Welcome to Holy Family Parish in Poland, Ohio. Whether you are new to our parish community or have been a parishioner for some time, I invite you to share your gifts of time, talent and treasure with your fellow parishioners and with the wider community. As good stewards of God’s creation and of His many gifts to us, each of us is called to continue the mission of Jesus in our lives of prayer, worship and service.
This page has been designed to help you understand the committees and ministries that are available here at Holy Family. With the listing of each committee/ministry you will find the name and contact information for the person in charge. As well, there is a brief description of the activities that are part of the life of each committee/ministry. Please prayerfully consider giving of your time, talent and treasure as you choose which committee/ministry you may be interested in being a part of. This booklet is a resource when you are in need of assistance for which the parish community may be of help.
May God bless you and your families!
Monsignor William J. Connell
MINISTRY OF ALTAR SERVER
Deacon Ray Hatala 330 757-1545
Holy Family Parish children are eligible to serve as Altar Server. The ministry is open to boys and girls 5th grade through high school. All are required to attend training sessions after which they are installed in the ministry. They must be able to serve when scheduled. Adult Servers are invited to minister at the 7:00 a.m. Weekday Mass and at the 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass.
BEREAVEMENT LUNCHEON COMMITTEE
Deacon Ray Hatala 330 757-1545
This important and caring ministry takes place at our Parish Center after a Funeral Mass. Duties include helping to arrange tables for serving seating, setting up beverages, receiving food from caterers/families, organizing service duties, and helping the family with any needs they might have during this gathering. The group also helps with overall cleanup in the hall afterwards.
Deacon Ray Hatala 330 757-1545
This ministry fulfills a very important need during a painful time in the life of a family. People involved in this ministry provide assistance through visiting the funeral home during calling hours and presenting condolences as well as an expression of sympathy on behalf of the entire parish. A follow-up of care and concern succeeds the funeral. Members of this group are called upon on an as needed basis.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Evelyn Kovach 330 757-9572
This group is composed of people who have lost a loved one in the recent past, and are now working with others who have lost a loved one, to help and support each other through this difficult time. Those who have recently lost a loved one are invited to join this group to discuss their loss and the affect it is having in his or her life. The group meets every 2nd Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the Emmaus House by appointment only.
Al Pompeo 330 757-1545
This awesome program is for high school juniors & seniors. The youth are challenged to enhance their faith life through activities that promote spirituality, community, leadership, self-confidence and friendship. A volunteer adult advisory team help to plan the CELEBRATE weekend with the high school seniors.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD 9:00 & 11:00 am Masses
Karen McCreary 330 757-1545
We welcome children in preschool through 4th grade to experience the readings on their level. The preschool and kindergarten children meet in the brides room before Mass begins. The 1st through 4th grade children are dismissed before the Liturgy of the Word to the Fr. Conley Chapel. All of the children return to Mass before the Presentation of the Gifts. Parent volunteers are the leaders and are assisted by volunteer student aides. Children’s Liturgy of the Word takes place during the school year (September to May).
CHRIST RENEWS HIS PARISH (CHRP)
Men’s - 330 757-1545
Women’s—Sr. Charlotte Italiano 330 757-2964
The Christ Renews His Parish program contributes to the vitality of Holy Family Parish and the spiritual growth of its parishioners through personal spiritual renewal and fellowship here within the Parish. The CRHP process begins with separate men’s and women’s weekend retreats, followed by the opportunity to participate in a period of spiritual formation and development. The process provides participants the chance to consider their personal relationship with the Lord, while making lasting friendships with a new group of fellow parishioners.
Mary Jo Finnerty 330 757-8831
Eucharistic Adoration is offered the 2nd Thursday of every month in the Fr. Conley Chapel. The period of quiet time before our Blessed Lord begins after the 8:00 a.m. Mass and continues through the day until 7:00 p.m.
Gerry Orlovsky 330 757-8209
Eucharistic ministers are men and women of the parish who have completed the sacrament of initiation and have been commissioned to distribute Holy Communion at Mass. Eucharistic ministers are typically scheduled for the Mass of their choice. They may also take Communion to the sick and homebound when requested.
Kim Romeo 330 757-3767
The Finance Council is a group of parishioners who have backgrounds in business and finance. This group provides the pastor and Parish Council with financial advice and monitors the annual budget. Meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in Parish Center.
