HOLY FAMILY CHURCH  
  Syracuse, New York
 
 
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PARISH ADMINISTRATION
   Parish resident priests
   Parish council
   Buildings and grounds committee
   Communications
   Finance committee
   Grounds maintenance
   Long-range planning committee

FAITH FORMATION & EDUCATION
   Baptismal preparation
   Life in the Spirit
   Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
   Little Church School
   Natural family planning
   Prayer chain
   Prayer groups
      Men's prayer group
      Daughters in Adoration
      Holy Family prayer group
      Divine Mercy prayer group
   Religious Education
   Scripture groups
   Sponsor couple program

YOUTH

PARISH
   Archives
   Baptismal Home Visits
   Bereavement
      Funeral planning committee
      Bereavement support
      Hospitality
   Book store/ gift shop
   Holy Name Society
   Human development
   Health Ministry
   Sewing Ministry
   Social Justice
   Marriage coordinators
   Pastoral care
   Respect life
   Mary's Rosaries for the world
   Vocation council
   Welcoming committee

SOCIAL
   Basketball
   Knights of Columbus
   Retreats
   Senior citizen's group

HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL
   Advisory board
   Day care programs
   Parent Teacher Community Organization (PTCO)

   Alumni Association

WORSHIP
   Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
   Altar Server
   Children's Liturgy of the Word
   Eucharistic ministers and lectors
   Gift bearers
   Healing Mass
   Hospitality
   Parish Life And Worship(Liturgy committee)
   Music ministry
   Nocturnal Adoration Society
   Ushers
   Women's Eucharistic League

