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Parish Ministries & Organizations

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Liturgical Ministries


Altar Servers

This ministry calls the youth of our parish to be involved in a very important ministry by assisting the priest at the Altar of our Lord. They are trained to serve and must continue to attend training sessions. New members must be at least seven years of age and have received their First Holy Communion. If you feel called to this ministry or have any questions, please call Deacon Fred Castillo at (361) 882-3245 ext. 18. (Back to Top)

Schedule: July 12-September 7, 2014

Stations of the Cross Schedule

Dress Code


Guidelines


Extra-ordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Schedule:
May 31 - August 3, 2014

Criteria:

  1. Mature person (18 yrs. or older), living exemplary Catholic lives.
  2. Person not already active in other liturgical ministries.
  3. Must be involved in at least one spiritual renewal program such as bible studies and attend a retreat to advance his/her spiritual awareness.
  4. It is mandatory that he/she attend a Liturgical Workshop once a year.
  5. Must be willing to take Communion to one shut-in, sick or homebound of the parish.

Function:

  1. The ministers are mandated by reason of pastoral need in the community in which they are called to serve as an extension of the service of the priest or deacon. This privilege is not for them, but for the community in need.
  2. Besides service at the celebration of the Mass, the Extra-Ordinary Minister of the Eucharist must also serve the needs of the shut-ins, sick and homebound ofthe parish.

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Lectors

Vatican II calls for full participation of the laity in the liturgy. One of the roles proper for the lay people is that of lector. The lector conveys the importance of the liturgy as a collaboration of the work of the people, priest, all those who function as liturgical ministers, and the assembly.

Schedule: July

Ministry Description:

  1. It is the task of the lector to proclaim the Word of God to the assembly in an intelligent and aesthetic style.
  2. He/She must come 20 minutes before the celebration in order to prepare appropriately for the Proclamation of the Word.
  3. He/She must be willing to attend training and practice session for special Masses and be open to self-evaluation as well as critiques by Lector Coordinator, Liturgy Team or priest.
  4. He/She must be at least 16 years of age.
  5. Must be involved in at least one spiritual renewal program such as bible studies and attend a retreat to advance his/her spiritual awareness.
  6. It is mandatory that he/she attends a Liturgical Workshop once a year.

If you feel called to this ministry or have any questions, please call Marisol Aldana at (361) 563-2441. (Back to Top)



Ministers of Hospitality/Ushers

Ministers of Hospitality serve the community by welcoming people and helping them feel at home in the church. They are servants of a worshipping community. More than doorkeepers they are the "doors" giving open access to the warmth of holy fellowship in the Spirit of Jesus. By their warmth and friendly, genuine concer, they help set the tone for anything that might happen within the hearts of those who gather for the Eucharistic celebration. If you feel called to this ministry or have any questions, please call Melissa Riojas at (361) 882-3245.
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Criteria:

  1. Mature person (18yrs. or older), living exemplary Catholic lives.
  2. Person is not already active in more than one other liturgical ministry.
  3. Must be involved in at least one spiritual renewal program such as bible studies and attend a yearly retreat to advance his/her spiritual awareness.
  4. Attendance/participation at a Liturgical Workshop once a year is mandatory.
  5. Usher Coordinators must be at their scheduled Mass at least 30 minutes before Mass.
  6. Ushers and Greeters must be at the Church at least 20 minutes before the Mass begins, and notify the Coordinator that he/she is present to serve Mass.


Music

The music ministry of Holy Family strives to express the love of God through music. Through the various choirs of the Church, an opportunity is given for all with musical abilities and interest to serve, to learn, and to assist the assembly to express and share the gift of faith that is within them. The quality of joy and enthusiasm which music adds to community worship cannot be gained in any other way. It imparts a sense of unity to the congregation and sets the appropriate tone for a particular celebration. There is one person chosen by the pastor, among all the choirs, to communicate and network the liturgical needs and perspective for all choirs. This person is the liaison between all the choirs and the liturgical team.

