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Parish Life

Pastoral Council

 

St. Theresa’s Parish Pastoral Council is a consultative body which serves to identify and advise the parish priest on pastoral needs and the resources to respond to those needs in the parish. The council assists the parish priest to foster the well-being and growth of life in the parish community.

 

The main purpose of pastoral council is to investigate, reflect, and reach conclusion about pastoral matters and to make recommendations to our parish priest.

 

Pastoral Council for 2017

Christian Akpanya         Simone Bagloe 

Mary Fitzpatrick             Ross Fredericks 

Carl Gautreau                Tracy Horsley 

Rochelle Ivey                 Byron James

Leonce Savoie               Allison Wrynn

Mary-Clare White           Cathy James-Walsh 

If you have any inquiries regarding the Pastoral Council at St. Theresa’s please contact the parish office at 444-6070

Finance & Administration Council

 

Our Church lives in the world.  Its mission is to share the Good News with all peoples pastorally with care and compassion.  In order to carry out this mission we are dependent on many human gifts – time, treasure and talent.  Our Finance & Administration Council act to bring accountability and responsibility to how we best use the resources we have for the purposes of our mission as a Catholic community.

 

Members

Steve Horsley (Chair)

Laurence Holleran

Frank O'Donnell

Trish Coulson

Margot Parker

Les Clements

 

Religious Formation
“It takes a Village to raise a Child…  It takes a Faith Community to raise a child in Faith” An African proverb

 

St. Theresa’s Parish offers a wide range of Religious Formation opportunities for all ages. The Religious Formation Committees for both children and adults are committed to providing programs and resources to families and individuals to support the faith formation and growth of our parish community.

 

Kindergarten to Grade 5

 

Sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist takes place during grade 2. Baptism certificates are required.

 

Registration Form   |    View Calendar

Middle School 

Youth who regularly attend classes during grades 6 to 8 may not be required to complete  supplemental instruction prior to Confirmation Preparation.

 

Registration Form   |    View Calendar

Confirmation (Grade 9 & Up)

For you in grade 9 and up who wish to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.   Youth who are older that have missed preparation are also invited and encouraged to join. Candidates participate in various other parish and diocesan activities throughout the year.

Registration Form   |    View Calendar

Adult Faith Formation

Throughout the year parishioner will be able to participate in a variety of Adult Faith Formation opportunities. These events will be promoted in weekly bulletin and this website.  

 

 

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is an opportunity, for those interested to inquire about the Roman Catholic Church. It is directed to those who are not Catholic but wish to know more about this faith community. It’s also directed to Catholics who are returning to practice their faith or who may not have been confirmed.

 

Inquirers or those interested in being sponsors or catechists are invited to call the Rectory at 444-6070 for more information.

 

 

Children’s Word Liturgy

Held most Sundays from October to May during the 10:00 am Mass, Children’s Word Liturgy is designed for children ages 5-8. Focus is on the Sunday readings and helping the children experience the Word of God in storytelling, prayer and activity.  

 

Delivery of the weekly sessions is provided by a team of volunteers who are mainly families who have children in this age group. If you are interested in helping out with this program please contact the parish office at 444-6070.

 

 

 

Sacraments

 

Baptism

“to be baptized is to be given new birth and new life” (John 3:5)

 

Parents wanting to have children Baptized are asked to contact the parish office at 444-6070.  For first time parents there is a Baptism Preparation Class offered on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm. Parents are required to attend the class prior to the Baptism of their child. Click here to contact us for more information.

 

Confirmation

Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation begins the fall candidates are entering grade 9 and concludes with the Confirmation the following November. Youth who are older that have missed preparation are also invited and encouraged to join. Classes are held approximately once a month on Sunday evenings. Candidates also participate in various other parish and diocesan activities throughout the year including:

 

  • Participation in Confirmation celebration of current class

  • Serving at the Parish Fall  Supper

  • Attending a Confirmation Pilgrimage to the Cathedral in Saint John

  • Performance of the Passion Play on Good Friday

  • Confirmation Retreat

 

 

First Eucharist (Communion)

Preparation for the Sacrament of First Eucharist takes place during year 2 of Religious Formation. Children register in the Sunday morning program will receive preparation during class time throughout the year. Children and their families are encouraged to attend Mass regularly during this year to so that children can become familiar with the celebration of Mass and Eucharist.  

 

First Eucharist is typically celebrated on Holy Thursday (the Thursday prior to Easter Sunday) at the 7:00 pm service. The Saturday prior to Holy Thursday, students and families participate in a First Eucharist workshop.

 

Parents of children who have missed the Sacrament of First Eucharist and wish to receive preparation outside of the year 2 program are asked to contact the parish office to make arrangements.

 

 

Reconciliation

Confession is available each Saturday after the 5:00 pm Mass. Persons desiring confession at another time are invited to contact the parish office for an appointment.

 

 

First Reconciliation

Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation takes place during year 2 of Religious Formation. Children registered in the Sunday morning program will receive preparation during class time in October and November. First Reconciliation is celebrated usually on the last Saturday of November during a family afternoon retreat and celebration.

