There are so many ways to get involved and volunteer your time and talent to help with the betterment of our Parish!
Catholic Charities Team
- The Catholic Charities team are parishioners who assist in counting the Catholic Charities collection once per year and is responsible for tallying and submitting to the Catholic Charities office.
- Collection Counter are teams of parishioners who assist in counting the weekly collection from the Sunday Masses.
- Communication Committee consists of individuals willing to help make posters and flyers, send out emails or faxes and announcements to help get the word out about parish events.
- The parish Finance Committee is a consultative group of lay parishioners who help the Pastor exercise proper stewardship by giving him advice about financial planning, analysis and compliance with policy. The parish Finance Committee is advisory to the Pastor and its recommendations are valid only when accepted and ratified by the Pastor and, where necessary, the Board of Trustees.
- The parish Finance Committee assists the pastor in administering the material resources and funds of the parish. The finance committee provides sound financial advice regarding budget, accurate accounting and compliance with diocesan policies and procedures. The finance committee assists the pastor in formulating and managing the parish budget. This group monitors expenditures and may also be asked to assist in various aspects of facility management.
- As a result, finance committee membership is typically reserved to parishioners who possess the necessary technical expertise in accounting procedures, relevant laws, fundraising, investment, and other related business skills. The scope of responsibility for a finance committee is significant even in a relatively small parish. Still, the finance committee is an essential partner to the pastoral council and staff in planning parish priorities, determining the feasibility of strategies, considering facility capabilities for events and evaluating program outcomes and sustainability.
- Fundraising Committee volunteers are needed for many aspects of our large annual parish fundraising events held in Spring and Winter.
Liturgical Environment Team
- The mission Liturgical Environment Committee is the designing and implementing of liturgical themes for the Sanctuary, Atrium, and Chapel areas for the liturgical seasons of the year: Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, the Holy Triduum, and Easter.
We seek parishioners to beautify our worship spaces:
- parishioners with an appreciation of religious art and good liturgical sense
- those with creativity
- helping hands
- The Lord’s Gardeners attend to the gardens around the parish grounds.
- Mailing Committee volunteers are needed who are willing to assist with major parish mailings such as the Christmas Raffle and the Meat Raffle.
Parish Pastoral Council
- Vision Statement: (work in progress) The Parish Pastoral Council of Blessed Sacrament Church is a representative group of the Parish offering assistance to the Pastor. The council is committed to fostering spiritual development through prayerful communication and devotion to the word of God by showing that the gospel of Jesus Christ is alive and at the heart of our Parish.
- Mission Statement: The Parish Pastoral Council of Blessed Sacrament Parish is dedicated to the ongoing growth of the spiritual vitality of our parish. In fostering this, along with the pastor, the Council is involved in careful investigation, prayerful consideration, and consensual recommendations to ensure a spiritually strong and growing community for many years to come.
- The mission is to protect and defend the most fundamental right of humankind, the right to life of every innocent human being from the beginning of life in conception to natural death. … National Right to Life works to achieve its mission through education, legislation and political action.
St. Joseph’s Guild (Buildings & Grounds)
- St. Joseph is the Patron Saint of Workers. The St. Joseph’s Guild is a ministry of men and women dedicated to applying their time and talent for the betterment of the parish. We believe everyone has unique skills and abilities, however great or small, that can be used to keep the properties of the parish in good repair to provide a safe and inviting environment for all parish activities. If you have an hour or several hours to offer, help is always needed and welcomed! If you would like to join the existing group of dedicated volunteers, call the Parish Office at 716-834-4282.
- In civil law, each Roman Catholic parish corporation is governed by a Board of Trustees which includes the Bishop, Vicar General/Moderator of the Curia, the pastor and two lay individuals (Trustees) subject to the canonical jurisdiction of the Diocesan Bishop, according to NYS Law. The Parish Finance Council acts in an advisory capacity and the Parish Trustees participate more directly to ensure the well being of the parish.
- The duties of the Board of Trustees are fiduciary and require responsibility for the care and preservation of the temporalities and property of the parish corporation.
- The Board of Trustees votes to approve any sale of real property. Following the approval of the Diocesan Bishop, the parish may then petition the NYS courts for an order to allow the sale.
- The Board of Trustees would need to act in a similar manner if the parish mortgages or leases any of its real property.
- Along with the Parish Finance Council, the Lay Trustees play an active role in the review of the annual parish corporation budget. Additionally, the Lay Trustees are responsible for reviewing and signing the annual financial report of the parish corporation along with the pastor, after the Finance Council has reviewed it. The report is then forwarded to the Bishop.