All Ministries

ALTAR GUILD - Altar Guild members work on a rotating basis to keep our worship space clean.  We work to maintain a beautiful environment, helping people feel welcome and comfortable and enhancing the worship experience of those present. Members are scheduled to work approximately every 4-6 weeks. On their assigned week, members may clean at a date and time that best fits their schedule. 

ALTAR SERVERS - Altar servers assist the priest during weekend and holyday masses and weddings.  Servers carry the cross and candles in the entrance procession, hold the candles during the Gospel reading, escort the gift bearers during the offertory, set-up the altar for the Liturgy of the Eucharist and get to ring the bells at the consecration! Girls and boys grade 3 and up, who have made their First Communion are eligible to serve.  

ART & ENVIRONMENT - The Art & Environment Team is responsible for enriching the liturgical environment with flowers and greenery, textiles, artistic seasonal decorations, and creative placement of liturgical items to enhance and deepen our worship experience through what we see. Crafters, sewers, floral designers, decorators, creative persons and good hard workers are most welcome to become part of this group.  

BABYSITTING MINISTRY   Adult and high school age youth are invited to care for the children of the people attending the Parent Peer Bereavement Group (taking place at St. Catherine).  Babysitters need to be available from 5:45 - 7:45 PM on the 3rd Friday of the month.  All volunteers over the age of 18 must meet all volunteer requirements prior to volunteering in this ministry.  

 BAPTISM CATECHESIS MINISTRY - A dedicated group of trained lay-leaders that meet with parents and Godparents in advance of the baptism of a child.  Responsible for instructing (parents & Godparents) on the Sacrament of Baptism, and to help them appreciate the opportunity and responsibility as the child’s first teachers of the faith.  Ministry members also assist the priest or deacon during the Rite of Baptism. 

BAPTISMAL ROBES - Volunteers create baptismal robes that are placed on infants during the Rite of Baptism to symbolize “Putting on Christ”. Duties include purchasing, cutting, embroidering and stitching cloth. 

BLESSED VIRGIN MARY LADIES’ SODALITY - Women of the collaborative 18 years or older are invited to join us in honoring and praising Jesus through Mary.  Sodality generally meets once a month on Wednesday evenings from September through May.  Meetings include praying the rosary together, followed by presentations by guest speakers and fellowship. Sodality members ("Sodalists") also participate in many events throughout the year, including outreach efforts. 

CAP (CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION) TEAM - CAP Team facilitators are trained to present Protecting God’s Children workshops (aka VIRTUS).  On a rotating basis, facilitators schedule, promote and present this workshop to staff and volunteers in the collaborative. The workshop is an excellent resource for all parents, grandparents, caregivers and catechists for increasing awareness and preventing abuse or neglect of children or vulnerable adults. 

CATHOLIC GRANDPARENTS - This is a newly formed group of grandparents who meet once a month, to aid Grandparents in passing on their faith and keeping prayer in the hearts of their families. Our meetings are a time to encourage and support each other by sharing our concerns, joys, struggles and helpful ideas. Meetings are held on Sundays at 12:15 in the St. Catherine Parish Hall Mezzanine. 

CHARITY ORNAMENT TREE - This ministry selects a number of charities each year and an ornament to represent each one. A Christmas tree is placed in the church and the ornaments are hung on the tree. Parishioners can take an ornament from the tree and make their donation to the named charity.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD - The Children’s Liturgy of the Word is an opportunity for young children to hear age appropriate scripture readings and reflections on the readings. An activity or project is usually offered to help reinforce the learning. CLOW takes place during the 10:00 AM Mass. Volunteers are needed to serve as Catechetical Leaders, Aides and Monitors.  

COLLABORATIVE PASTORAL COUNCIL - The Collaborative Pastoral Council (CPC) assists the pastor in his leadership role of planning, initiating, organizing coordinating and reviewing the evangelization, worship, faith formation and service activities within the collaborative. While its view is strategic, CPC members often volunteer to provide leadership and support in implementing agreed upon initiatives. 

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE (Collaborative) - The newly created Communications Committee will define and oversee the overall communications strategy for the Collaborative.  They will provide strategic support to those managing various communication tools used within the Collaborative. 

COR UNUM VOLUNTEERS (Collaborative) - Cor Unum, located in Lawrence, MA serves breakfast and dinner to hundreds of people every day, 365 days a year, utilizing the help of a small core staff and a large army of generous volunteers. It is a beautiful facility where the hungry are fed and treated with respect and dignity.  Fifteen to twenty volunteers from our collaborative are needed to serve dinner from 4:00 – 7:00 PM on the last Sunday of the month. Serving at Cor Unum is a very rewarding experience for individuals, families, and faith formation classes.  (Please note:  teen volunteers must be high school aged and above.)

