Ministries & Organizations

Schedule for meetings and organizations:

BIBLE STUDY classes meet on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm in the gathering area of the Church.

WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY meets at 10:00  clip-art-meeting-310976
am in Classroom A.

CYO AND LIFE TEEN – Meetings are after the 5:00 pm Sunday Mass.

EMBRACE YOUR NEIGHBOR – Meets the third Friday of each month at 7 pm in Classroom A.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS meet at the Knights’ Hall on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm. For more information contact Fran Barcomb at 601-3405.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY (Knitting and Crocheting) meets every Thursday from 1:00 – 3:30 pm in Classroom A. Items for the sick or for new arrivals are available by calling Patti Musto @ 665-0169.

RIGHT TO LIFE – Meets on the second Friday of each month at 7 pm in classroom A.

SENIOR’S BINGO will meet in Classroom A on the second Wednesday of the month at 1:00 pm. For more information contact Noreen at 409-7097

STEPHEN MINISTRY Confidential request cards asking for a Stephen Minister, either for yourself or for another, along with information about Stephen Ministry, are available at all entrances to the Church.

TRAIL LIFE USA meets on Mondays from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Call David Schneider at 843-610-3707.

ULTREYA MEETING The third Wednesday of the month at 7 pm at St. Anne’s. Contact Sherri Bender at 665-8871.

WOMEN’S CLUB meet the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.

YOUNG AT HEART meets at 11:30 am on the third Wednesday of the month at Stefano’s restaurant.

Below you will find a list of ministries and organizations that St. Anthony has to offer, please look over this list and if you find something that interest you  call the church office at 843-662-5674 and let us know. We are always in need of volunteers and it is a great way to serve God with your  time and talent. Below are a list of contacts for each organizations.

PARISH ORGANIZATIONS/COMMITTEES
Adoration Coordinator, Georgette Falcone ……………. 665-2716

Altar Cloths, Regina Arde …………………………………… 292-8574
Altar Servers, Calvin Duncan………………………………. 250-4774
American Heritage Girls, Lynn Marlowe………………..618-5063

Bible Study, Mike Hill (Wednesday) ……………………. 662-5674

CYO, Kevin Ellis …………………………………………   757-748-4025
Assistant …………………………………………………             662-5674
Disaster Relief Committee, Mark Sestito …………….. 662-5674

Embrace Your Neighbor, Dcn. Mike Woodall, Jr. …..662-5674
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion,
Darlene Stowe ……………………………………………….      667-9637
Hispanic Music Ministry, Vincent Santamaria……… 662-5674

Knights of Columbus, Fran Barcomb …………………… 601-3405

Lectors, Rick Richey ………………………………………843-621-1457
Lectio Divina Bookstore……………………………………….662-5674

Little Rock Bible Study, Warren Busscher …………….667-0859
Meals on Wheels, John Noble… ……………………..201-637-1568
Ministers of Consolation
Regina Arde…………………………………………………..  ….292-8574
Theresa Efferson………………………………………………… 346-4661
Ministers of Hospitality (Ushers),
John Guerriero………………………………………………. ….667-5098
Parking Lot Mission …………………………………………… 662-5674
Pastoral Council, Mike Hill…………………………………. .667-9540
Prayer Shawl Ministry, Patti Musto 665-0169
Right to Life Committee,
Dcn. Michael Woodall, Jr. ………………………………….. 662-5674
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA),
Dcn. Regi Armstrong …………………………………….. …..662-5674
Senior Ministry, Noreen McFann………………………. …409-7097

Sick & Homebound Ministry, Rita LaBruzzo ………… 407-6250
Sally Kenney… 669-0478
St. Anthony Men’s Club, Doug Amon …………….843-861-4586

Stephen Ministry, Carol Germain…………………………. 667-9702

Trail Life USA Troop 490, David Schneider………843-610-3707

Transportation Minister, Vincent Rolland……………….615-1654

Women of St. Anthony, Joy Burns Mierzejewski …… 917-4326

Young at Heart, Noreen McFann …………………………. 409-7097

 

Altar Servers
Anyone who has made First Communion and is in the 4th grade or above can assist the priest and deacon during the celebration of Mass and other Liturgies as an altar server. Your responsibility would be to serve Mass on a rotating schedule and to serve at weddings and funerals as requested.

