Parish Ministries

FAITH FORMATION

Catechist (K-5): A catechist should be a person of faith, as well as a faithful member of the community. Catechists have a basic understanding of church teaching, are able to communicate well with children, be willing to learn and should be able to follow a lesson plan.

Catechetical Aide: Catechetical aides assist in the classroom with a variety of activities.

Gatekeeper: Gatekeepers help to monitor the halls and take attendance.

Youth Minister (Grades 6-10): A youth minister should be an active member of the faith community who wants to bring teens together for fun, prayer, service and to get a better understanding of our faith.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Team assists those discerning their path to the Catholic faith.

LITURGICAL MINISTRY

Prayer and Worship Planning Team: This committee meets monthly. Their goal is to create an environment that enhances prayer for the parish through ritual, décor and music.  They plan Sunday and Holy Day liturgies as well as the various prayer services that are held.

Church Decorating: The décor in church enhances the Liturgical celebrations that take place throughout the year.  The goal is to inspire and instruct those who worship.                                                                                                      

Altar Servers at Liturgy: Altar servers lead the opening and closing procession and assist the celebrant and deacons in receiving and preparing the gifts of bread and wine. This ministry is open to everyone third grade and older.

Eucharistic Minister: As a Eucharistic Minister you bring the consecrated Body and Blood of Christ to your brothers and sisters.

Usher/Greeter: This person greets people and makes them welcome as we gather to worship. They assist people who may have special needs; invite people to present the offertory gifts; take up the collection; distribute bulletins at the end of Mass; and generally help to maintain the good order of our Liturgies.

Lector: A lector proclaims the scriptures at the weekend liturgies. The lector should be well prepared by studying the scriptures for the particular Sunday and by practicing the readings beforehand.  Materials are made available to the lectors for this purpose.  The person who is performing this ministry should be able to speak clearly and distinctly and should be comfortable speaking from the lectern.

Adult Choir: The adult choir is a vital part of the Parish Music Ministry. All are welcome to join, from high school age and over, who like to sing.  This ministry’s main commitment is to the Sunday 10:30 a.m. liturgy.  Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings from mid-September through the beginning of June.

EVANGELIZATION

Evangelization Committee: Our Evangelization Team is committed to answering the call to Evangelism which is present in each of us from our Baptism on. We promote and sponsor programs throughout the year which are designed to reach out to all. We work on social, religious and education programs in order to provide everyone within our own parish community and the community at large an opportunity to hear and share in the good news.  We meet monthly and we continually strive to promote our creed: “All are Welcome in this Place”.

Welcoming Committee: This committee offers our new parish family members guidance, support and encouragement in finding their niche among our many parish ministries, outreach efforts, activities and service projects.

BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY

Bereavement Ministry: Bereavement ministers assist family members plan the funeral liturgy and to inform and assist them in the liturgical aspects of the celebration of the Mass of Christian Death and Burial.

Funeral Choir: The Funeral Choir is called whenever there is to be a funeral. We sing the mass parts and hymns selected by the family of the deceased.  Usually there is about a two day notice when there is to be a funeral.  Anyone who likes to sing and is available on weekday or Saturday mornings is welcome to join us.

COMMUNITY SERVICE MINISTRY

Eddy Village Green ministers “adopt” a House bringing Jesus and the community of Holy Trinity to the residents and caregivers at that House. This may take the form of weekly Communion Services, saying the Rosary, conducting activities, Christmas Caroling at the Holidays or just forming friendships with the residents.  Training and support is provided.

Knitting/Crocheting Group spend time together and at home making preemie hats, blankets for the homeless, lap robes for the elderly, hats and mittens for the children and much more. The most important thing is that as we knit each stitch we will be thinking and praying for the recipient.

Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound brings a part of the community with you by sharing the Word of God and the Eucharist with them. You are making them feel a part of the parish community, visiting with them and praying with them and by bringing them the bulletin or the newsletter for on-going information and news of the parish community, assuring them that they are still a part of us.

Food Pantry is located in the Parish Center. With the help of the volunteers and the generosity of parishioners, we are able to maintain the stock on the shelves enabling us to help those in need.

FINANCE MINISTRY

Bishop’s Appeal Worker: The committee organizes the annual spring appeal. They help with the in-pew commitment weekend, keep track of donations and pledges made to the appeal and contact people  who do not initially respond to the appeal on commitment weekend.

Collection Counters: Join our team on Monday mornings at the Parish Center to assist with counting the weekly collection. No finance background is necessary.

MAINTENANCE MINISTRIES

Seasonal Grounds Maintenance: For most of the year the grounds are taken care of by staff.   The rest of the year we depend on volunteers to keep up the properties.

Snow Removal: Staff people clean the sidewalks and all parking lots during the week. On weekends the lots are maintained by staff.  We also depend on volunteers to help with snow removal.  Volunteers are needed to help keep the approaches and entrances to the church and parish center free from ice and snow during the winter.

SOCIAL MINISTRY

Garage Sale: Raising money isn’t the only goal of our annual garage sale. We come together to work, to share the experience of sorting donations, sprucing up the donations, creating attractive displays in the sale rooms and finally – on the big day, we sell!

Parish Dinners: Twice a year there are parish dinners open to the public: Corned Beef/Ham and Cabbage in the spring and a Pork dinner in the fall.  This takes a lot of volunteers in helping to set up and prepare the meal.

PARISH ORGANIZATIONS

Ladies of Ste. Anne: This organization has been in existence since 1899. The Ladies of Ste. Anne Society consists of a group of women who work for the benefit of our parish.  They host receptions for all parish functions throughout the year and are involved in the annual garage sale and all parish dinners.  The Ladies of Ste. Anne meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 12 noon in the Parish Center.

Boy Scouts: Troop 670 was chartered in 1947, making us one of the oldest continuously run Boy Scout Troops in Albany County and the only troop in Cohoes. We participate in many community service projects for both the parish and the City of Cohoes.  The troop is very active and participates in at least one weekend outdoor camping or hiking trip each month.  We meet weekly on Tuesday nights from September through June at the Parish Center.  Contact www.troop670.org

Cub Scouts: The Cub Scout program is for boy’s ages 5-10 years old. Cub Scouts helps young boys to achieve the same objectives as the Boy Scouts with their parents guidance.  There are numerous activities designed to teach citizenship and prepare the boys for greater challenges within the Scouting Program. Contact www.pack670.org.