Ministries

Ministries

 

Altar Guild - Mary Meyer, 922-8784

Members of the Altar Guild share in the blessing of preparing the space and the materials necessary for the celebration of Eucharistic Liturgy.  If you are able to help with the cleaning of the Sacred Space or by washing, ironing, or sewing of the liturgical cloths, please call Sr. Monica at 921-6631, ext. 225.  Your assistance will be very much appreciated.

American Heritage Girls

American Heritage Girls (AHG) is a Christ-centered, character development program dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.  It is a faith-based ministry for girls ages 5-18 years old, and is an integral part of Incarnation Church's youth program.  Girls are encouraged to experience the love of Christ, the joy of lasting friendships, and the fun of new, wholesome experiences.  AHG embraces Christian values, encourages family involvement, and offers badge programs, service programs, girl leadership opportunities, and outdoor experiences to its members.  For more information, visit www.ahgonline.org.

Arimatheans/Pallbearers - Jim & Gloria Champers 966-3113

The Arimatheans are a group of concerned parishioners who volunteer to attend funerals of deceased parishioners. Just as Joseph of Arimathia cared for the body of Christ, our parishioners see to it that no one is laid to his or her final rest alone.

Altar Servers - Kathy Connett, 350-4848

Being a server means serving God and His people at Mass on Sundays, holy days and at funerals.  This important service to the Church is open to all young girls and boys of the parish.  You must have made your First Communion and be in the 4th grade to participate in this ministry.   

 

Bereavement Ministry - Sr. Monica Paul Fraser, OP 921-6631 ext. 225

For those suffering the loss of a loved one, a chronic or terminal illness, there is the opportunity to be part of a support group which meets weekly, for sessions lasting five weeks.  There is also the opportunity for individual conversation with Sr. Monica Paul Fraser, OP., 921.6631 ext.225

Bible Study - Deacon Joe Cirieco, Deacon John Crescitelli,  Deacon Pat Palumbo 921-6631

Deacon Joe Cirieco and Deacon John Crescitelli both offer classes on the scriptures throughout the year.  They are offered on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm and Wednesday morning at 9:30am.  These classes are held in the Parish Center Conference Room. 

Boy Scouts - John Vetri  224-0449

It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and, in other ways, to prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime in achieving their full potential.  Boy Scouts of America have three programs here at Incarnation:  Cub Scouts for boys ages 7-11; Boy Scouts for boys ages 11-18; Venture Scouting high adventure for girls and boys ages 14-21. 

Care Ministry - Deacon John 921-6631

This is our ministry of bringing the Eucharist to those in nursing homes, hospitals, or at home.  In addition, our Care ministers are sensitive to their overall well-being and report any concerns to the ministry coordinator.  

Cenacle of Prayer - Pat Bretherton 371-7443

The purpose of the Cenacle of the Marian Movement of Priests is to make us grow in the life of consecration to Our Lady's Immaculate Heart.  The format of the cenacle includes an invocation to the Holy Spirit, the rosary, various prayers, a litany, and a prayer of consecration to Our Lady.  The cenacle meets every Sunday from 3:30 - 5:00pm in the Parish Center Conference Room. 

Charismatic Prayer Group - Mike Hargesheimer-  302-2342
The Charismatic Prayer Group is a group that meets weekly to praise and worship God. The group meets every Thursday at 7:00pm in the Parish Center.

Children of Mary Rosary Group  - Ellie Longo Ticola 955-6592

This group gathers together on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the Incarnation Chapel.  We pray three of the four Mysteries of the Rosary, the Litany to the Blessed Mother, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.  Please join us for part or all of this lovely prayer offering.

Children’s Liturgy - Chelle Maida 924-9566

Childern's Liturgy helps to bring the gospel message to the younger children of our parish at their level. It is held during the 9:00am Mass every Sunday while Religious Education classes are in session. The children are dismissed before the first readings and return at the offertory. Teachers and aids are much needed! For more information on this ministry or to volunteer as a teacher or teacher's aid, please contact Carole McDonnell at 377-1078.

