Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women
Chair: Position Open Phone: Email:
All Women in the Parish are invited to participate in all ACCW activities.
Mission: The Mission of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (ACCW) is to provide a medium of support to enable and educate all Catholic Women of the Archdiocese of Mobile in matters of spiritual development, leadership, and service to the Church, families, and society in the modern world, with Gospel values, Church teachings, and Tradition.
Goal: Our goal is to make a significant difference in the lives of Catholic Women, particularly to respond actively and vocally to the needs of the Church, their families, and society in the modern world with Gospel values, Church teachings and Tradition.
Objectives: To serve as the medium through which Catholic Women and member organizations may speak and act as a unit on matters of public interest consistent with its mission statement and goals.
To stimulate the work of existing organizations of Catholic Women, organization's members, and Associate members for greater efficiency and practicality to meet the needs of the Church, families and society.
To assist all local Catholic Women's organizations and Associate Members in their efforts to give leadership and service in their respective fields and talents.
To represent Catholic Women in work with other approved civic and social agencies in the endeavor to create interest in and to aid in the solution of present day religious, civic, social and educational problems.
To further spiritual and material undertakings which may be recommended to the Archdiocesan Council by the Archbishop or his delegates with his approval.
To supervise and conduct its works and apostolates, as provided in the "Members' Handbook," and such commissions, conferences, committees, and activities, with particular emphasis on spiritual development and vocations, including, but not limited to, the Priest Burse committee Burse Fund, Mary's Day, Days of Recollection, and other apostolates, and as may be necessary for its mission.
Membership: Open to all Catholic Women in the Archdiocese of Mobile in good standing with the Church.
Activities: The ACCW oversees the annual BURSE drive each year, and maintains its drive records for the Diocese. This apostolate works in offering financial and spiritual support of those young men who are preparing for the priesthood through seminary studies. ACCW encompasses the Mobile, Baldwin-Escambia,Montgomery, and Dothan Deaneries. Quarterly meetings are held in each Deanery. Once a year, in the fall, all deaneries come together for an annual convention. The purpose is to hold our annual Business meeting, allow time for retreat and fellowship, and to present our Archbishop the BURSE check from our fundraising efforts that current year. Additional funds for our seminarians are donated from the selling of spiritual intention cards.
We host a Board Meeting and Quarterly meeting once a year. We are invited to all ACCW meetings and the annual convention.
Be a Friend Cancer Ministry
Chair: Louise Kornosky Phone: 279-6593
Mission: Provide information and emotional/spiritual support for newly diagnosed cancer patients.
Activities: We will extend a hand to any recently diagnosed cancer patient to do whatever they need to get through the first stage of acceptance: listening, praying, talking - just being there for the family. Please contact us for a St. Peregrine medal, cancer medal, and a book on coping for the entire family.
Dues: $12.00 per year
Chair: Margaret Huges Phone: 334-277-9734
Mission: No meetings. Call your Burse Club Promoter today and become a member of an elite group of people dedicated to the education of seminarians.
Activities: Fundraising to educate seminarians.
Chair: Maureen Neighbors Phone: 395-6230
Contacts: Pat Saint of St. Bede Phone: 272-6287
Family Promise: Beth Ann Marra Phone: 265-2010
Mission: Engaging people of faith to empower homeless families to return to stability.
The Family Promise Network of Montgomery is an ecumenical network of host churches that provide homeless families with safe accommodations nightly and support services daily. St. Bede Catholic Church, First United Methodist, Landmark Church of Christ, and St. John’s Episcopal are among the ten Montgomery congregations participating in this interfaith network. St. Bede, the Catholic host site, is able to accommodate six adults and eight children in their parish hall. They are involved in this mission for one week at a time, four times a year. The major goal of the program is to assist the head of the family to find work and to acquire financial stability for an apartment or house.
Activities: Would you like to be on a team of volunteers from Holy Spirit to help St. Bede Catholic with a night of hospitality -- to prepare dinner or to be a host family for the guest families? What better way to teach your children hospitality -- to cook and serve a meal, to help the children with homework or to read a story, and to visit with the families? In case of an emergency, two adults are also needed nightly to sleep over. Wouldn’t you like a chance to sleep through a volunteer project? Holy Spirit helps with financial contributions each month, but it would be wonderful for members of our parish to assist the St. Bede volunteers one night of their host week as well. You are invited to serve in this mission. If interested in becoming a Holy Spirit volunteer, please contact Dee Turberville, 396-9213.