Ginny Buzas, R.M 330 757-1561
This ministry leader provides CPR and defibrillator training to parishioners who are willing to assist in case of a medical emergency during Mass. Trained volunteers are scheduled by the ministry leader to cover weekend Masses.
HELPING HANDS MINISTRY
If you and/or your family are in need of a temporary meal(s) to help get through a sickness, etc, call Al and Darlene Pompeo (330-757-3243) and they will make a delivery pertaining to the need. Any other concerns to this ministry should be directed to Deacon Ray Hatala at the Parish Office (330-757-1545).
HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL
Kathy Stoops, Principal 330 757-3713
Ann St George, Early Childhood Director 330-782-4060
Holy Family Roman Catholic School exists to assist and support each family to live the message of Jesus Christ. Together, we enrich the faith dimension, strive for academic excellence and promote intellectual and social development of each child. With the support of the Parish, Holy Family School provides students in preschool through 8th grade with an integrated program of Catholic Christian doctrine, values, academics and social action programs. The school office is open daily from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm offering assistance to parents, registration information, tours and other information regarding school activities.
HOME & SCHOOL ALLIANCE
The Home & School Alliance seeks to assist & support the administration & faculty of Holy Family School in their effort to provide a quality Catholic education to the children entrusted to their care. The Alliance serves to promote communication between HFS parents/guardians, administration , faculty, the Parish and the community at large. The Alliance also engages in fundraising activities for the benefit of HFS and hosts various social events for the school & parish community. The group meets monthly during the school year (August thru May) and membership is open to parents/guardians of HFS children, parents of all other children of our Parish or any interested adult parishioner of Holy Family.
HUMAN RELATIONS COMMITTEE
Bill Brennan 330 707-9022
The committee consists of a group of parishioners involved in the education of the parish dealing with social justice issues.
INFANT JESUS OF PRAGUE SOCIETY
Msgr. Connell 330-757-1545
This group meets to plan for and show prayerful devotion to the Infant Jesus of Prague.
Barb McBride 330-757-3329
This is a social group (not a grief group) for widows and widowers in which we plan to proceed with a positive attitude to enhance this "new chapter" of our lives that we were given.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church.
Eileen Stamateris 330 757-1545
Holy Family parishioners who are high school age or older and have been confirmed may serve as Lectors. These men and women proclaim the Word of God at Mass and other liturgical celebrations.
This committee works to support and organize all aspects of the liturgical life of the parish community, including arts & environment, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, ushers, altar servers and other related ministries. The group meets once per month.
MARIAN PRAYER GROUP
This group is inactive at this time, however, interested parishioners should contact the Parish Center..
Colleen Puhalla 330-757-3029
This is an unique fundraiser, similar to a food co-op, where you can order food monthly and Holy Family School earns a profit. Order forms are available at the school office or online at www.marketday.com. Pick-ups are the third Monday of every month from 5:00—6:00 pm in the school gym.
Charles and Margaret Christopher 330 757-8820
Married couples serve in this ministry as sponsor couples to those engaged couples who are preparing for marriage. The sponsor couple through a series of meetings helps the engaged couple to understand and fully prepare for the sacrament of marriage using an approved program that engages the couples in relevant dialogue and reflection.
MINISTRY TO THE SICK & HOMEBOUND
- · Homebound Ministry This group regularly visits the homes of those who are not able to attend Mass. They offer Communion, prayer and friendship.
- · Hospital Visitation Committee Gary Morucci 330 757-9381 This group rotates turns to make weekly visits to those who are sick in the hospital. They offer prayer and friendship as well as bringing prayer resources to those hospitalized.
- · Nursing Home Visitation This group makes weekly visits to three area nursing homes to bring communion, prayer and encouragement and assists with Mass on a monthly basis at two of these facilities.
Mary Ann Bilas Bush, Pastoral Musician 330 757-1545 Barb Zorn, Youth Choir 330 503 3880
- · The Holy Family Adult Choir leads the singing at the 9:00 am Mass from September to June. Rehearsals take place on Sunday mornings before and after the 9:00 am Mass.
- · The Contemporary Music Ensemble leads the singing on the first Sunday of each month at the 11:00 am Mass. Rehearsals take place before the liturgy or are announced.
- · The Resurrection Choir sings at all funerals held in our Parish. Rehearsals take place prior to the funeral.
Vocalists and instrumentalists of high school age and older are welcome to participate.