Adult Choir
Join the choir and share the musical talents that God has given you to add beauty and solemnity to the liturgy and assist and encourage the singing of the congregation. Your responsibilities would be to attend rehearsals on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 until 9:00 and Sunday mornings at 10:30. The choir participates in the liturgy during 11:00 Mass on Sundays from Labor Day through the Feast of Corpus Christi in June. The choir also sings at the Christmas Midnight Mass, Ash Wednesday, liturgies of the Triduum, Confirmation and some Holy Days. We also participate on special occasions that arise in the life of our parish.

Altar Cloths And Vestments
The purpose of this group is to prepare cloth and vestment for use in liturgies. Membership is open to any individual willing to assist with the tasks necessary to keep the appointments and vestments ready for liturgies.
Those involved will be asked to:

  • Wash and iron altar linens
  • Clean and change the altar cloths as necessary for specific season and liturgies
  • Co-ordinate flower offerings for the altar
  • Repair altar clothes
  • Check on linen and towel orders
  • Check vestments periodically for wear and cleaning needs

Baptism Class
This is the class designed to prepare parents and godparents for their roles and responsibilities in the life of a child who is celebrating the sacrament of Baptism. To have your child baptized you must be registered and an active members of the parish. At least one parent must attend a class before the child is baptized. This class meets once a month please call the church office for more information,

Bible Study
This is for those interested in learning more about the Bible, our faith, and our walk with God. We will study various books or topics of the Bible. Please come join us on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm in the gathering area of the Church.

Cantors
Cantors lead the congregation in common sacred songs and in responsorial singing. Anyone who is willing to share their musical talents given to them by God and is willing to sing solo is asked to consider this ministry. You will rehearse with the director of music on a regular basis, individually determined, and serve at weekend and seasonal liturgies by means of flexible scheduling.

CCD
This organization is to assist parents in the religious education of their children. Classes are available to any child in 5k through 8th grade who is not currently attending a Catholic school. Children will be prepared for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation. . Classes are weekly 6:00-7:00 PM preceded by family dinner 5:30-6:00 PM.

Church Decorating Committee
The purpose of this group is to prepare the worship event environment for special liturgical seasons such as Christmas, Advent, Easter, and Lent. Membership is open to any individual willing to help with preparations and cleanup. Members will place greenery and plants inside/outside the church, assist in setting up Christmas trees, manger and altar plants, and hang wreaths, roping and tie bows.

CYO
Once our youth make their confirmation their religious studies should not end there. Our Life Teen program provides an environment where Catholic teenagers can learn more about their faith; to provide opportunities for them to practice their faith through prayer, church service and community service; and to do this while sharing fun and fellowship with other Catholic teenagers. Membership is open to all youth in grades 9-12.
Activities include:

  • Meet weekly on Sunday at 6:00 PM
  • Plan monthly outings such as pool parties, pizza parties, bowling, etc.
  • Participate in a Lock-In scheduled once a year in the Family Center

“Embrace Your Neighbor”

Has begun at St. Anthony Catholic Church for the purpose of:

1) Fostering….Parish Community friendships by hosting events and activities where we as a parish can individually build a tighter community of faith.

2) Reach out….to missing parishioners to invite them to come home.

3) Welcome…….new parishioners, those visiting, those interested in the faith and those who have relocated to our area.

Eucharistic Adoration

Our parish is very blessed to have an Adoration Chapel where someone is present before the Blessed Sacrament between the hours of 6:00 am until 12:00 midnight. The first adorer in the morning takes the Blessed Sacrament from the tabernacle and places it in the monstrance. There is a schedule of adorers for an hour each and we ask that you remain with the Blessed Sacrament until the next adorer arrives. During your hour you have time to pray, spend quite time in meditation, or read. We have many books available. The last adorer at night will take the Blessed Sacrament from the monstrance and place it in the tabernacle. If you do not feel like you can commit to an hour a week, please feel free to spend time in the Adoration chapel at any time.

