Directory of Ministries and Organizations

Catechists, sponsors, and other Adult Initiation Team members work closely with adult sacramental candidates as guides, mentors, and faith companions.  

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Altar Servers assist at Mass and other liturgical celebrations to help promote a prayerful, inviting gathering of worshipers. Young persons who serve are in grades 4 and above, and must be able to assist various liturgical ministers prayerfully ...

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Working in teams of two, this group helps parents prepare for the baptism of their child by hosting monthly baptism gatherings and assisting at baptismal liturgies.

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St. Thomas Human Services offers Bereavement Support Groups in 8 week sessions for anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one and would like assistance and support with the grieving process. 

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This ministry to our families in need provides a child, up to age 12, with their very own “themed” birthday box filled with a present, cake/cupcakes, balloon & party goods, in a theme provided by the child.

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 If you like reading good literature and sharing your thoughts about it, this is the place to be. This warm and loving community meets for discussion one weekday a month at noon.

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Boy Scout Troop 240 and Cub Scout Troop 240 meet regularly at St. Thomas.  Trained parent leaders work with the boys to provide a well-organized, yet relaxed, fun atmosphere in which they learn the principals of scouting, develop leade...

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This committee is charged with the maintenance of parish property and planning for future renovations.

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Religious Education catechists provide religious instruction to children in public school from 1st to 8th grade, including sacramental preparation for Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation. Parishioners offer their time and skills to teach classes and assist in the office.

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St. Thomas CYO offers an introduction to the game of basketball through an intramural program for children ages 5-10 and intra-league travel basketball for ages 10-17. The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) is committed to providing opportunities f...

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Members of this ministry work in teams to host Social Sunday receptions after select Masses. These popular events provide opportunities to welcome newcomers and meet other members of our parish family.

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This group counts the weekly Sunday and special collections.

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To preserve our sacramental history, our parish is computerizing all the sacramental registers which record the baptisms, confirmations, first Communions and marriages celebrated here from the foundation of the parish to the present day. The proje...

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This committee is charged with raising funds for the parish through social events and creative fundraising ideas, such as the Cash Calendar Sweepstakes and other social fund raising events. It also recruits committees for the Annual Parish Dinner Dance and the Tag Sale, and works cooperatively with the School Board and Parents Club on the Family Festival.

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This group gathers monthly for a holy hour and sponsors an annual bus trip to the National Shrine of Divine Mercy. Its Cenacle prayer group meets monthly to discuss scripture, the Catechism, and the Diary of St. Faustina.

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Members of this ministry help other parishioners in need of a ride to the doctor, physical therapy, cancer treatments, or to the supermarket. Most rides are to local destinations, but some may be out of our immediate area and at the discretion of the driver to fulfill.

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Members of this ministry bring Communion to the homebound on a regular basis. They use an assigned prayer book for Communion distribution.

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Ministers assist the priests and deacons in the distribution of Holy Communion (bread and cup) to the faithful who gather to give worship and praise to God at Sunday Mass and weekly liturgies

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Our parish has a "Family Mass" on the first Sunday of each month in the Lower Church during the school year. The Family Mass Committee meets regularly to plan upcoming Masses.

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This committee assists and advises the pastor and parish ministries in the preparation of the annual budget, monitors revenues and expenditures in relationship to the budget, and offers advice and recommendations concerning the best use of parish assets. Members are appointed by the pastor.

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Human Service’s Pantry is offered to eligible clients once a month, unless otherwise indicated by need.

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A program for girls 5 thru 17 years old. Girls learn the importance of personal responsibility, the value of goal-setting, the spirit of teamwork, and the thrill of accomplishment. Girl Scouts are divided into Daisy Girl Scouts (ages 5-6), Brownie Gi...

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The Helping Hands Ministry prepares meals for families of the parish who have recently faced a loss or are going through an illness, treatment or surgery. If you love to cook, this ministry is perfect for you.

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This group gathers whenever the parish has a bulk mailing to prepare. Members stuff, seal, and sort envelopes before they are brought to the local post office.

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Hospitality plays a key role in the life of the Church. Members of this committee take turns setting up, serving and cleaning after various receptions.

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These dedicated parishioners offer their time on a regular basis to meet the needs of those served by St. Thomas Human Services. Responsibilities include working in the food pantry, arranging for drivers to take our elderly parishioners to doctor visits, compiling funeral booklets, and managing phone calls. 

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The good works of this organization are informed by their four core principles: charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. Membership is open to all Catholic men. Business meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month and social meetings are the fourth Tuesday of each month.

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This group meets in the Parish Center on Wednesday mornings to make hats, sweaters and blankets for the babies of Winthrop University Hospital.

