Each of us has gifts and talents from Our Lord that He wants us to use to help spread His Word through our actions and example. Maybe you have a special gift you never thought about sharing with others. Maybe your "gift" is as simple as a smile, your excellent organizational skills, your singing, your interaction with children or your reverence. The list goes on and on! They're all gifts that can be used for the service of the Lord.
Following is a list of ministries and organizations available to you through our parish family. If you're interested in joining any of the following, please contact the person whose name appears below, or contact the parish office at 215-672-2881 for more information.
Altar Servers: Josh Jenkins 215-672-2881
All children of the parish beginning with fifth grade are eligible to become Altar Servers, the only requirements being the completion of a formal training program and a willingness to be of service at the Altar of the Lord.
Serving at the Altar is a special privilege. It allows you to be close to the altar, to carry the cross, to carry the light of Christ, to wear the robe of baptism, to hold the book of prayers, and to "swing the thing that makes the smoke" (the thurible). How wonderful it is to serve the Lord!
Boy Scouts of America - Troop 39: Steven McCann 215-917-1846
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
Carnival Committee: Glenn Kaiser firstname.lastname@example.org
Over 300 volunteers are needed to organize and staff our annual carnival, which is held on the parish grounds for one full week during early July. All parishioners are welcome to participate in monthly planning meetings beginning as early as January each year. Assistance is needed during May and June for setting up the carnival. During this time, all parishioners are asked to get involved and assist in whatever way possible. During the carnival week, volunteers are needed nightly to staff booths, as well as to prepare and serve food and beverages. Cooperation from all is needed in supporting the carnival through attendance with family and friends.
Besides being an important source of income for our parish, the carnival also serves as an annual event that brings our community together in fellowship and cooperation.
Volunteer catechists are the heart and soul of our Parish Religious Education Program. They are committed to presenting the message of Jesus Christ in word and deed. If you have a desire to share your faith and are confident and comfortable with a group of children, perhaps the Holy Spirit is prompting you! Catechist training and support are a vital part of our mission.
Catholic Youth Organization (C.Y.O.)
The C.Y.O. attempts to fulfill the needs of young people in five areas: social, spiritual, athletic, cultural and service. The organization is meant to assist the youth in finding their identity in Christ, in understanding their responsibility toward others, and in developing a well-rounded personality. C.Y.O. athletics and activities are open to all children of the parish in grades 5 through 8 and in some cases even at earlier ages. C.Y.O. activities include community service projects such as food and clothing collections, C.Y.O. Christmas party for underprivileged children, the Young Shepherds choir, and seasonal C.Y.O. Masses. Interested adults are encouraged to become members by helping with planning and executing the various programs or by acting as coaches.
Charismatic Prayer Group: Daniel Fanning 215-836-5107
The "Maranatha Prayer Group" provides an atmosphere where people may praise God with prayer and song, offer thanksgiving and petitions, hear teachings, and support, guide and direct each other in the Life in the Spirit. All are welcome to attend on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. (Rosary at 7:00 p.m.) in the Chapel.
EDGE: Suzie Connelly 215-654-0386
The Edge is a parish youth group dedicated to working with our 6th, 7th and 8th graders (both school and PREP). The Edge sponsors opportunities for spiritual, service and social activities. The group's activities are centered at St. Catherines but also reach out to the local Horsham community.
Extraordinary Ministers: Josh Jenkins 215-672-2881
These dedicated men and women assist in the distribution of Holy Communion during Mass and also bring Communion to the sick and infirmed at their homes on a weekly basis. Appointment by the Archbishop and a period of training precedes one's commissioning as a Special Minister of the Eucharist. Usually parishioners are contacted by the Pastor or Josh and invited to become an Extraordinary Minister.
Financial Council: Fr. Rymdeika, Moderator 215-672-2881
In accordance with the revised Code of Canon Law, our parish has established a council composed of men and women chosen by the Pastor who are to advise him in the financial matters of the parish. The Council meets once every month. Membership is by appointment from the Pastor.
Girls Scouts of the USA - Daisy Troop 707
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. www.girlscouts.org
Health Advisory Council: Anne McHugh 215-654-5181
The Health Advisory Council helps parishioners by increasing their awareness of health issues and aiding parishioners when necessary. The Council visits patients, helps with stroke assessments, problem solving, accompanying patients to doctors visits. The Health Advisory Council also plans Health Fairs for the parish.
Hospitality Committee: Ms. Mary Brown 215-675-3372
The main function of this group is to staff the Rectory on Sundays. Members work in teams from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on 2 to 3 Sundays per year. They greet visitors, answer phones, and assist with requests for Masses, sympathy cards, etc. Their most important focus is to register new parishioners, making them feel welcome in our parish community, answering questions, and providing information about all of our groups and activities. Occasionally, the committee assists with other parish events, such as helping to serve refreshments after the annual Christmas Concert and assisting the photographers with the parish directory. Men and women of all ages are invited to join this group, whose mission is to represent "the heart of St. Catherine of Siena" to the public and to the parish.
