Adopt A Family
MISSION: To provide the less fortunate of the
parish with gifts and food during the Christmas
ACTIVITIES: A family in need is adopted by a
sponsoring family or organization within the
AMOUNT OF TIME REQUIRED / WHEN MINISTRY IS
PERFORMED: During the Christmas season.
MISSION: From the time of our Baptism we are
called to serve our Lord. This ministry is for
the young people of St. Patrick’s School and the
Religious Education program from fourth grade
and up. This offers the opportunity for the
young men and women of our parish to serve Jesus
by assisting the priest during Sunday Liturgies,
Weddings and Funerals and special liturgical
celebrations throughout the year. . The Servers meet several
times during the year for instructional training
and social functions.
Altar Servers your Service does not need to end
as you transition from Middle School/Junior High
to High School. In fact you are encouraged to
continue your Service through 12th Grade and
College and help to mentor the younger servers.
MISSION: To involve young people in the life of
the Church through athletics; to provide
children of the parish to have opportunities to
learn basic Christian values through team
sports; to learn good sportsmanship, as they are
rooted in faith, nurturing each one’s spiritual
and moral growth.
ACTIVITIES: Games are held generally every
Saturday and Sunday from December through
February. Games consists of basketball teams for
boys and girls grades 3-8 and cheerleaders,
grades 2-6, as well as tournaments for any child
who wishes to participate from the school or
Season runs from October thru March with season
ending Sports Banquet.
Basketball Coordinator : Vince Bulik
Treasurer: Cathrine Musso
Coordinator: Jordan Carr
Secretary: Beth Bulik
Needed: 2 Committee
Members to help with tournaments and/or areas as
MISSION: Prepare parishioners to receive the
sacrament of Baptism.
ACTIVITIES: Call Fr. Carroll to arrange a date.
Pre-Baptismal instructions for the parents are
held every eight weeks and are mandatory. The
dates and times of these classes are listed in
the bulletin as they are scheduled.
MISSION: To ensure that no parishioner will
Food Ministry: Helps prepare casseroles or
dessert or a complete meal for a family
experiencing a loss. The meal provides
nourishment for the soul as well as physical
Resurrection Assembly: Participates by attending
the funeral service or Mass, helps the family
sit, stand and sing.
Visitation: Visits the bereaved family monthly,
in two’s. Assess the well-being of the family,
reports back to the Chairman to determine if
intervention services are necessary.
Bereavement Support: Trained bereavement
counselor(s) who work with the bereaved family
and help them find closure. If additional
services are needed, refer to York Hospital’s
MISSION: These classes are for anyone who wishes
to learn more about the Bible.
ACTIVITIES: This is a good time to get to know
more people socially.
MISSION: Our purpose is to provide a nutritious
lunch for the students of St. Patrick School.
ACTIVITIES: We have very dedicated and wonderful
volunteers who serve the children lunch every
school day. They are very committed and
appreciated very much. The volunteers are what
make this program a success.
Harvest Food Pantry
MISSION: Catholic Harvest Food Pantry of York,
Pennsylvania, believes that no one should be
hungry. Our mission is to provide food and
personal care items to anyone in need, in the
greater York community.
ACTIVITIES: Catholic Harvest Food Pantry is set
up like a grocery store. Most volunteers work
one evening a month at 628 East Market St. from
6:00 to 7:30 pm assisting clients as they choose
the food & personal care items they will take
home. Once a year there is a fundraising appeal
to support the Pantry; a grocery bag program
also occurs in March, June & November to collect
donations from the parishioners of St.
Please see our website for additional volunteer
Coffee & Donuts
MISSION: To provide parishioners an opportunity
to gather after Mass for coffee, donuts,
conversation and networking opportunities.
ACTIVITIES: Coffee and doughnuts served after 8
AM Mass on Sundays unless otherwise announced.
MISSION: To provide planning, support and
guidance for all parish communications.
ACTIVITIES: Oversee the coordination of the
Annual Parish Report, the Weekly Bulletin, the
Parish Directory, the Parish Website, Parish
media relations, and other major communication
efforts as appropriate.
Compassion York Food Run
MISSION: To provide a nutritious meal to the
poor & homeless of York every Sunday evening.
ACTIVITIES: A different church does the
Compassion York food run each Sunday. We at St.
Patrick have made a commitment to take three or
four Sunday meals in 2014. We will prepare and
serve the Sunday dinners for approximately 100
to 150 needy individuals.
WHEN MINISTRY IS PERFORMED: We usually start
preparing the meal Sunday afternoon (1 to 2 PM)
and we serve, at first stop, at Grace Lutheran
from 5:15 to 6 PM, then we serve at St. Patrick
from 6:10 to 7:00 PM. Clean up from 7:00 to 7:15
MISSION: To promote the spiritual, social,
intellectual and economic welfare of its
impress a steadfast conviction relating to
the proper place and function of Catholic
women in society, in safeguarding the
religious, civil and economic rights of all
assist those in need through individual
ACTIVITIES: Group and individual spiritual and
service activities include making rosaries for
missions, praying a decade of the rosary for the
special intentions of those named by members,
attending Mass together, volunteering at the
Catholic Harvest Food Pantry on a regular basis,
and committing to one hour in the Perpetual
Adoration Chapel each week. In addition, we
assist Knights of Columbus councils and the
parishes of the members with various fundraisers
and service projects. Proceeds from fund raisers
are used to support organizations such as
Pregnancy Problem Center, Catholic Harvest Food
Pantry, York County Food Bank, religious
education programs, York Catholic High School
and the church schools, and an orphanage in
Honduras as well as individuals in special need
which are brought to our attention.
