Opportunities to Love God, Love Your Neighbor, and Make Disciples
Pope Francis tells us,
“Love, after all, can never be an abstraction.
By its very nature, it indicates something concrete:
intentions, attitudes, and behaviors that are
demonstrated in daily living.”
We are called to imitate God and show mercy to our fellow man, as God shows mercy to His people. As Christians, we should put others’ needs before our own, recognizing that if we are to love as Jesus loves, our actions should be that of the servant, full of humility and dedication to service. Here at the Church of Saint Patrick, we show each other Jesus’ love through participation in our various ministries. Each ministry has its own purpose, but ultimately, each one draws us into a deeper relationship with Christ, and fosters discipleship. Please take a look through our opportunities below and reflect... pray about where God is calling you to serve!
Do you an idea for a new ministry? Please fill out a New Ministry Form and submit it to our office.
Forms may be emailed to the Director of Communications
or mailed to 7900 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota FL 34212,
or simply drop your form into the offertory basket during Mass on the weekends.
BE MOVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT: JOIN A MINISTRY!
To contact any of the ministries below, please go to our contact page to send a message.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT (contact Jane Kelly) Visit with Jesus, find peace. Participants sit or kneel quietly in the real presence of the Lord, adoring Him, thanking Him for blessings bestowed, asking for His graces and gifts; for strength, peace, love and the ability to trust in Him; and to listen to His message as he leads you on your own journey to sainthood. Every Friday in our chapel after 8:00 AM Mass, 8:30 AM-12 PM. Volunteers are asked to commit to one hour or more between 8:30-noon.
ALTAR LINENS (contact Joanne Lyons) This group manages the linens used during the Liturgy of the Mass. Volunteers rotate to collect, clean, iron, lay out the linens, and manage inventory. This is a sub-committee of the Women’s Club.
ALTAR SERVERS (contact Deacon Ray Lyons) Altar servers assist the priest and deacons during Mass. Open to students in 1st grade and above. Altar servers are asked to arrive 15 minutes before Mass and serve for the duration of Mass. Two annual meetings and a bowling or skating party is held at least once a year. Training provided.
BEREAVEMENT LUNCHEON COMMITTEE (contact Valerie Fagan) The Committee helps provide solace and support during a time of loss by providing a luncheon for the family and their friends following a Funeral or Memorial Mass at the Church of Saint Patrick. Volunteers buy and set up food, serve and clean up. Four teams rotate as needed. There is no charge to the family; to cover food costs, a donation of $5.00 per person is suggested but not required.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP (contact Barbara Peterson) Joy shared is double the joy, grief shared is half the grief. Every second Thursday of the month, a Bereavement Mass is held at 8:00 AM in the chapel. On the same day, the Bereavement Support Group meets from 9:00-10:30 AM room 6 in the parish hall. Please join us.
BIBLE STUDY-DAY (contact Maryanne McGuiness and Mariann Pirchio) Learn the Bible! These weekly meetings are held on Thursday mornings, 9:00-11:00 AM parish hall, room 1&2, September-May.
BIBLE STUDY-EVENING (contact Gene Tischer) Learn the Bible! These weekly meetings are held on Tuesday evenings, 7:00-8:30 PM in the parish hall, room 1&2, September-June.
BUILDING AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE (contact Tom Wilcox) The B&G serves as an advisory body to the Parish Finance Committee, and gives assistance in the planning and management of the physical plant and properties of the church, including parking, landscaping and lighting, with subcommittees for safety and security.
*CATHOLIC SCHOOL FAMILIES (contact Julie Maloni) This group helps promote Catholic Schools and build community among Catholic School families by sharing students’ accomplishments and school updates, and by providing leadership opportunities by lecturing, altar serving, being a greeter, and/or public speaking. Students and families participate 3 times per year with the children wearing their school uniforms to Mass. Volunteers help coordinate events. To volunteer, please call 941-378-1703 ext. 301 to set up an appointment for background check and fingerprinting and attend SET.
CHURCH DECORATING COMMITTEE (contact Kathy Novasic) The decorating team helps to create a beautiful church for each liturgical season. The creative director leads the volunteers, so you do not have to be creative to join this group! Some lifting and climbing is involved.
