Listing of Ministries



Altar Care
The ministry of altar care consists of weekly care of the Altar and Sacristy, washing of Altar cloths, care of plants, flower bouquets and vestments. If you would be interested in helping with the above, please contact Maureen Taylor at or (781) 934-6289.

Altar Servers (Please see Youth Ministries at the bottom of this page)

Art and Environment
The Art and Environment Committee is comprised of parishioners who are responsible for enhancing the church with seasonal decorations according to the Liturgical Seasons of the Catholic Church. Contact: Andrea Heinstadt at or (781) 934-6652.

Centering Prayer

This traditional prayer method facilitates the opening of ind and heart to God beyong thoughts, words or emotions. We open ourselves to "resting in God" during a period of 20 minutes in silence.  This prayer period is followed by Lecio Divina, a practice of listening to the gospels as if we were in conversation with Christ, developing an attitude of trust and friendship with Him. Meets in Room 14 on Thursdays. For more info., contact Mary Jane Roche at 781-934-9415.

Baptismal Robes
A group of parishioners who sew the Baptismal garments used in the infant Baptismal ceremony.  Contact: Connie Moran at or (781) 585-3151. 

Eucharistic Adoration
All are welcome to adore the Lord Jesus in the Holy Eucharist displayed in the monstrance every Friday in our Chapel beginning at 9:00 am and concluding with the Evening Prayer and Benediction at 5:00 pm.  People are needed to sign-up to provide prayerful "security" for an hour during this time period.  On First Fridays, the period of adoration is extended though the night until the 8:15 am Mass on Saturday.  Sign-up to provide an hour security vigil for this period by visiting  Contact: Carole McCarthy at or (781) 934-5301.

Eucharistic Ministers
These parishioners provide assistance distributing Holy Communion at Masses on a rotating basis, based on availability and Mass preference.  A training program conducted by the parish must be successfully completed.  Contacts: John O'Connell at or (781) 837-0267.

Family Liturgy and Hospitality
This Family Mass, celebrated each Sunday at 9 am during the school year, is an opportunity for young families and children to experience a meaningful and joyful celebration of Mass. Full and active participation of school-age children is encouraged through gathering at the altar at appropriate moments during Mass, the reading of the Scriptures, homily geared to children, music ministry, greeting, and altar serving. Coffee and donuts are offered in the Parish Center immediately following Mass. All families are invited and welcome to experience the Family Mass.  Contact: Nancy Lyons at

Funeral Servers (Adult)
Adults who assist the priest at a funeral Mass.  Contact the Parish Office for more information.

A group of parishioners who warmly welcome all weekend Mass attendees at the entrances of our church.  For more information in becoming involved in this ministry, please contact Sheila Hannon at or (781) 585-1976.

Lectors are men and women of our parish (beginning with high school students who have been Confirmed) who communicate God's word by proclaiming the readings with clarity and enthusiasm. Training is offered in small group settings. Assignments are made on a rotating basis based on individual availability. Contact: Ann Mickells at or (781) 585-2702.

Music Program-Adult Choir
If you are considering giving one of the choirs a try, we would love to have you.  The Choir sings at the 10:30 am Mass.  The rehearsal time is Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00 pm in the Main Church.  Contact: Mary Keefe at or (781) 934-5055 x116.

Music Program-Youth Choir (Please see Youth Ministries at the bottom of this page)

Parishioners who assist with taking up the collection at weekend Masses and who are available for special seating needs and emergencies.  Contact: Edward Derringh at or (781) 834-3244.



Catholic Appeal
The major yearly fundraising campaign that supports the ministries, offices and services of the Archdiocese of Boston, many of which aid in the operation of the local parishes, including Holy family.  Contact: Fr. Bob Deehan at or (781) 94-5055.

Parish Finance Council (PFC)
A consultative body of parishioners who assist the pastor in the administration of the goods of the parish and ensure accountability to the Archbishop and parishioners.  For more information, contact the Parish Finance Council Chairperson, Paul Casale at (781) 934-5845.

Parish Pastoral Council (PPC)
A consultative body of parishioners who provide the pastor and staff with helpful input and support addressing the pastoral, liturgical, spiritual, educational and social aspects of parish life.  For more information, contact the PPC Vice-Chairperson, Steve Gandt via email at



"Angels in the Kitchen" - Emergency Meals

The primary objective of this ministry is to aid an individual or family of the parish community by preparing and delivering meals on a temporary basis during a time of special need.  The family or individual is in need due to health problems or a death in the family.  The duration of our assistance is as varied as the special needs.  Some meals are one or two meals only.  Other meals may be for several times a week over several weeks or months.  Our responsibility is to relieve the family of the burden of planning an ample well balanced meal.  Meals are delivered hot or with instructions on re-heating. If you are interested in volunteering, would like the assistance of this ministry or know someone that would like our help please contact: Jane Speranzini at or (617) 901-8625.

Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Team
The purpose of the team is to create a community of support within each parish or cluster for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.  The team is comprised of volunteer parishioners and/or staff members interested in heightening awareness of potentially unsafe situations for children and in teaching strategies for helping to keep our children safe.  Members on the team ensure that all parish staff and volunteers are fully trained in mandated reporting laws and the Protecting God's Children program (VIRTUS).  CAP training is offered once a year for new volunteers and staff members.  Contact: Jeanne Cregan at or (781) 934-5055 x114.

Eucharist Home Visits
Eucharistic Ministers who bring Communion and provide company to homebound parishioners. Contact: Tina Bruce at or 781-837-5682.

Eucharist BID Hospital Visits
Eucharistic Ministers who bring communion to the sick at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth.  Contact: Chaplain MaryAnn Sztaba at or (508) 830-2626.

Eucharist Nursing Home Visits
Eucharistic Ministers who lead prayer and bring Communion to Catholics at the Bay Path Nursing Home.  

Eucharist/ The Village at Duxbury Visits
Eucharistic Ministers who bring Holy Communion, lead prayer and visit with residents at the Village.  Contact: Irene Schellings at or  (781) 934-7418.

Evangelization Committee
A group of parishioners who seek to imbue a spirit of evangelization in our parish and encourage outreach to those who have left the practice of their faith or are unchurched, and invite them to share in the treasures of our Catholic Faith.  Contact: David Cosgrove at or (781) 834-7543.

Faith Uniting Neighbors (FUN!)
Faith Uniting Neighbors (FUN!) is dedicated to building an even more vibrant community among the parishioners of Holy Family Church offering social, charitable and educational opportunities for individuals, couples and families throughout the year.  All members of the parish are welcome!  Upcoming events will be listed on the Facebook page: and in the parish bulletin.  Contact: Allyson Frazier at or (617) 458-1621.

Interfaith Council
A group of clergy and lay representatives from the different religious communities in Duxbury, which sponsors special interfaith celebrations on various occasions and addresses common needs in the community.  Contact: Sheila Tenaglia at sheilatenaglia@gmail or (781) 934-7225.

Knights of Columbus
A Catholic fraternal and charitable organization which offers many opportunities to serve the Church, the parish and beyond by promoting the faith and seeking to make a difference in the community.  Contact: David Wooley at or 781-834-9576.

Lazarus Committee
Lazarus is comprised of volunteer parishioners, who if requested, can provide light refreshments of sandwiches with salad or pastries with coffee and tea, immediately following a funeral. Refreshments are served in the Parish Center, based on availability, and can be requested through the Parish Office. Donations are gratefully accepted.  Contact: Holy Family at (781) 934-5055.

My Brother's Keeper (MBK)
Looking for donations of new or used furniture in excellent condition to provide to the needy.  Contact: Jim Sullivan at (781) 936-8904.

Pine Street Inn Volunteers
Group of parishioners who periodically provide meals at the Pine Street Inn Shelter in Boston. Contact: Joanne Vercollone at or (781) 934-2503.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Parishioners who make prayer shawls for the sick and elderly, and also provide baby blankets for infants baptized here at Holy Family.  Contact: Anna Ducharme at (781) 585-0626.

Prison Ministry
To draw from the time, talent, and faith of parish men and women to help the imprisoned change their lives through a better understanding of their Catholic religion.  Contact: Paul Kasimatis at or (781) 934-5890.

Respect Life
The mission of this group is to raise awareness of the sacredness of all human life through various activities, through education, and through prayer.  Fundraising events, such as selling silk Roses for Life on Mother's Day and parish "baby showers" support the Friends of the Unborn Home for unwed mothers.  The Respect Life group participates in the Walk for Life in Boston in October and the March for Life in Washington, DC in January.  They alert parishioners to upcoming life issues in order to contact our legislators as well as post notices regarding Project Rachel retreats and other life-affirming programs. Contact: Ruth Hearson at (781) 585-9855.

St. Vincent DePaul Society
Named after its founder St. Vincent de Paul, this society is part of an international Catholic organization of lay persons founded in 1833.  As a parish group, support is provided to the community financially, spiritually, and pastorally. Confidential help, be it food baskets, paying rent or utility bills, or auto repairs can be arranged. St. Vincent de Paul also sponsors and runs an annual clothing drive at the parish. Donation boxes are located at the doors of the church.  Please remember those in need.  Contact: 781-361-3595.