Food for Funerals
Chair: Royce Cook Phone: 272-7120
Mission: To assist family members who have suffered the loss of a loved one by arranging, in the parish hall, receptions or luncheons for families and friends of the deceased. Volunteers indicate the services they can provide such as bringing food and/or helping with set up and clean up. This stewardship activity is performed on an “as needed” basis.
Chair: Evelyn Moriera Phone: 334-201-8170 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission: To assist the United States Catholic Church in its efforts to serve the Catholic Hispanic population in the New Evangelization. To integrate the Hispanic presence into the life of the Church of the Holy Spirit.
• Participate and help in the general activities of the Hispanic Ministry in the
• Weekly prayer group on Wednesdays after 6:30 p.m. mass in the library and in
homes as requested;
• Spanish mass celebration on the last Monday of every month;
• Spiritual retreats during Lent and Advent seasons;
• Pilgrimage trips to Catholic places within the dioceses of Mobile & Birmingham;
• Provide economic assistance to a monastery of Franciscan nuns in Colombia;
• Help non-English speaking people for getting medical and legal services;
• Annual December celebration of the feast of Lady of Guadalupe with Spanish
Knights of Columbus
Grand Knight: Robert Vinti
Mission: Church of the Holy Spirit Knights of Columbus Council 12150 is a fraternal service organization comprised of Catholic gentlemen. As such, we are proud to be a part of the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization. We embrace the four principles of our order as established by our founder, Father Michael J. McGivney: Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. We provide aid for those in need and we support the right to life and work to make our church and community a better place for all. Membership is open to all men over the age of 18 who are practicing Catholics.
Activities: Council 12150 meets the second Monday of every month in the Parish Hall at 7:00 p.m. Our activities include: monthly parish breakfast, annual Father & Daughter Valentine’s Day dance, support of several local charities, annual Christmas tree sale, blood drives, special meals, assist with parish picnic, Knights of Columbus night at Riverwalk Stadium with the Montgomery Biscuits, and family activities.
Chair: Kevin Ryan Phone: 334-260-8177 Email: email@example.com
Mission: To help our parish by having members of this ministry contribute their time and talent with church social events, building projects, and community issues while building fellowship with our church members.
Activities: We hold monthly meetings for fellowship and we sponsor events such as the Parish Octoberfest Picnic, the January Spaghetti Supper, Parish Fish Frys, and Parish picnics. Our members also help with grounds keeping and with setting up and taking down Christmas decorations.
Respect for Life
Chair: John Klein Phone: 538-2913
Mission: The respect life committee works to promote the culture of life in both the parish and the community. In the parish we maintain a literature table and billboard area all year. In conjunction with respect life month we have a literature outreach to the parish. We have members who sidewalk counsel in front of the Beacon abortion clinic. Our members are also active in setting up the Cemetery of the Innocent display in conjunction with the Roe vs. Wade decision to legalize abortion. We work directly with COPE, which is a local crisis pregnancy center with our time, talent and donations. An important aspect of our ministry is reaching out to those within our own church who either through lack of knowledge or improper catechesis do not understand the church’s consistent teaching in regard to abortion, euthanasia, living wills, and all other life issues. We are always looking for new people and ideas to promote the gospel of life!
Chair: Ana Otero-Sipula
Phone: (210) 968-8209
Mission: Many Catholics desire to offer some of their time to serve Our Lord by volunteering their services to the Church by making Rosaries. Parishioners desiring to join our group will pray together while mutually enjoying the spiritually beneficial art of rosary making. Our Rosary Guild meetings is held in the Parish Hall the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm.
We have a skilled rosary artisan that instructs newcomers and generally leads the guild members in prayer before work begins. Our leader is responsible for keeping on hand, adequate supplies of beads and findings, and for general overseeing of the work being done. These rosaries are made to benefit outside Missions and other charitable organization.
Meeting the first Tuesday of the Month 6:00pm in the Gallery
Senior Spirits (50+)
Chair: Barbara Brienza Phone: 277-5025
Mission: Provide entertainment and fellowship to those in our parish who are over 50.
Activities: We get together on the third Monday of each month (Sept to May) which may include dinners (both covered dish and catered meals) and entertainment including speakers, music, and game nights. Other activities will include holiday get gatherings and short trips.
Seaton Haven Outreach
Chair: Elaine Beyerle Phone: 281-4588 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission: Coordinate birthday parties for residents in Seaton Haven Senior Living
Activities: Monthly meetings for party arrangement and gift giving. Birthday party and fun games.
