The Holy Name Society is a fraternal society which has its roots in the13th century and is dedicated to the worship of God and the service of the Church. Go to:http://www.holynamesociety.info/ for more information about the history of the HOly Name Society and its international membership. At St Teresa's the Holy Name Society dedicates itself to both parish service and to mission in the larger church. They have sponsored benefit dances for needy parishes in the Dominican Republic as well as have supported parish events. Many are church ushers. The society meets on the second Sunday of the month after the 11:30 am Spanish mass. Meetings take place in Spanish.
Cursillo is an international movement that was established originally in Spain and designed to offer "small courses" (cursillo) in Christianity over a three-day weekend retreat. The participant (a Cursillista) would then be encouraged to live out their Christian faith in small communities, with periodic larger gatherings (ultreyas) For more information on the National Cursillo Movement go to : http://www.natl-cursillo.org/ . The Cursillistas of St. Teresa's meet weekly after the 7:30 pm Friday mass. Meetings take place in Spanish.
Lectors are lay readers assigned to read the first and second readings, the Prayers of the Faithful and the announcements at Sunday Mass. Lectors function in all three of the language communities at St. Teresa's, and are trained as needed. If you should wish to be a lector, please contact the rectory.
Eucharistic Ministers are lay people who assist the priests in the distribution of Holy Communion at mass, and often also bring communion to the sick or home-bound. Eucharistic ministers function in all three language groups at St. Teresa's, and are trained at St. Teresa's as needed. If you should wish to be a Eucharistic Minister, please contact the rectory.
Voluntarios are a group of volunteers who are trained lay visitors. Their job is to connect with and contact the sick and the shut-ins of the parish. They visit regularly with them and assist them as needed. The Voluntarios meet monthly, and sponsor several events, especially two healing masses, one in the spring and one in the fall where the sick and shut-in are brought to church, go to mass, receive the Sacrament of the Sick and then are served dinner in the parish hall.
Legion of Mary (http://www.legion-of-mary.ie/) Is a word-wide Catholic organization dedicated to missionary efforts on the parish level, visiting families in their homes and encouraging family prayer life. The legion of Mary meets weekly at St. Teresa's and prays for the needs of the congregation. The legion will also go to the homes of those who have recently lost loved ones and prayer the traditional novena of rosaries for the deceased. Their meetings are in Spanish.
Religious Education at St.Teresa's covers Kindergarten through 8th grade. The religious educators are parishioners and all materials used are in conformity with the guidelines of the Archdiocese of New York and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. St. Teresa's also offers the Rites of Christian Initiation classes for children who come later to religious education and Christian formation and thus need to be prepared for baptism at a later age. Preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation is a two year program beginning in the 7th grade. Classes in all grades follow the school year and usually begin the week following Labor Day. Children must be registered in order to attend.
Adult education opportunities are also available at St. Teresa's. Classes on various topics are held throughout the year, and we encourage anyone who is interested in Bible study, faith sharing and learning about the Catholic faith to come on Monday nights to join with the members of our RCIA program. You don't have to be preparing to become a Catholic in order to enjoy the fellowship and the learning in these gatherings. There are also periodic retreats, missions and days of recollection, which offer other opportunities for spiritual growth.
Please contact the rectory if you wish to register you children for classes, or if you yourself wish to participate in any of these parish educational opportunities.
If you are a non Catholic who wishes to become Catholic, or a Catholic who has not completed first Communion and or Confirmation, St. Teresa's has a process of formation called the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). These classes prepare adults for the reception of their sacraments and form them in Christian community, prayer and life. Classes meet on Monday evenings.
Jornada is a youth movement based on the structure of Cursillo (See above) and dedicated to the deepening of a teenager's faith life. Our Jornadistas (young people who have made the Jornada weekend retreat) meet weekly following the 11:30 Sunday Spanish mass. Their meetings are in English but are also bilingual for those who speak better Spanish than English.