Ministries

Serving in Parish Ministry

The are numerous opportunities to respond to God’s call of stewardship in Resurrection of Our Lord Parish. All those involved in parish ministry, be they employees or volunteers, are required to complete the Archdiocesan mandated Safe Environment Training. This training is provided through the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at various sites during the course of the year. The training session is about two and a half hours long and must be completed by new employees and volunteers within their first year of service at Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, unless they have received the training during the course of volunteering or employment elsewhere within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

All parish employees and volunteers are required to adhere to the Archdiocesan Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries. In addition, all parish employees and volunteers are required to obtain a Pennsylvania State Policy Background Check and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance. The parish covers the expense associated with these background checks. These must be renewed every five years by all those currently in active ministry or employment.

For more information about the location of current training sites, or to obtain copies of the forms required for backgrounds checks, please contact our parish business manager or the Archdiocesan Office for Child and Youth Protection.

At Resurrection of Our Lord there really is something for everyone! Listed below are the various ministries and organizations of the parish. For information on a particular group or activity, please call the contact person listed. Activities, ministries, and organizations with their own web page on this site are hyper-linked for your convenience. To download a copy of the parish handbook which contains a complete listing of parish organizations, activities, ministries, and much, much more, please click here.

Parish Ministries

Adult Faith Formation  –  Rectory Office 215-745-3211

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Aid for Friends  –  Ann/Kathy 215-464-2224

This program provides homebound people with food, friendship and emergency aid and advocacy. The volunteers who assist in the food program prepare nutritious home-cooked dinners that include a diverse menu. Frozen meals are collected at the parish and distributed to the homebound who reheat them as needed. Anyone may participate in this program by preparing dinners and bringing them to church to be collected. Kits consisting of aluminum trays, bags and menu cards are available in the lower church vestibule (rectory side), where the freezer is located. You may prepare a special meal, or simply cook an extra portion of whatever your family is sharing on a particular night.

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Al-Anon Program  –  Rectory Office 215-745-3211

For over 50 years, Al-Anon has helped families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend. It is estimated that each alcoholic affects the lives of at least four other people… alcoholism is truly a family disease. No matter what relationship you have with an alcoholic, whether they are still drinking or not, all who have been affected by someone else’s drinking can find solutions that lead to serenity in Al-Anon. The Al-Anon group meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM in the parish convent building.

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Altar Guild Rectory – Office 215-745-3211

Members of the Altar Guild keep the church clean, and assist in the decoration of the altar and sanctuary for liturgical celebrations. Members are scheduled for Monday mornings on a rotating basis, with special arrangements made in preparation for holy days and other parish events.

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Bowling League  –  Terry Yankanich 215-728-1995

Resurrection of Our Lord Bowling League mets weekly every Tuesday at 8:45 PM from September through May at Thunderbird Lanes, located at 3081 Holme Avenue. The League is open to everyone – novice and experienced alike. The League provides a great opportunity for fitness and fellowship.

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Boy Scouts  –  Alfred Tomaselli 215-313-7640

Troop 394 (Cradle of Liberty Council) of the Boy Scouts of America was founded at Resurrection of Our Lord in 1942. Scouts, who are between 11 and 18 years of age, meet weekly during the school year. Various programs are organized at the parish and regional level to keep boys involved in scouting activities as well as service to the parish and community. Parishioners are welcome to join both as scouts and as troop leaders and assistants. In addition to regular scouting activities, members of Troop 394 also work to achieve various religious awards, including the Ad Altare Dei medal and the Pope Pius XII award. We are pleased to have a number of scout leaders who are certified catechists for leading these religious programs.

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Breaking Open the Sunday Scriptures  –  Rectory Office 215-745-3211

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Charismatic Prayer Group  –  John Fiorella 215-624-8241

This group is committed to the deepening of one’s prayer life through scripture reading and bearing witness to the power of the Holy Spirit with praise and thanksgiving. Weekly meetings (Tuesdays at 7:00 in the lower church) follow a format of hymn singing, teaching, witnessing and faith-sharing, and intercessory prayer. Pilgrimages are organized at various times to area shrines.

