Ministries

WORSHIP

 

Altar Servers: Being an Altar Server is a special and priveged ministry of the church.  The altar server assist the celebrant during Holy Mass and other Religious Services.

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist:  Being an Eucharistic Minister is another ministry of the church.  These men and women assist the priests in the distribution of the Eucharist at all Masses.

Sick and Homebound: Some of the Eucharistic Ministers also help in bringing the Eucharist, the Word of God and news of parish activites to those who are confined to their home or senior residences.

Lectors:  The primary role of a lector is to proclaim the Word of God during the Eucharistic celebration.  These men and women also serve the parish community by greeting the congregation amd making other announcements.

USHERS:  These men and women greet parishioners and visitors at all Liturgical Services.  They place church bulletins at all cvhurch entrances, take up collections and assist people with seating at heavily attended services.

CHOIR:  St. Augustine once said, "To sing is to pray twice."  These men and women enhance and contribute tot he Worship of the Lord at Liturgical Services and other special functions through the form of music and singing.

YOUTH CHOIR:  Youth and High Schoolers practice 2 times a month and sing at the 9:00 AM Family Mass and other special occassions.

 

FORMATION

 

Religious Education Program:  This is a program of general religious instruction which provides the child with an understanding of the Gospel message, the basics of the Catholic faith and prepares them for the Sacraments.

RCIA - The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults offers adult the opportunity to learn about the Catholic faith. It is designed for those who were never baptized in another Christian faith or those who have not received all the Sacraments of Christian Initiation.

YOUTH GROUP:  Pre-teens and teenagers realize that they are a vital parrt of the parish community by participating in various services.  Our youth come together to learn and live their faith and to discover their special gifts and share them in a healthy Christian way.

BIBLE STUDY:  Members of this group gather on a regular basis and study various books of the Scared Scripture though reading and discussion with the goal of gaining a greater love and understanding of God's Word to mankind.

M.O.S.T.:  Men of St. Thoms meet each Saturday morning to discuss a passage of Sacred Scripture and how it applies to their dailey lives as husbands, fathers and sons.  The aim is to grow stronger in faith and thus become better role models of the modern Christian man by applying faith to their daily lives.  They pray for the needs of others and support one another through sharing of life experiences.

 

SERVICE

 

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY:  Since the founding in 2005, members have knitted and crocheted with much love and prayers over 1500 shawls.  These shawls are given as free gifts to those who are grieving, sick, suffering or just needing to feel God's love and for joyous occasions.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL:  They provide food and other necessities to the needy in the Norwalk area. 

THRIFT SHOP:  The St. Thomas Second Chance Thrift Shop, located in the basement of the parish center, sells donated items in new or good condition.  Items are sorted and priced.  It is an important source of revenue for the parish.

BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY:  Members comfort the bereaved as they journey through the grieving process by visiting the funeral home, sending letters of sympathy, making follow-up telephone calls and setting aside a monthly Mass for all deceased parishioners, especially for those who have died within that month.

 

OTHER

 

FINANCIAL ADVISORY COUNCIL: Members, chosen by the pastor, advise and assist the pastor in the management of the financial business of the parish.  The council meets at the request of the pastor to review the operating budget and cash flow of the parish.