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Parish Ministries

Senior Outreach Ministry

As St. Christopher's Parish grows older an increasing number of our senior are finding it hard to join us for Sundays. Some feel they are becoming disconnected - staying mostly in their home or apartment - alone.

We have formed a team of trained parish volunteers who wish to help our older members remain connected.

Our volunteers are offering to visit or call once a week.

They are helping to provide an opportunity for our less mobile seniors to catch on parish activities, share and enrich their faith life and perhaps discuss other subjects of interest.

If you are a senior who might be interested in having a parish volunteer call or visit once a week, or, if you are a family member who would like to refer a senior from our parish to this program, please contact:

Sue Merko at 905-822-1171

YOUTH MINISTRY:

EDGE & Jr. EDGE

EDGE (Gr.6-8) and Jr. EDGE (Gr.3-5)  is an elemntary school ministry that meets every Thursday in the church hall during the school year.

EDGE/Jr. EDGE provides a safe, fun environment for youth to find a solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way. EDGE/Jr. EDGE nights usually consist of a gathering game or icebreaker, praise and worship, teaching, small group discussions, and social activities. There is a snack provided on each EDGE night. The EDGE/Jr. EDGE) program runs from October to June and the program fee $30 per child. 

Lifeteen

Life Teen is a high school (grades 9-12) ministry that takes place every other Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the church hall during the school year. 

Life Teen is a Eucharist-centered movement within the Roman Catholic Church, Life Teen leads high school teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. With the Blessed Virgin Mary as our intercessor and guide, Life Teen seeks to unleash the fullness of the Sacramental power present within the young Church. Life nights consist of a gathering, praise and worship, teaching, small group discussions, social activities, prayer and, reflection time. Life Teen runs from the end of September to June. During the summer months, we get together for outdoor activities, The Steubenville Conference and Life Teen camp. 

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School, VBS for short, is a week-long day camp that is held in the church hall in July.
For a week your child will be immersed in various themed activities that focus on God and His love for us. Every year VBS is themed specifically around a different Bible verse so no two VBS' are the same. 
The program runs from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The morning portion is all about the social teachings and hand-on activities. The afternoon portion is all about playing sports, fellowship, and sportsmanship. Throughout the day your child will meet new friends and deepen their relationships with each other, the leaders and most of all with Jesus. 
Children are asked to bring their own lunches, snacks and water bottles for the day. 
Links will be available here for campers and volunteers.

Eucharistic Ministry:

​Eucharistic ministers also called Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, help priests to prepare and to serve the Eucharist, Holy Communion at Mass. The Eucharist is the Sacred Sacrament, which for Catholics becomes the body and blood of Christ with a priest's consecration of communion bread and wine. As a Eucharistic minister, you will be placed on a rotating schedule at the mass you regularly attend.

Liturgical Ministries:

Lectors
Lectors are needed for all masses on Saturday and Sunday. Lectors prepare and proclaim God's Word for assigned liturgies (may include General Intercessions). 
As a lector, you will be put onto a fixed schedule for the Mass you regularly attend. They will also be asked to help with special Liturgical celebrations (Christmas, The Easter Triduum, Easter Vigil)

If you are interested in this ministry and are fully initiated into the Catholic Faith (have received Confirmation), please contact Lynn Brown.

 
Ministers of Hospitality are people who help usher and greet the congregation. 
As a minister of hospitality, you help create a climate of warmth, welcome and belonging by, help ushering parishioners in a courteous manner, collect donations and donation envelopes, and hand out the weekly bulletins. 
If you are interested in this ministry please contact the Parish Office. 

Altar Servers are boys and girls who are in grades three and higher, and they have made their First Reconciliation and their First Communion. Becoming an Altar Server is a great way to learn more about our faith and liturgies. 
Training is provided and they will be placed onto a rotating schedule to serve at the weekend mass they normally attend. They will also be asked to help serve at Confirmation and special Liturgical celebrations (Christmas, The Easter Triduum, Easter Vigil, Easter.) 

Choirs
St. Christopher's Parish consists of two choirs, one at 10:00 a.m. mass (mature singers) and one at 12:00 p.m. (youth singers and instrumentalists). 
Aside from singing at Sunday Mass, you will be required to attend choir practice. 
If you are interested and are committed to joining any of the two choirs please leave your name and contact information with the Parish Office or approach the choir director at the mass you normally attend. 

Liturgy of the Word for Children

The Liturgy of the Word for Children is a program in which the Sunday Scripture readings are proclaimed and explained on a level appropriate to children in grades K-6 during the school year. All children are welcome. 
Volunteers are always needed, for volunteer opportunities please contact the Parish office.

ORGANIZATIONS:

Legion Of Mary: Friday Mornings in the JC Room at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday evenings in the JC room at 7:00 p.m.

Knights of Columbus: Fourth Monday of the month in the parish hall at 8:00 p.m.

Bible Sharing: Wednesday mornings in the JC room at 9:30 - 11:15 a.m. Mid-September through May.

Catholic Mother's Group: Second Wednesday of the month in the Msgr. Hickey Lounge at 7:30 p.m. Contact: paola@catholicmomsgroup.com

Rosary Apostolate: If you are interested in teaching students how to pray The Rosary, please contact the Parish Office. 

Religious Books and Articles Store: Open after the Saturday 5:00 p.m. Mass and all Sunday Masses.

The Compass: The parish community of St. Christopher supports and works with The Compass to help those who are in need. The food bank and outreach center located in Port Credit, serving the areas south of the QEW, between Winston Churchill Blvd. and Etobicoke Creek.