Eucharistic Adoration - Lucy Gatza 953-4857

This ministry welcomes all parish members to join us in our beautiful chapel for an hour of quiet prayer before the exposed Eucharistic Presence of Jesus.  For more information call Lucy Gatza at 953-4857.

Extraordinary Ministers - Deacon John 921-6631

These Ministers distribute Holy Communion at daily and weekend liturgies.  For more information on this ministry or to volunteer as an Extraordinary Minister, please contact Deacon John at 921-6631.

 

Folk Group - Stephany Dobosz 921-6631

The Folk Group is a contemporary mixed-voice/instrumental ensemble under the direction of Stephany Dobosz.  The group serves at the 9:00am Sunday Mass and rehearses Tuesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm.

Good Samaritans - Pat Ward 955-8512

The Church of the Incarnation's Good Samaritian motto is "Helping Good Neighbors and Good Neighbors Helping". This Peace and Justice group was formed in March 2000, and in 2004, the group name was changed to the Good Samaritan Ministry. Good Samaritan volunteers run errands, do grocery shopping, mail packages, take client to medical appointments, to service agencies, and provide transportation to Mass. If you want to help your neighbors and were wondering how to get involved, here is one way! For more information on this ministry or to volunteer as a Good Samaritan, please contact Pat Ward 955-8512

Incarnation Choir - Traditional

This choir is a traditional mixed-voice choir under the direction of Music Director.  This choir serves at the 11:00am Sunday Mass and rehearses Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.  Call 921-6631 for info.

Knights of Columbus - Dale Haas, GK     To be a part of this fine organization of Catholic men 18 years and older, call Dale Haas 914-6228.

Help us to continue our works of charity for the parish, school and community. Join us.

Lectors - Eileen Parkinson 346-0666
Parishioners with a strong speaking voice, a love of Sacred Scripture and a willingness to serve are invited to be Lectors at our weekend Masses. For more information on this ministry or to volunteer as a Lector, 

Legion of Mary/Curia - Susan Gordon 321-3663
The Legion of Mary is a dedicated ministry of men and women who love Our Lady and wish to do her work in this world. You are invited to The Legion Of Mary meeting on any Tuesday at 7:00pm in the Religious Ed Office. We think you will find this to be an interesting meeting; one based on Legion spirituality and practical works. Come, listen and follow the inspiration that Mary gives you! For more information on this ministry or to join the Legion of Mary, please contact Susan Gordon, 321-3663.

Meditation Prayer Group - George Browning 366-3128

This mininsty meets Tuesday at 4:30pm in the Chapel Library.

Men’s Club - Dan Filla President 217-494-1350
Mission Statement - "To provide for the men in the parish to come together once a month for a dinner meeting to extend the warm hand of friendship and comaraderie.   We seek to do the Lord's work in generosity and love to one another and to our Parish of the Incarnation. By the grace of God, the example of Jesus Christ and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we dedicate ourselves to accomplish our mission within and beyond our community."  This Club is primarily social but also participate in several service projects throughout the year.  Annual dues are $20. 

Military Ministry - Ellie Longo Ticola 955-6592

The Church of the Incarnation Military Ministry meets every two months to pray and pack boxes for our men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  We also advise the parish of any loved ones of our parish serving in the military.  A military picture display is found in the foyer of the church, along with a donation box below the pictures.  Parishioners are welcome to take a list of needed items and drop them off before or after the Sunday Masses.  Our bulletin will list the dates of packing.  Please contact Ellie Longo at 955-6592 if you have any questions or would like to volunteer. Thank you for your support .

Music Ministry/ Choirs 

Members of the Music Ministry serve as cantors at all parish Masses and as choir members in the three parish choirs - The Incarnation Choir (11:00am Mass),
The Folk Group (9:00am Mass) and the church choir (6:00pm Mass). Parishioners with previous choir experience or demonstrated musical ability are encouraged to serve in the Music Ministry. For more information or to volunteer, please call 941-921-6631. 
 

Parish Library - Parish Office 921-6631

The Library endeavors to provide books, tapes and videos for the enjoyment, education, and spiritual encouragement of members of the parish.  Our collections include a variety of materials for prayer, self-help, and spiritual nourishment as well as lives of saints and other biographies, church history and liturgy and assorted fiction and non-fiction.  The library is located in the church foyer.  Please call for times of operation.

