CATHOLIC COMMUNITY OF SAINT PAUL

MISSION STATEMENT

We, the people of Saint Paul Catholic Community,
Believe that all people were created by God as an act of love,
and redeemed by Jesus Christ as a continuation of that loving act.
Because we have received such love through the Holy Spirit,
we are called to be a community that fosters:

Recognition of God’s Gift of Love — 
we educate our minds through the study of Scripture and our Catholic teachings,
and we educate our hearts through our service to one another’s needs —
spiritual, physical and emotional — which leads us all to believe in the Source of love.

Response to such love —
we strive to live holy lives — lives in accordance with God’s intentions for us –
and to assist one another in holiness.
God’s intention is that we live lives of praise and service.
Therefore, we value highly our prayer life together and having experienced God’s love for us
we desire to love and serve all persons – from the unborn to those near the end of earthly life –
respecting the sanctity of human life.
As God serves those most in need, so our attention must favor the most needy.

Spread the Gospel –
We are called to build up the universal church by our lives.
Thus, especially under the patronage of Saint Paul, the missionary, we accept the responsibility to evangelize by word and action outside the boundaries of our local community. Amen.

SAINT PAUL ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

150+ Years of Faith and Perseverance

The early history of our parish is very interesting because some members and former members can actually trace their ancestors back to pioneer days. Many roads, streets, buildings, and landmarks of the community still bear the names of these early settlers, who built their homes, reared their families, lived and died in this parish.

As one reads the history of this area a person must realize that the early members of our parish and locality must have been an extremely brave and hardy lot. It may be difficult for present generations to realize that this section was once thought of as the unhealthiest region of Jefferson County, due to plagues, malaria, and other diseases. The area contained swamps, peat bogs, and offensive vapors. But all of that gradually disappeared and certain tracts, after being drained, around 1825, became tillable. Farming on a rather large scale became a prosperous occupation, and it was the main employment of nearly everyone in the early period. Because of the many horses and buggies used by these people it soon became necessary for small businesses such as blacksmith shop, harness makers, etc. to start. Gradually other small businesses were started, general store, millinery for milady’s hats, mills, peddlers, and cobblers. Today this densely populated section has lost its rural atmosphere and residents commute to Louisville, Fort Knox and parts of Indiana.

Saint Andrew Church was one of the first rural churches in Jefferson County outside of Louisville. It was a quaint stone church, situated on a crest overlooking the section known as Wiser’s Valley. It was considered a beautiful landmark in the community, standing on Cardinal Hill off Saint Anthony-Saint Andrew Church Roads, one of the highest points between Iroquois Park and West Point. It was called, “The Church on the Hill.”

Construction of Saint Andrew Church began in 1848 and was completed in 1851. The rough stone used in the construction was quarried from the hills upon which it stood. The parishioners carried the stone to the site, where they were carved into shape, carefully fitted into place, and covered with stucco cement. Nearby trees were felled and shaped for rafters. It took three years to complete because the members had to do most of the work in their spare time. The interior had an arched ceiling, decorated with religious symbols and gilded stars in keeping with the art of by-gone days. The Stations of the Cross were hand painted, written in three languages: English, French and German. The windows were arched at the top and fitted with small panes of glass. Over the bare and undraped altar hung a painting of Saint Andrew, patron saint of the church. The church had a wooden belfry surmounted by a cross while two smaller crosses flanked the belfry tower, but void of any other architectural flourishes.

The church was used for fifty-seven years, but for years it stood as a monument to its builders, a small group of pioneer parishioners.

It is said that Saint Andrew’s was served by, at least, seventy-one different priests, who looked after the spiritual needs of its people. At one time there was a rectory nearby, but usually the priest had to commute from Saint Peter’s and Saint Boniface.

Reverend John B. Peifer built a school on the hill, which at one time had fifty-four students and two teachers.

