Welcome! Saint Edward the Confessor and San Felipe de Jesus combine and create a diverse,  vibrant community that offers many different ministries that reach  out to our parish and greater community. Below is a list of the current ministries that are active.  If you would like to get involved in the parish but do not know where to begin, contact our Director of Parish Ministries, Joni Fleming, at (949) 542-4311 for more information.

Liturgical Ministries

ALTAR GUILD

The Altar Guild is a liturgical ministry whose volunteer members perform “light housekeeping” duties for the Church. Although the time required is minimal, usually an hour or so per month, our services have a significant impact on liturgies and the appearance of the church. Once a month, usually on a Monday or Friday, members work in teams of two or four people to  wash the holy vessels used at Mass (dishes that carry the Eucharist such as ciboria and chalices), tidy up the pews, crying room, Marian Chapel and balcony, and take inventory of the church candle and wine supplies. Other members carry out their work at home by washing and ironing the small linens used at Mass and the altar servers’ robes. This is a humble ministry, but as vital as any other ministry. Please consider yourself an honorary member of the Altar Guild each time you visit our beautiful church or chapel and take the time to pick up the area you’ve been using so that the next attendee will be greeted by a clean place to worship.  Ministry Contact: Gabrielle Kirkman (949) 683-1567 gsscolari@cox.netgsscolari@cox.net

ALTAR SERVER

The Altar Serving Ministry consists of children age group of 10 years old (5th grade) to teenagers (12th grade). Their role is to serve God, the priests, and the people of God by assisting the priests at weekday and Sunday Masses. Altar servers are trained and instructed in the parts of the liturgy, the order of the Mass, proper decorum, and care for the sacred articles and garments in a series of six or more lessons.  After some gained experience, altar servers can serve at funerals and other liturgical celebrations. If you are part of this ministry you may view the Schedule for information on times and dates.You are responsible for obtaining a replacement in the event you are unable to fulfill your commitment. Altar Server Schedule April – May 2017  Altar Server Schedule June-July 2017    Ministry Contact: Deana Progar (949) 525-7092 dprogar@cox.net  

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EM) exercise the roles of host and servant at the Eucharistic banquet. They distribute communion under both species (the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ) at Mass. Training is provided to fulfill their obligation with dignity and reverence. EMs usually serve on teams every other week with the schedules prepared quarterly. Some Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion deliver the Bread of Life to the sick and homebound (see Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to Sick and Homebound Ministry). If you would like to apply to become an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Communion at Mass, please complete and submit this form Application for Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at Mass        Ministry Contact: Rocco Falabella (949) 240-8037   rocco@roccofalabella.com

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION TO SICK AND HOMEBOUND

Some members of our community are unable to attend holy mass. Often times these people have worshiped within our community and are now unable to physically attend mass due to age or illness. These members of our community are in assisted living facilities or live at home and are grateful to receive communion from our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Sick & Homebound. The time commitment is approximately 1-2 hours per week. Please consider being a part of this ministry and help provide the Body of Christ and a friendly visit to members within our community. If you would like to apply to become an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to the Sick and Homebound, please complete and submit this form: Application for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for Sick & Homebound       Ministry Contact: Brian & Bernadette Dvorak (949) 388-4184   JediinCA@hotmail.com  

LECTORS MINISTRY

Lectors bring the Scriptures to life during the Liturgy of the Word at mass. Involvement in this ministry helps members of our community grow in their own appreciation for and understanding of Scripture. By proclaiming God’s word, ministers help the Holy Spirit speak to the hearts of those at mass. Lectors are scheduled based on their mass preference times and are allowed to switch assignments among themselves. If you are part of this ministry you may view the  June-Aug 2017 Lector Schedule   for information on dates and times. If you need to arrange a sub for your scheduled time to serve, see the  June – Aug 2017 Lector List  To procure the password, please contact your lead minister.  If you are interested in serving in this ministry, please complete the  Lector Application    and turn it into the parish office.   Ministry Contact: Maureen Walker (949) 374-0506 or  lector@stedward.com

