Ministries

Holy Name parishioners fulfil their stewardship mission through service in a variety of ministries. If you are interested in learning more about any of these activities or would like to volunteer your time, please contact the ministry leader through the ministry participation form or the parish office at 403-249-7764.

Ministry Leaders

Please view the Ministry Leaders List here.

Altar Server Ministry

The altar server ministry is dedicated to assisting the parish priest in the celebration of the Mass. This ministry is a very special one as it provides an opportunity for young children of the parish to answer their call from God to play an important part in the life of the parish. They will learn the order of the Mass, prayers, and will be instructed in the use of altar vessels and special instruments required in the celebration of the Mass. The qualifications to become an altar server are a child must be in grade 3 and have had their First Communion. An invitation is extended to all children of the parish in grade 3 or over to join the altar server ministry.

Beautification Ministry– Decorating Committee

The mission of the Beautification Ministry is to ensure that our church is inviting and hospitable. Appropriate décor complements the liturgical seasons and for special celebrations such as First Communion and Confirmation. Stewards of this ministry help with sourcing and arranging the materials for decorating. The committee gets together and plans the decorating of the church connecting the décor to the liturgy. This is a great ministry if you have limited time as during the season of Christmas and Easter we need temporary extra hands.

Catholic Women’s League

Holy Name Council #11 of the Catholic Women’s League was organized November 18, 1954. The objectives of the CWL are to unite Catholic Women of Canada to achieve individual and collective spiritual development through our bible studies, church programs, speakers and retreats. The CWL also aim to promote the teachings of the Catholic Church, to exemplify the Christian ideal in home and family, to protect the sanctity of human life and to recognize the human dignity of all people. The CWL is involved in many areas of parish life, including funeral luncheons, Christmas Bazaars and bake sales.

Children’s Retreats

Through out the year this energized group runs retreats for the children of our parish. The events include Christmas Parties to Summer Bible Camps. Each event if action packed with games, drama, crafts, prayer and tons of fun! This is a great group to get involved in to become more involved in parish life, meet new friends and learn more about your Catholic Faith.

Sunday School & Children’s Liturgy

The goal of the Children’s Liturgy program is to provide the Word of God to the children of our parish. Liturgy runs at the Sunday 11:00 am Mass from September to the last Sunday in June. The Pastor following the opening of the Mass calls children who wish to attend forward. The children are encouraged to participate in their faith and receive a special blessing before they are sent to study the Word of God. The “Liturgy Program” is divided into two groups.

The children return to the Mass during the offering of the gifts. Volunteers share the teaching of the liturgy and rotate weekly. This is a wonderful way to share our faith with the youngest of our parish and to grow in yours.

Dust Angels

This project is not regarded as work. It is something that we the C.W.L. do for the glory of God. We help to brighten our place of worship, then offer it up to our Father in heaven for some special purpose we may have in mind.

Funerals

The Funeral Ministry assists the grieving family by creating a warm, friendly and eye-pleasing surrounding for the post-funeral reception. Our group prepares lunches, refreshments and homemade baking so that guests of the funeral can enjoy a relaxing visit with family and friends. The CWL and volunteers of the parish provide this ministry building friendships and serving others.

Hospitality / Hospitality Committee

The Hospitality Committee come together periodically through out the year to assist with parish events. This dynamic group of parishioners plan and prepare everything from coffee and snacks following the Sunday Masses to light meals for the entire Holy Name Parish. This is a welcoming group and a good way to serve others while building community.

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest international Catholic organization with nearly 12,000 councils consisting of over 1.6 million members. Our projects in the parish include serving at Mass as Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers and lectors. The Knights also sponsor family, community and parish based events such as the Parish monthly brunch, Shrove Tuesday, children’s Christmas party, assisting outreach ministries such as SSVP, visiting the sick, fund-raising for our capital campaign, setting up Nativity Scene, providing rosaries to First Communion children and bibles to the Confirmation candidates. Our council meets the first Monday of every month.

Lectors

A lector proclaims the Word of God during Mass. This ministry appeals to the public speakers of our parish that wish to grasp the deeper meaning of each reading. You must be at least age 14 to be a lector.

Meals On Wheels

Our CWL have served the Meals on Wheels Volunteer Program for many years. Meals on Wheels provide a service to those who are in need of help with their meals. Friendship and service are the requirements for this most worthy ministry. The volunteer schedule is very flexible with a variety of areas of service and positions that are needed. Volunteer positions include in car meal delivery, van meal delivery, kitchen help, office and special events.

Music Ministry

Our parish is blessed with many talented and dedicated people who lead our congregations in musical prayer. Music ministry is somewhat demanding due to weekly practices, but it is truly a rewarding and always a fun ministry.

Parish Stewardship

The Stewardship Council is meeting with the pastor every second month. The Stewardship Council works with the Pastor to set the direction for the parish that best enables us to use as many of the gifts and talents that our parish family has to offer. We serve to coordinate and cultivate that which the Holy Spirit offers us. This leads to lively discussion and great ideas! Come share this experience with us.

Parish Website

Holy Name’s website is a valuable resource for parishioners interested in the ministries and events taking place in our parish. Our most popular feature is the weekly bulletin, which is posted every week in electronic form. Several of our ministries have posted details about their activities and parents can find all the information they need regarding sacramental preparation – including online registration. It is our goal that the parish website continues to be a useful tool for everyone in our parish.

Pastoral Care Ministry

Often called an “invisible” ministry by its stewards, the Holy Name Pastoral Care Ministry provides essential services, including Pastoral, Palliative and Bereavement Care, to the parish community beyond the “four walls” of the church. On a weekly basis our dedicated team brings the sacred gift of the Eucharist to the parish’s four nursing homes, in home shut-ins and parishioners on an on call basis. The Health Care Apostolate requires that people who are active in this ministry complete a training course in Pastoral, Palliative and/or Bereavement care.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

We have had an active RCIA ministry at Holy Name for the last 20 plus years. This ministry walks with adults as they journey towards learning more about Catholicism. This ministry has a lengthy volunteer commitment, including a commitment every Tuesday evening from mid September until Pentecost. It is a wonderful experience to journey with someone and to share your faith. It is also a fabulous opportunity to grow in your own faith.

Holy Name Parish (HNC)

HNC is an organization within the Catholic Church that helps people who are struggling to feed themselves or pay their monthly bills. Everyday at Holy Name, we receive calls for help from people that need a food hamper or some form of assistance. We have a dedicated group of individuals who volunteer their time to deliver a box of groceries or help someone with financial assistant. The food and the money used for the hampers come from parishioners. At Christmas there is a special need for our Christmas Hamper Program. Food, gifts and money collected go into hampers that are delivered to families. Helping those in need reaffirms our baptismal call. We offer our brothers and sisters in Christ the acceptance, dignity and hope that we all desire. “To become better – do a little good.” (Words of our founder, Frederic Ozanam)

Ushers and Greeters

The ushers want to ensure your Mass at Holy Name is peaceful and comfortable. The ushers assist people in finding a seat, take up the collection, and guide us through the communion line. To be an usher you must be in grade 7 or up and able to give 9 to 12 hours of your time a year, and have a desire to meet your fellow parishioners.

 

 

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