Child Parish Youth Group
Youth From both Holy Child and Saint Mary's Church are
invited to participate in out Youth Group. Monthly meetings and\or activities
are held in the Holy Child Parish Hall.
The Youth Group involves religious education, social
activities and fund raising for trips and special events.
Adult supervision is needed to give guidance to the
Good Neighbor Club
The Good Neighbor club is a service and social organization
whose members are retired or who have the time to devote to assisting
parishioners in meeting some of their needs. The club members are aware
of their own needs for socializing. There are no dues. Membership is open
to both men and women.
The type of services that they strive to provide are:
transportation, letter writing, visits to nursing home patients, sending
greeting cards, as well as giving a monthly donation to the area food
pantry and to other charitable causes.
Social activities include day trips, picnics, card playing,
and the anniversary luncheon cruise on one of the Finger Lakes.
Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays
of the month except November, December, June, July and August when the
meetings are on the second Tuesday only.
Contact Person - Francis Murphy (835-5387)
The Good Samaritans are a group of women who give their
time to church needs, such as funeral luncheons and helping needy families
at Christmas time with food and clothing. The group also provides donations
to the local food pantry.
Good Samaritan fund raisers include an Easter Raffle and a Pork and Sauerkraut
dinner in October.
We meet in St. Mary's Hall or at a local restaurant on the second Tuesday
of the month. There are no meetings in January, February, May, June, July,
Membership is free and new members are always welcome!
Contact Person - Doris Partyka (324-2295)
Holy Child Ladies Guild
Shortly after World War II, a small group of women met
on the steps of our old church. It was then a Mission of Saint Andrews
in Blossburg. These ladies felt that there was a need for someone to care
for the alter linens, flowers, cleaning and other needs of the church.
Over the years, the Guild membership has grown and they
have assumed many other responsibilities. They are called upon to help
in large part with the annual Christmas Craft Fair, which raises a considerable
amount of money primarilyfor the parish religious education programs.
Some of the functions of the Guild are to provide meals
after funerals, offer masses for deceased members and their families.
Any time there are special functions, the Guild members are called upon
for their assistance, especially in the kitchen.
Membership is open to all women of the parish.
Contact Person - Patty Hutcheson 662-2034
Catechesis (religious education) offers a chance to
share in Christ's love and to grow in faith, to help the church fulfill
it's mission, to live one's beliefs in a positive way, and to serve the
community through Christian actions.
At Holy Child, catechetical instructions for preschool
students through the Confirmations Classes are held Sunday mornings from
9:30 Am until 10:45 Am . Most classes meet in the Parish Center. The programs
we are presently using for all grade levels, with the exception of the
Sacramental Preparation Classes, is Lectionary Based, meaning that the
lessons are based on the Scripture readings of that Sunday's Liturgy.
At Saint Mary's, religious education classes for preschool
children through the Confirmation Classes meet each Saturday from 5-6:15
PM. Classes are held in Saint John Neumann Center.
Contact Person - Jennifer Minnich 549-3079
The process by which new adult members join the Catholic
Church is known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
This involves a period of instructions to prepare candidates for reception
into the Catholic Community. This process begins in September with weekly
meetings which continue through lent culminating in the reception of the
Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation) at the
The Parish Prayer Chain is an organization of people
linked together for the sole purpose of praying for others. There are
no monthly meetings or fundraisers. The only requirement is to pray daily
for the petitions of others.
When there is a prayer request, the word is passed along
the prayer network, and, almost immediately, approximately forty people
lift their minds and hearts to God. Sometimes the petitions are of an
urgent nature and others are prayers of thanksgiving. Once a request is
made for prayers, the prayers are offered until the crisis has passed.
Membership is open to all who believe in the power of
prayer. The prayer chain is an outgrowth of the RENEW process in our parish.
Contact Persons -Joan Miller 662-3594; Mary Jane Seifried 549-7561
Men from the parish are invited to join the Knights
of Columbus, a social and service organization for Catholic men.
of Columbus, 4th Degree, meets the third Thursday of each month at 7:30
at rotating locations throughout the county. Meeting information is posted
in the parish bulletin and on the monthly calendar. Knights of Columbus,
MU Council meeets at 6:00pm on the 1st Sunday of the Month.
Contact Persons - Nick Musshafen 537-6620 or Thomas Hohman 549-2558
Child's Health Ministry
Organized in the autumn of 2000, The Health Ministry
promotes health and wellness within our parish community in a pastoral
way. Our initial focus has been on sponsoring educational presentations
based on an 'interest' survey and on outreach to the ill and shut-ins.
We also have had a wonderful Healing Mass, given rides, rocked babies,
"listened", provided meals to families with new babies, compiled
a resource/ information library, and prayed with and for the ill.
Join us! We welcome EVERYONE with a caring heart
and a wee bit of time to reach out to others!
Our monthly meeting (September through May only) is
held in Holy Child Church on the morning of the first Tuesday of the month.
(Please check the bulletin or call the rectory for the time.) If you are
interested in joining, or if you have questions or ideas, please contact
Dotty Welsh 570-662-2057.