MUSIC MINISTRY

The Music Ministry’s primary functions are to lead the people of God in sung prayer and thanksgiving and to embellish the sacred liturgy with music from the Church’s tradition as well as music of recent composition. The St. Edward the Confessor Evensong Choir exists in accordance with the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (1963) of the Second Vatican Council. Article 114 urges that “the treasure of sacred music is to be preserved and fostered with great care, and that choirs must be diligently developed.” Learn more about our many choirs by clicking on the menu bar: Music at St. Edward. Ministry Contact: Rick Dellefield (949) 496-1307 X 2872 rdellefield@stedward.com

USHERS MINISTRY

Ushers provide hospitality, comfort, and safety at Sunday masses and other special liturgies. Before mass, ushers foster a sense of community by welcoming members of our parish and visitors. Following all weekend masses, ushers distribute the weekly bulletin and then assure that the church is ready for the next liturgy. Generally, the time commitment for an usher is 1-1.5 hours each week. Come celebrate mass with your family, serve our community and be an example of Christ’s love and witness to our community. Please join us by completing and submitting this form: Usher Application   Ministry Contact: Kennie Arriola (714) 949-2933

MEDIA MINISTRY

Each Sunday, the liturgy is enhanced by the use of technology.  Our Media Ministers project parish announcements, mass responses, and song lyrics to help our community to pray together during mass. We also  broadcast the 9:00 AM mass for shut-ins and others who cannot physically be present. Volunteers are trained to do the projection and the broadcasts for both of these important ministries.  The ministry is easy to learn and will enhance your own connection with the mass and relationship with Christ at the Eucharistic banquet. We  always need more people so please reach out to us if you feel the call to serve in this way. Ministry Contact: Donna Couch, Director of Faith Formation;  dcouch@stedward.com; 949-496-6011

Faith Formation

Faith Formation is a life-long process, not just for children or teens in sacramental programs. Our goal is to provide Faith Formation experiences 365 days a year, 24/7  for everyone through sessions at the parish and through our many on-line connections.  We have opportunities for every age group, including an intergenerational experience for parents, teens and children. All of our programs are supported by volunteers who feel God’s call to share their faith. Please visit our Family Faith Formation pages by clicking on the Home Page menu bar.

ADULT FAITH FORMATION

There are many opportunities for adults to continue their formation:  Servants of the Word Bible Study on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings, Serenity Days, Women of Wisdom, RCIA, Adult Confirmation, Lamentations, the Prayer Labyrinth, Spiritual Direction, and other single events. We welcome anyone who would like to get involved! Ministry Contact: Donna Couch. Director of Faith Formation (949) 496-6011 dcouch@stedward.com

BIBLE STUDY

SERVANTS OF THE WORD CATHOLIC BIBLE STUDY Through small group process and education by the Jeff Cavins DVD Bible Study Series, participants learn to break open the Word of God in an innovative and communal way. They come together once a week for fellowship and discussion and study at home in between the meetings. Sessions begin in September and end in May. You may choose from two days and times: Tuesday mornings – 9:15-11:30 – Knight Hall and Wednesday evenings – 7:00-9:15 – Knight Hall. Ministry Contacts: Tuesday Morning Bible Study: Elizabeth Smith (949) 837-2141 MOIHKS@aol.com Wednesday Evening Bible Study: Darlene Jamroz (949) 363-3825 darjamroz4realestate@gmail.com  SERENITY DAY RETREAT Three times during the year, a half-day silent retreat is planned to provide opportunities for personal reflection and renewal, and the everyday tools to deepen a relationship with God, family, friends, and community. Special speakers are invited to share their insights and faith. Begins with Mass at 8:15, until noon (includes brunch). See below under Family, Faith and Prayer Enrichment for more information. Ministry Contact: Elizabeth Smith (949) 837-2141 MOIHKS@aol.com

