“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.”
(1 Corinthians 12:4-6)
Our Parish offers many different opportunities for returning our gifts of time and talent to God. As stewards of God-given skills and abilities, volunteering in a ministry or organization provides a way to thank God, share our faith with others, and enhance our community.
If you would like to consider any of our ministries, please call the parish office at (352) 683-9666
John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation “Christ’s Faithful People”, is an exhortation all for the laity to use the gifts given to them by God in the service of his church to his holy people. The Second Vatican Council in what was a renewed outpouring of the Holy Spirit called for a renewed awareness of the Church’s mission as viewed by Christ when he sent his disciples out into the world. “You go too!” is a command given to each of us, not only priests, deacons and religious men and women, but lay people as well.
Liturgical ministry is an excellent opportunity to fulfill your baptismal call of service to one another. Our liturgies utilize the talents and gifts that God has given this community to the fullest extent. Whether participation is through “behind the scenes” preparation and planning or through a public role of service within the Mass, parishioner contributions help our liturgies to be truly life-giving celebrations. Please prayerfully consider joining one of these ministries.
To be an Altar Server is an honor and a privilege. As the late Pope St. John Paul II stated, “Your commitment to the altar is not only a duty, but a great honor, (and) a genuine holy service.” The purpose of this ministry is serving at the Table of the Lord, assisting the priest and deacon in the celebration of the Eucharist, as well as other sacraments or liturgical celebrations.
The Ministry of Altar Servers is open to both boys and girls who meet all of the following requirements:
They have received the sacraments of Baptism and First Holy Communion in the Roman Catholic Church.
They have a strong desire to serve at the Altar of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
They are in 4th grade or above.
They are enrolled in the Religious Ed program or attend Catholic School.
They attend Sunday Mass on a regular basis, know the prayers of the Mass, know how to properly genuflect, and how to make the sign of the cross.
The fully understand the importance of ministry and are committed to it.
They attend all training sessions as well as agree to attend mandatory meetings and trainings held throughout the year.
Lectors, or Readers, proclaim the Word of the Lord during the Liturgy and, when there is no Deacon present, the General Intercessions. A lector must have a passion for Scripture; an ability to interpret and understand Scripture; and, sufficient public speaking skills to proclaim the Word to the assembly. Training in the specifics of the ministry is provided throughout the year. Parishioners are trained to proclaim the Word of God at all Masses. This ministry is open to men and women of the parish who believe they have the ability to read publicly during Mass. High School students who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation are also encouraged to be a part of this ministry.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Ministers must be fully initiated Roman Catholics who have a willingness to be of service to the community and able to serve at any mass. To become a Eucharistic Minister, you must express an interest to the Pastor and/or Director of Liturgical Ministries. Every year there is a mandatory re-commitment. After we receive your application, a training class will be scheduled to instruct on the theology of the Eucharist and the distribution of communion in our church. The training is normally completed on a Sunday afternoon with commissioning during the 5:30 mass that same evening. We attempt to schedule according to your mass preference. This ministry is open to all men and women of the parish and to High School students who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
We also bring Holy Communion to patients at the following community healthcare facilities: Oak Hill Hospital, Spring Hill Rehab, HealthSouth Rehab, and Atria Evergreens Woods (ALS) and Evergreen Woods Health and Rehab.
Parish Choir – The Parish Choir sings weekly at the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass as well as most major Feasts and Solemnities from September through May. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. The choir is open to singers of high school age or older and the requirements are that you can follow direction and have a pleasant singing voice. The ability to read music and/or formal vocal training is definitely an advantage but not required. We request that you be able to make a commitment to singing most Sundays and attending most rehearsals. New members will have a short, private interview with the director to assess their vocal range. If you are interested in joining our music ministry, please contact Chris Berke at 352-683-9666
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Seeing Christmas decorations in the stores and hearing the countdown to Christmas is a sure sign that our Liturgical Year is drawing to a close. As it does, Sacred Scripture invites us to consider “the days to come”. Today we hear the first of several prophetic warnings about the judgment that will take place in “the days to come”. The Prophet Malachi issues a warning that the proud and evildoers will be punished, and those who fear the Lord and follow his ways will be rewarded in “the days to come”.