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
If you feel God has called you to participate in the distribution of the Holy Eucharist, you may submit an application for approval by the pastor. You should be a practicing Catholic and must be at least 16 years old. Once approved you must participate in training, and then you will be able to serve at Mass as scheduled, usually once or twice a month at the Mass you request. Your position will be scheduled and certain positions are responsible for helping clean up after Mass. If your Schedule permits, you may be asked to take communion to the sick or home bound.

Junior CYO
Catholic youth in grades 7th and 8th can become more involved in their faith than just attending CCD classes. The junior CYO provides opportunities for them to practice their faith through prayer, church service and community service, and to do this while sharing fun and fellowship with other Catholic youths.
Activities include:

  • Meet weekly on Sunday at 6:00 PM
  • Plan monthly outings such as pool parties, pizza parties, bowling, etc.
  • Participate in a Lock-In scheduled once a year in the Family Center
  • Attend a weekend retreat
  • Assist with activities during parish functions as requested
  • Provide service to the community through projects such as Habitat for Humanity

Knights of Columbus
The KOC is a nationwide program open to practicing male Catholics who are at least 18 years old. An application must be submitted and approved by the council.
Activities include:

  • Monthly meetings the second Tuesday of each month.
  • Monthly Council dinner and activities for families and all Knights and guests.
  • Dinners celebrating special events (St. Patrick’s Day, Officer Installation, Open House, Christmas, etc.)
  • Project Hope- annual Tootsie Roll appeal to help individuals with mental retardation.
  • Annual masses to honor deceased members, Our Lady of Guadalupe, etc.
  • Honor Guard supplied for various ceremonies (4th Degree funerals, special celebratory masses, presence of Bishop).

Lectors
Do you have a desire to study and proclaim the Word of God during the liturgy of the Mass? If so you may submit an application to the Pastor. Once approved you will be asked to attend semi-annual training class. You will proclaim the first and second readings during Sunday Mass. In addition to regular Sunday Mass you may be asked to proclaim the readings during funerals and other special liturgies.

Meals on Wheels
St. Anthony Participates in the program along with other churches in our area. They deliver hot meals daily to people who are unable to leave home. You are asked to do this one week every twelve weeks. If you have the time and transportation, please consider this as a way to give back to our community.

Ministers of Hospitality
We are always in need of people to make our parishioners feel welcome and a part of our parish family.
Your role would be to:

  • Make everyone feel welcome and help find seats, if needed.
  • Greet people before Mass and hand out Orders of Worship.
  • Assist the sacristan in preparations and get a family to take the gifts to the altar.
  • Pass around the collection basket during the offertory and after communion.
  • Pass out bulletins as people leave church.
  • Collect Orders of Worship from pews.

Parish Pastoral Council
The Parish Council provides advice and assistance to the pastor in the Mission of the Church. Membership is elected by the parish community or appointed by the pastor. Members must be a practicing Catholic and a member of the parish. Council will meet the fourth Monday of each month. They will help the pastor develop plans and policies to accomplish the mission of the parish. Members will also work in assigned groups (Stewardship, Social Mission, Building Community, Prayer and Worship, Christian Formation, Evangelization) to assist in implementation of the Synod document within the framework of the parish’s mission.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
If you enjoy knitting or crocheting please come join us on Thursdays at 1:00 pm in classroom A. Our ministry knot blankets for unwed mothers, caps for chemo patients, mittens for the Outreach Program in Kingstree, and prayer shawls for people who have recently lost a loved one. As we knit we pray for these people in need. This is a great way for new parishioners to get to know other women that have a love of knitting while also creating something that will comfort someone in need.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
This is the process by which people become members of the Roman Catholic Church. The process is concerned with the total formation of the person into believing, living, praying, and serving with the Church community. This gradual development culminates in the celebration of the Initiation of the Sacrament of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist at Easter time. Any adult interested in learning about and/or joining the Roman Catholic Church is invited to participate.
Activities include:

  • Weekly gatherings, which inform you of all aspects of the Church, September thru April.
  • Social gatherings to meet other members in the Parish community.
  • An annual retreat to enjoy a period of quiet and serenity and to embrace our spirituality.
  • Trip to meet with the Bishop of the Diocese and people from other parishes coming into full communion with the Church.

