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ORGANIZATIONS & MINISTRIES
*Click on a blue title to see that ministry's webpage.
The ACTS Missions spreads the Gospel of Jesus Christ among Catholic communities by promoting, consulting, facilitating, and sponsoring ACTS retreats.

Altar Servers
This ministry consists of both boys and girls having made their 1st Communion.  They are responsible for assisting the priest during the celebration of the Mass.  Training is required for this ministry. 

Altar Society
The Altar Society assists with cleaning the Church, sacristy, and liturgical vestments, and maintaining the pamphlet displays in the Narthex. 

Annulments or Declaration of Nullity
If you are divorced, we invite you to explore the possibility of a declaration of nullity for your marriage. You may contact the parish office to set up an appointment with a case sponsor. The case sponsor will serve as an informational source, guide, and emotional support for you throughout the process.

Arts and Environment
This ministry is open to those willing to assist in decorating the church for weekly Mass celebrations as well as special seasons and events such as Advent, Christmas, Easter, etc.  This would include the decorations, flowers, art, etc. 

Baptismal Teams
These groups of volunteers meet with couples desiring to have their child baptized. This three (3) hour session is normally scheduled on a Saturday morning with a 2 hour follow-up class with a Deacon.

Bible Study (in English)
This Bible Study for Adults utilizes The Great Adventure Bible Study series by Ascension Press. Bible Study meets on Monday evenings. Current courses include the Bible Timeline and the book of Matthew. Coming soon: the book of Acts.

Cantors
Cantors provide leadership and encouragement for the full participation of the congregation in sung prayer. Requirements include the ability to read music, sing solo music, and help the assembly learn new music.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) is the largest Catholic organization for women ages 18 and older. Our Mission statement is: Catholic Daughters of the Americas strives to embrace the principle of faith working through love in the promotion of justice, equality, and the advancement of human rights and human dignity for all. Our motto is Unity and Charity.
 

Choir
If you are able to play an instrument, sing, or know anything about music, this may be the ministry for you. There are choirs for both English Masses and both Spanish Masses.
 
Church Plants
Volunteers  are responsible for watering the plants weekly in the Church.  Plants are repotted as required.

Columbian Squires
Columbian Squires is for young men between the ages of 12 to 18 who are mentored by the Knights of Columbus.

Double Nickel Seniors Club
This ministry is a group of adults who have reached the age of 50.  They join together for fellowship, service and social activities. 

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (Eucharistic Ministers):
To participate in this ministry, you must be a practicing Catholic in good standing condition with the Roman Catholic Church. An Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EM) assists in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ during Mass or home bound visits.  Training and annual commissioning is required for this ministry.

Evangelization Ministry
This ministry consists of individuals who help promote the truth of our Catholic faith by arranging informational aids.  They assist with the Catholic informational pamphlets and cd’s in the narthex of the Church. 

Faith Formation/OEC (formerly CCE)
Faith Formation through the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis (OEC) is a program designed to instruct children and teenagers (kindergarten through 12th grade) in our Roman Catholic faith and support the parents of St. Andrew in preparing their children for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation. 

Faith Formation Catechist/Volunteer
Catechists are volunteers who help provide the formation and information process for disciples who are learning about their faith starting in kindergarten through 12th grade, including those preparing for First Communion and Confirmation. Volunteers are also needed to help with various tasks in the office, monitoring hallways, directing traffic, and helping with special projects. 
Training is required for this ministry.

Our Fall Bazaar is held annually on the 4th weekend of October to help raise funds to support the parish.  Parish members can join the Festival Committee, volunteer to run a booth, or assist in a booth including games, food, auction, clean-up, etc.

Festival Committee
Volunteers can join the committee that helps plan the Spring and Fall Festivals. The committee meets regularly to brainstorm ideas, solicit donations, and discuss details for each festival. 

Finance Council
This council is a consultative body providing advice and recommendations to the Pastor concerning the finances of the parish’s fiscal and temporal resources, including conducting long range financial planning to support the mission of the parish.
First Reconciliation/First Communion
Children shall be prepared for and given the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation before the reception of the Eucharist.  The child must be registered in Faith Formation and the parents must be registered, contributing members of the parish.

Grupo de Oracion (Spanish Prayer Group)
Members of the parish that meet to pray, sing, and learn more about their Catholic faith.

High School Youth Ministry can also be referred to as Faith Formation for teens in 9th–12th grade. Our main event is the Sunday evening "Youth Night". Other programs include: Confirmation preparation, service field trips, youth leadership council, bible study, retreats, summer camps and youth conferences. 

Home Bound
Parishioners bring the healing presence of Christ (The Precious Body) to parishioners who cannot worship with us at Mass due to illness or advanced age. Home Bound ministers must be trained Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas
The Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas (JCDA) is an organization for girls ages 6 to 18.  This organization includes a three-fold program of message, service and community.  JCDA is under the umbrella of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA).

Junior High Youth Ministry
Consists of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students that come together to share faith, fellowship and serve our community.This group meets once a month and also participates in Archdiocesan Jr. High events.

Junior Legion of Mary - English
Junior Rosa Mistica - Spanish
The Jr. Legion of Mary (boys and girls ages 7 to 17) falls under the umbrella of the Legion of Mary, a lay Catholic organization whose members serve the Church through apostolic work.  The object of the Jr. Legion of Mary is to glorify God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active cooperation in Mary’s and the Church’s work.  There are different presidiums in the parish.

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal organization for men age 18 and older that are committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism, and defense of the priesthood. 

