Pastoral Council

Many things happen in a parish because people are willing to be involved in planning and implementing programs, projects and events. Discussion and sharing of ideas, information and a keen interest in carrying out the mission of Jesus are vital to the work of the Council and Committees. The Council meets monthly as necessary. Committees meet every two months. Please give careful consideration to joining the Council or a Committee.

Christian Edu. Committee Communications Committee Hospitality Committee
Social Concerns Spiritual Life Stewardship Committee

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lilyChristian Education Committee

Faith Formation

(Grades Pre-K-8)
Bringing home and parish together as we present the teachings and practices of the Catholic Faith and the Sunday Gospel message.

Volunteers: Catechists & Assistants
Crossing Guards (At Dismissal)

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

(For: Children Pre-K Kdg. & Gr. 1)
During the 9:30 Mass on the 1st Sunday of the Month, children are dismissed after the Opening Prayer to listen to the day’s Scripture Readings. A Leader assists them in sharing what they have heard and helps them recognize what God is saying to them and how they can apply the message to their life.

Volunteers: Leaders & Assistants

High School “GIFT” Program

(Growing In Faith Together)
Bi-monthly program for teens. Topics relevant to teens are presented by a team of committed adults who offer opportunities to share, discuss, pray and grow in understanding and living our Catholic faith in today’s world.

Volunteers: Team Members

Bible Study - Scripture Faith Sharing

Bible Study is offered on the 2nd & 4th Monday of the month at 7:30 PM. Faith Sharing on the Sunday Gospel is offered on Tuesday mornings at 11 AM. Discussion and sharing on the Sunday Readings is held on the 2nd & 4th Fridays at 8:30 AM.

Fostering Faith

Monthly program for parents and interested parishioners who come together to discuss related topics that foster the sharing of faith, Christian values and morals in the home. Ideas are shared about how to integrate the Catholic faith with living a life of holiness.

RCIA

(Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
For those interested in joining the Catholic Church, want to learn about the Catholic faith, or desire to complete full initiation into the Church through Confirmation.

Library & Library

Books, videos and CD’s related to the Catholic faith, the Saints, the Sacraments, Scripture, etc. are available for parishioners to borrow. Located in the foyer of Padua Hall, the library is open to all parishioners.

Volunteers: Those interested in maintaining the library and selecting a display of material to coincide with special events.

Baptism Preparation

Sessions are held every two months for parents desiring to have children baptized. Godparents are also welcome. The purpose of the program is to help parents be renewed in their Catholic faith and understand the meaning of the Sacrament of Baptism.

Volunteers: Team Members & Childcare

Special Educational Events

The Christian Education Committee sponsors special events throughout the year in an effort to creatively present the Catholic faith to the people of the parish. Speakers, Dinner Theater productions, etc. are examples of our effort to address the ongoing process of learning about our faith.

Volunteers: Members willing to join this committee and explore programs and opportunities to learn about our Catholic faith.

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lilyCommunications Committee

Regina Fisher, Liaison to Pastoral Council

The purpose of the Communications Committee is to reach out to parishioners and provide information through various media such as: the weekly bulletin, the Web site, flyers, brochures, etc.
Our committee is searching for parishioners interested in volunteering a small amount their time and that are blessed with experience or talent in the following areas:

  • Graphic Arts
  • Graphic Designers
  • Writers and Proofreaders
  • Coordinators
  • Web Developers
  • Web Designers
  • Content Managers
  • Researchers
  • Photographers
  • Ideas!

If you are interested in helping with any of these areas,
contact Sr. Ann at 443-646-5725 or srann@stanthonycal.us

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lilyHospitality Committee

Delores Shaut, Liaison to Pastoral Council

Our Mission: To foster a sense of community at St. Anthony’s by providing a welcoming atmosphere, and coordinating a variety of “meet and greets” and planned social events.

Greeters

At each Mass or scheduled event, members greet those entering the church with a welcoming smile and message. All greeters are asked to wear a name tag. A greeter schedule is maintained and published on the parish website.