COUNCIL OF CHURCHES - The Littleton Council of Churches exists to help the constituent churches (First Baptist, Congregational Church, First Church Unitarian, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and St. Anne) carry out their united activities, and support each other’s efforts, to advance the spiritual, moral, and social welfare of the community.  Delegates from each participating congregation meet approximately five times each year.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION - Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the real presence of Christ in the consecrated host or Eucharist During Eucharistic Adoration, we watch and wait, remaining silent in God’s presence and opening ourselves to his guidance and graces. Just as you can’t be exposed to the sun without receiving its rays, neither can you come to Jesus exposed in the Blessed Sacrament without receiving the divine rays of his grace, his love and his peace.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS - Eucharistic Ministers are trained lay people who assist the priest and deacon with the distribution of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ at Mass. Eucharistic Ministers who desire to do so, may receive additional training enabling them to bring Communion to homebound parishioners (Homebound Ministry), nursing home residents (Bridges, Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley & Westford House) and hospital patients (Emerson Hospital). 

FAITH FORMATION - The mission of our Faith Formation (Religious Education) program is to teach as Jesus did through His word and personal example. We introduce God as our loving Father; offer opportunities for students to experience an encounter with the Lord and nurture students’ personal relationships with the Lord.  We call people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today, drawing them to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of Christ and fostering the total personal and spiritual growth of each person.  Religious Education is offered for Grades Kindergarten through 10.  

We are in need of people to serve as catechists, assistant catechists, substitute catechists, hall monitors, service project coordinators, hospitality/ special events coordinators, Works of Mercy project coordinators, Pageant organizers, clerical assistants, and craft assistants. 

In addition to programs offered for children, various Adult Faith Enrichment programs take place throughout the year.

FAITH FORMATION ADVISORY BOARDS - The Faith Formation Advisory Boards are volunteers who function in an advisory capacity to the faith formation staff about issues that impact the programs.  

FAITH SHARING GROUP - The Faith Sharing Group meets weekly to pray and reflect on the scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday liturgy. Trained parishioners lead sessions. 

MEMORIAL GARDEN COMMITTEE - The Memorial Garden Committee works to maintain and enhance the Memorial Garden at St. Anne Parish. 

GOD, PIZZA & BEER (Collaborative) - This ministry offers an opportunity for men and women to meet once a month at St. Catherine for fellowship and witness to God’s great love and powerful work in their lives and the lives of others.

HIGH SCHOOL DISCUSSION AND PRAYER GROUP - While all teens are welcome, this ministry is targeted at high school teenagers who are striving to become the best version of themselves and are interested in continuing to deepen their faith beyond the Confirmation program.  Through discussions with peers, teens identify personal values, put them into practice, and learn from each other’s experiences.  We meet weekly on Saturday mornings at St. Anne.

HOMEBOUND MINISTRY - Members bring the Eucharist to those who are unable to come to Mass because of sickness or disability. Eucharistic Ministers and clients select a mutually agreed schedule to bring Communion, usually once a week. The caring presence of the Eucharistic Minister helps the client and their family to know they are loved and cared for by the parish family of faith. 

HOSPITALITY MINISTRIES (Hospitality Sunday, Hospitality Cafés and Special Events) -Jesus was a wonderful model of hospitality in welcoming all to share a meal with him and to gather at the Lord’s Table. Following Jesus’ example, we strive to welcome all to become a part of our faith community and to provide not only a warm reception but to offer opportunities for refreshments and fellowship.  In the past, ministry members have provided coffee, tea and refreshments after designated weekend masses to encourage hospitality and fellowship among parishioners.  We would also like to expand this ministry to include Special Events.  These events occur during the year such as SMA Weekends, Remembrance Masses and receptions -  and more!  This ministry is also expanding to include caring for our Hospitality Café. Duties will include: ordering supplies and food, restocking the coffee cart and cabinets, serving refreshments and cleaning up afterwards.  

LECTORS - Lectors proclaim the Word of God at Mass. Lectors prepare by reading and reflecting upon the Scriptures, and praying for guidance so that they can facilitate the congregation’s reception of the reading as “God’s Living Word”, rather than simply words on a page. 

LIBRARY MINISTRY -  We occasionally need assistance with sorting, cataloguing and shelving books and other media in our growing resource library.

LITURGY COMMISSION (Collaborative) - The Liturgy Commission is a consultative body to the pastoral staff.  They assess the spiritual and liturgical (worship) needs of the collaborative and provide direction for the broad goals, strategic planning and policies governing those needs. Members include representatives from the various liturgical ministries.  

