The Girl Scouts of America is an international organization for girls in grades K and up. Girls grow through community services, interaction and activities with their troop and other troops in the council. There are trips and events annually.
The Boy Scouts of America is an international organization for boys ages 11-17. Boys advance through ranks from Scout to Eagle Scout, learning camping and life saving skills, earning merit badges from Archaeology to Wilderness Survival, and providing community services. There are weekly meetings at the church, monthly camping trips and hikes, and an annual week long summer camp.
The Bereavement Ministry is there for anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one. The team is composed of both clergy and lay ministers. Support groups meet for one session in the fall for 8 consecutive weeks and are usually facilitated by the lay ministers. The Bereavement Ministry is also there to help those who may need to speak to someone on an individual basis, be it a member of the clergy or a lay minister.
Members of this committee call the new parishioners as they register to welcome them to our parish and to answer any questions they may have. For those who speak Filipino, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish, or Italian, we have members who also speak these languages. The committee also invites all new parishioners to a special liturgy once a year to meet our parish members.
CYO Youth Ministry
St. Michael's /Holy Spirit CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) is Youth Ministry based. This means our teens hold leadership positions and have a hand in running all of our activities. No activity is run solely by adults. By this we give our teens every opportunity to grow in personal development as well as in Faith.
Youth Ministry is Holistic, by this we try to plan activities throughout the year that meet the Spiritual, Individual, Community, Family and Social needs of all young Christians. We also try to encourage a better understanding of our Catholic Faith and Traditions, as well as offer opportunities for Christian Service and Outreach.
The goals of our group are to educate our teens in their faith and to supply them with the tools needed to live a positive Christian lifestyle. We also want them to be vital and active members of the Church and local communities. Our other major goal is to teach our teens to have confidence in themselves and their abilities. We want them to learn to take responsibility for the group as well as their own personal actions.
CYO meets every Tuesday night throughout the school year for topic nights. Our meetings run from 7:30-9pm in the St. Michael’s Parish Hall.
Contact: Phil Matrale at the Youth Ministry Office (908) 686-3762
Men's Prayer Group
Men's Prayer Group consists of men of the parish who meet once a month (3rd Saturday) in the teacher's lounge after 8:30 AM Mass to share Sunday's scriptures (1st, 2nd readings, and Gospel). We open with prayer, share Sunday's scripture, and end with prayer. Coffee and goodies are served. All men of Holy Spirit are welcome.
Rosary Altar Society
This is an organization of the parish. We meet on the first Tuesday following the first Sunday of each month from October to May. There is no meeting in January. The meetings begin in church at 7:30 P.M. with the recitation of the Rosary and a service dedicated to our Blessed Mother. We proceed to the parish hall, where there is a business meeting followed by a program and refreshments. Our dedicated members furnish and refurbish the altar linens, provide hosts for Communion, sew Baptismal robes for babies being baptized and provide an award for a graduating 8th grader in the school. Funds for our charitable activities are raised through our annual cake sale and Coffee Klatch on Super Bowl Sunday and pour Palm Cross sale. We have an Annual Mother/Daughter Communion Breakfast in October, a woman’s retreat in October, a Christmas Party, A Theater/Luncheon Day our in April, and a May Crowning at our May meeting. Our Moderator is Deacon Joe Carlo. We invite all women of the parish to join us.
Separated and Divorced
When a civil divorce or separation is the only reasonable answer to a failed marriage, Catholics often find themselves not only at odds with their spouses and friends, but seemingly also with their church. We provide a church supported place where accurate information on the Church’s teachings and practical information about living as a single person are offered in a supportive and welcoming manner. We see divorce not as a dead end, but as a door to a new valuable life. Anyone who attends a meeting is considered a member of the Ministry, regardless of religious affiliation.
Sixty Plus Club
60+ Club is a social club for Seniors, which meets monthly from September to June. Meetings start with a Prayer Service in church at noon, followed by a business meeting and entertainment in the Parish Hall. Activities include day and week long trips, a Christmas party, and a picnic.
The Oremus Ministry
Prayer is an important part of what we do and who we are as Christians. St Paul tells us, “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” It has been the custom of the Church since its earliest days to pray for each other, particularly those in need. Here at Holy Spirit we are developing a new ministry, called the Oremus Ministry, based on the Latin word for “let us pray”.
This ministry will consist of a group of people who will pray for particular urgent needs in our community: those who are facing surgery or who are near death or have recently died, among others. Parishioners will be given the opportunity to submit a prayer request by phone or via the Web. We will then contact you and ask you to pray for these specific intentions. It only takes a few minutes of your time but the prayer will be a tremendous comfort to those who request it and will bind us together more closely as a community of faith.
If you would like to participate in this ministry please submit your information below and we will add you to our list of pray-ers.
Please sign me up for the Oremus Ministry and e-mail me prayer requests. I will include these intentions in my personal prayer.
Do you know someone who is in need of urgent prayer? Perhaps a loved one is facing a difficult crisis or a life-threatening illness. In situations like these we have a group of parishioners who have promised to pray for these intentions.
Please contact the parish office by telephone, or e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: In order to respect people’s privacy we cannot accept prayer intentions unless you have the express permission of the person you are asking us to pray for. Please make sure you clear it with them before you contact us.