Ministry - Family Faith Enrichment

Baptism Preparation | Catechist | First Communion Committee | St. Louis de Montfort Pre-School |
Our Lady of Wisdom School | Vacation Bible School | Sunshine House | Youth Ministry |
Prayer Groups | Ministry of Prayer and Praise | Small Christian Communities| The Family Program

St. Louis de Montfort offers a variety of Family Faith ministries and opportunities to volunteer with these ministries. Please contact the designated person listed if you would like more information about a particular ministry.

“And where there is no knowledge, there is no wisdom” Sirach 3:24

All of our Parish volunteers are required to attend VIRTUS Training and to update that training each month via training bulletins on the Internet. This is extremely important, so that we, as a Church, can take every possible step to protect the people we are trying to help.

Baptism Preparation

Deacon Bob Mullane and Donna & Michael McCauley
744-8566

The Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship in the Catholic Church. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God. Baptism celebrates a family’s and community's experience of God’s love in the baptized.

Volunteers who are involved with the ministry of Baptism help prepare parents and godparents for their role in this Sacrament, as well as their role in the future faith development of the baptized, and they assist at the baptismal celebrations on Sundays.

Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at 8:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Members of this ministry attend meetings and baptism celebrations on a rotating basis.

Catechist

John McNamara and
Kathy Sweeney
744-9515

Catechists are those people who are called to serve through teaching, witness, prayer, service and building community. At St. Louis de Montfort, a catechist is someone who utilizes their gifts of faith, patience and creativity to teach children in a particular grade about the Gospel.

The catechist prepares age-appropriate lessons and activities for the children, and is guided by a coordinator of religious education, who provides resources, ideas, suggestions and support. Classes take place in the catechist’s home once a week for one hour. Training for catechists is given at several meetings throughout the year.

First Communion Committee

John McNamara
744-9515

First Communion is considered one of the most important, holiest events in a Catholic person’s life. It means that person has received the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Most Catholic children receive their First Communion when they're seven or eight years of age because this is considered the “age of reason.” Others can receive communion for the first time when they have met the Church's specific requirements.

Members of the St. Louis de Montfort First Holy Communion Committee are a vital part of the celebrations of the Sacrament of First Holy Communion.

St. Louis de Montfort Pre-School

Susan Walsh
744-9515 x500

The environment during a child’s first years of life are extremely important to the child’s spiritual, physical, social, creative, cognitive and language development. This environment includes persons outside the child’s home who have an impact on the child’s life. The St. Louis de Montfort Pre-School teachers and volunteers help prepare children for the rest of their school years, as well as surround them with a caring, supportive, spiritual environment in which to learn and interact with other students.

Pre-School volunteers help with seasonal school and Church activities and assist the teachers on a daily basis.

Our Lady of Wisdom School

114-116 Myrtle Avenue
Port Jefferson, NY
473-1211

Our Lady of Wisdom School is the regional Catholic school supported by our parish and three neighboring parishes. The mission of Our Lady of Wisdom School is “to ensure a high quality of education in a loving, caring, environment, highlighting the positive influence of God within the learning experience.” The school educates students from Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Please contact the school directly to find out about volunteer ministry opportunities.

Vacation Bible School

Donna McCauley
744-9515

Vacation Bible School is a week long summer learning experience for children in pre-school through 6th grade. It is held in the beginning of August and our 7th through 12th grade students assist with the program. It teaches the children about Jesus and the Catholic faith through fun activities like art, drama, music, and games. Registration is held during the last two weeks of May at the Margaret Galvin Battillo Religious Education Office.

Sunshine House & Kindergarten

John McNamara
744-9515
Sundays, 9:00 a.m.
at the Pre-School

Our Religious Education Program for children starts with our 3 year olds in our Family Religious Education Program. Our Family Program is coordinated with our Mass Schedule: we meet after the 5pm Mass on Saturday from 6 to 6:40pm; after the 9am Mass and the Bagel Breakfast from 10:30 to 11:10am; after the 10:30am Mass or before the 12Noon Mass from 11:20 to 11:55am. The Family Religious Education Program also meets on Tuesday evening from 6:15 to 6:55pm for those families that can not make our weekend program.

Youth Ministry

744-9515

Our Youth Ministry helps teens become disciples of Jesus by providing catechetical, social, spiritual, and apostolic opportunities for our teenagers in grades 9 through 12 to grow closer to Jesus and His Church. Our teens have many activities available: scouting, altar serving, Youth Choir, ushering, Youth Group, trips, Overnight Retreats at the Parish Center, dances, youth masses, service opportunities, Bible Study, and prayer groups.

Prayer Groups

Marie Giehler
744-9515

Women’s Prayer Group – Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in Classroom #3
Men & Women’s Prayer Group – Thursday evenings at 7:15 p.m. in the Chapel

Prayer is a way of talking to God. Members of these prayer groups join together on a weekly basis to pray, read scripture, make petitions, give thanks, and share how God works in their lives.

Ministry of Prayer and Praise

Deacon Joe Bartolotto
744-9515

This spiritual ministry is open to all parishioners who want to praise the Lord, give thanks, make petitions, and intercede for others. Members of this ministry receive a monthly mailing and pray from their homes for the petitions listed each month.
Small Christian Communities

Deacon Bob Mullane
473-3475
Meets weekly or bi-weekly

A Small Christian Community is a group of 8-12 adults who meet in homes to share their faith stories with one another and to share God’s story through Sunday scriptures. Noticing one’s story and the story of God, listening appreciatively to the story of another, people help each other to make connections with everyday life and faith. Small communities make a difference in the lives of those who participate in them and in the parish that develops them. Please call for more information.
The family program

John McNamara
744-9515
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The Family Program is an inter-generational program that is built around our Mass schedule. We offer this option on Saturday after the 5pm Mass (6 to 6:40pm); on Sunday after the 9am Mass and the Bagel Breakfast (10:30 to 11:10am) and also after the 10:30am or before the 12Noon Masses from 11:20 to 11:55am. We also offer this option on Tuesday evening from 6:15 to 6:55pm. In the first part of this program the parent works with her or his own child or children and then there is a presentation by the facilitator. After the presentation on a faith topic, the students break up into age appropriate groups for a review of what they have learned.

 
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