Ministries

For more information about any of our parish ministries, click on the name of the ministry below.

Liturgical Ministries
Sacrament Preparation Ministries
  • Baptism
  • Confirmation
  • Confirmation of Adults
  • First Eucharist
  • Marriage Preparation
  • Reconciliation
  • RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
Outreach Ministries
  • Christian Service Committee
  • Social Justice
Parish Support Ministries
Altar Linens

Adult volunteers launder and iron the small altar linens used at worship.

If you are interested in volunteering for this Ministry, please contact Susan at the Parish Office, 978-532-3329.


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Altar Servers

The Altar Server Ministry is composed of boys and girls who have celebrated their First Eucharist are welcomed and encouraged to take an active role in ministry by assisting with the tasks involved in our liturgical celebration.


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Bazaar 'General' Chairperson

The St. Ann’s Bazaar is a major fundraiser for the Parish. In order to make it a successful event, we need a significant amount of volunteers to handle the many tasks that have to be completed, before, during and after this event. The ‘General ‘Chairperson is responsible for obtaining the Sub-chairperson volunteers, clarifying their specific roles and responsibilities of each of the Sub-chairpersons, and coordinating the responsibilities of their participation. The ‘General’ Chairperson will be responsible for making decisions related to this event and to direct the Bazaar with his/her own special talent, acting always in the best interest of the Parish. All Sub-chairpersons are automatically members of the Bazaar Planning/Steering Committee. Pre-Bazaar Planning/Steering Committee meetings are kept to a minimum. MANY volunteers are always needed!

Sub-chairperson activities include; Vendor Chairperson, Floor Walker/Huckster, Public Relations, Kitchen, Country Store, Knitting, Volunteer Coordinator, Staff Liaison, Kids Booth, Coordinator of Finance, Raffle, Pot of Gold, New Prize Table, Theme Basket Table, Fudge (sold at Country Store), Set-up/Clean-up.

If you are interested in volunteering for General or any of the Sub-chairperson Ministry activities, please contact Susan at the Parish Office, 978-532-3329.


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Catechists

Catechists are our valued volunteer teachers who work with the Director of Religious Education in the faith formation of the young people of our parish.

If you are interested in volunteering for this Ministry, please contact Susan at the Parish Office, 978-532-3329.


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Coffee & Donuts

The duties of a coffee and donuts host consists of brewing coffee, boiling hot water and putting out donuts prior to the conclusion of the 10:30 AM Mass in the Parish Hall. A Free Will donation basket is present for those who want to help defray the cost of the food and paper materials. This Ministry promotes fellowship and a sense of community within the parish. This Ministry is currently looking for several volunteers. Ideally, there will be more than one set of hosts, so the duties are shared over several weeks, i.e. serving vs purchasing and set-up. The donuts, milk and juice would be there and setup, when the host arrives, ideally before 10 AM at the latest. After the conclusion of the coffee and donuts social, the host empties and washes the coffee makers, cleans the area, and puts away the extra cups and supplies for use next week. The commitment varies based on the number of active hosts. Usually, after observing the process once, the new host is ready to serve on their own, confidently.

If you are interested in volunteering for this Ministry, please contact Susan at the Parish Office, 978-532-3329.


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Dust Bunnies

The Dust Bunnies Ministry consists of teams of two people who have the duties of dusting and cleaning. We currently have four teams of two people each, both men and women. Each team spends about one hour every four weeks cleaning. They are always looking for more people to help. There is no training requirement, and there is a list of duties provided.

If you are interested in volunteering for this Ministry, please contact Susan at the Parish Office, 978-532-3329.


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Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers participate in the weekly liturgy by sharing Holy Communion with parishioners who come forward to receive the Eucharist. Ministers may volunteer their time in accordance with their Mass time preference and serve about twice a month. Training is provided for this ministry.

If you are interested in volunteering for this Ministry, please contact Susan at the Parish Office, 978-532-3329.


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Finance Committee

The Finance Committee advises the pastor on the various financial matters impacting the parish. These include the annual parish operating budget, financial reporting to the parish, capital maintenance planning for parish facilities, banking and investment decisions, and parish account procedures. Members of the Finance Committee generally have an interest in and strong knowledge of financial matters. The committee meets at least once a month year round for approximately two hours.

If you are interested in volunteering for this Ministry, please contact Susan at the Parish Office, 978-532-3329.


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Gift Bearers

The Gift Bearer Ministry is composed of any member of our parish community who attends Mass, volunteers, or are invited to bring the gifts of bread and wine to the altar. You may volunteer for this Ministry at any Mass that is not dedicated in memorial of a specific parishioner or where no one rises to present the gifts.

If you are interested in dedicating a Mass in memory of an individual, please contact Susan at the Parish Office, 978-532-3329.


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Homebound Ministry

On the third Sunday of each month, the homebound ministers gather at the 8:30 AM Mass. They attend Mass, obtain Holy Communion for the homebound, and receive a blessing from the priest presider. They then bring the Eucharist to our homebound recipients, say a short prayer or an appropriate reading, provide them with a church bulletin, and have a brief visit. Training is necessary. The training program is for a couple of hours once a week for four to six weeks. After the training, the only involvement is a couple of hours once a month and an occasional meeting, maybe once a year.

