Ministries and Organizations
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Adult Altar Servers
Adult altar servers - men and women - are needed to assist the priest during funeral Masses. Volunteers are called on a rotating basis; time commitment is minimal.
Altar Servers - Youth
Youth altar servers assist the priest on weekday evenings and Sunday Masses, Holy Days and other special liturgical events in the church. All boys and girls in grade 4 and above are eligible to serve Mass, and are encouraged to consider this important ministry in our church worship. Periodically, new altar servers are trained in proper style and conduct.
Altar Server Committee
On a rotating basis, committee members make reminder calls to servers for the week.
The members of this committee assist families in planning funeral liturgies. They lead prayer services at the funeral home the day before funerals, attend funeral liturgies, and mail condolence cards to members of the parish who have lost a loved one and coordinate an annual memorial Mass with a small reception.
Bereavement - Resurrection Choir
The Resurrection Choir is a group of faithful volunteers who support the bereaved by singing at parish funeral liturgies. This choir is open to anyone who wishes to minister in a most pastoral way to those who are grieving. No rehearsal required.
Two annual drives provide an opportunity for parishioners to contribute blood to the Central Blood Bank of Pittsburgh. The Blood Bank is set up in Benedict Hall in January and mid-summer.
The Book Club is open to women of all ages who enjoy readig and have a desire to grow in faith. The group reads books, short stories, articles, and sometimes watches videos with a moral theme, all of which leads to a lively and interesting discussion. It is a joyful group with a sense of community who share a deep love of God. The book club meets the second Monday of each month from 10:00 AM to noon.
Catholic Men's Fellowship
The mission of the Catholic Men's Fellowship is a response to the call of Pope John Paul II for a new evangelization, particularly the reinvigorations of faith among Catholic men. We have two groups who meet twice monthly - one at 7:00pm on Wednesdays and one at 7:00am on Saturdays. This is an opportunity to re-experience the spiritual awakening we originally received at Baptism, to see opportunities for faith formation and to teach men how to proactively support their faith at the family, parish and community levels. Men of 18 years and older and of all walks of life are invited to enjoy this wonderful opportunity for fellowship. Catholic Men's Fellowship is a private association of the laity operating and functioning in accordance with the Code of Canon Law and has the endorsement of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Like other groups of Catholic Men's Fellowship, our resource is the workbook entitled Signposts, Catholic Catechism and the Bible.
Assist in counting and preparing the weekly collections for deposit at the bank. Time committment is approximately two hours once a month on Monday morning.
St. Winifred Early Learning Center (ELC) is an extended-day childcare facility for preschool-age students attending Mount Lebanon Montessori School on the St. Winifred Parish campus. We offer a nurturing social, educational, and spiritual environment where young children can express their individuality and creativity through developmentally appropriate activities and experiences. Children of all faiths are welcome. Hours of operation are 8:00 am. to 6:00 pm. Monday through Friday from September through May. The ELC is located on the second floor of the O'Shea Center.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers share their faith by distribution of the Eucharist on Sundays and Holy Days. They also take the Eucharist to individuals at the Baptist Home and homebound members of the parish.
The message of Jesus Christ and His Church is offered to the whole community with age appropriate methods.Through a mix of formal and informal settings our community can learn about the love of God through His Word and Sacraments so all can share that love with one another. Faith Formation includes the preparation for Sacraments for all ages, Family Catechesis and activities, Vacation Bible School and adult spiritual and educational opportunities. Topics and times are advertised in the bulletin and in announcements during Mass.
St. Winifred Faith Formation Program is a whole family-based process for supporting, encouraging and offering the tools for parents to share their Catholic Faith with their children. We gather the families once a month and the children in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade have the opportunity to go to a classroom with their peers to learn about and discuss the faith theme of the day. Parents remain in Benedict Hall for enrichment, support, prayer and discussion on a faith theme. Students do have a book and parents receive a packet for each month that outlines pages and discussion questions for at home. We understand that the value of living our Catholic Faith is shared through the home and we as Church community support the families in this important mission of parenting. Our family sessions are generally the 1st Sunday and 1st Wednesday of the month, October through May.
