Formation For Ministry
Are you interested in learning more about your Catholic faith? Are you currently involved in parish ministry and want to learn more about how God is calling you to serve? Formation for Ministry can help you develop human, intellectual, spiritual and pastoral qualities that allow you to know, live, and share your Catholic faith. Our two year program provides comprehensive formation that includes courses, workshops, seminars, retreats, and field work. The program also serves as the first two years of formation for the Permanent Diaconate. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020-2021 academic year. For more information visit formationforministrysyr.
The Holy Trinity Altar Rosary Society’s main purpose is to promote devotion to the Blessed Mother and to request her patronage through praying the rosary. All members, active and inactive, are asked to recite the rosary daily. Our meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month and always begin with the recitation of the rosary in church. During the months of May and October we carry out special ceremonies to pay homage to our Blessed Mother.
We try to enrich the lives of members by bringing in speakers, planning activities of interest, and through events that are offered to all parishioners, such as bus trips, the sale of butter lambs for Easter, our May Crowning, etc. We plan and prepare receptions for events such as our annual Novena to St. Ann in July and our Parish Remembrance Service in November.
We also serve the parish community by caring for the altar linens, by regular cleanings of the church, and by raising and donating money for various parish needs. The Altar Rosary members also help to staff and provide food for the Bingo kitchen on Fridays.
The Bereavement Ministry includes a three-fold support for families experiencing the death of a loved one.
A small group of women have agreed to take the responsibility of meeting with the family to plan a funeral Mass. The family is encouraged to choose readings and music as well as to decide on the amount of family participation they are comfortable doing. The people appreciate this opportunity to make choices that have a special meaning for their family. Also, if the family chooses, a printed funeral program is available.
Next, we have a group of men who willingly serve at the funeral Mass. We appreciate their commitment to this special ministry to prepare the altar and serve the celebrant at Mass. If you are retired and remember the special satisfaction you felt as a young man serving at Mass, perhaps you would like to join with these men.
Last. we have a group of volunteers who prepare and serve a brunch following the Mass and services at the cemetery. This committee is divided into three teams that take turns to prepare a delicious meal and to provide a pleasant atmosphere for the family.
Members of our Parish family involved in these special ministries receive a positive feeling from the work they do in helping friends as they face sadness and loss. If you feel in your heart that you would like to help in any of the three groups, please call the Parish Office at 797-1856.
The Children and Families First Committee is a group that began in 1994 at the former St. Ann’s as a result of St. John Paul II’s initiative to keep children and families together. This group works very hard to keep children involved in the activities of the church. Every year, Children and Families hosts a Children’s Christmas party where every child in attendance receives a gift from Santa, a Halloween party complete with pumpkin carving and an Easter party with an Easter Egg hunt and crafts for the children to make.
This organization has been very generous to our parish financially, helping to underwrite the cost of the Family Fun Day in June and donating money for flowers to decorate the church during the holidays. They also donate baskets to be raffled off at the Heritage Festival, provide refreshments following the living Stations of the Cross presented by the religious education students and prepare a breakfast for the students on the last day of classes before summer vacation. In the past, this group has also sponsored trips to hockey and baseball games.
This organization is still being run by several of the original founding members. These people have watched their own children, and now for some their grandchildren, enjoy the activities this group provides.
This group is responsible for providing religious instruction for students in Kindergarten through high school, providing a place for our children to learn about God and the Church. It is in support of the parent’s role as the original teachers of their children.
Students in second grade receive instructions in preparation for receiving the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. These children must be baptized prior to receiving these sacraments and have one year of formal catechesis.
Students in ninth grade enter into the Confirmation Program. The main goal of catechesis is to prepare teens and young adults to confirm and strengthen their beliefs as they enter the next stage of their spiritual lives as Christians. Candidates for Confirmation must have previously received the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. They are also required to attend a retreat and participate in several community service projects.
In addition to their regular studies, the students in the Religious Education program present two programs to the parish each year. During the Christmas season, the students in the younger grades perform the nativity. During Lent, the students in the older grades perform the Living Stations of the Cross. Our students also give to the parish by volunteering as altar servers and lectors, as well as assisting at parish events.
Classes for Kindergarten through 10th grade are held on Sundays from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm from mid-September through the end of May in the CCD Center in the Parish Center at St. Cyril and Methodius Church, 148 Clinton St., Binghamton, NY.
We charge only a nominal fee for classes each year to help offset the cost of books and materials.
For more information, please contact Andrea Carey, Religious Education Coordinator at 607-724-1372 ext. 108.
In youth ministry we focus our attention on the younger members of our community (usually grades 6-12) to help them encounter Christ, accompany them on their faith journey, invite them to be more fully engaged in the Church community, and send them forth as witnesses.
