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Most Holy Trinity – St. Mary

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

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Most Holy Trinity -- St. Mary is served by many dedicated lay people!

Below is a list of the different ministries and activities that are part of the life of our parish.
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Altar Servers
Catechists
Center Volunteers
Charismatic Prayer Group
Choir
Church Cleaners
Cursillo
Decorating Committee
E.S.L. Classes

 

 

Ecuadorian Volleyball Club
Greeters (ushers)
Jornada
Lectors
Legion of Mary
Liturgy Committee
Ministers of Holy Communion
Money Counters
 

 

Narcotics Anonymous
Office Assistants
Parish Finance Council
Parish Council
Pastoral Visitors
Polish Committee
R.C.I.A.
Sacristans
Youth Ministry


 

Altar Servers

 

The Altar Servers have an important liturgical role.  They assist the sacristans before and after the Mass; they lead the liturgical processions; they accompany and assist the priests during the Mass and serve at the altar as candle-bearers, cross-bearers and as incense-bearers.  The altar servers are scheduled on a rotational basis. Boys and girls who have received their First Communion (usually in the third grade) are invited and encouraged to become altar servers.  Many of our servers continue in this ministry throughout their high school years. The servers are required to attend training sessions and occasional meetings.  Please contact the parish office for information about how to become an Altar Server.


 


 

Catechists

The Catechists provide religious education classes for children enrolled in our parish Religious Education Program (click on this link to the Religious Education Office for more information about the various programs offered).  Parishioners who are willing and qualified to teach the Catholic faith to our young people are encouraged to become catechists.  The catechists are required to participate in occasional Diocesan workshops and training sessions. Our students and catechists usually gather for the start of the classes each Sunday at 10:20 A.M. in the gymnasium; the students and their instructors attend either the 9:30 AM or the 12:30 PM Mass.  Please contact the parish office for information about how to become a Catechist.

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Center Volunteers

 

The Trinity Human Services Center is a social outreach organization that provides many services for economically disadvantaged families of our area.  The Center sponsors food and clothing programs, social services, a thrift shop, E.S.L. classes, advocacy work,  flea markets and health fairs. (click on this link to the Trinity Human Service Center for more information).  Many of the activities of the Center are assisted by dedicated volunteers.  Please contact the Human Service Center office for information about how to become a Center Volunteer.


 

Charismatic Prayer Group

The Charismatic Prayer Group (Círculo de Oración) meets every Friday evening at 7:45 P.M. in the meeting room (enter through the sacristy immediately after the 7:00 PM Mass or through the door at 153 Johnson Avenue once the meeting has begun); the prayer group is conducted in Spanish.  The group comes together to read the Scriptures, to pray and share testimonies of faith, to sing praises to God and to grow in faith together.  The group encourages its members to experience the gifts of the Holy Spirit as a normal part of Christian living.  All are invited to come and share this vibrant experience of Christian prayer and fellowship.  Please contact Ms. Daisy Lopez for  more information about the prayer group.

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Choir

Each of the Sunday Masses at Trinity has its own Choir.  Ms. Millie Torres, our parish cantor and choir director, leads each choir; Brother Vincent often assists and serves as the cantor for the 8:30 A.M. Sunday Mass.   At each Mass, the choirs are accompanied by the organ, played by our organist Mr. Carlos Fernando Rojas; traditional and contemporary music in both English and Spanish are part of each choir's repertoire.   The choirs of Most Holy Trinity come together for special Masses and Solemn Feasts.  The choirs hold regular and seasonal practices.  Parishioners are encouraged to become part of this important liturgical ministry.  Please contact Ms. Millie Torres for information about how to join one of the choirs.

 


 

Church Cleaners

The Church Cleaners are volunteers who help to keep the interior of the church beautiful and well maintained; they begin this important contribution to the parish each Thursday morning after the 7:30 A.M. Mass (at approximately 8:00 A.M.). Working under the direction of Mr. Santiago Martinez, our parish Director of Maintenance, the responsibility of the church cleaners is to do only light cleaning (dusting, sweeping and mopping); they usually spend about one hour in order to complete this much needed work.  Please contact the parish office for information about how to volunteer as a Church Cleaner.

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Cursillo

The members of our Cursillo group, affectionately known as “Cursillistas,” meet every Wednesday evening at 8:00 P.M. in the meeting room (enter through the sacristy immediately after the 7:00 PM Mass or through the door at 153 Johnson Avenue once the meeting has begun).  During the Cursillo meeting, conducted in Spanish, the participants spend time together examining a specific theme related to their spiritual lives (with talks, called “charlas,” given by the members). The “Cursillos de Cristiandad” (i.e., the “Little Courses of Christianity”), was originally a Latino spirituality movement that began in the Unites States in 1957. Members of the Cursillo movement desire to have an encounter with Jesus Christ; their objective is to promote and develop the evangelization of their surroundings (in their families, parishes, places of work, schools, stores, etc.) through their apostolate.  Please contact the parish office for information about how to become a Cursillista.

