The worship of God in the Eucharist is ‘the source and summit’ of our life as a Catholic people. The Church teaches us that true worship requires the full and active participation of all the People of God. To that end, we employ a variety of needs and ministries in the course of each celebration of the Mass to make it meaningful and inspirational. The following are the ministries of our parish that assist in worship:

Altar Servers

Any boy or girl, woman or man, who has received his or her First Communion and is interested in assisting at Mass by serving, is welcome to join this ministry. We also need adults who are available during the week to assist at funerals. Training is provided; depending on your Mass preference, the rotation is once or twice a month. For more information, please contact the Ministry Center at (508) 765-3701.

Choirs

We are blessed in our parish with four choirs. To join any of the choirs does not require an exceptional or even good voice. It is more important to have a love of singing and to use it to give glory to God and help others praise the Lord.

English : The English Mass choir sings at the 10 AM Mass and practices on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 PM from September to June. For more information, please contact the Ministry Center at (508) 765-3701

Spanish : The Spanish Mass choir sings for the 11:30 AM Mass each week. The choir practices on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 PM. For more information, please contact the Ministry Center at (508) 765-3701

Children : The Spanish community sponsors a special children’s choir for children in grades 4 and up. They sing at special liturgies and events for the Spanish community, and the fourth Sunday of each month. For more information, please contact the Ministry Center at (508) 765-3701

Life Teen : Our Sunday evening Mass at 6 PM is part of the Life Teen and Edge classes. Our young people lead the music ministry for this Mass under the guidance of Frank Flanagan. Vocalists and musicians of all types are needed and welcome to join us. For more information, please contact the Ministry Center at (508) 765-3701

Sacristy

The details of each Mass or devotion require knowledge and helping hands to prepare the vessels and other aspects of our divine worship. For more information, please contact the Ministry Center at (508) 765-3701.

Environment

We are blessed with three beautiful worship spaces! Each season it needs a creative eye to make it inspirational as well as fitting to the season or theme. Time for this ministry varies. To volunteer, please contact Father Peter in the parish office as we will be creating a new group from our various parishes.

Trinity Catholic Academy

The first Catholic school for our town was begun in 1871 by the Father LeBreton and run by Mrs. Lois (Elise) Kasky. In 1881, the Sisters of Saint Anne came to staff Brochu Academy of Notre Dame Parish, but left at the end of the school year in 1890. In 1887, Fr. John Drennan, the pastor of Saint Mary Parish invited the Sisters of Saint Joseph to come to teach the youth of Saint Mary Parish. Converting the original parish church of Saint Peter into a school, it served the needs of the parish until it was lost by fire in 1999. In 1889, Father Georges Brochu invited the Sisters of the Assumption to come from Canada to teach. Establishing their first of many missions in the US, they opened Notre Dame School the following year. Later they began a mission at Sacred Heart Parish as Sainte Jeanne d’Arc School. Each of these schools survives in Trinity Catholic Academy.

Today, Trinity Catholic Academy limits its class size to twenty-five students for grades Kindergarten through Grade 8. Our faculty is comprised of certified teachers and almost all have a Master’s degree to qualify them for the instruction that they provide. Our school attends Mass on a weekly basis and provides monthly liturgies, including a Mass to celebrate the Sacrament of Anointing with parishioners and guests from the local nursing home to a blessing of animals, to an all day retreat that allows our students to experience the difference that our faith and its beliefs can make in daily life. Our parents and faculty appreciate that our teaching is not indifferent morally but grounded in the Gospels and our faith as Catholics that we can practice freely and proudly.

Our school also has music, drama, and arts programs. All students participate in a physical education program with a licensed instructor. We have a fully equipped computer lab. After school sports include basketball, cheering, soccer, and a running club for boys and girls in grade four and up. We also have an after school program that allows students to study and to have fun after school hours for those parents that work, the last pickup needs to be before 5:30 PM.

TCA Advisory Board

This Board represents our larger community and assists our Pastor and Principal in establishing policy and securing the financial stability of our school for the future. Members on the Board serve 3 year terms with a limit of two consecutive terms.

TCA Endowment Fund Board

The Endowment Fund Board meets annually in February and oversees the Endowment Fund and allocates funds to the school, according to its needs. For more information, contact our school office during school hours:

Mrs. Josie Citta, Principal :
For more information, please contact the Ministry Center at (508) 765-3701 or visit our school on the web: www.trinitycatholicacademy.org

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

To be an EMHC, one must be a confirmed Catholic, living in a valid Catholic marriage and without any cause for public scandal. For more information, please contact the Ministry Center at (508) 765-3701.

Weekend Masses

These ministers are assigned on a monthly basis and assist in serving the Blessed Sacrament at Mass.

Home Visitation

English speaking homebound parishioners are visited every Friday for weekly or monthly communion. Spanish speaking parishioners are visited on Sundays.

Hospital Visitation

At Harrington Memorial Hospital, these volunteers are known as Pastoral Outreach Volunteers and assist to bring communion and visit those hospitalized. There are different schedules for Sunday morning and during the week. To volunteer, contact Stan Misiaszek.

Nursing Home Mass Assistant

The 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month, our parish holds Mass at the local nursing home, SRHCC. An assistant helps to set up Mass and bring communion to the residents on the floors.

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Leaders of the Liturgy of the Word for Children

At the 10 and 11:30 Masses on Sundays, children are dismissed to hear God’s Word proclaimed and explained at a simpler level. These leaders preach the Word and lead worship for 8-17 participants, ages K thru Grade 5; training is provided. For more information, please contact the Ministry Center at (508) 765-3701.

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Lectors

Proclaiming the Word of God is a vital part of every Mass. Good readers who make the Word come alive and speak to our hearts are always needed. Service is once or twice a month. Training is provided.

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Ministers of Hospitality

These important ministers begin our liturgy by helping those who arrive at church to know they are welcome at our worship. For visitors and guests, they provide helpful information and hospitality. For more information, please contact the Ministry Center at (508) 765-3701.

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Collectors

An important part of our weekend worship is the collection of donations to our parish. Many ministers of hospitality do this ministry also, but one need be one to be a requisite for the other. For more information, please contact the Ministry Center at (508) 765-3701..