CONFIRMATION FOR YOUTH

  The Sacrament of Confirmation in the Diocese of Orange is normally conducted during a teenager’s freshmen and sophomore years of High School although there are some exceptions.  The process is a volunteer based ministry, an intergenerational program that includes  students, parents, catechists (teachers), the Director of Youth Ministry and the Director of Faith Formation. Everyone enrolled stays connected through a special on-line process that may be accessed 24/7, every day of the year.  The monthly meetings last from September to May and each candidate must complete two years and other requirements. To learn more, please see our comprehensive Confirmation website by clicking on the High School menu under Faith Formation). Ministry Contacts: Laura Schuberg, Director of Faith Formation – lschuberg@stedward.com

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION

“To know God is to love God.” Parents are encouraged to enroll children of first through fifth grade in our intergenerational Family Faith Formation.  (Formerly this program was called  “RE,” “CCD” or, before Vatican II, “Catechism”). Together, parents and children learn about God and the Church with an emphasis on the message of Jesus Christ in the Sacred Scriptures as well as the teaching tradition of the Catholic Church.  Classes are offered on Sundays from 9:00 – 10:30 (includes parents). We also have classes for our “Tiny Angels” who are in preschool – Kindergarten during the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass.  Visit our Family Faith Formation page for more information.  Ministry Contacts: Aimee Martinez, Coordinator of Family Faith Formation  amartinez@stedward.com

FISH (FAMILY INITIATION OF SACRAMENTS AT HOME)

Children who are above the age of reason (about age 8) and who have not been baptized or have not yet completed the two year First Eucharist preparation are invited to participate in this intergenerational experience. Parents and children come to class together once a month on Sunday morning from 9:00 – 10:30. Parents are given materials and instructions on how to prepare the children for the sacraments while children have “hands on” experiences to enhance what is being taught at home. Parents will be interviewed to ascertain the best plan for each individual family.  Ministry Contact: Donna Couch, Director of Faith Formation (949) 496-6011 dcouch@stedward.com

INFANT BAPTISM MINISTRY

A baby is a great gift to our community and baptism is the first sacrament that welcomes the infant into a Christian life. Parents may sign up to have their child baptized by calling the Faith Formation Office or by filling out the form under  Sacraments: Baptism.  Baptisms take place on the first and third Sunday of each month at 2:30 PM and the classes held on the last Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM in the church. Please note that infant baptism only pertains to babies and children up the age of 5. After that, children are required to receive further preparation for the reception of the sacraments of initiation. Please visit our Sacraments section for more information. Ministry Contact: Faith Formation Office (949) 496-6011 faithformation@stedward.com

INSIGHT YOUTH MINISTRY (GRADES 9-12)

INSIGHT is our high school youth group.  Day-to-day lives of teens can be so busy and hectic. Juggling family, school, sports, and work can be a huge challenge. Sometimes we just need to slow down and gain some INSIGHT. Sunday nights from 6:30-8:30 p.m. we offer all high school youth the opportunity to pray, learn about their faith, meet other people, and have fun! When we turn to God and pray, “Lord let our eyes be opened” (Matthew 22:33), everything else in life can fall into place as we focus on Him first. Come join us. Visit our Youth Ministry website. Ministry Contact:  Laura Schuberg (949) 496-9719 lschuberg@stedward.com

OUTLET MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH MINISTRY (GRADES 6-8)

OUTLET is a dynamic service-based youth ministry program designed for all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade youth. Together with parents, students meet twice a month to discuss how they may reach out to the needy among us and perform the corporal and spiritual works of mercy by participating in a service project.  OUTLET meets on Sundays from 4:00-5:15 p.m. Come get plugged in! Ministry Contact: Judy Mastracchio – jmastracchio@stedward.com or the Faith Formation Office (949) 496-6011

RCIA (RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS)

