Boys and girls ages 9 and up are encouraged to
volunteer. Periodic training sessions are announced in the
ministry of purchasing and preparing breakfast and enjoying it with residents of
halfway houses on Saturday mornings continues to grow as the volunteers
themselves are fed, not only with bacon and eggs (or whatever) but also
spiritually. The interaction stretches us as we listen to stories or share
the fruits of our culinary labor with the men and women. We are all the
same “under the skin” but we also recognize that many people do not share the
same backgrounds, benefits, faith, support, etc. that has been ours. Six
groups of volunteers help out at one of four houses on a monthly basis; planning
the meals, shopping, preparing, serving, and cleaning up. Everyone is
usually back home by noon, with the rest of the day before them. A few new volunteers have offered their services so we
will begin an additional group soon. If there are a couple more of you who
are interested in this ministry, there may be a place for you. Give the rectory
You’ll love it! Teresa Doyle Smith
We publish a weekly
and post it online. See the bulletin for all our latest news!
Trained volunteer facilitators lead the Virtus
Program, "Protecting God's Children."
If you have any questions please speak with a CAP Team
Member: Susan Carr, Mary Ellen Concannon, Teresa Doyle Smith, Jean
Dunphy, Kathy McNeely, Paul Cusick, Sandra Sullivan or Barbara Wood.
Teresa Doyle Smith.
The beginning of the school year is a time full of
anticipation and excitement. It is a time brimming with possibilities.
We need to ask ourselves what we can do to assist our young people in
developing their spiritual ABS's. There is a constant need for
catechists. Please consider your call to serve God and your Church
Family in the ministry of catechesis.
Ulich, Director of Religious Education, at 781-871-1244.
Interested in becoming a Catholic, or have not
received your First Holy Communion or Confirmation? Contact the
information on RCIA.
Trained adults lead the children's liturgy at 9:00
a.m. Family Mass.
Contact Janet Hickey at 781-659-7379.
A retreat movement for and by lay people. Monthly
Provides advice and assistance to the pastor in
matters pertaining to parish financial operations.
Holy Family School
Catholic Education Making a difference since 1941.
School offers quality education with a strong focus on our Catholic
faith in Jesus Christ. Grades Pre-K thru 8.
Holy Family School also offers before and after
school care and many enrichment programs throughout the school year!
Holy Family is NEASC certified. Check us out at
www.hfsrockland.org or at
Call 781-878-1154 for information.
Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers
If you are 16 years of age or over, a practicing
Catholic in full communion with the Church, please prayerfully consider
this ministry. The term is 3 years and you will be asked to serve twice
a month. Training sessions are held for new liturgical ministers.
Contact Teresa Doyle Smith for further information at 781-878-0160.
Ministers to the homebound
When a family member or loved one is unable to
attend Mass on a temporary or ongoing basis, Eucharist Ministers bring
Communion to them at home. For information contact Teresa Doyle
smith at 781-878-0160.
We are rightly proud
of our music ministry here at Holy Family Parish. Led by our Music
Director Mr. Bob Kirby, the music for our liturgies is phenomenal.
9:00 Folk Choir
The 9:00 Folk Choir has a long history of liturgical ministry here at
Holy Family Parish. It has been under the
direction of Kathy Botelho-Kawa since 1990, and Bob Kirby. The Folk Choir is a ministry of joy, leading the assembly in
song and deepening the spiritual nourishment of its members at the same
time. The Folk Choir is looking for voices and instrumentalists that can
give life to a wide contemporary repertoire.
The group is comprised of
about twenty voices, several guitars and keyboards. We occasionally add
percussion and other instruments. Our music is heartfelt and devotional,
often reminiscent of charismatic hymns. If you have musical gifts and a
heart for God, please give us a try. Rehearsals are on Wednesday nights
at 6:00 p.m. and generally go from Sept. to June.
The Holy Family Traditional choir is looking for voices to enhance a
traditional repertoire, which is growing ever more contemporary. The
choir seeks to provide songs in rich harmony (SATB) with keyboard/organ
accompaniment. If you enjoy singing harmony and traditional sacred
music, this is the place for you. Rehearsals are on Wednesday nights at
6:30pm and generally go from Sept. to June.
Holy Family’s Outreach Ministry serves Rockland’s
healthcare facilities: Coyne Healthcare Center, South Shore Rehab,
Tiffany Rest Home as well as our homebound parishioners. This is a
beautiful grace-filled ministry which requires the help of numerous
Eucharistic Ministers to visit and distribute communion to our brothers
and sisters in Christ. Every week the rectory receives calls from
parishioners asking for the Eucharist to be
This ministry takes about an hour a week. If
you are now or have been in the past a Eucharistic Minister please
prayerfully consider this opportunity to serve our community. Training
will be provided. Please call Teresa Doyle Smith at the rectory,
781-878-0160, if you are interested. Thank you.
Parishioners elected from the lay community to
serve as an advisory "think tank" for the pastor. Three year term. To
inform and educate and assist as needed.
Religious Education (CCD)
Grades 1 - 10. Preparation for First
First Confession and
Confirmation. Classes are taught by trained volunteers. Meets Monday
and Tuesday at Holy Family School.
Office of Religious Education at 781-871-1244.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
For the past 86 years, our SVDP society has been
committed to providing emergency assistance and services to the needy
with our community. The society is comprised of 18 dedicated individuals
who are called upon to serve an average of 25 individuals or families
During these past several years of economic uncertainty, the need for
help has never been greater. Within the last 12 months, the requests for
assistance has risen nearly 10%. What doesn't get reported in the
national unemployment figures, are the vast number of individuals that
encounter expiring benefits prior to finding gainful employment. These
individuals and families still require food and shelter, and often times
have nowhere else to turn.
Historically, 100% of all monies collected have gone directly to those
in need of assistance within this community. We are eternally grateful
for your past support and pray that you find in your hearts to help us
continue these charitable works in Jesus' name.
Saint Vincent de Paul Society
provides emergency assistance and services to the
needy of our community, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Please remember
them this summer.
The SVDP society is made up of volunteers from
our parish. With the support of parish donations, the SVDPS helps the
poor by assisting those who cannot pay their rent, mortgage, utility
bills, or buy their medicine. We also keep a pantry to assist those who
have little or nothing to eat.
Individuals seeking assistance could be your
neighbors, fellow parishioners, homeless, parents, single, married,
young, old, employed or unemployed and every effort is made to provide
some assistance to those who ask. Often the assistance provided is just
enough to help them get through another day.
Ongoing communication and support for our
Inmaculada Concepcion, Olancho, Honduras. Annual Mission Trips are an
Contact the rectory at 781-878-0160 for information.
Wednesday 8:30 p.m. Msgr. O'Neill Hal
With the exception of the rectory, all Holy Family
facilities are handicap accessible.