› Share Your Time and Talent

Stewardship involves much more than sharing our treasure. It is a greater gift when we give ourselves—our time and talents. Below you will find brief descriptions of how to participate in the ministries, organizations, and groups within the parish. Our hope is that you will seriously consider committing your time and talent to the life of our parish. Our goal is that each person in the parish commit to at least one ministry, service or organization.

Our online volunteer form enables you to indicate your preference for a ministry, service or organization. You may direct your time and talent to as many as you feel you can incorporate into your life and time schedule. Please select each group that you would like to contact.

In addition, we may need people to help at a specific upcoming event. If so, we will describe the event and our needs below, and you will be able to select it on the online form.

Participate by volunteering:  · Sign-Up Online »      · Download PDF »

*Some volunteer opportunities require clearances: Safe Environment Policy »

Liturgical Ministries:

› Altar Servers

These boys and girls in 4th grade or higher assist the priest at weekend liturgies, weddings, funerals and special liturgical celebrations. We provide training several times a year.

› Music Ministers

Opportunities for adults and teens include the following: Cantor, 9 a.m. Contemporary Choir, 11 a.m. SATB Traditional Choir, and Instrumentalists. No audition is required for the Contemporary or Traditional Choirs.

› Music Ministry (Young People)

Middle school and high school age students are welcome to participate at the monthly 5 p.m. Saturday Youth Mass. Rehearsal is held at 3:30 pm prior to mass.

› Ministers of Holy Communion

Parishioners who distribute Holy Communion at weekend Masses, Holyday Masses and daily Mass. Some of the Eucharistic Ministers take communion to homebound parishioners and parishioners in hospitals and nursing homes.

› Ministers of Hospitality

Greeters: Adults, teens, or families who stand at the church entrances and extend simple hospitality to people as they enter and leave church.

Ushers: Men and women who welcome, seat, and assist those who come to our liturgies. They also take up the collection, ask people to be gift bearers, and stay after Mass to clean up and make order after each liturgy.

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› Ministers of the Word:

People who proclaim the Scriptures at our liturgies.

Lectors: People who proclaim the Scriptures at our weekend and special liturgies.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word: If you have a love for the Scriptures and would like to find creative ways to share their meaning with our children, please contact us. Adult and older teen leaders proclaim the Scriptures and explain them to the children in a separate space during the Sunday 9 a.m. Mass from September to June.

› Worship Committee:

We meet five or six times a year to organize details for each liturgical season’s Mass and prayer gatherings, enlisting the volunteer help of parishioners as needed.

 

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Education and Formation

› Adult Religious Education

Contact us if you would like to form a book club, discussion group, prayer or support group, organize a group retreat, or learn about other opportunities for adults to reflect together on our faith.

 

› Elementary Religious Education

We provide faith formation for students in grades K through 8. We offer traditional classroom models as well as home study and small group options. We are always in need of adults with a desire to invest in the future of our Catholic Church by sharing their faith with our young people. We need catechists, small group leaders and substitutes. We also need teen volunteers to assist with various program needs.

› Fox Chapel Area Women's Catholic Scripture Study

Women are invited to join us for an in-depth study of one book of the Bible each year (from September to May). In addition to learning so much about our Lord and His Church, you will also have a great opportunity to fellowship with other women in our community.

› Moms Uplifting Moms

We welcome all women in the parish as well as their friends who might not be parishioners. Moms join together in prayer and scripture study and enjoy a peaceful opportunity to read, discuss and reflect on the Word of God while their children enjoy the loving care of fellow parishioners. We meet in the Pastoral Center on Monday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 from late September to early December and from February to the beginning of May. While we hope you will join us weekly, we understand that often you are not the only one controlling your schedule. Weekly attendance is not mandatory and meaningful study is possible even if you are unable to attend weekly.

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› Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Help adults enter the Church by participating in a single session as a guest, preparing to be a catechist, sponsoring a candidate, or working on the RCIA coordinating team. Your time commitment is completely negotiable.

› Youth Ministry

We welcome adult volunteers. Youth Ministry is built upon relationships. The more adult volunteers that are involved, the better we are able to connect with our young church. Needs for adult volunteers range from chaperones, to drivers, providers of food, mentors and mission trip volunteers. If you have a listening ear, a few hours to spare and an interest in our young people then youth ministry is for you!

› Young Adult Ministry

Adults age 21 to 35, join us for social and volunteer activities and to participate in gatherings to discuss the adventure of living our faith today.

 

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Community and Outreach

› Aquinas Guild

Our members come together in monthly meetings from September to May to hear interesting speakers, to participate in an activity, or to share special luncheons. We also provide both members and guests opportunities to make new friends, to enrich their spiritual lives, and to support worthy projects. Watch the parish bulletin for announcements of each Aquinas Guild event. Women of the parish are always welcome to join as members or to attend any of the year's activities.

› Bereavement Ministry

Outreach groups do one or more of the following activities: plan parish bereavement-related events, send communications to the families, deliver food baskets in the name of the parish, sing at funerals with the Resurrection Choir, visit the funeral home or attend the funerals, lector at the funeral or act as hospitality ministers at funeral luncheons held in the Pastoral Center.

› Committee for Persons with a Disability

We work to ensure that all parishioners can participate fully in the liturgy and activities of the Church. We would be glad to hear from anyone who has needs or ideas.

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› Hope for Haiti Committee

New members and ideas are always welcome! We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM in the Pastoral Center for prayer, information sharing and project planning. Our major project is fundraising to support students at Good Samaritans School in St. Marc, Haiti. We also offer events and resources to increase our understanding of Haiti and our solidarity with the Haitian people.

› Ministry of Praise

Contact us to request a prayer list to pray at home or to submit a petition you would like us to pray for. People would be welcome to help assemble the mailings. The prayer list is mailed every two months.

› Respect Life Committee

New members are always welcome. Meetings are monthly on the third Tuesday at 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Pastoral Center. Parishioners help in many ways. Some attend meetings, some help with projects such as Baptism presentations, blood drives, collections for pregnancy centers, the annual disability Mass, voter registrations, the January pancake breakfast, the bus to the March for Life in Washington, or the White Ribbon Campaign against pornography.

› The St. Monica Society

We meet monthly to pray to St. Monica for the return of those who no longer participate in the Catholic Faith. Meetings are the first Saturday of every month, 9:40 to 11a.m. in the Pastoral Center. Service activities include visiting and sending cards to shut-ins. We also post the Christmas and Easter Liturgies in Aspinwall and the Fox Chapel Plaza.

› Society of St. Vincent de Paul

We provide temporary assistance for rent, food or utility bills. Our members also may visit shut-in parishioners at their home, hospital or nursing home.

› Welcome Committee

We reach out to new parish members and encourage them to take an active role in the parish. We host welcome breakfasts for new parishioners several times a year.

 

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