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 look through our opportunities below and reflect... pray about where God is calling you to serve!
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 or call 941-378-1703 Ext 300 or 303
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT (Irene Lynch) 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 Wednesday and Friday in our Chapel after 8:00 AM Mass, 8:30 AM to 12 PM and Monday nights from 5 to7 PM. Volunteers are asked to commit to one hour or more.
ALTAR SERVERS (Deacon Kim Cohen) Altar servers assist the Priest and Deacons during Mass. Open to students in first grade and above (7 and older). 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 (Carol Hastings) 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 purchase 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 MASS Held on the second Thursday of each month at 8 AM in the Chapel. Candles are lit in memory of loved ones.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP (Donna Cohen) Joy shared is double the joy, grief shared is half the grief. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month at 9:00 AM room 6 in the Parish Hall. Please join us.
BIBLE STUDY-DAY (Maryanne McGuiness and Mariann Pirchio) Learn the Bible! These weekly meetings are held on Thursday mornings,10 AM Parish Hall, room 1 & 2, October through April.
BIBLE STUDY-ONLINE (Gene Tischer) Learn the Bible! Studies are posted weekly on our website at Bible Study Link.
CHURCH PEW CREW (Joan Fox) Volunteers meet every Monday at 8:30 AM to help keep our pews tidy. Come join in!
*COUNTING TEAM (Bob Scully) This group of dedicated parishioners meets every week to count the weekend collections. Members must be fingerprinted and sign nondisclosure statements. Accuracy and confidentiality are required.
DIVINE MERCY CENACLE PRAYER GROUP (Anna Mae Paladina) 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 second and fourth Thursday each month for prayer and discussion, with a social at 6:30 PM and meeting from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.
DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET (Valerie Fagan) Learn how to pray the Chaplet given to us by Sr. Faustina. Fridays at 8:30 AM in the Chapel.
*DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET - PRAYING THE CHAPLET AT THE BEDSIDE OF THE SICK/DYING (Valerie Fagan) Members from this group 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 (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.
*FAITH FORMATION (Parish Office, 941-378-1703 ext 309) Grades Pre-K through 10, Adult Faith Formation, Sacramental Preparation and Rite of Christian Initiation. For Children (RCIC) and Adults (RCIA).
GREETING MINISTRY (Mike and Bonnie Morse) Welcome visitors to Mass on the weekends. Helping to build a sense of community.
*HEALTH & CARING (Linda Mostek, RN) The Health & Caring Ministry reaches out to meet the physical, spiritual, and emotional health needs of the community of St. Patrick’s, using 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 (Mike Madigan) This fraternal organization of Catholic men, defends the Catholic Faith, supports the Parish, the Church, and the community. Their 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, the first Thursday at 7:00 PM with fundraising events throughout the year.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS LADIES AUXILIARY (Irene Lynch) 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 the Church of St. Patrick and to those in the community. Members meet monthly in the Parish Hall, the first Thursday at 7:00 PM with fundraising events throughout the year.
LECTORS (Charles Tramer) Do you have a great speaking voice? Become a lector and proclaim the Word of God during the celebration of Mass. Volunteers rotate monthly.
LITURGICAL DECORATIONS (Patty DiMicele) Help decorate the Church according to the seasons.
MUSIC (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.
OUR LADY OF PREPETUAL HELP DEVOTION Learn how to pray this beautiful devotion every Saturday after the 8 AM Mass.
PARISH OUTREACH/STEWARDSHIP (St. Patrick Office) 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. There is always 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.
PRISON MINISTRY (Barbra Keane) Volunteers work with inmates at the Sarasota County Jail sharing the Word through reflections, scripture, and song.
RESPECT LIFE (Mary Walter) 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. We do peaceful prayer vigils and various fundraising throughout the year.
RESURRECTION HOUSE (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 preparing and serving food at the Resurrection House, a day-center for the homeless population of Sarasota. They serve approximately 100 people the second and third Wednesdays from 11:30 AM to12:30 PM.
*SACRISTAN (Jaime Perez) The Sacristan ministry provides support services to the congregation of the Church of Saint Patrick, 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.
PRAY THE ROSARY - Join us in praying to Rosary. Brochures available. Monday through Saturday in the Chapel Monday thru Saturday at 7:30 AM.
*USHERS/GREETERS (Mass Leaders) 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 (Susan Patshek) 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 (Barbara Daoust) Open to all women in the Parish, this group features interesting speakers and clubs. 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 third Monday of each month, September through May, starting with the Rosary at 1:00 PM in the Chapel followed by the meeting in the Parish Hall.
WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB Meets on the first Wednesday of each month in the Parish Hall room 6 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
WOMEN'S CLUB HOBBY, GAMES, AND CRAFTS (Mariann Pirchio and Mary Hallock) On the first and third Wednesday of each month, the Social Club meets for sharing hobbies/crafts/games and fellowship from 12 to 3:00 PM in the Parish Hall rooms 1&2.
*YOUTH MINISTRY (Parish Office 941-378-1703) This group consists of youths in grades 6 to 12. Meetings are usually held weekly in the Parish Hall following the 5:00 PM Sunday Mass for high school (grades 9 to 12).
Middle school (grades 6 to 8) meets both Wednesday night at 5:30 PM and on Sunday at 10:30 AM following the 9:30 AM Mass/before the 11:30 AM Mass (times and venues are subject to 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.
*Please note, volunteers for some of these ministries require a background check/fingerprinting, and must complete a SET (Safety Environment Training) online class.
Thank you for your interest and God bless you!
Do you have an idea for a new ministry? Please fill out a New Ministry Form and submit it to our Parish Office by:
- Email forms to the Director of Communications
- Mailed to 7900 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota FL 34212
- Simply drop your form into the offertory basket during a weekend Mass.