WHEN MINISTRY IS PERFORMED: There is a General
Meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each month as
well as an officer’s Meeting on the second
Tuesday of each month which is also open to all
members. In addition, there are usually one or
two activities each month where members may
Divorced & Separated Support Group
MISSION: Our group provides support for
Catholics experiencing the loss of a spouse
through separation and or divorce. Those going
through a separation/divorce can find
consolation in knowing that they are not alone.
Our purpose is to support one another without
giving advice or counsel as many individuals
experience feelings of isolation, rejection,
anger and despair during separation/divorce.
ACTIVITIES: We provide the opportunity for
people going through a separation/divorce to
talk about their feelings, if they wish, with
others in the group who are in various stages of
being separated from their spouse. Dependant
upon the interests of the group, we have had
speakers present information on topics such as
the Annulment process and Anger. The group
occasionally will meet for Mass at different
parishes on the first Sunday of the month and
St. Patrick School & Religious Education
The Board of Education is a broad based board to
encompass the parish religious education and the
school. The board will be divided into
Committees (Facilities, Curriculum, Technology,
Social/Activities, and Marketing/Finances).
Members of the Board of Education will be on
each committee but each member of the committee
will not necessarily be a member of the Board.
The Board will include members of the Pastoral
Council, Parish Finance Council, and Parish Long
Range Planning Committee. The creation of this
collaborative Board of Education is a response
to the School Climate & Needs Survey conducted
last fall in which the disconnect between the
parish and school was highlighted.
Employment Assistance and Resources
Ministry of St. Joseph
MISSION: The purpose of this ministry is to
assist parishioners and other Catholics with
their efforts to prepare to find employment or
better employment. Assistance includes training
in and evaluating and identifying gifts, talents
and abilities. Resume preparation and interview
role-playing with feedback is also available. In
addition, we will help with career discernment
and review of opportunities as they arise.
English Language Assistance
Ministry of St. Frances, Mother Cabrini
MISSION: The purpose of this ministry is to
provide assistance to immigrant parishioners and
other Catholics with learning English as a
second language; as well as assistance in civics
and American History as required in preparation
for the citizenship process,
We strive to provide for the spiritual
nourishment and renewal of the Catholic Faith
within our parish by empowering faithful
Catholics to become more engaged in the life of
the Church; by bringing inactive Catholics
"home" to the faith; and by leading
non-Catholics to the fullness of the faith.
strive to enable the life of our parish
community to grow and be sustained through:
Enrichment in the knowledge of the Catholic
Faith and Scripture,
Opportunities to witness and to share Faith
and Fellowship with all,
Equipping the faithful to live fully the
sacramental life, and
Encouraging ourselves and others to provide
ideas and support to all Parish Ministries.
United as a Team, supporting each other, we
reach out to the diverse needs of our Parish
through encouragement, personal invitation, and
meeting people where they are.
We seek to instill in our community a loving and
nurturing Catholic spirit that fosters the love
of God and leads all into a deeper relationship
with Jesus Christ
We strive to equip our fellow parishioners with
the capacity and desire to bring people from the
wider community into the fullness of the
“Put out into the deep water and let down your
nets for a catch.... When they had done this,
they caught a great number of fish and their
nets were tearing.” (Luke 5:4, 6)
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist
Priests and Deacons with the distribution of the
Holy Eucharist at Mass and to the sick and
home-bound. This ministry to the homebound and
hospitalized represents an extension of the
Parish’s Liturgy. At St. Patrick Church, the
model of the Extraordinary Minister of Holy
Communion (EMHC) is one of a servant of God,
ministering in and to our parish, which is the
Body of Christ — the Church.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion must
be at least in their senior year of high school,
known for a good Catholic manner of living and
for service to the parish and the community and
have received all the Sacraments of Initiation
(Baptism, First Eucharist, and Confirmation).
Ordinarily, they should be persons who have
resided in their parish of registration for some
time and, therefore, are known to the pastor and
people of the parish.
EMHC are mandated by the Bishop for a three-year
term that may be renewed for additional
three-year terms. As an exception to the
three-year mandate, the mandate for a high
school senior is for the current school year
only and ends upon graduation.
Your service will encourage you in your walk
with God, and through your participation in
sharing the Body and Blood of Christ with our
sisters and brothers, they too will be filled
with every blessing of the Spirit of our God.
Besides your service at Mass, you are also
invited to increase your devotion to the
Eucharist through periods of Adoration and
spiritual reading on the Eucharist.
MISSION: Serving as an Financial Advisory
Council to the pastor of St. Patrick parish, our
purpose is to plan the budgets of the church,
school, grounds and rental properties and
monitor their operations to budget. This Council
approves all capital expenditures that are
recommended by the other missions.
ACTIVITIES: Our activities consist of the Annual
budget, monthly review of financial statement
and submit condensed statements to the Pastoral
Council, approve all capital expenditures and
present to the Pastoral Council for final
approval, general supervision of the building
and grounds work and detailed planning for the
Summer programs for buildings and grounds.
