Get Involved at St. Patrick Catholic Church
Ministries and Groups Contact Information
If you are interested in any of the following activities and would like more information, please contact the person listed below. Please see the calendar for meeting times and locations.
Adult Faith Formation/New Evangelization Team - This team works to assess, maintain, and offer adult spiritual growth opportunities and events at the parish. Contact: Kathleen Nowacki-Correia at 463-3533.
Altar Servers – Elementary, middle school, and high school aged students have the privilege of assisting the Presider throughout the liturgy. Training is provided. Contact: Fr. Štefan Migač at 463-3533
Art & Environment Committee – Help with our liturgical seasonal set-ups about 4 or 5 times yearly. Great for people who like working with their hands and have a visual “sense.” Contact: Sandra Yoemans
Campus Ministry – Our campus ministry program serves collegians and cadets at Washington and Lee University, Virginia Military Institute, Southern Virginia University, and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. Parishioners are needed for many of the activities. Contact Kevin Riedel (Director of Campus Ministry) at 463-3533 or Carey Wyatt (Campus Support Ministry Chair) at email@example.com.
Catechists – There are plenty of opportunities to help with our Religious Education program that runs from mid-September through mid-May as a catechist, substitute, or a class aid. Please contact Kathleen Nowacki-Correia at 463-3533.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word - This is an opportunity for children age 6 and younger to hear the Gospel proclaimed in words they can understand, and to do a simple craft or drawing that helps solidify that understanding. It is typically celebrated on the second Sunday of the month at the 10:30 a.m. Youth Ministry Mass. Contact Kathleen Nowacki-Correia at 463-3533.
Eucharistic Adoration - "The Blessed Sacrament is the ‘Living Heart’ of each of our churches and it is our very sweet duty to honor and adore the Blessed Host, which our eyes see, the Incarnate Word, whom they cannot see." - Pope Paul VI. Adoration is offered each Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, contact Maggie Davies.
Eucharistic Minister - The Eucharistic Minister places the sacred elements in the hands/mouth of the faithful during the reception of the Eucharist. A Eucharistic Minister inspires belief in the real presence of Christ and fosters our sense of unity and reconciliation. Contact Justin Soutar at 463-3533.
Eucharistic Ministers for the Sick and Homebound – If you are willing to be a Communion Minister to those who cannot attend church services due to illness, hospitalization or other reasons, please contact Laurie Strong.
Finance Council – These members of our parish laity ensure the funds and financial resources of our parish are safeguarded and utilized in the best interest of the parish mission statement. Contact: Jim Kostelni
Garden and Maintenance Committee – This committee oversees the general maintenance of the buildings and properties of the church. Working with the Finance Council, they maintain the 25 Year Capital Maintenance Plan. For more information, contact Jim Kvach.
Haiti Committee - The Haiti Committee works in solidarity with St. Rose of Lima, Freehold, NJ, to foster the twinning relationship with our twin parish in Fond Pierre, Haiti, through work projects, visits, and prayer. Contact: Patricia Powell
Justice & Peace - Inspired and nourished by the Gospel and Principles of Catholic Social Teaching, we discern and respond to the needs of our community and promote the dignity of all human persons through direct service and in collaboration with other churches and community based organizations. Contact: Sherry Smith
Knights of Columbus - The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works. Contact: Michael Ohleger
Lectio Divina – This is an ancient practice of praying the scriptures. During Lectio Divina, the participant listens to the text of the Bible with the “ear of the heart,” as if he or she is in conversation with God, and God is suggesting the topics for discussion. The method of Lectio Divina includes moments of reading (lectio), reflecting on (meditatio), responding to (oratio) and resting in (contemplatio) the Word of God with the aim of nourishing and deepening one’s relationship with the Divine. It is a time of listening to God and responding to Him. If you are interested and wish more information, please contact Carmel Ubaldi.
Lectors - Lectors proclaim the Word of God in a clear, audible speaking voice and in a prepared delivery style. Training is provided and on-going formation is expected. Contact Justin Soutar at 463-3533.
Liturgical Music – Share in a ministry that proclaims the Gospel through the gift and power of music. We invite Cantors and adult and children Choir Ministry members who are willing to share their faith and vocal gifts with our assembly. Instrumentalists are also needed. Contact Justin Soutar at 463-3533.
