Parish Handbook St. Patrick Parish. 235 Chapel Street Grass Valley, CA

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1 Parish Handbook St. Patrick Parish 235 Chapel Street Grass Valley, CA

2 Parish Mission Statement We, the parish of St. Patrick, being one community growing in faith and proclaiming our belief in the message and mission of our Lord Jesus Christ, invite all to open their hearts, hear His call, and become one with the body of Christ. ~adopted by the Pastoral Council, December

3 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, We are delighted to welcome you to St. Patrick Catholic Church! Whether you have just moved into the area, have been away from your faith for awhile, or are interested in looking into the Catholic faith, please know how welcome you are to join us. We hope you find our parish a warm and friendly community and that you will come to feel very much a part of our faith family. The parish provides many opportunities for spiritual growth and fellowship for adults, teens and children. In addition to responding to your needs, the parish is blessed with a number of ministries to which parishioners are invited to share their talent, time and treasure. In this booklet, you will find a list of our ministries and organizations along with a description of each and their coordinators. Please contact them to find out more about the good work they do. As you become acquainted with these ministries, we hope that you will share generously of your gifts with us. We invite your participation as well as your ideas for ways we can better serve our good and gracious God and our neighbors here in Nevada County. We desire to serve you in any way that will help you draw closer to Christ. Please call during the week at for more information or, if you prefer, you may us at with your questions and specific needs. We are happy to have you as a neighbor and parishioner. Welcome! 3

4 MASS SCHEDULE Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:00pm Sunday Masses: 7:30am, 9:00am, 11:00 am Daily Mass (Monday Saturday) at 8:30am Holy Day Masses: 8:30am, 10:00am, 7:00pm RECONCILIATION (CONFESSION) Saturdays, 3:30-4:30pm or by appointment. Please call the parish rectory and one of the priests will be happy to meet with you. HOW TO REACH US St. Patrick Catholic Church 235 Chapel Street, Grass Valley, CA Phone: Fax: Office hours (M-F): 8:30am-noon, 1:00-4:30pm WEBSITE Visit our website for bulletin information, parish registration forms, the parish monthly calendar and much more. http//stpatrickgrassvalley.parishesonline.com 4

5 CLERGY Fr. Timothy M. Nondorf, Pastor Fr. Christian Paul Egege, Parochial Vicar Fr. Sylvester Kwiatkowski, Parochial Vicar Fr. Nicholas Phelan, Pastor Emeritus James Chatigny, Deacon Brian Moore, Deacon PARISH STAFF STAFF at St. Patrick Rectory Secretary: Maria Rubalcava Accountant, parish & school: Linda Carver Plant Manager: Ken Hayes STAFF St. Cecilia Parish Center Director of Faith Formation: Karen Burford Ext. 201 Children s Faith Formation: Michelle McDaniel Ext. 202 Youth Ministry: Frank Ortiz Ext. 204 Christian Initiation (RCIA): Pam Anderson Ext. 205 Music Resource Room Ext. 206 Cemetery: Rebecca Miller Director of Stewardship: Lorraine McGuinness CEMETERY OFFICE (located at the St. Cecilia Parish Center) Rebecca Miller, , cell Office Hours: 8:30am-3:30pm At need and pre-need planning Cemetery location: Rough and Ready Highway, Grass Valley 5

6 Growing Together in Stewardship: A Way of Life RECEIVE God s gifts gratefully NURTURE God s gifts responsibly SHARE God s gifts with charity and justice RETURN God s gifts in abundance As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God s varied grace. 1Peter 4:10 The Christian Steward: It is not the large and grand situations that make a person outstanding in their faith; it is the little things that we do. It is something that we take unto ourselves, embrace and then make it our own. It is how we challenge ourselves to live out the Gospel message and share that message with others. It is how we live our faith and not even give it a second thought; it becomes the most natural thing in our lives. This is what sets us apart as a Christian steward. Gifts Discernment: Let us help you to discover the gifts you have been given to do God s work to help build God s kingdom here on earth. Please contact the Stewardship Office at

