Ministries

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”  1 Peter 4:10

We are all blessed with unique interests and talents, and the Holy Spirit calls us to share them in different ways.  For those who want to participate but have limited time to dedicate, our parishes and school run an assortment of clothing and food drives, as well as almsgiving initiatives.  If you're looking for something more hands-on, consider joining one of our groups that serves meals at My Brother's Table in Lynn, becoming a Youth Ministry leader, or participating in our Justice for Jesus social justice ministry.  If circumstances require you to stick close to home, you might be interested in our Ministry of Consolation's work of sending cards and notes to those who are bereaved, or even starting a prayer line group. Of course, we are always looking for people to participate in liturgical roles such as lector, Eucharistic Minister, sacristan, usher, and greeter. If behind-the-scenes work fits you better, however, we welcome those interested in becoming offertory counters or caring for altar linens.

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Our Collaborative ministries continue to evolve to meet the needs of our faith community, and we welcome new ideas and initiatives. To our volunteers, we thank you for all the ways you serve Christ and his Church.  For more information about any of these ministries, please contact Donna Delahanty, Director of Parish Ministries.

 


Liturgical

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Altar Server - Youth and Adult

Youth Altar Servers are boys and girls, in Grade 4 and above, who assist the priest at Mass.

Adult Altar Servers are men and women who assist at Mass or Funeral Masses to enhance the worship of our faith community.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

CLOW offers young children an opportunity to experience the Word in a way that engages them at their level.  Volunteers of this ministry will teach them the Gospel in a way that is meaningful to them and support it with activities or worksheets. Children return to Mass after the General Intercessions.

Eucharistic Minister

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion serve the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass.

OLA Church decorated for Christmas 2016

Flower Ministry

These volunteers work with our regular florist to beautify our altar and church with flowers, plants, and seasonal decorations.

Greeter

Greeters warmly welcome parishioners as they enter the church for Mass.

Holy Water Font Care
Altar Linen Care

Although these behind-the-scenes ministries are often the most unsung, they are critical to the care of a House of God.  

Lector

Lectors are readers who proclaim the Scriptures at Mass and other services.

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Music Ministry

Our Collaborative has THREE choirs to “sing praises to God” (Psalm 47:6): 

  • Holy Spirit Ensemble — our Collaborative-wide, multi-generational, voice-and-instrument assemblage. Click here for HSE Choir Schedule
  • Angels in the Morning - our Collaborative children’s choir welcoming children in Grades K-8 from SMG parish, OLA parish, and OLA School. Click here for AIM Choir Schedule
  • Heavenly Praise - our OLA School Choir for students in Grades 1-8. Click here for HP Choir Schedule.

For more information, please contact Jayson Cote, Director of Liturgical Music, or Gina Kolenda, Choir Director.

Offertory Counter

These volunteers count the funds collected at Mass each week on a rotating schedule. It may not sound glamorous, but it's what keeps our parishes running.

Sacristan

Sacristan duties include preparing the altar for Mass and cleaning the vessels after Mass.

Usher

Ushers assist people to their seats if necessary, reach out to and instruct bearers of the gifts, take up the collection, and generally direct the flow in the church.

Wedding Coordinator

Our wedding coordinators help ensure that our brides and grooms are able to focus on the beautiful sacrament they are receiving by taking care of the details of the rehearsal and wedding ceremony.


Outreach

Justice for Jesus

Justice for Jesus with Fr. Don Phiri

Focusing on the Corporal Works of Mercy, this social justice group's mission is to follow Jesus as doers of the Word, to realize his vision of justice for the poor and marginalized in society.  Although sometimes this work manifests itself in asking people to “give” tangible items such as clothing or alms, what we’re truly seeking to “give” is justice for Jesus and to focus on following His example.  This means that nobody will ask you to do anything; members only need respond as they feel called by Christ. For more information, contact Linda Beaver.

Knights of Columbus

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The Knights of Columbus are an integral part of our faith community and are one of the oldest Catholic fraternal societies with charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism as its principles. Contact Ken Kasprzak regarding activities and membership.

Ministry of Consolation

The Ministry of Consolation provides bereavement and spiritual support to parishioners who have experienced the death of a family member or friend.  Volunteers can send notes and cards to bereaved parishioners from the comfort of their own home.  Please contact Maria Gagnon.

Ministry to the Sick and Homebound

Orla and Kate vising sick in hospital - Parable Picture

Our Collaborative provides pastoral care visits to the sick and homebound.  All volunteers are trained and asked to make a commitment of only one hour per month.  Family members may be trained specifically to bring Communion to a loved one who is homebound and unable to attend Mass on a weekly basis.  If you would like to volunteer or if you know of anyone who may benefit from a pastoral care visit, please contact Kate McGrath, Pastoral Care Coordinator.

Pastoral Care Resource booklet

My Brother's Table

Parishioners from both SMG and OLA volunteer their time at My Brother's Table in Lynn, whose mission is to nourish the body, mind, and spirit “through hospitality, free meals, and unconditional love.”  Four times a year, St. Maria Goretti volunteers prepare and serve a meal.  Service dates for 2019 are: February 26, May 20, August 27, and November 12.  If you are interested in helping out for a single shift or a full day, please contact Denis Kelley.  In conjunction with the Lynnfield St. Vincent de Paul, OLA volunteers serve supper on the last Thursday of each month.  For more information, contact Mike at 617-510-7139.

Prayer Shawl Ministry's Carol Farina 11/01/18Prayer Shawl Ministry

Volunteers of the Prayer Shawl Ministry knit and crochet blankets and shawls that are saturated with blessings and prayers for healing, peace, comfort, hope, and love. The group meets in the Collaborative Business Office dining room on the first and third Thursday of the month.  The blankets/shawls -- beautiful tokens of care for a new baby, a student heading off to college, or someone who is ill -- are available free of charge at the office for anyone in need of a healing “hug from God”, but donations to cover the cost of yarn are always welcome. For more information, please call Carol Farina.

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

The Saint Vincent de Paul Society helps families in need with emergency support such as food or home heating.  Additionally, the group supports a number of local charities, including the Greater Lynn Food Bank.  The Lynnfield Conference meets once a month at Our Lady of Assumption Church. For more information, please contact Mike Kwiatek.


Hospitality

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This ministry fosters community, welcomes individuals, and provides a space for the Holy Spirit to work among the people of St. Maria Goretti and Our Lady of the Assumption through fellowship and refreshment. It’s an excellent way for newcomers to meet members of the parish.  For SMG, contact Donna Hegan, Pastoral Associate. For OLA, contact Angela Siraco

Special Events

This ministry encourages our church family and broader community to gather, socialize, and build strong connections through a variety of parish events.


Parish Administration

Collaborative Pastoral Council

Consisting of representatives from both St. Maria Goretti and Our Lady of Assumption parishes, Pastoral Council volunteers serve as a steering committee for the spiritual health and well-being of the Collaborative.

Media Ministry

This ministry is charged with sharing the Collaborative’s good works and highlighting opportunities to grow in faith through photography, social media, and print and electronic communication. For more information, contact Marie Lagman, Director of Media Ministry.

Parish Finance Council

The Finance Council advises the Pastor on the financial matters of the parishes and school. It is responsible for monitoring all income and expenses, and approving the annual budgets. For more information, contact financecommittee@ola-smg.org.