As is often the case with ethnic groups, there was dissension between the French and the German parishioners as to whether the church was to be of a French or German character, and in 1908 the parish as such, was abandoned. Most of the membership was absorbed by Saint Paul, which was organized in the valley below, where a more commodious and accessible church was built. The Conventual Franciscan Friars were given the care of Saint Paul Church in 1910 with the first Friar/Pastor being Father Marc Maser. Those first Friars lived at Saint Peter Friary, 17th & Garland Streets and commuted by inter-urban to the site on Dixie Highway. This wooden structure served the people until 1958 when the present church was completed while Father Daniel Emerine was Pastor. Ground was broken on January 19, the cornerstone was laid on June 15 and on November 1, 1958, Bishop Charles Maloney blessed the structure. To connect the past and the present stones from old Saint Andrew Church were used in the sanctuary of the present church.

SAINT ANDREW CEMETERY

Our tiny Saint Andrew Cemetery, the only parish-owned and maintained cemetery in Jefferson County, which once bordered the “Church on the Hill” is still in use as a parish burial ground. Today it is kept fairly neat and trim, but it once had to be reclaimed from a mass of weed and tumble-down stones; forgotten graves were located and marked, and roads somewhat improved during the pastorate of Father Edwin Borntraeger. The oldest markers reveal numerous German and French names. Birth dates going back as far as 1854 and deaths as early as 1853. A new section with about 275 graves has been developed in recent years. Further expansion is still a matter to be studied.

Following the time-honored custom from the past, relatives and friends, weather permitting, gather at the cemetery on the first Sunday of November of each year for devotions. And to unite the past with the present, a new custom has been started. That is having a Mass on Memorial Day to honor the memory of our deceased loved ones.

Today an outdoor shrine of Our Lady marks the spot where once stood the old Saint Andrew Church. When the present Saint Paul was built, those hand-quarried stones from the “Church on the Hill” were reused for the front walls and also for the altar and baptismal pool of the present-day edifice. The large statues of Saint Paul and Saint Francis located in the present church once adorned the frame church on Dixie Highway, so in effect, the modern building in which we worship contains visible parts of our historic past.

OUR SCHOOL

Other structures so familiar to the parishioners go back to 1941 when our first school building was constructed. It was enlarged to double the capacity in 1953 under the leadership of Father James Hermes, pastor. The former convent was completed in 1956 and the present Friary in 1960. These buildings were both constructed by the men of the parish. This amounted to a tremendous saving to the parish and aptly is described as a “Labor of Love”.

The Sisters of Mercy came to Saint Paul School in 1910. That year two Sisters had 19 students. By 1953 eleven hundred children were taught by nineteen Sisters. The Sisters of Mercy due to declining numbers in their own ranks had to withdraw from Saint Paul School in the late 1970’s. The parish and school is much smaller than it was in 1953 since our parish community has been carved in whole or in part eight different times as new parishes were formed in southwest Jefferson County.

We feel that our school is an integral part of our parish life. As in the past, our school will continue to enrich our homes, our community, and our democratic way of life. With the religious and educational aspects of our school, we are constantly striving in the pursuit of improving humankind as a whole and each individual as a separate unit to develop their maximum potential as a Catholic, a citizen and as a human being. We feel an obligation to educate our children in the best possible manner, using the latest standards and enable students to accumulate knowledge continuously up-dating their education. Most parents have above average interest in Catholic education for their children. This is demonstrated by their valiant efforts to maintain and support our school by their cooperative attitudes when asked to help both financially and physically,

Therefore, it is essential that we recognize the uniqueness, dignity and worth of each individual in our parish school, regardless of personal differences, attitudes, prejudices, likes and dislikes. We hope to instill true Catholic Christian attitudes and beliefs.

PRESENT SAINT PAUL PARISH

Our parish is located at 6901 Dixie Highway in an area known in the past as Pleasure Ridge Park. The Church community is located about halfway between Fort Knox and former city limits of Louisville before the merger of the city and country into Metro Louisville. The geographic area once served by Saint Paul is one of the oldest communities in Jefferson County today.