PARISH ADMINISTRATION

Parish Resident Priests
Rev. Richard P. Prior, Jr., pastor, @ 488-3139
Rev. Philip Brockmyre, parochial vicar, @ 488-3139
Rev. Cleophas O. Tuka, parochial vicar, @ 488-3139
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Parish Council
This advisory body deliberates and acts on matters pertaining to the spiritual, social, financial, managerial, operational and educational areas of our parish.
Term: 2 years (selection each spring)
Meetings: Last Tuesday of every other month (Sept. through June)
Contact: Ed Campagna @ 487-1653
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Building and Grounds Committee
The committee maintains and develops programs to support parish properties and systems.
Meetings: As needed
Contact: Charlie Rhinehart @ 487-0445
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Communications
This office is responsible for publicizing all parish events and activities to parishioners, the local community and to the media. The office is also responsible for marketing and public relations for Holy Family School.
Contact: Caroline Reff, communications director, @ 488-3139
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Finance Committee
This Committee is responsible for all accounting duties such as expenditure analysis, budget preparation, and long-term financial integrity of the parish as required by Canon Law.
Meetings: Monthly
Contact: Dc. Nick Alvaro, business manager, @ 488-3139
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Grounds Maintenance
The maintenance crew maintains the church grounds, school, offices and rectory. Volunteers may assist as needed.
Contact: Ron Burns, maintenance supervisor, @ 488-3139
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Long-Range Planning Committee
This committee reviews and addresses the specific long-range plans for Holy Family Church facilities. These include the church, rectory, parish office, school, and shrine, as well as diocesan risk management issues related to parish facilities.
Meetings: As needed
Contact: Rev. Richard P. Prior, Jr.,pastor, @ 488-3139
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FAITH FORMATION & EDUCATION
Baptismal Preparation
Preparation classes are required for parents seeking the Sacrament of Baptism for their child. Baptisms are held the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.
Contact: Parish Office to schedule a date/time @ 488-3139
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Life In the Spirit
The Life in the Spirit Seminar is a way to enter into a personal experience with the Holy Spirit. Participants experience a deeper release of the Holy spirit received at Baptism and Confirmation. All are welcome to come to experience this life changing gift of God.
Meetings: Periodically, refer to bulletin
Contact: John & Teresa Brusa @ 638-5421
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Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A)
The R.C.I.A program is a process by which adults learn about our Catholic faith and discern their willingness to commit to that faith. For those who decide to join the Church, the process culminates with the celebration of the Rites of Initiation at the Easter Vigil Mass.
Meetings: Weekly on Thursday evenings starting in September
Contact: Dave & Suellen Callahan @ 488-7408
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Little Church School
Little Church School is a faith formation program for three and four year old children. Held from October to May, the program takes place in the kindergarten classroom at Holy Family School during the 10:30 am Mass on Sundays. We learn about God's love through prayer,play,projects and frienship. Newcomers are always welcome and parent participation is encouraged.
Contact: Linda Sheedy @ 488-8925
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Natural Family Planning
The Natural Family Planning Program offers supportive and reliable information on family planning. This group shares information on acceptable new methods using a variety of resources.
Contact: Mike Pauley @ 488-2478
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Prayer Chain
Members of the Prayer Chain are referred to as intercessors. Their principle role is to pray on behalf of those people who call or write in with special prayer requests. All that is required is a willingness to pray for others. We welcome additional intercessors at any time.
Contact: Mary Jane Train or Rose Marie Train @ 488-3367
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Prayer Groups
Men's Prayer Group
A time for men to gather for fellowship and prayer.
Meetings: Wednesday mornings at 7:15 a.m. in the multi-purpose room of the church.
Contact: Mike Pauley @ 488-2478
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Daughters In Adoration
We offer the rosary and prayer petitions and spend time in silence during our Holy Hour of Adoration. Reflection on the upcoming Sunday readings follows using The Word Among Us as our guide.
Meetings: Thursday evenings from 7pm to 830pm in the multi-purpose room of the church.
Contact: Ann Colabufo @ 488-1012
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Holy Family Prayer Group
Open to everyone for fellowship, singing, praising, prayer and scripture reflections.
Meetings: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the church hall.
Contact: John & Theresa Brusa @ 638-5421
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Divine Mercy Prayer Group
Held daily at 3 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of the church.
Contact: Lucille Gromes @ 487-6732
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Religious Education
Holy Family's Religious Education Program administers classroom learning and sacramental preparation for grades K through 8, a First Communion Program for second graders, a Confirmation Program for grades 9 through 12, and Summer Vacation Bible School for grades K through 5.
Volunteers are needed to teach and serve as office aides or substitutes. The diocese provides preparation classes.
Term: Opportunity to re-commit every year
Contact: Christina Oliva, director of religious education programs, @ 488-5884
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Scripture Groups
Bible study groups are offered to all who want to have a stonger understanding of scripture.
Bible Study #1: This group uses The Little Rock Scripture Study series and meets the needs of all levels of scripture reading. Small group sessions are open to everyone.
Meetings: Varies
Contact: Mike Pauley @ 488-2478
Bible Study #2: Using The Word Among Us as well as other resources, this group gathers weekly for faith sharing. All are welcome to join us.
Meetings: Each Thursday morning at 9:45am in the multi-purpose room of the church. Contact: Helen Procanick @ 488-5387
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Sponsor Couple Program
This is a program to help engaged couples prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage. Married couples are needed to hold Pre-Cana sessions in their homes and sponsor engaged couples by sharing their experiences. All materials and training are provided.
Contact: John & Mary Milligan @ 468-1029
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YOUTH MINISTRY
