Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) – meets Sunday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the school lunchroom.
Archdiocesan Council for Catholic Women (ACCW) – All women of the Archdiocese are members of this group that promotes community and spiritual growth. Service projects include Pro Life, Catholic Charities, Tough Love, Suicide Prevention, and Renew.
Bereavement Group – reaches out to help persons who are experiencing the loss of a loved one. It offers help and support during a time of grief to assist persons or families in any way possible (example: planning a funeral mass). To anyone who has experienced the loss of someone close, the care and support offered by this ministry could be of great value.
Blood Drive – is held once a year sponsored by CDA, unless more donations are needed.
Board of Education – is a governing body responsible for the educational program of our parish school. It has jurisdiction delegated to it by the Archdiocese. School Board Committees are: Alumni, Booster Club, Bosco System, Building, Finance, Nomination, Preschool, School Improvement Advisory (SIAC), and School Marketing.
Bosco System – Our parish is part of the Bosco System, a faith community. The parents, students, faculty, and staff, along with alumni, and many friends, provide support so that Catholic high school education many continue in our area. Don Bosco High School strives to provide the Catholic principles, which will serve as the basis for the experience, searching independence, and growth that will result in the development of the adult Catholic. At Don Bosco High School people care for each other. Call 827-6056 or 296-1692 for more information.
Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) – is a group of Catholic Women whose purpose is to work more closely with the Church in prayer and service to others at the local, state, and national level. Their projects include: food baskets at holiday time, Living Rosary, fundraisers for charity, social events, corresponding with our military parishioners, seminarians, and homebound, and monthly meetings on information topics. Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month.
Catholic Order of Foresters – A fraternal organization that brings people together to work for the betterment of our church, school, and community. They meet once a month. Insurance is available. There are State and National conventions.
Children’s Liturgy – A children’s level view of the Gospel is offered after the opening prayer until offertory (during the homily) on Sunday mornings in the Parish Center for ages four to fourth grade.
Church Envelopes – are mailed to your home or you can make direct deposits from your bank. If you have not received envelopes please call the parish office at 827-6682.
Church Services – are held at 5:00 pm on Saturday evening and 8:30 am on Sunday morning. Weekday mass is at 8:00 am except Thursdays during the school year, which is held at 8:30 am. Watch the church bulletin for holy day services. Barclay parish services are at 10:30 am Sunday and 8:00 am on Wednesday.
Communal Penance Services – Services for Advent and during Lent.
Communion to the Shut-ins – is every Sunday.
Faith Formation Commission – develops and oversees a comprehensive catechetical plan for the parish to provide for the lifelong faith formation and catechesis of all its members as described in the General Directory for Catechesis and the National Directory for Catechesis. Meetings are held monthly on the 2nd Tuesday.
Faith Formation Program – provides those attending the public school the opportunity to strengthen their faith through the study of Scripture and teachings of the Catholic Church. Preschool, elementary, middle and high school classes are on Wednesday evenings. (SEE TAB at top of this page.)
Finance Council – serves as an advisory body to the pastor and the pastoral council regarding the administration and stewardship of human resources, parish facilities, and parish finances, including the annual budget and long-range financial development. It is a consultative body that enables the parish to live its mission by prudent and lawful stewardship of all resources. It is concerned with the budget, stewardship, church support, and the effective utilization and maintenance of the parish plant. The members of the finance council work in communion with the pastor and the pastoral council of the parish to accomplish the mission of the Church as articulated in the parish mission statement. Meetings are held monthly on the 3rd Tuesday.
Knights of Columbus (KC’s) – is a growing and vibrant service organization of Catholic men and their families providing community service, supporting higher education, protecting families, promoting fraternalism, serving young people, and making sure the Catholic Church remains vigorous. Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of every month. They have yearly fundraising events to help those in need.
