Ministries

Our parish ministries reach from within our community to the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world, all with the mission to glorify and serve the Lord and His Church.

  • Serve and be served!

    Community Care

     

    New Parishioner Welcome:  help assemble “welcome baskets”; or meet new families and help them connect with others in the parish; or staff a visitors’ table at Sunday Mass.

    Trish Swords:  drehrsj@gmail.com; 818-249-2008

     

    Bread Bakers:  as needed, bake a fresh loaf of bread to be gifted to a new family entering the parish.

    Trish Swords:  drehrsj@gmail.com; 818-249-2008

     

    Rides to Church:  assist people who are unable to drive by taking them to and from church or to parish events.  (Must maintain individual auto liability insurance:  the parish will not be financially liable.)

    Lynn Hansen:  hrsjpastoralcouncil@gmail.com

     

    Coffee & Donuts:  help to buy donuts, to set up and/or staff the table at the 8:30 Mass.

    Tina Ferraro:   tinaferraro@charter.net

     

    Audio/Visual Production Team:  set up sound equipment or run projection equipment at regular Sunday Masses or occasional parish events.  Moderate training provided.

    Ani Akopyan:  ani1st@sbcglobal.net

     

    Life Night Meal Prep:  help plan and prepare a delicious and nutritious supper for about 30 teens on occasional Sunday afternoons to support our Life Teen program.

    Sara McNely:  sarajosi@yahoo.com

     

    Family Ministry:  help to plan and carry out activities and events that build friendship and fun and provide support for families with children of all ages.

    Trish Swords:  drehrsj@gmail.com; 818-249-2008

     

    Decorating the Church:  help with the planning of church decorations and/or help with the actual physical work of decorating the church for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, or other special celebrations.  Occasional.

    Gigi Quizon:  gigiquizon@yahoo.com

    Anne Calabrese:  annecalabresehrsj@gmail.com

     

    Bereavement Ministry:  help grieving families to plan funerals, memorial services, vigils, or rosaries; coordinate with the mortuary; assist the priest, family, and guests at the memorial service; provide additional support after the funeral.  Moderate training provided.

    HR:  Their Koeler:  therik2@earthlink.net

    SJ:  Pat Prata:  patprata@sbcglobal.net

     

    Visiting the Sick:  deliver the Eucharist to the homebound or to persons in local hospitals or convalescent homes.  Advance training required.

    Claire McLiam:  cmcliam@hr-sj.org

    Liturgy & Worship

     

    Eucharistic Ministers:  assist celebrants in the distribution of the sacred Body and Blood of Christ at scheduled Sunday Masses, holy days, or daily Masses.  Advance training and occasional additional meetings required. 

    Anne Calabrese:  annecalabresehrsj@gmail.com

     

    Lectors:  proclaim the Word of God at scheduled Sunday Masses, holy days, or daily Masses.  Moderate advance training provided.

    HR:  Anne Calabrese:  annecalabresehrsj@gmail.com

    SJ:  Maria Leinenweber:  marial55@aol.com

     

    Ushers:  promote the spirit of hospitality at Sunday Masses, greet people arriving for Mass, help people find seats as needed, take up the collection, count the attendees, and hand out bulletins.

    HR:  Jan Detanna:  creativelink@sbcglobal.net

    SJ:  Lynn Hansen:  lhansen@aerisinsight.com;  818-541-9677

     

    Choir:  add to the beauty of our Sunday liturgy by singing at the 10:00 a.m. Mass.  Increase your skills; discover the pleasure of being in an ensemble; learn to be a cantor or psalmist.  There are opportunities for all volunteers.  Rehearsals on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

    Andrea Anderson:  aandersonpianist@hotmail.com;  818-249-2008

     

    Sacristans:  on pre-scheduled days, prepare the altar for celebration of the Eucharist, including dressing the altar, lighting candles, preparing the bread and wine, placing the books, and laying out anything else needed for the celebration, such as cruets, chalices, ciboria, linens, oils, and processional crosses.  Advance training required/provided.