Hospitality Sunday

On the fourth Sunday of each month, refreshments are offered after each Mass. Members contact baker volunteers to provide bake goods, assist with set up and clean up, greet parishioners, and replenish refreshment tables. All members are asked to wear name tags during the event.

Reception for New Parishioners

A meet and greet is scheduled periodically after Mass to welcome new members of the parish. A welcoming packet is provided and newcomers are encouraged to wear name tags. Members contact baker volunteers to provide bake goods, assist with set up and clean up, greet parishioners, and replenish the refreshment tables. All members are asked to wear name tags during the event.

Parish Picnic

The parish picnic is held annually in September. It is coordinated with the Knights of Columbus for food preparation and set up assistance. Parishioners are asked to bring side dishes and desserts. Members assist with picnic sign-up, and solicit for volunteers to help plan and work activities and crafts, and to provide setup and clean up assistance.

Pot Luck Dinner Theater

The Pot Luck Dinner Theater is co-sponsored with the Christian Education Committee to provide religious education through theatrical entertainment over a festive meal. This social gathering and teaching event is scheduled periodically as the church calendar permits. Parishioners as asked to bring main dishes, sides, or salads enough to feed eight. Desserts are provided by contacting baker volunteers. Members assist with sign-up, set-up and clean- up, and must wear name tags during the event.

If you can help with these activities or would like to join the Hospitality Committee,
contact Sr. Ann at 443-646-5725 or srann@stanthonycal.us

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lilySocial Concerns Committee

Michael Parrish, Liaison to Pastoral Council

The Social Concerns Committee coordinates the following:
Giving Tree
Provides gifts for the needy from St. Bernadine’s Parish, Birthright,
and those served by the parish Ladies of Charity. Includes preparing name tags and envelopes for the tree, collecting, sorting and delivering the gifts from our generous parishioners before Christmas.
Saint Bernadine’s Parish
Publicize, coordinate and deliver monthly food donations to our sister parish in need. These donations are needed and greatly appreciated.
Spiritual Adoption of Unborn Baby
This Program encourages parishioners to spiritually adopt and pray daily for an unborn baby who is in danger of being aborted. Fill out a pledge card in Jan. and pray daily for an unborn baby.
Bereavement (Sub-Committee)
Members reach out to parishioners who have lost a loved one. They offer assistance through phone calls and visits. Periodic meetings are held to discuss issues related to this work. Committee attends gatherings every three months with family members to offer additional support.
Legislative Advocacy Program (Sub-Committee)
Seeks to educate and organize parishioners concerning legal issues at all government levels affected by the values of our faith.
On Going Volunteer Program
Visit parish shut-ins as needs arise.
Assist in Habitat for Humanity or Christmas in April projects.

Will you help us with these activities? Or, if you have other suggestions,
contact Sr. Ann at 443-646-5725 or srann@stanthonycal.us

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lilySpiritual Life Committee

Maria LoVecchio, Liaison to Pastoral Council

Spirituality is the way we integrate Christian knowledge and values into our daily living and prayer.

Thus the Spiritual Life Committee has the following goals:

  1. Increase understanding of different forms of prayer and spirituality
  2. Promote greater understanding of the sacraments
  3. Continue to promote attendance at Eucharistic Adoration
  4. Discuss and Plan Upcoming Liturgical events

During the past year, Spiritual Life Committee activities included:

  • Providing reports on the lives of the saints in an effort to help individual parishioners integrate the message and values of the saints in their daily words and actions.
  • Promoting attendance at Eucharistic Adoration, which is held on the first Monday of each month and other special occasions. We prepared information and participated in the “Light is On” program throughout the Lenten season.
  • Planning for upcoming liturgical events by: providing books and other materials for parishioners during the Lenten season; cleaning and decorating the church for Christmas and Easter; and preparing a flyer for the feast of Corpus Christi.
  • Providing opportunities that encouraged parishioners to use a variety of prayer styles, e.g. Liturgy of the Hours, Scripture sharing, and Adoration.
  • Establishing a Spiritual Book Club that meets at least four times a year.

