Below is a list of established ministries. We also welcome general help with things like graphic design, marketing, advertising, videotaping, hospitality and more so if you have a skill that you think would benefit the parish community, by all means please contact Mary Campion 617-698-2439 firstname.lastname@example.org
ARTS AND ENVIRONMENT
Enhance our worship space to help each season come alive.
Anyone from high school age and up can join the group that arranges the church decorations which vary from season to season. Call the rectory 617-698-2439
Parents of infants about to be baptized participate in a discussion and instruction session. Adult men and women of all ages are needed to prepare these families. Contact Deacon Dan Sullivan 617-698-2439
This group assists grieving families with funeral and burial arrangements, providing families with a parish booklet to aid them as they make choices in readings and hymns for the funeral. Team members also assist at the wake and burial services. Contact Mary Campion 617-698-2439 x 209
Bingo is held every Monday night at 6:40 pm. Volunteers are needed for an hour or two once a month or whatever time you can offer. Proceeds support St. Agatha School. Contact Deacon Dan Sullivan 617-698-2439
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
This group offers support for persons affected by cancer: patients, survivors, caregivers, family members and friends. Participants encounter grace, solace and spiritual blessing to help cope with a cancer diagnosis through sacrament and prayer rooted in the Catholic faith. Volunteers are needed to join the planning board. Other ways to help include helping with refreshments, sending cards of encouragement, advertising, and more.
Contact: Mary Campion 617-698-2439 x209
We are all qualified and called by our Baptism to share faith with one another. Help our children grow in faith. There are excellent resources to assist catechists and the office will support you every step of the way. Call Ellen Cronin Grades 1-5 at 617-696-1388 or Mary Sheedy Gr 6-10 at 617-696-8978
CENTERING PRAYER GROUP
Meets at 7:15 pm in the rectory every Monday night. Centering prayer is a method of silent prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us. We read a scriptural passage and share reflections on it, followed by 20 minutes of silent meditation. Contact Linda Gray MacKay at 617-698-0487 or email@example.com
Extraordinary ministers are practicing Catholics who are comfortable with people, non-judgmental, hospitable and possess a reverence for the Eucharist. They must have received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, be at least sixteen years of age and participate regularly in the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church. Training is provided and scheduling compatible with your schedule.
Contact Deacon Dan Sullivan 617-698-2439
FAMILY MASS HOSPITALITY
Once a month after the 9 a.m. Mass we have coffee, tea and refreshments in the Gathering Space. If you wish to help serve, call the rectory 617-698-2439
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist bring Holy Communion to those who are sick or homebound. Contact Deacon Dan Sullivan 617-698-2439
“I AM SPECIAL PROGRAM”
Be part of the team for this Sunday morning program for 3-5 year olds centered on teaching children that God loves them. Takes places during the 9 a.m. Mass in the School Gym. Contact Mary Sheedy 617-696-8978
JUSTICE AND PEACE ADVISORY BOARD
This group leads the parish on how best to live its mission to live the WAY of Jesus Christ. It oversees smaller working groups to accomplish their goals. Meets 2-4 times per year. contact Mary Campion 617-698-2439 x209
Lectors proclaim the Scriptures and lead the Prayers of the Faithful when needed during liturgies. They must be confirmed Catholics, have a love for God's Word and be willing to prepare to proclaim the Word to the worshiping community. Training is provided. contact Mary Campion 617-698-2439 x209
MARRIAGE PREPARATION PROGRAM (Pre-Cana)
Married couples facilitate the program in a team format. Help engaged couples reflect on how they will communicate as a basis for their permanent and sacramental commitment to one another. The team includes young married couples and couples married for a number of years. Contact Deacon Dan Sullivan 617-698-2439
MEN’S PRAYER GROUP
Open to men 18 years old and above. They meet on Tuesday evenings in the rectory to read pray, meditate and discuss the Sunday Gospel reading. Contact the pastor at 617-698-2439
MINISTERS OF WELCOME
If you love talking to people, welcoming people at the doors of the church may be the ministry for you. This is a ministry of hospitality that is very important to our church community. High school age and older Contact Mary Sheedy 617-696-8978
Choirs proclaim Christ with their voices and sacred music. They encourage the participation of the faithful in singing during liturgies. St. Agatha parish has several choirs: children’s, traditional, and contemporary. Contact Agata Orzechowska, Director of Music for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org 617-698-2439 x117
PARISH NURSE PROGRAM
This volunteer program offers an atmosphere of compassion, understanding and instruction with regard to health and wellness issues. Nurses are available to take blood pressures once a week after the 9 a.m. Mass. If you are a Registered Nurse and would like to help out contact the rectory 617-698-2439
The parish Puppet Team presents a “Puppet Parable” once each month at the 9 am Family Mass on Sundays from October – June. Call Father Casey 617-698-2439 for more information.
RESPECT LIFE COMMITTEE
Help to promote the sanctity of all human life. The committee holds and annual “Baby Shower” every February. Baby items support pregnant women in need. Volunteers are needed for refreshments, decorating and advertising. Contact Mary Campion 617-698-2439 x209
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA)
The goal of this program is the assimilation of new members into our faith community. Candidates prepare for baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist through a process of study and worship over a period of several months. If you are Confirmed and wish to share your faith in a mentoring process contact the pastor at 617-698-2439 to discuss being part of the team.
SPIRITUALITY AND CREATIVITY GROUP
Socialize with other knitters, crocheters, needle workers and other crafters. Bring a project with you or come and learn as we have willing teachers. Meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 9:30 -11:00 a.m. in the Gathering Space or 7-9 pm in the rectory. The morning group also hand sews little white garments for infant baptism. Contact Kathy Monahan, administrative assistant for more information. 617-698-2439
Men and Women are both invited to participate in this ministry of welcome. Ushers assist at weekend Masses by welcoming people, assisting in seating, collecting the offering and distributing the parish bulletin. Contact the pastor at 617-698-2439.
Groups our parish has a connection with:
Caring Circle:The Caring Circle is a non-denominational outreach program designed to assist people within our area who need help. It is also a large network of caring individuals who have made a commitment to help those in need. We are affiliated with the three Catholic parishes in the area: Saint Agatha of Milton and Quincy; Saint Elizabeth of Milton and; Saint Mary of The Hills of Milton. People willing to drive seniors to appointments are the biggest present need. For more information go to http://mcccaringcircle.org
Haiti: In September of 2004, St Agatha Parish began a relationship with the St. Rock Haiti Foundation, founded by Ralph Stowe in Hull, MA. The foundation provides the only medical and dental services to an extremely poor area of Haiti. Before the clinic opened there was no health care. The website is www.strock.org. There is a fundraiser every year and other ways to get involved.
Legion of Mary: Parishioners devoted to honoring our Blessed Mother through spirituality, evangelization and outreach to those in need. Meets every Weds after the 9 am Mass. Contact Bill Capplis at 617-479-4250