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P.R.E.P. (Formerly known as C.C.D.)  –  Karen Fitzgerald 215-742-1127 – Ext. 120

                                                                                                      Email Address – kfitzgerald@resurrectphila.org

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Cub Scouts

The Cub Scout program provides an introduction to scouting for younger boys, between 6 and 11 years of age. In addition to perennial favorites like the Pinewood Derby, cub scouts may earn two religious awards: the Light of Christ award and the Parvuli Dei (“Children of God”) medal.

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Divine Mercy  –  Joyce Howard 215-725-4272

Members of this group are devoted to prayer in the spirit of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who experienced visions of Our Lord, who asked her to spread devotion to His Divine Mercy. Wednesday evening devotions include the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, which Our Lord entrusted to Saint Faustina. All are welcome to attend.

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Eucharistic Ministers  –  Dennis Friel 215-745-3211

Extraordinary Ministers assist the priests and deacons in the distribution of Holy Communion during Mass, and take communion on Sunday mornings to parishioners who are confined to their homes.

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Girl Scouts  –  Catherine Linso 215-342-9898

Roots of Girl Scouting at Resurrection go back to 1954. Presently, the Girl Scout program provides many opportunities for girls from pre-school through high school age to get involved in various spiritual, service and social activities. Annual events include the Girl Scout birthday celebration and the Cookie Drive. Girls also earn several religious awards during their years in the troop.

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Grocery Club (Scrip)  –  215-745-5021

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Lectors  –  Dennis Friel 215-745-3211

Lectors participate in the celebration of Mass by proclaiming the readings from scripture, as well as leading the community in the prayer of the faithful. Initial training and ongoing formation are provided to help the lector develop the necessary skills and become comfortable with reading in front of the assembled community.

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Music Ministry  –  Tina Nase 215-745-3211 x105

We always welcome new voices to our children’s choir, adult choir, or bell choir. If you love to sing, play an instrument or are interested in learning to play bells, please call the music director above.

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Perpetual Adoration Edith Christaldi 215-624-1395

All are welcome to visit the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel located at the wheelchair-ramp entrance off Shelmire Avenue (open Mon –Fri from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm), and during Exposition on Wednesday mornings in the lower Church beginning at 7:30 pm and concluding with Benediction prior to the start of daily mass.

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Pre-Cana  –  Rectory Office 215-745-3211

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Pre-Jordan  –  Sr. Alice Walsh 215-745-3211

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Pro-Life  –  Margaret Foley 215-742-6425

This group takes an active role in praying and witnessing for an end to abortion and for respect for human life in all its stages. A parish coordinator organizes parishioners’ participation in events like prayer services and the annual March for Life, held in Washington, DC, on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

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R.C.I.A.  –  Rectory Office 215-745-3211

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Scripture Study  –  Rectory Office 215-745-3211

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Senior Citizens Group Betty Garland 215-728-7744

Parishioners aged 50 years and older gather in the School Hall on Mondays from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm (September through June). The goals of the Seniors’ group are social, spiritual, charitable and civic. Activities include: luncheons, casino trips, occasional bus tours and trips, collecting labels for the school, and general fellowship and good fun. In addition, members are committed to attending funeral Masses for fellow members and spouses, and participate in an annual Memorial Mass in November for deceased members.

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St. Vincent de Paul Society Angela Powers 215-745-3211

Founded in 1833 by Blessed Frederic Ozanam, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is an organization of Catholic laypersons dedicated to offering personal service to those who are suffering or in need. The international society is organized in local conferences, which seek to work together with other parish members and organizations to provide services such as food cupboards, clothing drives and thrift stores.

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Ushers John DiMarco 215-332-3730

Ushers greet and welcome all who enter our church for worship. They also assist at the Offertory of the Mass by receiving the offerings of the faithful and at Holy Communion by directing the communicants to the communion stations.