Good Shepherd Perpetual Adoration
MISSION: To make sure Jesus in the Most Blessed
Sacrament is Praised, Adored and Loved, at every
moment, 24 hours of the day, seven days a week.
ACTIVITIES: Adorers from every parish in the
York deanery, agree to spend one hour a week, of
their own choosing, in adoration before the
Blessed Sacrament in the Adoration Chapel. In
addition people are also needed to fill in as
substitutes, or visit the Chapel at anytime.
As people’s schedules change they may need to
change their chosen hour. Therefore, there is
always a need for additional adorers to quietly
share the hours 24/7. Our goal is to have at
least three people for every hour.
The Adoration Chapel is fully handicap
accessible. Come to the right side of the
building and knock on the door.
The Kings Men
MISSION: Under Christ the King's universal call
to serve, we as men, pledge to unite and build
up men in the mold of leader, protector, and
provider through education, formation, action
The King's Men is a dynamic Catholic men's
formation and accountability group that meets
weekly to pray, to do spiritual reading and
discussion and to be held accountable. The
King's Men desire to grow in holiness and in
virtue in order to become better leaders,
protectors and providers. There simply is no
substitute along the masculine journey for
quality brotherhood and support! A weekly
formation meeting is taking place every Thursday
evening in the St Teresa Room (parish office)
from 7-9PM. For more information about this
meeting please contact Tim Dennis at
717-577-2031. We encourage every man to come and
check it out.
Men: do you want to experience your faith in a
masculine way? If yes, please join The King's
Men- men who are seeking development in their
God-given roles as leader, protector and
provider. A weekly formation meeting is taking
place every Thursday evening in the St Teresa
Room (parish office) from 7-9PM. For more
information about this meeting please contact
Tim Dennis at 717-577-2031.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
Knights of Columbus St. Patrick Council Website
MISSION: The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic
men’s service organization. Our programs serve
the Church, community, council, family and
youth. The Knights of Columbus was started as a
way to support the families of Catholic men who
had died during a time in our country when
Catholics were being suppressed. Since that
time, the Knights of Columbus has become one of
the best-rated insurance companies in the world.
The week after the 9/11 tragedy, the Knights of
Columbus sent checks totaling over $1,000,000 to
all families that lost someone in the World
Trade Center disaster. The Knights of Columbus
supports the Pope and his mission through a
trust fund set up especially for the Vatican.
ACTIVITIES: We have donated money to seminarians
to assist them with some of their daily expenses
incurred while in Seminary. We have raised money
for ARC and assisted in the Special Olympics.
The Knights of Columbus sponsors a Free Throw
competition every year for grade school age
children where the local winners can advance to
regional and state competition. Last year we
sponsored an essay contest at York Catholic for
seniors and awarded over $300 to winners. The
Knights have assisted the parish in renovations
to the apartments that the parish owns. Our fund
raising activities have included a golf
tournament, parish dances, Monty Carlo night,
spaghetti dinners as well as our pancake
breakfasts, chicken barbeques in the summer
months and chicken corn soup sales.
WHEN MINISTRY IS PERFORMED: We have a monthly
general meeting on the first Wednesday of each
month lasting 1 ¼ hours. We hold an officers
meeting on the 4th Wednesday of each month
lasting 1 hour.
MISSION: The Squires are in function to develop
young men between the ages of 10 and 18 as
Catholic leaders who understand their religion,
who have a strong commitment to the Church, and
who are ready, willing, and capable of living
their lives in the manner of the youth Christ.
They are also Squires to prepare for Knighthood.
(Knights of Columbus.)
ACTIVITIES: We are a service organization,
therefore we have many service projects, as well
as monthly meetings. Every four months or so we
have a special fun activity.
The proclamation of the Word of God is truly a
ministry in the Church. Lectors bring the living
Word of God to the liturgical assembly. In and
through them God speaks to the gathered
faithful. The ministry of the word, therefore,
is treated seriously and with great dignity.
The Word of God is not merely read during the liturgy. It is
proclaimed. Effective proclamation involves the
delivery of the message with clarity,
conviction, and appropriate pace. Proclamation
is a special ministry which presupposes faith
and also rouses faith in those who hear the word
At Mass, the Lector proclaims the First and Second readings, the
Responsorial Psalm when a Canter is not present,
and also leads the Prayers of the Faithful when
a Deacon is not present.
Legion of Mary
MISSION: To foster the spiritual development of
the members through prayer, and to involve lay
Catholics in the apostolic work of the Church by
offering their services to their Pastor to aid
him in performing spiritual works in the parish.
ACTIVITIES: By working in teams of two, this
group visits parishioners at home, in
convalescent homes, and in hospitals. Active
members perform two hours of apostolic work each
week. Auxiliary members recite the rosary and
additional prayers daily, but need not attend
any meetings which are held on Monday at 9:45 am
Our Lady Grace Meeting room.