Instrumentalists are needed as regular members of the choirs. Interested persons who play the piano, guitar, or any other instrument and would like to share their talent with the church family are asked to contact the Church Office at (361) 882-3245. (Back to Top)

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Sacristans

Sacristans prepare the sacred vessels for the liturgy. Other important functions include: adjusting the lighting, unlocking the sacristy, turning on the sound system, and generally preparing the church facility for the worship service. If you are interested or have any questions, call the Church Office at (361) 882-3245. (Back to Top)




"Parish Organizations


Catholic Daughters of the Americas

The purpose of our organization is to participate in religious, charitable, and educational Apostolate (ministry) of the Church. Catholic Daughters of the Americas engage in creative and spiritual programs, which provide its members with ways to positively influence the welfare of the Church and all people throughout the world. If you are a woman looking for a ministry that can enrich your life every way, your search is complete. The answer is the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. If you feel called to this ministry or have any questions, please call Dora Gonzalez at (361) 882-3245. (Back to Top)

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Guadalupanas

The Guadalupanas are a group of devout Christian women whose work has been very important to our parish. They are dependable and united when it comes to participating in religious activities and works of charity. The Guadalupanas help the congregation in many ways, becoming involved where they are most needed. They take the "Virgen de Guadalupe" as their role model, imitating her simplicity, her virtues, and her dedication to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. If you feel called to this ministry or have any questions, please call Maria Elena Reyes at (361) 698-9828. (Back to Top)



Knights of Columbus

The goal of the Knights of Columbus is to recruit the best Catholic men in the parish. The Knights of Columbus Council engages in religious, charitable, and patriotic and educational works for the benefit of our fellowmen and our community. The council also helps out in the community and Church through their involvement in various leadership roles and functions. If you feel called to this ministry or have any questions, please call Noel Loera at (361) 774-0848. (Back to Top)

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Works of Mercy

This is a charitable ministry of our parish whose purpose is to serve those parishioners in serious need through:
  1. Providing short-term financial assistance and/or information;
  2. Distributing the annual Parish Thanksgiving food collection; and
  3. Distributing the annual Parish Christmas toy collection.
This is an organization of lay people who serve the poor through material works of mercy. The society also refers those in need to food centers, shelters, and other assistance programs. If you feel called to this ministry or have any questions, please call Sylvia Alvarado at (361) 882-3245 ext.33. (Back to Top)




Evangelization Ministries


Adoration

Our Lord, present in the tabernacle, has "an ardent desire to be honored and adored by men, women, and children in the Sacrament of His love." Jesus wants to be adored by people from all walks of life! He wants us to arrive to give Him our love and devotion in return for His love and sacrifice for us. The great intention and prayer of all adorers should be the conversion of Russia, world peace, and the urgent needs of our own beloved Country. However, our ultimate purpose should be the glorification of the Blessed Sacrament and a close friendship with the Changeless Friend of the Eucharist, Jesus Christ. Adoration is held on Thursdays, from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Back to Top)



Bereavement Ministry

This ministry is dedicated to giving spiritual support and assistance during the time of sorrow to the families who have lost a loved one. We also assist in organizing the Eucharistic Celebration for the deceased.

A.Visitation Team - This team visits the family of the deceased person in their homes. They listen to their concerns without interruptions by using their listening skills. This allows the family to begin their grieving process (Kubler-Ross below). Training is given to assist the minister with the following: listening skills, the grieving process, what not to say or do, and how to comfort the bereaved. Two to three weeks after the funeral Mass of the loved one, there is a follow-up with the family.

B. Funeral Planning Team - This team meets the family members at the funeral home to pray with them and assist them in planning for their loved one's funeral Mass. Their main focus is:

  1. To ask family member to fill out an information sheet of their loved one.
  2. To assist them in picking out the sacred readings/readers.
  3. To encourage family members to bring offering gifts to the altar.
  4. To explain the necessity of music in the funeral Mass.

C. Rosary (Vigil) Team - This team is responsible in guiding the rosary in a solemn atmosphere including music and the litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This takes place on the eve of the funeral Mass.

