Liturgies, Retreats, Devotions, Novenas, Prayers

Make disciples by promoting a personal relationship with God through worship, prayer and reflection. 

                                                                    Chairs: Guy Chason, catguy001@aol.com                                                                                             Greg Pekarcik, gregojanina@yahoo.com

liturgical ministries

Acolytes/Adult Servers - The instituted acolyte is appointed to assist the deacon and serve the priest in the celebration of the liturgy. Steve Genest, genest03@yahoo.com.

Altar Servers - View the Mass from a totally new vantage point! People of all ages, including adults, may assist the clergy at the altar during Mass and liturgical celebrations. Robert Wind, leojmj@att.net

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion - Confirmed Catholics with a special love and devotion to the Eucharist assist with the sharing of the Body and Blood of Christ. We need Ministers during Mass and for special outreach to the sick or home-bound. Nancy DeMatteondematteo@interconcec.com

Lectors - If you are reasonably familiar with the Scriptures, have received the Sacrament of Confirmation and are comfortable as a public speaker, please consider joining the Lector Ministry to proclaim the Word of God to the assembly gathered for the celebration for the mass. Larry Angelo, lfangelo@gmail.com

Music Ministry - Come and make a joyful noise with SSJ Music Ministry. We are always looking for singers and instrumentalists for one of our weekend choirs, our funeral choir, or young voices for our Children's Choir. Donna Finney, finneyd@ssjwoodlands.com

Sacristans - Prepare the Sanctuary for the mass and after mass clean the sacred vessels for the next mass. Steve Genestgenest03@yahoo.com

Ushers - Ministers of hospitality serving our Parish in full participation of the mass. Greet, support liturgy, collections, communion and distribute bulletins along with helping after mass clean up and hospitality. Jim Burkett jfburk@sbcglobal.net

liturgical support

Altar Linens - Care for and clean the linen cloths used during Mass. Contact LuAnn Galak lagalikms@yahoo.com

Art and Environment -Liturgical Environment Ministry - Focus on the beauty of the altar and worship areas. Work days are Tuesday at noon and Saturday mornings after mass. Catie MacKrell, catiemackrell@yahoo.com

Planning Teams - Seasonal and special liturgical event teams that work in advance in preparation and implementation of Advent, Lent, Novenas and more throughout the year. Guy Chason, catguy001@aol.com

spiritual support

Chaplet of Divine Mercy - Wednesdays, 7:35 pm - 8:00 pm, following 7:00 pm mass in the Church. The Divine Mercy Chaplet was given by Jesus to Sister Faustina, a young Polish girl, in 1935. According to her Diary, the Lord said "encourage souls to say the Chaplet...whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of our death." Barbara Czerneski, Barbara.czerneski@att.net

Mother of Perpetual Help - For half a millennium, the faithful have sought her intercession for a wide range of petitions including for strength, comfort, protection, healing, maternal guidance, and freedom from temptations. Countless miracles over the centuries have been attributed through the intercession of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Join us for prayer and benediction held every Wednesday at 7:45 pm, after the celebration of mass and Divine Mercy Chaplet. Frederick Manuel, frederickmanuel@yahoo.com

Visiting Holy Child (Santo Nino) - The special devotion to the Holy Child originated with the Carmelites in the city of Prague in the beginning of the 17th century. In one of His apparitions He said "The more you honor Me, the more I will bless you." The Filipino Council schedules the Holy Child statue and prayer kit to visit the home of His devotees for two weeks. Frederick Manuel, frederickmanuel@yahoo.com

prayer groups

Hearts Afire - is a multi-media approach for small groups. It is designed to help us understand and live our Catholic faith, set our hearts on fire with love of God and neighbor, and inspire us to serve others. Ellen Pavlich, elpavlich@gmail.com or Joe Donahue, joeshaun@att.net

Homiletic Scripture Study - A study of the Sunday scriptures 4 weeks in advance. We share our discussions to the Homilists for input to use it in preparing homilies. We meet in the Ministry House every Tuesday from 4:15-6:00 pm. William Grattendick, desotowag@sbcglobal.net.

Ora Pro Nobis - is a Latin phrase that means Pray for Us. Through Intercessory prayer we join with Our Lord, Jesus Christ who "lives forever" and intercedes for all who come to God through him. (Hebrews 7:25) As the Body of Christ, we lift up our prayer requests to God because we believe that we are 'sent forth' as apostles to bring the message of the Gospel of mercy and salvation to all, by our words and by our actions. This Intercessory Prayer Ministry is a loving witness to the Awesome Healing Power of God and we encourage you to join and pray with us! Joanne and John Yantosca, prayers@ssjwoodlands.com

Rosary Group - The Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed in the church Monday through Friday following 8:30 am Mass, from 9:15-10:00 am. On Thursday evenings the Luminous Mysteries are prayed from 7:30-8:30 pm, in the church. Ana Campbell, azc4@att.net

Roses of the Lamb - We pray the Chaplet of Tears asking the Blessed Virgin "Rosa Mystica" to intercede for all petitions in the box and many other prayer requests. This is an opportunity to experience the power of group prayer. Our group meets Mondays at 7:00 pm in the church. Kendall Lasseigne, Kendell.lasseigne@gmail.com, Eddie Scales, ed-e@comcast.net, or Marian Feste, mbfeste@hotmail.com

The Watchmen - Our purpose is for men of Sts. Simon and Jude to connect on a regular basis. We join together in prayer, meditation, and support of each other. Our focus is on prayer, scripture, traditions and our role as Catholic Men. We meet in Room 3 each Friday morning before the work day at 6:00 am with out Bibles for coffee and friendship in Christ. All men of faith are welcome in this group. Joe Till, till34@yahoo.com

retreat planning

ACTS Retreat Planning Committee - Once a person attends an ACTS Retreat, it is usual for them to want to share their gifts for the Spirit by participating in different ministries in their parish or participating as an ACTS Team Member on a future retreat. Tim Wells, timothy.wells@me.com or Michelle Charnisky, mma_04lady@yahoo.com

Men's Holy Name Retreat - Participate, organize and assist with the annual retreat. This wonderful annual weekend provides spiritual direction and fellowship for our men in a beautiful 10 acre setting. Lonnie Minze, lonnieminze@gmail.com

Women's Holy Name Retreat - Located on 10 wooded acres with beautiful gardens, which provides a very peaceful and prayerful setting. The Women's Holy Name Retreat Weekend is an opportunity to bring women of the parish together for a weekend of spiritual direction and friendship. Maxine Mueller, Maxine.mueller@gmail.com

Women's Retreat - Cenacle - Here you will find sacred spaces that are ideal for prayer and meditation - whether in the chapel or out on the grounds. You might listen to the gentle splash of a fountain, walk the labyrinth, relax in a hammock, meander along garden pathways or pray with the outdoor Stations of the Cross and Stations of Light. Wherever you go, you will find a setting that is conductive to help you to open your heart and mind to God. Cindy Boudreaux, ccboudreaux@att.net or Pam Proctor, proctor89@gmail.com

spiritual growth

Spiritual Directors - The gift of spiritual direction is the process of deepening your relationship with God. It is a privileged time and place to confidentially reflect upon this relationship in the company of a trusted person, always keeping in mind that the Holy Spirit is the true director. We provide one-on-one companionship for people who desire to have a deeper relationship with God. Pam and Jeff Proctor, proctor89@gmail.com, Carolyn Pace, 936-242-1247, or Candy Muse, candymusetexas@yahoo.com