The Adult Catechumenate, also referred to as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), is a community based, four phase process to nurture and guide adults who are seeking information and ultimately initiation into the Catholic faith. The four phases of RCIA are Inquiry, Catechumenate, Enlightenment, and Mystagogia. The length of time to complete the process depends on each participant’s individual needs.  However, conversion and initiation usually revolve around the liturgical calendar. The Easter season is the traditional time when adults are initiated into the faith through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and reception of the Holy Eucharist. After adults have been accepted into the Catechumenate, they are required to gather with the RCIA team once per week for catechetical instruction and spiritual formation (2 hours on Tuesday evenings) and to join together for communal prayer and reflection on the Scriptures at Sunday liturgy. Youth in grades 6-12 who have not received the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist), are invited to register in our Teen Catechumenate process. Classes take place in the evenings (TBA). These classes parallel the RCIA calendar and initiation takes place at the Easter Vigil each year. Visit our Adult Faith Formation section for more information. Ministry Contact: Donna Couch (949) 496-6011 dcouch@stedward.com

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

Spiritual Direction, the simple art of engaging a soul friend or guide to help the individual listen to the divine call, is offered by many trained and certified persons in the parish. Individuals interested in a one-on-one experience of sharing the spiritual journey are invited to call the Faith Formation Office for a referral from a list of qualified individuals. Times and dates are set up by the individual Spiritual Directors, usually for one hour per month. Ministry Contact: Donna Couch (949) 496-6011 dcouch@stedward.com

S.U.R.F.

S.U.R.F. (Serving Under the Righteous Father) is open to all high school students who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. They meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m – 8:30 p.m. More than a leadership team, this discipleship team’s focus is to deepen their own faith and lead other teens to Christ through service. Ministry Contacts: Laura Schuberg, Director of Youth Ministry – lschuberg@stedward.com

SUNDAY SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION

On Sundays, children who are preparing for First Communion or other initiation sacraments are gather with their parents once per month from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM for an intergenerational faith formation experience.  Ministry Contact: Aimee Martinez (949) 496-1307 x2500 amartinez@stedward.com

Family, Faith, and Prayer Enrichment

ADORATION SOCIETY

“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Come, be still, and pray intimately with Our Lord exposed in the Blessed Sacrament,once or twice a month (1st and 3rd Monday) with our Adoration Society. Following the Monday morning Mass, the priest places the Eucharist on the altar for all to come to worship and pray. The Blessed Sacrament remains on the altar all throughout the day and night. Many members of our community faithfully come and pray, however, we strive to ensure the Sacrament is never left alone so a commitment of a time is desirable. Sign up for 1 hour a month (or twice a month), pray for vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life, and spend time praying for your own personal intentions and those of others. Ministry Contact: Deana Progar (949) 525-7092 dprogar@stedward.com

CIRCLE OF PRAISE

Circle of Praise is a charismatic prayer group that uses the gifts of the Holy Spirit to praise and serve God. This group meets on Wednesday mornings in the Church Cry Room after the 8:15 am mass. Come and join us. Ministry Contact: Pam Conway (949) 661-0158 

CURSILLO

Cursillo is a worldwide movement within the Catholic Church to enhance our relationship with Christ and His Church. Its mission is to enable the essential realities of the Christian to come to life in the uniqueness, originality, and creativity of each person. This is accomplished by providing Catholics with the means to live and share what is fundamental to being a Christian, so that through the impact of their personalities and character, they may inject the spirit and sense of Gospel into factors which actively shape environments. Those who sign up for Cursillo attend a weekend experience. There are eight Cursillos annually throughout the diocese:  four for men and four for women. Ministry Contact: Dan Abalos (949) 366-3710 dma12@cox.net

DISCIPLES OF DIVINE MERCY CENACLE

The Disciples of Divine Mercy Cenacle meet every first Thursday of the month in the Marian Chapel from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. We break open the Scripture for the Gospel of the day, meditate, and share. We also pray prescribed prayers for the sick, wounded, dying, addicted, abused, those contemplating suicide, abortion and violence to others. In addition, we also include prayers for the Pope, bishops, and priests. Ministry Contact: Deana Progar (949) 525-7092 dprogar@cox.net

