Outreach (Information and Volunteer Opportunities)

Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion

to the Homebound

The Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister to the Homebound has a deep faith in Our Lord Jesus’ Real Presence in the Eucharist. They are an appointed minister who brings Holy Communion to the sick, elderly, and infirmed parishioners who are unable to attend the celebration of Mass. 

An Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister to the Homebound is one who:

•    Is a trained Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister who is a practicing Catholic in full communion with the Church, who has received First Holy Communion, Confirmation and is in good moral character.
•    Visits the Homebound and shares conversation about parish and community life, prays, reads sacred scripture, and distributes Holy Communion.
•    The Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister arranges a mutual time with the parishioner for the home visit.
Requirements:
•    Training for Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministry to the Homebound is provided as needed throughout the year.
•    All Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound/ volunteers attend one session of VIRTUS® Protecting God's Children, sign a Code of Conduct and complete a yearly CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) form as mandated by the Archdiocese of Boston.

                                  Please prayerfully consider this important ministry.

If you are interested in volunteering for this ministry or would like more information please contact Teresa Doyle Smith, Pastoral Associate at the Rectory (781-878-0160) or email Teresa at: [email protected]
 

Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion

to the Nursing Homes

The Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister has a deep faith in Our Lord Jesus’ Real Presence in the Eucharist. Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion to the Nursing Homes, serve Rockland's healthcare facilities: South Shore Rehabilitation and Webster Park Rehabilitation. This is a beautiful grace-filled ministry which requires the help of numerous Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers to visit and distribute Communion to our brothers and sisters in Christ. Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers serve on teams to the nursing homes. This ministry takes an hour a week. Teams serve once a month.

Requirements:
•    Is a trained Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister who is a practicing Catholic in full communion with the Church, who has received First Holy Communion, Confirmation and is in good moral character.
•    Attend provided training.
•    All Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound/volunteers attend one session of Virtus® Protecting God's Children, sign a Code of Conduct and complete a yearly CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) form as mandated by the Archdiocese of Boston.

If you are now or have been in the past an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister, please prayerfully consider this opportunity to serve our community.

If you are interested in volunteering for this ministry or would like more information please contact Teresa Doyle Smith, Pastoral Associate at the Rectory (781-878-0160) or email Teresa at: [email protected]
 

St. Vincent De Paul

The Saint Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP) is an international Catholic society of men and women united to help those in need.  The Society nourishes their neighbors with material goods and each other with shared faith and prayer.

  • The mission of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society of Holy Family is to provide person to person emergency assistance to those in need in Rockland.  
  • Twenty lay members of the Society serve over thirty individuals and families each week providing basic needs such as: food, emergency shelter, financial aid, fuel assistance.
  • The Society is assisted in all endeavors by the parishioners of Holy Family through the annual fund and food drives. 
  • The goal of the SVDP is to promote long-term self-sufficiency and build relationships of trust, confidentiality, and friendship.

If you need help or more information, please call Saint Vincent de Paul at 781-792-0168 or the Rectory at 781-878-0160 or email the Rectory at [email protected]
 

Pine Street Inn

Each year Holy Family parishioners share their time and talents with our neighbors in need at the Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA.  Pine Street Inn, the largest homeless shelter in New England, was founded in 1969 to furnish support services for over 2,000 men and women each day. 
The Inn provides:
•    Overnight shelter and permanent housing
•    Meals
•    Emergency services
•    Workforce development

Pine Street Inn’s mission is to end homelessness by making permanent housing a reality for all.

Holy Family has been involved with Pine Street Inn since the 1980’s when Mary Lou Kraemer, a former Directory of Religious Education  (DRE) for the middle and high school programs, made sandwiches with the help of the students and delivered the food to the Inn.  For years Mary Lou, with her team of adult parishioners, bought, prepared, and served meals for the guests at Pine Street Inn.  Today, 38 years later, Holy Family parishioners continue to minister to the guests at Pine Street Inn through a number of activities.

BREAKFAST CLUB
One Saturday morning a month parishioners purchase, prepare, serve and clean-up breakfast for guests residing at one of Pine Street Inn’s half-way houses.  Teams carpool from Holy Family’s parking lot at 8 a.m. and return to Rockland before 11 a.m.

