This organization, comprised of men and women of all ages, supports the parish in service by maintaining the sacred furnishings and space of the church. For example, volunteers conduct a weekly cleaning of the sanctuary with special attention to preparations for Christmas and Easter. They help with weekly altar flowers, assist in the purchase of items for our liturgical celebrations such as vestments and accoutrements of the Mass and help the office staff with special projects. The Altar Society plans “field trip” outings to special destinations along the central coast and gathers on the third Thursday of each month (except the summer months of June and July) for Mass, a continental breakfast and to conduct their business meeting.
Helena Carvalheira, President
Knights of the Valley – Council 15705 of the Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic fraternal benefit society with founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity. From the moment of our founding in 1882, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. We are men of faith and men of action. Our local council, The Knights of the Valley, received its charter in 2013. We currently have over 30 members and meet on the First Thursday of the month. Our Council is focused on supporting parish life through community dinners, support of youth ministry, and lending a hand at parish events when “heavy lifting” is needed. We pray the rosary regularly around our new shrine to Mary. We encourage Catholic men of all ages to join us in supporting our parish and lending a helping hand wherever it’s needed.
Steve Bogner, Grand Knight
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Vincentians seek—through prayer, meditation on the scriptures, teachings of the church and experiences in daily life and in relationship with those in need—to bear witness to the love of Christ. In a spirit of justice and charity and through person to person involvement, our local Society of Saint Vincent de Paul help those who are suffering with material or moral help, according to the individual’s particular needs and circumstances. Members of this organization offer assistance to those in need at our parish every Wednesday from 12 noon to 2pm. Volunteers arrive early to set-up food and support stations and get ready to greet and help those who come to seek assistance and a place of peace. The group also holds member meetings to help plan and discuss the food pantry, volunteers and how to better serve those in our community in need of assistance.
Linda Becker Grasso, President