Ministry of Service

ALTAR GUILD

These angels do light physical cleaning in the church and also wash and press altar linens.  

Two teams of angels are responsible for sewing the white garment presented to the newly baptized. One team cuts and sews the garment together. The other team hems and embroiders the finishing touches onto the garment.

 

BLOOD BANK

The parish conducts several Blood Drives each year, usually in January and August.  Any Notre Dame parishioner can use the Notre Dame blood bank account in times of emergency.  Blood is made available for anyone in need when there is a surplus.

 

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE

The committee is made up of parishioners whose wisdom, expertise and professional experience contribute to the efficient oversight of the entire physical plant, facilities, and church property.

 

CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE

This very special program offers our parish an opportunity to enter into the true Christmas spirit by sharing gifts and resources with those less fortunate. The Giving Tree program donates gifts to people from three different locations according to need.

 

DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

This committee is composed of a group of parishioners who advise and assist the Pastor in matters pertaining to the development of the resources of the parish. Among those resources included are motivation, searching and utilizing the talents of the parish, financial development and providing the funding for major projects undertaken by the parish.

 

FINANCE COUNCIL

The Council is composed of appointed members who advise and assist the Pastor in matters pertaining to the financial administration of the parish.  Among their responsibilities are: long-range financial planning, parish budgeting, monitoring the flow of parish revenues/expenses, and generally overseeing the fiscal stability of the parish.

 

FEEDING THE POOR AND THE HOMELESS

ST. AUGUSTINE’S SOUP KITCHEN:  Each Monday morning, a group of men from the parish collects food from various sources, delivers it to the soup kitchen located in St. Augustine’s Church in Newark, and then serves the poor a hot lunch.

ST. JOHN’S SOUP KITCHEN:  Every fourth Wednesday of the month, a group of people prepare food to be taken to St. John’s Church in Newark. Another group of volunteers transports the food prepared in our kitchen to the city and serves it.

HOLY TRINITY SOUP KITCHEN: An outreach to the poor of West Orange, NJ, this ministry involves families who prepare a warm meal and soup on Saturday mornings at certain times during the year.

FOOD PANTRY COMMITTEE: Parishioners oversee the food collection at the parish on the first Sunday of the month. Food is sorted, stored, and then distributed to the poor and homeless.

 

HELPING HANDS

A group of parish volunteers have formed a “quick response team” to help other parishioners who find themselves in emergency situations and need temporary assistance.  Numbering about 20 people, these men and women try to respond to the temporary needs of others in a timely way.

 

INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK (IHN)

Volunteers provide support services for homeless people (no more than 14) for one week during the year.  Temporary housing is provided, as well as breakfast and dinner to the guests.

 

MINISTERS OF CARE

Visiting those in Nursing Homes:  These parishioners visit with the residents of certain nursing homes in the area on every Thursday morning. They bring Holy Communion to the residents, chat with them, and share consolation, hope, and faith.

Visiting the HomeboundVolunteers visit parishioners who are not able to physically attend church services.  They assist the needs of the primary care givers in any way they can.

 PAWS WITH A PURPOSE (Therapy Dog Ministry)

Along with their “faithful” canine companions, volunteers provide a valuable and much needed service.  They visit senior centers, rehabilitation centers and hospitals and provide a positive affect on the health and well being of these special members of our community.

 

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

This group consists of knitters and crocheters. Our main purpose is to make Prayer Shawls which are prayed over and blessed and given to those persons in need.

 

RESPECT LIFE COMMITTEE

Notre Dame's Respect Life Ministry is dedicated to informing our community of current life issues that affect our Society. Support Services are available.

Based on science and ethics, its purpose is to defend and protect life after conception.  

 

SEPARATED AND DIVORCED MINISTRY

Support group meetings are scheduled throughout the year to offer guidance and emotional support to those facing separation and divorce.