Other changes or additions in facilities began in 1979 when part of the former convent was converted into meetings rooms and named Hilary Hall. In 1980 a storage room and former classroom was converted into Our Lady of Vocations Chapel in the rear of the Church building. In April 1982 while Father Hilary Gottbrath was Pastor, a dream was fulfilled when construction began on a multi-purpose facility. The school children began using the gym portion of this structure in November 1982 and the project was completed in December 1982.

The smaller size of the present parish is due to the fact that this section of the County saw the first effects of the tremendous growth and development in the late forties and early fifties, necessitating the establishment of additional parishes to serve the Catholic community.

The educational level of our members is extremely varied, from no formal education to Ph.D.’s. But most of our parishioners have higher aspirations for their children.

The occupations vary from highly skilled to unskilled; professional; armed forces; civilian governmental work; industry and services; and some who are self-employed. Most families are well situated and are able to provide a comfortable living, though the parish does have some indigent households.

In reading the history of our present day parish, it is necessary to remember that this small parish of today is, in a sense, the mother-parish, wholly or in part, of at least eight other parishes in the surrounding area of Jefferson County. Through the years as new homes were built the parish boundary lines have changed many times with the creation of new parishes by the Archdiocese. Since the early fifties these have included:

Saint Lawrence September 1953
Saint Clement August 1956
Our Lady Help of Christians July 1957
Saint Jerome, Fairdale August 1957
Our Lady of Consolation January 1960
Saint Polycarp July 1960
Incarnation Church December 1966

With each change in parish boundaries the character of the parish changed by the subtraction or addition of families, but the area served always became smaller. Many of our present day families have lived in the area about fifty years. What once was an area predominantly either Roman Catholic or Baptist has become more diversified with the addition of other Christian denominations. We are increasingly becoming the People of God.

PASTORS

Father Engelbert M. Bachmann 1864-1872
Father John Baptist Heising 1874-1876
Father Henry Joseph Carmanns Summer 1876
Father Henry Joseph Carmanns Summers 1886-1891
Father Joseph B Peifer 1897-1903
Father Cyril Van de Pitte 1905-1910
Father Marc Maser OFMConv. 1910-1913
Father Cornelius Richartz OFMConv. 1914-1915
Father Felician Fehlner OFMConv. 1916-1917
Father Giles Block OFMConv. 1918
Father Angelus Waters OFMConv. 1919-1920
Father Robert Michael OFMConv. 1921
Father Gabriel Eilers OFMConv. 1922-1927
Father Theodore Eicholtz OFMConv. 1928
Father Anaclete Patterson OFMConv. 1929
Father Ignatius Hanley OFMConv. 1930
Father Herman Block OFMConv. 1931
Father Fidelis Van Druemel OFMConv. 1932-1934
Father Edwin Borntraeger OFMConv. 1935-1944
Father Clement Orth OFMConv. 1945-1947
Father James Hermes OFMConv 1948-1954
Father Daniel Emerine OFMConv. 1955-1965
Father David Hutt OFMConv. 1966-1972
Father Karl Chesher OFMConv. 1973-1976
Father Campion Prendergast OFMConv. 1977-1978
Father Hilary Gottbrath OFMConv. 1979-1985
Father Peter Damian Massengill OFMConv. 1985-1988
Father Fred Pasche OFMConv. 1988-1997
Father Maurice Hayes OFMConv. 1997-2005
Father Dismas Veeneman OFMConv. 2005-

PARISH PASTORAL STAFF

Father Dismas Veeneman OFMConv. Pastor 935-1223
Kevin J. Brever Jr Principal 935-5511
Dave Neeson Youth Minister 935-1325
Amy Gaekle Director/Religious Education 935-1325
Finance Manager 935-1223
Anthony Ransom Music Director 935-1223

Parish Council

According to the Saint Paul Parish Council Constitution and By-laws, the purpose of the Parish Council is:

• to assist the apostolic work of the Church;
• to serve as a permanent structure for the constructive dialogue among the priests, religious and laity in the parish;
• to continually to assess the needs, spiritual and temporal, of the parish, the archdiocese and the community-at-large;
• to serve as a unifying and coordinating body for all organizations and group activities within the parish;
• to provide decision making leadership, direction, resources and encouragement to the apostolic and spiritual development of all parishioners;
• to annually outline objectives and priorities for the parish in its four areas of ministry:

• Administration
• Christian Service
• Faith Formation
• Worship

• to evaluate how these objectives have been achieved in the previous year.

