Parish Life

 

Adult Church League Softball

Our adult softball team competes in the Belmont Parks & Recreation Church Softball League against teams from other local area churches. The league generally plays on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in April and May. Teams form in the spring, usually in March. If you are interested in being a part of next year’s team, contact Mark Colone at mcolone@signaturesportsgroup.com. If you aren’t up for playing, plan on cheering on your fellow parishioners by attending the games at Dwight Frady Field in Belmont.

 

Bingo and Movie Night

Looking for some affordable Family Fun? Our parish BINGO nights, held every other month, offer just that!  A family can eat a home-cooked, healthy dinner and play BINGO all night. For the younger members, an alternative opportunity of movies, snacks, and crafts is offered.  Begun in 2004, the parish offers BINGO nights as a chance for fellowship and to help build family structure!  Make plans to attend the next fun night!  

 

Blessing of Animals

St. Francis is known as the loving friend of all God's creatures. We celebrate his feast day on the Sunday closest to October 4 with a blessing of our own animals. Families bring all sorts of critters… fish, turtles, cats, dogs, birds, hamsters…any pet that is loved as a creation of God. The blessing is held outdoors on our front lawn and includes music as well as a meaningful prayer.  For more information, please see Marilyn Whitney.

 

Coffee and Donuts

When you hear the words “Mass has ended,” do you run to the car? Why not take a few minutes to stop by the MAK Family Life Center for some coffee, donuts, and conversation? This ministry began over ten years ago and was created to offer an opportunity to meet new people or spend time in conversation with friends you only see once a week.  There are always donuts, fresh fruit, coffee and juices available for free (although donations are always welcome). Teams of people volunteer every couple of months to help set up, serve, and clean up.  Brian Litfin is always looking for new volunteers and groups to help out.

 

Community Breakfast

Wake up early on Saturdays? You can come to the parish MAK Family Life Center for a free – yes, free – breakfast. A group of committed volunteers prepare breakfast to order: eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage and toast.  Breakfast is a great opportunity to gather with parish friends over a cup of coffee and catch up with news. Served every month but July, you need to watch your bulletin for announcements of this special community breakfast gathering. 

DINOMITES Spring Soccer Season

QOA is offering spring soccer for children ages 3-6 starting April 10-May 8, 2018!  The meets run on Tuesdays from 5:45-7:00pm.  If interested, please contact the church office for more information.  You may click the link provided to register online.  This can be found on the homepage of this website.  

 

Gardening

“There used to be a big circle of dirt and two trees” is how the ministry of the parish gardens began.  Someone saw a need and took the challenge. Today, there are parishioners who help take care of the flowerbed.  In the spring, the ‘flower boards’ are displayed, asking for volunteers to help with the planting and upkeep of the beds. The more who sign up to help with an area, the less work there is to do. Watch for the boards and sign up!  We are all called to help with this ministry – if you see a weed, pull it! Please see Jena Barnhill for more information.

 

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus Council #11076 has been involved in our parish since 1993. Over 100 men belong and strive to provide support of the Church, programs of evangelization and Catholic education, civic involvement and aid to those in need. Some examples of their involvement include the Valentine Dance, preparing and serving dinner during Vacation Bible School, and the Breakfast Ministry that works on Saturdays to help widows of former Knights. New members bring fresh ideas and extra hands to projects of the future. Please see Justin Rick for more information.

 

The Queen’s Herald

News and Notes!  What is going on around the parish?  Check out The Queen’s Herald publication which is mailed to each registered parishioner’s home four times a year.  You can read more in-depth information, see photos of events, and find educational articles. The Queen’s Herald is mailed to parishioners and is posted on the website where you can also read old issues.  If you are interested in writing for the Herald or if you have taken great pictures at a parish event and want to have them included in the Herald, contact Editor Mark Colone at mcolone@signaturesportsgroup.com.  

 

Rosary Makers

The rosary is an old and reliable form of prayer in our Catholic Tradition. Our Rosary Makers recognize the importance of this ritual prayer and work hard to promote it.  The handmade rosaries are donated to Catholic missions, first-sacrament children, faith formation classes and are available in the Narthex of our church for parishioners.  If you need a rosary, please take one.  Do you need a rosary repaired?  We can do it.  Do you want to learn how to make a rosary?  We will teach you.  The needed supplies are provided.  Once you learn, you can make the rosaries at home.  We meet on the same Saturday morning as the Community Breakfasts.  To join us to learn to make rosaries for donations, please see Marilyn Warmington.

 

Welcome Stewardship

The Welcome Stewardship Committee assists newly registered parishioners by welcoming them face to face after mass. The new families are presented a small gift of wine, bread and salt.  Occasionally a special church social gathering is organized for our new families to meet other members of the parish and to learn more about our parish life.  To become a part of this important committee, please see Colleen Sutton or email her at csutton@scana.com.

 

Young at Heart

Are you fifty plus years of age and feeling young at heart? Our parish offers a social “Meet & Eat” gathering once a month just for you!  The second Saturday of every month, following the 5:00 pm mass, the group meets for a covered dish dinner.  Often the meetings include a program based on the group’s needs. In addition to social events, the Young at Heart group also does some service projects during Christmas and has sponsored a Day of Reflection for the diocesan Elder ministry.  Whether you are a single or couple, please pencil in the Young at Heart meetings!  Please see Cathy Boyd with questions.