Stephen Ministry
Could you use support because of a life challenge?  Or are you interested in a ministry where you can use your gifts of compassion, listening & faith to help a person in the parish who is hurting for any reason?  After sufficient training here at Holy Family, the commitment is to agree to visit for one hour/week for a year (an occassional week off is acceptable). Men are especially needed since the "Stephen Minister" must be of the same gender as the "care receiver".  Contact: Deacon Art Keefe at or (781) 264-3880. 

Women's Club
Holy Family Women's Club is open to all women of the parish, and brings together women of all ages in both a spiritual and social way offering a variety of programs.  Membership is always open. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month from September to June.  Contact: Lynn Walsh at



Baptism Preparation
Instruction provided to couples who request to have their first child baptized.  Contact the parish office to register for this preparation session and for the Sacrament of Baptism.  Contacts: Ken McCarthy at or (617) 549-4620, and MaryJane Roche at or (781) 934-9415.

Bible Study - Daytime
Promotes spiritual growth and helps participants apply their faith to everyday life while studying the Word of God and sharing faith.  This group meets September through June on Thursday at 9:30 - 11:30 am.  Contact: Katey Cullen at or 781-934-7228.

Devotions Committee
The Devotions Committee endeavors to foster external practices of piety by which parishioners of Holy Family may find the means to deepen the life and expression of their faith as well as stimulate and comfort souls in the practices of virtue.

A modest library of religious and spiritual books is available in the parish center.  Volunteers interested in helping out with our library please call the Parish Office.

Men in Discussion
Men's prayer and discussion group which meets on Satirday mornings from 6:50 - 8:10 am in the parish center.  Contact: Deacon Art Keefe at or (781) 585-4444.

Our Lady's Prayer Group
All are welcome to join this group of parishioners who pray the Rosary and offer prayers for the intentions of our parishioners every Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm in the chapel.  Contact: Michelle Keller at or 781-934-6735.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is the process through which adults are initiated into the church through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.  This also includes baptized Christians from other denominations and those only baptized Catholic, but wish to come into full communion with the Catholic community. The R.C.I.A. team needs active parishioners who are generous with their time to walk with newcomers as they grow in faith and celebrate the sacraments. Contact: Ken McCarthy at or (617) 549-4620.

Small-Group Faith Sharing
Groups meet usually once a week for a period of time.  Contact: Jeanne Cregan at 781-905-5055 x 114 or




Altar Servers - Open to all children age 10 or older.  Servers assist the priest at weekend Mass and are usually scheduled twice a month.  Recruitment for new servers will generally occur at the beginning of the school year with announcements made at Masses and in the bulletin.  Contact: Phillip Nagy at

ASP - (Appalachia Service Project)
Adults and teens serve poor residents of Appalachia for one week in the summer by repairing their homes.  Year-long preparation and fundraising activities precede this experience.  We need both adults who would like to volunteer to lead our teens in a project that can be instrumental in enhancing their Catholic faith, and teens interested in participating in an extremely worthwhile call to Christian service.  Contact: Laura Sullivan at or (781) 934-1125.

High School Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
These confirmed High School parishioners provide assistance distributing Holy Communion at weekend Masses on a rotating basis, based on availability and Mass preference.  A training program conducted by the parish is a prerequisite.  Contact: Jeanne Cregan at or (781) 934-5055 x-114.

High School Lectors
High School students are invited to become Lectors, individuals who communicate with God's word by proclaiming the readings with clarity and enthusiasm.  Training is offered in small group settings.  Assignments are made on a rotating basis on individual availability.  Contact: Ann Mickells at or (781) 585-2702.

Music Program
Family Liturgy Choir, grades 3-8, sings at the 9:00 am Mass each Sunday, September-June.  Practice is on Thursdays, 4:15-5:15 pm.  Contact: Mary Keefe at or 781-934-5055 x 116

Scouts/ Boys and Girls
To learn more information about joining the Girl Scouts, please contact Joan Riser at 781-934-5427; Boy Scouts, please contact George Williams at 781-585-9818; Cub Scouts, please contact Steve Gandt at 781-934-1684.

Youth Lectors
Students in grades 5 through 8th are invited to participate in our Youth Lector program.  Students in these grades are trained to be Lectors for the Family Liturgy (school year) Sunday mornings at 9:00 am.  Contact:  Mary Lou Buell at or (617) 447-5298.




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