The Council meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 pm in Hilary Hall. Visitors are always welcome. To place an item on the agenda contact one of the Council Officers or the Pastor, prior to the meeting.

ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE

Finance Council

The role of the Finance Council is to advise the Pastor and Parish Council in matters of finance and in decisions involving the temporal goods of the parish. The basic functions are to ensure adherence to Archdiocesan financial policies and procedures, review parish monthly financial reports compared to budget, review six-month and year end reports that are submitted to the Chancery, review fundraising, charitable gaming and cafeteria reports and bank reconciliation’s, ensure communication of financial information to all parish members, prepare the annual budget in collaboration with the Pastor.

The Finance Council meets the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Parish Office Building.

Collection Counters

A ‘counting team’ consists of two to three non-related individuals who count the collection. The ‘counting team’ prepares a collection and deposit report, which is signed by the counters and forwarded to the parish Finance manager. Members rotate on a regular basis, with the goal of counting only once in a month. Some teams count on Sunday morning, others prefer to count on Monday morning. The choice is left up to the ‘counting team’.

Audit Team 

The team conducts a formal audit of parish financial records, and internal controls each year.

The purposes of the ‘audit team’ are to ensure that the parish is operating in accordance with Archdiocesan Financial Policies and Procedures, internal control procedures are being followed, the accuracy of parish financial reports, examine underlying documentation to support the financial statements. Recommend any changes the ‘audit team’ believes to be appropriate to improve the financial structure and internal control of the parish. The ‘audit team’ assembles for a brief period after August 1st.

Stewardship Committee (under construction) The primary function of this group is to develop parish stewardship. This includes oversight of fund raising reports as well as the annual stewardship renewal and on-going education.

The responsibilities are to stay informed on stewardship, attend Archdiocesan programs and prepare parish programs.

A meeting date will be determined as soon as the Committee has been formed.

Maintenance Committee 

The Maintenance Committee is a sub-committee of the Men’s Club. The main function of this group is to identify and implement needed maintenance to the parish’s physical plant and grounds. They work closely with the Men’s Club and in consultation with the Finance Committee to prioritize maintenance and the funding of repairs.

The responsibilities are to participate and recruit volunteers to assist in the general maintenance work such as painting and grounds-keeping, as well as oversee selection of outside contractors to complete work that cannot be done by parish volunteers.

Work parties are scheduled throughout the year. There is not a regularly scheduled meeting, but meetings are called on an as needed basis

CHRISTIAN SERVICE COMMITTEE

Bereavement Ministry

Funeral Luncheons

There are currently six Funeral Luncheon Teams. Each team accepts the responsibility of providing food for a family of a deceased parishioner. This food could be during the time of visitation at the funeral home or after the committal service at the cemetery either here at the parish or taken to the home of a family member. The Teams rotate the responsibility, unless a particular family need is such that two teams join together to provide for the need.

There are no scheduled meetings. To become a part of a team or to build a new team, call the Parish Office.

The Men’s Club

The responsibility of the Men’s Club is to provide community building among all the men of the parish and to provide service to the parish. A significant function is to address the repairs and upkeep to the parish grounds and buildings and assist in the maintenance of the school.

The main fund raising event is the annual summer Parish Picnic which the Men’s Club sponsors.

Meetings are the second Monday of the month at 8:00 pm in the Cafeteria a/k/ Parish Hall.

Maintenance Committee

The main function of this group is to identify and implement needed maintenance to the parish’s physical plant and grounds. They will work closely with the Men’s Club and the Finance Committee to prioritize maintenance and the funding of repairs.

