Parish Ministries

All parish ministries serve the needs of the parishioners of Saint Charles in their efforts to serve God and neighbors.

Faith Formation Ministries

Adult Faith Formation – Faith formation seeks to help each adult believer become “more willing and able to be a Christian disciple in the world.” As salt of the earth and light of  the world (cf Mt 5:13-16),  adult disciples give witness to God’s love and caring will, so that, in the power of the Spirit, they renew the face of the earth.

Baptism Preparation Class – This class is for parents of baptismal candidates to instruct and inform them of their obligations in raising a Christian Catholic child.  The class schedule can be found by contacting the Rectory. Parents must contact the Rectory to arrange an interview with one of our priests or deacon.

Adult Bible Study – Seeks to draw people into a transformative relationship with Christ that focuses on God’s plan of salvation as it unfolds throughout Scripture. Through the Ascension Press Bible Study Series, people see their place in this story, and learn how to live it out more fully in their lives.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word – Gathers from September through May during the 10:00 AM Mass for children ages 4 through their 1st Communion year to hear the Gospel message on their level.

Lighthouse Ministries – For good Catholic reading (and CDs!) in your home and for your car  – for all ages – please visit the kiosk in the vestibule of the church.

PREP/CCD (Parish Religious Education Program/Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) – Religious education for all parish children from grades 1 through 8 attending public school; meet on Monday evenings from September through May

R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) – Designed for people who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts.  Baptized Catholics wishing to prepare for Confirmation and/or Eucharist or deepen their faith are invited to attend.

 

Liturgical Ministries

Altar Servers (Youth and Adult) – Youth: serve at Masses Sundays and holy days of obligation; Adults: serve at Masses during the week including funerals.

Altar Society – Meets bi-weekly to clean (vacuum and dust) the church.

Church Environment Committee – Seasonally decorates the church and grounds.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion – Assist the priests at Mass with distribution of Holy Communion and takes Holy Communion to home-bound parishioners.

Lectors – Proclaim and announce God’s Good News to his people, through careful, prayerful preparation and training to project the meaning and feeling of the Old and New Testament readings during the Liturgy of the Word at Mass.  Confident, expressive proclaimers of all ages help the congregation to listen, reflect and respond to the word of God.

Usher Society/ Ministry of Greeters – Welcome people as they come into church, assist with seating people, coordinate offertory procession and take up the collection and help anyone who may need assistance. After Mass, they organize the church by tidying up the missalettes and collecting any lost articles.

 

Music Ministries

Adult Choir – Sings at the 10:00 AM Mass on the first and third Sundays of each month, meeting for practice at 9:00 AM on these Sundays.  They sing at First Communion, Confirmation, on Christmas, at Holy Week Liturgies, and special services throughout the year.

Cantors – Lead the congregation in singing at Masses on Sundays.

 

Prayer Ministries

Flame of Love Cenacle – Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:00 PM, in the Adoration Chapel for the intentions of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Holy Hour for Life – Gathers in prayer each First Friday of the month from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM in our Adoration Chapel.

Miraculous Medal Novena – After the First Saturday 8:30 AM Mass.

Perpetual Adoration Chapel (St. Anne Chapel) – Chapel may be entered through the church door located in the church parking lot. You are invited to pray before the Blessed Sacrament 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Contact the Rectory for the security code

Pilgrim Virgin Statue – Statue of Our Lady of Fatima that ‘travels’ to parishioners homes each week. For more information, or if you would like to sign- up, please call Renèe Bochanski at 610-626-1996.

Rosary Group – Prays the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy after the 8:30 AM Masses that are celebrated at Sacred Heart and St. Charles Borromeo Parishes.

 

Service Ministries

Blood Drive – Coordinates through the American Red Cross to hold annual blood drives.

Friends Helping Friends – Is a helping hand for our parishioners faced with an unexpected emergency. Parishioners volunteer to cook a meal or provide transportation for doctor’s visits. Provide Christmas Dinner in church hall for those without family or friends to spend Christmas day with. Also provides transportation.

Finance Council – Works collaboratively with pastor, parish staff members and pastoral council in implementing pastoral plans by making fiscally responsible recommendations.

Homeless Shelter – Parish volunteers prepare and supply a complete meal, from salad to dessert for the Delaware County Life Center on the 2nd Thursday of February, April, June, August, October, and December. Call Religious Education office for further information.

Legion of Mary – Promotes the faith through service and prayer. Full membership is centered on a weekly meeting with acts of outreach to the community, and auxiliary membership is based on daily prayers to promote the faith; meetings are held in the Parish Center on Tuesday at 7:00PM.

Mary, Mother of Captives – A support group for those coping with a loved one in prison meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Parish Center. Further information can be found in the church bulletin.

Narcotics Anonymous – Is a way of life which is based on the 12 Steps program. The Steps offer members an avenue for growth and change to maintain their recovery. Meet each Wednesday from 7:00-9:00 PM in the church hall.

Pastoral Council – Works collaboratively with pastor and parish staff members to foster full participation of the entire parish in the life and mission of the parish and plan for the future of the parish.

Pro-Life – “A voice for those who have none” – sponsors a monthly Holy Hour for Life. In January and October provide a table in the vestibule of the church with information about the Pro-Life movement. We participate in various activities – letter writing and praying in our area.

St. John’s Hospice – Monthly collection of food, clothing and casseroles to assist the Philadelphia based shelter in their mission to feed and clothe homeless men. Contact the Rectory for when these collections take place.

St. Vincent de Paul Conference – Provides confidential temporary assistance to persons or families in need without regard to race or creed in a non-judgmental manner, with food and funds provided by parish members and benefactors who bear witness to the love of Christ.

 

Social Ministries

Hospitality Sunday – Join other parishioners in the church hall for light refreshments on the first Sunday of the month, after the 7:30AM and the 10:00 AM Masses, September through May. Different parish organizations host each month.

Ladies Auxiliary – Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the church hall for social/service/informative meetings for women of the parish. They sponsor the annual parish Fashion Show, a parish breakfast, and other fund-raising activities.


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