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St. Henry Church



Time and Talent

Ministries Booklet


Pastoral Council

Twelve members of the parish are elected to the council. The council serves in

an advisory role to the pastor, makes policy, and oversees and assists parish


Finance Board

The pastor appoints members for a three-year term. The function of the board

is to become aware of diocesan parish financial policies and procedures; to

monitor the income and expenditures in relationship to the approved budget of the Parish Pastoral Council; and to review the proposed budget.

Spiritual Life Altar Servers have the important responsibility of assisting the celebrant dur- ing the Mass. All those in 5th grade and above who are interested and accept- ed will be trained before being asked to serve.

Cursillo is an international movement of dynamic spiritual growth within the Church. This weekend retreat experience begins on a Thursday evening and ends Sunday evening. It helps develop an understanding of what it means to fully live a Christian life in your everyday situation. Cursillo provides a meth- od to transform your life through prayer and small Christian communities and to fulfill God’s divine plan.

Daily Rosary Group meets after 6:30 a.m. & 8:00 a.m. daily Mass and after 7:30 a.m. Saturday Mass and 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. This is an opportunity for all to pray the rosary in community with others.

First Friday Adoration occurs on the first Friday of each month. Volunteers are needed to be present with the Blessed Sacrament during exposition.

Fishers of Men is a ministry of St. Henry Church whose goal is to encourage men to meet for bible study, group prayer, and reflection on how they see Christ at work in their lives. This ministry meets once a week for 1 hour (Monday mornings at 6:30 a.m.) in the Parish Center Meeting Room. Men of all ages are invited to join and participate as often as their schedule allows.

The Funeral Support Group helps with floral arrangements as they arrive and assists with food in the Fellowship Hall by setting up, serving, packing up left- over food for the family and cleaning up. They also help families at visitations and funerals with any needs that arise.

Legion of Mary is an international association of Catholics who, with the Pope’s sanction and the powerful leadership of the Blessed Mother, work for their own sanctification, as well as that of all souls. Members become instru- ments of the Holy Spirit through a balanced program of prayer and service un- der the guidance of the pastor. They are responsible for two hours of apostolic works each week, going out in pairs to visit the sick and aged, taking the Fati- ma statue from home to home, doing Sacred Heart Enthronements in homes, promoting evangelization through personal contact, conducting prayer vigils at abortion facilities, providing religious instruction to adults and children, and any other spiritual works requested by the pastor. Meetings are held each Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

Liturgical Support Ministry consists of volunteers who help maintain the liturgical environment of the Church. Duties include laundering the altar linens and altar server vestments, polishing the chalices and plates, changing out candles and holy water in the church and chapel, and assisting with the seasonal decorating of the church.

Ministers to the Sick and Homebound visit our parishioners who are homebound, in hospitals, assisted living facilities or nursing homes and bring the Eucharist to them.

Music Ministry consists of volunteers from the parish who lend their voices and musical talents to weekend Masses and other special liturgies of the parish.

A love of all types of sacred music is the only requirement.

Only Say the Word Healing Ministry is a healing team that prays over anyone needing physical or emotional healing. Gatherings are held on specific evenings in the Parish Center Library, after 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass, and before Saturday 5:00 p.m. Mass.

The Parish Library features a varied collection of Catholic reading material from best sellers to classics in theology. Current issues of popular Catholic magazines, children’s books, audio/visual and reference materials are all part of the collection. Be sure to take advantage of this excellent resource.

Prayer Support Group is a prayer team with approximately 100 faithful men and women who pray earnestly for each request we receive. Healing has been granted through these prayers.

Prayer Shawl Ministry of St. Henry Church is dedicated to providing a prayerful ministry that combines ritual, care, and compassion with the love of knitting or crocheting. The ministry touches the lives of others by distributing shawls through the various outreach ministries of our parish and community. It provides a contemplative experience that winds itself through our hearts and into the presence of God. With a fellowship of people working together to make God visible in the world, it enables us to care for others in a straight-from-theheart approach, while encircling our parish in an eternal shawl of peace, healing, and compassion.

Ushers welcome everyone as they arrive for Mass, collect the offertory gifts, select gift bearers, assist in seating and communion, pass out Sunday Bulletins, and tidy up the pews. Each Mass is staffed with a Captain and a team. Men, women and young adults are invited to help with this ministry.

Religious Education Monday Morning Scripture Group meets for an in-depth study of the bible.

The Little Rock study series is used, complete with enhancing video.

Sunday Religious Education seeks to nourish the faith of children and youth of the parish age 3 years old through grade 12. This faith was first celebrated at Baptism and parents continue to be the primary educators of religion. On Sundays, catechists continue this process for the children and youth who are not attending Catholic school. There are presently many generous and dedicated parishioners who volunteer to teach these classes on Sundays.

Vacation Bible School meets during one week in June and takes place at St. Henry Church. Religious concepts and scripture passages are taught through various activities including drama, art, and music. Children who will be entering Kindergarten through Grade 4 are invited to attend. Adult volunteers lead the classes and activities. There are classes for nursery and preschool for the children of volunteers. Rising eighth graders are invited to assist.

Family Life The Boy Scout Program consists of several patrols, with boys ranging in age from 11 to 18 years and meets every Monday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the School Dining Hall. Adult leaders assist in many service projects, go on monthly outings, host two fund raising events per year (for two major trips), and participate in the Scoutorama.

