Worship, Outreach,Social Ministries & Committees

 

 

Bereavement Ministry

 

The members of our Bereavement Ministry reach out to support those who are going through the loss of a loved one. They are present at the time of the Vigil, the Funeral Liturgy, the Committal, and in the days of grief and loss that follow. Sympathy cards are sent as well as cards honoring the anniversary of death. If you are willing to help those in their time of grief or have questions about this ministry, please contact the Parish Office at (925) 778-0768 for more information.

 

Church Cleaners

 

Each month, teams of volunteer parishioners take turns cleaning the sanctuary in preparation for our weekend liturgies. We begin at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday morning and, within two hours, the church is ready for worship. Duties include dusting, polishing the woodwork, vacuuming the carpets, attending to the Reconciliation Chapel, sweeping, mopping, cleaning the glass inserts in the church doors, and anything else that is necessary to maintain our worship facility.

 

Divine Mercy Apostolate

 

This ministry coordinates and plans for the annual observance of "Divine Mercy Sunday," Novenas, participation in the Annual Conference, EADM Cenacle Formation and Evangelization through Divine Mercy. The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy is prayed each day before the celebration of Daily Liturgies, Monday through Friday.

 

Family to Family Partnership

 

The Family to Family (F2F) Ministry provides budget and life skills advice to a family who may be struggling but who is highly motivated to change and transform their lives. The F2F team works with one family at a time for a period of from 12 to 18 months. Please contact the Parish Office at (925) 778-0768 for more information about this outreach ministry.

 

Garden Ministry

 

St. Ignatius of Antioch provides weekly food donations to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry located at Holy Rosary. The garden ministry was established to supplement these donations with fresh vegetable grown on the parish grounds. Select produce is also provided for some parish events. Please contact the Parish Office at (925) 778-0768 for more information.

 

Pastoral Associate

 

Pastoral associates are members of the Pastorall Staff and work closely with other staff members and ministry leaders to ensure the pastoral, liturgical, and social needs of the parish and beyond are met. They are involved in many of the parish’s ministries. Please contact the Parish Office at (925) 778-0768 for more information or to contact any one of the three current Pastoral Associates.

 

Pastoral Care Ministry

 

We are called to share ourselves by visiting those who are physically suffering in hospital, retirement homes or personal residences with our presence, prayers and Holy Communion to those who wish during times of illness in their lives. If you feel called to this ministry of presence, care, and prayer, please contact the Parish Office at (925) 778-0768 for more information.

 

Prayer Chain

 

This ministry prays for the various needs and concerns of individuals both in and beyond the parish. When requesting prayer, it is not necessary to give detailed information. Members pray for an intention or for a person. The request is then passed to the next member of the chain. Contact the Parish Office at (925) 778-0768 for more information.

 

Public Relations

 

This ministry writes and submits news releases to local newspapers (Contra Costa Times, Antioch Press and The Catholic Voice) to publicize activities and newsworthy events occurring at St. Ignatius of Antioch. Occasionally articles are submitted to be included in the weekly bulletin and flyers or posters are prepared for distribution to surrounding parishes as needed to promote parish events.

 

Rosary Group

 

The Rosary is prayed daily before morning liturgy and the leadership is rotated among the members of the congregation who are present.

 

St. Martha's Guild

 

This ministry of hospitality, service and support is offered to grieving families who are celebrating the gift of life for a loved one. As St. Martha served Jesus and His disciples, we also wish to serve grieving families at the time of the death of a loved one by coordinating the reception in our parish hall following the Funeral Liturgy Celebrating the gift of faith with family and friends is an essential part of the healing process. It is our hope to accompany the grieving family during this time of loss. Please contact the Parish Office at (925) 778-0768 for more information about this ministry.

 

St. Joseph the Worker

 

Our ministry, which supports Corazon, embraces the ideals of Habitat for Humanity and addresses the needs of our brothers and sisters who live in Tijuana, Mexico. Every year this ministry raises funds which are donated to Corazon. Corazon in turn uses these funds to take groups of builders to Tijuana and do a 24 hour build for one family. This ministry also donates school supplies, jackets, sweaters, and blankets. Please contact the Parish Office at (925) 778-0768 for more information.

 

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Silver and Gold

 

This is a ministry for our Senior parishioners. The ministry includes an ongoing number of activities in 4 areas: educational, physical, theological and social. If you are 55+, consider joining this active group. It's a great way to meet new friends and catch up with old ones. In addition, it's good for the heart and good for the soul. Please contact the Parish Office at (925) 778-0768 for more information.

 

Social Events Committee

 

St. Ignatius of Antioch Social Events Committee is responsible for planning and creating social events for our community. The committee plans and hosts events that promote hospitality, fellowship and community in our parish. These events include among others Hot August Night Style, Football Fantasy, Beer 'n' Brats, and the Halloween Party. Their major projects include the annual St. Nicholas Dinner in December and the St. Joseph Festival Dinner in March. Membership is open to all parishioners.

 

Social Justice Outreach

 

Although the parish does not have a formal Social Justice Committee, St. Ignatius of Antioch participates in a number of justice and outreach projects including active support for St. Vincent de Paul, St Peter Martyr Catholic School, Family-to-Family Partnership, Mountain View House Family Shelter in Martinez, St. Joseph the Worker/Corazon Ministry, Contra Costa County Interfaith Council, Winter Nights emergency family shelter, Contra Costa Interfaith Housing (CCIH), Birthright of Brentwood, Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life.