Ministries and Organizations at St. Francis by the Sea
From the Pastoral Vision for the Diocese of Charleston
“The meaning of our whole Christian life, the meaning of our collective effort to be stewards of the Kingdom of God, comes down to a simple attempt to be faithful disciples of Jesus, whom we recognize as the Christ. As the faithful disciples of Jesus Christ in the Diocese of Charleston, and as members of the Catholic Church in communion with the See of Rome, we commit ourselves to allowing the Lord to lead us to holiness of life by: Christian Formation; Prayer and Worship; Stewardship and Evangelization; Building Community; and Social Outreach.”
Source: “Lead us to holiness” A Pastoral Plan for the Diocese of Charleston by the most Rev. Robert J. Baker, former Bishop of Charleston – November, 2006
Ministry: A ministry is defined as a group of parishioners (2 or more) who meet and act to live the parish mission and which supports the objectives of one of the six areas of pastoral planning. The specific criteria for determining Ministry status are:
† support the parish Catholic mission
† have identity consistent with one of the six areas of pastoral planning
† have parishioner participation
† the Ministry leader/coordinator must be a registered member of good standing within the parish
† meet on a regularly schedule basis
† the ministry will be recommended by the Pastoral Council and approved by the Pastor
† if appropriate, provide an annual report to the Parish Council.
The drop-down menus at the top of each page on this website are grouped according to the following areas of our parish life (per the Bishop’s organization above). Just place your mouse over the top menu and sub-menus will open for the ministries and organizations under that category:
Being a Eucharistic people who seek a deeper relationship with God by prayerfully meditating on His Word and devoutly celebrating the Sacraments according to established norms.
Passing on the Faith (that comes to us from Scripture and Tradition) transmitted via the Magisterium, to all of our members at every stage of life by our efforts at Christian Formation.
Spreading the Gospel, by word and example, calling ourselves and others to conversion by explicit invitation and by the witness of our Christian lives, utilizing the time, talent and treasure God has given us.
Promoting, supporting, and nurturing Christian community at every level, including ethnic communities in our midst, that we might share in the holy communion of love which is the Blessed Trinity itself.
Offering humble service, as did Jesus, particularly mindful of the poor, the needy and the marginalized, transforming even the very structures of society as we help to usher in the Reign of God, as ambassadors of justice, charity and peace.
Additionally, our parish has a very active -
El Ministerio Hispano sirve a todas las personas hispanas de la Parroquia, con varias actividades como las siguiente:
Misa en español, Bautismos, RCIA, Matrimonio, Equipos para la Liturgía, Lectores, Ministros extraordinarios de la Eucaristia, Monaguillos, Catequistas, Quinceañeras, Coro Hispano, Ministros de Hospitalidad, Grupo de Oración,:Virgen Peregrina, Encuentro de parejas – Renovación Conyugal, Grupo de Jóvenes Deportistas, Grupo d Danza, Posadas Navidenas, y Otras Actividades.
The Hispanic Ministry serves all the Hispanic community of the parish with a variety of activities, including the following:
Mass in Spanish, Baptism Preparation, RCIA, Marriage Preparation, Liturgy Group, Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, Altar Servers, “Quinceaneras” (fifteen-year-old girls), Hispanic Choir, Prayer Group, Pilgrim Virgin, Couples Encounter/Renewal of Vows, Youth Sports Group, Dance Group, Nativity Posadas, and Other Activities.
Click here for New Ministry Request Form and Approval Process
Click here for St. Francis by the Sea Ministries Organizational Chart
Click here for a list of Other Organizations and Activities