670px-Pray-the-Rosary-Step-1-Version-3Altar Server Instructors

Karen Jaki and Robert Funtal train and instruct Altar servers in their duties.

Altar Servers

Altar servers have long assisted the priest by providing the vessels and other items needed during Mass. The ministry is the starting arena of service to the Church, modeling the need to serve Christ through his Church in whatever capacity is appropriate for one’s age and talent. Once trained, the servers will be added to the ministry schedule.

(Families are asked to pick up new schedules each cycle. Servers should arrive fifteen minutes before Mass. If a server is unable to serve at the scheduled time, please contact another server to substitute.)

Choir

Rehearses Sundays morning from 9:45-10:45 a.m. September-June. The function of the choir is to lead the faithful, who gather to celebrate at the Lord’s Table in psalms, hymns, and inspired songs on Sundays, Holy Days, and for special feast days and services. Contact Ruth Gentile 412-854-9042.

Columbiettes

The Columbiettes are an International Organization for Catholic women, who work side-by-side with the Knights of Columbus. They offer Catholic women the opportunity to serve their Church, Community, and Family in their everyday Christian life. This Columbiettes organization at our parish has the name of John Paul the Great Columbiette Council 13832. Membership is open to all women at least 17 years of age and who are “Practicing Catholics.” You need not be a wife or relative of a Knights of Columbus member.

Donut Saturday/Sunday

This is the last weekend of the month after Masses in Finley Hall. To sponsor the donuts for a particular month, please sign up on the sheet provided at the hall on Donut weekend. contact the parish office for details 724-348-7145. (Cost for sponsorship for a month is $100.00.)

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Parishioners are invited to be Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist at parish Masses. Training and schedules are provided. (If unable to serve at the scheduled time, please contact another minister to substitute.)

Funeral Luncheons

Finley Hall is available for luncheons after a funeral. Food is provided by a caterer or food is brought in by the family. The Christian Mothers & Ladies Guild serves the prepared luncheon, cleans up, and packages all leftovers for the family. A donation for the use of the hall will be accepted. Arrangements are made through the parish office.

Gift Bearers

Families are asked to bring forth the Offertory Gifts at Saturday/Sunday Mass. Before Mass, please notify one of the ushers if your family wishes to participate in this way. Anyone having scheduled a particular Mass is especially encouraged to so participate. (Please pause after you have presented the gifts for father to give you a blessing.)

Homebound Ministry

Eucharistic Ministers visit homebound parishioners every Sunday morning to bring them prayer, Holy Communion, and friendship. Families may arrange for ministers to visit by contacting the parish office. Holy Communion is also taken to the homebound the 1st Friday of each month by the priest and members of the Ladies of Charity.

If you know of a parishioner at home or in a nursing home, who would like to receive Holy Communion, please call the parish office.

Interfaith Ministry

Brings the community together to worship and gather  as one community of faith.  It spreads the Word of God all and assists those in need in  the community. It sponsors Sunday night services during Lent at different churches in our area with visiting, clergy speakers. For more information, contact Dorothy Bewick 724-348-5195.

Knights of Columbus

We inaugurated St. Francis of Assisi Council in June, 2005. Our name is John Paul the Great Council, #13832. We welcome new members. We meet in Finley Hall on the 4th Wednesday of each month. For further information, call Frank Kovscek 724-348-6537.

Lectors

Parishioners serve as lectors at all Masses. Training, schedule, and a workbook is provided. Lectors are always encouraged to contact the parish priest with questions about the Sunday readings. (If you are unable to serve at your scheduled time, please contact another minister to substitute for you.)

Prayer Blanket Ministry

A parishioner requests a blanket for someone who may be ‘going in’ for surgery or for someone terminally ill or just very ill, but is expected to recover. A blanket can be requested for someone who simply needs comforting and assurance that they are not forgotten. The recipient does not have to be a parishioner. A blanket is given to the requesting parishioner to take to the priest after Communion, when he will bless it. The blanket is then taken to the back of the church and placed on a table. As the congregation leaves, they are invited to ‘lay hands on and pray over’ the blanket for the recipient. The blanket is then taken by those who requested it to the recipient. The Prayer Blanket can be blessed at weekend Masses or weekday Masses.

Each blanket uses 11/2 yards of cotton and 11/2 yards of cloth with complimentary color. Monetary donations may be place in the designated cans in the vestibule of Finley Hall. Donations of fabric may be place in the designated box there, also.

For further information to volunteer to help sew or put the blanket kits together or to request a blanket to be blessed, contact Merle 412-833-0599, Mary Jane 724-344-2444, or the rectory 724-348-7145.

Prayer Chain

Provides spiritual support for people in need through prayer. Prayer affords an opportunity for everyone to participate in a parish activity, regardless of physical limitations. with very few time restrictions. Become a ‘link’ in the prayer chain! Contact Kathy Schirra 724-941-0347.

Resurrection Choir

The Resurrection Choir sings at  (Funeral) Masses of Christian Burial.

Ushers/Greeters

Our ushers and greeter (usually the celebrant) welcome parishioners to the Mass. Ushers are responsible for distributing the bulletins and other materials after Mass and for being alert to assist anyone in need of during the liturgy.

Ministry schedules (altar servers, lectors, and Eucharistic ministers) for Sunday and Holy Day Masses are now available as a PDF document at this link.