Prayer Line - Mary Jane Zuknick 924-4108

Parish Prayer Line takes requests to pray for those who are ill, for thanksgiving, or for special needs. Volunteers are needed to help in praying for these requests. For more information on this ministry or to volunteer for the Parish Prayer Line, please contact Lucy Laudano 388-7312.

Prayer Shawl - Parish Office 921-6631

Volunteers knit shawls and blankets which are given to our homebound and area nursing homes.  We also distribute lap blankets to our military personnel returning home wounded from the Middle East.  This can be done at home and instructions are provided. 

Readers - Eileen Parkinson 346-0666

Members of the parish, representing the laity, proclaim the Word of the Lord.  Twice a year, there is a training session for interested candidates.  Anyone interested in becoming a reader is invited to call Eileen.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) - Leslie Hutchison, 921-6631.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is for those seeking entry into the Catholic Church.  It is a journey in which people grow in understanding, spirituality, and faith.  Anyone interested may attend classes without committing to the process of initiation.  The RCIA program begins in the fall and ends at Pentecost with the candidates experiencing full initiation at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. 

Religious Education - Chelle Maida 924-9566

Catechesis is a shared experience for adults and children to learn more about their God, and the love that God has for them.  Our sessions provide information and time to reflect, share, and pray together as a faith-seeking community. 

Respect Life - James and Sylvia Kurt 371-7339

The Catholic Church asserts and affirms the inherent diginity of all human persons. Respect Life is involved with all the issues that pertain to a better way of life for all God's people, from the unborn to the elderly. Respect Life cooperates and participates in local and Diocesan Pro-Life events throughout the year. For more information on this ministry or to volunteer for Respect Life.

Rosary Makers - Sylvia Hill 922-7648

Members make rosaries each month at their own pace, on their own schedule, so this is a great ministry for those wishing to work out of their homes.  We are always looking for new Members.  For more information, call Carolyn Terrill, 706-6737.

Sociable Singles 50+ - Dolores Perine, 349-1252

St. Vincent de Paul - Barbara Brown 921-6631

St. Vincent de Paul Society is an international Catholic organization of lay persons who, in a spirit of justice and charity, see to helping those in need. SVDP sponsors a number of events at the parish, including the Christmas Gift Collection and food and clothing drives throughout the year. For more information on this ministry or to volunteer for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, please contact Margrit Petit at 921-6631 or visit our website at www.svdp-incarnation.org .

Ushers - Vic Ticola 922-5279

Men and women who greet and direct parish members, collect the offertory gifts and assist the handicapped. They are usually the first contact to new or visiting parishioners. They should be a warm, cheerfuland helping person. If you would like to volunteer for this ministry please call the parish office or Vic Ticola at 922-5279.

Vacation Bible School - Lisa Russo 921-6631

Welcome Committee - Parish Office 921-6631

This committee welcomes new families to Incarnation.  In our welcoming phone call, by a member of the committee, we try to learn the interests of the new parishioners and guide them as to whom they should contact.  We also have welcome brunches for new parishoiners as a way for them to meet other parishioners.  For more information, call the Parish Office at 921-6631.

Women’s Club - Joani White, 342-8663

"The mission of the Organization shall be to promote a spirit of unity and cooperation among the women of Incarnation Parish in religious, educational, social and humanitarian interests; to engage in such forms of Christian action and benevolent work as may commend themselves to this organization."  All ladies of the parish are welcome to join.  Dues are $15 per year.    


Youth Group - Youth ministry at Incarnation aims, through a holistic approach, to provide an opportunity for worship, faith sharing, fun, and service.  Peer ministry forms an important part of our gatherings whereby teens share their experiences with one another.

Teens are encouraged to actively participate in liturgies and scriptually based drama.  Personal reflection exercises and teen retreats are offered in order to foster and develop faith and spiritual experiences.  Trips to diocesan and statewide youth events also provide an opportunity for teens to enjoy positive experiences together.  Faith-based education in relation to Justice & Peace issues is one of our central goals, which in turn leads to active service in the parish and wider community.