Our newly renovated Parish Library will
officially open after Masses beginning on the
weekend of September 7, 2014. Our library is
located in the rear of the school cafeteria. You
may borrow books, DVDs or CDs. Just sign out
what you are borrowing and return it in a timely
fashion when you are finished so that others may
have access to our treasures. If you cannot make
it to the cafeteria, there will be a list of our
books on the parish website and in the back of
the church. We hope that you make good use of
the library to grow in your knowledge and love
of our faith. Also, all donations of books,
etc., are always gratefully accepted! For
questions or comments, contact Sue Varholy at
Lighthouse Catholic Media
Stewardship: A Mission of Faith and Lighthouse
(Stewardship/Lighthouse Catholic Media)
There are three beautiful wooden
Resource Centers in the narthex of the Church
that contains a variety of different resource
materials including books, booklets, CDs, DVDs
and pamphlets. The materials contain messages on
challenging topics of Christian living to help
build up your faith in God and to inspire many
areas of your life such as:
Marriage and family
Children and teens
Spiritual growth and prayer life
Basics of our faith
Answers to questions you’ve always wondered
Stories of conversion, or returning to the
People from all walks of life profess
that these materials have helped them grow in a
deeper personal and intimate relationship with
God, and life changing conversions have
All materials are free. Gift donations are
accepted and the money will be used to replenish
the material and further the mission as well as
help plant seeds of faith in other Churches.
What a great way to begin “Living a Stewardship
Life” and to grow in love for God.
Learning and growing in faith is a
lifelong process. Start today! Please take a few
moments after the service to stop by our new
Resource Center to see what is available.
MISSION: The purpose of this committee is to
assist in the preparation and coordination of
all aspects related to church liturgies.
Included in this mission are the following
Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy
Altar Servers, Ushers, Pastoral Music and Art &
ACTIVITIES: Prepare Penitential Services, Forty
Hours and seasonal liturgies including Advent,
Christmas, Lent and Easter. We also prepare
special liturgies for RCIA, Remembrance service,
Anointing of the Sick. Members of the Art
& Environment ministry see to the decorating
needs for the various liturgical celebrations
and liturgical seasons.
Long Range Planning
Description to be Developed
Love Ones Remembered
Loved Ones Remembered Service is held in the
Church each year around All Souls Day and is
offered in commemoration of our loved ones who
have passed into eternal life. The service
includes prayerful meditations and musical
selections as well as a symbolic candle lighting
with the recitation of the names of those known
to have died during the past 2 years. A reception with light refreshments takes place
in Msgr. Thomas R. Brenner Hall immediately
following the service.
year's Service will take place on Sunday Nov 2,
2014 (All Souls Day) at 7:00 pm in St. Patrick
Church. Please RSVP no later than 2 weeks
prior (Oct 18, 2014)
To RSVP: Please include
your contact name, the number planning to attend
and a phone number along with the name of your
loved ones as preferred to be read during the
service [PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY] and place in the
collection basket at St. Patrick Church before
Intended to support families in the parish who
are dealing with family members who have had
surgery or been in the hospital, or difficulty
with extended illness. By serving the family
just one meal initially--so it wouldn't become
something they depended on for a long period of
Mission Team (Guatemala)
MISSION: The St. Patrick Church Missionary Team
is engaged with the Catholic ministry at San
Lucas Toliman, Guatemala. We work in-concert
with our partners at the Diocese of New Ulm,
near Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our purpose is to
provide third-world country economic development
and humanitarian programs as a cross-cultural
learning experience for adults over the age of
18 from our parish.
ACTIVITIES: Our ministry provides assistance to
maximize the selling of cash crops, raise funds
for job skills training, provide educational
materials for teachers and children, and
construct housing as well as sanitary cooking
facilities for indigent families in Guatemala.
We encourage those from the St. Patrick
community with skills in business, medical, and
construction trades to join us to continue this
annual ministry and help those in need in Latin
Natural Family Planning
MISSION: The purpose of our ministry is to
provide a safe and caring environment for
children and help parents benefit spiritually
from this service.
ACTIVITIES: If the child uses the nursery, I ask
if one of the parents would volunteer one hour
every other month. Notices are put in the church
bulletin. I ask anyone that comes near the
nursery to help.
Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen
MISSION: To provide a nourishing meal for the
needy and underprivileged of our community.
ACTIVITIES: Volunteers prepare casseroles twice
a year. Other volunteers make phone calls once a
year to remind the makers of the casseroles that
it is their month to provide a Shepherd's Pie to
the soup kitchen. Volunteers also serve the meal
the third Wednesday of each month at our Daily
AMOUNT OF TIME REQUIRED / WHEN MINISTRY IS
PERFORMED: The actual making of the casserole is
approximately 1 1/2 hour to 2 hours, this
includes cooking time of 1 hour or a little
longer. Add to that the amount of time it will
take to deliver that casserole to the soup
kitchen. The women who make the monthly phone
calls will spend about 30 minutes depending on
how long it takes to get a hold of a casserole
maker. The servers at the kitchen spend about 2
hours at the Soup Kitchen. Our day to prepare a
meal is always the 3rd Wednesday of every month.
Parish Annual Picnic
The annual Parish Picnic is held each year on a
Sunday in late August and is a time for the
Parish Community to gather in a social event at
the close of summer. A small fee is charge per
family to cover incidental items.
Parishioners are asked to bring a dish to share
with everyone, e.g. salad donations or dessert
donations. Games are provided for children
(guessing games) and adults (pokeno, bingo) with
prizes for each group. Music is also provided as
well. Even a dunk tank was provided this year.
