Ministries

Altar Servers

Being a server means serving God and his people at Mass. Servers are really ministers. The name "server" clearly points out what they do at Mass - serve God and His people by helping the priest and his fellow worshippers to praise God as well as they can. By carrying special objects and carrying out special functions at Mass, they are really serving God. As servers give of themselves to help the priest and people worship better, they also receive God's help and blessings. Altar servers can choose at which mass they prefer to serve. Training is provide by the mass coordinator.

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Baptism Preparation

Parents, moved by the Holy Spirit, have for centuries brought their children to the Church to experience baptism and receive the life of Christ.  Divine Infant Parish has a dedicated team of parishioners who have responded to the Lord’s call to minister to these families in their act of faith as the parents and children journey towards baptism.  These volunteers assist in all activities related to baptisms.  They help out at Presentation Sunday where the children who will be baptized are presented to, and welcomed by, the Divine Infant faith community at one of the morning masses.  There are volunteers who assist at a gathering of parents on a Tuesday evening. The evening is meant to be a time of prayer and reflection on the mystery and wonder of baptism.  Finally there is the baptism ceremony itself where volunteers lend their support in setting up items required for this most precious sacrament.  The preparation for baptism is intended to open our hearts to the light of Christ and invite our Saviour to come and be with the children being baptized both during the rite and for the rest of their lives.

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Bereavement Assistance

After the death of a parishioner, assistance is offered to members of the grieving family.

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Bible Study

The Little Rock Bible Study Group offers an opportunity to study Scripture through careful instruction and guidance. Each group member attending the weekly meetings will be asked to study a particular passage and provide answers to the prepared questions. At the following meeting the readings will then be discussed, particularly from the viewpoint of how the message applies to them and to the society of today. A videotaped lecture will be included with this sharing at the meeting.

Parishioners can enrich their own faith life through a better understanding of the Word of God and through the realization that people living thousands of years ago faced similar problems that we must cope with today. Bible study takes place every Wednesday evening.

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Bible Camp

Week-long bible camp in July teaches and enriches children about their own Catholic identity through activities, games, small groups and other events.

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Birthright

Birthright is a volunteer organization committed to helping anyone faced with an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. It offers a community resource which counsels and promotes vital Christian ethics

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Children's Liturgy

Children’s liturgies are held each week during the school year at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday mass.  The children leave the church together at the beginning of mass, are divided into 3 age groups and, in the hall or nearby rooms, celebrate the Liturgy of the Word at an appropriate level for their age.  Assistant leaders and Teen assistants guide the children through song, simple crafts, prayer and presentations.  In so doing, these volunteer leaders, assistants and musicians help bring the Word of God to the children in a way they can relate to and easily understand.  Upon their return to the church after the sermon, the children join their parents to listen, observe and pray, thereby providing them with an opportunity to be introduced to the mass symbols and rituals that will lead them to a relationship with Christ through the Word and Eucharist.

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Holy Communion Minister

The role of an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion is to assist the priest in serving communion during the celebration of Mass.  Communion ministers are scheduled to serve communion at a specific mass or service in the church, and do so in a meaningful and efficient manner. They receive training by attending workshops, and through the guidance of Mass Coordinators.  Communion is to be distributed reverently while acknowledging the sanctity of the position of extraordinary minister.
The skills, experience or qualifications to be an extraord. minister of Holy Communion are a) to be a practising Catholic, willing to uphold the teachings of the Catholic faith; b) to be reliable in finding a replacement when required; and c) to be willing to accept training or guidance to enhance the role of Communion minister.

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822.

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Cursillo

The Cursillo movement is a method of spirituality. This method for living one's Catholic faith has a two-fold goal: the interior renewal of the person; and the Christianizing of a person's environment. Those who have made a Cursillo are also encouraged to attend meetings called Ultreyas. These meetings usually involve prayer, witnessing, a time for socializing and a time for announcements of the activities of the Cursillo community.

.For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Development and Peace

Development and Peace was founded by the Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops in 1967 in support of the social justice mission of the church.  It is the official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada and is a member of Caritas Internationalis.  D&P responds to global crisis with emergency funding and establishes long-term partnerships with approved development projects in the Global South.  In our parish, D&P sponsors an annual Fall Education campaign and the Share Lent collection. You are invited to visit the Development & Peace website for more information.

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Immigration Ministry

The Immigration Ministry assists parishioners of Divine Infant Parish seeking information on procedures regarding Immigration matters, and provides aid to newly landed immigrants when and where possible. The Catholic Immigration Center (CIC) in Ottawa is our contact on these matters.