Liturgy Committee - Working primarily behind the scenes in conjunction with the Pastor, the Liturgy Committee meets monthly to plan all that is needed to celebrate the liturgical year. Contact Contact: Sandra Yoemans
Marian Helpers – Consecration to Mary in pursuit of prayer, good works, and retreats. Contact: Laurie Strong
Master of Ceremonies - The Master of Ceremonies takes charge of the liturgical set-up before Mass and ensures that the liturgical ministers and others are present to serve. She/he prepares the bread and wine, liturgical vessels, the tidiness of the church and other tasks. Contact Justin Soutar at 463-3533.
Parish Life Committee – The group coordinates and plans parish social activities such as the St. Patrick’s Day Feast, Thanksgiving Dinner, and receptions. Contact: Kathy Burant or Cindy Kleinchester
Parish Pastoral Council – As a member of the PPC, laity become active participants in the leadership of the church. Contact: B.J. Parson
Prayer Blanket/Shawl Ministry – Those who knit, crochet, or embroider are invited to make prayer blankets and shawls. The blanket and shawls are given to those who are ill, be it mental or physical, and help with peace of mind and strength of body. Contact: Marilou Schindler
Religious Education - On Sunday mornings, kindergarten to twelfth grade students are taught by catechists from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. The program runs from mid-September to mid-May. Contact Kathleen Nowacki-Correia at 463-3533.
Respect Life Committee – The Respect Life Committee promotes the dignity of all human persons from conception to natural death. We espouse the value and virtue of chastity and promote awareness through education in our Spiritual Adoption Program. Our education extends to the community with our Rockbridge Community Festival booth. The committee stresses the importance of prayer and legislative advocacy, and organizes March for Life participation for the parish. Contact: Darcy McCabe
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults/Children (RCIA) - RCIA is for those interested in becoming Catholic or receiving the Sacraments of Initiation, and includes adults, college students, and children over 7 years old who have not yet received age-appropriate sacraments. These programs run from late summer to May, but the period of inquiry can begin at any time. Contact: Deacon Paul Gorski
Sacramental Preparation – Second graders prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist, and Confirmation preparation is available for appropriate students in Grades 10-12. Preparation for the sacraments of marriage and baptism are done on an individual basis. Contact Kathleen Nowacki-Correia or Fr. Štefan Migač (for marriages) at 463-3533.
Secular Franciscans – Companions of Francis and Clare – Secular Franciscans are a community of Catholic men and women in the world who seek to pattern their lives after Christ in the spirit of Francis. We believe that as human beings and Christians, we have such a sublime vocation that we cannot fulfill it alone. In our common response to the Gospel, we work together in community toward a deep evangelical life and toward communion with all people. This is our way of life. We feel called by the Holy Spirit to follow Christ in the spirit of Franciscanism, with the support and encouragement of others who are committed to a Gospel lifestyle. For more information, contact Maggie Davies.
Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites - The members of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites are faithful members of the Church, called to live "in allegiance to Jesus Christ" through "friendship with the One we know loves us" and in service to the Church. Under the protection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, in the biblical tradition of the prophet Elijah and inspired by the teachings of St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross, they seek to deepen their Christian commitment received in baptism. If you would like more information about Carmelite spirituality and the Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity Community which meets in Staunton on the 2nd Sunday of each month at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, please contact Laurie Strong.
St. Patrick Preschool - St. Patrick Preschool provides learning experiences for spiritual and moral development in a loving, caring, enjoyable environment. We help preschoolers prepare for a successful transition to kindergarten. Children learn through play, prayer, repetition, routine and a variety of creative experiences, and are encouraged to progress at their own pace. Contact: Francie Belliveau at 463-3533
St. Patrick Preschool Committee – Members assist in the oversight of the program and budget, and work to promote the preschool. Contact: Gwyn Parson
Usher - An usher seats people, assists with special needs, takes up the collection, and distributes bulletins. Contact Cindy Bither at 463-3533.
Vacation Bible School – This week of faith and fun for children age 4 through 11 is led each summer by catechists, teen helpers, and visiting religious sisters. Contact Kathleen Nowacki-Correia at 463-3533.
Welcome Committee –This committee welcomes and assists individuals and families who are new to our parish. Contact: Gary Serra
Women’s Bible Study – The ladies meets weekly on Wednesdays to understand scripture and how it relates to the teachings of the Church. Contact: Carol Calkins or Cindy Kleinchester
Women’s Triad Luncheon Group – The group meets monthly for fellowship and lunch. Contact: Agatha Ubaldi or Cindy Kleinchester
Youth Ministry – Middle and High School students learn scripture and the teachings of the Church through fun activities. These programs run from September to May with periodic events throughout the summer. Contact Kathleen Nowacki-Correia and Cindy Bither at 463-3533.