult members rehearse weekly and sing at the 9:30AM Liturgy every other Sunday.  Children in grades 2 and up serve in the Youth Choir, and sing at the 4:15PM Mass on Christmas Eve and the 9:30AM Mass on Easter Sunday. Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00PM for several weeks leading up to both holidays. 

Eucharistic Ministers

Adults (and teens who have been Confirmed) serve by assisting the priests in the distribution of Holy Communion at weekend and daily liturgies.   Eucharistic ministers are usually scheduled to serve at one or two weekend Masses each month, and may be asked to serve at special liturgies.  To become involved please contact Deacon Paul.  New volunteers are always welcomed!

Eucharistic Ministry to the Sick and Homebound

Ministers of the Eucharist visit homebound parishioners and Roman Catholics in the Scandinavian Home on Sunday mornings after Mass. Please contact Deacon Paul to become involved in this special ministry.  Parishioners who wish to receive the Eucharist at home either for a short or extended time are asked to contact the Rectory. Parish priests are available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation for homebound parishioners. 

Giving Tree Volunteers

The Giving Tree is an important tradition of the Advent season at Saint Paul Church.  Volunteers work with parish staff to make paper ornaments labeled with gift suggestions, decorate the tree, and collect, sort and distribute gifts as they are returned.  Watch for announcements in the parish bulletin and on the website to find out when and how to participate. 

Lectors

Adults (and teens who have been Confirmed) serve by proclaiming the Word of God at weekend and daily liturgies.  Lectors are typically scheduled to read at one or two weekend Masses each month.  New lectors are always needed and welcomed.  Please contact Deacon Paul..

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is a world-wide association of Catholic laity who are especially devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Holy Trinity, whose concern is the spiritual and social welfare of all people.   Members of the St. Paul praesidium (chapter) meet each week on Saturday at 10:30AM for prayer, discussion and planning.  They commit themselves to two hours of apostolic work per week by visiting and calling "shut-ins" or nursing home patients.  New members are always welcomed!  Please contact Father Young for more information or to become involved. 

Liturgy Committee

Members of the parish work with the pastor to create and plan special liturgies throughout the year.  Decorating the church for Christmas and Easter is a special joy for members of this committee.

 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Men and women who knit serve in this ecumenical ministry to reach out to those in need of comfort and prayer.  On the first Friday of the month, from September – May, many of the knitters gather in the chapel of the Scandinavian Home for prayer, fellowship, knitting (or crocheting), and to replenish their supplies.  The knitting of prayer shawls or prayer squares (pocket-sized knitted squares) is done by volunteers at their leisure.  Twice a year all of the prayer shawls and squares are brought to Saint Paul Church for a special Mass, where they are blessed.  Anyone in need of a shawl or square to give to someone who needs comforting and prayer  - perhaps due to illness or the death of a loved one - can stop by the Scandinavian Home anytime and ask for the Chaplain, Mrs. Carol Huff (461-1433).  The prayer shawls and squares are available for FREE.  Donations of yarn, knitting or crocheting needles, or money are always gratefully accepted.

R.C.I.A. Team

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults prepares adults for initiation into the life of the Church. Parish volunteers work with Deacon Paul Shea, who leads our parish R.C.I.A. Team, helping to educate, support and welcome these new members into the Church.

Respect Life Committee

An active group that encourages parishioner participation through a wide variety of opportunities relating to respect for human life. A pro-life Mass is celebrated at 7:00AM the first Saturday of every month. The committee invites informed speakers to educate about life issues. Past topics have included capital punishment, legislative concerns for Catholics and end of life issues. A Rosary Network is in place whereby parishioners commit to praying the Rosary one day each month for the cause of life. The committee also organizes charitable activities each year.  Please contact Father Young for more information or to become involved.

St. Vincent DePaul Society and Food Pantry

Through parish collections, members of the Society provide temporary assistance to those in need and work in collaboration with neighborhood churches to support our ecumenical food pantry. 

Ushers

Ushers collect the offertory and assist as needed at parish liturgies.  New volunteers are always welcomed!  Please call the rectory for more information.

Vacation Bible Camp

Vacation Bible Camp is an opportunity for kids to have fun while learning and growing together in faith.  Scripture stories come to life, exciting games are played outdoors, there are movies, crafts, music, snacks and loads of fun.  All of this is tied together by a theme, which changes each year.  Camp is held for one week in late June or early July, from 8:30-11:30AM.  Camp is open to children who are entering KG through grade 5.  Middle school and high school students are encouraged to join in the fun as crew leaders and station assistants. Adult volunteers are always needed to plan, decorate and facilitate the camp.  Please contact Mrs. Bradley for more information or to become involved.

Youth Group

The youth group is open to all young people in grades 8-12.  Activities, service, and prayer come together in a fun way at each gathering.  Meetings usually take place after the 11:30AM Mass one Sunday each month.  New members are always welcomed!  Contact Father Young for more information.