LectorLectors proclaim the Word of God and read the Prayers of the Faithful during Mass. The lector's role is very important to the liturgy. Lectors must be prepared to effectively proclaim the Word of God. Youth, young adults, and all others are welcome to this ministry.
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion who serve the Body of Christ at Mass and to the sick and homebound.
Boys and girls from grade 3 and above who assist the priest at the liturgy. Contact Brother Matt.
Adult Altar Servers
Adult altar servers serve the daily 7am and 9am masses. You can also be an important part of our funeral liturgies. We welcome anyone to share in this ministry. Don't be shy! Training is provided and scheduling is flexible.
Join together in song, under the talented direction of our music director Carolyn Martin. Practice is on Thursdays. Sing at Sunday Masses, as your schedule allows. Contact Carolyn Martin by email or by calling 617-268-2122.
The Religious Education Program provides for the education in the faith of our young people. Its aim is to educate them in the doctrines of the Church and to teach the life of faith as the young people prepare to receive the sacraments. Teachers are needed but there are also other ways to volunteer in these programs.
K-5 meets from 9:15 to 10:15 on Sunday mornings and attends the 10:30 Mass together. This program lasts for about 25 Sundays running from September through April.Confirmation students, grades 7 and 8, meet 8 Sundays a year from 4:15-7:00 pm. Students and volunteers attend the 6 pm Mass as a group. Energetic young adults can be a great asset to this program, providing positive role models of life in the faith.
Advises the Pastor on financial matters of the parish and school. Responsible for monitoring all income and expenses, and approving the annual budgets.
Parish Pastoral Council
The PPC is involved in most activities and programs effecting the liturgical and spiritual life of Gate of Heaven and St. Brigid Parishes.
Protecting God’s Children
All of the clergy, office staff, and every volunteer is required to attend a Virtus—Protecting God’s Children training session, an archdiocese sponsored program which teaches an awareness of those persons and situations which could endanger our children. The state also requires volunteers to submit a yearly CORI form.
Volunteers who assist people to their seat if necessary. They also take up the collection.
Flowers and Grounds
Volunteers who care for and beautify the grounds and church.
A group that serves coffee and pastry after Mass a few times a year. They also help prepare for special occasions. A great way to get to know one another is when we share food and conversation.
Liturgical Linen Service
Responsible for the preparation and care of the altar linens. This includes the washing and ironing of purificators, corporals, and altar linens.
Outreach to Homebound
Volunteer Eucharistic Ministers who bring the Eucharist to registered parishioners who are homebound.
Volunteers who coordinate social activities and gatherings of parishioners during the year.
Married Couples for Pre-Cana Program
Once a year in March, the Marriage Preparation Program, Pre-Cana, seeks to prepare engaged couples for a life long commitment in the Sacrament of Marriage. During the program, a variety of topics are presented by married couples followed by discussions. Volunteer married couples are encouraged to share their day-to-day experiences with engaged couples to help them better understand and explore aspects of married life. Due to the size of this program, many married couples are needed in order to make it effective. Please consider being a part of this very important ministry. Training will be provided.
Occasionally we need help in the parish assisting with offices tasks or organizing special mailings. A little time can help so much. If you can assist us in these important projects, your time and energy would be greatly appreciated..
This group cleans Gate of Heaven Church twice a year. For many years, a few faithful parishioners have handled this big task. Some "Keepers" also help in the ordering, cleaning, and basic upkeep of the altar linens, sacred vessels, candles, and bread and wine. This group also assists in decorating for Christmas and Easter.
St. Martha Guild
At St Brigid Parish, every few months, parishioners are asked to help with the dusting and cleaning of the church. It is very important to polish the beautiful wood in the altar area. We welcome everyone to assist in this very important role. It is also a good way for families to get together and help out in our parishes. If you can assist in anyway please consider volunteering for this service. Members of this group also help decorate for Christmas and Easter.
South Boston Catholic Academy 1000 Club
1000 A Month Club meets every first Sunday after the 10:30am mass to offer coffee, donuts, and a raffle for our parish. The money raised supports South Boston Catholic Academy. Our club could use your assistance either with helping to run the raffle or simply to join in buying a number and enjoying an hour of fun.