The responsibilities are to participate and recruit volunteers to assist in general maintenance work such as painting and grounds-keeping, as-well-as oversee the selection of outside contractors to complete work that cannot by done by parish volunteers,

There is not a regularly scheduled meeting, but meetings are called as needed.

St. Vincent De Paul Society

The primary function of this group is to help feed the hungry, clothe the needy and provide shelter for the homeless, in other words to carry out the spiritual and corporal works of charity to all the poor within the boundaries of Saint Paul Parish regardless of religious affiliation. The Society also partners with other parishes in the region to assist where appropriate.

Meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of the month in the Community Building at 7:00 pm.

Secular Franciscan Order (Saint Clare & Our Lady Fraternity)

An Order of lay Franciscan men and women 18 years of age or older who feel drawn to the spirit and life of Saint Francis of Assisi. Candidates for the Order spend a period of time in spiritual formation and preparation. Following this preparation the candidate makes a commitment to living the gospel life in the manner of Saint Francis and the profession of the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience appropriate for the lay state as either married or single persons.

The responsibilities of members are the spiritual formation and growing in the spirit of Saint Francis and to participate in service and outreach activities.

Meetings are on the third Sunday of the month at 1:00 p.m. in the Community Building.

Sports Committee

The function of this group is to plan and coordinate athletic/cheerleading events for Saint Paul Parish in compliance with the Catholic School Athletic Association guidelines.

The responsibilities are to recruit and screen coaches, schedule games and practices, coordinate concessions, approve expenditures for equipment and fees, and serve as a sounding board for parents and student’s suggestions and concerns.

Meetings are the second Wednesday of the month in the Media Center above the Parish gym.

Young-at-Heart ‘Senior’ Club

The Young-at-Heart Club was formed in 1997 to meet the needs of the retired members of the parish. It is not necessary to be a member of Saint Paul Parish to be a member. There is a monthly ‘potluck’ with the club providing the meat and beverages. Following the lunch there is a brief business meeting. The activities of the club include social as well as service. At various times of the year the group takes one day trips and occasionally an overnight as well. Service projects vary, for example, the club is responsible for breading the chicken for the summer picnic as well as minor up keep projects, such as re-painting the doors and railings on the parish buildings.

The ‘potluck’ and meeting is the first Monday of the month at 1:30 pm in the Parish Hall (Cafeteria). Friends are what you will find at the Young-at-Heart Club.

FAITH FORMATION COMMITTEE

Religious Education Committee

This group provides input and support for elementary and high school religious education programs, develop and adopt policies, formulate annual and long-range plans, develop the annual operating budget in conjunction with the Finance Committee, direct the implementation of Archdiocesan, Deanery and Parish religious education policies.

The responsibilities are to attend meetings and participate in the policy-making, planning and budgeting process. To be a member of this group you must be a fully initiated (Confirmed) Catholic and a registered member of the parish, at least 17 years old and have an interest in faith formation.

Meetings are held every other month in the Parish Center.

Saint Paul School

Saint Paul School is committed to passing on the Catholic faith and instructional excellence. The school serves students from pre-school through grade eight, offering religious education, basic academic programs, school liturgies and a sacraments program. In addition the school offers computer, art, music, library and physical education and social development classes. Opportunities through the parish Sports Committee offer a wide variety of sports programs. There are also, other social and academic extracurricular activities are available.

For information on the availability for new students in specific grades contact the School Office (935-5511).

School Board

The School Board is a policy-making body operating the school program at Saint Paul School, Pleasure Ridge Park, Kentucky. The Board shall have decision-making authority in all non-personnel matters, with the Pastor’s approval.

The Parish School Board shall establish policies relating to the educational programs of the parish school. In the development of its policies, it must insure that they follow the intent and spirit of the policies laid down for the Archdiocesan System by the Archdiocesan Board of Education. The duties and responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to:

• acting as a liaison body with local, health, safety, and law enforcement officials;
• seeking better understanding and wider support of Catholic education within the local community;
• having the responsibilities for evaluation of its policies and effectiveness of their implementation;
• establishing policies relating to the planning, operating, and maintenance of facilities and equipment at the school;
• serving as a committee in the planning ands building of new educational facilities for the school.

