Ministries

Ways to offer Time and Talent at St. Francis de Sales
For more information, contact the church office at (713) 774-7475

Altar Servers/Acolitos

Pope John Paul II in an address to Altar Servers once said that “The altar server occupies a privileged place in the liturgical celebration…you are much more than simple “helpers of the parish priest….you are servers of Jesus Christ, the eternal High Priest.”The Catholic Christian community has the responsibility to render guidance and assistance to families in training their children in living the faith daily and creating an atmosphere in the domestic Church for faith and love to grow and flourish.  Infant Baptism Team(s) consisting of clergy and laity welcome families into the community and guide them in ongoing formation.  Infant Baptism Preparation Classes are offered several times a year.  The team(s) also help out at the baptism ceremony.  Teams are needed on a rotating basis.  On the job training plus opportunities to participate in diocesan offered workshops.

The ministry of server requires many hours of training and dedication. We are proud of the faithfulness and generosity of our parish altar servers. We extend heartfelt thanks to these wonderful girls and boys and their families.

Boy and girls over the age of ten who wish to train for this ministry are invited to call the parish office for more information.

 

 

Bazaar Committee

Always in need of volunteers for booths on Bazaar Day in May.  Also need volunteers for functions prior to Bazaar Day.  To get involved, call the parish office.

Catholic Woman’s Organization (CWO)

All parish women, both single and married, speakers of any language, 18 years of age and older, are members.  Become active in this group that serves the parish in the areas of baptism, sacristy maintenance, and family assistance in times of death and serious illness. Aid with general parish receptions. Enjoy community with parish women through educational, spiritual, social and service opportunities. Cooperate with and support other parish organizations for the benefit of the parish. Support the activities of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, of which CWO is an affiliate.

Daughters of the King

An Order for Women who are devoted to Prayer, Service, and Evangelism.  Open to all Catholic women wanting to be of service to our Parish Community.  Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  For more information please contact: Hope Gassett, phone number 713.774.1489 and email hopegassett@hotmail.com.  Coming soon - calendar of events for next year.

Eucharistic Ministers/Ministros de Eucaristia

Appointed by the Pastor.  Training provided.

Finance Council

Persons with fiscal experience in the management of large budgets advise the Pastor on parish financial matters.

Funerals/Funerales

The responsibility for the ministry of consolation rests with the believing community, which heeds the words and example of the Lord Jesus: ‘Blessed are they who mourn; they shall be consoled’ (Mt. 5:3).  Each Christian shares in their ministry according to the various gifts and offices in the Church.”  (OCF #9).

In order to bring support and strength to those who suffer the loss of those whom they love, volunteers are needed to assist family and clergy with some of the routine tasks.  Such assistance may allow members of the family to devote time to planning the funeral rites with the priest and other ministers and may give the family time for prayer and mutual comfort.

Golden Circle Seniors

All Seniors are invited to participate in spiritual, educational, and social activities.

Knights of Columbus

Catholic men who speak any language are invited to join an organization dedicated to promoting the concepts of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism.  Picnics, dances, parties, athletic events and spiritual activities promote family involvement.  Knights support priests, the Catholic Church, and community causes.

Lectors/Lectores

Proclaim scripture at liturgies.  Training provided.

Legion de Maria

For information or to volunteer, contact the church office.

Liturgy Committee

Volunteer to serve as a Sacristan (Mass set-up) or to launder purificators a few times a year by calling the parish office at 713-774-7475.

Maintenance

To volunteer, contact our pastor, Father Wayne Wilkerson.

Building and Grounds Committee

Offer your expertise for quarterly inspections of the physical facilities to formulate recommendations for upkeep.

Music Ministry

Choir members, cantors, guitarists, flute and other instrumentalists are always needed.

Nursery

Donations of cleaning supplies, snacks, and children’s books are always welcome.

Parish School

Volunteers are needed in several areas.  Senior citizens may volunteer in a mentoring program.  Contributions for financial assistance to needy students are always welcome.

Pastoral Council

Advise pastor on a variety of pastoral issues.

Perpetual Adoration

Please join us for perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel from Monday, following the 8:15 a.m. mass and continuing through the week until Friday at 12 Midnight.

Prayer and Spirituality

Adorers for Adoration of the Lord present in the Eucharist in our chapel are always needed.  Call for times available.

Grupo de Oracion

All in need of prayer are welcome to gather in the presence of the Lord in the chapel after the 7 pm Spanish Mass on Monday nights.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

For information or to volunteer contact the church office.

Religious Education

Volunteer to answer the phone and stuff envelopes in the RE office.  Donations of office supplies are always welcome.

Respect Life/Gabriel Project

Join others who coordinate pro-life activities between the Parish and the Diocese.  Provide material assistance for needy mothers and their babies.

Samahang Pinoy of SFDS

We are a social club that is non-profit under the SFDS parish that is primarily composed of Filipinos whose goal is to preserve the Filipino culture and provide service to the SFDS parish community. Our activities include participation in parish activities such as Annual Bazaar, Gala, Intl Food Festival, Simbang Gabi, Ministries Fair, Filipino Ushers, altar servers and choir every first Sunday of the month, Christmas caroling, Bingo and others. If you would like to join or for more information, please email us at SamahangPinoyOfSFDS@gmail.com.

School Board (Formerly the School Commission)

Tell your friends about our school.  Financial contributions are always welcome.

School Foundation

Established to build an endowment fund to help support elementary Catholic education in the parish.  The Pastor appoints Board members.

Scouts

Become involved in Scouts.  Donations of camping and scouting equipment are always welcome. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Crew 80 programs available.

Sponsor Couples

If you would like to volunteer, contact the church office.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Volunteers, especially Spanish speakers, are needed to visit with families who are seeking assistance.  Donations of furniture, appliances, and money are always welcome.  Please pray for the busy volunteers.

Little Rock Bible Study

This study strives for a deeper understanding of scripture.

Ushers & Greeters/Acomodadores

Men and women high school age and older are invited to serve as ushers.  Ushers provide helpful assistance in welcoming and seating people at Mass.  They gather the collection and perform other tasks as requested by the pastor.

Wedding Coordination

Volunteers needed to help the couple and the wedding entourage in the celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony.

Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministry

Watch the Bulletin for opportunities to volunteer or call the church office.