Established within the Immigration Ministry is the Refugee Sponsorship Programme (RSP) formed for the purpose of sponsorship and settlement of a refugee family. The sponsorship agreement between Divine Infant Parish and CIC is for one year, commencing with the arrival in Canada of the refugee family. To facilitate the refugee family’s integration into Canada, a three-year plan has been produced outlining the structure, roles and responsibilities of the sub-committees of the RSP. The Chairperson of the Coordinating Committee provides general direction and guidance to the RSP as required.

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or call the parish office at 613-824-6822.

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Landings

Landings is a program for Catholics who want to return to the Church, have already worked out a lot of their anger and troubles and are now capable of taking the next step in a group situation. It's formal yet structured so that lay people can direct it in co-operation with the Pastor.

Landings is not the saved welcoming the sinners, pressuring people to return or full of answers to teach the unenlightened. It does, however, give the returning Catholic a safe haven to come to thatis caring, healing and gentle.

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Lectors

The ministry of Lector calls for volunteers to grow in a warm and loving knowledge of Scripture, which is the living Word of God. Lectors proclaim the word of God at mass and other liturgical services. Volunteers choose their mass of preference and are then scheduled to read a couple of times a month at that mass. They are encouraged to read scripture in a clear and meaningful way so that everyone can hear and understand what is being said. Mass coordinators provide support, supervision and evaluation.

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Library Services

The library provides a source of reference and general interest material of a religious nature for parishioners of all ages.  The library is open after all regular weekend masses from September to June.  Returns can be deposited in the marked box whenever the church is open.  The Library is located in the foyer of the church, on the vestry (or east) side as you enter the building using the main doors.  Volunteers offer their time to help sign out books and re-shelve the returns. There are books on prayer, the Bible, biographies, Catholic literature, Christian unity, Catholic ethics, counseling, evangelization, marriage, etc.  There are many topics for children, teens and young adults.  Audio CDs and DVDs are also available.

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822.

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Liturgy Committee

Liturgy, in its simplest terms, is what happens when we gather as the Church of God to worship. The Liturgy Committee “brings it all together” through the ministries of Altar Servers, Adult and Children’s Choirs, Children’s Liturgy, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Lectors, Musicians, Sacristans and Ushers.  The heads of all these ministries plan and work together to ensure that the rituals of life and liturgy are molded into shape for worship within the community.         

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Ministries

Madonna Nursing Home, Tuesday Tea

A dedicated group of people visit the Madonna Nursing Home each week to serve tea/coffee and a snack and to talk and sing with the residents.  In this way they bring cheer into the home as they listen to the residents and try to dispel their loneliness for a time.  They also put on an annual Christmas party with gifts for each resident

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Ministry to Missions

Since its inception, Divine Infant has been committed to the support of the missions. A portion of the Sunday collection is earmarked for distribution to a carefully selected group of local, national and international organizations. Extra funds are raised at a bi-yearly sale of religious articles. Also, a monthly food drive supports the Gloucester Food Cupboard. Like the missionaries abroad, we too are called to be missionaries by sharing our talents and resources in our own community.

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Miriam Centre

The Miriam Centre opened in Orléans on July 1, 1988 and offers assistance to mothers in need.  The purpose of this bilingual, non-profit, charitable organization is to minister love and compassion to all mothers and those involved in their pregnancies.  Trained staff and volunteers offer pregnant mothers new hope and practical help.  The Centre helps mothers who have already given birth and are having difficulty adjusting to their new lives.  It provides maternity wear and baby clothes when needed. Mothers, single or married, regardless of age or situation, are welcomed at the Centre before and after the birth of their child.

 

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Mom's Morning Out

Calling all moms on maternity leave and stay at home moms! A mini faith study group meets on Tuesday mornings. If you are interested in gathering with other moms, discussing faith over coffee and discovering how to make God more relevant in your life in a fun and relaxed atmosphere then Mom's Morning Out is for you.

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Music Ministry - Adult Choir

The Adult Choir enhances the liturgical celebrations by leading the music ministry at 11:15 a.m. masses through hymns and songs that will ensure the “full, conscious, and active participation in the liturgical celebration.” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 14)  The whole church community benefits from participating in the Eucharist through meaningful and wonderful music.  The choir members, under the direction of the Musical Director, are enriched by both developing high quality musical skills and sharing their Catholic faith within the parish.  Choir practices are on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the church.  There is also a Funeral Ministry Choir for which anyone can volunteer.  Many Adult Choir members volunteer in this capacity as well.  All are welcome in both choirs at any time.