Parent-Teacher Association

The group provides for communication opportunities between faculty and staff and parents. The PTA provides community building as well as fundraising activities. These funds provide needed supplies, library books, learning center aids and a special education teacher.

The organization meets three to four times a year in the gym. The dates are published in the School Handbook. Every Saint Paul School family is a dues paying member through the registration fees.

Booster Club

This organization shall be known as the Saint Paul School Booster Club (Booster Club). The purpose of this organization is to promote and support the activities of the school. The two major sources of fundraising for the Booster Club shall be the Friday night Bingo and the Lenten Fish Fries. The Booster Club has the responsibility of distributing the proceeds from Bingo, the Fish Fries and any other fundraising activities conducted by the Booster Club with no less than 33% of the bingo proceeds going to the School Trust Fund.

The Booster Club meets ten times a year from August through may on the third Wednesday of each month in the Cafeteria at 7:30 pm.

Religious Education

Adult Education 

Bible Study and sessions on various topics are offered throughout the year. Notices are placed in the Church Bulletin or call the Religious Education Office (935-1325).

Adult Education Team (under construction) 

This group’s responsibilities will be to plan opportunities for adult learning and faith formation. Duties would be to attend planning meetings, assist with various aspects of presenting a program, and keep current on areas of adult concern. The frequency of meetings and the date and time are to be determined. Anyone interested in this new development contact the Parish Office and leave your name.

Religious Education Programs for Children/Youth

Children’s Religious Education

The children’s program meets from 6:15 – 7:30 PM the first three Wednesday’s of the month in the school building. Children Pre-school through eighth grade who attend public schools are encouraged to participate in these classes. Within the constraints of time a total Catholic instruction program is offered to those students attending public schools.

Sacramental Preparation Sessions 

Parents of children preparing to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation, and/or Confirmation are required to participate in these sessions. The purpose of these classes is to assist parents in their role as the primary religious educators of their children.

Confirmation 

A program for eighth grade students geared toward preparing them for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is offered each year. Confirmation preparation sessions meet outside of school time at a time to be determined that will conflict least with extracurricular activities.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults meets on Wednesday at 7:00 pm in the Social Hall. This process is for adults who have never been baptized; those who have been baptized in another Christian tradition or those who have never received Eucharist or Confirmation, and who wish to be in full communion with the Catholic Church. Catholic adults who wish to learn more about their faith are also welcome.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults for Children

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults for Children is offered as needed for children who have not been fully initiated into the Catholic Church and who wish to receive the sacraments of Baptism and/or Eucharist.Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults TeamThis group’s function is to give input, organize and support the Rite of Christian Initiation process.Their responsibilities are to attend RCIA sessions and to share in the session leadership, by leading prayers and participating in faith-sharing.This group meets from mid-September until Pentecost to meet the RCIA goals of the parish. Meetings are held on Wednesdays in the Social Hall.

SPIRITUAL LIFE COMMISSION

Liturgical Ministries

Eucharistic Minister

The function of this ministry is to ensure that the Eucharist is distributed under both the forms of bread and wine in a reverent manner.

To be a Eucharistic Minister, an individual must be approved by the Archbishop, and participate in the appropriate training sessions and periodic enrichment experiences.

There are no scheduled meetings.

Lector

The function of this ministry is to proclaim the Word of God in the Scripture. Additional responsibilities include leading the congregation in the Prayer of the Faithful and making announcements before the beginning of the liturgy.

To be a Lector, an individual must participate in the appropriate training sessions and periodic enrichment experiences.

There are no scheduled meetings.

Greeters

The function of this ministry is to be stationed at the entrances to greet and welcome parishioners and guests to Saint Anthony Church. They are also available to answer questions for parishioners and guests as needed.