We have youth group meetings, host exciting field trips, participate in Diocesan hosted events and volunteer in service projects. All activities are intended to foster community, provide education, and encourage prayer and worship.
Volunteers and chaperones are welcome after completion of Safe Environment (Virtus) Training. Please visit this link https://www.syracusediocese.org/safe-environment/initial-training-for-adults/ for information on Virtus and to find training schedules.
Permission slips are required for activities occurring off campus. Please click here for a copy.
The Men’s Social Club is an active and vital organization in our parish. The men in this organization regularly volunteer at our church functions. They are excellent cooks and provide wonderful meals for a variety of events. The bus trips to Atlantic City are popular with many people in our parish. The men respond quickly and enthusiastically whenever there is a need for hard workers for both large and small jobs. The Men’s Social Club also generously contributes to financial needs that arise in the parish. The members of the club also receive communion in a body several times a year.
The purpose of this group is to make its members better Catholics, to mobilize the laity and to raise the spiritual level of the community. Weekly meetings include recitation of the rosary, spiritual reading, a short talk by a Spiritual Director, discussion about Catholic doctrine and devotion, and an evaluation of the work program. Each member is assigned two hours of apostolic work to be performed during the week and reported on at the next meeting. This group meets at St. Cyril’s Church.
The Nocturnal Adoration Society is an association of Catholics dedicated to prayer before the Eucharist for the praise of God and for the needs of the world. Membership requires only one thing, to spend one hour, once a month during the hours of the night, on a given night, in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament exposed in a church. For our area, the designated church is St. Patrick’s Church. There are no dues and no prescribed social activities other than prayer. The Society developed from the practice of night adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during the Forty Hours devotion.
The Nocturnal Adoration Society has a threefold purpose:
There are also Indulgences that may be gained by anyone who fulfills the required conditions. Give to God one hour and what He will give you is immeasurable.
The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy during Mass. This is done through specific actions and by setting a example to the congregation by active participation in the liturgy (hymns, responses, etc.), by looking alert and sitting or standing at appropriate times. Servers carry the cross, the processional candle(s), hold the book for the priest celebrant when he is not at the altar, carry the incense and censer, assist the priest when he receives the gifts from the people, present the bread, wine and water to the priest during the preparation of the gifts, assist the priest with washing his hands and assist the priest and deacon as necessary. Our servers are trained by the priest, and we try to accommodate requests for scheduling purposes.
Our Eucharistic Ministers have been called to serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. They assist at our liturgies in nourishing God’s children with the Body and Blood of Christ. They also serve as role models to the congregation with the dignity they bring to this special ministry. We provide training and can accommodate requests for scheduling purposes.
Lectors are called to be “Ministers of the Word”. They have taken upon themselves the awesome duty and privilege to proclaim God’s word. Their task is to make the word come alive for the congregation. Our lectors receive training that allows them to prepare their readings carefully so that they can bring God’s word to life; we also try to accommodate requests for scheduling purposes.
Our greeters play a vital role in welcoming parishioners as they arrive for liturgies. They are also instrumental in forming a visitor’s first impression of our church. They serve on the front line welcoming the congregation and helping visitors to feel at home. Our greeters have three main tasks: smile and be friendly, smile and be warm, smile and be helpful. Greeters are scheduled in pairs to assist with opening doors before and after mass and handing out bulletins after mass.
Ushers welcome and assist in seating all who enter the church, especially visitors. The help in preparing the offering table, invite members of the congregation to present the offertory gifts, receive the offertory collection, hand out bulletins and work to create an atmosphere of hospitality in our parish.
“For he who sings praise, does not only praise, but also praises joyfully; he who sings praise, not only sings, but also loves Him to whom he is singing.” – St. Augustine of Hippo
A good choir has two roles in Liturgy. First, the choir adds the element of beauty to the liturgy, and second, the choir encourages the congregation to sing. The Church of the Holy Trinity is blessed with a singing congregation and a choir whose members work hard to enhance our liturgies with the gift of song. Anyone is welcome to join the choir. No experience is necessary.
We are always in need of new members because of illness, vacations, or people relocating elsewhere. The adult choir rehearses together with the choir of SS. Cyril & Methodius Church, 148 Clinton St., Binghamton, NY, on Thursday evenings at 7 pm. Rehearsals typically last for 90 minutes, and the location rotates between the two parishes on a monthly basis.
Bingo is a major income source in the support of our parish. However, each Friday it is time also for the community to come together and serve one another. Doors open at 5:00 pm for a good meal followed by several devoted players arriving for the games to begin at 6:30 pm. Come to play, come to serve, volunteers are always needed.