Little Flower
Catholic Church and School

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Organizations

Organizations

Little Flower Parish is blessed to have many individuals involved in the parish life.

Listed below are our Parish Council and Commissions.

Parish Council

The Parish Council sets the mission and goals for the parish. It is the coordinating and unifying body of the parish and is advisory to the Pastor and Pastoral Team. The members develop the vision and direction of the parish along with the Pastoral Team. Major decisions affecting the parish are brought to the Parish Council. Twelve Council members serve the same three year term.

Parish Council Meetings are generally held the last Monday of each month (except July and December) at 7:00 PM in the Little Flower School Music room.


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Commissions

Little Flower Parish is blessed to have many individuals involved in the parish life. Feel free to click on any of the links below to see more information regarding a particular organization.

The Parish Council has five Commissions and the School Board which set objectives and oversee their specific area of parish life.

Liturgy Commission

Art Committee
Music Ministry
Eucharistic Minister
Eucharistic Ministers for the sick
Lectors
Gift Bearers
Ushers
Ministers of Service
Ministers of Hospitality
Eucharistic Adoration Volunteers
Liturgy of the Word for Children
Sacristans

Liturgy Commission (10)
The Liturgy Commission develops the objectives for and coordinates the most important area of parish life – the worship of our faith community. Numerous groups and committees contribute to our worship.

The various committees that make up the Liturgy Commission are listed below.

Art Committee (11)
This Committee is responsible for the visible interior of the Church -banners, flowers, vestments. Those skilled in artistic design, floral arrangements, sewing, and those willing to hang banners, etc. are welcome.


Music Ministry (12)
Instrumentalists of all types are invited to share their talents. Vocalists are asked to make a one-year commitment, renewable each year, to sing in the Adult Choir or cantor. Activities include singing or playing instruments for Saturday or Sunday Mass, Feast Days and other events. Volunteers also needed for music library, publicity, and to create a Youth Choir or instrumental ensemble.

Eucharistic Ministers (13)
These ministers distribute the Body and Blood of Christ on Sundays at school Masses, and special events. Parishioners 21 and over are invited to be trained and serve on a rotating basis – approximately every three weeks.

Eucharistic Ministers for Sick (14)
These ministers assist with helping those who are confined or housebound to take part in the Eucharist. They go to the nursing homes and residences of those who are unable to attend regular Mass. These communion calls are a vital part of stewardship and volunteers are welcome to take part.

Lectors (15)
Those who are high school age and over are invited to accept the responsibility of proclaiming the Scriptures at our Masses. Training is provided and assignments are on a rotating basis.

Gift Bearers (16)
Individuals and families carry the gifts of bread, wine and the gifts of treasure to the altar at the Offertory procession during Mass. Gift bearers are scheduled to serve every few months.

Ushers (17)
These parishioners perform routine duties during Mass including collecting the offering, making sure the church is presentable before and after Mass. Ushers serve at a regular Mass. 

Ministers of Hospitality (18)
These parishioners’ welcome people as they enter the church, distribute programs, and hand out the worship aid at Masses and special Liturgies.

Eucharistic Adoration Volunteers (56)
These parishioners commit to a certain hour of adoration weekly or monthly during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament each Friday or the first Friday monthly 24-hour vigil so that someone is always present in the Little Flower Chapel during Eucharistic Exposition.

Ministers of Service (19)
These young men and women assist the Priest and Deacon at Mass. They also help wherever necessary before Mass and after Mass. Fifth graders and older are welcome. Servers commit for one year at a time.

Liturgy of the Word for Children (08)
Adults proclaim and explain the Sunday Scripture readings to children during the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass.

Sacristans (07)
Parishioners of all ages are invited to assist in a variety of small, shared jobs to maintain needs of daily Mass chapel, Sacristy, and Church. Duties coordinated by the Head Sacristan include: dusting, polishing, caring for plants, changing altar linens, candles and Holy Water, and washing communion cups, purificators, finger towels, albs and linens as needed. Families, groups, and youth welcome for annual November cleaning.

Administration & Finance Commission

Budget Committee
Building and Grounds Committee
Stewardship Committee
Fund Raising

Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA)
The Administration and Finance Commission oversees the Stewardship Program of the Parish, develops and monitors the annual operating and capital expense budgets, and provides for the maintenance of the parish plant and grounds. The Commission meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:15 PM in the Rectory.

Budget Committee (21)
This Committee develops the budget process and puts together the annual fiscal year budget. The committee monitors the income and expenses on a monthly basis.

Buildings and Grounds Committee (22)
The Committee monitors the maintenance of the parish buildings and grounds. It develops an annual repair schedule for the school building.

Stewardship Committee (23)
This Committee is responsible for the annual renewal of our Stewardship program – both the stewardship of Treasure and the stewardship of Time and Talent. The Committee is also responsible for the Stewardship portion of the Welcoming process for new parishioners.