Knights of Columbus: Mr. Sean Connelly 215-641-1120
Founded by Father McGivney in 1882, the Knights of Columbus was formed in an effort to provide much needed security for widows and orphans of Catholic parishioners and to help Catholic men remain steadfast in their faith. Father McGivney's original idea grew quickly, becoming an order of Catholic men and their families, dedicated to promoting the concepts of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. Today, there are more than a million and a half members in over 10,500 councils worldwide. Members and their families donate their time and talents to a variety of causes, such as feeding the hungry, providing shelter for the homeless, fighting to protect the right to life of all individuals, involvement in the Aid for Friends program for elderly shut-ins, "Crusade for Life" pro-life efforts, Special Olympics, annual Easter egg hunts, support of parish programs, etc. Here at St. Catherine of Siena, the Fr. Joseph Keeney Council # 8530 meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the parish office. Any man over the age of 18 who is a witness to the Catholic faith is welcome. Website: Joseph P Keeney Council #8530 (Horsham, PA)
Lectors & Commentators: Mr. Walt Gozdan 215-657-5699
Commentators read the theme of the liturgy, announce the intention for the Mass, make announcements and perform other services as directed. Lectors proclaim the Word of God at Mass and other liturgical services. Lectors must be good public readers in order to announce the Good News to the people.
Miraculous Medal Novena
Every Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 7:15 p.m. in the Our Lady of the New Millennium Chapel, we gather to recite the Miraculous Medal Novena, followed by Benediction. Come join us!
Music Program: Mimi Drummond • 215-646-7105
Music and Liturgy are certainly the high-points of life here at St. Catherine's. People who gather for Sunday Liturgy are aided in their worship by our music program. A variety of musical forms enhances our Masses, from accompanist and leader of song, to choral groups and ensembles, to choirs. Anyone who has the gift of a singing voice or the ability to play a musical instrument is sure to find a group to his or her liking.
Parish Nurse Partners: Ms. Anne White 215-886-7273
The Parish Nurse Partners is a dedicated group of parishioners who contribute their time and talents by reaching out to the local community through prayerful concern and compassionate service. They are an excellent resource for information on health and wellness issues and community resources. They also provide 2-3 hour interim assistance/respite to those caring for a loved one, as well as spiritual support in times of illness or crisis.
Pastoral Council: Fr. Rymdeika, Moderator 215-672-2881
The Pastoral Council is the main advisory board to the pastor. Their concern is to help the pastor vision the direction of the parish in the years ahead as well as the present. They look at the spiritual, social, and structural needs of the parish. It is an elected position. Terms are for three years. Voting is done by the registered parishioners 18 years of age or older. This Council is mandated by Archdiocesan statutes.
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration: Sue Brinkmann 215-675-4078
Over 350 of our parishioners have chosen to express their love for the Eucharist by participating in round-the-clock adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Each adorer visits with the Blessed Sacrament for one hour once a week in Our Lady of the New Millennium Chapel adjacent to the Rectory (except during Sunday Masses--6:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.). We are always in need of additional scheduled adorers, particularly between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Whether you can commit to one hour a week or you only have a few minutes to spare, the door is always open if you'd like to spend some quiet time with the Lord.
Pre-Cana Team: Mr. & Mrs. Gary Ingersoll email@example.com
Married couples share their views on important aspects of married life with engaged couples who are preparing to marry in the Church. The Pre-Cana day is held twice a year from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (once in Fall and once in late Winter; 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). The day consists of presentations and discussions on communication, lifestyle, intimacy and spiritually.
Pre-Jordan Team: Deacon Mr. & Mrs. Urbanski 215-643-4663
The Pre-Jordan team consists of staff and families who have volunteered to assist in preparation of new parents for their child's baptism. Training is provided. Pre-Jordan classes are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory.
St. Vincent De Paul Society: Mr. William Gallagher 215-313-4158
Inspired by Gospel Values, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul , a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering service to the needy and suffering in the tradition of it’s founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, Saint Vincent de Paul. Society of St. Vincent de Paul Website
Ushers: Mr. Mike Barrilli 215-643-2295
Ushers assist in the orderly execution of the Church functions and celebrations. They also help by distributing the announcements after each Mass.
Youth Ministry: Mr. Tom Southard firstname.lastname@example.org
This ministry is focused on high school age youth. Our vision and mission is to empower young men and women to live as disciples of Christ through service to others, fellowship in the Lord's name, and Christian education. Our programs will be fun, educational, and spiritual.
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