Ministry of Community Building

BEREAVEMENT

Bereavement Team: Parishioners who have themselves experienced the loss of loved ones make themselves available to comfort and assist those who have recently suffered the loss of a loved one.  During the funeral service, team members offer their services and support in ministering to the various needs of those grieving.

Funeral Liturgy Committee:  This committee will meet with parishioners/relatives to select readings, music and the coordinating of involvement of persons participating in the Liturgy.

New Life: One of the important dimensions of the bereavement program is this eight-week process aimed at those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Through group sharing, members try to develop coping mechanisms to deal with the pain of loss.

 

BOCCE LEAGUE

This dedicated and amicable group of players enjoys the ancient game of Bocce and the fellowship associated with it. Teams of players compete on spring and summer evenings and conclude the season with a friendly tournament in September.

 

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Committee members plan and organize the annual Christmas musical performance by the Orchestra of St. Peter-by-the-Sea. This beautiful evening of song and music, traditionally taking place on the Sunday before Christmas, is a wonderful completion of Advent and prelude to the Christmas season.

 

CHRISTIAN WELLNESS MINISTRY

A core council of nurses and physicians coordinates this ministry.

Christian Wellness – Flu Shots (following Anointing masses in the fall)
Spring Lecture on Wellness

 

GOLF TOURNAMENT

This event provides an opportunity for parishioners to enjoy one another’s company in a recreational context, and raises funds for several students at St. Mary’s High School in Jersey City, N.J. Committee members plan, organize and carry out all the supporting activities.

 

JEWISH CATHOLIC DIALOGUE

An ongoing dialogue with members of Agudath Israel, Caldwell, addresses various issues supporting mutual understanding and respect.

 

"LITTLE LAMBS" PARISH NURSERY

This parish service is intended to help parents with young children between the ages of 2 and 4. In this way, parents may attend the 10:30 am Sunday liturgy prayerfully and peacefully.  During Mass, children are engaged in special projects under the supervision of trained and reliable parishioners.  The nursery is located at the entrance to Charlie’s Place on the ground floor.  Special parking is available in back of the church.

 

MAILING COMMITTEE

This committee consists of volunteers who come together from time to time to help in a secretarial capacity by assuming the responsibility of completing important mailings to all parishioners.

 

PARISH LIFE COMMITTEE

This group of parishioners serves as an umbrella organization for a number of family social celebrations that bring our parish community together.  As a coordinating committee, it provides guidance and direction for numerous events and solicits the time and talents of parishioners to guarantee the success of the event.  These events include: coffees after Mass, and pancake breakfasts.

 

PARISH PICNIC

This event traditionally takes place the first Sunday after Labor Day.  It provides an opportunity for the Parish family to gather for the celebration of the Eucharist on the front lawn of the church, followed by food, fellowship and events for children. Committee members are responsible for the planning and preparation.

 

PLANT-A-THON

Taking place on the first Wednesday after May 15, this annual event invites all parishioners with green thumbs to plant the annual flowers which surround the church and rectory. It allows all to take ownership and personal pride in the ambiance of our church.

 

RETREAT MINISTRY

This Ministry acts to explore, to encourage and to facilitate retreat experiences for the Notre Dame community in an effort to help one foster and nurture a deeper, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Antioch Retreat (Youth): This specially designed weekend program for young people utilizes peer sharing, music, games, and prayer as ways of making Jesus a reality in day-to-day life. The weekend is run by Notre Dame teens and depends on the support of the parish community for host homes, food, and volunteer kitchen crews.  Antioch weekends are open to teens in grade 9 and up and take place twice a year with weekly follow-up sessions.

Cornerstone: This weekend experience is rooted in the conviction that the Holy Spirit works in all believers; therefore, this social and spiritual weekend experience is intended to help women and men of the parish recognize and appreciate God's presence in the ordinary circumstances of their lives.

Cursillo: This "mini-course" in Christian living is a four-day retreat experience using sharing techniques to communicate the meaning and reality of lived grace.  Cursillos in Christianity are sponsored every other month by the Archdiocese of Newark and are available to all interested men and women of the parish.

Men’s Retreat at Loyola Retreat House, Morristownthis is an opportunity for the men of the parish to enjoy the experience of an annual weekend of prayer, reflection and personal renewal at the Loyola Retreat House in Morristown.  The weekend is usually held in February.

Nurse’s Spring Retreat

Centering Prayer Retreat (Spring)

 

ST. FRANCIS SENIOR CENTER

Our seniors gather in the St. Francis Senior Center on the third Tuesday of the month, from September through June.  Seniors gather to socialize, pray and laugh, while enjoying their lunch and a shared dessert.  Periodically, a planned speaker shares topics of interest.  Gathering is from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 pm.  All are welcome.

 

WELCOMING COMMITTEE

This ministry extends the first official welcome to new parishioners.  This is accomplished by periodic Welcome Receptions which are held four times a year at the Rectory.  Through these receptions, new parishioners become acquainted with the parish staff, other parishioners and each other, creating a sense of parish community.

 

WEST ESSEX MINISTERIAL ASSOCIATION

Local clergy from different denominations meet monthly for a luncheon meeting to discuss issues pertinent to the life of the local community.

 

YOUTH MINISTRY PROGRAMS

Antioch Retreat:  This specially designed weekend program for young people utilizes peer sharing, music, games, and prayer as ways of making Jesus a reality in day-to-day life.  The weekend is run by Notre Dame teens and depends on the support of the parish community for host homes, food, and volunteer kitchen crews.  Antioch weekends are open to teens in grade 9 and up and take place twice a year with weekly follow-up sessions.

High School Youth Program:  Designed for teenagers of the parish 14 years and up, the Youth Group offers weekly opportunities for teens to play, pray, discuss, and reach out to others. Retreats (Antioch), Mission Trips and Mystery Play are some of the ways young people can get involved.

Junior/Senior High Youth Ministry Advisory Board:  Young adults, youth representatives and adults come together to help discern and plan various youth ministry programs.

Summer Mission Trip:  Each summer, adults, young adults and teens travel to different parts of the country to bring hope and repair to those in need – Past projects have included Appalachia, West Virginia and Mississippi. Fundraisers are held throughout the year to help fund this project.

Youth Ministry Volunteers:  The Notre Dame Community has an active youth ministry program and is always looking for adult volunteers who are willing to devote themselves to a one-time event.  Events take place throughout the school year.