Faith Formation Team
The team's purpose is to encourage and support our parish community; to deepen their understanding of our Catholic Faith so they can live out their Baptismal Mission to love and serve one another.
Faith formation - Junior High and S.W.A.T. Team
St. Winifred is a great place for teens. Its various activities make it a fun and relaxing environment for youth to celebrate in their faith.
Junior High Faith Formation - for 7th and 8th graders includes two parts. The first part is a two-year Confirmation preparation program with classes done in the Family Catechesis program. Students gather in the O'Shea Center for a discussion on their age level. The second part includes engaging service projects as well as social events. A calendar of events comes out for each season.
S.W.A.T. Team -(Saint Winifred Awesome Teens) The S.W.A.T. Team, a diverse group of teens, can be found at the top of the O'Shea Center, known as the youth room, fostering substantial values and lasting life skills. Meetings are held the first three Sundays of each month and outings occur often. Each time we meet, we encompass spiritual, service, and social activities which all can enjoy. Come visit for a source positive energy, and enrichment in the Catholic Faith, a connection with peers, good food, and a great time!
Family Promise is an organization that helps families who have lost everything, including their homes, to start over again. The goal of Family Promise is to enable these families to achieve lasting independence in society. St. Winifred is working with St. Anne Parish to achieve this goal. Our parish will provide a meal, companionship, tutorship and relaxation time for homeless families 6 times each year.
The Parish Finance Council is comprised of parishioners who advise and assist the pastor in administering the temporal affairs of the parish. Through their discussions and meetings they also work with the Pastoral Staff and Pastoral Council to effectively use and manage the parish resources.
The members of the Fish Fry organize the very popular Fish Fry held during Lent. The Fish Fry begins on Ash Wednesday and continues every Friday evening during the Lenten season. It is a very social gathering with children's activities and a chance to meet and greet friends and neighbors in the warm, welcoming atmosphere of Benedict Hall.
The Saint Winifred Food Pantry is funded and operated by a coalition of eight churches: Saint Anne, Saint Bernard, Saint Germaine, Saint John Capistran, Saint Louise de Marillac, Saint Norbert, Saint Thomas More, and Saint Winifred. It survives primarily through donations and food drives by members of these churches and the generosity of numerous Protestant churches and organizations throughout the local communities. The Food Pantry is open on Wednesday and Saturday from 10:00 - 11:00 am. Food is delivered to shut-ins on Saturdays. A 24-hour answering machine will take messages; call 412-343-1915.
An informal group of individuals who maintain the garden spaces on the parish grounds. Individuals who enjoy planting and gardening are welcome to lend a hand with this beautiful ministry.
The ministry of Hospitality is a diverse group of parishioners who welcome and greet all of the people as they prepare to gather for worship. They are the first to offer hospitality on behalf of our Saint Winifred Parish family. The greaters pass out worship aides for the liturgy and are readily available to provide basic parish information.
Hands of Love Ministry
The Saint Winifred Hands of Love Ministry is a group of knitters and crocheters who meet twice a month in the O'Shea Center to create chemo caps, prayer shawls, lap robes, baby hats and booties and socks for those in need. No experience necessary, they are willing to teach anyone interested even if they have never knitted or crocheted before. Hands of Love meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month.
Joy of Belonging (J.O.B.)
A welcoming committee for new parishioners which organizes a bi-yearly gathering and creates welcome boxes for them. This is a great way to meet new parishioners and help them experience the "Joy of Belonging".
The Lectors are a diverse group of parishioners ranging from high school students to the retired. Lectors read during the Liturgy of the Word at Mass as wwell as various other liturgies including the Stations of the Cross during Len. While many lectors have experience with public speaking prior to becoming a lector; others develop their natural abilities with this ministry.
Liturgical Life Committee
The role of this committee is to enhance the experience of Jesus Christ through our parish liturgical celebrations and to encourage spiritual growth as a faith family. The committee is comprised of the pastor and parishioners who wish to actively participate in the planning and spiritual development of the liturgical life at Saint Winifred.
This group offers men a variety of opportunities to serve the parish and to participate in the social functions of its members. The primary activity of the club is to provide ushers for the Masses and other services in the church. The men meet in the O'Shea Center on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 8:00 pm. and a social follows.
Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS)
An opportunity for mothers of our parish to become more aware of their inner sacredness while learning new ways to inspire, encourage and affirm one another. MOMS meets 2 times a year; Fall and Spring.
Every Tuesday morning at 7:00 am. all women of the parish are welcome and every Thursday morning at 6:30 am. all men are invited to pray morning prayer. They meet in the O'Shea Chapel. Please come and join them in prayer.
Monthly Coffee and Doughnuts
St. Winifred extends a welcome to all parishioners at attend the monthly Coffee and Donuts which is held the third Sunday of each month -September through May- in the O'Shea Center after the 10:30 Mass. This is an opportunity for gathering, meeting, and socializing with old and new parishioners. Volunteers to help host a coffee are always welcome.
Recognizing that vibrant music in Catholic Liturgy is vital to a vibrant worship experience, Saint Winifred Parish is blessed with many volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to this mission. Our Music Ministry is comprised of several choirs, with each group supporting the "song of the assembly," providing special music leadership, when needed, and offering instrumental or choral music that reflects the meditative prayer of a particular Sunday or season. For further information and discussion on any area music ministry, please contact Parish Director of Music Ministries, Dianne Falvo at 412-344-5010.
Music Ministry - Christmas Children's Choir
Children in Grades 1 - 3 are invited to sing with the Youth Choir at the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass (4:30pm.). They rehearse three weeks prior to Chirstmas on Wednesdays from 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm in the Hrico Room or in church.
Music Ministry - Youth Choir
Youth Choir is a seasonal choir for children in Grades 4-6 that ministers at special liturgies, such as Christmas Eve, First Communion, Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day. Presently the group rehearses on Wednesdays, 5:30-6:15pm in the Hrico Room.
Music Ministry - Contemporary Group
Ministering at the 4:30 pm. Saturday Mass, this group includes piano, keyboard, guitar, flute, violin and choir but always welcomes other interested players and singers. Their repertoire is primarily contemporary Catholic and Christian Music. Membership: High School and older. Rehearsals: 7:00-8:30 pm. The group practices one hour before mass.
Music Ministry - Instrumentalists
Various instrumentalists or groups of instrumentalists are formed and used at special liturgies throughout the year. Examples would be trumpets, brass quartet, flutes, slute trio, saxophone, percussion, and strings. Players must be Middle School age or older. Rehearsals are scheduled on an "as needed" basis. Music opportunities also exist for handbells and hand chimes, which are used seasonally.
Music Ministry- Teen Music Ministry
The Teen Music Ministry is growing and ongoing music opportunity for students in grades 7-12. Junior and Senior Cantors along with various instrumental comprise this exciting component of our parish warship. They minister at select Sunday liturgies as well as special liturgies throughout the year. On occasions they may minister with the Contemporary ensemble or with the Traditional Choir. Rehearsals are scheduled on an "as needed" basis on Sundays from 11:45am-1:00pm in the Church.
Teen Cantors must be interviewed and approved by the Director of Music. A list of Cantor duties and requirements will be provided upon request. There are two groups Junior Cantors- grades 6-8 and Senior Cantors grades 9-12. Junior Cantors must sing with a Senior Cantor or as part of a small group. Senior Cantors may lead the worship on their own. Rehearsals are coordinated and scheduled with the Director of Music.
Teen Instrumentalists may play individually or in a group for a Sunday or seasonal liturgies at the approval and discretion of the Director of Music. Rehearsals are held on an "as needed" basis.
Music Ministry - Traditional Choir
Ministers every Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. Mass, September through May, as well as for Christmas, Holy Week and special occasions. Their wide range of repertoire includes classical and traditional choral anthems as well as gospel and contemporary pieces. Membership: High School and older. Rehearsal: Thursday 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Hrico Room.
With parishioners support, the mission of the Outreach Committee is to reach out to help worthy charities and also our own missionary priests, Fr. Dennis Koltz and Fr. John Takyi, in their work. Funds for this ministry are received from the monthly Parish Outreach collection which occurs the first Sunday of each month. The committee can give grants up to $3,000 once specific needs and cost is requested and has approved by the committee. Parishioners are invited to participate in this work by their referrals. Forms to request Outreach funding are available at the Rectory.
