Bevan Canale & Calvin Cedarleaf
Altar Server Ministry
Serving at Mass is a wonderful privilege for our children and youth. It is a commitment to take the time to be trained, show up on time, or find a replacement. If you have made your first Communion and would like to serve God and our community, please contact Bevin Canale or Calvin Cedarleaf.
Bevan & Ann Canale
Sacristans serve during the weekend and daily Masses. Before Mass, the sacristan carefully arranges the items necessary for the celebration of Mass. He or she lays out anything needed, such as cruets, chalices, ciboria, hosts, wine, linens, oils, and candles. A Sacristan may volunteer to wash the altar linens according to the indications of the Church. For more information please contact Bevan or Ann.
Mary Pat Cedarleaf
The Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are lay persons trained to help with the distribution of Holy Communion when there are not enough Ordinary Ministers available. This very active ministry needs over 30 volunteers per weekend. Please contact MaryPat to learn more and volunteer.
Mary Jo Napoli
The ministry of lector is a critical liturgical ministry which should be taken seriously and be prepared for diligently. Proclaiming the Word of God in a clear, sincere, and understandable manner is an opportunity to witness to our belief in the Word. At Resurrection two readers offer the opportunity of two witnesses. Our lectors are encouraged to participate in the bible studies offered at Resurrection. Please contact Mary Jo to volunteer and be trained.
Our parish needs approximately 18 ushers per weekend. Our ushers are truly faithful servants; welcoming, passing out books, ushering the faithful during Communion, finding space for all our visitors, and taking care of any and all emergencies. Contact Joe for more information or to volunteer.
The Music Ministry is fortunate to have good people who graciously help with this ministry. Everyone with a voice (that’s everyone!) or who plays a musical instrument is welcome to come and make a joyful noise for the Lord! Contact Jim Cowan for more information.
This is a ministry of Welcome! These volunteers have come forward with a great purpose — to sincerely welcome everyone who walks in the door to celebrate the liturgy. Conveying with every word and smile, “all are welcome in this place.”
Friends of Resurrection Gardens
Resurrection has won more than one award for our beautiful gardens. This ministry takes care of the gardens adding to the peace and serenity of everyone as they enter or leave the church or just visit the grounds. We strive to timely prune, fertilize, weed, irrigate, transplant, remove unwanted plants, and in general-garden. This is a ministry of love from great volunteers. More help is always needed. Contact Jean, our Master Gardener.
This ministry serves on Sunday mornings in the Parish Hall following both Masses. Coffee, juice, pastries, and cookies are offered, along with a welcoming smile.
Resurrection is blessed with talented people who share their gifts by creating beautiful flower arrangements for our Church throughout the Seasons and Liturgical Year. They will also create a special arrangement to celebrate or remember special days. If you would like a special arrangement please contact Carol Saucier or call the parish office.
This ministry assists bereaved families with plans for the funeral service and hospitality. The Bereavement Minister coordinates with the Celebrant, committee members, liturgical ministers and staff as necessary. The committee members gently guide the family, welcome people at the door, mind the guest book and programs and encourage all to visit with the family. They always attend the service; prayer is an integral part of this ministry. Hospitality after the service is provided according to the family’s wishes. The committee members assist as needed. Our goal is to provide serenity, peace, and comfort. Please call Virginia for more information.
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest lay Catholic family service organization. Charity is our first call. All Catholic men over the age of 18 are invited to join. The local council meets on the third Tuesday of each month, alternating among the three churches in our area, Corpus Christi, St. Rita’s, and Resurrection. Our meeting always follows a free dinner at 6:30 PM. We support youth programs, encourage and support seminarians, and family events. The Knights also have fish fries, golf tournaments, charity drives like the well known “Tootsie Roll Drive,” wheelchairs for Veterans and more. We are a strong supporter of Pro-Life initiatives. Our long term goal is to continue to offer men a challenge to become proud of practicing Catholics through prayer, charity, and fraternal leadership.
Men of Resurrection (known as MORE)
MORE was founded in 2006 to support the Church, help the men of the parish grow in their faith, raise money for selected charities and the Church, and offer social opportunities for the men of Resurrection. Major accomplishments are the Spring Fling and St. Patrick’s Parties in March and Festivals in October. These functions draw 400-500 people. MORE’s food drives have produced hundreds of bags of groceries, all delivered to Catholic Charities’ Food Pantry.
The centering prayer group meets once a week on Tuesdays at 12:30 PM. This is an ecumenical group. Their goal is to encourage one another in their prayer life and spiritual growth. Please take the time to call Barbara and learn more about centering prayer.
Hearts and Hands Ministry (formerly Prayer Shawls)
This ministry was started in January 2009. We have knitted and crocheted 100’s of shawls and/or lap robes. That have found homes in various places, mostly Grand Boulevard Health and Rehabilitation Center (formerly called Delta Healthcare). We have also made caps for newborn babies, given to Sacred Heart Hospital, as well as gift sets of baby blankets (knitted/crocheted) with matching hats and booties. These are given in answer to requests from parishioners and others. Some of our visitors continue to work for the ministry even after they have left and mail their work to us. A few members work for the ministry, but do not come to the gatherings. Prayer is stressed as an important part of the ministry, together and individually. We think of our gifts as artifacts of prayer, given with a warm written message of loving and caring. Please contact Eileen for more information.
Bevan Canale & Kathy Bilello
Retirement Home Ministry
This is a ministry full of laughter, song, and praise. We conduct church services each Tuesday morning at the Grand Boulevard Health and Rehabilitation Center (formerly called Delta Healthcare) and also at Crystal Bay Senior Living. Father Tom celebrates Mass or we conduct a communion service at each location. Several of our ministers also volunteer at the Healthcare Center outside of the church services (i.e. assisting with Bingo and other community activities). With more parishioners participating; we are able to reach out to the bedridden as well as those attending the services. We love our wonderful snowbirds who jump in and participate during the winter months.
Our team prays for our evangelization efforts daily and for all the inactive Catholics and unchurched people. We pray for their return to God through His Church. We are aware of the needs of inactive Catholics, and address those needs as they arise and are presented to us. Father Tom is so instrumental with his non-judgmental example to all of us. We do appreciate the prayers from our parish. Please contact Sukey for information on this ministry.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Resurrection formed a St. Vincent de Paul partnership with St. Rita’s in the fall of 2008. Due to the generosity of our parishioners and visitors, we are able to help needy families in South Walton County. In 2009-2010 we helped 177 families. 68% of the funds went toward utilities, 20% toward rent, and the remainder on food, medicine, gas, and clothing. Volunteers for this ministry are welcome and appreciated.