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Acolytes/Adult Servers – The instituted acolyte is appointed to assist the deacon and serve the priest in the celebration of the liturgy. Steve Genest, email@example.com
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.
ACTS Women’s Retreat - Fall 2017
ACTS Men’s Retreat - Fall 2017 - Timothy Wells, firstname.lastname@example.org
Altar Guild - This group focuses on the beauty and cleanliness of the altar and worship areas. We change the altar linens, water the plants and arrange flowers and generally keep the church organized and clean. Work days are Monday and Friday mornings after Mass. Guy Chason, email@example.com
Altar Linens - Care for and cleans the cloths used during Mass. LuAnn Galak, firstname.lastname@example.org
Altar Servers – View the Mass from a totally new vantage point! Young people, who have received their first communion, assist the clergy at the altar during Mass and liturgical celebrations. Training provided. Robert Wind, email@example.com
Art and Environment -Liturgical Environment Ministry - A quickly growing ministry of adults (women AND men) of all ages and abilities, serving together, and guided by the Holy Spirit to ensure that our Parish's sacred spaces, buildings and grounds simply and elegantly reflect each liturgical season of our Catholic faith. For more information, contact Catie MacKrell, (832) 703-7135 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Chaplet of Divine Mercy - Wednesdays, 7:35 pm – 8:00 pm, following 7:00 PM Mass in the Church. Prayers led by Barbara Czerneski or Ana Campbell, email@example.com
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. Nancy DeMatteo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hearts Afire – Parish-based Programs from the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception (HAPP®) is a bold and fresh approach to small group, parish-based, faith renewal programs. It is designed to help us live the complete Catholic life of faith, charity, and the sacraments. It's designed to set our hearts on fire with love of God and neighbor and to inspire us to works of mercy in our families, parishes, and communities. www.allheartsafire.org. Ellen Pavlich, email@example.com, or Don Fisher, firstname.lastname@example.org
Homiletic Scripture Study - We study the Sunday scriptures for 4 weeks in advance. We send our discussions to the Homilists to give them our input if they wish to use it in writing their homilies. We meet in the ministry house every Tuesday from 4:15-6:00 pm. John Baxter, email@example.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. Training provided. Please contact Greg Pekarcik, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men’s Holy Name Retreat – Participate, organize and help with the annual retreat that brings members of the parish together for a weekend of spiritual direction and friendship. Lonnie Minze, email@example.com
Mother of Perpetual Help - Our Mother of Perpetual Help, also known as Our Lady of Perpetual Help or Our Lady of Succour is a title given to the Blessed Mother by Pope Pius IX, in association with a sacred Byzantine icon dating back to the 14th century. For well over half a millennium, the faithful have flocked to images of Our Mother of Perpetual Help seeking 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 from for prayer and benediction is held every Wednesdays at 7:45pm, after the celebration of Mass and Divine Mercy Chaplet. Frederick Manuel, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Rosary Group - The Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercyis prayed in the church Monday through Friday following 8:30am Mass, from 9:15-10:00am. On Thursday evenings the Luminous Mysteries are prayed from 7:30pm – 8:30pm, in the church. All are encouraged by Our Blessed Mother to pray the Rosary. Ana Campbell email@example.com.
Roses of the Lamb – We are an intercessory prayer group of men and women devoted to both Our Blessed Mother Mary Rosa Mystica and Jesus, the Lamb of God. As the Perfect Intercessor, we pray through Mary to Jesus for our parish lifting up the prayer requests of parishioners and intentions placed in the St. Simon and Jude petition box. We invite you to join us in praying for our parish, in sharing our faith journeys and reflecting on the challenges of living as a Catholic in today's world. St. Paul tells us "With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit." (Eph 6:18)
Sacristan – The Sacristan prepares the Sanctuary for the Mass: Roman Missal & Lectionary in place; ciboria with hosts, small chalices with wine & priest's chalice in place; Sanctus bells in place; prepare incense when needed. After Mass they will clean the sacred vessels for the next Mass. Steve Genest, firstname.lastname@example.org
Spiritual Directors – Spiritual direction is increasingly sought by people today who desire to have a deeper relationship with God. 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. These meetings can be helpful during those times in which God seems distant, as well as when you are keenly aware of God's presence in your life. We provide one-on-one companionship for people who desire to have a deeper relationship with God. Pam and Jeff Proctor, email@example.com, Carolyn Pace, 936-242-1247, Candy Muse, firstname.lastname@example.org
Spiritual Growth- This committee works to develop parish spiritual opportunities and resources. The focus for this year will be the further development of retreats for adults and mornings of reflection. If interested, please contact Trey Mirenda, email@example.com
The Watchmen – The purpose of the Watchmen 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 6:00am with our Bibles for coffee and friendship in Christ. All men of faith are welcome in this group. Joe Till, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ushers – Help others to full participation in the mass by being a goodwill ambassador. Ushers help others find a place to sit, direct collection and Communion, and other duties. Jim Burkett, email@example.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 list of blessings attributed by devotees is endless: health restored, financial problems solved, gifts of peace of mind and soul and innumerable healings both physical and spiritual. The Filipino American Council schedules the Holy Child to visit the home of His devotees.
The Holy Child statue and prayer kit will remain in each home for two weeks which will then be collected by the devotion leader to travel to the next home. Frederick Manuel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vocations Ministry - This ministry supports vocations through prayer and activities in the parish and throughout the Diocese. Our goal is to help make Sts. Simon and Jude Parish aware we are all called to a vocation be it through a religious life, our professional life, or in our marriage. The Vocations Ministry meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm in Room Three. Mary Weaver, email@example.com.
Wedding Coordination – Coordinate the events taking place inside the church from rehearsal to wedding ceremony. Works with photographers, videographers, and works with musicians to assure a smooth running wedding. Mary Pritchard, 281-546-9783, firstname.lastname@example.org
Women’s Holy Name Retreat – Holy Name Retreat Center is 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. Matilda Minze, email@example.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 conducive to help you to open your heart and mind to God. Cindy Boudreaux, firstname.lastname@example.org or Pam Proctor, email@example.com