7 THE FOUR PILLARS OF STEWARDSHIP St. Patrick Parish strives to be a community of intensive hospitality, prayer, formation, and service. In sharing generously of our talent, time and treasure, we grow in the stewardship way of life, the discipleship way of life. Our stewardship ministries are gathered under these four pillars: HOSPITALITY : We strive to extend a warm, hospitable, and loving welcome to all who join us in worship, service, study, social or in times of personal need We assist our parish community in presenting a visible sign of Christ s loving kindness in all we do PRAYER: We grow as disciples who are committed to prayer individual and communal prayer, public and private prayer Through prayer we are invited to draw closer to Jesus and to imitate Him in our daily lives While Eucharist is central to our spiritual life, other prayer opportunities are made available FORMATION: We strive to educate, form and sustain the stewardship way of life for all ages through faith formation opportunities in the parish and school We strive to be disciple stewards and give good example as we participate in parish life in ministries and on parish leadership teams We are open to the continuous conversion to a life of stewardship to sharing what one has with a loving, generous and grateful heart SERVICE: We strive to be servant ministers to the need of our parish members, the wider community and Church We strive to serve compassionately those who are hurting or in need, lost or alone, or suffering in any way We give thanks to God for all the gifts we have received and we celebrate the special events in the lives of parishioners 7

8 MOUNT ST. MARY ACADEMY Mt. St. Mary s is the oldest continuously operating Catholic school west of the Mississippi. Quality Catholic Education for Pre-Kindergarten thru 8th Grade. Sr. Anne Marie Miller, Principal 400 S. Church Street Grass Valley, CA Phone: Fax: Website: MISSION STATEMENT Mt. St. Mary Academy, the educational ministry of St. Patrick Parish, was established in Our mission is to serve families primarily of the Catholic Communities of St. Patrick, St. Canice and St. Dominic as well as families of other faith traditions and surrounding communities. Recognizing that parents are the primary educators of their children, we collaborate to educate our students to achieve their potential in the areas of faith development, academic excellence, social awareness and emotional growth. We exist to inspire and motivate our students to recognize their call to be responsible, faith-filled leaders in the reality of today s multicultural and diverse world. 8

9 ADVISORY TEAMS Pastoral Council Larry Ormsby, chairperson A consultative body which advises the pastor on major pastoral concerns which affect the life and mission of the parish. Meets monthly. Finance Council John Casey, chairperson Advises the pastor on fiscal matters and ensures that church ministries are funded to meet the spiritual needs of the parish. Meets monthly. Stewardship Committee Tom Jacobs, chairperson Functions to further total life discipleship throughout the parish by example and by encouraging parishioners to contribute talent, time, and treasure in the service of God. Meets monthly. Liturgy Committee Cathie Ensel, chairperson Promotes active participation of the parish community by fostering an environment of worship, song and prayer for liturgical celebrations. Meets monthly. Faith Formation Committee Karen Burford, Director Provides foundation for adults, teens, and children to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ in the sacramental life of the Church and encourages participation in lifelong faith formation. Meets monthly. Mt. St. Mary Advisory Council Joe Balestrieri, chairperson Assists the pastor and principal in decision making for the parish school. Meets during the academic year. Time: TBD. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God... Gal 3:17 9

10 Baptism, English & Spanish SACRAMENTAL LIFE We welcome infants into our church through the celebration of this sacrament during weekend Masses. A Baptism preparation process is required and these sessions are scheduled throughout the year. For Baptism of adults and children 7 years and older, see Christian Initiation below. First Holy Communion A two-year, family oriented process, generally beginning in the first grade, which prepares children to receive Reconciliation and First Eucharist at the end of the second grade. Ministry opportunities include sharing your gifts of hospitality, phone calling, and preparation of materials. Confirmation, Youth A two-year, family oriented process, generally beginning in the sixth grade, which prepares youth for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation at the end of eight grade. Ministry opportunities include sharing you gifts of hospitality, phone calling, and preparation of materials. Confirmation, Adults Adult Catholics (over 18) who desire to complete their Sacraments of Initiation are invited to prepare for confirmation annually during the Easter Season. Christian Initiation of Adults and Children (RCIA) The Catholic Church warmly welcomes new members and offers a process of formation for adults and children 7 years and older who are preparing for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Marriages: Arrangements are to be made at least 6 months in advance. A marriage preparation program is required. Please call the parish office to schedule an appointment. Reconciliation (Confession): We encourage regular reception of this sacrament. Private reconciliation is held in the church every Saturday from 3:30pm-4:30pm. Communal reconciliation services are held seasonally during Advent and Lent. Priests welcome private appointments for reconciliation. Please call the rectory. 10