Lectors
To participate in this ministry, you must be a practicing Catholic in good standing condition with the Roman Catholic Church. A lector proclaims the Scripture readings used in the Liturgy of the Word during Mass.  The ability to speak clearly is essential for this ministry.  Training and annual commissioning is required.
Legion of Mary
The Legion of Mary is a lay Catholic organization whose members serve the Church through apostolic work.  The object of the Legion of Mary is to glorify God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work.   There are different presidiums in the parish.

Maintenance Committee
This group of men and women assist the Maintenance Engineer with identifying and making repairs of the Church’s property. 
  
Mary’s Kitchen (MK) has served hot nourishing food to the poor in East Harris County since 1987.  We rely on volunteers to cook and serve up to 200+ meals each day to the very young, the very old, the infirmed and the unfortunate, and  up to 350+ meals a day during the summer months. 

Money Counters
This group of volunteers assists in counting the weekly collections on a rotational basis, approximately once per month. 

Movimiento Familiar Cristiano Católico
Movimiento Familiar Cristiano Católico (MFCC) is a Catholic Christian Family Movement that helps  families to strengthen their marriage union, improve communication with their children, discover family values ​​and family unity, grow more in their faith, and improve the quality of the family way of life.

Orientation Team
This team of volunteers meets with new parishioners to introduce them to the parish. Meetings are normally held on the first Sunday of each month.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration
A group of volunteers of the parish meets to prepare a religious celebration (including food, music, entertainment, etc.) for the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe held each year near or on December 12th.

Pastoral Council
This council is a representative body of the parish's faithful whose focus is on the whole
community, uniting the whole community and pursuing the mission of the Church. Council members are discerned for a term of three years and meet monthly.

Peregrinos De La Paz (YAG)
This group for young adults (ages 18-35 years old) meets to have days of prayer and reflection, mission trips, service projects, social events, and retreats.

Respect Life /The Gabriel Project
The Respect Life program offers an opportunity for parishioners to actively defend the dignity of every human life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death. The Gabriel Project helps women in crisis pregnancies by offering Christian love and practical solutions at the parish.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which persons become fully initiated Catholics. RCIA is for adults (18 +) who were never baptized or were baptized in another Christian faith and who wish to become Catholic or were baptized Catholics but never received First Communion or Confirmation.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Children and Youth (RCIC)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Children/Youth (RCIC) is for children and youth (ages 7-18 years old) who have not been baptized and wish to become Catholic. 

Rosary Group
This group of parishioners meets to recite the rosary.  This may be on a specific day of the week or before each Mass.

Sacristans
These volunteers administer to sacred vessels.  They ensure that the wine, hosts, vessels, etc. are ready for the celebration of the Mass. Training is required for this ministry. 

Safe Environment (Virtus)
This is a required 3-hour course within our Archdiocese and parish.  It must be completed by anyone having regular, on-going contact with youth in our Faith Formation programs, or socials, events, and activities where youth are present. Everyone involved in Parish ministry must attend the Safe Environment “Protecting God’s Children” workshop, as well as complete the required paperwork which includes a Code of Conduct Volunteer Information Form and Background Check Authorization Form prior to working with youth. 

Samaritan Ministry
The Samaritan ministry is dedicated to providing spiritual, emotional and practical support to those who are experiencing grief.  This ministry will assist you with Service, Space and will assist you with Set up for the reception, and bereavement care.  

Social Committee*
Members of the parish that schedule social events at the Parish.  This may include special events such as a meal, dance or movie nights at the parish.
*Needs to be reactivated, contact the office for more information

Sponsor Couple Program
Marriage preparation begins when an engaged couple meets with a Priest or Deacon. Included in the preparation process is a Sponsor Couple Program called “For Better and Forever.” A sponsor couple meets with the engaged couple to share their experience while at the same time helping the engaged couple communicate on important aspects of their present and future relationship. The Sponsor Couple gives the engaged couple the opportunity to reflect on their relationship in a structured manner and integrate the experience.

Our Spring Festival is held annually on the 1st  weekend in May to help raise funds to support the parish.  Parish members can join the Festival Committee, volunteer to run a booth, or assist in a booth including games, food, auction, clean-up, etc.

Stewardship Committee
The Stewardship Committee promotes the mission of our parish by fostering stewardship as a way of life within all aspects of the parish community.  This Committee seeks to continually evaluate the parish resources of time, talent and treasure, and to introduce new ministries and/or activities to further meet the needs of the Community.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) includes a group of volunteers of the parish who offer tangible assistance to those in need on a person–to–person basis.  This assistance is offered to members of the Channelview area (living in zip code 77530 and 77015).  This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. 

Ultreya
Ultreya is a gathering of 4th day community, individuals having attended a Cursillo. At an Ultreya, there is singing, grouping, and a witness talk or lesson.

Ushers
The ushers help to facilitate the worship services and other special events at St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church.  He/She extends hospitality to those attending Mass, monitors the Mass, and offers assistance in maintaining a comfortable environment. Other responsibilities include assisting with the collection, counting attendance, and tending to the Pastor's needs during Mass.  Training is required for this ministry. 

During the summer, students enjoy a week of learning about God and the Bible in a fun-filled atmosphere.  Many volunteers are needed to make VBS the best it can be.

Vocations Chalice for Priests & Religious
Families are asked to take the statue of the Blessed Mother, chalice and prayers to recite for the week to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious.

Wedding Coordinator
A member of the parish meets with the wedding couple to review details for the wedding ceremony.

Young Adults’ Group
This group for young adults (ages 18-39 years old) meets to have days of prayer and reflection, mission trips, service projects, social events, and retreats.






NOTE: AS MINISTRY LEADERS MAY CHANGE ON AN ANNUAL BASIS PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE  REGARDING ALL MINISTRIES THAT YOU ARE INTERESTED IN AT 281-452-9865  EXT 10 OR 11.