Volunteers are needed to help prepare and fry
the chicken on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Our Mission :
The Pastoral Council of St. Patrick Parish, called by God and led by
the Holy Spirit, serves in love to join together
all St. Patrick parishioners to fulfill the
mission of the Church set forth by Jesus Christ.
This service, rooted in prayer and faith,
involves inviting everyone in our faith
community into a closer relationship with God,
ensuring that the goals of the parish, as
embodied in the parish mission statement, are
carried out, reviewing and recommending policy,
conducting parish planning, overseeing the
activities of the parish's ministries and
encouraging creativity, accountability,
training, and ongoing spiritual formation in
each parish ministry. The Pastoral Council is
also concerned with implementing, at the parish
level, the mission of the Diocese of
The vision of the Pastoral Council is of a St. Patrick Parish that
is a true community growing together in faith, a
family striving to know God's will, a fellowship
on fire with a unifying spirit, a house of
welcome to all and a place of service to all.
Pastoral Ministry Mission
MISSION: To encourage, initiate and foster those
parish organizations which are providing
services that directly support the Church’s
efforts to strengthen our sense of being a
The Pastoral Ministry Mission
consists of the following programs.
Pastoral Music Ministries
"He who sings, prays twice."St. Augustine
MISSION: The purpose of Pastoral Music is
two-fold. First, it provides an opportunity for
parishioners who have musical talents and
abilities to offer their gift of time and
talent, which is truly their treasure, in
service of their parish and their Lord. Second,
it enhances or deepens the worship experience in
order to assist the assembly in entering more
easily into “full, conscious, active
participation” in the liturgy, “the work of the
The length of commitment for these choirs is one
year at a time.
Rehearsals begin in September and run through May. This commitment
is renewable each year.
Who: children Pre-K through Kindergarten
Rehearsals: Beginning in October – day and time to be
Where: Choir Room in Parish Office Building.
Ms. Lisa Pantano will be directing this group and
would like to have input from parents
regarding what schedule might work best
for families of these youngest singers.
Please let her know if you are
interested in having your little ones
sing in this group by emailing her
children in grade 1 and 2.
Rehearsals: Weekly – Thursdays: 2:45 – 4:00 PM
(includes time for after-school snack)
Where: Choir Room in Parish Office Building.
Children in this choir
will learn the basics of choral singing,
focusing on unison singing, and healthy
singing practices. These children will
be prepared in this smaller setting to
sing with the children’s choir for
Christmas, Easter, and at least two
Sundays through the year.
Who: children in grades 3
Rehearsals: Weekly –
choose Choir A or Choir B meeting times.
Choir Session A: Mondays, 6:00 –
Choir Session B: Wednesdays, 2:45 –
4:15 PM (includes after-school
Where: Choir Room in
Parish Office Building.
Children in this choir
will continue to develop the basic
skills of good choral singing, with
special emphasis on two-part singing.
This choir sings the second Sunday of
each month October through May at the
10:45 AM Mass, as well as Christmas,
Palm Sunday, Easter and First
Director: Ms. Lisa
Who: Teens grades 7
through 12 This is an SATB choir.
Rehearsals : Sunday
mornings 9:10 – 10:30 AM
Special rehearsal and performance
schedule for Youth Choir – not
Where: Choir Room in
Parish Office Building
Co-Directors: Ms. Lisa
Pantano & Miss Libby Lynch
Who: Adults and College students
Weekly – Thursday evenings, 7:00 to 8:30
Choir Room in Parish Office Building.
Please ring Parish Office doorbell.
This choir sings at the 10:45 AM Mass the 1st
and 3rd Sundays of each
month, as well as Christmas, Holy Week,
Easter, Confirmation, and other special
parish liturgies. Music readers and
non-readers alike are welcome!
Director: Miss Libby Lynch
The role of the cantor is one of Psalmist and leader of song. The General
Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM)
says it so well: “The Psalmist’s role is
to sing the Psalm or other biblical
canticle that comes between the
readings. To fulfill this function
correctly, it is necessary that the
psalmist have the ability for singing
and a facility in correct pronunciation
Therefore, cantors are
accepted through audition or invitation
by the Director of Music only.
Student cantors are primarily
drawn from the choir membership.
Adult cantors are often choir members, but choir
membership is not required. Individual
rehearsal times may be arranged as the
If you play an instrument and would like to offer
your time and talent to music for
liturgies, or play piano at a fairly
advanced level and would like to
audition to serve as piano accompanist
to any of our choirs, please contact the
pastoral music office. We want to hear
Private Music Lessons:
With the addition of Ms. Lisa Pantano to our music
ministry, time is available for us to
offer private instruction to anyone who
would like to take private music lessons
with either one of us. Our areas of
expertise are as follows:
Miss Libby Lynch: Degree – MMus in Music Education
– West Chester University –
concentration - piano, organ, French
horn. Private lessons available in:
PIANO – early childhood through adult;
FRENCH HORN or TRUMPET – beginner to
intermediate level. Send inquiries to
Ms. Lisa Pantano: Degree – Masters – George
Washington University; BMus – Eastman
School of Music Concentration – vocal
performance; Licensed Kindermusic
educator – specializing in music classes
for infants through children 8 years of
age; Founded Bel Canto Singers of WI for
singers age 6 – 16, and prepared them
for singing at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy
Center and Vatican.