To be a Greeter, an individual must participate in the appropriate training sessions and periodic enrichment experiences.

There are no scheduled meetings.

Usher

The function of this ministry is to assist in greeting parishioners and guests, help with seating as necessary, collect the offering and distribute bulletins. They also assist as needed with emergencies.

To be an Usher, an individual must participate in the appropriated training sessions and periodic enrichment experiences.

There are no scheduled meetings.

Altar Server

The function of this ministry is to assist the other ministers of the liturgy, especially the Presider, so that the ceremonies proceed smoothly. Among their functions are holding the book(s) as the Presider leads the community in prayer, or by offering and returning various objects as they are needed in the worship service.

To be an Altar Server, an individual must complete the first half of the fourth grade and participate in the appropriate training sessions and periodic enrichment experiences.

There are no scheduled meetings.

Music Ministers

Adult Choir

The function of this ministry is to provide music ministry for weekend and holyday Masses, seasonal celebrations, and miscellaneous parish gatherings.

The responsibilities for Ensemble members are to attend rehearsals and provide the music ministry at a regularly assigned weekend or holyday Mass and at special services.

Rehearsal is Thursday at 7:00 pm from the week of Labor Day until Trinity Sunday. This group meets on Sunday at 9:00 am in preparation for the 9:30 am Mass year round. Those parishioners interested in this choir should contact the Director of Music/Liturgy at the Parish Office.

One Voice’ Ensemble

The function of this ministry is to provide music ministry for weekend and holyday Masses, seasonal celebrations, and miscellaneous parish gatherings.

The responsibilities for Ensemble members are to attend rehearsals and provide the music ministry at a regularly assigned weekend or holyday Mass and at special services.

Rehearsal is Sunday at 9:30 am in the North Social Hall. This group leads the music ministry for the 11:30 am Sunday Mass. Those parishioners interested in this ministry should contact Phil or Mary Gnadinger at 280-0939.

The Resurrection Choir

The function of this ministry is to provide music ministry for funeral Masses.

The responsibilities of The Resurrection Choir are to attend the funerals as requested and enrich the Rite of Christian Burial with music. From time to time rehearsals may be called for special services.

If interested, contact the Director of Music/Liturgy.

Liturgy Planning Team

The function of this ministry is for interested parishioners to work with members of the Parish Staff to plan seasonal and special liturgical celebrations.

To be a member requires a willingness to review and reflect upon the Scriptures for a particular season or celebration. After a focus for the season is selected, a sub-committee of this group known as the Art and Environment Committee will carry out the plans that have been made for the church environment.

Meetings are held periodically in the Parish Center as scheduled by the Chairperson.

Art and Environment 

The Art and Environment Committee meets when the major holiday seasons are approaching to discuss, plan and implement decorations for the liturgical celebrations of the church year.

Volunteers are needed for both the planning as well as the implementation, or hands-on work of decorating for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, etc. This group makes sure that our Church environment is varied, creative and inspiring.

Parish Mission Planning Team

The function of this ministry is to assist in the many facets and activities of planning, organizing and conducting our annual Lenten Parish Mission.

Meetings are scheduled as needed.

Spiritual Growth Planning Team

The function of this ministry is to assist in nourishing and giving direction to programs and activities that further the spiritual growth of all parishioners.

Meetings are on the second Monday of the month in the Parish Center.

Faith Sharing Groups

The Faith Sharing Groups will meet weekly during Advent to pray and reflect on the upcoming Sunday’s readings. These groups are lead by members of the Parish.

Christ Renews His Parish

This parish renewal program focuses on men’s and women’s retreats in the fall and spring in which there is an experience of faith in Christ. It is open to all adults of the parish.

Small Church Communities Men and women of the Parish are invited to become a member of a small church community for the purpose of sharing faith and growth in Christ. The group is lead by a pastoral facilitator(s).

STEWARDSHIP COMMISSION

Stewardship Committee

The primary function of this group is to develop parish stewardship. This includes oversight fund raising requests as well as the annual stewardship renewal and ongoing education.

