OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL, HAMDEN CT.

TIME & TALENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

It is the goal of our church to have every family involved
in at least one area of witness and service to our community.
This is the essence of being a Stewardship Parish.

The following opportunities are currently available:

 

Adult Funeral Server. People with free time in the mornings can serve at the altar for funeral Masses. Father Sullivan: 248-0141.

Altar Server. Girls and boys in Grade 3 through Grade12 have the opportunity to assist at celebrations of the Mass by serving on the altar. Deacon John O'Donovan: 281-3563.

American Red Cross Blood Drives. Our parish regularly participates in blood drives for the American Red Cross, the sole blood collection agency for all Connecticut hospitals. The Red Cross estimates that at least 800 pints of blood must be collected daily to meet the hospitals’ needs. The blood drives are announced in our parish bulletins. Donors must be at least 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Deacon John O’Donovan: 281-3563.

Boy Scouts. Troop No. 604, chartered to our church, meets from 7-8:45 p.m. Thursdays from September through June. Boys ages 11-17 learn a variety of skills, perform community service and practice leadership principles under guidance from adult volunteers. Scoutmaster Henry McKinney: 203-287-1981.

Children's Choir. The Children's Chior sings primarily during the Christmas season. Children of all ages are welcome. It's not necessary for children to know how to read. Raymond Murphy: 248-0141.

Clothing Collections. At various times through the year, parishioners are asked to leave donations of seasonal clothing at the doors of the church for distribution to local agencies serving the needy. Bob Appicelli: 281-1175.

Covenant To Care/Adopt A Social Worker. This program of the Department of Children and Families links our parish family with a child protection social worker to support his or her efforts to help many children in our area who are abused, neglected or living in severe poverty. All ages are welcome to join the group that coordinates the parish efforts. Gladys Gallagher: 248-2797.

Cub Scouts. Pack No. 604, chartered to our parish, meets at 7 p.m. one Thursday a month during the school year, although the length between meetings differs. Dens meet more frequently. The pack is open to all first- through fifth-graders. Evan Wyner: 288-9469.

Food Collection Committee. A part of parish Social Ministry, this committee promotes monthly food collections and stocks the parish food pantry for the needy. Sonia and Jose Diaz: 287-1329.

Giving Tree Committee. This committee is responsible for planning and carrying out the annual Christmas gift tree for needy children and adults. Darlene Mirto: 239-4561.

Intercessory Prayer Line. This network of parishioners is dedicated to praying for those who have special needs or intentions. Requests are confidential. Gwen Dwyer: 248-9176.

Knights of Columbus. This preeminent Catholic organization for laity supports the work of the Church and the local parish. It's open to men of the parish. Dave Koch: 248-9147.

Lectors. Anyone of high school age or older who would like to proclaim the scriptures at Mass is welcome to sign up for a convenient schedule time. Deacon James Stanley: 230-3075.

Mail-a-Message Committee. This committee is responsible for procuring and sending greeting cards to our parish elderly and shut-ins. Mary Cifferelli: 248-5336.

Marian Guild. This group for women dedicated to Our Lady has several meetings a year for spiritual and social programs. Besides organizing the annual parish festival and sponsoring an annual scholarship, the guild also adopts an annual charity, typically related to women and/or children. Louise Talarczyk: 239-7104.

.Parish Choir Parishioners have the opportunity to join this dedicated group, which provides the choral music for the 10 a.m. Sunday Eucharist from September to Pentecost as well as for all major feasts of the year. Practices are from 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Raymond Murphy: 248-0141.

Parish Retreat Committee. This committee gives parishioners the chance to plan the annual parish retreat. Bob Appicelli: 281-1175.

Pre-Cana Teams. People involved in this ministry work with a priest to prepare engaged couples for marriage. Father Sullivan: 248-0141.

RCIA Ministry. Here's an opportunity for men and women to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the process in which new Catholics embark on and join a deepening conversion into faith and discipleship. It can include people who wish to sponsor candidates as well as teachers and those who wish to share their faith stories. Sister Ann: 287-9017.

Religious Education Program. Any person in high school or older can volunteer to be a regular teacher, a substitute teacher or a teacher's aide in this program. Sister Ann: 287-9017.

Sanctuary Guild. Women aare invited to join the guild which prepares the sanctuary and sacristy for Mass eaqch week and maintains the altar. Jean DeMarsilis: 248-4746.

Social Activities Committee. A committee responsible for planning, organizing and hosting social events for the parish family as a whole. Sean Canning: 288-8347.

Social Justice Ministry. This group organizes the parish community's response to the Church's teaching for justice and dignity for all people through outreach, advocacy, social justice and communication programs. Cathy Elia: 287-1859.

Ushers/Ministers of Hospitality. These volunteers greet parishioners and visitors at Mass, take collections and distribute bulletins. Father Sullivan: 248-0141.

Volunteer Caregivers. Open to all parishioners, this group provides help to parishioners in need of rides to appointments, stores, etc.; provides home visits and visits to convalescent homes, and works with the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers to provide the same services for non-parishioners. Also transports residents of a nearby convalescent home to and from Mass. It also has handled requests for assistance ranging from distribution of medical supplies to temporary live-in help, people seeking paid workers, people seeking to work for pay, and homes for the elderly in search of holiday entertainment. There are no meetings, but the group has an annual get-together breakfast for volunteers. Deacon John O’Donovan: 281-3563.