On October 25-26, 2003, the Church of St. Paul held a Ministry Fair in the parish social hall after all masses. The purpose of the fair was to highlight the many ministries available in our parish.
The following is a list of the ministries represented, their mission statements, and a link to photos.
Aquinas Academy is our grade school centered on the Gospel and based on the values of our Catholic faith through Jesus Christ. Our learning environment promotes service, justice, and commitment to God. We believe that the Parish is integral to the family, and the schooling program is an extension of the parish in educating and reinforcing the Family of God. We desire to prepare our students for a "journey of a lifetime".
Central Catholic High School
GCC provides a Gospel-centered and value-based education that is a partnership between parents, students, educators, the diocese, and the community. It is a community of faith, providing a quality holistic education. We strive for each student to reach his or her potential and be empowered to succeed in our global community as responsible Christians.
Pastoral Council is designed primarily to envision, plan, and oversee the mission of the parish as an extension of the mission of Jesus. Through ongoing pastoral planning, our role is to maintain the integrity of the parish mission and the goals and objectives related to it.
Stewardship is a way of life, an attitude that all is gift. We therefore desire and are called to give back to the Lord in gratitude a portion of everything He has given to us, through the giving of our time, talent, and treasure. The Stewardship Council seeks to promote this way of life to our parishioners.
The purpose of the Facilities Management Committee here at St. Paul is to provide ongoing evaluation of our land and buildings. Our work includes identifying necessary maintenance projects, procuring and evaluating job bids to perform this work, and overseeing and working on minor repair projects. We seek to ensure a pleasing and comfortable environment for our parishioners as we all continue to live out our parish mission statement.
Marriage Preparation programs are not held for the purpose of telling engaged couples how to be married or avoid problems. We come to the engaged couple as witnesses of the living Sacrament of Matrimony and to share our reflections and experiences. it is our goal that all engaged couples realize that the real issue to be faced in this program is the couple's love for each other and how they will live out that love now as an engaged couple and later as husband and wife.
of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.)
R.C.I.A. is the way of introducing individuals to the Catholic Faith. It prepares candidates for membership with the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
Liturgy of the Word
Children's Liturgy of the Word provides an opportunity for those in grade K-5 to gather together during the 5:00 pm and 10:30 am Masses to hear the Word of God proclaimed to them in an age-appropriate manner. They hear the same readings as the rest of the assembly, but in simpler terms. We guide the children through their reflection on God's word, the primary purpose being to nurture their celebration of the mystery of God's presence in the word, and to facilitate the children's response in praise, gratitude, and good works.
Good Shepherd Catechesis is based on the Montessori method and is available for children beginning at age 3. The primary elements are a prepared environment and a trained catechist whose sources are Scripture and Liturgy.
Junior Youth Ministry is a weekly, multi-faceted faith formation experience for young people in grades 6 through 8 providing prayer, catechetical, social, and service opportunities.
The Church of St. Paul holds Saturday morning Religious Education sessions providing children with formal, personal, and communal opportunities for faith development and spiritual growth in the Catholic faith.
Youth Ministry encompasses service, catechism, spirituality, and social activities that promote high school-aged youth in the development of their Catholic faith. Youth Ministry is ministry by the youth for the youth.
Cantors and Organists provide musical support to the gathered Assembly, encouraging their full, active and conscious participation at all Eucharistic Liturgies.
The Funeral Choir assists the grieving members of a funeral assembly by leading the sung prayers of the funeral liturgy. It is a ministry of service, love, and support on behalf of the whole parish community.
The Funeral Altar Servers assist Father in serving the funeral masses.
Traditional Choir/Contemporary Choir & Instrumentalists/Children's Choir
In the adult, Contemporary, and Children's Choirs, we explore ways and opportunities to utilize the musical and artistic gifts, talents, and abilities of those among us. We promote the importance of choral music to the liturgy as well as being sensitive to which type of choir best fulfills the worship needs of our parish. All of our choirs have found families within our parish with whom they "make a joyful noise unto the Lord." Psalm 100:1
The Liturgical Environmentalists decorate the church for Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost, Advent, and Christmas. They also do light housekeeping of the church, sacristy, and vestibule.
The ushers have different functions at the Mass. We help people feel welcome and comfortable. We're alert to when someone may need Communion brought to their seat. We are aware of the Mass intention so that family members might have the opportunity to carry the gifts forward during the offertory. Ushers also help in collecting the offering.