CHURCH PEW CREW (contact June Robbins, 941-378-1703 ext.306) This dedicated team keeps our church and chapel organized and clean. Members meet every Monday after weekend Masses to straighten the books in the pews, and refill prayer cards, envelopes and pencils. If Monday is a holiday, the crew meets up on a Tuesday.
*COUNTING TEAM (John Pecilunas, 941-378-1703 ext. 306) This group of dedicated parishioners meets every Monday to count the weekend collections. Members must be fingerprinted and sign nondisclosure statements. Accuracy and confidentiality is required.
DIVINE MERCY CENACLE PRAYER GROUP (contact Lucy Gatza) This faith sharing community strives to live out the message of Divine Mercy, as taught in Sr. Faustina’s Diary, Scripture, and the Catechism. Members meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month for prayer and discussion, with a social at 6:30, meeting from 7:30-8:45 PM, and every Friday after 8:00 AM Mass to pray the Chaplet.
*DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET-PRAYING THE CHAPLET AT THE BEDSIDE OF THE SICK/DYING (contact Eleanor Nelson or Valerie Fagan) Members from this group will come to pray the Chaplet at the bedside for your loved one who is sick and dying. The request must come from the patient or immediate family members.
EXTRAORDINARY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS (contact Steve and Peg Cork) Known as Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers, parishioners are called upon to assist in the distribution of the Eucharist under both species of Bread and Wine, the Body and Blood of Christ. Most serve once or twice a month. Please find the Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister Schedule here.
*FAITH FORMATION (contact Monica Kole, 941-378-1703 ext. 309) Learn the Catholic Faith, for children and adults. Faith Formation is a broad title incorporating the parish’s educational mission by providing multiple opportunities to deepen the knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Faith and Tradition, including RCIA, RCIC, Seeds for preschoolers, Catechesis for grades 1-8, Vacation Bible School, Youth Group and Adult Bible Study.
*HEALTH & CARING (contact Linda Mostek, RN 941-371-0259) The Health & Caring Ministry reaches out to meet the physical, spiritual, and emotional health needs of the community of St. Patrick’s, using a Parish Nurse and many volunteers to provide blood pressure screening, respite care and transportation, and Eucharistic Ministers to the sick and home bound.
*KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL 13307 (contact Sean Cooper) This fraternal organization of Catholic men, defends the Catholic Faith, supports the parish, the church, and the community. Our four main principles are Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. Council 13307 numbers 200 at The Church of Saint Patrick and 1.8 million worldwide. Members meet monthly in the parish hall, first Thursday at 7:00 PM with fundraising events throughout the year.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS LADIES AUXILIARY (contact Tonya McDonald) These ladies are directly related to a member of the Knights, and fulfill their purpose by supporting their activities and charitable works. A spiritual and social organization, they combine their time/talents to support St. Patrick’s and to those in the community. Members meet monthly in the parish hall, first Thursday at 7:00 PM with fundraising events throughout the year.
LECTORS (contact Mary Hitzman) Do you have a great speaking voice? Become a lector and proclaim the Word of God during the celebration of Mass. Volunteers rotate monthly.
MUSIC (contact Greg Murray) Do you love to sing or play an instrument? Join the choir! The Music Ministry offers an opportunity for all musically inclined people to share their talent during the celebration of the Holy Mass. Members meet for practice on Wednesday evenings, 5:30-6:30 PM for instrumentalists and 6:30-8:30 PM for choir members.
PARISH OUTREACH/STEWARDSHIP (John Pecilunas or Jane Lange 941-378-1703, ext. 303) Throughout the year, the Church of Saint Patrick and its ministries reaches out to people in need in our community. Some examples include monthly food/clothing/toy Outreach collections, an annual School supplies drive, Christmas Giving Tree program, diaper drives for Our Mother’s House and Easter baskets. We have a need for food/clothing/toy/personal hygiene donations at any time to help support immediate needs of walk-ins. Please call for more information and/or if you wish to volunteer.
