Become a Volunteer Help is always needed and welcomed. If you would like to become more active in the parish there are a number of liturgical and social ministries available to you. You may find that participating in a parish ministry can be a very rewarding experience for you. Protecting God’s Children Registration is required for all employees and volunteers.
Protecting God’s Children
We must all do everything that we can to help protect the children entrusted to us. This is especially important for those who work and minister in the Church.
A critical part of the diocesan safe environment policy is the diocesan database of those who work and minister in the Church. The database is also the Church’s means of meeting the requirements of state and federal law. All employees and volunteers of our parish are required to register and fulfill various requirements of the policy. This includes all clergy, religious, employees and volunteers in the parish. This registration is mandatory not optional.
Thank you for your service to the parish. If you have any questions, please leave a message at the Parish Center office and someone will call you back.
Liturgical Ministry Opportunities
Altar Server – The Altar Server assists the members of the liturgical assembly, and especially the priest and deacon, by presenting or arranging vessels and other items used in the celebration of sacred rites. Their reverent and efficient service enables other ministers to attend to their own roles while the liturgical actions unfold with reverence and appropriate decorum. As members of the assembly who are often visible to all at key moments in the rite, the Altar Servers should also model good liturgical participation.
This ministry is open to all baptized members of the Catholic Church (male or female) who have received their First Communion. Adult or youth candidates need to possess the necessary skills and demonstrate sufficient maturity to be considered for the ministry. Minimum age and suitability is left to the pastor’s discretion.
Eucharistic Minister – Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion serve the Eucharistic life of the Christian community. They are appointed by the bishop at the request of the pastor (or chaplain) to assist the ordinary ministers (bishop, priest, deacon) in sharing the Eucharistic Body and Blood of Christ with members of the community for which they are commissioned.
Eucharistic Ministers may be entrusted with the ministry of taking the sacrament to the sick and absent members of the Church who are at home or in a health care facility. In the case of a special need, the pastor may request a specifically trained Eucharist Minister to present the Blessed Sacrament for adoration or conduct a Communion Service where it will be distributed.
Lector – The Liturgical Reader serves the members of the liturgical assembly by proclaiming the texts of sacred scripture during the Liturgy of the Word at Mass and other liturgical celebrations. Through this proclamation, God speaks to the gathered community in a special way. The worthy exercise of this role enables the Church to hear the Word of God more clearly and receive it with more open hearts. Such regular public nourishment with the biblical Word helps to sustain the community and contributes to its ongoing conversion and mission. The Lector participates fully in the liturgy and is reverent in carrying out their role which include processions and handling of the Book of Gospels.
The Lectors are faithful to their schedule of assignments and are vigilant and helpful in ensuring that all services are adequately served with this ministry.
Lectors need to be a baptized members of the Catholic Church and may be of any age as long as they have the necessary skills and sufficient maturity to perform the ministry. A person’s suitability for this ministry is left to the pastor’s discretion.
Usher – A Minister of Hospitality welcomes the people as they arrive and are attentive to the needs of children, elders and those with special needs. They provide assistance to help ensure that everyone can participate in the liturgy with a minimum of distraction. They also take up the collection, arrange for the Gifts to be taken to the altar at the Offertory, distribute bulletins and ensure that the lines to Communion flow with ease.
An Usher can be any active parishioner who, at the pastor’s discretion, possesses a welcoming spirt with the willingness and readiness to offer appropriate help.
Social and Service Ministries
Catholic Men’s Prayer and Fellowship Group – There are currently three men’s prayer and fellowship groups within the Catholic Community of South Pittsburgh that meet at different times and places. This allows men with varying schedules and needs to participate. All three groups combine prayer, fellowship, discussion, and reflection on Christ’s teachings and how they apply to our lives today. Many men participate in retreats, religious events, and community service projects.
Saint Sylvester’s Men’s Prayer and Fellowship. Meets every Saturday morning at 9:00 A.M. in the Rectory Meeting Room.
Holy Angels Men’s Prayer and Fellowship. Meets every other Thursday evening at 6:30 P.M. in the Holy Angels School.
Holy Apostles Men’s Prayer and Fellowship. Meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 P.M. at Saint Albert the Great Church.
It is best to check the parish Bulletin each week if you plan to attend a meeting. We hope you can join us!
Christian Mothers and Women’s Guild – A group of ladies, guided by faith and prayer, dedicated to inspiring the women of the parish and promoting Christian living. A social, spiritual, and fundraising group.
In addition to spiritual development, the guild provides opportunities to connect with other Christian women in a relaxed atmosphere and enjoy each others company. It is also a great opportunity to strengthen old friendships and develop new ones by socializing and supporting each other at meetings and activities.
Meetings are held monthly between September and December and between March and June. The meetings are held at the Saint Albert and Saint Basil church sites. (You do not have to attend every meeting to be a member.)
There are many activities throughout the year. Some activities include a Day of Recollection, a spring luncheon/Chinese auction, a picnic, two bingos a year (the primary fundraisers) and an annual day pilgrimage. Proceeds from the fundraisers go to our church, the Carrick food pantry, other local charities, and the Passions convent.
Funeral Ministry – Men and women participate in funerals by gathering to pray the rosary one half hour before each funeral and/or attend the funeral and hold a candle in honor of the deceased as they enter and exit the church for the final time. This ministry requires about one hour of time for each funeral to celebrate the life of the deceased parishioner. If interested, even on a limited basis, please call the parish office.
Ladies of Charity – A group of women whose primary focus is service. Their work is done behind the scenes and without recognition. They have no fundraisers or socials other than an annual tea and a fair trade sale in the fall.