Our Youth Ministry is age specific. We are a LIFE TEEN Parish and our ministry models the international LIFE TEEN program. For our middle school parishioners and community we offer THE EDGE. The Edge meets regularly for fun, friendship and faith. For our high school parishioners and community, we offer the LIFE TEEN program. LIFE TEEN is Eucharistic centered. We offer the LIFE TEEN Mass where teens and families gather at our 4:00pm Sunday teen-centered Mass. Following the Mass, our high school teens are invited to our LIFE Night where we offer catechecatical, issue based or social events. Through our LIFE TEEN program, we also offer sacramental development, including a Teen RCIA program and a LIFE TEEN Confirmation program. For more information about the LIFE TEEN program, we invite you to the LIFE TEEN Website at www.lifeteen.com For our college aged parishioners and community, we are developing a Young Adult group to meet their needs and challenges. We invite adults within our community to become active in our Youth Ministry programs. Many levels of committment are available. Contact: Shelly Torzolo, LIFE TEEN Coordinator @ 488-3139 for additional information.
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WORSHIP
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Our parish offers and encourages all to respond to Christ's invitation to keep a prayerful vigil with Him present in the Eucharist. Each Tuesday, following the 9 a.m. Mass, there is a 3-hour adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the multi-purpose room of the church. Adoration is open to anyone who may stay for a few minutes or for the full 3 hours.
Contact: Anna Paradise @ 487-1066
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Altar Servers
This ministry is open to all school age children from grades four through 12. Servers are scheduled according to their parents' Mass preferences.
Training: Each fall
Contact: Dc. Nick Alvaro @ 488-3139
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Children's Liturgy of the Word
This program helps teach children in grades K through 6 about the Word of God and is held during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. Volunteers are needed to teach and supervise. All supplies and training are provided.
Contact: Mary Dacey @ 487-8600
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Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors
Eucharistic ministers distribute the Body and Blood of Christ to communicants at the Masses. Lectors proclaim the Word of God to the assembly at Masses and other liturgical celebrations. Both ministries are scheduled according to Mass preferences.
Training: One-hour session in the fall
Contact: Parish Office @ 488-3139
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Gift Bearers
There is an opportunity for those who wish to bring the gifts at Mass. A sign-up book is located in the gathering space of the church.
Contact: Esther Wood @ 487-5466
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Healing Mass
This special Mass is an opportunity to pray for all intentions, most especially, for the sick, suffering and distraught. At the end of the Mass, there is a healing service where prayers are offered individually for those who desire a one-on-one anointing.
Mass: First Thursday, every other month, 7 p.m.
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Hospitality
The Hospitality Committee plans and organizes menus for many parish social functions that take place through out the year. They offer refreshments in the church hall after special masses and other parish events. Volunteers are always needed to make that 'special" dish or to lend a hand in the kitchen.
Contact:
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Parish Life And Worship(Liturgy Committee)
This group assists the clergy with the planning of special liturgical events and seasons. Working in conjunction with the various music ministries, these volunteers set themes and plan liturgical celebrations for community worship events.
Meetings: Monthly from September through June
Contact: Sue Piccoli @ 488-6040
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Music Ministry
Choir and instrumental music enrich the celebration of the liturgy throughout the church year. The Music Ministry comprises a number of groups including the Adult Choir, Contemporary Ensemble, Handbell Choir, Resurrection Choir, Youth Choir and the Youth Ensemble. Open to everyone who is willing to share his or her musical gifts.
Contact: Rob Morey, Director of Music @ 487-1737
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Nocturnal Adoration Society
Adoration and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament occur every First Friday from 9 p.m. until 8 a.m. on the First Saturday. New members are welcome to come at any hour.
Contact: Robert Steves @ 487-9251
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Ushers
Ushers help people to their seats, assist with collection, and supervise the Communion processions at all Masses. Volunteers are always welcome.
Contact: John Pirong @ 487-8356
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Women's Eucharistic League
Adoration and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament occur monthly on First Friday from noon until 9 p.m. New members are welcome to come at any hour.
Contact: Rita Canavan @ 488-7256
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PARISH
Archives
The archives ensure that the vitality and tradition of Holy Family Parish, its school and community are honored through time. The archives membership collects, preserves and makes available materials that document the history of the Catholic faith in our community. All are welcome to join as archivists and to serve in a valuable role preserving our parish history.
Contact: Sharon Williams @ 488-9996
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Baptismal Home Visits
Parish volunteers contact new parents the week prior to the baptismal ceremony to set up a convenient time for a home visit. Home visits are only available to those in the Fairmount/Camillus area. Volunteers deliver baptismal kits to the home and answer any questions parents may have. See "Baptismal Preparation" for details on scheduling a baptism.
Contact: MJ Pirong @ 487-8356
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Bereavement
Funeral Planning Committee
Assists the families of the deceased to arrange for the funeral Mass, including suggestions on special readings, music, etc.
Contact: Jean Moth @ 487-0013
Marcia Ryan @ 487-5820
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Bereavement Support
Offers an opportunity to gather with people dealing with the loss of loved ones. Refer to bulletin for meeting information.
Contact: Marcia Ryan @ 487-5820
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Funeral Luncheon Committee
Provides set-up, serving and clean-up for gatherings after funeral services.
Contact: Anna Paradise @ 487-1066
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Book Store/Gift Shop
Volunteers are welcome to assist in our gift shop, which is located in the hall of the church. The store is open from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. every Sunday.
Contact: Dee Dominick @ 487-0869 or Mary Jo Smith @ 487-2053
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Holy Name Society
Men of the parish have the opportunity to socialize, attend mass together, and conduct various activities. The Holy Name Society sponsors an annual Christmas tree sale, men's' golf league, and the parish picnic held each June.
Volunteers are needed for all events and activities.
Contact: Dave Harmon @ 487-7598
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Human Development
The Human Development Program provides a number of services to people in the community who are in need of assistance on a longterm or short term basis. Some of these services include the parish food pantry, food delivery to the homebound, a school supply program, and transportation services to and from Mass. Faith-centered programs include a Thanksgiving food collection, christmas gift distribution, a lenten soup supper and an easter food collection. We welcome your assistance in any of these areas.
