of the Most Holy Rosary is blessed with many individuals that willingly
give of their time to help others. Following is a list of our
current ministries and organizations. Please check each
bulletin for updated information or call the office with questions
about whom to contact.
ADULT ALTAR SERVERS--
This ministry primarily provides servers for funerals. Contact: Joe Madrak (570-648-2997).ALTAR LINENS
ministry is responsible for the laundering of the finger towels and
purificators used at Mass on a monthly basis.
Contact: Tammy Hodder (570-672-2823) or Mary Ziarkoski (570-672-2678).
ministry is for children grades 3 to 12 who serve the
priest at Mass and other parish liturgies. Training is given as needed.
Contact: Father Joe.
cantor leads, inspires and
prayerfully animates the assembly to sing forth God’s praises at each
also aid in teaching new music to the congregation.
cantors must have a pleasant voice, project well, and, ideally, read
music. Candidates should be at least 13 years of
Cantors are chosen after auditioning with a selection
Contact: Beth Bembenek (570-672-3006).
made up of persons who possess the
requisite musical skills and a commitment to the established schedule
of rehearsals and liturgies. Choir members meet weekly on
Wednesday at 7 PM from September to June for a practice session of
approximately one hour. The choir sings periodically at
Masses, special feasts and celebrations, and at parish
funerals. Contact: Anne Rutkowski.
ministry works with children to provide music for Christmas Eve Mass
(cantoring, solos, and as part of the Nativity Tableau).
practice sessions will be provided. Contact: Anne Rutkowski.
—This ministry provides more contemporary music at Mass on an occasional basis. Contact: Meg
choir is made of individuals with more
advanced musical knowledge and skills and sings for special
occasions. Contact: Patricia Wondoloski (570-672-2516).
ministry proclaims the Word of God at parish liturgies. The
requirements are that a person be comfortable
speaking in public and have a good reading voice. Instruction
provided. Contact: Father Joe.
EVENING PRAYER & BENEDICTION
—Contact: Father Joe.
adoration of the exposed Blessed Sacrament takes place on the first
Saturday of each month from 6 PM to 10 PM. Contact: Walt Summers
MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
—This ministry helps the priest
distributing Holy Communion at Mass. Diocesan requirements
this ministry include being in good standing in the Church, faithful to
Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligations, a commitment to the schedule and
love of the Eucharist. Candidates must be approved by the
pastor. Contact: Father Joe.
important group arrives ˝ hour before each Mass and cheerfully greets
parishioners and visitors to the parish. Ushers help
find seats, take up the collection, and help elderly and physically challenged
Contact Lou Odorizzi (570-898-0735) or Bob Sheetz (570-672-2708).
— Contact: Beth Graboski (570-509-2030).
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process by which adults
are received into the Catholic Church and is held on a
regional basis here in our deanery at the Saint Pauline Visintainer
Center in Kulpmont every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8
from September to May. Volunteers can either help teach the
or simply be companions with those journeying to the Catholic
Faith. Contact: Father Joe.
Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) provides opportunities for young
people to develop strong moral character, self-esteem and leadership
qualities through athletic activities. Boys and girls have
chance to be part of our different grade-level basketball
Coaches must be willing to
commit to approximately five or six hours a week. Contact: Matt Reiprish (570-672-9460).
—This ministry represents our parish in local
funds for the American Cancer Society. Various fundraisers
held through the year. Contact: Brian and Mary
—This ministry assists the pastor in working for
parishioners with disabilities. The advocate strives to
persons with disabilities to become full participants in the life of
the parish spiritually, physically and socially. The advocate
does this by promoting a spirit of invitation, welcome and
inclusion. Contact: Melissa Mrowka (570-648-0249).
—The Good Samaritans provide assistance to the
needy of our
parish and community by sending monthly greeting cards, transporting
persons to doctor appointments, running errands, making meals,
assisting with personal bills, and help with the sorting and
distributing of food at Thanksgiving. No regularly scheduled
meetings. Contact: Beth Bembenek (570-672-3006).
—Lazarus ministers assist
those mourning the death of a loved one through prayerful participation
at the funeral liturgy, calling the next of kin to offer condolences at
the time of death, and to offer any assistance on the anniversary of
the loved one’s death. No meetings or dues.
Mary Ziarkoski (570-672-2678).
is at the heart of
this ministry! The prayer chain prays for the needs of our
parishioners and those from other churches and communities.
is an excellent ministry for the homebound, for people who work, and
for the very busy. All contact is by telephone and a
written update is sent to all members. Contact:
Alice Marks (570-286-0628).
