Ministries

Sacramental Life

The Liturgy Committee

As the Holy sacrifice of the Mass is the source and summit of our lives as Christians, the Liturgy Committee seeks to promote the cultivation and celebration of this prime work.  The Second Vatican Council called for the full, active and conscious participation of all the faithful.  This mandate requires that we as a community of faith plan and foster liturgical celebrations throughout the Church year.  In conjunction with the clergy, staff, and lay ministers, the committee frequently reviews and promotes liturgical practices within the sacramental life of the parish.

Music Ministry

Music is an integral part of bringing the Liturgy to life in a way that clearly expresses our love and worship of God.  The Music Ministry is diverse and offers many forms of music in order to enhance the liturgies of the parish.

The Adult and Children’s Choir sings the traditional and contemporary hymns, chants, etc. to the accompaniment of our church organ and other instruments.  The Music Director of our parish directs the choir.

Eucharistic Ministers & Lectors

These ministries provide opportunities for members of the parish, after meeting requirements, to be actively involved in assisting in the community’s public worship.

Acolytes and Altar Servers

These ministries provide opportunities for members of the parish, after meeting requirements, to be actively involved in assisting in the community’s public worship.

Sacristy Workers

These are men and women who assist in the various “behind-the-scenes” tasks, such as cleaning and decorating the church, so that worship celebrations run smoothly.  Anyone who may want to serve in these areas should speak to a priest or call the rectory.

Ministry to the Sick

This ministry, involves the clergy, Religious, and Lay Eucharistic Ministers, that enables those who are ill, housebound, or in the hospital, to remain in touch with the life of the parish and to receive the Eucharist and the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.  Those in need of such assistance or their families should notify the rectory so that they can receive the pastoral care of the Church.

Pastoral Ministries

Pastoral and Finance Councils

The Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils are two main structures that support the Pastor in the fulfillment of his duties.  The said structures refer to the two fundamental aspects of the life of the parish; (a) Pastoral aspect, which is the care of souls, and (b) Stewardship- Time, Talents and Treasure.

The existence of active and well organized Parish and Finance Councils in our church is indeed a bountiful blessing.  This is for the most owed to the Pastor who exemplify good rapport with the members of the parish community and are able to adopt systematic governance of the parish affairs.  Lay leaders, on the other hand, ought to offer their personal commitment and fidelity to the Church and to acquire moral integrity and competent skills in pastoral leadership.

Religious Education

CCD

Through classes on Sunday morning, Catechists share their knowledge and understanding of the faith with boys and girls in our parish who attend public schools.

  • The two-year program for the Sacrament of First Penance (Reconciliation) and First Communion begins in the first grade.

The Confirmation Program

The youth of our parish are invited to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation beginning in grade 7.  Confirmation is usually conferred at the completion of the second year of the program when the candidate is in grade 8.  Through teaching and discussion of the 10 Commandments, the 7 Sacraments, and the Precepts of the Church, the young Catholic, with the help of his or her parents and sponsor, is invited to grow in the faith – a Faith received in Baptism that requires constant nurturing and growth.  During this time of preparation, our youth participate as a class in various retreat opportunities and celebration of specially designated Masses at certain times throughout the year.

RCIA

It is wonderful when we discover something new about ourselves and our own world, such as when a spouse discovers how to compromise, or when an unemployed person finds out how to run a computer- then there is a new beginning with a better future.  The same can happen when we learn something new about God, our faith, our religion, and our Church.

The Rite (an official way or method) of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is for individual adults who would like to learn more about the Catholic Faith and might be interested in becoming a  member of the Catholic Church.  Some may have been adult baptized Catholics who have not received the other Sacraments of Initiation (Confirmation and the Eucharist).  While others may be persons who simply wish to update their understanding of the Church’s teaching.

If you happen to be in any of the above situations, maybe the RCIA program is just what God is leading you to.  Perhaps you know of friends or family members who have fallen away from the practice of the faith,  or who have no specific faith and are searching for knowledge of a loving God who cares for them.  By encouraging them to enter the RCIA program you become good disciples of the Lord Jesus reaching out in love to your neighbor.

This program begins in late September and culminates at Easter and Pentecost.  All interested should contact the rectory office (preferably by early September).

RCIT

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Teenagers was established for older teens who would like to learn more about the Catholic Faith or who wish to enter the Catholic Church.  It also includes teenagers who have not received the Sacraments of Initiation:  First Penance, First Eucharist, and Confirmation.

The Youth

Walking the Walk

It’s not enough to learn about God; we have to “walk the walk”.  This means reaching out to others and finding Jesus in everyone, especially those who are marginalized by society.  As St. James said: “What good is faith without works?”

We find God in the lowly, and we challenge the young people to see all as Jesus did, and to witness the open and accepting love of God.