If you feel called to this ministry or have questions, please call Melissa Riojas at (361) 882-3245. (Back to Top)



La Cadena de Oración

The purpose of our ministry is to spread the message of hope and mercy of God. Coming together, we form a human chain of prayers...powerful and strong! We strive to do our share so we can make a difference in our lives and the lives of others. We have come to realize that we can't journey alone; we need the prayer and support of others. We recall that our Lord calls us to trust and to pray without ceasing. Jesus said that where two or more are gathered in His name, He would be there too. He is a powerful force in our lives, ready and waiting for us to come to Him with our needs and petitions, as well as with our praise and thanksgiving. If you feel called to this ministry or have quesitons, pleasae call Blanca Garcia at (361) 888-5592. (Back to Top)



Congregational Health Ministry

The Congregational Health Ministry promotes, encourages, and supports health and wellness of the parishioners of Holy Family parish. The ministry provides educational information to members through health events and mini-seminars. If you feel called to this ministry, call Mary Helen Ortiz at (361) 854-0724. (Back to Top)

Breast Cancer Walk Album

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Breast Cancer Walk



Generations of Faith

Generations of Faith is an intergenerational faith formation for all ages. It focuses on the Sacramental Preparation. Generations of Faith offers an opportunity to bring your family closer to the Church and gives you a better understanding of our Catholic Faith. All parishioners are invited to attend Generations of Faith. Attendance is required for all sacramental preparation students and their parents. If you have any questions, please call the Church Office at (361) 882-3245. (Back to Top)



Grupo de Jovenes Adultos - Ritmo y Fe

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VISIÓN:

La Iglesia de la Sagrada Familia es un lugar donde todo miembro es bienvenido a celebrar sus tradiciones y donde sus dones son valorados como parte de una sola Iglesia, sin importar su procedencia. Para que en un futuro estos jóvenes puedan transmitir el mensaje de nuestra Iglesia Católica a otros para que llegue a sus corazones.


MISIÓN:

Nuestra misión es que con la ayuda de Dios y nuestros hermanos, unidos por la fe, con esto podremos unir a un grupo de jóvenes dedicados al Señor y dispuestos a servir a la parroquia y a nuestra comunidad.


META:

Ayudar a los jóvenes adultos a entender que su vocación es, en primer lugar, un llamado a la Santidad y madurez Cristiana, la cual van a vivir ya sea como solteros, casados, en el sacerdocio, o el diaconado a la vida religiosa.
  • Conectar a los Jóvenes Adultos con JESUSCRISTO
  • Conectar a los Jóvenes Adultos con la IGLESIA
  • Conectar a los Jóvenes Adultos con la MISON DE LA IGLESIA EN EL MUNDO
  • Conectar a los Jóvenes Adultos con UNA COMUNIDAD A FIN
Si usted quiere ser parte de este Grupo por favor de llamar a 882-3245 ext. 21.(Back to Top)



Ministry to Shut-Ins

This ministry is dedicated to visiting families that live within our parish community. This group of caring men and women take time out of their busy schedules to share of themselves and their Catholic faith with shut-ins, the sick, the elderly, and all those in need of human companionship. They also seek out the "un-churched" and invite them to come and worship with us and take Holy Communion. If you feel called to this ministry or have questions, please call Lucy Cruz at (361) 853-5187. (Back to Top)



New Evangelization Ministry

Evangelization is the Mission of the Church, and the Church exists to Evangelize. This is a permanent process, progressive, and with steps, which includes: Conversion of Life, Faith in Christ, Living in Community, Sacramental Life and Apostolic Commitment. (Back to Top)

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Prayer Group/Grupo de Oración

Celebrating their 38 years in existence, the Prayer Group continues to function as a community of prayer: it is a parish ministry. This community meets every Wednesday to praise, pray and give glory to Jesus. We gather to honor our God who created us in an act of His love for us. He renders His gifts and blessings upon us. As a prayer group, we have come to know the Lord through faith with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Our desire is to know Him more fully so that we cannot only make Him known to our brothers and sisters of the community, but also to ask for the health of the members of our parish. If you feel called to this ministry or have questions, please call Josie Lomas at (361) 853-1417. (Back to Top)



Respect for Life

This team meets once every quarter to help our parish keep a family perspective on all our ministries. We also promote in our parish the respect for life from conception until death. (Back to Top)



