Holy Angels Church offers a number of committees and organizations which allow all parishioners to actively participate in the church. Click for a printable Time & Talent Intention Form to be filled out and sent in to the parish office or click to volunteer.
Legion of Mary
Email – LegionofMary@HolyAngelsChurch.org
This group of members perform spiritual and pastoral activities within the Parish such as visiting those hospitalized, the shut-ins and the families of the newly Baptized. They also organize the May Crowning of our Statue of Mary. Inspired by Our Blessed Mother, members meet weekly on Tuesday afternoons in the Center for devotion and recitation of the Rosary. The Legion of Mary is currently seeking new members to do God’s work through our Lady.
Men’s Retreat League
This group of Parish men meets occasionally to encourage other male parishioners to attend an annual weekend retreat held in October at the Holy Family Retreat House in Farmington. The retreat is designed to nourish and renew the spirit with workshops, reflections, talks and liturgy. There is also a counterpart retreat for women each year.
National Council of Catholic Women
The National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) is a federation of 7000 Catholic women’s organizations representing millions of Catholic women across the country. NCCW programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world. It was founded in 1920 at the request of the United States Catholic Bishops who had seen the work accomplished by the many separate Catholic women’s groups during World War I and urged them to unite their efforts by forming a federation. Today, NCCW is composed of affiliated parish or area women’s groups, diocesan and national organizations, as well as supporting members. The organization acts through these affiliates to support, educate and empower all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service. NCCW holds membership in World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations and Women in Community Services. It is also an affiliate organization of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops / United States Catholic Conference.
Parish Council Email – ParishCouncil@HolyAngelsChurch.org
The Parish Council consists of nine members and two trustees. Meetings are held every other month or monthly if needed from September through June. The Parish Council consists of nine members. Meetings are held every other month or monthly if needed from September through June. The Council advises the Pastor in setting policy for the Parish and oversees the fundraising events of the parish. The council also works closely with all the other Parish committees to support their efforts. Parish Council members serve a three-year term. If you are able to help in the planning of annual events, have ideas to share, and would like to take part in helping our parish grow and be successful, please complete a representative sign up form and drop it in the basket at Mass this week. Someone will contact you!
Email – YoungatHeart@HolyAngelsChurch.org
The Young-at-Heart is a social group for parishioners 55 years and older. They gather for a Mass, meeting and luncheon at 11:00 a.m. on the first Friday of each month except January, February, July and August. Members also enjoy many trips and social events throughout the year.
Email – YouthGroup@HolyAngelsChurch.org
The Holy Angels Youth Group is open to all parishioners in grades 6 through 12. The purpose of our Youth Group is to promote the spiritual as well as cultural growth of the youth of our Parish family. The group meets in the Parish Center on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month to discuss and initiate various youth activities in our Parish, or with other youth groups in the area. We invite all youth of the Parish to join.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion distribute the Eucharist at Masses as well as to homebound parishioners who cannot attend worship. On a rotating schedule, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion also visit the Curtis Home to distribute the Eucharist. Volunteers attend an archdiocesan training program and are formally commissioned by the Archbishop as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion.
Lectors fulfill a most important ministry of service by proclaiming the Word of God at all weekend Masses. Prior to serving, Lectors receive instructional training. In addition, annual half-day workshops are available to Lectors to enhance and improve their delivery. Both men and women can volunteer to serve.
Volunteers of this group serve the parish by welcoming parishioners as they arrive for Mass as well as coordinating the offertory processions and collections. Greeters also oversee the needs of the Celebrant and ensure the comfort of the parish family.
Boys and girls in the fourth grade or above, volunteer to assist in the celebration of our Masses and at other liturgies. Altar servers also assist at weddings and funerals. Altar Server Application Form
The Altar Society prepares the altar and sanctuary for Masses, funerals and weddings. This group is responsible for cleaning the altar, vestments, and linens. They also mark the daily readings. Currently, there are eight members of the society who work in groups of two on a rotating basis.
Email – Social@HolyAngelsChurch.org
Volunteer members plan and provide for the many social events which are held throughout the year. Members help to provide opportunities for parishioners of all ages to enjoy a sense of parish family community, friendship and religious holiday spirit.
The volunteer members of the Education Committee, recognizing that a Christian’s education continues through life, seek ways to provide religious education for our parishioners from preschool to adult. Members meet about once a month.
Community Action Committee
Volunteers of this committee coordinate projects to benefit parishioners and Meriden community residents in need. Activities include bottle drives, collecting items to make food baskets for those less fortunate, and collecting clothing and other gifts for the needy at Christmas. To all of our parishioners who make this possible, we thank you for your kind and consistent donations!
March – Battered Women Personal Hygiene
April – Easter Food Baskets
May – Roses for Birthright
June – Bottle Collection for A.R.C. or Meriden & Wallingford
July – Picnic Food Baskets
August – School Supplies
September – Household Items
October – Birthright Baby Shower
November – Thanksgiving Food Baskets
December – Giving Tree and Christmas Food Baskets
These volunteer members study our Liturgy celebrations and help to make them more meaningful for our parishioners. They work together to improve their liturgical knowledge to share with others.
The Finance Council assists the Pastor in fulfilling his administrative and financial duties which may include assuring adequate Parish income, investing funds and preparing the Parish budget. (Read about our Plus 1 Campaign as we strive to increase our monthly income.) The Council also advises the Pastor regarding maintenance and improvements of our Parish facilities. The six Council members are selected by the Pastor.
Pro-Life Outreach Ministry
Email – Prolife@HolyAngelsChurch.org
We all understand how vitally important the issue of life is in our society today and how important it is for each one of us to defend life at all its stages. Pope John Paul II has said: “to be actively pro-life is to contribute to the renewal of society through the promotion of the common good. It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life upon which all other inalienable rights of individuals are founded.” (Gospel of Life) With the Holy Father’s words in mind, the Holy Angels Pro-Life Ministry held a meeting on Wednesday, June 14, 1999 at the Holy Angels Parish Center. The purpose of this meeting was to organize a citywide Pro-Life Committee with other Meriden parishes to host a Pro-Life Day in the Archdiocese of Hartford. Born out of love and dedication, the “Respect Life Day Conference” was conceived and implemented. Since then, the Holy Angels Pro-Life Outreach Ministry has held this conference in the month of October to coincide with respect life month. Please view the Events page on this website for more detailed information.