The Shrine

Ministries

  • For information about Adult Faith Formation ministries and events, contact Director of Adult Faith Formation Stephen Cox at 410-466-6884, ext. 11.

     

    Pizza and Movie Night: The 13th Day, a new film about the appearances of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima, will be shown on Saturday, July 8 after the 5 PM Vigil Mass, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions.  Pizza and salad will be served in the undercroft at 6 PM, followed by the showing of the movie at 6:30.  Please RSVP to Stephen Cox in the parish office.

     

    Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA):  Are you interested in becoming Catholic?  Do you know someone who is?  Are you an adult Catholic who has not yet been confirmed?  Perhaps you just want to learn more about the Catholic Faith, or have questions about it.  RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process for preparing adults for full communion with the Catholic Church. Sessions are also open to any adult desiring to learn more about Catholicism.  A new group is forming for the Fall, so contact Stephen Cox in the parish office if you are interested. Dates and times of meetings are to be determined, based on the availability of participants.

     

    Shrine Book Discussion Group:  Meets monthly on Thursday evenings at 6:00 in the parish undercroft. All are welcome. Participants are asked to obtain copies of the readings through the bookseller or library of their choice. Sessions will resume in the Fall- stay tuned!

     

    The Christian Life Program of catechesis is offered at various times throughout the year, in cooperation with Couples for Christ, an international Catholic lay organization.  This program is open to all adults seeking to deepen their Catholic Faith. 

     

     

Education Ministries

  • Are you interested in becoming Catholic?  Do you know someone who is?  Are you an adult Catholic who has not yet been confirmed?  Perhaps you just want to learn more about the Catholic Faith, or have questions about it.  If any of this describes you, then RCIA is for you.  RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process for preparing adults for full communion with the Catholic Church, and for instructing adults returning to their faith or who simply want to learn more.  RCIA sessions are open to anyone interested in exploring Catholicism.  Contact Stephen Cox at 410-466-6884, ext. 11 if you are interested.  

  • Please join our dynamic Confirmation Team in teaching our teens about our Faith and preparing them for the reception of Confirmation!  We meet approximately 10 times a year for 2 hours on Sundays.  This Confirmation program is one of the best!  We incorporate personal spirituality, prayer life, service, lessons on Church history and catechism and guest speakers.  Just speak to a few of our Confirmed teens and they will tell you about this wonderful experience. If you want to make a difference in the life of a teen, this is the ministry for you!  Contact Bernetta Palasik for more information.

     

     

  • The Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are usually received in the second grade of Religious Education.  Catechists teaching this grade assist the Director of Religious Eduation in preparing the children and their families for these sacraments.  Parents attend an information meeting for each sacrament and participate in Sacrament Retreat Days.  At these retreats, the children and their families learn more about Reconciliation and Communion through games, crafts, prayer and song.   

  • This is a great place to start if you would like to be a Catechist one day!  Confirmation Candidates are also encouraged to be a part of this ministry for their service hour requirements.  Catechist Assistants help with all aspects of the class instruction.  You can attend every scheduled class time or just a few - whatever is convenient for you. If this ministry sounds like a match, please contact Bernetta Palasik at the Church Office for more information.

  • If you enjoy children and are committed to sharing your love and faith with the "young church," then you have the gifts to be a volunteer catechist.  Religious Education classes meet on Sunday mornings from 10:15 to 11:15 am. from late September to early May.  Many of our catechists "team" teach.  This reduces your teaching committment to two Sunday a month! Please contact Bernetta Palasik in the Church Office for more information and to join our Catechists - those who "echo" the faith! 

  • (CLOW) seeks to help children understand and appreciate God's Word during the Liturgy. CLOW is offered at the 9:00 and the 11:30 am Mass times.  During CLOW, children experience the Gospel through songs, words and crafts.  If you have a love for children and can offer a few Sundays a year, you have the gifts to be a CLOW leader. Everything is provided for you!  Please contact Bernetta Palasik in the Church Office to be a part of this exciting ministry! 

  • Plans service, spiritual and other social events for parish high school age youth participation. The Youth Board encourages leadership development of teens as peer ministers.

  • Plans service, spiritual, and social events for parish middle school youth.

  • Couples in this program help engaged couples prepare for marriage and in a two-on-two setting between the engaged couple and a married couple.

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