The following are all the variety of ways in which you can be involved in the parish. PLEASE CONSIDER BEING INVOLVED in any of these ministries or organizations, please contact the Parish Office at email@example.com, or call 440-599-8570.
Adult/Junior Altar Servers
Throughout the centuries, the presider of the liturgical assembly has been assisted by minor ministers. These ministers carry out duties that both help the presider and enhance the ceremonial nature of the Church’s liturgy. This ministry is open to any person of good character, male or female, who has received First Eucharist and is a Catholic mature enough to carry out the duties with grace and with a sense of the importance of what is to be done during the Mass. Servers are needed for weekends, daily and funeral Masses.
Musicians: A psalmist, a cantor, an organist, other instrumentalists, a choir, and/or a director of music assist the assembly’s full participation in singing the songs, responses, and acclamations. These music ministers exercise a liturgical function within the assembly and by their role, help to add beauty and solemnity to the celebration. Music ministers should have a thorough understanding of liturgical theology and tradition, and an appreciation of the role and function of music and liturgy.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist: They assist the presider and serve the Body and Blood of Christ to those prepared to receive at Mass. Extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist are to be fully initiated Catholics, at least sixteen years of age, who lead a life in harmony with the Church.
Eucharistic Ministry to the Homebound: Eucharistic ministers or family members are commissioned by the Bishop and trained to give Communion to the homebound on a regular basis.
Lectors: The lector has a dual role: to proclaim the Word of God and to listen to the Word. Lectors prepare thoroughly at home the week before they are scheduled to read. They pray with the Scriptures, hoping in faith that God will come to them through the printed words and that they will be able to convey God’s presence to the Assembly. They are people of the Word. The role of lector may be performed by any qualified person of mature faith.
Ushers/Greeters: They create a welcoming and comfortable environment as the community comes together to celebrate the Eucharist. They welcome all who arrive for Mass, collect the offertory, and oversee special requests that ensure a respectful assembly.
Liturgy of the Word for Children: Prayer Leaders (different from Leaders of Prayer) help young children listen to the Word of God, pray about it and discuss what God might be saying to them through His Word. The session takes place during the 11am Sunday Mass in the downstairs of the Parish Office and replaces the readings, the homily and intercessions taking place in church for the adults. Volunteers are trained to be prayer leaders and need to be in compliance with the Diocese of Youngstown’s Child Protection Policy.
SERVICE AND OUTREACH ORGANIZATIONS
St. Vincent de Paul Society: The Society is an outreach group to the local community. The Society provides emergency assistance to those in need in the Conneaut community through the donations of the parishioners. The Society sponsors the Small Soles (providing shoes for children), the H.A.L.O. (Holiday Angels Loving Others) as well as other special works. Meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 6:30pm. New members are always welcome. The Corpus Christi Parish Conference is affiliated with the National and International Society of St. Vincent de Paul as well as the Council for the Diocese of Youngstown.
Mary’s Kitchen: A faith-based community outreach serving a soup luncheon the last Saturday and second Thursday of every month at the Human Resource Center. Volunteers provide crockpots of soup, serve sandwiches, fresh fruit, desserts and both hot and cold beverages. Lunch is served from 11 am to 1 pm. Students may receive community service credits for participation.
The Prayer Chain Ministry: is a group of devoted prayers who pray for anyone who has made a request through the church office or through individual Prayer Chain Ministry members. The chain begins the moment the call is received and is sent to each member through a systematic order, one to the other member. Each call and the information the caller wishes to share remains confidential. We welcome new members who will pray for the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of others. We believe in the power of prayer. Philippians 4:6-7 Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Prayer Shawl Ministry: The Prayer Shawl Ministry serves as an outreach to anyone in need of prayers. Members gather at 6pm on the third Wednesday of the month to work together on shawls. The following weekend, shawls are blessed by Father and prayed over by all parishioners at the 11am Sunday Mass before being delivered. Volunteer members are available each month to teach anyone to knit/crochet or work on the loom.
Corpus Christi Cooks: Corpus Christi Cooks are a group of parishioners who prepare/serve funeral luncheons as well as parish events. Volunteers also provide a Thanksgiving dinner for the community on Thanksgiving Day, as well as a Christmas Dinner the Sunday before Christmas. New members are welcome and needed.
The L.E.A.F. Project (Loving Equally All Families)
L.E.A.F. is an ecumenical project in which volunteers provide home repairs for those in need in the Conneaut area. For one week in July, our parishioners work alongside volunteers from many different churches to provide safer and healthier living conditions to homeowners. L.E.A.F. is headquartered at the Parish Center. Volunteers may work for a few hours, a few days or the entire week. Meetings are held at 7pm the second Tuesday of each month at New Leaf Event Center on Gateway Avenue.
Pastoral Planning Council: Corpus Christi’s Pastoral Planning Council members express parishioners’ ideas and thoughts and along with various sub-committees, Planning Council advises the Pastor on issues necessary to move our Parish forward. The Council currently consists of a Chairperson, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and nine members-at-large; meetings are scheduled on a six-week basis and are held on Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm.
Finance Council: The Council’s function is to make recommendations dealing with general financial planning and policies that affect the life and mission of the parish. Based on review and analysis of financial and other relevant information, the Council sets the basic direction and determines strategies to promote the financial success of the parish. It provides a guide for future actions that impact parish finances. The Finance Council meets quarterly, or as needed.
Cemetery Board: The purpose of the Board is to set policies and procedures for St. Joseph Cemetery. The Board meets once every three months at an announced time.
Environment Committee: This group strives to create an atmosphere in which the worshiping assembly can experience God through the visual beauty of the Church environment. The committee plans and executes the decorations for Easter and Christmas. The committee also maintains a beautifully reverent environment throughout the other liturgical seasons. The Environment Committee meets quarterly and on an “as needed” basis. Meetings are announced in the bulletin. All are welcome.
Lenten Fish Dinner Committee: Fish Dinners are held each Friday during Lent from 4:30 – 6:30pm. Volunteers are needed for set-up on Thursday afternoons and on Fridays during the dinners for taking orders, cooking, serving and clean-up. An organizational meeting is held prior to the Lenten Season.
FAITH FORMATION MINISTRIES
Catechists: “Whoever is called ‘to teach Christ’ must first seek ‘the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus’… From this loving knowledge of Christ springs the desire to proclaim him, … to lead others to him. Catechists teach students in grades 1-8 according to the curriculum of the Diocese of Youngstown. They are to be practicing Catholics who live in the Spirit of Jesus, participate in the sacramental life of the Church, and know and witness to the teachings and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. Catechists are to demonstrate an ongoing academic and spiritual growth that is a lived priority in order to nurture personal and communal faith. They are to be certified or working toward certification according to Diocesan Office of Religious Education certification guidelines. They need to be in compliance with the Diocesan Policy on Child Protection and be at least 18 years of age.
Parent Advisory Group: “Parents are called to be the first teachers in the ways of faith. They are also called to be the best of teachers, bearing witness to the faith by what they say and do.” (The Rite of Baptism—Blessing of Parents). The Parent Advisory Group offers assistance to the parish catechetical administrator for catechetical programming for children and youth at the parish level.
RCIA: The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the Church’s ritual process for calling adults to a conversion of mind and heart and preparing them for a full and active life in the Church as disciples of Jesus. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults adapted for Children of Catechetical Age, usually around the age of reason, seven years of age, is also available. The process may take from one to two years. Volunteers are needed for the team in a variety of ministries: catechists, sponsors, godparent, hospitality, music leader, and support staff.
Youth Group: A group of teens who desire to develop their relationship with Jesus Christ through faith-based discussions, service and social activities.