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This group meets in the Parish Center on Wednesday mornings to make prayer shawls for the Bereavement Ministry to be given out to those in the parish who have lost a loved one, or to those dealing with an illness or surgery.

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The Legion exists to further the cause of Christ and his Blessed Mother, to sanctify its members and to spread devotion to Mary. Active members attend a meeting and do two hours of apostolic work each week. Auxiliary members pray the rosary and “Tessera” prayers each day.

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Liturgy Board Representatives gather to plan, discuss, and evaluate improvements to the liturgical life of our parish.

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This ministry gathers those who are single, widowed, separated or divorced and are of AARP age. They meet on the second Sunday of each month in the Chapel Center and participate in various social activities including occasional trips to interesting places, coffee hours, and lectures.

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This annual weekend retreat for men is directed by Passionist priests at Bishop Molloy Retreat House, Jamaica Estates, Queens.

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This ministry brings comfort to the families of the recently deceased by assisting in planning the funeral liturgy, answering questions, offering guidance, being present at the funeral as reades and greeters and providing a cake, post funeral, for additional consolation.

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The Word of God is a powerful thing. It enriches, it challenges, it comforts, it inspires, it heals. The ministry of Reader is a special opportunity to play a significant part in bringing that life-giving Word to the parish community.

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Those who serve in this ministry work with children with special needs to help them learn about their faith. These children are offered an opportunity to celebrate First Holy Communion at a Mass suited to their needs.

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Morning Prayer, part of the Liturgy of the Hours, is prayed every Tuesday at 8:40am in the Lower Church.  Booklets are provided.  If you go to the 7:45am Mass, pray the Rosary afterward and then stay for Morning Pra...

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Choristers share their time, talent and voices to support assembly singing at Mass. The Church Choir sings at the Sunday 10:30am Mass and at special liturgies. The Christmas Young People’s Choir sings a prelude concert and 4:00pm Christmas Eve Mass. 

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Come on the first Friday of each month for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in communal and private prayer. No meetings! No dues! All are welcome!

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Visit the St. Thomas Parish Library... New Hours for 2017! The library is currently scheduled to be open                       &n...

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The Pastoral Council provides a means of communication between St. Thomas parishioners and the pastor. It also functions as an advisory body to the pastor on major parish initiatives. Representing a cross-section of parishioners, members serve by invitation of the pastor. Parishioners are encouraged to bring their questions and concerns to Pastoral Council members for discussion at upcoming meetings.

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“Prayer in the Spirit” is a spirited discussion of the Sunday readings followed by a time for prayer of various kinds. It takes place twice monthly for about 90 minutes. Attendance is optional.

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Through the seven weeks of this program, our parish family extends a warm welcome to inactive and returning Catholics who are ready to take another look at the Catholic Church.

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St. Padre Pio Prayer Group: This group meets in the Lower Church, usually on the first Wednesday of each month for Rosary, Mass, and refreshments. Donations are collected.

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"You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  (Matthew 22: 37-39)            

Following these words of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and the Parish Mission Statement, the staff and students of Saint Thomas Religious Education will commit themselves to live and bear witness to the word of God in our everyday lives. By respecting the dignity and rights of others, attending Mass, praying and participating inn community service we will be following the greatest commandment, the Law of Love.

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St. Thomas the Apostle School has challenged students to be the best they can be under the mission statement of “To Teach, Build Community and To Serve.”  We are an APOSTLE school, dedicated to following and integrating Jesus’ message of peace, hope, and love into our daily lives. 

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Serving the poor and needy through practical works of charity, Vincentians work in teams of two to provide assistance to those who are in need. Their mission includes any actions that promote the dignity of the person while alleviating suffering and distress, and correcting the conditions that caused them.

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While seating parishioners and passing the collection baskets are two aspects of this ministry, it is also a ministry of hospitality – welcoming people as they arrive for Mass. Ushers also arrange for the presentation of gifts and distribution of bulletins, and attend to the needs and comfort of the disabled, elderly, and children. 

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This program is designed to explore the spiritual and practical elements of Catholic marriage within the framework of sound Catholic teaching. Engaged couples are encouraged to reflect on the sacrament they are about to receive as well as the prospect for a happy and holy Catholic marriage.

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This ministry coordinates with the parish office to prepare couples for their weddings. Members meet with the bride, groom and wedding party to walk through the wedding liturgy.

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STAYG HIGH SCHOOL High school students gather weekly on Sunday nights from 7-9pm for social, spiritual and recreational activities, and to plan events and service projects.  They also attend the 6pm Sunday Mass where they can participate as r...

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