PARISH AND FAMILY LIFE
The purpose of the Parish and Family Life Committee is to provide for the growth and development of the parish and its many families. It is to promote Christian community and to enrich family living within the parish community. The committee's concern includes all age groups and their varied needs.
CHAIRPERSON: Mrs. Carol Seward, 410-479-2140
CAMPUS MINISTRY HOSPITALITY
WELCOMING BVM LADIES' SODALITY
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
Formed in 2002, the Campus Ministry Committee strives to continue a connection with our young adult parishioners who have embarked on their collegiate or military journeys. It is the mission of this committee to provide these young parishioners with a sustained relationship with their parish family, knowing that the transition from high school to college or the military can often be a difficult one. News from home includes care packages sent at intervals throughout the year and parish social gatherings for students when they are on break from school.
The main goals of the Saint Benedicts/Saint Elizabeth's Parish Campus Ministry are:A. To help all young adults who are in the military or in college feel connected to their Church family. B. To assure all young adults that they will be prayed for and thought of each day as they begin or continue this special stage of their life. C. To bring a smile to all young adults each time they receive a special package from this committee.
Beth McCullough, Chairperson 410-479-2621
This committee functions to support parish ministries and events by providing a hospitable, welcoming experience. They plan and provide refreshments for various meetings and events and provide for set-up/clean-up.
Welcoming & Farewell
The mission of the Welcoming/Farewell Committee is to assist newly registered parish families with their transition into the life of our parish community and to recognize families who are leaving the parish community. Welcoming is accomplished through visits/phone calls from committee members to provide information to new families about events/ministries that are a part of parish life. Sending includes a farewell blessing by Fr. Gabage within a weekend liturgy.
Blessed Virgin Mother Ladies' Sodality
The Blessed Virgin Mary Ladies' Sodality is open to all Catholic women ages 18 and over who are registered in the parish. The Sodality meets monthly from September through June. There are three areas in which the Sodality strives to serve the parish and community: Spiritual, Social, and Service. The Sodality supports the parish in various capacities. Past activities have included providing Easter baskets to local nursing homes, Lenten Soup and Bread Dinner, studying the lives of the female saints of the church, a Rosary prayer wheel and trips to local shrines.
Linda Schirmer, President 410-479-4704
St. Joan of Arc Council #12054 Knights of Columbus
In his writings, Fr. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, projected each local Council as a social and charitable arm of the parish in which it is located. With that in mind, the Saint Joan of Arc Council, with members from both St. Benedicts and St. Elizabeth's Churches, was charted in 1997.
The local council meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Meetings are open to only those men who have been properly introduced to the rituals of the Knights of Columbus order. Members work to assist the parish in five general areas of activity: Church, Community, Council, Family and Youth.
Knights of Columbus Membership provides the opportunity to build leadership capabilities, develop and sharpen organization and interpersonal skills, and opportunities for the entire family to benefit from programs related to insurance, educational assistance and many fraternal activities.
For information on membership please contact:
Grand Knight Bernie Liswell 410-479-3990