Liturgy Committee – assists the pastor in facilitating the liturgical prayer of the community. The committee nourishes and gives direction to the liturgical worship of the parish, including the elements of spirituality, music, environment, liturgical ministers, and attention to liturgical norms. Meetings are held monthly on the 2nd Tuesday. Liturgical Ministries – Please fill out a sanctuary personal sheet and drop it off at the parish office or place it in the collection basket. Please let us know if you would be interested in helping as a lector, Eucharistic Minister, greeters, or any other parish opportunity.
Marriage Sponsor Couple Program – Married couples gather with engaged couples as a preparation course for marriage.
Meals on Wheels – Our parish delivers meals on wheels every 6 weeks for a 2-week period. All churches in the Jesup area participate.
Parish Life Committee – serves to offer welcome to new parishioners and to foster a sense of belonging for all parishioners. They provide activities that both build and strengthen community within the parish and in its outreach efforts.
Parish Society – All men and women of the parish are members of this Family Circle. The purpose of the society is to promote a spirit of community in the parish and to encourage family life by providing opportunities for parishioners to come together socially. They assist the parish financially by sponsoring fundraising activities. New circle lists are printed each September. Meetings are held as needed, at least six times per year.
Pastoral Council – The pastoral council offers counsel to and collaborates with the pastor to provide the long-range planning which will guide the parish toward its future. The pastor and members of St. Athanasius parish recognize that we are called to union with God as a holy community, the People of God. The Spirit has given a variety of ministries and gifts to this community, which enables all to work for the good of the whole. Some members are elected, others are appointed by the pastor. The officers of the pastoral council are: the pastor, the chair, the vice chair, and the secretary. Meetings are held monthly on the 3rd Tuesday.
PTO Club – is an organization for all adult parishioners who wish to support, facilitate, and enhance the fine academic program and environment we have at our school, through involvement in fundraising activities that benefit all students. Funds have purchased ceiling fans, carpeting, calculators, new computers, AR tests, athletic uniforms and equipment, Gallagher Bluedorn tickets, and classroom supplies. Parishioners choose to run, and if elected take their office in the spring for a two year term.
Rebates/Labels – Watch the school newsletter and help us save! We collect Box Top points, Tyson points, Milk Moola caps, used printer ink cartridges, etc. Items can be brought to the main entrance of church or to the school office. School, 827-1314. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) – This program is implemented by a team of catechists, sponsors, and parish members for the purpose of instructing and welcoming persons into the Catholic faith. Adults wanting to join in our Catholic community enter into stages of a spiritual journey in preparation for receiving the Sacraments of Initiation. It is also helpful for any Catholic who seeks spiritual renewal.
Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) – is offered from 4-4:45 pm on Saturdays, or anytime by request either at church.
Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation (2nd grade), Eucharist (2nd grade), and Confirmation (10th grade) – Preparation classes are provided prior to the Sacraments. Watch the bulletin or contact Father for more information.
Scrip – Purchasing of a variety of gift certificates to bring revenue back into our parish/school subsidy.
Social Justice Committee – serves to continue the ministry of Jesus, by service to marginalized persons and persons with special needs. They promote and coordinate programs, which will promote justice and charity in full measure to all of God’s children, and provide opportunities for parishioners to respond to the social needs of today. Meetings are held the 1st Monday of the month.
St. Athanasius School – formed in faith, is a nurturing and forward thinking environment that teaches well-rounded individuals of a world that exists outside the classroom walls. Our students display good manners and are respectful of one another. Through service and practice of Christian values they become responsible citizens. Our Mission Statement: We, the community of St. Athanasius School are called to learn and pray together to a discipleship of continuous education, in a caring and supportive environment as we journey to accomplish great things. 827-1314.
Stewardship Committee – encourages parishioners to exercise stewardship as an expression of gratitude to God and as a way of life for Disciples of Christ. Church office 827-6682.
Workshops – There are various workshops for Marriage Enrichment (Divorced, Separated, or Remarried Catholics). Please call the church office for more information, 827-6682.