Ministry Opportunities

Arts and Environment Altar Angels Altar Servers Audio/Visual Ministry Bereavement Ministry
Eucharistic Ministers Gift/Vocation Symbol Families Greeters Hospitality (Ushers) Lectors
Music Ministry

St. Vincent de Paul Parish was established on February 29, 1976. Our theme was “To Celebrate is To Remember Who We Are and Say Yes with Ceremony.” Our weekend liturgies represent our greatest time of celebration and hopefully these celebrations reflect our theme even today. We encourage all to use their gifts and talents for God and His people by becoming actively involved in one or more of the many activities at St. Vincent’s. Scroll through this page to learn more about the many liturgical opportunities St. Vincent de Paul offers its members. For more information on the following ministries please contact the church office, 817-478-8206.

Liturgy- Christmas 2011
Liturgy- Baby Jesus 2011
Liturgy - Audio/Visual Ministry
Liturgy- Passion Play 2011 -A
Litugy- Passion Play 2011
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Liturgy- Art and Environment Easter 2011
Liturgy-Vocation Symbol
Liturgy-Youth Choir
Liturgy-Adult Choir
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Arts & Environment

The Arts & Environment group is composed of parishioners with an eagerness to keep our sanctuary looking beautiful. Throughout the church seasons, this group works with the Director of Liturgy and Music to coordinate the decorations with the scripture readings – especially at Christmas and Easter. You don’t have to be an artist to work in this group – just a desire to help.

Altar Angels

These special people do our altar linens. Members sign-up for a one month time period. Linens are picked-up each week, cleaned and brought back to the church. Please contact the Director of Liturgy and Music for more information on this special ministry.

Audio/Visual Ministry

Audio/Visual ministers staff the sound board during our weekend and special celebrations. A general knowledge of the mass is a must, and a good ear for music helps. Please contact  the Director of Liturgy and Music for more information on this special ministry.

Bereavement Ministry

We are very fortunate to have a bereavement ministry here at St. Vincent’s to help families though their time of loss. This ministry provides a meal for the families after the funeral. A phone-tree has been established to call interested members to help provide food and beverages for these meals.


Grief Support

Grief Share

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. There are thousands of GriefShare grief recovery support groups meeting throughout the US, Canada and in over 10 other countries. Clink Link to find a facility near you.

Compassionate Friends (Grief Support After the Death of A Child)

“The Compassionate Friends is about transforming the pain of grief into the elixir of hope. It takes people out of the isolation society imposes on the bereaved and lets them express their grief naturally. With the shedding of tears, healing comes. And the newly bereaved get to see people who have survived and are learning to live and love again.” —Simon Stephens, founder of The Compassionate Friend. For contact information click link


Widowed Person Service

BEREAVEMENT AND BEYOND – “When a person is born we rejoice, and when they’re married we jubilate, but when they die we try to pretend nothing happened” – Margaret Mead. WPS not only helps the newly widowed recover from the trauma of a spouse’s death, but also helps them rebuild their lives. One of the most profound losses in life is to be widowed. Through the local WPS, the following services are available to widowed persons of all ages. For more informaiton click link.

The Warm Place ( Grief Support for Children)

Families in our community turn to The WARM Place to find the emotional support and help they need after a death loss. We provide grief support services at no charge for children ages 3½–18 and their families, as well as young adults ages 19–25, who have experienced the death of a mother, father, sister, brother, or other loved one.


If your family is in need of support, please contact us today. We can help you and your children begin the journey toward healing. For more information click link.

Altar Servers

This is our newest  ministry and it is open to all 4th grader and older. Altar Servers are scheduled at all our weekend Masses. Training is required, If interested contact the Director of Children’s Ministry, or the Director of Music and Liturgy for more information.

Eucharistic Ministers

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

This vital ministry assists the clergy in administering the Body and Blood of Christ at our weekday and weekend Masses. Parishioners are invited to assist in this ministry and asked to serve on a regular basis. Minimum requirements for becoming an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist are that you be a Catholic in good standing, i.e. received the sacrament of Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation (is not required, but highly recommended) and if married, your marriage has been recognized by the church. You must be a registered parishioner of St. Vincent de Paul parish. Training will be provided by the parish and following that Extraordinary Ministers are commissioned. Yearly updates are required and attendance in the “Keeping Children Safe” program is a requirement.

Acolytes

Acolytes are men from our parish who have been specially trained to purify the sacred vessels at the conclusion of Holy Communion. Minimum requirements for becoming an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist are that you be a Catholic in good standing, i.e. received the sacrament of Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation and if married , your marriage has been recognized by the church. You must be a registered parishioner of St. Vincent de Paul parish. Training will be provided by the parish and following that Acolytes are commissioned by Bishop Olsen. Attendance in the “Keeping Children Safe” program is a requirement.

