Parish Committees, Organizations and Ministries

Altar Rosary Society – The Society’s main focus is to promote devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus by praying the rosary and frequent reception of Holy Communion. The Society hosts a variety of fundraisers throughout the year to support different needs of the parish. In May and October, the Altar Rosary Society prays the rosary before each weekend mass. Members can pray the rosary at viewings.  Please contact Rosellen Passell at 570-660-2352 or Sandy Warner at 570-726-7116 if you are interested in joining this group.  We are always looking for new members! Altar Rosary meets the second Tuesday of the month in the Parish Center.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas – Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Ave Maria #399 was instituted in 1919 by Court St. Veronica #111, Renovo, PA. The patroness is the Blessed Virgin Mary, under her Immaculate Conception.  The motto is “Unity and Charity”.  The mission statement is: “CDA strives  to embrace the principle of faith working through love in the promotion of justice, equality, and the advancement of human rights and human dignity for all mankind.”  Any Catholic woman, 18 years of age or older is eligible for membership. The local court participates in religious and charitable projects in the church and community and supports seminarians and state and national projects. If you are interested in joining please call the Parish Office. CDA meets the first Tuesday of the month in the Parish Center.

Cemetery Committee – The Catholic Cemetery is a sacred place – consecrated ground. It reflects Catholic beliefs. The cemetery offers a comforting atmosphere in which love for family and friends is remembered, hope is rekindled, and faith is awakened, renewed and strengthened. The Catholic Cemetery seeks to proclaim an important statement: that even in death, the body or its remains is worthy of great dignity and respect. If you are interested in joining this committee or volunteering your time, please contact the Parish Office.

Fair Committee – In the summer we host our annual parish Fair. Our fund-raiser has also become a social event, bringing together members of Holy Spirit Parish along with many others from surrounding communities. If you are interested in joining this committee or volunteering your time, please contact the Parish Office.

Faith Formation Committee – This committee is tasked with the evangelization of parishioners and other members of our community who desire to grow in the knowledge of God and his will for us. This is accomplished through: Vacation Bible School; the Religious Education Program; retreats & social events for children and teenagers; Sacramental Preparation for 1st Reconciliation, 1st Communion & Confirmation; Youth Ministry; Campus Ministry; Adult Education; Family Educational Support Ministry; Christian Initiation; and any related pre-school through young adult programs. If you are interested in joining this committee or volunteering your time, please contact the Tammy Nesbitt at 570-748-7303.

Funeral Luncheon Ministry – This is a ministry provided by a group of volunteers for the sole purpose of giving support to families who have lost a loved one by offering hospitality and caring. If you are interested in joining this committee or volunteering your time, please contact the Parish Office.

Knights of Columbus – The Knights of Columbus Council 1774 is the local chapter of a worldwide Catholic service organization based on the principles of charity, unity and fraternity.  The Knights offer aid and assistance to sick, disabled and needy members and their families, as well as promote fellowship through charitable, religious, educational and public relief works.  If you are interested, please contact Nedd Rhine at 814-383-9906.  Knights of Columbus meet the second Monday of each month at the Parish Center at 7:15PM.

Maintenance Committee – God has blessed us with various material goods that need to be preserved and kept in good and function condition for future use. The Maintenance Committee oversees the well being of the grounds and buildings of the parish by collecting, analyzing, and recommending the efficient and effective upkeep of the buildings and grounds at St. Agnes and Immaculate Conception. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact the parish office.

Parish Finance Council – The Parish Finance Council is an advisory body to the Pastor in the administration of the temporal goods of the parish. The council’s call is to help the parish family to fulfill its mission in the Church and in the world by the planning and monitoring of the fiscal operations of the parish which includes developing the annual budget and providing input on numerous financial activities within the parish. Parish Finance Council consists of seven members and meets quarterly in the parish office. Members are chosen and appointed by the Pastor. If you are interested in serving on the Parish Finance Council please contact the Parish Office.

Parish Pastoral Council – As God’s people we are called to pattern our lives on the Gospel. Holy Spirit Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is a collaborative body of the Christian faithful whose purpose is the promotion of the mission of Jesus Christ and His Church in its entirety. The PPC is a consultative body to the Pastor. It works at all times in close collaboration with the Pastor of the parish advising him in matters pertaining to pastoral ministry. Through it’s insights, expertise and prudent advise PPC helps the entire parish family to identify, implement and evaluate those pastoral initiatives and policies best suited to spread the Gospel. It is the policy formulating body in all matters of pastoral ministry of the parish except to the extent limited by church or civil law or diocesan policy.

The Parish Pastoral Council helps set the direction for the parish family and coordinates communications and activities among all groups and committees .It consists of twelve members who can serve two consecutive three-year terms, and have at least one full year between non-consecutive terms. The Parish Pastoral Council meets every month in the parish center. Dates and times are announced in the bulletin. If you are interested in serving on the Parish Pastoral Council please contact the Parish Office.

Prayer Line Ministry – Jesus encourages us to ask, to seek and to knock and we do just that believing in the power of prayer and God’s unconditional love for us. We believe that because we are instruments of intercession; we strengthen our relationship with God as we pray for others. As we ask the Lord to have mercy on others; He has mercy on us, and we grow spiritually. We also know how comforting it is to realize that people are truly concerned and pray for the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

The Prayer Line Ministry consists of a group of people who pray for anyone for whom a request is submitted. A request can be as simple as: “Please pray for my friend who has cancer.” It is not necessary to identify yourself or the reason for the request. Please call 570-753-5938 to be part of this ministry or to request a prayer.

Prayer Shawl Ministry – This ministry strives to bring God’s love through the comfort and warmth of hand made prayer shawls for women and lap robes for men. The shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a prayer of blessing is offered before the shawl or lap robe is sent on its way.

For years, hospice patients, the elderly, and others who needed a special blessing have been given knitted and crocheted gifts. Some recipients have continued the kindness by making a prayer shawl and passing it onto someone in need. Thus, the blessing ripples from person-to-person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a loving God!

You can join the Prayer Shawl Ministry by making shawls and lap robes. To request a prayer shawl for a friend or loved one or to join the Prayer Shawl Ministry please call the Parish Office.

Spiritual Life Committee – The Spiritual Life Committee provides and oversees opportunities to deepen the faith life of the parish through prayer experiences, liturgical celebration, sacred music, devotions, parish missions and the decor of the worship environment. The committee approaches the life of our parish from a spiritual perspective. It considers how the things that we are doing as a parish community feed our personal relationship with God and seeks ways to enhance our spirituality. The committee helps select and maintain the materials used in worship and gives input on liturgical ministries with the guidance of the Pastor and Deacons of the parish. If you are interested in serving on the Spiritual Life Committee please contact the Parish Office.

Stewardship Committee – There is no doubt that God has blessed each one of us with many and varied gifts. Here at Holy Spirit Parish, we recognize this and seek to reciprocate God’s blessings by sharing our time, talent, and treasure.

The Stewardship Committee’s purpose is to help the parishioners, ministries or groups to develop The Stewardship Way of Life within the parish family, our local community and world. This committee meets regularly in the Parish Center. All parishioners are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact the parish office.