ENDOW

  Endow is focused on study groups dedicated to educating women and transforming culture. Catholic women study and explore their God-given dignity and vocation. Bring your faith to life by discovering the truth and beauty of who God made women to be. Enjoy faith and fellowship,  there is no homework!  Watch this video to learn how Endow is changing women’s lives  https://vimeo.com/123953624         Ministry Contacts: Charis Williams (949) 371-7092    cnarkun@yahoo.com 

FAMILIES OF NAZARETH

Families of Nazareth is always open to new members who desire to cultivate and expand their interior life and for those who want a deeper conversion of the heart. Inspired by the Gospel, we try to imitate Jesus, who lived thirty years of His earthly life being educated by His Mother and St. Joseph as part of the Holy Family in Nazareth. (see Luke 2:51) Our Families of Nazareth formation groups meet on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. in the Church Meeting Room. As we travel on the interior journey toward holiness, we learn to listen to the voice of God as He speaks to us in many ways through Scripture, encyclicals, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, early Church fathers, silence, prayer and spiritual readings. Retreats for development of spiritual life are held several times each year and are led by priests and lay animators. One day Advent and Lenten retreats are regional. Summer retreats are national. By investing yourself in this ministry, you will be transformed more deeply to recognize your role as a disciple of Christ. The ministry is for those aspiring a communion of life with Christ through Mary, being open to the Holy Spirit who helps us profit from our smallness and weakness, and leads us to benefit more from the redemptive sacrifice of Jesus through Eucharist and the sacrament of Penance. Visit the Official Website: www.familiesofnazareth.us Ministry Contact: Ann Marie Eckl (949) 234-0476 eckleight@gmail.com

MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT

Marriage, a sacrament of the Church, needs the sustaining grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Living a faith-based marriage in the modern world can be a difficult challenge. To be open to receiving God’s grace, married couples can benefit from a proactive and ongoing investment in their relationship. Our marriage enrichment experience, called “Living Catholic Marriage,” is an experience of like-to-like ministry: couples encouraging other couples by their shared experience of living their marriage in faith. Marriage Enrichment offers a time and space for couples to focus on each other and gather with other couples. Topics include communication in marriage, living our Catholic faith, and meeting the challenges from being married and raising a family in the modern world. Each topic is intended to affirm the ways we enrich our marriage and help us to improve where we can do better. Our evenings provide safe opportunities for couples to grow in their love for each other and increase joy in their marriage. Husbands and wives of all ages and years married are welcome. Marriage Enrichment meets monthly on the first Thursday, 7:30 – 9:00 pm in the Parish Room of St. Edward the Confessor School. To verify the next meeting, see the church bulletin or simply contact us. Ministry Contact:  Bob & Mary Dausch (949) 481-1102 dauschr@cox.net
 

MARRIAGE PREPARATION

Couples engaged to be married in the Catholic Church are preparing to become a sacrament – a decision that will shape their entire lives, “until death do us part”.  For them to be open to receiving and acting on the graces given to them by God, they need formation and affirmation.  The Marriage Preparation Ministry strives to provide these through like-to-like ministry; that is, married couples sharing with engaged couples their experience of a sacramental marriage lived out through their Catholic faith.  This ministry is open to couples of all ages who are married in the Catholic Church and practicing their faith.  Help our engaged couples live faithful and faith-filled marriages for their happiness and for the future of our Church.  Ministry Contacts:  Bob and Mary Dausch  (949)481-1102  dauschr@cox.net   

MOMS IN PRAYER

Moms in Prayer was started in 1984 by Fern Nichols, a mother who believed that if moms gathered together to cry out to God for the needs and concerns of children and schools, that He would not only hear those prayers, but answer them. She called together like-minded moms who gathered each week to pray for their children and school, and thus began the first group  that has since grown into a worldwide community of praying moms in every state and in more than 140 countries around the world. Come join our school Moms in Prayer on Tuesday mornings when St. Edward the Confessor School is in session, from 8:00 -9:00 a.m. Ministry Contact:  Diane Meaglia  (949) 291-3328 dianemeaglia@gmail.com  

