Church of the Incarnation Parish Council - A group of individuals selected by the Pastor or elected by the Parish to advise the Pastor on aspects of Parish life.
Mission Statement - We, the faithful of Incarnation Church in Mantua Township, New Jersey in communion with the Holy Father, seek to become a vibrant, thriving Parish to grow in faith, love and service of God and one another. Baptized into Christ Jesus and confirmed by the gift of the Holy Spirit, we desire to share this with all through the proclaiming of the Gospel of forgiveness and reconciliation. Through this commitment we are one in our church's teachings and in the variety of the gifts, services, and ministries that we employ to help strengthen our foundation and core beliefs. We, therefore commit ourselves to: (1) worship God in spirit and truth, (2) create and nourish Christian community, (3) proclaim in word and deed the good news of Jesus Christ, (4) teach the saving message of Christ, and (5) serve all our sisters and brothers by working together with all people of good will for justice and peace.
Current Members of Parish Council are: Hannah Borochaner Maureen Costello, Gerri Cromley, James DeMarshall, Terri Gannon, Ronald R. LaBenski, Robert J. LaPalomento, Rose Prestopino, Maria Schaffner, Iwona Shillingford, Sister Denise Ware, Dave Zarzycki, John Zupko (President), Father Pham and Father Gormley.
The following are various forms available for downloading. These are utilized by Parish Council:
New Ministry Form
Committee Update Form
Priority Checklist Form
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PREP Teacher (Catechist) - Educate the children of our Parish in their faith by teaching in our Parish Education Program
PREP Teacher's Aide – Assists the Catechist in the classroom, making supplies available to the children and by helping to keep order.
Religious Education Office Assistant – Helps out in the R.E. Office and answers telephone calls during classes.
Pre-Cana Team – Married couples who make presentations on various topics related to marriage. Help prepare couples for marriage.
Liturgy Committee – Works on preparing special liturgies and enhancing all of our liturgical celebrations.
Reader (at Mass) – Must attend the Diocesan training workshops before undertaking this Ministry.
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion – Must receive approval of the Pastor and attend Diocesan training workshops before undertaking this Ministry.
Altar Server – Assists the Priest by serving at Mass. Training open to boys and girls of the Parish, grade 4 and up.
Usher – Assists in welcoming and seating people at Mass and taking up the collection. Open to men and women of the Parish.
Music Ministry – Provides music for Sunday and Holy day liturgies.
Youth Choir – Provides music at Sunday Mass twice a month and for some Sacramental celebrations.
Cantor – Leads the assembly in singing responses at Mass.
Liturgical Instrumentalist – Organists, pianists, guitarists, flutists, brass and drum players, etc., provide accompanying music for liturgies.
Baptismal Garment Maker – Makes bibs (white garments) for infants receiving the Sacrament of Baptism.
Art and Environment Committee – Plans and decorates the Church for seasons and Holy days throughout the year.
Altar Linen Committee – Launders the linens used at Mass.
Happy Wanderers – Arrange trips to places of interest.
Blanket Ministry - Knit and crochet blankets, shawls and chemo caps for those in need of healing. The items are blessed by one of our priests and then distributed. Contact Trish Bonin for further information at 856-468-2267.
Health Ministry – The Health Ministry's mission is to promote the physical, emotional and spiritual health of our Parish community. Our mission is accomplished by health care professionals and volunteers who provide resources, educational programs and health screenings. Parish nurses visit the sick, provide personal health counseling and advocacy in obtaining health services. Health Ministry volunteers provide transportation to doctors, assistance with grocery shopping, respite for caregivers and transportation to Mass. For more information, please email Kay Peters or call the rectory at 856-468-1314.
Fishes and Loaves – Fishes & Loaves prepares meals on a limited, short-term basis for parishioners who are recovering from surgery, dealing with a loss or otherwise may benefit from a home-cooked meal. Volunteer cooks work with recipients to accommodate their dietary needs and deliver the meals to their homes. For more information, contact the rectory at 468-1314 or please email Patricia Quigley.
Parish Socials Committee – Plans and directs our Parish social events.
Incarnation Seniors – Provides social opportunities and outings for seniors.
Pro-Life Committee – Disseminates information on “respect for life” issues.
Knights of Columbus – A fraternal organization for men who support the Church in its mission and who support and raise funds for various charities.
Altar & Rosary Society – a women’s organization who support the Parish by their acts of charity and fundraising and who seek to improve their spiritual life through the recitation of the rosary.
Legion of Mary – An organization of men and women dedicated to Our Lady who seek their own spiritual development and work toward evangelizing others. They distribute spiritual materials, take the census for the parish, visit hospitals, nursing homes and prisons to spread the Word of God.
St. Vincent dePaul Society – Looks after the needs of the poor in the spirit of St. Vincent dePaul. They distribute food to the needy, make up Holiday Baskets and at times, help people unable to meet utility bills, etc. They are true friends of the poor. For more information, please email Maria Schaffner.
Youth Ministry – The Youth Group meets every second Sunday at 6:15 PM in the Hall. Meetings include community builders, discussion, activities and refreshments. All high school aged teens are welcome. If you would like to share your faith and talents with the youth of Church of the Incarnation or for further information, please contact the parish offices.
Collection Counting Teams – Assist in the counting of the collection on Sunday mornings.
For additional information, please call the rectory at 468-1314.
We will be happy to put you in touch with the person in charge of that ministry.
YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE
IN THE LIFE OF OUR PARISH.