Altar Servers assist at all Sunday Masses, Weddings, Funerals and all special liturgical celebrations in the Parish. Catholic boys and girls from sixth grade (school and religious education programs) through high school may apply. Registration and training is announced in the Fall of each year and servers generally begin their new service during Lent.
A lector is one who proclaims the Word of God in the worshiping community and brings to life the printed words of Scripture. The lector is a lay person, man or woman, who reads and proclaims the Scripture passages, except the Gospel, during the Liturgy of the Word. This includes readings from the Old Testament, the responsorial psalm, Epistles, or Acts of the Apostles. On occasion, the lector reads the intercessions, although ideally this role belongs to a deacon. Training for this ministry is required and is provided by the Diocese. The Parish offers additional training.
Eucharistic Ministers share in the distribution of the Eucharist (Communion) at all the weekday and Sunday Masses as well as special liturgical celebrations in the parish. The Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion distribute the Eucharist to the faithful in a reverent, sincere and faith-filled manner. They also bring communion to the homebound and to residents of the nursing homes and hospitals. Ministers must be fully initiated adults (Baptized, received the Eucharist and Confirmed) and are invited to this ministry by the Pastor and the Pastoral Staff. Training for this ministry is required and is provided by the Diocese.
Ushers serve the parish community at all the Masses. Their ministry is one of hospitality. They greet parishioners at the doors, help them to their seats, pick up the collection at the offertory and help with the flow at communion time.
Spiritual Formative Ministries
Offering spiritual programs, retreats, spiritual direction, parish missions, days of prayer, resources, and referrals
Weekly Bible Study: An experience of faith sharing in light of the Gospel. Meetings: Monday 7:30-9:00 pm and/or Tuesday 8:45-10:30 am. We use the Little Rock Scripture Study Method which includes: private reading; group sharing; prayer; and a commentary on a video.
Ministry of Consolation
Trained volunteers assist families at the time of death and help prepare the funeral Mass. Training for this ministry is provided by the parish.
Bereavement assistance is available to grieving families by trained volunteers. Training for this ministry is provided by the Diocese.
Financial Committee Ministry
Youth and Young Adult Ministry and Teen Club
Caring ministers bring Communion to the homebound and those who are in nursing homes or hospitals. Our parish ministers assist with the spiritual needs of Catholic residents of Highland Care Center (HCC) in Jamaica, NY. On Tuesdays, from September through June (2:15-3:15 PM), parish volunteers assist with Eucharistic services or a Mass celebrated with the residents in the main dining room of HCC. After the 8:30 AM mass on Sundays, Communion is offered for Catholic residents. When the priest visits HCC to celebrate the monthly mass, residents also have an opportunity to celebrate the sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the sick.
The Christophers (Christ bearers) are a small group of extra ordinary ministers of the Eucharist who visit, pray and bring Communion year round to parishioners who are homebound and in hospitals.
Your parish community is in need of caring Christ-bearers to the sick, homebound and residents of long term care facilities in our parish area. Each one of us who is baptized is called by Jesus to serve our neighbor as he did and taught (Matthew 25:34-40). Can you spare a little time periodically to visit and pray with and bring the Eucharist to parishioners in need?
We welcome volunteers for this ministry from all the different cultural and language groups in our parish. No special experience is necessary. If you are not currently an extra ordinary minister of the Eucharist we will have you trained and certified by the Diocese of Brooklyn if that is necessary.
We also invite family, friends and care givers of parishioners who might benefit from this ministry to give us the name and contact information of the parishioner in need. One of our parish priests will be assigned for the visit when a priest is necessary.
For additional information or if you are interested in serving or know someone in the parish who can be helped by this ministry please call the parish office immediately at (718) 739-0880. You will be contacted directly by one of our parish ministers.
Are you interested in the Catholic Faith? Do you think God is inviting you to a deeper relationship with Him? Would you like to become a part of our faith community? We welcome you warmly and invite you to learn more about the beliefs and practices of the Catholic faith. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the way the Church instructs its new adult members and forms them in our way of life. It applies to all who have not received Baptism, non-Catholics baptized in other Christian churches and Catholics who have not received First Holy Communion and Confirmation. We meet weekly for instruction and formation. If you wish to join us, please call the Parish Office at (718) 739-0880 and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to speaking with you and assure you of our friendship and support.
Our mission is to promote Christian Values through our sports program. Our Basketball Program is for all the children in our parish, regardless of religion, race, or skill in the sport. We encourage these children to develop discipline, respect to authority and one another, teamwork, and leadership while enjoying the game of basketball. Our program offers Basketball Clinics to children who want to learn and those who want to improve their skill in the sport. Registration takes place during the month of September, as announced in the school and the church after every Mass. Contact: Bing Sta. Maria 718-526-1694.
The Health and Wellness Ministry
Helping parishioners of Immaculate Conception Parish and others in the surrounding area, especially those who do not have medical insurance, to access some basic free medical services through an annual Health and Wellness Health Fair. Some of the services available include: medical screenings; nutrition counseling diabetes counseling; early detection of breast cancer; and yearly Immunizations for flu, pneumonia, and shingles.
The scriptures are at the heart of our Catholic faith, and every effort to know the Bible is an effort to understand our faith. As the Word of God, the Bible has the potential to deepen our relationship with God and transform our lives. Studying and reflecting on the Word of God is the best means of forming true communities of faith. Our Bible Study groups meet either on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 or Tuesday mornings from 8:45 to 10:45. We use the Little Rock Scripture Study Method.