Sacristans
If you have a limited amount of spare time but would still like to contribute to the church, Sacristans are able to do just that by arriving at church a few minutes early.
Sacristans ensure that:

  • Ushers, altar servers, lectors, and Eucharistic Ministries are present for Mass.
  • All vessels and other items are on the Credence table at least 15 minutes before Mass.
  • All candles on the altar are lit before Mass.
  • There is a family to take up gifts during Mass.

Spanish Gospel Choir
This group preserves the cultures richness and works with the growing Hispanic Community. Members share the gospel through music at the 1:00 PM Hispanic Mass. Membership is open to any individual interested and familiar with traditional Latin American Music. Members meet every Friday 7:30 – 9:00 PM for music and singing practice, provide music for the 1:00 PM Mass on Sunday at St. Anthony, and provide music

St. Anthony Disaster Relief Committee
The purpose of this group is to plan for relief services for St. Anthony parishioners and citizens of the Florence Community. This is done in cooperation with existing disaster relief service organizations and our “twin” Catholic Church in the beach area. Membership is open to all those who desire to serve victims of natural and man made disasters.
You will:

  • Enlist volunteers from St. Anthony, St. Ann and Florence who desire and are able to render assistance to those distressed by disasters.
  • Provide shelter in homes or work in shelters designed by the Red Cross.
  • Attend training sessions provided by the Red Cross and other relief agencies, to prepare to provide services needed in shelters.
  • Assist in cleanup after disaster strikes – providing labor, vehicles, equipment or shelter for relief worker.
  • Cooperate with other churches in rendering relief services in other geographic locations.

St. Anthony Men’s Club
This club is to unite the men of St. Anthony Parish in social, religious and other activities for the betterment of the Parish and to assist the pastor in spiritual and material undertaking for the welfare of the Parish. Membership is open to all registered men of the parish and to non-Catholic men whose wives are registered members of the parish. The Men’s Club Hosts a monthly breakfast open to all parishioners, provides a college scholarship to a deserving parishioner, and supports the St. Anthony Scouting program by hosting a yearly breakfast and providing financial assistance. Members provide a mid-summer meal to migrant workers in Lake City, assist with set-up, cooking, serving, etc. at parish functions, and assume responsibility for tasks requested by the pastor and/or parish staff.

St. Anthony School Board
This organization is to promote an effective program of religious, intellectual, cultural, social, and physical education for the students of St. Anthony School. Membership is determined by school and parish elections. Members must be parishioners and will; attend monthly school board meetings, advise on the development of school policy, assist in the implementation of school policy, and provide assistance to the pastor and the Parish Pastoral Council.

 

Stephen Ministry

Are you dealing with a life crisis or transition- grief, divorce, hospitalization, job loss, terminal illness- to name a few, if so we have a ministry to provide you with someone that may be able to help.

Stephen Ministry pairs a trained lay person with you to meet once a week for about an hour. Stephen Ministers have received 50 hours of training. They are trained to care, listen, to stand by a person and minister to his or her spiritual needs as God works through this relationship to bring hope and healing to the care receiver. Stephen Ministry care is confidential care.

This ministry gives Fr. Morey a way to be sure people get the attention they need for as long as they need it. Stephen Ministry relationships can be as short as a few months or as long as several years. As a community of faith, we at St. Anthony Parish are committed to follow Jesus and reach out in service to our fellow human beings with love, respect and support.

Confidential Care Request cards and informational brochures are at the entrances to the church.

Women of St, Anthony

The women of St. Anthony unite all women of the parish, to assist the pastor in spiritual and material undertakings for the welfare of the parish community, and encourage participation in programs offered by the South Carolina Council of Catholic Women. Membership is open to all women of the parish who are at least 18 year old.
Activities include:

  • Meet the second Tuesday of each month to conduct business and participate in programs.
  • Assist with receptions for First Communion, Confirmation, and Holy Saturday.
  • Provide a scholarship to a deserving parishioner.
  • Provide a meal for migrant workers in Lake City and McBee.
  • Provide a meal for members of the parish at times of loss; maintain contact with those who have experienced a loss by sending cards.
  • Assume responsibility for tasks requested by the pastor and/or parish staff.