The Holy Family Parish Youth Choir is for any youth of the parish in grades 3-8 interested in learning more about the Liturgy. The youth choir season runs from September to the end of May having one rehearsal weekly. The choristers serve as music ministers once a month at Sunday Liturgy monthly and join with the Adult Choir during the Triduum.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
Barb Zorn 330 503-3880
Parish Council is a representative group, responsible for advising the pastor in decision making which affects the overall direction of the parish, its life and priorities. The goal of Council is to open the lines of communication amongst the many groups of the parish as well as seeking cooperation in parish activities. Meetings are conducted in the Parish Center usually on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. Members of the Council serve for three year terms.
Mary Ellen Fleming 330 757-9029
Parishioners are encouraged to drop off staple food items in the Gathering area as often as possible. Volunteers make sure that the food is collected on a weekly basis and turned over to the Poland Food Pantry to provide food to the needy. The pantry is open on the last Tuesday of each month from 6:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m. and on the last Wednesday of each month from 9:00—11:00 am. (ONLY).
Please contact Margie Kurjan at 330-757-2848 with any requests or information about this ministry.
Karen McCreary, Office Asst. 330 757-1545
Our Parish, along with the Diocese of Youngstown, adhere to specific guidelines for religious education of children and adults. We offer Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) for children in public schools from kindergarten to the 8th grade as well as parish Sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade meet on Tuesday or Wednesday from 4:30—6:00 pm in the school building. Seventh & eighth grade students meet on Sunday from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm in the school building. Our catechists (teachers) and office aides are parish volunteers.
Lauren Riel 330 757-8859
Parishioners who are committed to the education of the parish on pro-life issues.
RETROUVAILLE Ed and Mary Ann Cosentino 330 757-1545
This ministries supports Christian marriage within our parish. Retrouvaille is a three month program for couples who are struggling with communication, conflict issues or are anticipating separation and/or divorce. The program begins with a private weekend away where couple learn new approaches to rebuild their relationship.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (R.C.I.A.)
Msgr. Connell 330 757-1545
This ongoing process invites men, women and children, not previously baptized or baptized in another faith, to study and reflect on their spiritual development and growth culminating with the reception of the Sacrament of Initiation which takes place at the Easter Vigil. Individuals who are interested in becoming Catholic through the R.C.I.A. process, should contact one of the parish priests. Meetings for R.C.I.A. are held in Merici Hall every Monday at 7:00 from October to the Easter Vigil.
Jeneane Beato 330 707–1655
Reagan Forsyth 330 757-2952
The community of Holy Family currently participates in the SCRIP program whereby Holy Family purchases negotiable gift certificates and gift cards to a large variety of retailers including grocery stores, department stores, gas stations, and restaurants that most of us shop at on a regular basis. The SCRIP is purchased at a discount and sold to you at face value with Holy Family earning a percentage of all purchases made. SCRIP can be purchased in the lobby of Holy Family School on Thursday mornings from 8:00– 10:00 am and after all weekend Masses except the 12:30 pm Mass on Sunday.
Jennie Nethers 330 757-2021
A social group for men and women who are 55 years and older. The meeting are held on the third Monday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Route 224 in Poland.
ST. JOSEPH’S/ST. MARY’S GUILDS
This group is inactive at this time, however, interested parishioners should contact the Parish Center.
ST. VINCENT DePAUL SOCIETY
Jim Carlos 330 757-2293
The St. Vincent DePaul Society is an international organization designed to help with emergency basic food and living expense assistance. Membership is open to all men and women in our parish. Monetary collections are taken outside the Church on the last Sunday of each month. In addition, this group provides support with various situations that may occur. The meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Parish Center.
THIRD SOURCE COMMITTEE
Jim Carlos 330 757-2293
This committees purpose is to raise funds for various Holy Family Parish events, projects and to financially contribute to parish requests/petitions for assistance, under the direction of the Pastor. We promote good fellowship among our parishioners and the community of Poland.
Joe Sofranec 330 757-2954
A group of men and women who minister during the celebration of Mass and liturgical celebrations by extending a spirit of hospitality and welcome to parishioners and visitors alike.
Ruth Ebert 330 757-4992
A group of parishioners who welcome newly registered parish members and assist in their active participation in the parish family. Welcome coffees are offered two to three times per year following the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses.
Ms. Marnie Kelty 330 757-1545
Teenagers need a place to discuss their faith questions, struggles, and concerns. Youth Ministry is that place. Watch the bulletin for upcoming meetings and events