Fund-Raising (24)
This Committee is responsible for major fund-raising activities, designed to generate revenues to be applied to school and parish operating expenses. Annual events have included the Run/Walk and Raffle.

Annual Catholic Appeal (25)
The Committee is responsible for the annual appeal program. It includes the Advanced Gift Program as well as the regular appeal.

Christian Formation / Evangelization

Ministers of Prayer
Baptism Preparation
RCIA
Catechists

Christian Formation / Evangelization (26)
The Christian Formation/Evangelization Commission is responsible for the development, promotion and evaluation of religious education programs. While it addresses the continuing Catholic Christian education of all members of the parish, its particular emphasis is adult faith formation. It also implements the Bishops’ Plan for Evangelization by raising awareness of Jesus as the center of our lives and our parish, providing opportunities for our own spiritual growth and for reaching out to welcome others. The Commission works in collaboration with the Director of Faith Formation. The Commission meets an average of 8-10 times yearly, scheduled around the planning of faith development programs.

Ministers of Prayer (28)
These parishioners pray for the needs of individual parish families, the parish, the Church, and the world. They receive a monthly letter indicating the specific needs for which they offer prayer.

Baptism Preparation (30)
Parishioners who are planning to have a child baptized attend a special class held at the parish.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) (31)
This process prepares adults for sacramental initiation into the Church. Sponsors are needed to accompany the candidates for the sessions and make them “at home.” Parishioners are invited to joint the RCIA team or to serve a few times during the year as Prayer Leaders and Refreshments/Hospitality persons.

Christian Community Commission

Ministers of Prayer
Baptism Preparation
RCIA
Catechists

Christian Formation / Evangelization (26)
The Christian Formation/Evangelization Commission is responsible for the development, promotion and evaluation of religious education programs. While it addresses the continuing Catholic Christian education of all members of the parish, its particular emphasis is adult faith formation. It also implements the Bishops’ Plan for Evangelization by raising awareness of Jesus as the center of our lives and our parish, providing opportunities for our own spiritual growth and for reaching out to welcome others. The Commission works in collaboration with the Director of Faith Formation. The Commission meets an average of 8-10 times yearly, scheduled around the planning of faith development programs.

Ministers of Prayer (28)
These parishioners pray for the needs of individual parish families, the parish, the Church, and the world. They receive a monthly letter indicating the specific needs for which they offer prayer.

Baptism Preparation (30)
Parishioners who are planning to have a child baptized attend a special class held at the parish.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) (31)
This process prepares adults for sacramental initiation into the Church. Sponsors are needed to accompany the candidates for the sessions and make them “at home.” Parishioners are invited to joint the RCIA team or to serve a few times during the year as Prayer Leaders and Refreshments/Hospitality persons.

Little Flower School Board

School Activity Volunteers
School Helpers

School Organizations

Youth Ministry
Girl Scouts
Ladies Club
Legion of Mary
Knights of Columbus
Men’s Club
Respect Life Committee
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Parish Picnic Committee

Little Flower Parish is blessed to have many individuals involved in parish life. Feel free to click on any of the links below to see more information regarding any of our parish’s commissions, ministries, or organizations.

The following parish organizations present a wide variety of social, spiritual and service activities available to all ages.

Youth Ministry (57)
An opportunity for spiritual, educational, and social formation for high school teens. We gather monthly for various activities such as general formation meetings, social events, and Mass. The length of the event is usually two hours.

Activities:
•Senior Citizens Breakfast
•Breakfast with Santa
•Teen/Men’s Club annual soccer game
•Service Projects
•Lock-ins
•Food Booth at the Parish Picnic
•And much more
•Membership: 8th grade after Confirmation through 12th grade

Girl Scouts (58)
The purpose of Girl Scouts is to inspire girls with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism, and service, to offer girls the experience of working in a group, making decisions as a group, and sharing and learning together.

Activities:
•Meetings
•Field trips
•Camping
•Neighborhood/district/council events
•Ceremonies
•Crafts
•Singing
•Badge work
•Outdoor adventures
•Community service projects
•Fund-raisers
•Sport skills

Membership: Brownies: 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade girls, Juniors and Cadets

Volunteer Opportunities: Leader, Co-leader, cookie manager, etc.

Must be at least 18 years old.

Ladies Club (60)
The purpose of the Ladies Club is to aid the work of the parish and school and provide a social environment for the women of the parish.

Meetings: Second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. (Rosary at 7:00 p.m.)

Membership: Women of the parish (18 years of age and older) and mothers of children enrolled in the school.

Committees: School Committee, Dancing School, Special Events

Legion of Mary (61)
The purpose of the Legion of Mary is to increase the personal holiness of its members through the imitation of the virtues of Mary, to foster a deeper devotion to Mary among all people and to undertake apostolic works.

Meetings: Weekly on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 AM in the Rectory Meeting Room.

