C O M M I S S I O N S
To read a description of the different commissions, click here. You may also download an application to serve on any of the commissions.
Here is the August-September liturgical ministry schedule. You will need the free Acrobat Reader to open the schedule. If you are unable to serve on your weekend, you are responsible for finding a substitute. Please e-mail the date, your name, and the name of your substitute to: email@example.com. Lectors should contact Lucia Church, 704-588-1858.
ALTAR DUTY: Please click here for the Altar Duty Schedule.
Extraordinary Ministers Of Holy Communion
Contact: Bob Averell, 704-542-9213
Ministers assist the priest in giving out communion at the Masses,
receiving a schedule in advance of what weeks and at which Masses they
are expected to serve. This ministry is open to any adult, approved by
the pastor, who has received the sacrament of Confirmation and who is
in good standing with the church; who is dependable, knowledgeable,
and reverent of the duty and privilege he or she will be performing;
and who is called to do so. Orientation and training is required
before joining this ministry.
Contact: Tracy Pratt, 704-543-6845 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The altar servers serve at the altar of our Lord during liturgical
celebrations. They are chosen from among the faithful of the parish
who display a desire to serve in a more intimate way during the Mass.
The primary duty of a server is to assist the priests and deacons. To
be eligible for this ministry, a person must have received First
Reconciliation and Holy Communion.
Contact: Lucia Church, 704-588-1858
The lectors minister to the community of St. Vincent's by proclaiming
the Word of God at liturgical celebrations. Lectors are trained to be
"Proclaimers of the Word" as well as to prayerfully offer the
community's intentions at the liturgical celebrations. Anyone
interested in this ministry should be a parishioner of St. Vincent's
and a practicing Catholic. He or she should feel comfortable speaking
in front of people and have a good, strong speaking voice.
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Contact: Michael Aylmore, 704-554-1021; Lee Epps, 704-525-1835
Ushers greet and welcome everyone coming to our parish prior to Mass.
They also assist during and after Mass. Duties include taking up the
collection, guiding the congregation to Communion, handing out
bulletins, finding a family to bring up the Gifts, picking up after
Mass, and seating all parishioners and guests as best they can.
Contact: Drennan Thompson, Director of Music, 704-367-0249
The Adult Choir sings at the 9:30AM Mass each Sunday, during Holy Week, on feast days, and on special occasions from the middle of September through the end of May or through Pentecost if it falls on a Sunday in June. The choral repertoire consists of Gregorian chant, motets from the Renaissance and sacred choral works from the Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 7:00PM until 9:00PM. In addition, the Adult Handbell Choir rehearses after choir rehearsal for those who wish to participate. Anyone interested in joining must love to sing, have a strong sense of commitment, perceive the choir as a vital ministry and learn the importance of its place in the liturgy and in the Church. If you wish to participate in this very important ministry at St. Vincent's, please contact Drennan Thompson after the 5:00PM Vigil Mass, or the 9:30AM and 11:30AM Sunday Masses. I will look forward to speaking with you.
Meeting Times: Usually Monday evening from 7-9PM, September-May.
Contacts: Drennan Thompson, Director of Music, 704-367-0249; Joan Kelley, Director of the Children's Choir, 704-846-8209
The children sing for a Mass in the fall, Christmas Eve, Palm Sunday Vigil, and once in the spring. A strong emphasis is placed upon teaching the children to read music, singing from memory, vocal technique, handbells, and most of all, learning the importance of music as a ministry and its place in the liturgy. Generally, rehearsals take place on Sunday evenings from 6:30PM until 8:00PM, October through Christmas and March through April. If your child can read words and is interested in participating in this very important ministry at St. Vincent's, please contact Joan Kelley or Drennan Thompson. We will look forward to hearing from you.
Contact: Fr. Mark Lawlor, 704-554-7088
Members of this ministry visit the sick and homebound and bring the
host whenever the sick or shut-ins request it. Training is available
for those interested in bringing the host to people they visit.
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Altar Care (Sacristan)
Contact: Daragh Janssen, 704.556.0443, email@example.com
This group strives to keep the sanctuary clean and beautiful. The
members clean and dust the altars, clean the candles and Holy Water
fonts, and launder the altar cloths. They also remove dead flowers,
water plants, and dust the Stations of the Cross and window sills.
Meeting Times: The group meets Friday after the 9:00AM Mass. At
present, there are seven groups, making the commitment once every
seven weeks. A member is expected to show up on the assigned week or
to get a replacement. There is also a Saturday morning group for those
unable to participate on Friday.
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Contact: Parish Life Commission, Parish Office, 704-554-7088
Fellowship Sunday offers food, fellowship, and fun after the fourth
weekend Masses, hosted by various groups, committees, families, or
neighborhoods from the parish. Join your parish family to renew old
friendships wand to meet new friends. A "how-to" checklist about
running a Fellowship Sunday is available at the church office. Each
hosting group needs to implement his information for a successful
Contact: Diane Hoefling, 704-541-3760
This committee educates the parish on Respect Life issues. It promotes
prayers to further a culture of life and to support pro-life
Contact: Lisa Ayers, 704-771-8053
This group is involved in several areas of the parish and is
represented by a board of six members who are elected each May.
