Ministries

PARISH ADMINISTRATION:

 Hospitality and Special Events Helper

Hospitality ministers serve a variety of functions in our parish. This widely-based group focuses on ensuring that hospitality is extended to church family members each Sunday morning as they arrive for mass, on Tuesday evenings by providing refreshments for our RCIA members, for celebrations, and sometimes just for fun.

 

Maintenance Warriors

Parish Maintenance assistance is always welcome.   If you have a skill or talent (painting, landscaping, yard work, window washing, dusting, cleaning the pews in church, etc.) there are often special projects that come up where an extra pair of hands would be helpful.

 

Office Angels

There are always plenty of things to be done to keep this parish community running smoothly. This would include preparing and assembling various types of mailings, bulletin stuffing, answering the phone during staff meetings, or  filing.  A smiling face is always welcome.

 


 

CHRISTIAN FORMATION:

Children’s Church Catechist

Children's Church provides a colorful view of our scriptures for children ages 3 – 6. This ministry provides them with a warm, welcoming environment that will inspire them to learn, pray, and grow as disciples in a community of faith. Come grow with your child as a catechist (teacher) at the 9:30 a.m. mass. Catechists are required to fill out a Volunteer Application, watch a Safe and Sacred Video, and submit to a background check.

 

Parish School of Religion Catechists/Aides

Elementary Parish School of Religion (grades 1-6) meets on Wednesday evenings from 6 – 7 p.m. Jr. High/High School Parish School of Religion (grades 7 - 11) meets two Sunday mornings a month from 10:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. as well as attending the 11:30 a.m. Mass. Classes begin in August and conclude in March.   We are in need of catechists and aides for the upcoming school year. All volunteers are required to fill out a Volunteer Application, watch a Safe and Sacred Video, and submit to a background check.

 

Parish School of Religion Parent Volunteers

Parents are needed weekly during our PSR classes to assist with dismissal in the parking lot. Periodic need to assist by providing and serving refreshments, sitting in on a PSR class in the absence of a teacher or aide, or just by showing up to attend class with your child.

 

Ministry for the Deaf

The Ministry for the Deaf reaches out to those deaf and hard of hearing who feel isolated and hunger for the Word of God. This ministry requires you to use American Sign Language. We want to touch hearts and change lives of all parishioners.

 

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and Children (RCIC)

The RCIA and RCIC process is for those who wish to join our faith community. Our RCIC program (youth/teens) meets on Wednesday evening’s 6 – 7 p.m. along with our PSR students. Our adults meet on Tuesday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. All candidates attend weekly catechetical sessions beginning in September and are received into the church at the Easter Vigil. Team members, sponsors, catechists and hospitality members are an essential component to the process.

 

That Man is You

This is an opportunity for men of our parish to gather together in fellowship, prayer and service to the parish. They meet on 10 consecutive Thursday’s at the K. C. Hall on Irma Blvd. from 7 - 8:30 pm. The next session begins in mid-August.

 

 
COMMUNITY SERVICE OUTREACH:

 Bereavement Meals

You can never underestimate the comforting power of a home cooked meal for those experiencing the loss of a loved one. Cooks and bakers are needed to prepare a dish on an as need basis.

 

Blood Bank Donor

Serve our parish community by donating blood through Our Lady of the Lake Blood Bank, a not-for-profit organization. Blood donations allow for an opportunity to assist those whose life is in critical condition. Blood drives are held quarterly.

 

Homebound/Nursing Home/Hospital Ministry

Extraordinary ministers go weekly to St. Elizabeth Hospital, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and parishioners’ homes to visit, pray with, and bring Holy Communion to those who unable to attend mass. Those thinking about serving the people of God through this ministry will be provided personal, hands-on training until you are comfortable with this ministry. You can serve just about any day of the week and give as much time as your personal schedule allows.

 

St. Theresa of Avila  Food Pantry is located at 1105 N. Burnside Ave. Gonzales, La 70737

 


 

WORSHIP AND ENVIRONMENT:

 Altar Servers

These boys and girls assist the Priest and/or Deacon during mass. This provides an opportunity for full, active, and conscious participation of our younger parishioners. This ministry welcomes those who are parishioners of St. Theresa who have made their First Eucharist. Training must be completed before beginning to serve.