Membership:

Active membership – Persons 18 years or older who meet and perform two hours of apostalic work

Auxiliary membership – Persons 18 years or older willing to say a rosary and specific prayers each day.

Activities:
•First Friday Eucharistic Adoration
•Weekly personal visits throughout the parish area for census taking surveys
•Evangelization of shut-ins
•Auxiliary members contacts

Knights of Columbus (71)
The purpose of the Knights of Columbus is to help Catholic men grow in their faith through mutual encouragement; to promote closer ties of fraternity among them; and to embody knightly ideals of spirituality and service to Church, community and fellow humans.

Meetings: Fourth Tuesday monthly, 8:00 PM in school hall following Rosary at 7:30 PM.

Membership: Any Catholic man 18 years of age or older.

Activities:
•Spiritual development
•Family life
•Youth work
•Community activities and pro-life activities
•First Friday Eucharistic Adoration
•Tootsie Roll Drive

Volunteer Opportunities:
•Serving breakfast at Ronald McDonald House.

Men’s Club (62)
The purpose of the Men’s Club is to promote and sponsor athletic, social, educational and spiritual activities.

Meetings: Third Wednesday monthly at 7:30 PM in the school hall.

Membership: Men of the parish 18 years or older and fathers of children enrolled in the school.

Committees: Athletic director and coaches; Field Maintenance Director and workers.

Activities:
•Golf Tournament
•Basket of Cheer
•Father/Child Float Trip
•Various fund-raisers and social events

Respect Life Committee (63)
The purpose of the Respect Life Committee is to promote respect for human life at all of its stages by providing spiritual, educational, legislative and pastoral opportunities to the parish and school to nourish a culture of life.

Membership: Everyone is invited.

Activities:
•Project Rachael, post abortion counseling
•First Friday Adoration
•Third Saturday Mass and witness at Planned Parenthood Facility
•Cinnamon Bread Sale to benefit Life Line Coalition
•Baby showers to benefit Our Lady’s Inn, Villa Maria, and Birthright

Respect Life opportunities for the parish and school include speakers on the life issues, Spiritual Adoption and the Right Start program for the eighth grade students and parents.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul (64)
Inspired by the teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides men and women the opportunity to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those in need. It carries on its work in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and under the patronage of St. Vincent de Paul and Our Blessed Mother under her title of the Immaculate Conception.

Meetings: First and third Mondays of the month at 7:15 PM in the Rectory Meeting Room.

Membership: Any adult Catholic who is a parishioner.

Activities:
•Two-person teams make home visits within parish boundaries to people requesting assistance. Help given may include, but is not limited to, financial assistance with costs of food, utilities, etc. No work of charity is foreign to the Society. Strict confidentiality is maintained. Prayer and the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul are ever-present components of the Society’s work. They also sell the Sunday Visitor after all Saturday and Sunday Masses.

Theatre Group (67)
The Little Flower Theatre group provides wholesome entertainment in a Christian environment.

Membership: Parishioners – high school age or older with or without theatrical experience.

Committees: Set construction, props; Program; Make-up; Lights and sound; Publicity; Costumes; Actors

Activities:
•Presents annual production in early Spring.
•Rehearsals held in January and February in the school hall.

Parish Picnic Committee (70)
This committee is responsible for coordinating the Parish/School picnic in the Spring, a large parish fund-raiser and entertainment for all parishioners.

Meetings: Various dates to be announced at the Rectory.

Volunteer Opportunities:
•Chairpersons for various committees
•Set-up, tear-down tents, tables, etc.
•Barbecue during event
•Serve dinner
•Clean up
•Ticket sales
•Organizing and operating various booths
•Opportunities for individuals, families, groups and youth

Activities:
•Dinner
•Rides
•Games
•Booths
•Music
•Snack food sales
•Social gatherings
•Parade

SKILLS
Your skills are a precious gift and we are blessed with abundance in the parish. Many that do not appear in listed committee work are necessary at times. Identifying your skills does not commit you to service. This resource list will be most useful when advice is needed by the pastoral team, Parish Council or fellow parishioners. Please indicate your knowledge in any of the following areas on the commitment form and you will be contacted as needed:

•Baby-sitting (72)
•Bookkeeping (73)
•Catering (74)
•Calligraphy (75)
•Carpentry (76)
•Commercial Art (77)
•Electrician (78)
•Entertainer (piano, dancer) (79)
•Food Service (81)
•Fund-Raising (82)
•General Office (typing, filing, stuffing, collating, telephone) (83)
•General Maintenance (lawn, handyman, painter) (84)
•Gift Shop (90)
•Heating and Cooling (85)
•Lawn/garden (grass cutting, planting, weeding, watering)
•Library Skills (98)
•Nursing (89)
•Public Relations (91)
•Sewing (94)
•Technology (website, network, computers)
•Writing/Reporting (96)

Also, please indicate whether you have a van or truck that you could offer for transporting donations and supplies.