Parish Committees, Organizations and Ministries

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. Generally, during the Easter season, a call for nominations to the Parish Pastoral Council is solicited through bulletin or mass announcements from the Pastor. Additionally, current PPC members solicit potentially interested parishioners. On Pentecost Sunday the names of all nominees are placed in a box and selected by drawing in front of the congregation so the Holy Spirit can guide the selection of the PPC’s membership. The Parish Pastoral Council meets every month in the parish center. Dates and times are announced in the bulletin. All parishioners are welcome and encouraged to attend the parish council meetings. If you are interested in serving on the Parish Pastoral Council please contact 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 Spiritual Life Committee is responsible for all things associated with our places of worship and works with the Maintenance Committee and its Environment Subcommittee whenever projects arise within or near our two churches. 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.

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. The Faith Formation Committee cooperates with and supports the parish Director of Religious Education, the pastor & deacons of our parish, the Lock Haven Catholic School personnel, and the diocesan Campus Minister. One of the valuable ways in which the committee fulfills its purpose is by reaching out to the local Hispanic community which has special needs.

Parish Finance Council – The Parish Finance Council is a group of dedicated parishioners skilled in financial affairs, civil laws, construction/engineering or business. 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.

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.

We call this the Stewardship Way of Life. As more parishioners choose to live the Stewardship Way of Life, we see these blessings multiplied in individual family life as well as in the life of the parish and community. We invite you and strongly encourage you to participate in the Stewardship Way of Life by becoming an active member in the various ministries offered in the parish.

The Stewardship Way of Life is the “backbone” of all ministries and groups of the parish. These ministries and groups set their own goals, but all recognize our commitment to this way of life as identified in our Parish Mission Statement.

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.

For more information contact Cathy or Paul Rizzo at 570-753-5938 or email

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.

The Cemetery Committee exists for the well being of the buildings and grounds of the St. Agnes and St. Mary’s Cemeteries. This committee collects, analyzes and recommends the efficient conditions and repairs of the cemetery grounds and chapel.  If you wish to know more about the Cemetery Committee or would like to purchase a plot for burial in either cemetery please contact the parish office.

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.

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!

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. You can also help this ministry by making a donation either to buy yarn or for postage. To request a prayer shawl for a friend or loved one please call Mary Louise Gaziano at 570-748-5841 or email  Anyone who would like to join this ministry is welcome!!

Prayer and Study Groups – Prayer is one of the most powerful forms of growth and healing there is. When we join with God and our brothers and sisters in prayer, we not only extend God’s healing strength and vision to others, we receive it ourselves. As we give, so shall we receive.

Our Prayer Groups consist of a group of people who pray together, share their faith and support one another. We pray for the community, for the clergy and for each other. We read spiritual readings but there are no assignments. If you have a change in your life, children leaving “the nest”, death of a spouse, etc. you can receive support and a listening ear from us. Our Prayer and Study Groups include the Faith Sharing Group, Lamb’s Study Group, and Mary Spouse of the Holy Spirit Prayer Group. Please call the parish office for contact information.

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 570-748-5807 to be part of this ministry or to request a prayer.

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. This is not a money-making effort. Families of deceased parishioners who decide to have the funeral luncheon are asked to make a donation to the parish in order for this ministry to continue. Funeral luncheons are served in the Parish Center.

To have a funeral luncheon, at least a two-day notice to the parish office is required to check the availability of the rooms in the Parish Center and to phone volunteers who cook and serve the luncheon. A minimum of 20 people is required to have the luncheon. Please contact the parish office if you are interested in being part of this ministry.

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.

Needless to say we have a great need for many helping hands for this event to be a success. Here are a few examples where you can help: preparation before the fair, publicity, setting up the grounds, take down after the fair, clean up each evening, manning a food or game booth during the fair. If you are interested in serving on the Fair Committee please call the parish office for contact information.

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 Todd Kline for more information at or call 570-748-8634.  Knights of Columbus meet second Monday of each month at the Parish Center at 7:15PM.

Ancient Order of Hibernians – Founded in New York City in 1836, the Order can trace its roots back to a parent organization, of the same name, which has existed in Ireland for over 400 years. The Order evolved from a society formed in 1565 to protect the priests who risked immediate death to keep the Catholic Faith alive, in occupied Ireland, during the reign of England’s Tudor monarchs.

The Order has provided a continuing bridge with Ireland for those Irish-Americans who are generations removed from their country of origin.  Many AOH divisions host visiting children from the North of Ireland under Project Children or other programs.  The Order sponsors many programs associated with promoting our Irish Heritage, such as one-year overseas study scholarships at Irish Universities and the Irish Way Program.  Irish Studies programs at American universities, and scholarships at universities such as Notre Dame, are also sponsored by the Order.  Membership is limited to practicing Catholics of Irish descent.

For more information please contact Bob Schadt, 570-748-8237 or email

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.