Ministers of Communion

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, are laypeople who serve the parish in two primary ways: first, as distributors of Holy Communion when the congregation at a Mass is sufficiently large and there aren’t other priests to assist the celebrant, and second, to bring Holy Communion to a few of the many parishioners who are home-bound due to age or illness, which would be impossible for the pastor to do on a weekly basis himself.

This ministry is called extraordinary because bishops, priests and deacons, by ordination, are the ordinary ministers of the Eucharist. Yet the role of the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion is very important in that they offer the Body and Blood of Our Lord to those who would otherwise be unable to receive it.

Ministers of Holy Communion receive special training and preparation in order to fulfill their role with knowledge and reverence and are commissioned to serve in this capacity by the pastor.

Want to know more about this ministry? Visit our Staff / Contact page.

Lectors/Altar Servers

Lectors or Readers serve as ministers of the Word of God. Readers proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel. A reader may also announce the intentions for the Prayer of the Faithful and, if not sung, proclaim the Psalm between the readings.

Readers prayerfully prepare for this ministry by reading the assigned scriptural passages before arriving at Mass, seeking to understand the meaning and importance of the readings to be shared aloud with the parish community. Readers are scheduled to serve at Masses convenient to their schedule, usually at least once per month.

Training is available for those interested in participating as Lectors/ Readers. Please contact the office.

Want to know more about Lectors in the Catholic Church? Visit our Staff / Contact page.

Altar Servers – Boys & Girls from 3rd grade upwards who assist the Pastor during masses. Training is done periodically by Deacon Maurice Ouellette.

Women's Guild

Woman’s Guild: The Ladies’ Guild was formed to gather women in a social forum to worship, share ideas, help the Church grow and have fun. The group sponsors a variety of fundraisers to help our Parish and our community.

Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 pm, except in January and the summer months. Meetings are spiritual, social, educational and entertaining.

Presently, there are about 40 members.

Dues for membership are $5.00 yearly. Any woman, 18 or older, may join.

You will benefit spiritually and get a feeling of belonging to a group that shares your beliefs and love for Christ. For more information, visit our Staff / Contact page.

Adoration

Weekly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is on Tuesdays immediately following the 8 AM Mass until 1 PM concluding with Benediction at 1 PM.

Please use the door by the rectory on the north side of the church to enter or leave. This will be the only door left open.

If there is a funeral, the Blessed Sacrament will be placed on the St. Joseph Altar.

Faith Formation

Director of Faith Formation Program: Teresa Ouellette
Faith Formation Secretary: Carol Larkin
Phone: 508-993-3547 Fax: 508-993-8277
E-mail: Visit our Staff / Contact page

St. Vincent de Paul

Frédéric Ozanam left his home in Lyon, France, in the autumn of 1831, for Paris. He registered in the School of Law at the Sorbonne, University of Paris. Frédéric collaborated with Mr. Emmanuel Bailly, editor of the Tribune Catholique, in reviving a student organization which had been suspended during the revolutionary activity of July 1830. They called their new association "The Conference of History." The group met on Saturdays to discuss various topics, everything but politics. At one of their meetings, a student challenged Frédéric and the practicing Catholics. He admitted that the Catholic Church had done much good work in the past, but "what do you do now?" Frédéric called for a meeting of five of his friends; they agreed to meet at Mr. Bailly's office. The date was April 23, 1833, Frédéric's twentieth birthday. Inspired by their words, Frédéric decided to found the "Conference of Charity" to assist the poor. Emmanuel Bailly, the married layman, was chosen by the six students as their first President. In a short time, they changed their name to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in honor of their patron.

The first meeting of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the United States was held on November 20, 1845, only twelve years after its foundation in Paris. Nineteen of the most prominent Catholic laymen of St. Louis attended. Dr. Moses Linton was elected President, Bryan Mullanphy, Vice President, Dennis Galvin, Second Vice President, James Maguire Jr., Secretary, Patrick Ryder, Treasurer, and Fr. Ambrose Heim, Spiritual Advisor. The Conference was aggregated (formally recognized) by the Society's International Council in Paris on February 2, 1846.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society at Holy name meet on the 3rd Monday of the month in the Lower Church Hall at 1PM. They have helped and aided in many various ways and needs over many years. Thank you to all of our generous benefactors. If you find yourself in need of assistance, please call your closest St. Vincent de Paul Society.

ACA Club

L’Association Canado-Americaine - It is one of the oldest Federated Franco-American societies. The organization was founded on November 26, 1896, at Manchester, New Hampshire.

Members live throughout North America but are concentrated primarily in New England, Quebec, New Brunswick, Ontario and Louisiana.

Though the society is primarily an insurance association that pays sickness and death benefits, this is not the only function, for it has as its aim, the union of French-speaking Roman Catholics in America and their religious, social and economic development.

The association has a scholarship fund that finances students through various courses of study. Men, women, and children were admitted into the society providing they were of French-Canadian Origin.

This year in addition to scholarships, donations were made to Sister Rose House, Catholic Charities and The Boivin Center for French Language and Culture. This society meets on the 1st Sunday of the month in the Parish Center at 1 pm (No meeting January or February).

Community Resources

  • CYO Basketball: Practice Tuesday and Thursday Nights in Parish Center 5:30PM
  • AA Meetings: Meet in Lower Church Hall on Wednesdays at 5:30PM
  • Ward 3 Neighborhood Association: Meet on the last Wednesday of the month in the Parish Center at 6:15PM