St. Charles Borromeo - What we have, what we do


To ask questions or join a ministry, contact Karen Miller Karen@stcharlesborromeo.org


AN INVITATION FOR NEW MEMBERS: Meet members of the parish by participating in a one-time activity, and if you feel called, you may continue

Hospitality: Come early to Mass one Saturday or Sunday to greet people and hand out worship aids.
After-Mass Donuts: Help serve refreshments after the 7:30 or 9:30 a.m. Masses.
Gardening: Choose a Saturday to help weed or plant on church grounds (second Saturday of the month).
Children’s Worship (CLW): Observe one Sunday, or help the children get to and from the Keeley Center safely.
Serve breakfast: Help the Men’s Club serve pancakes at their pancake breakfast.
Call us: Talk to one of the staff about getting engaged in parish life and ministries.

GET CONNECTED: Join a Group or Ministry

Small Faith Sharing Group: Join a small group at the day and time that is convenient for your schedule.
Men’s Faith Sharing Group: Join a men’s faith-sharing group.
Young Adult Ministry: Meet Tuesday nights for food, conversation, friendship, and faith sharing.
Discipulos de Jesus: Join our Friday night prayer group in Spanish.
Meditation: Spend an hour in silent meditation at one of two Monday evening groups.
RCIA: Explore what it means to become a Catholic or prepare for confirmation and first Eucharist.
Grief Support: Receive support after the loss of a loved one.
Senior Singles: Gather monthly for dinner and fellowship at Livermore restaurants .
Women in God’s Spirit (WINGS): Gather weekly to hear inspirational and educational speakers and share faith with other women.

LITURGY: Ministries you will experience at Mass on the weekend

Eucharistic Minister:
Distribute the body and blood of Christ during liturgy.
Lector: Proclaim the Scriptures for the assembly during the Liturgy of the Word.
Hospitality: Greet, collect the offering, count the assembly, ensure that worship is calm, seat latecomers, assist newcomers.
Servers: Assist the presider during the liturgy. (Both adults and young people are welcome.)
Music: Join our music ministry as a cantor, choir member, or instrumentalist.
Sound and Livestream: Manage the sound board or the videos during Mass.
Children’s Worship: Children up to fifth grade join together for worship during the 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Masses.
Preschool Ministry: Our young members gather together on Sunday during the 9:30 a.m. Mass.
Childcare: Babysitting is available for children ages one to three.

PREPARING FOR LITURGY

Environment: Decorate the church for holidays and seasons.
Altar Setup: Refresh the holy water in the chapel; set up wine and bread for weekend liturgy.
Altar Linens: Wash, iron, and bleach linens used during Mass.

PARISH FELLOWSHIP: Groups who gather for faith sharing, mutual support, and fun

Age of Grace and Wisdom Senior Lunch: Enjoy our senior potluck lunch on the third Wednesday of the month.
New Member Lunch: Join our pastor and staff to hear about the parish and meet other new members. (This lunch is offered quarterly.)
After-Mass Donuts: Fellowship with our community after the 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. Masses, a chance to meet new friends and enjoy a donut, coffee, and juice.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Address local and global systemic causes of suffering

Open Heart Kitchen: Serve lunch or dinner (first Tuesday of the month), lunch (second Wednesday) or dinner (fourth Wednesday) to homeless, seniors, and families.
Santa Rita Prison: Pray with and talk to inmates.
Backpacks: Organize, fill, and distribute backpacks for needy children in Livermore (during the summer).
Food distribution: Resource food pantries and other direct services housing agencies, or shelters.
Livermore Homeless Refuge: Help staff the shelter, November 1 through April 30 during inclement weather.
Giving Tree: Provide 600 Christmas gifts to families and convalescent home residents.
Social Concerns Committee: Manage our tithing funds, sponsor annual projects, connect us to social justice issues
Family to Family: Participate with a team of parishioners to mentor a needy family to self-sufficiency.
Going Green: Work on a team to encourage parish practices that care for the environment.

CARE MINISTRIES: For those who are ill or have experienced loss

Hospital Ministry: Bring Eucharist to those who are in hospitals or other care facilities.
Homebound: Visit and bring Eucharist to the sick in their homes.
Amazing Graces: Host funeral receptions.
Meals Ministry: Bring meals to parishioners for the short-term, after surgery, birth, or death.

PRAYER: Group prayer experiences outside of Mass

Prayer Chain: (Be added to the email list) Receive a weekly email listing people for whom prayer is requested.
Intercessory Prayer Group: Meet on Tuesday morning to pray for the needs of the parish.

SOCIAL EVENTS:

Socials: Create, schedule, and manage yearly parish social events.
Men’s Club: Sponsor fundraising and social events intended to provide financial assistance for any ministry needing support, such as youth ministry or choir.

TECHNOLOGY: Teams that develop web, social media, and sound for the parish

Website: Assist with web design, coding, and maintenance.
Social Media: Maintain and monitor Twitter and Facebook accounts.

FAITH FORMATION MINISTRIES: Spiritual formation and education for all ages

K-5 Faith Formation: These classes are offered on Tuesday and Wednesday to help children know and practice their faith in Jesus.
Children’s Sacraments: Children prepare for first Eucharist, reconciliation (ages 7+), and baptism (7+) .
Vacation Bible School: Kids and teens attend a week-long theme-centered Bible camp in the summer. Great fun!
Youth Ministry/Teen Confirmation: Teens meet Sunday morning and Monday and Wednesday evenings.
Adult Sacrament Preparation, RCIA: Non-Catholic adults prepare for membership in the church.
SPRED (Special Religious Education): Catechists share faith with those who have developmental disabilities.
Family Group: Families meet twice a month on Sunday morning in the Keeley Center as an alternative to Faith Formation.
Office Help: Assist with administrative work in the Faith Formation office.

FACILITIES AND MAINTENANCE: Care for our buildings, storage, gardens, etc.

Facilities Committee: Keep our physical plant in good order, renovate and repair, create a plan for the future.
Gardening Angels: Gardeners manage seasonal planning and planting (second Saturday of the month).

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