 


 

Decorating Committee

The Decorating Committee is made up of a group of volunteers who prepare our church environment for different liturgical seasons and events; perhaps the busiest time for the committee happens during the Christmas and Easter seasons when they give a great deal of time and effort to the church by arranging and caring for flowers and decorations. Throughout the liturgical year they set up and take down decorations particular to special celebrations and events.  Please contact the parish office for information about how to become a member of the Decorating Committee.

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E.S.L. Classes

Our E.S.L. (English as a Second Language) Classes are sponsored by the Trinity Human Service Center. It is hoped that students enrolled will be able to develop necessary English language skills needed in order to communicate and function in this city, state and country. It is hoped that the E.S.L. classes will enable the students to understand the world around them, to get better jobs, to progress economically, to contribute to the life of their families and to gain skills necessary for achieving life-long success as people living in the United States. The classes are taught every Tuesday and Wednesday evening in the Center from 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.   Please click on the following link, or contact the Trinity Human Service Center  for more information. 

 


 

Ecuadorian Volleyball Club

Many members of our parish Ecuadorian community come each Sunday during the year between 3:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. for the Ecuadorian Volleyball Club.  The club meets in the gymnasium during inclement weather and during the winter months, and in the school yard during the warmer months.  Please contact the parish office for more information. 

 


 

Greeters (ushers)

The Greeters, also known as "ushers," are our parish ministers of hospitality.  The primary role of the Greeters is to welcome people, especially newcomers, for the celebration of the Mass; they also distribute song books, provide seating assistance, choose people to bring forward the offertory gifts, help with the collection of money, direct the communion procession, distribute the parish bulletins and gather the song books at the conclusion of the Mass.  Their service, while often thankless, is very important and greatly needed.  Please contact the parish office for information about how to become a Greeter.

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Jornada Youth Group

The youth group of our parish is affiliated with a Latino youth movement called the “Jornadas de Vida Cristiana” (i.e., the “Journey of the Christian Life”); the movement itself is closely associated with the “Cursillos de Cristiandad” (i.e., the “Little Courses of Christianity”), a related movement serving adult Catholics (see above). The members of our Jornada group, affectionately known as “Jornadistas,” meet every Tuesday evening at 7:30 P.M. in the school gym (enter through the door on the right side of the building); the meetings are conducted in English. If they have not done so already, many of the young people who come on Tuesdays hope to make a “Jornada weekend” someday, a three-day retreat in which they are offered a deep experience of God.  See the Brooklyn Diocese Jornada web site at: www.jornadista.orgPlease contact the parish office for information about how to become a member of the Jornada Youth Group.  Click here to view the Jornada web page on our parish site.

 


 

Lectors

The Lectors read the Scriptures at Sunday and Weekday Masses; they are scheduled on a rotational basis. Lectors are appointed by the pastor and have an essential liturgical role in the life of the parish.   The lectors are required to participate in occasional Diocesan workshops and training sessions.  In the manner in which they live their lives, these ministers must  always give witness to their Christian faith.  Please contact the parish office for information about how to become a Lector.

 


 

Legion of Mary

 

The Legion of Mary meets in the sacristy chapel every Tuesday evening at 7:45 P.M. and/or immediately after the 7:00 P.M. Mass; the meetings are conducted in Spanish. The Legion is a world-wide apostolic organization of lay people; its primary purpose is to glorify God through the sanctification of its members. The members of the Legion are called to be instruments of the Holy Spirit through prayer and by service to their parish community.  At Trinity, the Legion of Mary sponsors religious articles sales on most Sundays after each of the Masses.  Please contact the parish office for information about how to become a member of the Legion of Mary.

 

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Liturgy Committee

 

The Liturgy Committee meets on a the last Monday of each month at 7:00 P.M. in the dining room of the rectory (friary). The committee plans the next month’s liturgical celebrations; its primary responsibility is the planning of songs and music to be used at the Sunday Masses; it also plans for special Masses and Solemn Feasts. All parishioners are invited to come and share their ideas at the monthly meetings of the Liturgy Committee.  Please contact the parish office forinformation about how to become a member of the Liturgy Committee.

 

 

 


 

Ministers of Holy Communion

The Ministers of Holy Communion, officially known as “Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion,” but commonly called “Eucharistic Ministers,” help to distribute Holy Communion during Sunday and Weekday Masses; they are scheduled on a rotational basis. They are appointed by the pastor and have an essential liturgical role in the life of the parish.  Many of these ministers also take communion to the sick and homebound on a regular basis.  The Ministers of Holy Communion are required to participate in occasional Diocesan workshops and training sessions.  In the manner in which they live their lives, these ministers must  always give witness to their Christian faith.  Please contact the parish office for information about how to become a Minister of Holy Communion.