11 LITURGICAL MINISTRIES Altar Servers Boys and girls from fourth grade to young adult assist at masses on Sundays and Holy Days. Art & Environment In keeping with the liturgical season, this ministry designs and creates the environment in the church for liturgical celebrations with flowers, symbols, banners, etc. Meeting times vary. Children s Liturgy (Mass) The second Sunday of the month, at the 9:00 am Mass, the children and families participate as lectors, greeters and choir. Experience is not required and training and practice are provided. Children s Liturgy of the Word At the 9:00am Sunday Masses, (except for the second Sunday of the month), children are dismissed to gather in St. Teresa s room to hear the Word of God at their age level and return to their families after the homily. Those desiring to share the word of God with our children are invited to join our team. Training is provided. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Ministers are trained to handle with reverence the consecrated hosts and precious blood for distribution during Mass. They usually serve 1-3 times a month at Masses of their choice. Greeters Greeters welcome parishioners attending Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses. If you like to share your smile and warm greetings, then this ministry is for you! 11

12 Holy Communion to the Sick Ministers bring Holy Communion to Catholics in hospitals, convalescent homes, retirement centers and private homes. Lectors/Commentators Lectors proclaim the first and second Scriptural texts for each Sunday and Holy Day. Commentators warmly greet the assembly and prepare them for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. In the absence of a deacon, they also lead the prayers of the faithful and make special announcements at the end of Mass. Music Ministry: 9 & 11 am Masses Singers and musicians rehearse on Saturday mornings in the church at 9:00am to prepare for Sunday and special liturgies. Music Ministry: 5pm and 7:30am Masses This traditional adult choir supports congregational singing at weekend Mass and funerals. Singers rehearse on Tuesday evenings in the church at 6:00 pm. Music Ministry: Children s Choir The choir sings at our monthly Children s 9:00am Mass and weekly practices are necessary. All children, ages 7-12, are invited to join this very special ministry. Spanish Mass On the last Sunday of the month, Mass is celebrated in Spanish at 1:00pm. Liturgical ministers serve as lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, ushers, and altar servers. Sunday Mass Child Care A co-op childcare ministry during the 9 and 11am Sunday morning Masses. Adult co-op members willing to share their love for children ( ages 5 and under) and teenage helpers are needed to help provide this important ministry to our families. Ushers Ushers assist the parishioners at each Sunday Mass and any church function that requires their assistance. 12

13 SHARING TIME AND TALENT Disciples of Jesus are good stewards of their talent, time and treasure. We invite all to participate in a ministry opportunity both within the church and in the local community. Please review the current parish ministries listed on the following pages and feel free to call the ministry coordinator for more information. Ministries are grouped as follows: PRAYER MINISTRIES HOSPITALITY MINISTRIES FORMATION MINISTRIES SERVICE MINISTRIES It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain... Jn 15:16 Please contact the Stewardship Office at : If you do not see a ministry listed where you feel that you can best use your gifts and talents If you do not want to commit to a specific ministry but wish to share your skills on an occasional basis If you wish guidance as you discern your special gifts and talents If you feel God calling you to start a new ministry in response to a need that you see 13

14 PRAYER MINISTRIES Chaplet of Divine Mercy People of prayer who meet every Monday and Wednesday immediately following the 8:30am Mass to pray for God s mercy in our troubled world and lives. Please join us! Enthronement of the Sacred Heart Helps families to establish with devout ceremony a place in their homes for special worship of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Meets by appointment. Eucharistic Adoration Parishioners are invited to spend time with Christ and pray before the Blessed Sacrament during set times of Adoration. Adoration is every Friday from 9:15am to Noon; every Sunday from 12:15pm to 4:00pm, except the last Sunday of the month adoration is after the Spanish Mass, from 2:00-4:00pm. All night Adoration is the first Saturday of the month from 6:30pm to 6:30am. While all are invited to stop in during any of these times for adoration, we appreciate the commitment of parish members to be scheduled for one hour. KAIROS Prison Ministry An interdenominational program devoted to Christianizing prison environments. Legion of Mary World-wide organization of Catholics striving to develop greater spirituality and practicing works of mercy under the banner of Our Lady. Includes active and auxiliary members. Active members meet every Wednesday, 9:00am, in the Small Hall. Men s Spiritual Growth Reads and discusses books that provoke thought on growing Meets every Monday, 5:30 pm in the Angel s Nest. spiritually. 14

15 Ministry of Praise Daily prayer for the sick and dying. Parish members are encouraged to call in their prayer requests. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Prayer Group The Our Lady of Perpetual Help Prayer Group meets each Tuesday morning immediately following the 8:30am Mass. The group prays for parish intentions, the pope, bishops, priests, homes and families, city, state and nation. Retreat Program (Men s) Once a year men of the parish are invited to join with other men from our diocese for a weekend retreat. The retreat is held at Christ the King Retreat Center in Citrus Heights. Retreats begin on Friday at dinnertime and end Sunday after lunch. Rosary Group The rosary is prayed before morning Mass, Monday Saturday, beginning at 7:55am. Please join us. Leaders are welcome! Secular Franciscans This canonically established fraternity within the Franciscan order prays together and studies Scripture and the works of St. Francis. Meets 4th Tuesday at 7:00pm. Vocations Committee Prays for vocations every morning in church and increases awareness of need for priests and religious. Meets: TBD. 15