Members of the parish are called forth to create a Pastoral Council. The pastoral council is a consultative body who meets with the pastor as a leadership body that engages processes that craft creative plans for the future of a viable and vibrant parish. They also collaborate with the Pastoral Staff and Finance Council to share the data of the parish, discern and affirm the Parish Mission and Pastoral plan.
Pre-Marriage preparation session are for engages couples planning to be married in the Catholic Church. The session provide both an overview of God's design of joy in marriage and some practical skills for bringing this about. Opportunities are provided for each couple to reflect and discuss the topics raised during the sessions. St. Winifred offers Pre-Cana classes every year in October, Contact Dana Mahr to register. This year dates September 30th (7-9:00PM) and October 1st (9:30AM - 4PM).
Volunteers are married couples who help prepare engaged couple to receive the Sacrament of Marriage through Pre-Cana preparation session which is held yearly in October
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
RCIA is a program for our Catholic Church community to introduce new members to the Church. It is an ongoing invitation to come, explore, and learn about the teaching of Jesus and His Church. A parish team leads the weekly meetings of the candidataes. No commitment to become Roman Catholic is required of those who participate. Rather, each person is encouraged to seek with the other participants and the team the truth of Jesus Christ and His Church with open mind and heart.
Safe Environment Program
To help all who come to Saint Winifred Parish know they are at a place of safety and peace, all staff and adult volunteers comply with the Catholic Conference of American Bishops directives in ensuring a safe environment. Through an educational workshop and clearances, we can assure our community and neighborhood we are doing all we can to be a safe and welcoming place.
Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS)
An association of lay persons who live according to the spirit of the Order of Discalced Carmelites, but who do not leave their secular state of life. The Carmelite vocation is to live in the world "an evangelical life of fraternal communion instilling with the spirit of contemplative prayer and apostolic zeal according to the example and teaching of the Carmelites saints" especially Saint Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, and Therese of Lisieux. The members meet on the second Sunday of each month in the O'Shea Center at 10:30 a.m. All those who feel called to live the spirituality of Carmel are most welcome.
Small Faith Groups
Gather in small groups on the parish campus or in individual homes to discuss faith topics. Meeting times and readings vary with each group. Call the Rectory for information on joining an existing group or for guidance in establishing a new Small Faith Group.
Small Faith Group - Friday Morning
Praises and thanks God in song, prayer and teaching of His Word. Meets every Friday morning from 9:45-11:00 a.m. in the O'Shea Center. Everyone is welcome.
St. Vincent DePaul Society
The Society of St. Vincent DePaul provides short term emergency assistance on a case by case basis. Assistance is discreet and confidential and clients are treated with the utmost dignity. Anyone in need of help, who lives within the geographic boundaries of Saint Winifred Parish, may apply for assistance by calling the Rectory. The committee meets Mondays each month and as needed.
Ultreya is a meeting of friendship groups and those who have made the Curcillo weekend. A regular meeting is composed of group reunions and the witness talks in a structured format describing how Christ is working in their lives. The conversation links these people together in a visible Curcillo community. The Ultreya encompasses all parishes in the South Hills. Ultreya meets bi-monthly in the Hrico Room.
The Ministry of Ushers is important to our parish as they welcome, assist and are present to help with the needs of those who come to our Eucharistic celebrations. The only time commitment for this ministry is presence at Mass where the ushers assist in critical tasks during the service.
Vacation Bible School
Children from age 4 to Grade 4 are invited to participate in a week of fun, faith and adventure. Vacation Bible School is usually the third week of June from 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. We gather together to hear stories, sing songs, play games, have snack and make a craft that goes along with the theme for the day. The children are actively engaged the entire time. Youth in Grades 5 - 12 are invited to help with the children in a variety of different ways. This years dates are June 20-24, 2016
Assist the bride and groom and their families on the day of their wedding.
We are women of St. Winifred Parish coming together in Faith, Fellowship and Spiritual Unity for the purpose of supporting our parish and each other. We do this through prayer, reflection, devotion to Mary our Blessed Mother and projects which benefit the church community. All to give glory and praise to God who blesses us every day.