The Pastoral Council assists the Parochial Administrator in promoting and administering the parish. Current members are:
Michele O’Neill (Chair)
Michelle Baker (Secretary)
Deacon Art Mitchell (Parochial Administrator)
David O'Connor (Assistant for Financial Affairs)
Sr. Bernadette Cool, FoH
Rick Butler (Restoration Society)
The parish Finance Committee is responsible for establishing the budget, monitoring finances and upkeep of the church property. The current members are:
Kevin Moynihan (Chair)
Deacon Art Mitchell
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The Liturgy Committee assists the parochial administrator in planning, co-ordinating and implementing the many sacred services and celebrations that take place at St. Patrick’s each year.
Current members are:
Sr. Cecilia MacNeil and Deacon Art Mitchell (Co-chairs)
Music is an integral part of our communal worship. Music serves as an expression of our faith and assists the assembly in participating in and expressing the corporate faith of the community and church through sacred music and song. Holly Dacey-Joudrey, Alan Hemphill and Ged Blackmore direct the parish choir and lead us in song. New choir members are welcomed.
Readers proclaim the Word of God, our sacred scripture, to the gathered assembly for public worship: at Sunday Mass, Services of the Word, and Morning and Evening Prayers.
Prayer of the Faithful
Readers of the Prayer of the Faithful compose and read prayers which reflect the needs of our church and world.
The ordinary minister of the Eucharist is the priest who presides at the celebration. The lay minister of communion is an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist who assists the priest in the distribution of communion at Mass and takes the Eucharist to the sick and seniors in our manors.
Altar Servers assist the presider at the Eucharist, Services of the Word, and Morning and Evening Prayers. Jesus waited on and served his family, friends and neighbours. Altar Servers serve the Christian community and its leader, the priest, when it gathers to praise God, listen to God’s word, and celebrate the Supper of the Lord.
The ministry of hospitality has its origins in scripture -- “welcoming the stranger.” This ministry includes Greeters, Ushers, and Refreshment Prep & Clean-up. Greeters, ushers, and servers of refreshment welcome the gathering community as Christ would, provide for the comfort of all who gather, take up collections, and organise refreshments and a space where the community can gather after worship to socialise with one another.
Parish Sunday Hospitality Group:
This group faithfully prepares refreshments for Sunday after Mass hospitality and conversation. Volunteers are always needed to help with this ministry. If you are interested in serving, please contact the parish office.
Religious Education Committee:
The Religious Education Committee works with families to develop, implement and promote religious education and sacramental preparation programs for the children and youth of our parish that is family centered. Members are:
Sr. Bernadette Cool, FoH – Coordinator
Children’s Liturgy of the Word:
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is an age-appropriate Liturgy of the Word offered to children of the parish at the 10:00 am Sunday Mass. No pre-registration is necessary. All children are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Volunteers are needed to teach the lessons each week, as well as to assist with the supervision of the children. This is a great opportunity for adults and high school youth to help these eager children to learn the Word of the Lord. For more information or to get involved, please contact Sr. Bernadette Cool, FoH with a message to the parish office.
John & Andrea Murphy
Alex MacLeod & Crystal Garrett
Sr. Bernadette Cool, FoH
Adult Faith Formation Committee:
The committee’s mandate is to develop, promote and implement programs that support the ongoing faith formation of adults in the parish. Committee members:
There have been two previous parish Refugee Committees in operation since about 2000. We are currently working collaboratively with St. George’s Anglican Church to sponsor a Syrian family. Current members supporting this work are:
Parish Outreach Programs:
Lay ministers of the parish continue to work extensively in the neighbourhood supporting the Parent Resource Center in Uniacke Square, Hope Cottage, Joseph Howe School breakfast program, St. George’s Saturday Supper Group, and ministry to seniors and shut-ins at Gordon B. Isnor and Sunrise Manors.
St. Vincent de Paul Society:
Our conference was established in 1867. The conference is one of the oldest and busiest in the Archdiocese. There are more than thirty people involved who respond weekly to requests for assistance from people in the neighbourhood. The Society members make over 1000 visits a year to help about 300 families and 450 individuals. The current chair is:
Neila MacDonald – President
Dave O’Connor – Treasurer
Sr. Cecilia MacNeil – Spiritual Advisor