As we enter the Church of St. Paul, the Holy Spirit fills our hearts with love, bringing us closer to God. The greeters welcome our church community to the house of God by offering love and friendship.
Ministers (at Mass & to the Homebound)
We, the Eucharistic Ministers of St. Paul Church, believe the Eucharist is Christ's greatest gift. It is a gift that makes the sacrifice of Jesus present for all time, giving strength and hope to all who take and eat His Body and drink His Precious Blood.
The Lectors proclaim the Word of God to the assembly during each Mass.
St. Vincent dePaul said: "The Confraternity of the Ladies of Charity sprang from God in order to honor our Lord Jesus Christ as the source and model of all Charity." The purpose of the association, then, is to imitate the Divine Savior in serving the poor, needy, and the sick, and in bringing them corporal and spiritual nourishment.
Prayer & Share is a Catholic, charismatic prayer community specially designed for those seeking the "Baptism in the Holy Spirit" and subsequent openness or yielding to the charismatic gifts.
The Men's Group meets at the Church of St. Paul every other Wednesday at 7:30 pm for praise, prayer, and discussion. We focus on the challenge of being Catholic men in today's society and how to bring the light of Jesus more meaningfully into our world.
& Donuts Ministry
The mission of the coffee & donuts ministry is to provide an opportunity for the parishioners of the Church of St. Paul to enjoy fellowship with one another. In addition to participating in the Sunday liturgy, socializing after Mass allows parishioners to extend their sense of community by rekindling old friendships and beginning new ones.
The Rosary Altar Society promotes devotion to the Blessed Mother. The Rosary is one of the oldes and most popular forms of private devotion. Mary leads us to her Son, as we are ever mindful of the mission He left to each of us.
The Goldenaires provide members an active social life and information affecting older citizens.
In April 2001, the Hospital Ministry was established for the parishioners of the Church of St. Paul who are willing to receive a visitor. After a brief conversation, the volunteer visitor asks if the parishioner would like to pray. In our prayer we ask for God's continued presence to sustain that person through wherever their condition is leading. The bedside prayer is a physical way of saying "You are not alone, God is always with you."
The Shopping Ministry assists parishioners who are either temporarily or permanently unable to shop for their basic necessities. What better way to spend a few hours than serving Jesus by shopping for parishioner?
This Ministry serves the people of the Church of St. Paul who are in need of assistance in completing small chores. By calling it's members, a schedule is created to help. This ministry answers Jesus' call to serve the people of our community.
The Prayer Chain exists in order to provide an organized way for a team of parishioners to pray for our members who have requested prayers. Three groups of men and women (about 10 per group) begin a chain every Wednesday. The first leader calls the second, the second calls, the third, then each leader begins the calls to the chain which is their group. Each person in the group calls the next in turn until the last on the list calls the leader to let them know the chain has been completed.
The Bereavement Team offers support to parishioners who have experienced the death of a loved one.
The purpose of the Church of St. Paul newsletter and website is to provide parishioners with a means to receive information on parish events and situations which can be featured in greater depth and by vehicles that are able to reach more parishioners than the Sunday bulletin.
This Ministry of Service provides assistance to those who are without a means of transportation to come to Mass.
The Meal Preparation Ministry provides a homecooked meal(s) to parishioners in time of need. It is the Holy Spirit truly working within us to reach out in generosity and caring for others.
St. Paul Blanket Ministry makes small (child- or lap-throw size) handmade blankets. These are then distributed to either parishioners (the newly baptized or elderly) or to the SW Pa./Northern W Va. Chapter of Project Linus. Project Linus provides handmade blankets to children who are critically ill or in a trauma situation. Our mission is to provide the warm comfort of a handmade "hug" to our own parishioners and to the community at large.
This ministry tries to reach out to parishioners who are not able to come to Mass. We desire to let them know that they are not alone and are important to the parish family.
Small groups of parishioners meet regularly in each other's homes to pray, read scripture, support one another, share stories of faith, and work together to put their faith into action. RENEW is a process guided by the Holy Spirit and focused on the love of God and the love of neighbor.
The Social Events Ministry at St. Paul's is designed to develop a sense of community and fellowship among our parishioners. We present a variety of events for families, youth, and adults.
The Grounds Beautification Committee is a small group of men and women who work as a team or individually to enhance and beautify the church property by weeding, planting, and mulching flower beds, shrubs, and trees.