 

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Music Ministry - Children’s Ministry Choir

The Children’s Ministry Choir offers our young church members (Grades 2-8) a way to begin active ministry in the church. Sharing faith through song allows children to embrace the Gospel and our Catholic Faith in a personal way as they learn more about the liturgy. They also develop and strengthen excellent music and singing techniques through the teachings of the Musical Director. As the choir grows, there will be opportunities to sing classical pieces, sing in part harmony, and even in other languages. Best of all, there are opportunities for volunteer and leadership roles for 'graduated members'. The Children’s Ministry Choir sings twice a month, at the 9:30 a.m. mass, as well as at the 5 p.m. Christmas Eve mass. Practices are every Thursday evening from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. in the church. All are welcome at any time.

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Music Ministry - Musician

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!” God is best served when people are led to pray, praise and serve Him. The role of a musician is to enhance the Liturgy by playing music that will ensure a full, conscious, and active participation in the liturgical celebration. At the masses, musicians perform music selected to accompany the liturgical theme. Musicians choose the mass at which they prefer to perform and are then regularly scheduled to play at that mass.

Youth musicians are encouraged to join one of the music ministry teams formed through Divine Infant’s Youth Ministry Program which runs the 6:30 p.m. masses.

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care is a ministry of presence and outreach to those among us who are sick and/or housebound. Through a two-fold program of home visits and friendly phone calls we hope to bring our parish community’s spirit of care and concern to those we serve. Home visits often include bringing the Eucharist, while visits to nursing homes and seniors residences might include leading a group rosary. If you are a good listener, have a heart for bringing a loving, caring presence to those you serve and are able to devote as little as an hour or two a week to this rewarding ministry, we would encourage you to consider becoming part of the Pastoral Care team.

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Pro-Life

"Anyone who welcomes the little child in my name, welcomes Me." (Matt. 18:5) Our parish actively supports many organizations within the pro-life movement.Miriam Centre has grown out of a desire shared by concerned Christians in Orleans to establish a centre to help mothers in need. It provides encouragement to the mother facing an unplanned pregnancy by providing her with the assistance she may need before and after the child's birth.Youville Centre in Centertown assists single mothers in completing their high school education, in day care for their children and in finding affordable housing.

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Religious Articles

Various religious articles for special occasions can be purchased anytime. Twice a year ,usually in the Fall & Spring a table will be displayed in the foyer and items can be purchased. Volunteers are welcome to inquire on how they can help in this ministry for the Church

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

In 1972, the RCIA was restored by Vatican II as a normal process by which people may be received into the community of the Roman Catholic Church. Christian initiation is celebrated in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist after a journey of formation, prayer and discernment by the individual and the faith community. The RCIA welcomes all adults and adolescents who consciously and freely seek the living God and desire to enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. The RCIA is open to un-baptized, baptized non-Catholics and baptized Catholics seeking the sacrament of Confirmation. RCIA inquiry evenings are every Wednesday night from 7:30-9:00 p.m. Interested persons are always welcome.

Meetings every Wednesday evening.

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens(RCIT)

The Rite of Christian initiation for Teens (RCIT) is aimed at assisting those teens between the ages of 13 and 17 who have not been baptized or received all the Sacraments of Initiation and who want to be full members of the Church. RCIT parallels the adult program in preparation and reception of the rites as well as materials. RCIT starts up in mid –October and meets every second Saturday morning. All materials are provided and there is no cost to the program.

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Sacristans

Everyliturgical celebration should take place in a space carefully prepared by someone to be a visible sign of love and reverence toward God. The details involved in this preparation are seen to by the sacristans. From arranging books needed for the proclamation of the Word and the presidential prayers, to setting out the chalice, paten, cruets, bowl and linens, to laying out the vestments and to ensuring the observance of silence and quiet in the sacristy - this is the ministry of the sacristans.

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Shepherds of Good Hope Soup Kitchen

Each summer our parish community comes together to offer assistance to the Shepherds of Good Hope Soup Kitchen. On the designated Sundays they meet for two hours to help prepare a wholesome meal to nourish those in need. The volunteers then join together for a time of prayer to ask God's help as they share not only food but also the gift of themselves with those who come for a meal. The gifts of time and self are among the greatest that we'll ever be able to offer!

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Ushers

The role of the usher is to welcome parishioners, keep order at masses, collect offerings and assist those in need. In this way, tradition is respected and everyone can enjoy attending services in the church.
Ushers greet people at the door, keep aisles clear, and direct the movement of the congregation when necessary. During mass, they collect offerings, assist clergy in services as needed, select a family to bring up the offering and help those who require assistance. After Mass, they collect lost articles and restore the church to order.

 

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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Youth

New information coming soon...

For contact details, see the weekly bulletin or contact the parish office at 613-824-6822. 

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