Ministries, Groups and Organizations

ORGANIZATIONS

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.

Legion of Mary – Meets every Wednesday for prayer and spiritual growth. Members are required to do two hours of assigned work in the parish each week.

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 women 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.

LITURGICAL MINISTRIES

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

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.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word – is for children in grades JK – 2 at the 11:30 am Sunday Masses. Adult leaders help the children with the Mass readings and discuss them in an interesting and exciting way.

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

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion – offer the Eucharist during Mass, and bring Communion to the shut-ins.

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; pass around the collection baskets; and distribute the Parish bulletin after Mass.

GROUPS

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

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.

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.

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 who come together to make, bottle and sell jams and preserves. These funds help to support the parish activities.

Outreach Ministry – Co-ordinated by an organizational team, these members reach beyond the parish boundaries 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 (Parish Nurse) 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