 

 

Marriage

Couples wishing to be married in the Church are asked to contact the parish office at 444-6070. Please allow at least six months for all paper work and preparation to be completed. Click here to contact us for more information. The wedding preparation process requires:

 

  •  A Pre-Nuptial Interview with the couple and the parish Priest

  •  Marriage Preparation Course

  • A current Baptism Certificate (for all Catholics).  This can be obtained from your parish of baptism. Original certificates or copies of the original certificates are not accepted.

  • Valid Province of New Brunswick Marriage License. The license must be submitted to the parish at least a week prior to the wedding.

 

Ministries

 

Hospitality

“For I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” (Matthew 23:31)

 

As a Minister of Hospitality, you will contribute to the feeling of hospitality for all who attend mass, whether they are long standing members or visitors.

 

Hospitality is the basis of the ministry. The Hospitality Minister is often the first person whom the parishioners meet when they enter the church. Your smile reflects the sincerity of the welcome from the community. Our church is characterized by warmth, friendship and hospitality, a place where all are equal before God; a place where dialogue and interaction are encouraged.  

 

For more information about this ministry please contact the hospitality coordinator Barry Miller at 454-6590.

 

Hospitality Schedule June 16 to September 8, 2019

Altar Servers

Individuals and families are invited to serve as Altar Servers during Mass times. Training for this ministry is done at different times of the year for both new servers and as a refresher for current servers. There is no age limitation for Altar Servers serving within of a family team. For individuals wanting to serve, a minimum age of 9 or 10 is recommended.  

 

For more information on becoming an Altar Server please contact Rochelle Ivey at 451-7221.

 

Altar Server Schedule June 16 to September 8, 2019

Lectors

“The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14)

 

The role of the Lector during Mass is to proclaim the first and second readings and the prayers of the faithful.  Lectors are asked to prepare for this ministry by reviewing readings in advance and arriving 15 minutes before Mass.   Training is provided at throughout the year for those interested in volunteering for this ministry.

 

For more information about becoming a Lector or to arrange to volunteer please contact the Lector coordinator Nancy Legere at 474-1332.

Lectors Schedule June 16 to September 8, 2019

Eucharistic Ministers

“This is my body” (Mark 14:22)

 

Eucharistic Ministers assist in the distribution of the Holy Communion to the community during Mass.  Training is provided to new ministers at different times throughout the year. 

 

For more information about becoming a Eucharistic Minister or to volunteer for this ministry please contact on Marg Anderson 450-4186 at or Mary Ellen Holleran at 472-3666.

Eucharistic Ministry Schedule June 16 to September 8, 2019

Music

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord all the earth; break forth into joyous songs and sing praises” (Psalm 98:4)

 

St. Theresa's Music Ministry is a varied collection of people from all walks of life, all ages and all levels of musical ability. The one common thread which binds these music ministers together is their love of music and their desire to praise through song.  We welcome people of all ages to join.  

 

It has been said that when you sing "you pray twice". The words of the sung prayer touch all of us; they are scripturally based; the composers of our music and the styles are varied. We take great care in the preparation of our music for weekend liturgies, funerals, weddings and special occasions.

 

We practice each Monday evening. (except for long weekends and holidays).


For more information on St. Theresa’s Parish Music Ministry please call Carole Linda Miller 454-6590

Sacristans

The role of the Sacristan is to prepare for the celebration of the Eucharist and to prepare for celebrations.  Sacristans are asked to arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to Mass to make the appropriate preparations for the day.

 

For more information about becoming a Sacristan please contact the parish office at 444-6070.

 

Sacristan Schedule June 16 to September 8, 2019

 

 

Development and Peace

Development and Peace (D & P) is a Canadian organization that puts into action the Social Justice Teachings of the Catholic Church.  Key principles of these teachings include Preferential Option for the Poor, the Common Good, Solidarity with the whole of creation, and the recognition of Human Dignity. 

 

In 2011, Development and Peace launched a five year plan centered on Ecological Justice.  This year, it continues this work and also supports the Caritas campaign One Human Family, Food for All launched by Pope Francis in 2013.  This global campaign is a response to the shameful fact that almost one billion people still suffer from hunger. 

 

For more information please visit www.devp.org

 

 
Outreach
 
Bereavement Team

St. Theresa’s bereavement ministry is a special lay outreach designed to console and support individuals who are mourning the death of a loved one.  At the request of family members during funeral arrangements with the Parish Priest, Prayer Services are provided usually at the funeral parlour prior to visitation on the day before the funeral and usually lasts about 15 minutes. 

 

The Bereavement Ministry is made up of individuals from all areas of the parish.  Training will be provided as needed to anyone who would like to serve in this special ministry.  If you have any question regarding the Bereavement Team please contact Jeannette Cunningham at 450-4178 or call the Parish Office at 444 -6070.

 
Share Sunday

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Heb 13:16

Share Sunday gives you the opportunity to support the Fredericton Community Food Bank and help those less fortunate than ourselves.  On the first weekend of the month parishioners are invited to bring non perishable food items to Mass.  Donations are collected at the back of the church.

 

For ideas of what is needed please visit the food banks monthly wish list at www.frederictonfoodbank.com

 
 
Organizations

Catholic Women’s League

Development and Peace

Knights of Columbus