MINISTRIES

Altar Servers – Altar Servers assist the celebrant during Mass and other liturgies. This ministry is for boys and girls in grade 4 and up.

Baptism Preparation – This ministry helps prepare couples for the Baptism of their child by using a video, reflection, questions, personal witness, and a walk-through of the ceremony in the Church. The class is one hour long on the last Sunday of each month.

Bible Study – meets on Mondays to discuss and better understand the Sacred Scriptures. Led by Deacon Victor.

Catechism Class for Adults – On the second Friday of each month, Sept. – June, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. There is a chance to learn our Catholic Faith and ask questions. Fr. Lobsinger facilitates this ministry.

Catechetical Correspondence Program – Children in public or private school are taught about our Faith and prepared for the Sacraments.

Catholic Women’s League – The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is a national organization rooted in gospel values calling its members to holiness through service to the people of God. The ladies meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. They are engaged in a host of activities; spiritual, social, fundraising and charitable.

Cenacle Prayer Group – meets every Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel. Members gather to reflect on the messages of Our Blessed Mother, to pray the Rosary, and intercede for the needs of the world, under the auspices of the Marian Movement of Priests.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word – is for children in grades JK – 2 at the 9:00 a.m. & 11:30 Sunday Masses. Adult leaders help the children to understand the Mass readings and discuss them in an interesting and exciting way.

Choirs – The choirs and instrumentalist lead the congregation in singing at the Sunday Mass and other liturgies throughout the year. We have several choirs at St. Thomas; one for each of the Sunday Masses.

Collection Counter – Each week, working in a team, the Sunday collection is counted, prepared and deposited in the bank.

Conquest/Challenge Ministry of Children – Meets on Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in Guardian Angels School. Children from Kindergarten to grade 3 and their parents have a fun filled evening learning about the Faith. There is also a program for children grade 4-6.

Creative Arts Group – Meets every Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to learn different skills from each other and to provide hand-made crafts for our annual bazaar.

Extra-ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion – distribute the Holy Eucharist during Mass, and/or bring Holy Communion to the elderly in their home or at Alexander Place Nursing Home.

Family Movie Night – Each month a night of games, snacks and a movie is offered for children and their families.

Finance Council – This is an advisory group whose purpose is to help the Pastor exercise his responsibility to use well the generous offerings made by the People of God. Members of this committee are appointed by the Pastor.

Good Shepherd Group – Members of this group assist at the Good Shepherd Centre Hot Meal Program. They prepare and serve food for 250-350 people in need. This ministry is on the third Saturday of every second month from 1:30-5:00 p.m.

Jammers – are a group of volunteers who come together to make, bottle and sell jams and preserves. These funds help to support our parish activities.

Knights of Columbus – Is an international group for men seeking to serve our Parish and the Church universal. They strive to help Catholic men to be holy men, husbands and fathers and provide many social activities in the parish and in the larger community.

Lectors – Are mandated by the Bishop to proclaim the Word of God during our liturgical celebrations.

Legion of Mary – Meets every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. for prayer and spiritual growth. Members are required to do two hours of assigned work in the parish each week.

Men’s Ministry – That Man is You – Meets weekly on Wednesday evenings to encourage and help the men of our Parish to be good and holy Catholic husbands, fathers and men.

Moms and Tots Group – A support group for moms with babies and little children at home. Meets every second Thursday morning.

Outreach Ministry – Co-ordinated by an organizational team, these volunteers reach beyond our parish bounds by organizing food drives and fund raisers to help the needy in Waterdown and surrounding areas.

Prayer Chain – Parishioners in need of prayer for themselves or loved ones contact the chain leader who sends out the prayer request to all the praying members.

Prayer Shawl Ministry – knitters and crocheters make shawls for those in need of comfort and healing.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.) – Team members prepare interested candidates for initiation into the Catholic Church. The program runs on Wednesdays 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., from late September until a few weeks after Easter. The candidates will be baptized and/or confirmed at the Easter Vigil.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (R.C.I.C.) Is for children in grade 3 – 8 who have not yet received the Sacraments of Penance and Eucharist.

Ushers/Ministers of Hospitality – are the men and women who help to keep order before, during and after Mass. They greet you upon your arrival, help you find a good seat when the church is full, and they pass around the collection baskets, and distribute the Parish bulletin after Mass.

Volunteer Screening Committee – This committee interviews persons interested in volunteering for any of our ministries and calls references that have been provided by the potential volunteer.

Welcome Centre – Is in the foyer of our church. Volunteers help to greet people, answer questions, fill in Mass cards and sell religious items.
Young Adults – An opportunity for young Catholic adults, 19-39, to meet, socialize and encourage each other. Find out what they are up to by joining their Facebook page.