Primarily, the group is responsible for the altar, replacing items
used in the celebration of the Mass (including altar cloths, candles,
vestments, chalices) and, from time to time, providing flowers.
Each September, the Women's Guild holds a Welcome Tea to enable new
and existing members of the parish to get together and to present the
program for the year. The Welcome Tea also allows smaller groups
called Circles to introduce themselves. These circles hold monthly
meetings, undertake special projects, and offer fellowship. New
members are always welcome.
Meeting Times: Usually four main meetings are held at three-month
intervals, and can be anything from fashion shows to card parties. The
group also has a special evening when someone from one of the diocesan
support agencies comes to talk about his or her work.
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St. Lucy Circle
Daragh Janssen, Roz Spinks
The St. Lucy Circle is dedicated to St. Lucy, patron saint of the
blind and visually impaired. The circle gathers monthly for "Life,
Love, and Laughter" and to grow both spiritually and personally. The
circle is dedicated to helping the poor throughout the year by
collecting and distributing clothing and food items, with the most
significant effort taking place during the Christmas season.
Meeting Times: Third Wednesday of each month at 7:30PM.
Santa Zita Circle
Contacts: Barbara Brown, 704-523-8601
The Santa Zita Circle provides opportunities to do charitable work in
the area, to share religious experiences, and to enjoy the camaraderie
of women in the parish. This circle arranges the annual "Santa's Bag,"
an event offering area children the opportunity to purchase reasonably
priced gift items and to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Meeting Times: The first Wednesday of each month at 7:30PM,
Contact: Robina Walker, 704-752-1611
The Moms' Club strives to provide support, foster faith, and encourage
civic involvement with scheduled activities for mothers, children, and
their families. The circle provides support for mothers in their
ministry of motherhood while seeking to instill stewardship in the
lives of their children.
Meeting Times: Every First Friday (Pray & Play), 9:30-10:30am, Reception Room
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Contact: Maxine Cortese, 704-554-1196
This ministry assists parishioners in the loss of a loved one. The
parish office calls the coordinator of the committee and advises of a
death in the parish. The coordinator in turn advises volunteers who
help with family needs.
A.C.E.S. (Active Caring Energetic Seniors: St. Vincent Senior Club
Contact: Carol Doyle, 704-542-7166
The ACES strive to promote recreation, pleasure, and good fellowship
for the senior members of St. Vincent de Paul Church. Membership is
open to individuals aged 55 or older and spouses of any age. Dues are
Meeting Times: Second Thursday of every month.
Contacts: Karen Quick, 704-588-0326; Mae Di Maria, 704-519-0496
This craft group participates in such crafts as knitting, crocheting,
and cross-stitching. The group enjoys learning new crafts and teaching
crafts to interested students. A craft sale is held in October and the
proceeds are used for the church.
Meeting Times: Tuesday at 10AM in the Activity Center.
Parish Newsletter (click on the link for latest issue)
Contact: Lucia Church, 704-588-1858
The Parish Newsletter Committee writes and publishes a parish
newsletter on a regular basis. Members plan and write the articles, do
the layout, and otherwise prepare the newsletter for distribution.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
(las clases de ingles)
Contact: Virginia Stuhrenberg, 704-552-2258
Catholics of any language background, who desire help with speaking English, especially the prayers and words used in our Catholic Faith, are helped by qualified ESL teachers and volunteer tutors to improve their English language skills in classes appropriate to their level of English (basic to advanced).
Class Schedule: After the 2PM Sunday Mass (from 3PM to 5PM)
Fall Semester runs from September to mid-December
Spring Semester runs from mid-January through May
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts
Contact: Peggy Anderson, 704-552-4352
The Catholic Parish of St. Vincent de Paul is the chartered organization for Cub Scout Pack 288 (for ages 7-12) and Boy Scout Troop 288 (for ages 11-18). Scouting develops young men into leaders with good character, love of God, the great outdoors, and service to others. Pack 288 and Troop 288 meet regularly at the church and the Boy Scout Troop generally has one camping outing per month. Boys may join at any age and at any time during the year, and are not required to be a cub scout to join boy scouts.
Contact: Peggy Pohlheber, 704-588-7311
Open to all girls ages 5 to 18, the Girl Scout program goal is for girls to grow in self assurance, leadership, generosity of giving, and strength through various activities chosen by the girls with adult guidance.
We have an active District (geographic area) allowing the girls to enjoy activities such as father/daughter dance, bowling, camping, mother/daughter tea, science day, and International Nite (where we celebrate Girl Guides around the globe) with several troops, in addition to the troop activities.
Opportunities open for adults who wish to become leaders - get involved in a needed ministry! You'll have as much fun as your girls!!!
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