—This group takes care
of parish grounds and buildings on a seasonal basis. This
includes staking markers for snow removal, raking leaves and picking up
branches, planting flowers, cleaning out rainspouts, painting, and
doing general repair work. Other work as needed.
Contact: Tim Staniszewski in the Parish Office.
decorates the church for the different liturgical seasons.
of its responsibilities include planning, ordering flowers, gathering
needed accessories, decorating the church (usually on a tight
schedule!) clean up, maintaining live flowers by watering and pruning,
and changing altar cloths as needed. Contact: Father Joe.
—This fraternal order of
Catholic men supports the parish by providing a labor pool for the
parish, assist in cleaning and decorating the church, and other work as
needed. The Knights hold fundraisers, provide a scholarship for graduating members of our
parish, and take part in community events. All men are welcome to join
national fraternal group which meets the second Wednesday of every
at 7 PM. Contact: Patrick Sasani (firstname.lastname@example.org).
S—This ministry involves answering the phone,
writing out Mass cards, compiling letters for mailings, placing inserts
into bulletin, etc. Volunteers also enable the office to remain open on
a limited schedule while the office manager is away on vacation or out
sick. Contact: Sheila Olsheskie (570-672-2302).PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
ministry knit and crochets items to be given to anyone needing a "hug
from God." Contact: Judy Brokus (570-850-1309), Anne
Rutkowski (570-672-3228), or Barbara Valeyko (570-412-1452)..
—This ministry develops the parish website and
keeps it updated
on a weekly basis. Contact: Brian Major (webmaster).
ministry catalogs the materials in our parish library and reshelves
borrowed titles. Contact: Beth Graboski
WINE, AND PSALM
—WW&P is a women’s fellowship group open to women
of all ages of our parish. This group sponsors many events in
the parish and. meets the first Monday of the
month at 7 p.m. in the Library (September through May).
Contact: Tina Giles (570-441-6869).
—This important ministry teaches the faith to the
of our parish. Classes are held from 9:10 to 10:10 most
mornings from September to May. All teachers have aides in
classroom and are given instructional material to present the
faith. Contact: Elizabeth Graboski (570-672-2302).
group assists the CCD teacher in the classroom each Sunday morning and,
on occasion, substitutes for the teacher when needed. Classes
held from 9:10 to 10:10 most Sunday mornings from September to
May. Contact: Elizabeth Graboski (570-672-2302).
the spiritual guidance and leadership of former pastor Father Slough,
this committee distributes an annual scholarship to a student of Holy
Rosary Parish who is seeking a Catholic education. Meeting
a year, the Board of Directors is responsible for the stewardship and
distribution of scholarship funds. Contact: Mel
important group implements
the Church’s pro-life mission and teaching of upholding the sanctity
and dignity of all human life from the moment of conception until
natural death. Activities include the annual March for Life
Washington, DC; Birthright Giving Tree project in Advent; participation
in Diocesan Mass and witnessing at Hillcrest Abortion Clinic; Respect
Life Sundays; maintaining parish pro-life bulletin in vestibule of
church; supplying weekly bulletin blurbs. Adults and children
invited to join. No formal meetings at this time.
Contact: Michele and Steve Resuta (570-672-1040).
—This group caters to the parents and family members
ill youngsters who are being treated at the Geisinger Medical Center by
providing full course meals for their nourishment and
Meets approximately three hours a week every two weeks on a Wednesday
morning. There are at the present time four different
teams. Contact: Royce Surak (570-672-2248).WEDNESDAY PINOCHLE CLUB
--Contact Esther Ardan (570-672-2546).BAND TOGETHER EXERCISE
--Contact Dave Joseph (570-672-3003).ZUMBA® EXERCISE
--Contact JoEllen Gallinot (570-259-0218).ALSO ...
Food Pantry (donations accepted weekly in the vestibule); Elysburg Fuel
Assistance Fund; Pregnancy Care Center; All Home Days; Northumberland
County Children & Youth; Diocesan Vocation Programs; Boy & Girl
SOCIAL & FUNDRAISING
PARISH DINNERS & EVENTS
the year there are numerous opportunities to help before, during, and
after these activities. Contact: Sheila Olsheskie
—This annual event is held each summer.
The committee meets
in late spring to plan the menu, activities, and
Volunteers assist with food service, adult and children’s games, setup
and cleanup. Contact: Meg Yeager (570-672-1923) or Sheila Olsheskie (570-672-2302).