Organizations and Service in Our Parish

Altar Rosary

The Altar Rosary Society's main function is taking care of and providing for the sanctuary, but also provides many other services to the parishes, as well as fellowship opportunities. It is open to all women of the parish.  Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday at 6:30 pm in St. Agatha's Center.

             

               

Boy Scouts of America Troop & Pack 209

Cub Scout Pack and Scout Troop 209 have been active in the Meadville area for more than 40 years. The Cub Scouting program offers weekly activities for boys ages 6 to 10, while the Scout program offers weekly meetings and monthly camping experiences for boys ages 11-18. Skills learned in these programs will benefit the youth, their families, their communities and beyond.

Pack 209 meets weekly at 6 PM at St. Brigid Church. Troop 209 meets weekly at 6:30 PM at St. Brigid Church. All are welcome to come join us to learn more.

Care & Concern

Care & Concern consist of a variety of ministries by need, but some examples include: 

 

Special Collections: Collections are held for St. James Haven (men’s shelter), the women’s shelter, pregnancy center, parish food pantry, & other needs.  Look for bins in Church.

Prayer Line: This is a network of volunteers who pray for special intentions of anyone requesting prayers—not limited to parishioners St. Agatha: 337-2492, St. Brigid: 724-5174, St. Mary of Grace: 724-3722, Tri-parish Email: MeadvillePrayerNetwork@gmail.com)

Spreading the Love: A service of sending cards to our homebound parishioners so they know they are still a vital part of our parish.

Visitation: Volunteers visit homebound parishioners and those in hospitals and nursing homes.  St. Mary of Grace prays the rosary on the 4th Wed at 2pm at Wesbury.

Bereavement Ministry: Volunteers reach out to those bereaving the loss of a loved one through accompaniment, cards and monthly individual or group meetings, all the while providing a judgement-free forum of love, support and friendship.

 

Funeral Luncheons:   Volunteers help with funeral luncheons, which are offered for families & friends of parishioners after funerals.  A luncheon on All Soul’s Day (Nov 2) is provided for all the families who have lost loved ones during the year.

Catholic Daughters of America

Catholic women (age 18 & older) of the local parishes are invited to join Catholic Daughters of the Americas.  Their motto is “unity and charity,” and they work to support each other as women of faith, and provide service to the parishes and community.  Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each, month (except Jan. & Feb.) at 6:30 pm at St. Agatha Parish Center.

Catholic Federation

The Catholic Federation is made up of members from each of the Meadville parishes. Their main apostolate is the Catholic booth at the Crawford County Fair, maintaining the Marian Shrine on Rt. 19 between Meadville and Saegertown and the crèche in Diamond Park. 

 

Catholics for Life & Liberty

The Epiphany of the Lord Parish is active in supporting pro-life activities locally & nationally. Watch for announcements for our annual bus trip to the March for Life in DC in January.  Other events include the Pro-Life Banquet in fall hosted by the CC Citizens for Life and the Pro-Life Regency Ball.

 

Environment 

Parish environment committees include parish beautification work both inside and outside the Church.  The garden committee specifically works on beautifying the grounds through seasonal clean-up, and planting and caring for flowers and shrubs.  Contact the Parish Office if interested in helping.  

 

 

Holy Cross Fraternity of the Order of Secular Franciscans

Secular Franciscans, by their Profession, pledge themselves to observe the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (going from Gospel to life and life to Gospel) and to follow the example of St. Francis of Assisi who made Christ the inspiration and the center of his life with God and people.

 

The process of becoming a Secular Franciscan is a journey that involves three separate stages - Orientation, Inquiry, and Candidacy - culminating in the Rite of Profession.  Time frame - approximately 2 years.

 

We meet on a regular basis on the third Tuesday of every month at Our Lady Queen of the Americas, Conneaut Lake, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

 

You are invited to “Come and See”.  We would love to meet you!

 

For more information, contact Theresa Mummert, OFS (814-336-2465) or Kathleen Barton, OFS (814-439-2838).

This is a county-wide fraternity that is part of a regional (www.ladypovertyregion.org), national (www.nafra-sfo.org), and international fraternity (www.ciofs.info)

 

Holy Name Society

The Holy Name Society of St. Brigid is open to all Catholic men of the parish.  It is a Christian fellowship group that provides funding and service for various parish projects.  Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday at 7pm every 3 months (April, July, Oct, Jan) in St. Brigid Parish Center.

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is known as the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society, and is based on the four principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.  Meetings are held the 1st Mon of each month (unless a holiday, which would change meeting to the following Mon) at 8 pm at St. Mary of Grace Parish Center.  Membership is open to all Catholic men over the age of 18.  

Men's Club

The Saint Agatha Men’s Club is a similar fellowship and service group that puts on activities such as donuts after the first Sunday 8am Mass, an annual Chili Cook-off in Feb, a pancake breakfast in the fall, and assists with other needs of the parish and community.  There are no dues.  Meetings are the 2nd Tues

of the month at 7:00 pm in St. Agatha’s Parish Center.

Outreach committees

The Meadville Catholic Community provides a variety of services to address the spiritual and material needs of individuals in the local community.  Examples include:

Angel Tree: At Christmas parishioners can pull envelopes off a Christmas tree and purchase gifts for those children in need.

Meadville Soup Kitchen: The Meadville Soup Kitchen is held weekdays at Stone United Methodist Church on the Diamond. The parishes participate by providing food and monetary donations.  Also, each parish has a monthly volunteer day at the kitchen (St. Brigid – 3rd Thurs; St. Agatha – 3rd Fri; St. Mary of Grace – 2nd Thurs).

Pastor’s Fund / Food Pantry: A pastor’s fund helps people in need of one-time emergency assistance. The parish also has an in-house food pantry supplied by the generous donations of parishioners.

The Clothes Line: St. Mary of Grace offers free gently used clothing, especially for children.  The Clothes Line, located in the Parish Center, is open one Saturday per month, and usually during community dinners.

“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.”

~St.  Teresa of Calcutta