New Members are ALWAYS Welcome
For additional information about the Spiritual Life Committee,
contact Sister Ann at (443) 646-5725 srann@stanthonycal.us

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lilyThe Stewardship Committee

Kathy Goshen, Liaison to Pastoral Council

The Stewardship Committee coordinates the Volunteer efforts of the Parish:

Please click here to print and fill out a Volunteer form and put it in Sister Ann's mail box found at the front door of the Religious Education Center. Alternatively, after filling out the form you can email the form to Sister Ann by clicking here. Someone will contact you with more details. Thank you for your consideration for volunteering for one of St. Anthony's Ministries.

Faith Formation

CATECHIST * (Teacher of Faith) (Grades Pre-K to Eight) Teach weekly classes to educate the children in the Catholic faith; form them in prayer, liturgy and service.

ASSISTANT * - offer assistance to the catechist and children in the classroom setting.

YOUTH LEADER * - (High School Adult Team Member) – teach and work with parish teens in bi-monthly sessions, annual retreat and other occasions.

BAPTISM TEAM – join with other team members in providing instruction for parents in preparation for Baptism. Information and materials are provided. Other volunteers assist the team in welcoming parents, setting up the room, helping with childcare, etc. Sessions are held every two months on Sat. mornings.

RCIA TEAM MEMBER – attends weekly sessions and participates with coordinator in sharing faith with adults who wish to join the church.

CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD * – assists in helping children leave and return to Church the first Sunday of the Month during the 9:30 Mass as they listen and reflect on the Scripture Readings.

* Fingerprinting and background check by the Archdiocese are required for all who have contact with children

Worship Ministry

(Schedules are coordinated by a facilitator)

ALTAR SERVER – young people (Grades Three – High School) assist the priest during Mass; training provided in the Fall.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTER – Ministers are appointed and trained by the pastor.

GREETER – welcomes parishioners coming to Mass and  other special occasions. Children & Families can assist.

LECTOR – proclaims the Scripture readings during Mass. Training is provided.  Teens are most welcome!

USHER – assists in seating – take up collection – coordinate Offertory Procession - distribute bulletins & offer other forms of assistance (regular commitment needed).

Music Ministry

(Coordinated by the Director of Music & Folk Group)

CHOIR MEMBER - sings during parish Masses & other liturgical events (attends weekly rehearsals).

FOLK GROUP– participates in singing or playing music    instruments monthly during Masses (rehearsal sessions).

LEADER OF SONG – reads the Mass Introduction and leads the congregation in singing during Mass.

MUSICIAN: Specify Instrument – plays during Mass, Faith Formation class, prayer services and other events.

On-going Needs

(Regular schedules coordinated by facilitators)

ALTAR LINENS – launders the linens and towels used for Mass.

BEREAVEMENT - outreach to individuals & families of the deceased.  This is a sub-committee of the Social Concerns Committee.

CHILDCARE –provide childcare during parish meetings and events as needed (fingerprinting and background check required).

CROSSING GUARDS – assist children and parents    using the cross walk after Faith Formation classes.

FOOD PANTRY – assist with food distribution: Monday evening or Tuesday  (Ladies of Charity).

MEDIA CENTER – maintain organization and use of   parish library and media center. This area of service is connected to the Christian Education Committee.

PARISH GROUNDS – adopt and maintain “flower beds” and outdoor areas of parish property.

Short Term Needs

(You will be contacted by phone or e-mail)

ADULT ALTAR SERVERS – assist during funeral Masses and on other special occasions.

BAKING – provide baked goods upon request for hospitality Sunday and other occasions.

CLEAN-UP DAYS (Fall & Spring) - help maintain parish grounds with weeding, trimming, etc.   

MEALS – provide occasional meals for families and individuals needing help during family sickness, etc.

PADUA HALL HELP – set up & clean up for special events.

PADUA HALL KITCHEN ASSISTANCE – help prepare and serve food for special functions.

PARISH PICNIC – (held in Sept.) assist in a variety of ways; annual flyer will provide specific information.

PHOTOGRAPHER – take pictures of events and programs that take place in the parish.

Forms are available in the foyer of Padua Hall. Share your TIME and TALENT!

“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10)
Special Request: The Stewardship Committee needs additional members.
Contact Sr. Ann at 443-646-5725 or srann@stanthonycal.us

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