 MEN’S GROUP - The Men’s group is a social, prayer and service group, which meets monthly from Sept. through June at St. Anne. They offer opportunities to learn about our faith through study of the scriptures for the upcoming Sunday liturgy and educational programs such as Bishop Robert Barron’s Catholicism DVD series. The group works on service projects to benefit the collaborative and community.

MINISTRY OF HOPE - The Ministry of Hope is a group of caring, compassionate parishioners who work closely with families who have experienced a death. They meet with families to help them plan the funeral liturgy; pray with the family at the wake before their guests arrive; assist the priest at the funeral; and say prayers at the burial. The families we work with often express gratitude for our assistance and ministry members find it to be truly rewarding.  

MISSION TRIP TEAMS (Collaborative) - Mission trips provide a wonderful opportunity for youth, young adults and adults to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. We are motivated by the social justice teachings of Jesus, who preached a gospel of grace and humble service. We heartily embrace the commandment to love our neighbors by taking an active role in demonstrating that love through volunteer aid for the less fortunate.  Generally, there are several annual mission trips planned, providing opportunities for middle school students, high school students, college students, and adults. 

MUSIC MINISTRY - Our music ministry is a warm, welcoming community that strives to proclaim the goodness of God through quality liturgical and pastoral music and to move the congregation to a full, conscious and active participation in the Mass.  

The Collaborative Adult Ensembles (singers and instrumentalists) are invited to help provide music at a weekend liturgy of their choice, at either parish and at any time. Ideally, each Mass is supported by a small instrumental ensemble (guitars, piano, solo instruments, etc.) and a group of singers. Repertoire for these masses tends toward a contemporary style, while still honoring traditional roots. All adult musicians come together once a week (Thursdays 7:30-9:00 PM at St. Catherine) to rehearse music for the weekend liturgies. Musicians are also invited to participate in music for Christmas, Holy Week, and other special liturgies. 

The St. Anne Youth Choir is open to new and experienced musicians in grades 2-12. Young musicians are mentored by their older peers and advanced musicians are given special responsibilities as cantors or featured in small group pieces. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 PM at St. Anne and music is provided at the 10:00 AM Mass, once a month, when it is a grade-level Mass.  

NEIGHBORHOOD SUPPER (Collaborative) - Working in a rotation with other churches in Littleton, members of this ministry cook and serve dinner once a month at the Congregational Church in Littleton.  They provide a home-cooked meal and fellowship to those who attend the dinner.  Volunteers plan, shop, set-up, prepare, serve and cleanup for these meals. 

NURSING HOME MINISTRIES (Collaborative) 

Eucharistic Ministers at Bridges, Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley and Westford House -Members of this ministry visit the nursing homes on Sundays to offer their caring presence, spiritual support and Holy Communion to residents. 

Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley - Members of this ministry visit Life Care Center on Tuesday mornings. They begin with a sing-a-long in the Memory Care Unit, followed by a Communion Service or Mass in the dining room and if time allows praying of the rosary. Communion is also brought to residents, who are unable to gather in the dining room.  

Rosary Groups at Bridges and Westford House - Members of these groups visit the nursing homes weekly (Westford House on Mondays and Bridges on Tuesdays) to pray the rosary, sing uplifting songs and offer friendship and spiritual support. Once a month a Mass is celebrated. Twice a year, a Mass followed by the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is celebrated. 

OFFERTORY COUNTERS - Offertory Counters are volunteers who count the monetary donations collected at weekend and Holy Day liturgies.

PARENT PEER BEREAVEMENT GROUP (Collaborative) - This is a non-denominational group for parents who have experienced the death of a child. The death of one’s child is perhaps the most painful loss we can endure, and sadly the loss is more common than we might imagine. However, we often feel isolated in our grief. As bereaved parents, journeying together in our lives after loss, we can learn from one another and build strength from the support and understanding offered. The group meets the third Friday of the month, from 6:00 – 7:30 PM, in the St. Catherine Parish Center (Mezzanine). Babysitting is available free of charge.  

PARISH FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION COUNCIL - The Parish Finance Council is advisory in nature. They meet monthly to plan for the future financial needs of the parishes and to work with the Finance and Operations Manager and Parish Accountant to generate a balanced budget for each fiscal year. Members come from a broad range of backgrounds including banking and finance, human resources, engineering and other professions.  

PARISH OFFICE SUPPORT – FIRST CLASS CLUB - These volunteers assist the parish administrative staff with preparing and collating periodic bulk mailings. They work on an on-call basis as the need arises. 

PARISH OFFICE VOLUNTEERS - Office volunteers assist in greeting visitors, answering phones and various office tasks such as: photocopying, mailing, record keeping, filing and addressing the requests of visitors to the parish office. Volunteers may serve on a set schedule or be on our “On Call” list to assist in covering for staff vacation days or illness.  