The responsibilities are to stay informed on stewardship, attend Archdiocesan programs and prepare parish programs.

Meetings are the third Tuesday of each month in the Parish Center.

Finance Committee

This Committee oversees the finances of the Parish and recommends an annual budget to the Council of Ministries.

The responsibilities are to prepare the annual budget and monitor the budget to assure the Parish is meeting income and expense projections. In case of financial emergencies the committee recommends a plan of action to the Council of Ministries.

Meetings are the second Thursday of each month in the Parish Center.

Cemetery Committee 

This committee oversees the finances of the Saint Anthony of Padua Cemetery located in Jeffersonville. The group also identifies and implements needed maintenance of the cemetery grounds. Meetings are the second Thursday of the month in August, October, December, February, April and June.

Collection Counters 

Volunteers work in assigned teams to count and prepare the deposit of Sunday and other church collections. Teams are assigned a specific Monday every month.

There are no scheduled meetings.

United Catholic Appeal 

This committee organizes and monitors the annual Archdiocesan United Catholic Appeal.

Meetings are scheduled as needed.

Building and Grounds Committee 

The main function of this group is to identify and implement needed maintenance to the parish’s physical plant and grounds. They will work closely with the Finance Committee to prioritize maintenance and the funding of repairs.

The responsibilities are to participate and recruit volunteers to assist in general maintenance work such as painting and grounds-keeping, as well as oversee the selection of outside contractors to complete work that cannot be done by Parish volunteers.

Meetings are the fourth Tuesday of the month, every other month in the Parish Center.

Work parties are scheduled two or three times a year.

Heavenly Dusters 

The function of this ministry is to work in assigned teams to clean the church on Friday or Saturday of each week. Each team cleans no more than four times a year.

There are no scheduled meetings.

Communications Committee

The primary function of this group is to keep the parishioners informed of all activities and events. One of the major means of communication is the “Padua Press”, the parish newsletter, published monthly.

Meetings are scheduled as needed.

Picnic Committee 

The primary function of this group is to plan the Parish’s Annual Picnic that is held the fourth Friday and Saturday of July.

The responsibilities are to participate and recruit volunteers to assist in the various game and food booths and other jobs related to the picnic. In addition, this group oversees the Capital Prize and other raffles.

The group meets as needed during the year.

YOUTH COMMISSION

Youth Ministry Planning Team

The function of this group is to plan social, service, athletic and liturgical activities for Junior High, Senior High and Young Adults.

The responsibilities are to attend meetings, bring ideas for activities, decide what activities will be pursued and to make plans to see that activities become reality.

Meetings are the second Wednesday of every month in “The Basement” of the Parish Center.

Senior High Youth Group 

The function of this group is to provide fellowship for our parish’s Senior High community through social, liturgical, service and athletic activities.

All Senior High youth are invited to join this group. The responsibilities are to attend meetings and participate in the activities.

Currently there is a monthly ‘Youth Night’ on the second Sunday of the month at a site off property.Junior High Youth Group

The function of this group is to provide fellowship for our Parish’s Junior High (7th and 8th graders) through liturgical, social and service activities.

All Junior High youth are invited to join this group. The responsibilities are to participate in Parish and Deanery activities.

Currently there is a monthly ‘Junior High Youth Night’ on the third Sunday of the month at a site off property.

Young Adults 

The function of this group is to provide fellowship among our Parish’s young adult community through social, liturgical, service and athletic activities.

Young adults in the parish between ages of 19 – 39 are invited to participate in this group. The responsibilities are to attend meetings and participate in the group’s activities.

Meetings will be held as needed.

Cub Scouts Pack 48 

The function of this group is to promote community service, patriotism, mental and physical fitness and build character.

All young men in grades one through five are invited to be members. The responsibilities are to attend Scout meetings and participate in Scout activities and training.

Pack meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month in the School Cafeteria. Pack Committee meetings are the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Center.