Jesus, too, sees that in “the days to come” there will be a judgment rendered upon Jerusalem, a day when the magnificent Temple standing before him will be leveled…. “so that not one stone will be left upon another”, a painful image for the people of his day.
What Malachi and Jesus both envision for us today is that the days of this world are numbered. The clock is running… History, with its wars, famines, revolutions and plagues will give way to a new chapter in the Creator’s plan in “the days to come”. These readings remind us that everything around us istemporary. The world and all that has been developed over the ages in the course of human achievement and progress will one day fade away. What will not fade away, however, is God’s judgment!
In these last several weeks of our Liturgical Year, we are challenged to prepare ourselves for “the days to come” by setting our hearts and minds on Jesus whose teachings need to be the foundation upon which we model our lives. We are invited to have a healthy and mature spiritual life that leads to a deeper relationship with God; we are encouraged to develop a discerning spirit so that we know how to make the right choices for ourselves and our families; we are asked to conform our lives to Christ’s so that we live and act justly and do what we can to comfort and help the poor and the needy.
Following Christ’s example can be costly, as Jesus makes clear in the gospel today. Being a witness of the gospel can cause us hardship, suffering, and distress. Just try speaking out against capital punishment or advocating the principles of our Catholic Social Teaching. That’s because the gospel stands in contrast to the world around us, a world that is often indifferent, wasteful, unjust and, oh, by the way, passing.
As our Liturgical Year ends, we look forward to “the days to come”, when all that is temporary and lacking gives way to the plans that God has in mind for those who persevere in following his ways. We wait in hope for the Lord to come and rule the earth with justice.
Enjoy the day!
Deacon Tom Casey has been writing brief reflections on the Sunday readings to help deepen our understanding of the gospel message. These reflections also help our homebound parishioners feel connected with our Sunday Liturgy. Please check out Deacon Tom’s blog and share it with our brothers and sisters in Christ. These reflections can be found at:
www.dosp.org/adventprayer or text Prayer2019 to 84576
We will live out our purpose by:
Proclaiming: Knowing and sharing the Gospel of Jesus.
“This gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world.” – Matthew 24:14
Inviting: Welcoming and accompanying others as Jesus did.
“Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God.” – Romans 15:7
Encountering: Growing in relationship to Jesus and one another.
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” – James 4:8
What is a missionary disciple?
To answer this question, we should turn to Pope Francis, who introduced the term in his exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel.
In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples (Mt 28:19). All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of evangelization, and it would be insufficient to envisage a plan of evangelization to be carried out by professionals while the rest of the faithful would simply be passive recipients. The new evangelization calls for personal involvement on the part of each of the baptized.
Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization; indeed, anyone who has truly experienced God’s saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love.
Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus: we no longer say that we are “disciples” and “missionaries,” but rather that we are always “missionary disciples.” If we are not convinced, let us look at those first disciples, who, immediately after encountering the gaze of Jesus, went forth to proclaim Him joyfully: “We have found the Messiah!” (John 1:41). The Samaritan woman became a missionary immediately after speaking with Jesus and many Samaritans come to believe in Him “because of the woman’s testimony” (John 4:39). So too, Saint Paul, after his encounter with Jesus Christ, “immediately proclaimed Jesus” (Acts 9:20).
– content via the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s website.
Grandparents Day Breakfast
“Courageously Living the Gospel places a renewed emphasis on marriage and family life to inspire families to be courageous in the vocation which God has called them”.
St. Frances Cabrini celebrated Grandparents Day, Sunday, September 8th.
Thank you to all who participated and a special thanks to Renee Carlotta and her volunteers who made the afternoon special for Grandparents/Parents and Children!
Vacation Bible School 2019
St. Frances Cabrini Parish supports youth in the community by offering special faith enrichment, social and service events.
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