PRAYER CHAIN - Volunteers pray for the needs of parishioners, their family members, relatives and friends. The group has no meetings. Prayer requests are forwarded to members via email or phone. 

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY (Collaborative) - Members of this ministry knit and/or crochet shawls or lap blankets, which are given to people who are grieving or in need of hope, or to celebrate life and its milestones.  They are given as a tangible sign of God’s love and the love or our faith community. The work is done at home, and then some members of the group gather on the first Friday of the month from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the St. Catherine Parish Center. 

PRISON GIFT BAG MINISTRY (Collaborative) - Ministry members coordinate the collection of donations for Christmas gift bags given to prisoners at Northeast Correctional Center and MCI Prison in Concord, MA.

RESPECT LIFE (Collaborative) - The mission of the Respect Life Ministry is to promote a culture of life where every human life is valued and protected from the moment of conception until natural death.  The ministry meets monthly for education, fellowship and work on many beneficial projects. 

RIGHT OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION (RCIA) (Collaborative) - RCIA is an ongoing process of faith formation for adults and older children who would like to join the Catholic Church.  Catechists and sponsors accompany candidates on their faith journeys, offering support and encouragement as they learn what it means to become a Catholic Christian. RCIA sessions are held weekly on Sunday mornings from 10:15-11:30 in the St. Catherine Parish Center (Mezzanine). 

ROSARY (Collaborative) - The Rosary is a powerful weapon to avoid evil and to bring peace into our world. Parishioners come together to pray the Rosary on Wednesdays at 6:15 PM and Saturdays at 8:00 AM at St. Catherine.  Additionally, a rosary to pray for those suffering from Addiction is held on the last Friday of the month at Noon. The location alternates each month between St. Anne and St. Catherine. 

SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL - Inspired by Gospel Values, St. Vincent de Paul, an international lay Catholic organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-person service to needy and suffering families within our local community, who are experiencing temporary difficulty due to illness, unemployment, personal tragedy or other unexpected challenges.

STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL (Collaborative) - The purpose of the Stewardship Council is to encourage parishioners to practice stewardship as an expression of gratitude to God and as a way of life for Disciples of Christ, and to see that active involvement is a return of the many gifts we have been blessed with by God.  Meetings are held monthly. Members participate in numerous collaborative events throughout the year. 

SUNSHINE CLUB - The Sunshine Club is a group of Sodalists (from the Blessed Virgin Mary Ladies Sodality) who volunteer their time once a month to provide bingo and goodies to local senior citizens. We are in need of bakers and people to help with meeting set-up, refreshment serving and cleanup. The group meets on the third Thursday of the month, from Sept. through May at 1:00 PM, at St. Anne.   

ULTREYA (CURSILLO REUNION) (Collaborative) - Ultreya is a monthly follow-up gathering for those who have made their Cursillo.  A Cursillo is a three-day retreat – a “little” course in Christianity for women and for men. Ultreyas are generally held on Thursday evenings in the St. Catherine Parish Hall Mezzanine. Meetings generally include a witness talk, Mass, faith sharing and fellowship.   

WELCOME MINISTRY (USHERS & GREETERS) - These ministries work together to make everyone feel welcome at Mass and a part of our faith communities.  The various roles include welcoming and greeting all as they enter and exit the church; guiding guests to seats; taking up collections, passing out bulletins and other information, answering questions and helping people when needed. We also clean the pews, turn off lights and lock up the church after Mass. The goal of these ministries is to keep things running smoothly, quietly, and reverently. 

WELCOME AMBASSADORS - This ministry’s objective is to welcome new parishioners.  This is done by letters and phone calls to welcome new parishioners and answer their questions.  We strive to make new parishioners feel welcome and that they are a vital part of our faith community. 

 WOMEN’S BOOK GROUP (Collaborative) - The women of the collaborative are invited to gather with other women to read and discuss books that focus on spiritual growth and development.  The groups meet weekly from late Sept. to December and from February to May, on Monday mornings from 9:30 – 11:30 AM in the St. Catherine Parish Center Mezzanine. Books are available for purchase before the session begins. 

 

 

Volunteer Requirements

 

  • Protecting God's Children Workshop (one-time)  for all volunteers age 18 and above.  Click here and then select Boston, MA (Archdiocese) from the drop-down list for all local upcoming workshops.
  • Annual background check (CORI) for volunteers age 18 and above.
    CORI Form 2018-2019
    Please print double sided if possible.

 

Parish Office Contact Info:

Email: StAOffice@LWCatholic.org
Telephone: 978-486-4100

Director of Stewardship:

Debbie Rhodes at 978-320-4212 or DebbieR@LWCatholic.org

 

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