    Anne Calabrese:  annecalabresehrsj@gmail.com

     

    Altar Servers:  at Sunday Masses, carry the cross and candles in the entrance procession; hold the book for the priest when he’s not at the altar; carry the incense and censer; present the bread, wine, and water to the priest during preparation of the gifts; wash the hands of the priest; and otherwise assist the priest as needed.  Sixth grade and up.  Advance training required/provided.

    Tom Heller:  hellert@sbcglobal.net

    Kate Moore:  balugs@yahoo.com

    Margaret Metz:  maggiemetz@yahoo.com

     

    Altar Society/Altar Guild:  tend the flowers; clean the candleholders; wash and iron the altar linens and towels; help keep the church and sacristy in good order.

    HR:  Ellie Martin:  elliemartin@charter.net

    SJ:  Maryjane Orozco:  mojomjo@yahoo.com

     

    Liturgy Committee:  provide input and feedback to meet the variety of needs and preferences of parishioners at Sunday Masses and holy day celebrations.  Monthly meetings:  third Thursday of every month, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

    Claire McLiam:  cmcliam@hr-sj.org

     

    Baptism Team:  welcome, accompany, and celebrate with families seeking the sacrament of baptism for their children; encourage and foster their full integration into the life of the parish.

    Fr. Ed Dover:  fred@hr-sj.org

     

    Marriage Team:  sacramentally married couples are needed to mentor and support engaged and newly married couples; provide witness to the richness, grace, and power that flow from living out the fullness of the Church’s teachings on marriage and family life.

    Fr. Ed Dover:  fred@hr-sj.org

     

    Education & Formation

     

    LifeTeen Core Team:  pray with and journey with high-school-aged teens as they fall in love with their faith.  Core team members serve as small group discussion leaders, speakers, and games facilitators—but mostly they form strong and lasting relationships.  2-4 hours every other Sunday.  4-hour VIRTUS training required.

    Michael Paul Leon:  jamesredeemerministry@gmail.com;  http://www.hrsjlifeteen.com

     

    Discovering Christ:  be a small-group facilitator; or help with meal set-up, serving, and clean-up; or help set up the hall before the event.

    Trish Swords:  drehrsj@gmail.com; 818-249-2008

     

    Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA):  confirmed Catholics are needed to support, accompany, and help prepare adults who are seeking baptism, confirmation, and a deeper relationship with God.  (September through June.)

    Will Duquette:  wjduquette@att.net

    Diana Leff:  dleff@earthlink.net

     

    Children’s Catechists:  trained catechists are needed to assist with religious education on first and third Sunday mornings of each month during the school year; to assist with the Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 8:30 Mass; and to assist with Vacation Bible School during the first week of August.  4-hour VIRTUS training required.

    Trish Swords:  drehrsj@gmail.com; 818-249-2008

     

    Tutors:  tutor children in our kindergarten, elementary, or middle schools; help with homework or reading or game-playing as needed.  4-hour VIRTUS training and fingerprinting required.

    Susan Romero:  hrsjprincipal@yahoo.com

     

    Readers:  read stories with first- and second-graders in our elementary school to help them learn the joy of reading.  4-hour VIRTUS training and fingerprinting required.

    Susan Romero:  hrsjprincipal@yahoo.com

     

    Lunch Monitors:  our elementary and middle school needs volunteers to help with lunchtime supervision on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Friday from 11:45-1:00.  4-hour VIRTUS training and fingerprinting required.

    Susan Romero:  hrsjprincipal@yahoo.com

     

    Service & Outreach

     

    Brothers’ Helpers:  help cook and prepare meals for the homeless or for victims of domestic violence (3:30-5:30 Tuesdays at HR; Thursdays at SJ); package meals and load the delivery van (5:30-6:30).  Volunteers are especially needed to deliver and serve the meals in person at La Placita in downtown Los Angeles (7:00 – 8:30 pm).