Seton Haven Outreach: New and gently used items are always being accepted to give as gifts for our monthly birthday parties at Seton Haven Apartments for the elderly. Drop off in the vestibule of the church.
Chair: Karen Franklin Phone: (334) 277-5631
Mission: Members of this ministry, who must be Eucharistic Ministers from Holy Spirit Parish, bring the Blessed Sacrament (on a rotating basis) to the homebound and to those in nursing facilities on a weekly basis. Friday is the designated day; however, if that is not possible, the Minister of Holy Communion may adjust the day.
St. Paula's Pals
Chair: Mary Lynn White Phone: 202-9879
Mission: St. Paula’s Pals is a ministry for widows and widowers. We are not a bereavement group, but our main objective is fellowship. There are about 20 members who enjoy spending time together. We meet and socialize on the second Monday each month in the Library or Parish Hall. We have a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. followed by a business meeting and possibly a program or demonstration. We also meet on the fourth Monday of the month to eat out at a local restaurant.
St. Vincent DePaul
Chair: Nora Cammak
Mission: Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.
As a reflection of the whole family of God, members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.
Organized locally, Vincentians witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.
How does the Society differ from other charities?
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is composed of women and men who seek their personal holiness through works of charity. In this essential way, the Society differs from charitable associations or agencies whose principal objective is not the spiritual advancement of their members but the doing of good for someone else.
President-General Adolpe Baudon, in his Circular Letter of January 1, 1877, writes:
"It is laid down in our Rule, and it has been always understood among us, that in uniting to serve our masters the poor, as St. Vincent de Paul expresses it, our object is not only to relieve material misery, a very laudable purpose in itself, but to aspire, especially, through the practice of that most sublime of virtues "charity" to render ourselves better and more fervent Christians, and to make our poor enter on the same path, if we have the happiness of succeeding."
In his Circular Letter of December 12, 1915, Vicomte Hendecourt, President-General writes:
"The Society has two aims: to do a great deal of spiritual good to its members through the exercise of charity, and to do a little spiritual and temporal good to a few poor families in the name of Jesus Christ. If it did not continually seek to combine these two aims, it would lose its raison d'etre. If it were to seek only the holiness of its members through pious exercises, there is no lack of Confraternities and Third Orders to meet that need. If on the other hand, it were to seek only the relief of the temporal miseries of the poor, it would only add one more to the list of public and private institutions founded for that purpose."
The Mission Statement is clear: Vincentian ministry is a means for acquiring holiness. The ministry of a Vincentian to those and with those who stand in need is the powerful means that affects holiness of life for the individual Vincentian. Vatican II states that the principal means of holiness for bishops and priests is their ministry. This applies to the laity also, because, in attending to the needy and suffering, a Vincentian is ministering to Jesus Christ himself.
Women of Holy Spirit
Co-Chair: Position Open Phone: Email:
Co-Chair: Position Open Phone: Email:
Mission: The purpose of the Women of Holy Spirit organization is to provide women of all ages in the parish an opportunity for fellowship and service within our church community. Fellowship is our theme! We are an organization of women connecting with other women in the parish. No dues are required, only a desire to socialize with other women in our parish community. We are also a member organization of the Archdiocese Council of Catholic Women.
Schedule of Events
1. Women of the Holy Spirit Advent Party. (Dec. 15th at 6:30 pm)
2. January ACCW Meeting, (Tuesday Jan 17th from 8:20 am - 2:30 pm)
3. Mother and Daughter Tea, Sat. April 8th.
4. Cope Baby Shower. Parish Hall 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Feb. 14th.
5. Lenten Retreat - Sat. March 18th.
6. Host Meager Meals - Sat. in March, need volunteers to bring soup..
7. Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Retreat. (April 22nd Carpool)
8. Hosting 1st Holy Communion Reception. Volunteers. Sat. March 11th.
9. ACCW Board Meeting
Open to any and all new suggestions.
* Each Month the Rosary Guild meets the first Tuesday in the Parish Hall at 6pm.
Holy Spirit Parish
A Parish of the Catholic Archdiocese of Mobile, Alabama
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
8570 Vaughn Road
Montgomery, Alabama 36117
Monday through Friday 8:45am-4:45pm
Office Tel: (334) 277-5631
Fax: (334) 272-1008
Business Manager: (334) 277-2434
Faith Formation for Youth: (334) 782-3639
Faith Formation for Children: (334) 430-4861
Parish Hall Kitchen: (334) 799-2756