To prayerfully foster the awareness, promotion and support of vocations through, education, action and affirmation.
With the HOLY SPIRIT, we will create a culture that responds to and supports each persons’ call to holiness;
Married, Single, Consecrated, Religious, Deacon, Priest.
For a long time, we have been praying for vocations. The Parishes’ newly formed Vocation Ministry with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, will help us understand what a vocation means and entails.
Check out the bulletin boards at the front of both churches, they are loaded with pictures of young people from the Diocese of Ogdensburg who are discerning a Vocation in the priesthood or religious life. Please keep these young people in your prayers while they discern a very important decision. If you are contemplating this important Vocation, please contact Father Decker @ 315- 232-2392.
God gives us gifts to be shared. Our parishes have many lay people who through their service to the church enhance our liturgies, reach out to others, and promote the faith. Are you called to serve your church? In our parishes, Commission Lay Ministers serve at Liturgies, visit and bring Holy Communion to the homebound, are catechists, serve on parish council, and are active in many parish activities and ministries. The Commissioned Lay Ministry Program offered through the Diocese is a 2-year program of study in which participant learn more about and grow in their faith, allowing them to better serve at the parish level. For more information, speak to the pastor or visit the Diocese of Ogdensburg website at www.rcdony.org/formation or call 315-393-2920.
Youth who have received the Sacrament of First Communion are encouraged to be Altar Servers. Altar Servers assist at Liturgies at both parishes. What a wonderful way for children to participate in the Mass! Training is provided by our Deacon.
"When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his word, proclaims the Gospel." (General Instruction of the Roman Missal no. 29).
The Lector proclaims the first and second readings from Sacred Scripture. He may also announce the Intentions and, if not done by the cantor, may read the Psalm. Training is available by the Deacon.
"Ask the Holy Spirit to be with you, that His flame be bright in your heart as you joyfully
proclaim His Word."
The lay people build up the Body of Christ in our parish by participating in various ministries. These include: ministers at Mass (greeter, lector, altar server, Extraordinary Minister of Communion, music ministry). Other ministries include:
cleaning the church, altar linens, flowers for the altar, small sewing projects, office help, landscaping, visiting shut-ins, small carpentry projects, fundraising, preparing food for social functions.
Nina Hershey, a commissioned lay minister, provides help to families with various needs. Her number is (315) 938-7363.
The Msgr. T. Walter Cleary Council 7364 meets on the first and third Monday of each month. The first Monday includes a business meeting by members. Families are invited on the third Monday to participate in the Parish Holy Hour at St. Cecilia’s
with Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction.
The Knights of Columbus are the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization. Membership is open to “practical Catholic” men at least 18 years of age. It’s a wonderful way to make new Catholic friends and to get involved in service to the Church and its mission, and we’re always open to new members. Learn a little about the history of K of C in this Wikipedia article.
Visit the Knight of Columbus website.
Anyone who has a loved one confined to home is invited to contact the office to arrange for a Eucharistic Minister to bring Communion. Due to the HIPA laws, we are not aware of all those hospitalized, if you have a loved one hospitalized and in need of the Sacrament of Anointing please, contact the parish office.
The Society organizes the coffee hours held in the annex during fall and winter. They hold bake sales on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend Masses, with proceeds used towards local charitable organizations in Jefferson County. Meetings are held in the church, on Sundays after Mass, as needed. All ladies of the parish are welcome to join us.
RCIA is a journey unlike any other in this world. It is a journey from death to life, from darkness to light, from partial truth to the fullness of truth, from the kingdom of man to the kingdom of God. The fullness of this journey is found in one place on earth, The Roman Catholic Church. (Cf. Romans 5:21; John 8:3, 14:6; Luke 17:20-21) Welcome Home classes will be offered for anyone interested in becoming a Catholic. Join us in a relaxed, open and spiritual environment. We will follow the school calendar. Our adult leaders follow the structure of our Catholic faith. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact the office at 315-232-2392.
Thinking about joining the Catholic Church but not sure where to start? The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Inquiry stage is the starting place for adults who are thinking about entering the Catholic Church. Are you a Catholic adult who never made your confirmation? Don’t let that stop you from learning more about your Catholic faith and fully participating in Parish life. All are welcome!
Our Christian Formation Program includes students in grades K to 10th grade and all adults interested in building their faith. Classes are held from September to May, generally around the school schedule. To register a student, please contact
the Christian Formation Director, Mrs. Laura Mallan at the Parish Office.
Download the registration form: Religious Education Registration Form.
Open to all youth in grades 6 to 12 with various events and activities through the year for them to participate in. We welcome all youth to take advantage of this experience and to join us anytime during the year for new and exciting adventures. We are in the process of reorganizing this group.
They have attended Youth Masses and travelled to NYC to see the Pope, Kingdom Bound, and Steubenville East. They help others by preparing Christmas goodies for shut-ins and care packages for college students. They attended a “lock-in” in October. On January 18, 2015, ten members of our youth group, along with their chaperones, travelled to Washington DC to participate in the March for Life. They saw some of the sights, participated in the rally and attended the March for Life with hundreds of thousands of others to witness to their faith and defend life. What a wonderful testimony.
Everyone is invited to participate in any of the various ministries. We have regular training for lectors and eucharistic ministers. We are always in need of ushers, greeters, altar servers and musicians as well. If you are
interested in participating in any of these ministries or would like more information about any of them feel free to contact us.
We are most blessed and fortunate to have two volunteers that format each church ministry schedule. Please feel free to contact them with any questions or changes. If you are unable to serve in your ministry, please arrange for your substitute.
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR CONTINUED “STEWARDSHIP”.