Our young people have several other opportunities to reach out to the larger community. 

For example:
   *  Bridges- once a month our young people go to Newark or New York and feed hundreds of people.
   *  Christmas Toy Drive for the Poor
   *  Operation Smile – is an organization of doctors who operate on children whose faces have been distorted as a result of birth defects, wartime injuries, etc…  The Youth Ministry is actively involved in fundraising to pay for operations.  Our young people attend workshops and promote public awareness on the plight of children in Third World countries.
*  Throughout the year there are other opportunities to serve our brothers and sisters, such as our Thanksgiving Dinner, food/clothing collections, and much more….

Spiritual Outreach

The Vocation Committee

Having as its goal the promotion and awareness of the consecrated life as priest, brother, or sister, the vocation committee seeks to inculcate the importance of fostering religious vocations within the life of the Church.  Whether it is through organizing and hosting guest speakers to address the parish at Mass about the consecrated life or inviting parishioners to pray, look, and discern for vocations in our own midst, the vocation committee strives to encourage all members in our parish to do what they can to invite young people to genuinely consider the possibility of God’s call.

On the first Friday of the month, there is Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 11:00am for the promotion of vocations to the priesthood, the religious life and with the addition of prayer for the respect for human life.

Liturgy of the Hours
Recitation of the Holy Rosary
Prayer for Life
Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Benediction at 11:50am

*  For information regarding the Holy Orders (priesthood) or Vowed Religious Life (sisters) please contact the Rectory of the Parish Vocation Committee.

Filipino Ministry

Over the past several years, our community has been enriched by an ever-increasing diversity, enhancing the life of the church and is therefore something we celebrate.  It is in this spirit that we have the Filipino Ministry.  This ministry, through retreats, celebration of the Eucharist, regular prayer meetings, and fraternal gatherings, supports the spiritual needs of the Filipino community.

On the first Sunday of every month we have the Filipino Mass (in Tagalog) at 2:00p.m.

On every first Wednesday there is the Novena and Mass in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at 7:00p.m.

And at Christmas time we hold a triduum of evening Masses (Simbang Gabi 8pm – December 21,22 &23).  Community assembly and Empowered Christian Living Seminars of the Family of Faith Community regularly held.

Spiritual & Devotional Activities

Rosary Altar Society

Devotion to our Blessed Mother is a hallmark of our Catholic Faith.  The Rosary Altar Society is a society for women which seeks to foster this devotion through prayer and service to the parish community.  The Rosary Altar Society also provides retreat opportunities to foster and enliven a deeper faith in the lives of women of our parish community.  The ladies also make sandwiches every Tuesday for the poor and homeless at St. Joseph’s Social Service Center in Elizabeth.

Fifty Plus Club

This social organization for senior men and women in our parish provides opportunities to meet socially on a regular basis.  The Club also sponsors trips and events enjoyed by the senior members of our community.

Hospitality Committee

Benedictine Monks (who staff the parish) are part of a long tradition known for hospitality.  Saint Benedict devotes a large section of his Holy Rule to the reception of guests.  “Let all who enter here be treated as Christ.”

The focus of the Hospitality Committee is to extend this hospitality to every member of our community and to new parishioners and guests.  This ministry offers: certain fellowship and refreshments after Mass, “feeding the multitudes” after making special events in our parish life, and the Guard of Honor (Ushers).

Pro-Life Committee

Life is a gift from God.  We at St. Elizabeth honor human life as a priceless gift from conception to natural death.  Join us, every First Friday during the Holy Hour in praying in defense and honor of human life.  We also support the efforts to help the homeless mothers and their babies through the Raphael’ Life House.

Pre-Cana

Families in the new millennium face greater challenges.  The Pre-Cana seminars seek to prepare couples for Christian marriage as a permanent relationship, exclusive and open to children.  Thus understanding marriage as life of mutual love geared towards strengthening family life.

The Travel Club

The Travel Club promotes various cultural, entertainment, and spiritual travel opportunities for all within the parish.  This group schedules trips throughout the year to various places.  Some of these include Broadway shows, a cruise to the Bahamas, Passion Play, Sight and Sound performances in Lancaster, PA, bus trips to the American Culinary Institute, vineyard en route to Atlantic City, and to our nation’s capital, among others.  The Travel Club is always a ticket to a good time.

Evangelization

The mission of the Church is focused on the work of evangelization.  Evangelization means bringing the Good News to all, and through it influence transforming humanity from within and making it new (Evangelii Nuntiandi 18).  This means to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness (Eph. 4:23-24).

Our Parish Family holds it high the renewal of all which includes the formation of the entire community.  In St. Elizabeth, the Church envisioned as communion, participation and mission.