Ministries

”A prayer that does not lead you to practical action for your brother

— the poor, the sick, those in need of help, a brother in difficulty —
is a sterile and incomplete prayer.”

--Pope Francis

Faith takes action at Saint Katharine Drexel Parish in the form of our many ministries, helping to meet the spiritual and material needs of our parishioners and our neighbors near and far.

There’s a place for you on one or more of these ministries.  Whatever your talents and experiences may be, however much or how little time you can spare, the men and women of our parish will welcome your participation.

For it is in giving that we receive,” said Saint Francis of Assisi.  Hundreds of men and women have experienced the truth of these words as members of our ministries.  Please call the parish office (875-2548) to discover for yourself how satisfying service in a ministry can be.  A partial list of ministries appears below:

Worship Ministries

Altar Servers
   Boys and girls in Grade 3 and older who assist the priest in the liturgy.
   Adults who assist at funerals and weekday Masses as Senior Altar Servers.
Eucharistic Adoration                        
   Forty Hours' Devotion.
   Weekly Eucharistic Adoration, every Friday after the morning Mass until 3:00 p.m.
Eucharistic Ministers
   Communion administered at Mass.
   Communion taken to those confined to home.
   Communion and Rosary services in Hospitals and Nursing Homes.
Children's Liturgy
Lectors
Music
   Cantors.
   Adult Choir.
   Children's Choir.
   Saint Katharine Drexel Singers, performing in nursing homes and other venues.
Prayer
   Divine Mercy Chaplet, praying together "for life" after Monday and Wednesday morning Mass.
   Divine Mercy Sunday.
   Perpetual Novena, during the morning Mass on Monday.
   Prayer Chain, interceding on behalf of parishioners with special intentions.
   Prayer Group, meeting Thursday nights at 7:00 in the Church for evangelical prayer.
   Prayer Shawls, made and blessed for those in need.
   Rosary, daily at 7:30 before morning Mass and at 6:30 on Thursdays in the Parish Hall. 
       Pro-Life Rosary, after morning Mass, second Wednesday of the month.

Sacristans             
   The Altar Society, preparing the Sanctuary for services.
   Decorators, designing and arranging decorations for Masses, Holidays, and special events.
Ushers

Service Ministries

Bereavement Committee, serving meals to families following funerals.
The Coat Rack, providing clothing to families and individuals in need.
Collections, ensuring the responsible accounting of the weekly Parish collections.
Gift Shop, providing books and sacred articles to assist parishioners in their worship.
Friendly Visitors are trained volunteers who regularly visit those homebound or isolated for a variety of reasons.
Knights of Columbus, New Hampshire's fastest growing chapter of the world's foremost
   Catholic fraternal benefit society.  Meetings at 7:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the
    month.
The Lighthouse, helping mothers and infants from conception "through Size 2."
Parish Relief Fund, assisting parishioners and others in our region with emergency needs.
Respect Life, working to protect the lives of the unborn, the elderly, the ill, and others at risk.

Community Ministries

Breakfast Committee, bringing the Parish community together between Sunday Masses for
   refreshment and friendship.
Giving Tree, providing presents to families in need to help them have a happy and holy
    Christmas.
Greeters, ensuring that the warm welcome for which our Parish is known begins outside the
    church before Mass.
Men's Group, welcoming all men to 7:00 Mass followed by refreshments and topical discussion
    on the first Saturday of the month.
Ushers
Women's Group, The Ladies of Saint Katharine Drexel, presenting a variety of religious and
    social events to benefit the Parish.
Welcoming Committee, giving newcomers a warm welcome and the information they need
    for active involvement.

Evangelizing Ministries

Book Study Group, guided study for adults interested in improving their understanding of
    their Faith.
Broadcasting weekly Masses, sermons, and other ceremonies.
Communications Committee, dedicated to improving evangelization through media new and
    old.
Evangelical Group, reaching out to others to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to the
    wider world.
Faith Formation, age-appropriate programs for lifelong faith, including instruction
    ("catechesis"), preparation for the Sacraments, and opportunities of active participation in
    Mass and Parish community events.
Library, providing free books, magazines, DVDs, and other media in support of the Faith.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults ("RCIA"), helping aspiring Catholics to prepare to join
    the Church.        

Leadership Ministries

Buildings and Grounds Committee, advising the Pastor on the planning and maintaining of
   our beautiful church and campus.
Finance Committee, advising the Pastor in planning, budgeting, and administering Parish
    resources.
Pastoral Council, advising the Pastor on the needs of the Parish, meeting at 4:00 on the third
    Thursday of the month.
Safe Environment Coordinator, keeping our Parishioners, our church, and our campus safe,
    secure, and healthy.

And...

These ministries welcome volunteers.  In addition, if you perceive a need and would like to establish a ministry to meet that need, the Parish welcomes your suggestions.  As Saint Peter himself said,

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,

as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms."

(1 Peter 4:10)