RESPECT LIFE (contact Esther Rachwal) Support the right to life! This ministry strives to increase parishioner's awareness of the inherent dignity of human life from conception to natural death. The focus of the ministry is on society's most vulnerable groups: expectant mothers and their babies, the aged, the terminally ill and the imprisoned.
RESURRECTION HOUSE (contact Valerie Fagan) This group feeds the hungry, both physically and hopefully spiritually, acting as Jesus would by performing service for others, reflecting His glory in our words and deeds. Four teams rotate to prepare and serve food at the Resurrection House, a day-center for the homeless population of Sarasota. We serve approximately 100 people twice a month on Wednesdays from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM.
*SACRISTAN (Parish Office, 941-378-1703, x300) The Sacristan ministry provides support services to the congregation of Saint Patrick Church, Deacons and Priests on a daily and weekly basis. This ministry requires an attention to detail, accountability and a dedication to service and is responsible for opening/securing the church for daily and weekend Masses, Funerals, Weddings and special services.
THE KEY GROUP (June Robbins, 941-378-1703 x306) This women's support group meets bi-monthly in the parish hall, room 7, 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 10:00 AM. The mission of this group is H.O.P.E.: Holy Spirit healing through Open hearts, Prayer and Encouragement. Format includes topic meetings, open forum, and speaker meetings. Participants share their own personal stories of faith and healing with the hope of helping others who are experiencing personal challenges. Meetings are confidential in nature and members are anonymous. This is a powerful discussion group, guided by the Holy Spirit. We also use resources, tools and words such as “Ephphatha” (“Be Opened!” Mark 7:34) to help each other through the peaks and valleys of our spiritual life journeys.
*USHERS/GREETERS (contact Dave and Kathy Wallace) This ministry provides the hospitality, fellowship, courtesy, and welcoming to those who come to the celebration of the Mass each weekend. Additionally, they also take up the collection and facilitate the smooth flow of people for Eucharist, entering/exiting the building, and manage emergency situations.
WELCOMING (contact Deacon Ray Lyons) Fellowship opportunities outside of Mass are provided for people to gather such as Sunday’s Coffee & Donuts (after 7:30 AM and 9:30 AM Mass), Tuesday & Thursday “Kaffee Klatch” (coffee club), and a Welcoming Brunch twice a year for new parishioners. Volunteers help set up, serve, and clean up after events.
WOMEN'S CLUB (contact Joanne Lyons) Open to all women in the parish, this group features interesting speakers and clubs. The group also volunteers for cleaning and ironing the altar linens. Members work together on various fundraisers and events throughout the year to help those less fortunate and to support the needs of our parish. Business meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month, September-May, starting with the Rosary at 1:00 PM in the chapel with meeting to follow in the Parish Hall. Monthly, the 1st Wednesday Book Club meets in the Parish Hall room 6 from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM, and on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, the Social Club meets for sharing hobbies/crafts/games and fellowship from 12-3:00 PM in the parish hall rooms 1&2.
*YOUTH MINISTRY (contact Tom Lelyo at 941-378-1703 x314 or email@example.com) This group consists of youths in grades 6-12. Meetings are usually held weekly in the parish center following the 5:30 PM Sunday Mass (times and venues can change!) In addition to spiritual formation and retreats, the group has fun with nights on the beach and high adventure activities, as they enjoy making new friends.
To contact the groups above:
- please go to http://www.churchofstpatrick.org/contact, choose the ministry from the drop-down list, and send an inquiry.
- call the main office at 941-378-1703 x300 to leave your information. The ministry head will contact you.
If you do not hear from anyone, please contact the Director of Communications, June Robbins, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-378-1703 x306.
*Please note, volunteers for these ministries require a background check/fingerprinting, and must attend a SET (Safety Environment Training) class. There is no cost to you. Please call Gail Ristow to set up an appointment for fingerprinting at 941-378-1703 ext. 301.The SET class is approximately 1 ½ hours and is held at various churches throughout the Diocese. A schedule can be found on the Diocese of Venice website: http://dioceseofvenice.org/programs/safe-environment/training-schedule/
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