Private VOICE lessons
available. Send inquiries to
MISSION: The Patricians are a division of the
Harrisburg Deanery Senior Adult Ministry which
is open to all seniors (55 or over) of any
denomination for the purpose of sharing and
serving the entire person – body, mind and
spirit – through: 1) programs of programs of
prayer activities and fellowship; 2) luncheons
with other senior groups (ecumenical). Request
for prayers for the youth of our country and
support youth causes if possible.
ACTIVITIES: Meetings are held the first Monday
of each month at 1:00 p.m. in the school
cafeteria. Prayer Breakfasts are held
biannually. The Patricians also have Lenten
around the cross service and pilgrimages to
cathedrals, grottos and convents.
Peace And Justice Group
MISSION & VISION: The mission of St. Patrick
Parish’s Peace and Justice Group is to make
known God’s Kingdom of love, justice, and peace
by responding to the social demands of the
Gospel. This response involves incorporating
Catholic social teaching fully and explicitly
into all of St. Patrick Parish’s education and
faith-formation programs, building and
sustaining an awareness of timely social justice
issues of concern to the Catholic Church, and
taking an active, leadership role in addressing
the root causes of social injustice. The vision
of the Peace and Justice Group is of a St.
Patrick Parish community which clearly
understands the Church’s social teaching and
actively responds to the social demands of the
ACTIVITIES: Individuals who may want to become
involved in the Peace & Justice Group should
have a desire to want more from their baptized
faith. One should feel an inner need to put
their faith into action. People needed to help
promote social change in institutions, to do
research or monitor government policies and
bills, to support political candidates who
support issues that uphold the dignity of the
human person from conception to natural death,
to write or speak to legislators, to help
organize people and groups together, to start a
Co-Op, to fight against racism and much more.
All levels of commitment and involvement are
WHEN MINISTRY IS PERFORMED: Regular meetings
occur the first Wednesday of each month from
7:30 pm to 9 pm. Monthly faith sharing
gatherings, centered on Catholic social teaching
principles, scheduled on a weekday evening that
works for all group members. Occasional
opportunities for additional activities.
MISSION: To promote our love of God through
prayer for the needs and intentions of others.
ACTIVITIES: The coordinator passes on the prayer
requests by telephone through the prayer chain.
Volunteers on the prayer chain offer their
individual prayers and daily sacrifices for the
intention of each request.
Prayer & Praise Community
MISSION: The purpose of our ministry is to
gather together to praise God in song and prayer
and to build a Christian Community.
ACTIVITIES: Catholics from all area parishes and
persons of other faiths, who seek to deepen
their relationship with God, are invited to join
the Prayer and Praise Community.
WHEN MINISTRY IS PERFORMED: Every Monday night
from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the school
Pre-Cana Marriage Preparation
To share insights and to offer
personal experience about married life. To
encourage engaged couples to participate in
private and group conversations that will enrich
their understanding of each other and open a
continuous dialog on many aspects throughout
their married lives.
When a couple decides to get married, it is a
time of grace and growth. It is also a time of
many details and some anxiety. The Church
desires to help couples prepare themselves to
live this sacrament and to celebrate their
marriage with dignity and joy. This preparation
is required for all Catholics who intend to get
married, even if the marriage is at a
non-Catholic church. The priests of the parish
are happy to answer specific questions about
Church theology, policies, and practices on
marriage. The following is a summary of the
specific steps of marriage preparation.
The Catholic Church wants to help the two of you
with the most important of these
preparations—your spiritual preparation for a
PreCana is presented by married volunteers of
the parish who share experiences from their
marriages. They will lead you through exercises
designed to generate discussion between you and
your partner about subjects you may or may not
have already discussed. Through these
discussions we hope you will learn something new
about each other and gain a greater appreciation
of each other’s different attitudes and beliefs.
Pregnancy & Family Resource Center
MISSION: The Mission of the Pregnancy & Family
Resource Center is to provide alternatives to
abortion that respect life and encourage the
healthy development of the family.
ACTIVITIES: The Pregnancy & Family Resource
Center provides peer counseling, free pregnancy
test kits, free OB ultrasound, information about
the development of her growing unborn child,
baby clothing, maternity clothing, diapers,
formula, cribs, and other baby items, referrals
to other agencies, information on adoption. We
also offer a video library on many topics from
adoption to childbirth to parenting skills.
Volunteers at the Pregnancy & Family Resource
Center work in two capacities, receptionist and
counselor. Training is provided.
AMOUNT OF TIME REQUIRED: Volunteers work every
other week for a three hour shift during the
day, or two hours in the evening.
P.T.O. - Parent Teacher Organization
MISSION: The St. Patrick School PTO is dedicated
to assisting in the growth and development of
the school. All parents are urged to become
members and to actively participate. Meetings
are held the first Monday of the month at 6:30
pm unless the first Monday falls on a holiday.