If you are interested in volunteering for this Ministry, please contact Susan at the Parish Office, 978-532-3329.


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Lectors

The Lector proclaims the Word of God in Scripture during Mass and at other liturgies throughout the year. Each Lector would be scheduled to read about once per month and would prepare the readings in advance of the scheduled reading. A new Lector would attend at least two training sessions at St. Ann’s and receive a Lector’s manual. The new Lector would then be scheduled with a veteran Lector to experience a Lector’s duties during the liturgy.

If you are interested in volunteering for this Ministry, please contact Susan at the Parish Office, 978-532-3329.


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Liturgy Committee

This committee coordinates arrangements for different liturgies and prayer experiences throughout the year, and promotes ‘parish wide’ liturgical functions for our diverse community. The special gifts of cultural diversity provide a welcome challenge for us.

If you are interested in volunteering for this Ministry, please contact Susan at the Parish Office, 978-532-3329.


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Music Committee

The Music Ministry is open to adult members of the parish, confirmation age and up, who enjoy singing and are able to carry a tune. There are no auditions and reading music is not a requirement, though most choir members eventually become quite proficient at reading music. Although the 10:30 A.M. Sunday Mass is generally referred to as the ‘Choir Mass’, members are welcome to sing at any weekend liturgy. Rehearsals are Monday evenings, excluding holidays, from 7 P.M. until 8:30 P.M., sometimes later especially approaching Christmas and Holy Week. The challenge of this Ministry is to encourage the full participation of the entire congregation to enhance each liturgy with sung prayer, using a wide variety of accessible hymns and songs, both traditional and contemporary.

If you are interested in volunteering for this Ministry, please contact Susan at the Parish Office, 978-532-3329.


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Office Support

The Office Support Ministry is composed of individuals who are staff and volunteer. They provide the many time consuming tasks of filing, mass mailings, sorting, updating of parish records, answering phone calls, helping parishioners and non-parishioners with their requests or questions, payroll activities, etc.

If you are interested in volunteering for this Ministry, please contact Susan at the Parish Office, 978-532-3329.


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Parish Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council meets to discuss current issues and activities concerning the parish and to plan for the future of parish life. The PPC serves as an advisory committee to the Pastor. PPC members meet with the pastor monthly from September or October thru May, generally on the third Monday of the month at 7 P.M. Nominations and elections are held each spring to elect new Parish Council members. Parishioners may nominate themselves or someone they believe would be an asset to the council. When an individual accepts the nomination, his or her name will be added to the ballot for voting, which usually takes place over a May weekend. A term for a PPC member is three years. A member may run for re-election, but they can only serve for two consecutive terms. No training is needed, only a desire to help the parish remain vital and active. The duration of PPC Meetings is normally less than one hour, but they could extend to two hours when needed.


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Parish Web Site

The Parish Web Site Ministry is responsible for collecting information about the parish, its activities and for making this information available to parishioners and the general public. The Parish Web Site is www.catholic-church.org/st-ann-peabody. Experience with HTML and WEB Design is a plus, but basic knowledge of computers and document editing, such as Microsoft Word, and a commitment of about one hour a week is required. Training in WEB publishing is available.

If you are interested in volunteering for this Ministry, please contact Susan at the Parish Office, 978-532-3329.


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Religious Education Board

The Religious Education Board Ministry assists the Religious Education Director in assessing the religious education needs of all parishioners and assist in the planning of programs to meet those needs. Members meet approximately two hours per month. All are welcome to participate. No special training is required.

If you are interested in volunteering for this Ministry, please contact Susan at the Parish Office, 978-532-3329.


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Senior Servers

The purpose of the Senior Servers is to assist the priest at funerals, much like an Altar Server. Senior Servers are sometimes called upon to do a reading or the prayers of the faithful, if a family member is not doing it. A Senior Server arrives forty-five minutes prior to a funeral, prepares the altar, checks on who is doing the readings, puts out the gifts, and attends to any special requests of the priest presider. The parish office does the scheduling and notifies the Senior Server when funerals are scheduled. At present, there are only a few Senior Servers who take a month at a time and rotate coverage.

If you are interested in volunteering for this Ministry, please contact Susan at the Parish Office, 978-532-3329.


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Ushers and Greeters

The primary ministry of the Usher/Greeter is to greet all parishioners before and after Mass, being as friendly and helpful as possible, to assist with the weekly collection and presentment at the offertory, and to distribute the weekly church bulletin, special holiday music flyers, and any other official chirch materials needed. Other duties may include unlocking the church doors thirty minutes before Mass, helping to clear walkways of snow and ice, spread ice melt, and to keep the Usher/Greeter Room organized and neat. On the job training is provided, and there are no prerequisites. A CORI is required periodically. Time requirement is about one and one-half hours per week.


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