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Money Counters

The Money Counters are a group of adults who have been appointed by the pastor to count money collected during the Sunday Masses. They open the offertory envelopes, record the amount of each donation, sort bills and coins and prepare a tally sheet that documents the weekly collection totals. The money counters work each Sunday from 9:30 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. under the direction of Brother Vincent.  Please contact the parish office for more information.

 


 

 Narcotics Anonymous

 

 

Narcotics Anonymous is a self-help group “for men and women for whom drugs have become a major problem.”   The group meets every Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. in the meeting room (enter through the door at 153 Johnson Avenue).  Please contact the parish office for more information about Narcotics Anonymous.  Also see the Narcotics Anonymous web site at: www.na.org.

 


 

Office Assistants

Our parish secretaries, Ms. Lucy Deras and Ms. Pauline De Sena, are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M.; the Office Assistants are volunteers who work in the parish office “after hours” when the secretary is not available. The office assistants greet and assist people at the door, answer telephones, unlock and lock the church, meeting rooms and gates, etc. They help with small cleaning jobs and trash removal, and are often asked to complete other small tasks, such as sorting mail, photocopying, folding liturgical programs, etc. The office assistants provide limited assistance to people who come to the door after normal office hours (i.e., Monday through Friday, 4:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M., Saturday, 9:00 A.M. until 8:30 P.M., and Sunday, 9:30 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.).   Please contact one of the friars for information about how to become an Office Assistant.

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Parish Finance Council

The Parish Finance Council at Most Holy Trinity -- St. Mary advises and assists the pastor with regard to yearly financial budgeting and planning; it does not get involved with the day-to-day administration of financial concerns. Members of the Finance Council are chosen by the pastor.  The current members of the Finance Council are:  Mr. Max Vega and Mr. Benedicto Rodriguez.  Please contact the parish office for more information.

 


 

Parish Council

The Parish Council is a advisory body that discusses matters important to the life of the parish; it makes recommendations to the pastor and parish staff. Members of the Council are nominated and elected by the parishioners for two year terms. The primary functions of the Council are the promotion of the vibrant spiritual life of the parish and the implementation of planned activities. The members of the Parish Council represent all parishioners of Most Holy Trinity -- St. Mary.  The current members of the Parish Council are:   Ms. Daisy Lopez, Ms. Elba Rodriguez, Mr. Luis Johnson, Mr. Phil McHugh, Ms. Rita Leist, Ms. Ines Reddick, Mr. Eric Peterson, Ms. Carmen Cardenas and Ms. Bozena Mellerowicz.  Please contact the parish office for more information.

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Pastoral Visitors

The Pastoral Visitors of our parish are Ministers of Holy Communion who visit and take the Eucharist on a regular basis to those who are sick and/or confined to their homes. When parishioners have notified the parish office about family members who are unable to come to church because of a serious illness or advanced age, pastoral visitors are then commissioned to minister to them. The pastoral visitors must be enthusiastic and able to visit the sick and/or homebound; their primary role is share the Eucharist with those who are unable to come to Mass.  In the manner in which they live their lives, these ministers must  always give witness to their Christian faith.  Please contact the parish office for information about how to become a Pastoral Visitor.

 


 

Polish Committee

The Polish Committee meets seasonally, and at other times when necessary, in order to surface ideas, discuss goals and objectives, and to plan for the future of the parish Polish community.  Please contact Fr. Mietek for more information.

 


 

R.C.I.A.

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.) is for those sixteen years of age or older who have not completed the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist).  It is also for those adults who are not Roman Catholic and who now seek entrance into the Catholic Church.  Catholics who want to learn more about their faith, or those who simply wish to renew their faith are also invited to participate (click on this link to the Religious Education Office for more information).  The R.C.I.A. follows a process marked by different liturgical rites by which the “catechumens” (those hoping to be fully initiated into the church) are guided and gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic way of life.  The group meets every Wednesday evening at 7:45 P.M. in the Library (enter through the gymnasium).  Please contact the parish office for  more information.

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Sacristans

The Sacristans, with the assistance of the altar servers, prepare the materials needed for the celebration of the Sunday and Weekday Masses. They set out the Sacramentary, the Lectionary, the tabernacle key, the chalices and patens, the hosts, the water and wine cruets, corporals, purificators, palls, hand towels and lavabo bowl. The sacristans also check to see if the lights and sound system have been turned on. At the conclusion of the Mass, the sacristans clean the sacred vessels and return them, and the other objects used during the liturgy, to their proper storage places in the closets of the sacristy.  Please contact the parish office for more information about how to become a Sacristan.

 


 

Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry at Trinity covers all activities offered for the young people of our parish. This includes the Jornada Youth Group, the religious education program, sports activities in the gymnasium and other functions. At times there are special spiritual and social events offered for the youth.  Please contact the parish office for more information.

 


 

If you have ideas about additional ministries and/or activities that we might sponsor, please contact the parish office, one of the staff members, or email us with your ideas at:

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