The Cub Scout Program of Pack 80 is open to all boys of the parish who have started the first grade through the fifth grade. With adult leaders, they meet as individual “dens” on a weekly basis, and a full meeting of the pack meets the third Wednesday of each month. Activities include field trips, crafts, rank advancement, pinewood derby, and religious award opportunities.

CYO Chaperones volunteer for both Junior and Senior CYO activities.

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• Sr. CYO is for high school aged students. We offer spiritual opportunities such as Vespers (Student lead program on Sunday evenings, 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.) and Youth Mass, retreats, social events – dances, bowling nights, etc.; service projects such as “Teen Team”, Ronald McDonald House, and other community projects; athletic events, CYO basketball leagues, summer volleyball, ski trip, and Ocoee rafting. Our youth participate as Lectors, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers and choir members monthly at the 5:00 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass.

The Elizabeth Ministry supports, encourages, and assists mothers in special times of need such as pregnancy, childbirth, adoption, infertility, miscarriage, infant loss, and hospitalization. Meals may be provided once the church office is notified.

The Girl Scout Program consists of troops from the first through the twelfth grade. The troops meet at various times, usually after school. Girl Scouts participate in several areas of community service. Cadet Scouts work on their Silver Award and Senior Scouts work toward their Gold Award, the highest honor given to a Girl Scout. Adult volunteers help and assist in these activities.

Holy Family Circle promotes Christian family life among mothers of young children who meet for fellowship, fun, and community causes. HFC meets on the third Friday of each month, September - May at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall or Parish Center Meeting Room. Childcare is provided for walkers to age 3.

Natural Family Planning provides the knowledge that couples need to plan their families in harmony with their natural fertility. NFP respects the dignity of the total person as created in the image of God.

Respect Life Committee works in conjunction with our pastor and the Diocese to promote the sanctity of all human life. It works to raise awareness and local laws, to influence laws that protect life, to support pro-life agencies, and about the tragedy of abortion, to keep abreast of changes within federal, state, to pray for the end of abortion and increased respect for life.

Evangelization Come Home is an outreach to inactive Catholics. Awakening Faith, a ministry of Come Home is a six-session program sponsored by the Come Home Ministry, held in the Parish Center. This is a confidential and casual program for Catholics who have been away from the church and are seeking a way to reconnect with their Catholic Faith. A series of informal gatherings are held to address any issues that can possibly help guide them in their journey back to the Catholic Church. All are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) is the process by which adults and youth become members of the Catholic Church, as mandated by Vatican Council II and approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for the restoration of the catechumenate process.

Parish Life Fellowship Sunday provides coffee, juice, and donuts by volunteer groups and families, served at the completion of the Sunday 9:00 a.m. Mass. This ministry is a catalyst to meet new and old parishioners. It is held in the Fellowship Hall.

The Knights of Columbus has become the largest lay organization in the Catholic Church. The Order has been called “the strong right arm of the Church,” and has been praised by popes, presidents, and other world leaders, for support of the church, programs of evangelization, and Catholic education, civic involvement and aid to those in need. St. Henry’s Knights of Columbus 12012 serves the parish and community by raising and distributing over $10,000 each year, working with youth, volunteering, hosting social events, and supporting individuals and groups in meeting their goals. Membership is open to Catholic men age 18 and over.

The Parish Picnic provides an occasion for parishioners to meet for relaxation and fun and to intermingle with one another in a casual setting.

The Rosary Making group is open to anyone interested in making rosaries, learning how to make rosaries, or helping others learn. A group meets monthly for fellowship and rosary making. Supplies are also available in the church office for those who wish to work on them at home. These rosaries are donated to many of the parish ministries and agencies in our community.

St. Henry Men’s Club is dedicated to promoting fellowship among all men of the Parish through social, spiritual, and task-oriented activities. In addition, it functions as an accessible resource to other organizations of St. Henry Parish and School on an “as needed” basis.

St. Henry Women’s Club consists of all women who are registered members of St. Henry Parish. Its mission is to serve the needs of our pastor, our church community, as well as the community of Nashville. The Women’s Club provides programs that are spiritual, informational, and enjoyable. Volunteer efforts include altar care, garden care, food closet, clothing drive, prayer support, bereavement support, and many other activities. We would encourage all women to join us in our journey to get to know one another better, as we continue the work of our church.

Committees of the Women’s Club  The Bereavement Ministry provides a connection between St. Henry Parish and the bereaved by sending Mass cards to the family and in most cases provides a simple meal.

 The Food Closet is stocked and maintained under the auspices of both the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Women’s Club. In the Parish Center, boxed and canned goods are categorized and bagged regularly to provide adequately for families in need.

 The Garden Care volunteers plant and care for the plants and flowers outside the Parish Center and on the patio on the side of the Church.

 Hospitality Ministry assists with various spiritual and social events held in the parish. Members support the parish with food, set-up, serving, and clean-up  The Stitching & Sharing group sews and knits “Linus” blankets for children who are hospitalized and make hats and scarves for the homeless.

Volunteers are always welcome to come to help knit.

 The Wedding Guild members attend the rehearsal and the wedding. They assist the celebrant and direct the processional and recessional of the wedding party. They also assist the families and wedding party with any need that may arise the day of the wedding.

The Sunshine Club is open to both men and women age 55 and older. This group works to promote a combination of social and spiritual fellowship through monthly meetings and outings.

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