The Board meets with parents of students new to
the school for Back to School Orientation. In
addition, the PTO publishes a school directory
annually. The PTO follows NCEA Guidelines for
ACTIVITIES: The PTO provides St. Patrick School,
students, and teachers with those “extras” that
are not in the Church’s budget. A few of these
include: Fall Festival, Christmas Concert,
Catholic Schools Week, St. Patrick’s Day Party,
Spring Concert, Field Trips, Race For Education,
Grandparents' Day and Potluck Suppers. This year
we will be including Religious Education
families in activities such as Fall Festival,
Potluck Suppers, and other social activities
when opportunities arise.
Public Recitation of the Rosary
We invite you to join us. All are most welcome
to join the Rosary Group every Wednesday after
the 5:15 Mass in the Church.
We pray the Rosary representing all in St.
Patrick Parish, praying to Our Blessed Lady to
honor her the Mother Of God and to make personal
petitions and general petitions to her to be
presented to her Son.
addition, the Rosary is also prayed (15-20 min.)
before the 8 am Sunday Mass in the Church.
MISSION: The purpose of religious education is
to offer opportunities for all members of the
parish to grow in their faith.
RELIGION CLASSES: Classes are provided for all
children from age 5 through High School. The
purpose of the program is to assist parents in
the religious formation of their children.
CLASSES FOR CHILDREN: Sunday,
9:15-10:30—Religious Education for children K-8
High School meets twice a month 9:15-10:30
are many opportunities for volunteers to assist
in this mission. Volunteer catechists and aides
are needed for religion classes for the
children. Volunteers to teach and assist with
the RCIA program are also needed. The addition
of the parish library needs volunteers to keep
the room in good order, reshelf the books and
add any donations to the library master list.
OF COMMITMENT: Volunteer catechists serve AT
LEAST one year.
OF TIME REQUIRED / WHEN MINISTRY IS PERFORMED:
Teaching Time- 1.25 hours Prep
Time—approximately 2 hours/week.
RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation
MISSION: To provide the process for the
preparation of Adults and children who desire to
be Initiated into the Catholic faith.
ACTIVITIES: Breaking Open the Word in held
during the 9 AM Mass. Catechetical Sessions are
held from 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM. Volunteers are
needed for Breaking Open the Word, Catechetical
Sessions and filling the role of sponsor.
LENGTH OF COMMITMENT: There is a Diocesan
training process for leaders of Breaking Open
the Word and Catechetical sessions. Following
training, a minimum 2 year commitment is asked.
AMOUNT OF TIME REQUIRED / WHEN MINISTRY IS
PERFORMED: In addition to the times listed
above, volunteers can expect about 1-2 hours
preparation during the week they are scheduled
to present either the Sunday Scripture session
or the Catechetical session.
MISSION: Sacristans oversee the necessary
preparations for the celebration of mass. The
Sacristan has multiple duties and
responsibilities at each Mass; they may vary
from Mass to Mass based upon the needs of the
celebrant and of the parishioners attending the
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SACRISTAN:
Responsible for the security of the Sacristy
(including the collection) and for security
of the Eucharist.
Mass set up and clean up. See detailed the
Mass coordinator (in the case of a visiting
the celebrant with whatever duties/details
that he needs done
Makes sure the candles are lit and the
lights (please follow the instructions on
the electrical panel) and sound system is
turned on prior to the beginning of mass.
is necessary for the sacristan to make sure
all other scheduled liturgical ministers are
present, and to appoint replacements for any
who are absent.
Insure that there are Altar
Servers and that they are properly
dressed and know what each will be
doing during the Mass.
Check to see that you have a Lector
and that the Lectionary and Prayer
of the Faithful are available as
Insure that you have enough EMHC to
the conclusion of Mass please wash the
Sacred Vessels and place them on the vesting
cabinet for Father to set up for the next
Mass. If it is the last Mass of the day
please return them to the safe and lock it.
Note – if necessary, the Sacristan can also server as an EMHC or
St. Patrick Catholic School
St. Patrick Catholic School is a Preschool
through Sixth grade Elementary School within the
Established in 1886, St. Patrick School is the
oldest Catholic elementary school in York
The curriculum is based on the teachings of the
Church. We are dedicated to maintaining a safe
school environment that stresses strong morals,
family values and academic excellence. Students
who leave St. Patrick Catholic School have the
skills and tools to be life-long learners, thus
successful adults in both the Church and the
St. Patrick Welcomers
MISSION: To be ambassadors of our faith through
the extension of personal welcome to new
ACTIVITIES: Gestures of welcome to new
parishioners. “Meet Our Newest Members” articles
in each monthly issue of the Celtic Chronicles.
Sponsor quarterly Pot Luck Welcoming Dinners for
all parishioners to come together and meet our
Social Concerns Mission
MISSION: To encourage, initiate and foster those
parish organizations and activities that deal
with social justice issues and work for social
change in support of those issues in a way
consistent with Catholic Social Teaching. To
foster and support those parish organizations
that encourage parishioners to participate in
corporal works of mercy which serve the
immediate needs of the underprivileged and
marginalized in the York and worldwide
MISSION: To foster a sense of individual
membership, involvement and commitment within
our Christian Community, and increase
fulfillment of our spiritual and social needs
through an ongoing stewardship program of
contributing time, talent and treasure.