Communion for the Sick and Home-Bound (Hospital Ministry)

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Requests for Hospital Visitation

If you want yourself or a loved one to be visited by a Catholic chaplain or lay hospital minister while you are in the hospital, you must list your religious preference and designate your desire for a visit. Otherwise those ministers will not know you are in the hospital and may be prevented from visiting you, even if they do learn that you are a patient. This change in procedure is due to the implementation of federal regulations growing out of a 1996 law, the HIPAA (Health and Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996), intended to protect the privacy of patient records. If the patient is incapacitated or otherwise unable to speak for themselves in this matter, the person registering them can make the designation.

Become a Lay Minister

The Diocese of Fort Worth Hospital Ministry Office offers training for lay ministers to prepare them for visiting patients in the hospitals and for visiting persons in nursing homes and those who are home bound. For information call (817) 560-3300 Ext. 255 or call Deacon Bruce Corbett at (817) 880-5479.

Gift/Vocation Symbol Families

We have a gift family and vocation family chart located in our narthex for families to sign-up to bring the gifts up to the altar during the offertory (presentation of gifts) and also to sign-up to take the vocation symbol home to pray for vocations.

We have a gift family coordinator who assigns volunteers to call members if we have no family signed-up. The volunteers call families.

If we have no vocation symbol family signed-up we ask for volunteers at the end of Mass.

Greeters

As people enter the church, Greeters welcome them to the celebration about to take place. An open door and the warm smile of the greet help set the tone for the Eucharistic Celebration.

The Greeters ministry at St. Vincent’s continues to grow under the direction of Don McGrath. Each of the weekend Masses have greeters assigned at each entrance to welcome and greet members and new comers to St. Vincent’s.

Hospitality (Ushers)

The Usher Ministry at St. Vincent’s assists the people at Mass; distributes the weekly bulletins and other literature. They also assist in the collection and helping the gift families in bringing the gifts to the altar.

At St. Vincent’s we give our youth as well as adults the opportunity to serve in this ministry. The Saturday Evening 5:30pm Mass and the Sunday 12:30pm Mass are generally served by our junior and senior high students, and our Sunday morning 9:00am and 10:45am masses are generally served by our adults. Ushers also sign-up to assist for Holy Days and special liturgies throughout the year.

Readers

To proclaim the word of the Lord, our community has a group of people who work in this ministry. Readers are chosen from try-outs. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact the Director of Liturgy and Music for more information.

Music Ministry

Shout joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; worship the LORD with cries of gladness; come before him with joyful song.

Psalm 100: 1-2

What is a music ministry? Why do we have music in our liturgies and a professional music director and many dedicated volunteers producing it? The simple answer is that music, in itself, for any purpose, is an expressive experience. We humans have this undeniable need to express ourselves! Spoken words can only take us so far.

Our liturgy documents say, “We do not come to meet Christ as if he were absent from the rest of our lives. We come together to deepen our awareness of, and commitment to, the action of his Spirit in the whole of our lives at every moment….” (Music in Catholic Worship, #2)

In fact, our wise documents go on to say, “The quality of joy and enthusiasm which music adds to community worship cannot be gained in any other way….”

So Music Ministry is a place to bring your longing to express and create, to enhance liturgy beyond the spoken word, to unleash the transformative power of Church for the sake of all who participate and the world.

St. Vincent’s Music Ministry worships year round, a variety of musicians assist our worshipers in song at all four weekend Masses. Music has always been a big part of who we are at St. Vincent’s and how we celebrate. When one joins the music ministry at St. Vincent’s, they find themselves welcomed as the newest addition into a musical family with a long tradition of service to the parish. We have many opportunities for both vocalists and instrumentalists to add their talents to our worship.

Adult Choir

Open to all high school through adults of the parish. We practice on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. The Adult Choir sings at all weekend liturgies – you would sing at the mass you normally attend. There are special celebrations throughout the year when we ask the members to sing at more than one mass. We are also invited to do special liturgies on a diocesan level.

Instruments

Musicians play a vital role in our music ministry and we encourage them to become involved at each level. However, due to the complexity of the music, we ask that musicians have at least three years experience on their particular instrument and be able to transpose music for their instrument. Instruments practice with the choir on Wednesday nights, but they arrive at 7:00 pm.

Admittedly the music ministry will make demands on your time. You will enjoy learning alongside singers who may also be beginners, or who may be experienced volunteers, or who may have had the benefit of extensive training. At St. Vincent’s we try very hard to find a place for everyone who feels motivated to participate in music ministry.

Youth Choir

Open to 1st through 8th graders, they practice during the school year beginning in August through April. Practices are normally scheduled on the second Saturday of the month at 10:00 am to 11:00 am, the choir will then sing at one of the masses on that weekend on a rotating basis.

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