 

Art and Environment Planning Group

Assist in planning the liturgical decor for the church. Decorators, seamstresses, and plant lovers are welcomed.

 

Adult Choir

This ministry allows participants to enhance the liturgy in song. The choir sings at the 9:30 a.m. Mass and at special liturgical celebrations throughout the year. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday 6-7:30 p.m. and on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m.

 

Youth Choir

While this is a new ministry, the mission of our Youth Choir is to provide an environment for young people of our parish to come together and learn important musical skills while sharing their talents. Our Youth Choir program will teach self-discipline, teamwork, respect for others, and afford all those participating the opportunity to learn and grow in a positive, engaging, and safe environment.

 

Instrumentalists

To enhance both our youth and adult choirs and worship experience, instrumentalists are an added addition to any liturgy. Come and share your talent for music by playing guitar, keyboard, drums, bass guitar, flute, baritone, trumpet, etc.

 

Resurrection Choir

Choir members from St. Theresa and the surrounding church parishes make up this bereavement choir that provides liturgical music for funeral celebrations. Participants need to be available prior to the funeral for rehearsal and for the funeral liturgy.

 

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

An extraordinary minister of the Eucharist is a lay person who serves the Catholic church by distributing Holy Communion during Mass as well as bringing it to the homebound. There is a simple process that you must follow in order to become an extraordinary minister (a training session is scheduled for Tuesday, August 1st at 6:30 p.m.) Ministers are needed at all weekend masses as well as for homebound, hospital and nursing homes (refer to: Homebound/Nursing Home/Hospital Ministry under Community Services). An extraordinary minister is one who practices their Catholic faith through a prayerful relationship with God and takes advantage of the sacraments regularly. Ministers must be a catholic in good standing with the church. This means you have been baptized; received the sacraments of eucharist and confirmation; and if you are married, you were either married in the catholic church or your marriage has been blessed by the church.  

 

Lector

Members of this ministry proclaim the Word of God at Mass and at various special worship services throughout the year. A training session is scheduled for Thursday, August 3rd at 6:30 p.m. Individuals are asked to study the scriptures prior to Mass in order to properly proclaim them.

 

Youth Liturgical Ministers

Middle School and high school parishioners are encouraged to serve especially at the 11:30 a.m. mass when they attend PSR class. There are opportunities to serve as an Usher, Lector, Altar Server, Gift Bearer or Greeter. Those who are confirmed are encouraged to serve as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist once they complete the training session on August 1st at 6:30 p.m.

 

Pew Gardeners

Our faithful Pew Gardeners tend to the Lord’s house by filling the racks in the pews with our Missalettes and song books on a seasonal basis. In between, they straighten the books after the Mass they attend ensuring that the Lord’s house is always prepared for our worshiping community.

 

Ushers

Ushers are men and women 15 years of age or older, whose purpose is welcome church members; aid in seating the congregation; collect the offerings; direct communion lines; and distribute the weekly bulletin. Couples as well as families are encouraged to volunteer.

 


 

YOUTH MINISTRY

 What are Yutes?    We are the St. Theresa "Yutes"!   
  

A place for our YOUTH to grow into a deeper more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Our young church members come together in two different age groups (third thru fifth graders and sixth thru twelfth graders) to involve and engage with young people who attend the Catholic church and live in faith community. Their mission is to explore, grow, and share their faith.

 

Vacation Bible School

Easily one of the most rewarding ministries-EVER!  It allows Christians of all ages to experience the word of God in a fun and engaging way.  Our VBS usually takes place the third week of July.  If you can't commit to an entire week, we can always use your talents during the weeks leading up to VBS with set-up and organizing stations. 

 

Youth Ministry Advisor

If you are looking to impact the lives of young people and help them have a relationship with Jesus, then this ministry may be for you. We want you to be a part of our ministry in any way possible.  Maybe it’s to periodically chaperone and provide transportation to an event or  preparing refreshments for a meeting. Youth Ministry volunteers are required to fill out a Volunteer Application, watch a Safe and Sacred Video, and submit to a background check.