16 HOSPITALITY MINISTRIES Community Meal Provides a free meal and companionship for people of all faiths in our local community. Second and Fourth Monday of each month, 5:00-6:30 pm in the Small Hall. Funeral Receptions Volunteer group coordinates with bereaved families for receptions that meet their needs, arranging for set-up, serving, and clean-up. Hospitality (Welcoming) Committee Promotes parish fellowship by creating and supporting ways to welcome all who attend church services and activities. Join this ministry and meet other s and become part of our parish family! Meets the First Thursday of the Month, 3:00pm in the Angel s Nest. Hospitality House Hospitality House Dinners The mission of this local non-profit organization is to provide a place of rest, sustenance and dignity for the homeless. Work is in collaboration with local churches and other service organizations. Hospitality House is a winter-only nomadic homeless shelter, in other words, instead of a permanent location, it rotates among participating churches. St. Patrick Church is a participating church and hosts the Sunday evening meal and overnight stay. During the summer, they assist with supplies needed by the homeless. Volunteers and monetary donations are most welcome! Ministry of Consolation Assists the pastor and bereaved families with arrangements for funerals and prayer for the deceased. New Beginnings Provides a support group and program of social interaction in a framework of Christian spirituality for divorced, separated, and widowed persons in the parish. Meets 3 rd Sunday, 1:00 pm, in the Angel s Nest. 16

17 FORMATION MINISTRIES Adult Faith Formation Opportunities to learn more about our faith are offered throughout the year. At our Wednesday Night s Faith and Fellowship, guest speakers teach on various topics with time for questions and faith sharing. Daytime and other evening sessions are offered for Bible Study, prayer groups and book studies. Desire to grow in your faith and relationship with God is the only pre-requisite for coming to any of our Adult Faith Formation opportunities. Group leaders, hospitality, and phone calling are just a few of the many ways to get involved. Friends, neighbors and non-catholics are always welcome! Bible Study: Thursday morning group An adult Scripture study group that gathers to study books of the Old and New Testament. All adults are welcome and prior bible study experience is not necessary. Catholic Study Group This study group uses a study guide and videos to enhance understanding of Mass themes as they relate to the catechism. Meetings are held on Thursday evenings, fall and spring, 7-8pm in the Small Hall. Bring a friend and learn more about our Catholic faith. Children s Faith Formation Children learn at their level about our faith as they grow in their relationship with Jesus. Liturgy of the Word, Wednesday Night s Faith and Fellowship, and Summer Faith Camp are some of our parish ministries for our little Catholics. Come and join a great team and rewarding ministry. Faith and Fellowship Food, Friends and Faith! A simple supper is served from 5-5:45pm as children, teens and adults gather as one community growing in faith. We get to know one another and build community, learn more about what it means to be Catholic in our world today and grow in our relationship with Jesus. Children, youth and teens are dismissed to their age-appropriate sessions while adults stay and participate in the adult formation session. (See Adult Formation above.) Sessions run from 6-7:30pm and special intergenerational events are offered seasonally. Adults, children, youth, and teens can bring friends and non-catholics are always welcome. There are numerous ways to share your gifts of time and talent to help make 17

18 this an enjoyable, enriching, faith-filled evening for all ages! Faith and Fellowship: Hospitality Provides simple-suppers for Wednesday Nights Faith and Fellowship and refreshments for Sunday, once-a-month, Sacrament preparation workshops for our families. No experience is necessary to join a great team of grocery shoppers, bakers, cooks and servers! Gospel of Life Promotes activities in support of human life from conception to natural death. Meets the first Saturday of the month before Mass to pray the Rosary, then following Mass they meet in the Angel s Nest. Hispanic Faith Formation Our Hispanic families join our community on Wednesday Night s Faith and Fellowship and Sacrament Preparation workshops as they learn about their faith in their native language. Opportunities to share customs, food and music help to make us one community growing in faith. Library Committee Like Books? Your gift of time and talent can help staff the library after Sunday Masses, maintain the library and assist in the ordering of materials. The committee meets 2-3 times per year as needed. A great opportunity for anyone interested in books and videos as we work to keep the library open and accessible for our parishioners. Marriage Encounter A weekend experience designed to help married couples communicate more intimately in order to deepen and enrich their relationship. This seminar for the heart can help make your good marriage great. Opening Doors for the Developmentally Disabled Members assist adults with developmental disabilities on their faith journey, to prepare for the sacraments, and to fully participate in parish life. Meets on Sundays,10:00-11:00am, in the Mt. St. Mary School Library, September through May. 18

