Jesus reminds us that He is the vine and we are the branches. There are many ministries and organizations by which our parish is enriched by volunteers -some require occasional participation, and others entail more regular service. Your involvement will not only enrich your life, but serve the needs our Parish.
These groups provide recommendations and assistance to maximize the financial, capital and spiritual resources of the parish.
Parish Pastoral Council
An advisory and consultative body working in concert with the Pastor and Pastoral Team. PPC normally meet on the third Wednesday of each month, from September to June. Parishioners are welcome to attend the meetings as observers.
Providing assistance in the parish office through light office duties – answering phones, assisting parishioners at the door, folding bulletins and more.
Provides financial advice and assistance to the pastor, parish pastoral council and the parish at large. Meets regularly to review monthly accounting activities.
Tradespersons and handy-persons needed to help maintain the church, rectory and grounds.
Assist in the recruitment and screening of ALL parish volunteers who are serving in ALL parish ministries.
These groups assist in the Celebration of Mass. Adult Servers
This ministry serves at the altar. Adults and youth age 16 or older. (Younger teens may train as Junior Adult Servers).
Serve at the altar. Girls and boys grade 4 or older; must have celebrated their First Reconciliation and First Communion.
Altar Linen Care
This ministry cleans and cares for the linens that will be used during the mass, including the vestments of priests, altar/adult servers.
Plans and coordinates all aspects of the parish liturgical celebrations.
Holy Family Parish has several choirs. Singers, song leaders and musicians are welcome. There is also a children’s (Gr. 3-6), and Youth Choir.
Liturgical Art and Environment Ministry
This Ministry decorates the church according to the Liturgical Seasons of the Church Year. Adults and youth.
Proclaimers of the Word (Lectors/Readers)
Lectors proclaim God’s Word to His people and also offer Prayers of Intercession on behalf of the people. Adults and youth age 16 or older.
Children’s Liturgy-Celebration of God’s Word
Leaders and helpers needed to facilitate children’s programs during the Liturgy of the Word at Mass. Adults and youth aged 16 or older. Boys and girls, age 10 and older, can be helpers.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Trained and commissioned volunteers who assist the Priest in the distribution of Holy Communion during Masses. Adult and youth age 16 or older.
Liturgical Hospitality - Greeters
Women, men, youth, and families needed to welcome newcomers, visitors and parishioners to the parish for liturgical celebrations.
Contact: Stephanie D.
Liturgical Hospitality - Ushers
Ministry for seating Parishioners, enabling an orderly celebration of Mass and taking up the collection at Mass. Adult and youth.
These groups support sacramental preparation of parishioners.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)
Assists adults who are to be baptized or to be received into the Catholic Church. Catechists, Sponsors, hospitality service are needed. Commitment is weekly on Wednesday evenings. Adult and youth aged 16 or older.
Ministry which helps to facilitate evenings or Saturday mornings for children and their parents in preparation for the child’s celebration of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation. Commitment is for 1 to 4 evenings or mornings throughout the year. Adult and youth.
Marriage Preparation Course
Faith Education Ministries
These groups develop, promote and provide religious education programs.
For grades 1–6 and Jr. High students. Faith enrichment in addition to the religion curriculum in our Catholic Schools; one hour class from a prepared program once a week on Fridays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Leaders Adult and youth aged 16 or older.
Ministry provides exciting faith based events for our youth and young adults throughout the year. Learning, sharing, and growing in faith, all in a fun and enriching environment.
Parish Family Life
Parish Family Life includes activities that foster a welcoming and supporting parish community.
Parish Social Activities
Teams of volunteers who work to plan special parish social functions (potlucks, picnics, Holy Family Feast Day celebrations, and more)
Divine Office/Liturgy of the Hours – 8:15 am daily except Sunday
Holy Rosary – 8:30 am daily except Sunday
Eucharistic Adoration – 9:30am – 12:00pm, every Friday
Divine Mercy Chaplet - daily after 9 am mass, except Sunday
Divine Mercy Cenacle
The Divine Mercy Cenacle meets every Tuesday from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. to study St. Faustina’s Diary, Sacred Scripture, Catechism of the Catholic Church, and Church writings. Recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy precedes the cenacle. All are welcome!
These groups build fellowship and empower people in their ministry of Christian service.
Social Action Committee
Educating and working for social justice locally and globally, including fair trade sales, refugee family sponsorship, and Development and Peace campaigns.
Working to build a culture of respect for life in our parish through events and programs that educate and promote the churches' teaching on the Life Issues (contraception, abortion, euthanasia).
Pastoral Care Group
Ministry brings Holy Communion to shut-ins and visits and prays for the sick in our community.
Catholic Women’s League (CWL)
Catholic Women’s League (CWL) meets the first Monday of the month in the parish hall; starting at 6:45 p.m. CWL engages and encourages spiritual growth and friendship amongst women over the age of 16. CWL is active in our community and supports local, provincial, national and international projects. All women welcomed always!
Contact: Evelyn D.
Catholic Girls League
For catholic young women, 10 to 15 years old, work and socialize as a group of friends, gradually developing into Catholic leaders. Adult women who assist as volunteers/mentors are welcomed.
Contacts: Francine N.
Knights of Columbus (Br. Anthony Council)
Foster friendship and spirituality among men and assists in other parish activities whenever necessary. For men age 18 years and older.
Contact: James H.
For catholic young men, 12 to 18 years old, a Squires circle is designed to be run both by and for young men. Squires work and socialize as a group of friends, gradually developing into Catholic leaders. Adult men who assist as volunteers/mentors are welcomed.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP)
Live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy through corporal works of mercy. Volunteers needed to assist those who ask for help in St. Albert and inner-city Edmonton, through donation pick-ups, driving the SSVP truck, and organizing the warehouse.