The Ladies’ ministry primarily extends to hospitals, nursing homes, outreach to the homeless of Pittsburgh, the homebound, the ill, the elderly, and the needy in the local Community bringing to them corporal and spiritual nourishment. This ministry reflects one aspect of the church’s mission of reaching out to care for those in need. Through this ministry the parish is able to participate in the needs of its parishioners, thereby encouraging the growth of the Christian community.
Members of the Ladies of Charity are invested by the Bishop.
Music Ministry – The music ministry is dedicated to enhancing the beauty of the Mass by providing encouragement and support to the congregation’s participation in singing various hymns and acclamations during the Mass. The men and women of the choir add beauty and solemnity to the Mass with their musical talent. Cantors also lead singing at the Mass, with or without the presence of the choir.
Music Ministry is a joyful and fun way to enrich your spiritual and worship life. If you would like to be a choir member or have the ability to be a cantor please contact the parish Director of Music Ministries.
Youth Ministry – Our youth ministry strives to reach out to the youth of the parish to encourage responsible participation in the parish community. Youth Ministry provides an opportunity for high school aged teens to explore their faith in a more adult manner. We have a variety of events to promote community through social activities, spiritual growth, and community service. All high school students are invited to come make new friends and grow in their faith!
Boys in grades 1 through 5 can join Cub Scout Pack 326 all year round!
Parents and boys participate in activities together such as camping, hiking, pinewood derby, service projects, rocket launching, and so much more!
Weekly den meetings and monthly activities take place at Saint Albert the Great, around the Baldwin community and beyond.
The goal of the Catholic Youth Ministry match those of Scouting’s three aims:
Character – Goal is to empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in today’s world.
Citizenship – Goal is to draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community.
Physical and Mental Fitness – Goal is to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
The Parish Pastoral Council provides a way for the pastor to consult with his parishioners and solicit advice on matters pertaining to the pastoral needs of the parish. This council assists in developing and reviewing the parish mission statement.
Specifically, the Pastoral Council is:
“to examine and consider all that relates to pastoral work and to offer practical conclusions of these matters, so that the life and activity of the people of God may be brought into greater conformity with the Gospel.”
The three main tasks of the Pastoral Council are: to examine, to consider, and to recommend.
After seeking information from the pastor, the parish staff and the parish-at-large, they assesses the information and provide advice to the pastor regarding ways to fulfill the pastoral needs of the parish.
The Parish Finance Council is a consultative group that provides advice to the pastor regarding the parish financial matters. This group assists the pastor in providing financial information to the parish and makes recommendations for increasing or maintaining revenues as well as controlling and reducing expenditures.
Finance Council Members need to be registered in the parish for at least two years and should be active in the parish and in good standing with the Church. Skills in the areas of finance, administration or law are helpful, as well as the ability to discuss issues and work well with others in a group setting.
This council is appointed by the Pastor and is responsible for assisting him:
- In drawing up an annual parish budget of income and expenditures
- In preparing the annual report on the parish budget for review by the diocesan finance office
- In rendering an account yearly to the faithful concerning the goods they give to the parish including, in printed form, a copy of the annual budget
- In presenting, through the pastor, to the bishop, those important financial matters which exceed the pastor’s level of ordinary administration
- In reviewing from time to time, at the pastor’s discretion, any special items of administration beyond the budget for which the pastor wishes advice
- To be concerned with proper maintenance of all parish facilities
- To review all contracts prior to renewal.
Events and Activities – At various times during the year, the parish sponsors various social or fund raising events. These events generally involve food preparation as well as facility set up and clean up. Additional help is always needed and greatly appreciated.
If you are interested in helping with these events, please contact the parish office.
Advent Potluck Dinner – Cooks from the parish share their best dishes at this annual parish dinner held in December.
Bingo – Two bingos are held each year as fundraisers for the Women’s Guild/Christian Mothers.
Blessing of Baskets – Food baskets are blessed each year on Holy Saturday.
Blessing of Pets – Annual blessing of pets takes place the Saturday closest to the feast of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4).
Blood Drive – An opportunity for parishioners to help others by donating blood.
Calendar Party – A themed luncheon with tables decorated for the various months/holidays/seasons of the year.
Christmas Cookie Sale – Ladies of Charity call all “Cookie Bakers” to bake cookies in December and donate them to be sold after Masses in the churches around the middle of December.
Eucharistic Adoration – Parishioners have an opportunity for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Wednesday during Lent and also on the first Friday’s of the month at various times and locations.
Halloween Trunk or Treat – A chance for the children of the parish to trick or treat in one location. Parishioners decorate their car trunks and give out candy to costumed trick or treaters.
Ladies of Charity Tea – An annual tea party hosted by the members of the Ladies of Charity as a fundraiser to support their work.
Ladies of Charity Fair Trade Sale – An annual Fair Trade Sale is held in the Fall as a fundraiser to their work
Lenten Fish Fry – Our parish families join together to enjoy fish dinners, baked goods, and fresh donuts on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent.
Lunch with Santa – A day of fun for children with lunch, craft activities, a Chinese auction of toys, a reading of The Christmas Story, and a visit with Santa.
Morning of Service (Senior Outreach) – Parish volunteers gather to prepare cards and gift bags for the elderly/homebound parishioners.
Oktoberfest Dinner – An annual event consisting of a German dinner, entertainment, and a Chinese auction.
Parish Picnic – A day of outdoor family fun for the parishioners with food, Bingo, 50/50 raffle, and games.
Retreats – Weekends of spiritual reflection are available several times a year; one for the men of the parish and one weekend for the women.
Soup Saturday – An opportunity to purchase homemade soups of various types that have been donated by other members of the congregation.
Stations of the Cross – Each Friday during Lent, parishioners have an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross.
Summer Festival – Four days of fun, food, and fellowship as the parish community gathers for dinner, rides, games, and entertainment.