19 Parish Mission Usually held in October with daytime and evening sessions offered over a period of several days. Greeters, hospitality, and assistance with materials are some of the ways you can help make this a graced-filled time for everyone. RCIA (Christian Initiation) Those desiring to become Catholic prepare to become part of the sacramental life of the Church through faith sharing, passing on the teachings and traditions of the Church, and celebrating the liturgical rites within the parish community. Ministry opportunities include sharing your gifts as a catechetical team member, sponsor, or hospitality team member. Returning Catholics We welcome all non practicing Catholics who may want to take another look at the Catholic Church and what it means to be Catholic in our world today. This informal group process provides opportunities to ask questions and receive solid information about the Catholic Church, to explore one s individual faith journey and relationship to Jesus, and to inquire about completion of sacraments. This ministry offers opportunities for hospitality and faith-sharing. Youth Ministry: Junior High Junior High School Ministry offers 6th-8th graders a comprehensive ministry providing youth with a process to learn about the teachings of our Church and grow in their relationship with Jesus as they mature into active members of our parish community. Activities include faith formation, fun social events, and service projects in the parish and larger Grass Valley Community. Jr. High Ministry meets for faith formation on Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30pm with other events scheduled throughout the year on Friday nights and periodically on Sundays joining the High School teens. Only a desire to share your faith with our youth is required to participate in this ministry. Youth Ministry: High School High School Ministry offers 9 th -12 th graders a supportive faith-based community of peers and mentors and provides a place where teens can feel accepted, loved, and empowered to be Catholic disciples of Jesus Christ. Meets on Sunday evenings from 6-7:30pm and at other times for faith formation, social events, service projects and retreats. Teens also serve as teacher s aids on Wednesday Night s Faith and Fellowship for our children and Jr. High Groups. Mentors, group leaders and chaperones are needed to help build Youth Ministry in our parish community. 19

20 SERVICE MINISTRIES Action Committee This committee tackles small construction projects including painting and repairs. The projects are for the school or church that need some tender loving care. All projects are scheduled and approved by Ken Hayes, Property Manager. Please let us know of your special talents that you are willing to share. Catholic Ladies Relief Society Provides charity and assistance to those in need, supports charitable organizations, and assists the bishop and clergy in their work. Meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 9:30 am. Cemetery Office St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery is our parish cemetery. Burial in a Catholic cemetery is a reflection of our belief in eternal life. A counselor is available for pre-planning. Office hours are Monday Friday, 8:30 am-3:30pm to assist you with any questions. Friends in Faith Trained ministers visit the lonely and elderly in assisted living centers. Referrals are given for senior services available to them. Interfaith Food Ministry Coordinates entirely voluntary food supplements each week to needy families in Western Nevada County along with other community churches. No meetings. 20

21 Knights of Columbus A Catholic men s fraternal society which renders financial aid to members and their families. Fellowship is promoted through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief, public relief works and youth activities. Meets on the 1 st Tuesday in the Small Hall. Knights of Columbus: 4th Degree Color Guard members escort the Bishop when he presides at church functions and at ceremonial council and 4 th degree funerals. Meets on the 3 rd Tuesday in the Small Hall. Mercy Associates Follows the vision of Sr. Catherine McAuley to serve Jesus through works of mercy toward the poor, the sick, and the uneducated. Meets quarterly. Mt. St. Mary Parent Club Supports the school through fundraising and other community activities. Meets 3-4 times during the academic year. Mt. St. Mary Thrift Store Open Monday Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm., the store is operated by volunteers to serve the needs of the local community. Net earnings go to the support of Mt. St. Mary Academy. Volunteers are needed to help at the store with sales, receiving of good, and other supportive activities. An annual garage sale is held for larger items of furniture, appliances, etc. Young Ladies Institute Through fundraisers, support the education of seminarians, Mt. St. Mary s Academy, parish library, Living Well and other parish ministries. Meets 2 nd Tuesday, 6:00 pm, in the Small Hall. OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE PARISH Please call the parish office for more information Fertility Care/Natural Family Planning Living Well Habitat for Humanity 21

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