ACTIVITIES: Participate actively in monthly
committee meetings. Attend quarterly prayer
gatherings. Help coordinate annual Renewal,
annual Time and Talent Ministry Festival, annual
Stewardship Dinner, and at least one stewardship
retreat per year. Help prepare bulletin
stewardship column and stewardship petitions for
Mass. Opportunities to attend stewardship
training workshops available each year. Other
various activities throughout the year. Level of
involvement is flexible depending on
availability of each member.
MISSION: The ushers of St. Patrick’s Church play
an integral role in our parish spirit. They
provide us with the comfort of a friendly
greeting when we enter the Church for Mass.
ACTIVITIES: Their responsibilities start before
many of us arrive. Some of the more obvious
tasks include: helping people find seating,
direct the Presentation of the Gifts, and
collection of the offerings. When we finally
leave the Church the Ushers are there to hand
out the bulletins with the same warmth that
greeted you before.
Vacation Bible School
MISSION: To provide a fun, safe environment for
children that will assist them in developing a
deeper understanding of Scripture and the
ACTIVITIES: This is a 5 day session during June.
There are games, crafts, stories, music and
snacks. Volunteers are needed for preparation
during April and May. Catechists and other
volunteers are needed during the week of VBS.
MISSION: To support the mission of our parish
and the vision of its Pastor, the Parish School
and Ministries. This ministry works
collaboratively with all groups to enhance the
sharing of parish information with the community
It assists the parish in evaluation,
implementation, and maintenance of information
across the Parish to support its mission by
supplying interactive tools to enhance the
resources of all Parish ministries, improving
parishioner involvement, and expanding Parish
Women's Prayer Group
Ministry of St. Rita of Cascia
This is a faith sharing and prayer community
meets weekly to testify to God's goodness,
discuss and share the issues faced by Christian
women; and to pray for marriages, families, and
God's people, We ,meet week y on Wednesdays at
St. Patrick and St. Joseph Parishes in York have a collaborative
youth ministry program focused on youth in
grades 5-12 as well as young adults ages 21-33.
The overall goal of each of our youth ministry
programs is to help young people encounter the
Person of Jesus Christ, so they can come to know
Him, love Him and serve Him through the Catholic
Faith. The youth ministries are a diverse mix of
young people who go to Catholic school, public
school and homeschool.
SPARKS Catholic Kids’ Club
Sparks is our ministry for students in grades
5-7. Designed around the concepts of FAITH &
FUN, we meet on the 3rd Friday of each month
from October to May. The meetings take place at
St. Joseph gymnasium (2935 Kingston Road, York)
from 6:30-9:00pm. Each evening has a theme of
focus from Scripture and includes: opening
activity/icebreaker, short faith lesson,
meaningful prayer time, snack and drink and lots
of crazy, run-around games to end the evening!
Sparks is run by a dedicated core team of adults
from both parishes. Normal monthly attendance is
70-100 young people.
IGNITE Youth Ministry
Ignite is our ministry for teens in grades 8-12.
Our “regular” meetings are held weekly,
year-round (except certain holidays) on Sunday
nights from 6:00-9:00pm in the youth room and
gym at St. Joseph (2935 Kingston Road, York). In
addition to these weekly meetings Ignite also
offers monthly Guys/Girls Nights, the ID Series
(catechetical sessions on Thursday nights), a
Fall Retreat, a Lenten Retreat, Fan the Fire
Youth Rally, Steubenville Youth Conference,
summer Missions Trip, various other service
opportunities, monthly ENGULF Holy Hour, and
various trips/events like the March for Life,
Hershey Park, York Revolution Baseball, music
festivals, Lock-Ins, dances, annual ice cream
social, etc. Ignite is run by a dedicated core
tea of adults from both parishes. Attendance
varies depending on the event.
Since the most effective youth ministry reaches
out to the whole family and then tries to engage
the youth more deeply into the life of the
parish, the youth office also offers three
distinct ministry opportunities to parents:
1. "Whine” & Cheese Parent Nights: W&C meets on the
2nd Wednesday of each month from October to May.
It is open to parents of children ANY AGE. The
format is we read through and discuss a Catholic
parenting/family book each year. At the meetings
we enjoy various wines, cheese, desserts, fruit
and coffee while discussing a chapter or two and
then end with prayer. The meetings are held in
the youth room at St. Joseph Parish.
2. ParenTeen Nights: These are held every other
month throughout the year in place of one of the
regular Sunday night Ignite events. Teens in
grades 8-12 must bring at least one parent to
attend. The nights consist of icebreakers, games
and/or fun contests/competitions between teens
and their parents, small group discussion,
snacks/food and time for prayer.
3. T.A.P.E. Retreat (Teens And Parents Encounter):
This is an every other year retreat experience
for teens and parents fashioned around the
Marriage Encounter model. Core team members give
various presentations on parent-teen
relationships and then the teens and parents
separate to write letters to one another, then
come back together to share their letters and
discuss them as a parent-teen couple. The
two-day retreat also includes: Mass, Adoration,
games/icebreakers, meals, quiet prayer time and
THEOLOGY ON TAP
TOT-York meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month
at a local tavern for fellowship, adult
beverages, a guest speaker, time for Q&A and
more fellowship followed by prayer. Our speakers
have include priests, deacons, religious
sisters, lay men and lay women, lawyers,
doctors, youth ministers and they have spoken on
a variety of topics. All young adults ages
21-33ish (married or single) are welcome.
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