Requirements:
•    All Breakfast Club volunteers attend one session of VIRTUS® Protecting God's Children, sign a Code of Conduct and complete a yearly CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) form as mandated by the Archdiocese of Boston.

CHRISTMAS / GIFT CARD DRIVE
Holy Family parishioners, during Advent for the season of Christmas, purchase gifts for the guests at Pine Street Inn’s half-way homes and donate gift cards for CVS, Dunkin Donuts, Stop n Shop, Visa Cards and Walgreens for the guests at the shelter.

LOCKS AND SOCKS DRIVE
Holy Family promotes a Locks and Socks drive for Pine Street Inn’s guests in the fall.  Locks are for lockers at Pine Street for guests to store their belongings.  Socks are for the cold winter nights.

VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS
Holy Family Religious Education students make Valentine cards to be distributed at the annual Valentine Luncheon for all Pine Street guests. 

If you are interested in volunteering for this ministry or would like more information please contact Teresa Doyle Smith, Pastoral Associate at the Rectory (781-878-0160) or email Teresa at: [email protected]
 

Sister Parish Honduras

Immaculada Concepcion in Juticalpa, Olancho, Honduras
Holy Family Rockland began working with our sister parish, Immaculada Concepcion in Juticalpa, Olancho, Honduras in 1993. Honduras is the second largest country in Central America, and is also one of the poorest.  
Believing that education is the key to a brighter future for the Honduran people, each year between Thanksgiving and the middle of January, we run the BECAS drive (Bringing Education, Christianity and Scholarship).   Donations are sent to Honduras to support the education of the children, especially those children with special needs.  
In 2007, Holy Family formed the Hands to Honduras Mission outreach program. Since then thirteen teams, totaling  forty-seven parishioners have made the annual parish sponsored trip to Honduras. Those of us who have participated return home with a burning desire to share our experiences and to return to Honduras again and again.       
Over the years, Holy Family has sent eyeglasses, toothbrushes, school supplies, uniforms, books and desks to Honduras along with hundreds of pounds of basic necessities. The mission teams sponsor a Fall Dance, Pancake Breakfast with Santa and Spaghetti Supper to support the programs and activities for their visit to Honduras. 

Requirements:
•    All Sister Parish volunteers attend one session of VIRTUS® Protecting God's Children, sign a Code of Conduct and complete a yearly CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) form as mandated by the Archdiocese of Boston.
                                          Please prayerfully consider this ministry.

If you are interested in volunteering for this ministry or would like more information please contact the Rectory at 781-878-0160 or email: [email protected]
 

Coffee Social 

Once a month after the 10 a.m. Mass from October until May, Holy Family hosts a family coffee social in the Parish Center.  All are welcome – young and old, single, or married.  A special invitation is extended to the Religious Education students and their families.  Come for a few minutes or stay an hour.  Meet fellow parishioners and get reacquainted with your neighbors. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee, tea, juice, water, Dunkin donuts, pastries, and fruit.  Coloring pages and crayons are provided for children.  

Dates for the Family Coffee Social are posted in the bulletin and on Holy Family’s website.  
Cost: suggested offering is $1.00 per person, $5.00 per family.  

For more information contact Meg Kudla at 781-710-5476.

FAMILY COFFEE SOCIAL VOLUNTEERS
Parishioners interested in volunteering to serve at our Family Coffee Social events are always welcome and needed.

  • The Coffee Socials are held at the Parish Center.
  • Volunteers set up on the Saturday afternoon before the Sunday Social.  
  • Volunteers help to serve beverages and pastries and clean the Hall when the Social is finished.
  • The time commitment is from 10:45 AM – 12:30 PM. 

Requirements:
•    All Coffee Social volunteers attend one session of VIRTUS® Protecting God's Children, sign a Code of Conduct and complete a yearly CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) form as mandated by the Archdiocese of Boston.

If you are interested or need more information regarding this volunteer ministry, please contact Meg Kudla at 781-710-5476.