    Tad Edwards:  tsealy@sbcglobal.net;  www.brothershelpers.org

    Bill Maddigan:  wamaddi@yahoo.com

     

    Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry:  help put out and collect monthly flyers; or help to gather and deliver donated food to the food pantry in Glendale.

    HR:  Bob Martin:  remartin1@charter.net

    SJ:  Tina Ferraro:  tinaferraro@charter.net

     

    Pro-Life Committee:  adults and teens are needed help to plan and carry out activities that educate, inform, and engage our local community about the sanctity of human life, from conception to natural death.

    Claire McLiam:  cmcliam@hr-sj.org

     

    Knit & Crochet:  while enjoying each other’s company, we knit and crochet items that are donated to hospitals, parishes, and nonprofit organizations in our area. Some of the items donated are bed slippers for convalescent homes, scarves and hats for the troops, baby items for expectant mothers in need.  First and third Thursday of every month, from 12:00 to 2:30 at Healy Hall.

    Betty Molinaro:  blmafm2@yahoo.com; 818-247-9521

     

    Restorative Justice:  visit jail and prison facilities in Los Angeles County; have informal one-on-one talks with inmates; serve as a mentor; participate in discussions of scripture readings; or assist with sacrament preparation.  Must be at least 21 years old and obtain advance clearance.

    Ellie Martin:  elliemartin@charter.net

     

    St. Vincent de Paul:  grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. Help with fundraising activities; provide food, clothing, or furniture; or help pay for rent or lodging or auto repairs as needed.

    Leonard Rudnick:  svdphrstjames@yahoo.com; 818-249-2008 ext. 572

     

    Knights of Columbus Crescenta Valley Council 3254:  support the activities of a Catholic fraternal service organization that provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, the community, families, and young people.

    Doug Koerber:  dkoerber1@aol.com; 818-249-4539; https://sites.google.com/site/kofc3254/home

     

    Missions Team:  help to research and coordinate local, regional, or international transformational journeys and service projects for parishioners of all ages.

    Fr. Ed Dover:  fred@hr-sj.org

     

     

    In the Broader Community:

     

    MEND Poverty:  help MEND to serve the poor of the San Fernando Valley by doing clerical work, tutoring, gardening, teaching, translating, picking up donations, or providing professional services:  positions available for all skill levels.

    http://mendpoverty.org/get-involved/volunteer-now; 818-896-0246; email:  volunteering@mendpoverty.org.

     

    Verdugo Hills Hospital:  greet and assist visitors; deliver flowers to patients; provide directions; help with patient transportation; serve as a liaison between doctors and families.  Ages 14 and up.

    http://uscvhh.org/careers-and-volunteers/volunteer; 818-952-2215

     

    Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children:  support and accompany an abused, neglected, or abandoned child through the court system; advocate for the child’s best interests with attorneys, the court, social workers, and teachers.  Training required and provided.  Time commitment:  15-20 hours/month.

    http://casala.org/volunteer/

     

    Crescenta-Canada YMCA:  support the Y’s mission of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility by coaching, serving on committees, teaching a class, or helping with youth groups.

    http://www.ymcafoothills.org/volunteer.html

     

    La Crescenta Public Library:  greet patrons, help them find materials, read stories to children, help with homework, stack books, or teach people to use the internet.  Ages 14 and up.

    Email:   volunteer@library.lacounty.gov; 562-940-8403

     

    Habitat for Humanity:  volunteers of all skill levels are needed to help families construct new homes for themselves.  Training provided.

    http://www.sgvhabitat.org/getinvolved/volunteer/; 626-387-6899

     

    Equine-Assisted Therapy:  work with instructors providing assistance to children prior to and during therapeutic horseback riding lessons.  Ages 15 and up.

    http://shadowhillsridingclub.org/volunteering/; email:  volunteer@shadowhillsridingclub.org

     

     

     

    For updates, edits, or additional information,

    please contact the parish pastoral council at

    hrsjpastoralcouncil@gmail.com