Rosary Team

The goal of the Rosary Team is to promote prayer and devotion to the Blessed Mother through the recitation of the Rosary. By meditating on the lives of Jesus and Mary, we are strengthened to cope with our own daily struggles. We pray for our special needs, for the needs of the community, and for the needs of the Church in general. We invite you to journey with us through prayer every weekday at 5:00 p.m. in the Church. If you feel you are being called to this ministry or have any questions, please call Dolores Medrano at (361) 882-7118. (Back to Top)



Stewardship Ministry

This ministry is directed toward integrating stewardship into the life of the parish. Stewardship itself is a way of life, a formative journey that we are all called to embrace. As such, it leads us to appreciate the many gifts God has given us: the time we are given to live, the talents we are given to work with and serve our family, God and one another, and finally the treasures God has granted us. In appreciation of those gifts, we seek to return them proportionately to God for the building up of His kingdom in our families, Church, and community. This ministry seeks to organize a team and be creative in assisting people to be "good stewards" of God's creation. (Back to Top)



Religious Education Programs


Religious Education/Sacramental Preparation

More information is to come for this program.

- Calendar: January-May
- Calendario: Enero-Mayo

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) is a process for adults who wish to become full, active, participating members of the Catholic Church. Special rites are celebrated during the Sunday liturgies at various times throughout the year. The R.C.I.A. involves the whole parish in prayer as the rites are celebrated hospitality as new members are welcomed, and in specific ministries like sponsor or team member.

The R.C.I.A. is for adults 18 years or older who are:

  1. seeking to join the Roman Catholic Church;
  2. seeking to receive the Sacrament of Baptism, Confirmation, and/or Communion;
  3. seeking to marry through the Church;
  4. interested to learn more about the Catholic Faith the R.C.I.A. in any of the following ways:
    1. Becoming a Team Member;
    2. Becoming a Sponsor - walk the journey with the candidates. You are required to attend the weekly sessions and retreats with the candidate you sponsor. You must be a good role model and be able to assist a candidate with their questions and concerns.
    3. As a Team Member or Sponsor of the R.C.I.A., your own spiritual life will be enriched when you are willing to give of your time to those who are seeking to be part of our faith community.
If you feel you are being called to this ministry or have any questions concerning the process, please call Irene Anes at (361) 882-3245 Ext. 21. (Back to Top)



Rite of Christian Initiation of Teens & Children

This form of the Rite of Christian Initiation is intended for children not baptized as infants who are between the grades 2nd and 5th and teens who are between the grades of 6th and 12th grade. They seek Christian initiation either at the direction of their parents or guardians or with parental permission on their own initiative. Such children and teens are capable of receiving and nurturing a personal faith and of receiving an obligation in conscience. But they are dependent on their parents or guardians and are still strongly influenced by their peers.

Accordingly, as with adults, their initiation is to be extended over several years, if need be, before they receive their sacraments. In the first year of their formation the children and teens are enrolled in the regular parish catechism program. In September of the second year, they are then gathered in to experience the initiation process together with the adults.

If you have any questions about the process, please call Irene at (361) 882-3245 Ext. 21. (Back to Top)



Youth Ministry

Middle School Youth Group:

The purpose is to affirm the faith of young teens so they become living, conscious, and productive through the light of instruction and the experience of Christian living. Catechetical instruction embraces the teachings of our faith with emphasis on Dogma, Sacred Scripture, tradition, Christian prayer, worship, and community service. The Middle School Youth Group meets every Sunday to attend the 6:00 p.m. Teen Mass and then continues the program from 7:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Father Fernandez Center. Middle School Youth Group is for the youth in grades 6th-8th and welcomes youth of all faiths.

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High School Youth Group:

Some of the goals our our High School Youth Group is to involve our parish youth in our church community, to foster their spiritual growth and to build positive self esteem through the development of their Christian values. High School Youth Group meets every Sunday to attend the 6:00 p.m. Teen Mass and then continues the program in the Father Fernandez Center at 7:15 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. High School Youth Group is designed to meet the needs of high school youth in the grades 9th-12th and welcomes youth of all faiths. (Back to Top)

*SPRING SCHEDULE*
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