Contact: Julie Anderson, director of human development, @ 484-9228
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Health Ministry
Health Ministry: The health ministry works to provide health related information and services to parishioners. Programs include a flu shot clinic, monthly blood pressure screening, Red Cross blood drive, CPR and informational presentaions to parish groups.
Contact: Julie Anderson, director of human development, @ 484-9228
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Marriage Coordinators
This group coordinates and walks through the rehearsal with the wedding party, as well as assists at the wedding ceremony.
Contact: Valerie James @ 488-5194
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Pastoral Care
Pastoral ministers provide prayer support and care for the sick and elderly of our parish. Programs include bringing Holy Communion to the sick and homebound, helping isolated parishioners with visits and light housework, and visiting area nursing homes. Training and materials provided.
Contact: Kristine McGuire, pastoral care, @ 488-3139
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Respect Life
This group promotes a culture of life by defending the sanctity of life in all its stages-from conception to natural death. Respect Life specifically focuses on church teachings and governmental legislation that address abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, morality in the media and other life issues. All are welcome to attend at any time.
Meetings: Refer to bulletin
Contact: Peg Keller @ 488-9851
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Sewing Ministry
This ministry involves sewing robes/bibs included in parish baptismal kit. The baby wears the bib when he/she receives the Sacrament of Baptism. In addition, stoles are made and embroidered once each year for all candidates in the RCIA program. At the pastor's request, purificators and carporals are made.
Contact: Cathie Perry @ 487-8640
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Social Justice
The mission of the group is to channel understanding of social justice into life of our parish. Through prayer, study and action we promote parish involvement in significant social issues, including special interest in issues raised by our Bishop.
Meetings: Third Sunday of each month from September-June in parish office.
Contact: Dale Brabham @ 488-1094
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Mary's Rosaries for the World
This ministry was formed to encourage devotion to Our Blessed Lady and her Son, as well as answer the urgent demand for rosaries throughout the world. Hand-made rosaries are distributed within the parish, nursing homes and missions. Rosary supplies and training provided. Rosaries can be made in your own home at your leisure.
Contact: Peg Keller @ 488-9851
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Vocation Council
This group promotes ideas and works to increase awareness about all types of religious vocations. New members are welcome.
Meetings: Quarterly; refer to bulletin
Contact: Dc. Nick Alvaro @ 488-3139
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Welcoming Committee
Holy Family warmly and enthusiastically welcomes all new parishioners and their families to experience the spiritual well being and the social and community activities that are a part of our parish. This committee helps reach out to our new members, plans activities and events focusing on our new parishioners. All are welcome to join our team!
Contact: Judy Shanley @ 488-2487
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SOCIAL
Basketball
The basketball program is open to boys and girls, age 7 to 12, to learn the fundamentals of basketball, as well as the benefits of teamwork and friendship. A nominal fee is charged. Volunteers are welcome to help in many areas.
Program: Runs from November through March
Contact: Ed Campagna @ 487-1653
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Knights of Columbus
This is a fraternity of Catholic men who serve the church, support vocations, church activities, our community and our parish youth through fund-raising activities including raffles and pancake breakfasts.
Meetings: 3rd & 4th Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
Contact: Hal Rice @ 487-2042
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Retreats
Both men and women of the parish take part in retreats to renew and reflect on their own personnel spiritual life. Retreats are experienced through guided reflection, prayer and sharing of faith. Refer to bulletin for various times and contact numbers.
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Senior Citizen's Group
A parish social group for those over 55 provides fellowship in spiritual development, dinners, trips, seasonal events and guest speakers on topics relevant to seniors.
Meetings: First Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.
Contact: Jim Vaccarro @ 487-0846
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HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL
Inspired by its faith-filled atmosphere rooted in Gospel values, the Holy Family School community promotes quality Catholic education. In partnership with our families and parish, we endeavor to instill in each child a life-long commitment to learning and service to others. Holy Family School is staffed by Franciscan and Josephite Sisters, as well as dedicated lay teachers.
Classes range from nursery/Pre-kindergarten to grade six.
Contact: Linda Shulkin, principal, @ 487-8515
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Advisory Board
The school advisory board works to advise the pastor and principle on religious, academic, and parental issues relating to Holy Family School. The board has the following committees: Finance, Special Projects, Long-range/Development, and Spirituality. All committees welcome new members at any time.
Term: 2 years for at-large members (election held each spring)
Meetings: Monthly; open meetings held three times a year.
Contact: Anne Sierotnik @ 468-0578
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Day Care Programs
Programs include Early Childhood Education (ECE), day care for 3-5 year olds, School Age After Care (SAAC), a before and after school program for grades K through 6, and Summer day camp for grades K through 6. Our programs offer reasonable rates for full-time and part-time care.
Contact: Tina Dee, director, @ 484-7852
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Parent Teacher Community Organization (PTCO)
The objective of this organization is to support Holy Family School through fundraising and social activities. PTCO organizes a number of events throughout the year, including the annual Election Day Spaghetti Supper. Any parent/guardian of a child in Holy Family School may become a member. Volunteers are always welcome.
Contact: Linda Shulkin, Holy Family School, principal @ 487-8515
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Alumni Association
Alumni of Holy Family School are invited to join our Alumni Association, a social and fundraising organization aimed at promoting our school and its programs. If you attended Holy Family at any time, please send your current contact information to the parish office. Look for our upcoming alumni link on the parish website. Alumni activities are planned year-round.
Add your name to the site.
Contact: Karen Connell Wheeler, '75 @ 488-3139
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