ALTAR ROSARY SOCIETY
Renee Daniels, Chairperson
1st Sunday of the Month at 9:00 am
The Altar Rosary Society (ARS) members are devoted to Mary, our Blessed Mother, through recitation of the rosary and works of charity. Members meet on the first Sunday of every month to recite the rosary and pray together. After the rosary is said we meet to discuss upcoming functions or ARS business. Altar Rosary Society is responsible for caring, cleaning the church interior twice a month, laundering altar linens and replacing articles in the sanctuary area (including the altar, baptismal font, ambo and tabernacle), such as candles, votive candles and communion vessels. During Advent and Easter Holy Week cleaning is done twice a week. Altar Rosary Society sponsors four events every year: Good Friday fish fry at Easter, bus trip to the Motherhouse in July, annual Communion breakfast in October and Christmas food baskets give away for the needy in December. We will serve First Holy Communicates' families breakfast upon request in May. Members also say the rosary at funerals when requested and volunteer for food preparation and serving at repasts. Please consider joining Altar Rosary Society, our members tend to be older, but we also need younger volunteers to help clean and support our society. Remember, that we all share the responsibility of taking care of our church, and if enough people help, the load we carry is much lighter. Our hands are few but busy and we are happy to do all that we can for our worship site.
Coordinator: Cherryl Summers, St. Bartholomew Site
Carol Jennings, St. Joan of Arc Site
Extraordinary Ministers serve when there are not enough ordinary ministers present at Mass to distribute Holy Communion to the congregation. The Ordinary Minister is an ordained priest or deacon. The Eucharist is a meal which recalls the Last Supper, celebrates our unity together in Christ and anticipates the Messianic banquet of the kingdom. An Extraordinary Minister will be responsible for preparing the gifts of bread and wine for the Mass and following the priest's directions with proper distribution of the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A candidate will need to meet with the pastor to discern his/her eligibility for this ministry. In training you will receive guidelines from the General Instruction of the Roman Missal that will help you to exercise your role in the way of the Church and how to properly prepare yourself physically and spiritually. An Extraordinary Minister usually serves twice a month.
Contact: Cherryl Summers, St. Bartholomew site
Carol Jennings, St. Joan of Arc site
The Mass takes place at two “tables”---the table of the Word and the table of the Eucharist. But it is one table! The two parts of the Mass form one profound experience. The Lector’s role takes place during the Liturgy of the Word. The lector’s services take up only a few minutes at Mass, but these are critical. As a lector you will exercise a variety of functions: proclaiming the word, leading the psalm (if a cantor is not present) and offering the prayer of the faithful (if the Deacon is not present). Through prayerful preparation you will grasp why these words are important each week---what it is that God is saying to the Church, and how the petitions express the hopes and desires of the local community. The Office of Liturgy in the Diocesan Office offers training session quarterly to help prepare lectors, extraordinary ministers and Music ministers. The preparation for lector is more than technical, grammatical and mental. It is above all spiritual. In training you will receive guidelines from the General Instruction of the Roman Missal that will help you to exercise your role in the way of the Church. A candidate should speak to the pastor when they feel the Holy Spirit is guiding him/her to being a lector. After training a lector usually serves at one or two Masses a month.
LITURGY PREP COMMITTEE
Father Gerard Marable, Chair
The Liturgy Prep Committee meets on the third Monday of the month from September to June with the Director and Pastor to plan and execute the worship services, Holy Days, Prayer Services, Parish events, Community Liturgical events such as CCOP annual prayer week and more of our Church community. We enhance our celebrations by considering the needs of our parishioners.
We incorporate the gifts and talents of our people which allow us to worship in a style that is Hispanic, Anglo and Afrocentric in perspective and Roman Catholic in belief. Our committee consists of various individuals and groups forming different ministries which incorporate our cultural heritages. We welcome anyone who is willing and able to share his/her gifts, talents and cultural contributions for the life of our parish.
LOS CHARISMATICOS (CHARISMATIC GROUP)
Contact: Mrs. Soccoro Rodriguez
Los Charismaticos are a group of Hispanic parishioners that gather every Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church to glorify Our Lord, Jesus Christ in prayer and song, and Our Blessed Mother through recitation of the Rosary. The gathering lasts approximately 1 ½ hours. There is no need for a formal registration to the group and all are welcomed.
Contact: Cherryl Summers and Angelo P. Cerminara
Rehearsals: Third Sunday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
All God’s children have a place in the choir including the men. We bring the message of the gospel through the ministry of music, with intentions to uplift the name of Jesus, inspire the congregation and set an example as role models for the younger men. Men’s Choir sing on the 3rd week of each month. You never know when God will call you to sing with the men.
PRAISE CONNECTION CHOIR
2nd and 4th Sunday mornings @ 9:00am
Rehearsals: Friday at 7:30pm.
As a Music Ministry our primary goal is to Glorify God!
We seek to do this by giving our gifts back to God through the songs we minister. As choir members, we are called to be good stewards of those gifts provided by our God. Through music primarily Afro-centric spirituals to contemporary gospel we celebrate our lives and, minister to others. As ministers of music we help usher the congregation to experience God for themselves.
ST. BARTHOLOMEW GOSPEL CHOIR
Marie Loveland, Chairperson
Rehearsal each Thursday 6:30-8:00 pm; 1st & 3rd Sundays at 9:00 am; Each Sunday following the 10:30 Liturgy
The choir has been in existence for more than 15 years. It is under the directorship of Cherryl Summers. It is comprised of approximately 15 members. The mission of the Gospel Choir is to enhance the Liturgy with song. Our evangelization ministry is accomplished by participating, when requested, in special liturgies and celebrations at various times throughout the year. We have participated in the celebration honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. at St. Andrews in Voorhees. We have participated in special liturgies at Sacred Heart Church, Camden, special liturgy commemorating the feast day of St. Peter Claver at the church named for the saint in Philadelphia, and more recently at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Philadelphia and at the annual revival of The Church of the Blessed Sacrament-Our Lady of the Divine Shepherd, Trenton. In the past, we were participants in the TV Mass that airs on Channel 6 which reaches out to the sick and shut-ins. Although our membership numbers are small, our spirit and faith are large. We are always open to new members. You don't need to have a great voice to join, just love to sing and give praise to the Lord.
WOMEN OF PRAISE
Contact: Leesa Branch
Women of Praise performers are ministers dedicated in transforming the word of God through dance. Dancers are conduits of the spirit, anointed with translating grace, forgiveness, peace and joy to “usher the people into the presence of God.” Interested youth, women and men are asked to contact Leesa Branch or Rhoda Trinity for more information.