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING

 Natural Family Planning (NFP) resources are available at the parish and through the diocese. To learn more, see links and other information below.For an up-to-date list of Orange County NFP classes/teachers and on-line courses see the Diocese of Orange NFP page linked below.  Ministry Contacts:  Pam & Sean Tupy, 949-375-1803; narkunpa@hotmail.com  and Martha Sears, 949-422-7676.   Please visit the following  websites:  Diocese of Orange https://www.rcbo.org/resource/natural-family-planning/,   United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, NFP International – Course on-line ,  Couple to Couple League – course on-line            For local contacts and more information on Billings Ovulation Method and Fertility Education and Medical Management click here   NFP Local Contacts and Information on BOMA & FEMM     

WORLD APOSTOLATE OF FATIMA -OUR LADY'S BLUE ARMY

Since 1984, following the Tuesday 5:30 p.m. Holy Mass, we gather together from 6 to 7pm to honor Our Blessed Mother’s requests for personal conversion, the daily Rosary for world peace, prayers and sacrifices for sinners who have no one to pray for them, and reparation to the Eucharistic Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. All parishioners are welcomed and encouraged to join us in prayer. Additionally, The Blue Army has a beautiful traveling Statue of Our Lady of Fatima that is available to all parishioners. She is available to come to your home for a week at a time, from Tuesday to the following Tuesday. Please contact Carol Harris to schedule a convenient time (949) 493-0794. Ministry Contact: Ann Mintie (949) 496-4653 a.mintie@att.net

RETROUVAILLE

The word Retrouvaille™ (pronounced re-tro-vi with a long i) is a French word meaning rediscovery. The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. Please see the official website for more information, http://www.retrouvaille.org/. We currently are looking for someone to represent this ministry. Please contact Joni Fleming if you are interested in managing this ministry. Ministry Contact: Open Position

TWO HEARTS PRAYER GROUP

Join us on the first Friday of every month for an hour of prayer with the rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet in honor of the hearts of Jesus and Mary in the Adoration Chapel in the Church. Prayer begins after the 8:15 a.m. Mass, which is 9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Ministry Contact: Pam Conway (949) 661-0158 pamelamconway@gmail.com
 

WOMEN OF WISDOM

Wisdom in the Christian Tradition refers to an experiential understanding of how to live happily, deeply, in harmony with GOD, oneself, and others. Making life-giving choices is a lifelong challenge. Our weekly Women of Wisdom sessions present an approach that integrates the wisdom of Christian Tradition and the psychology of human development. This group meets Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.in Knight Hall. Come and join us. Ministry Contact: Joyce Lokker (949) 496-1874 dlokker@cox.net

Outreach and Support Ministries

BEREAVEMENT

The Bereavement Ministry at Saint Edward the Confessor and San Felipe de Jesús assists families of the deceased in planning the funeral liturgy. Our ministers also prepare a program for the liturgy and, if desired, the Bereavement Ministry reception team will assist in preparing a reception in Knight Hall. Funeral liturgies are often scheduled on short notice so there are several teams who participate as they are available. You may wish to volunteer for one or more of the following team functions. • Bereavement Teams: consist of two ministers who meet with the family to help them select the readings and music, discuss background information, and collect any additional information needed for the priest. We train new members by having them observe and participate with experienced teams. • Assistant team leaders: help to prepare the church for the liturgy and assist during the liturgy, especially when a large number of people are expected, then put things away afterward. • Greeters: assist during the liturgy by welcoming those attending, distributing the programs and assisting those attending to sign the guest book. No extensive training is needed. •  Reception Team: prepare Knight Hall for a reception following a funeral liturgy, prepare punch and other beverages, arrange family provided food on buffet tables and keep them supplied, and  clean up. There are several teams who participate as they are available so the reception team members are not needed for every reception. There are three reception team leaders to handle individual receptions as needed. Ministry Contact: Sue Donley (949) 413-1862 sdonley6@hotmail.com

BINKY PATROL

 The Binky Patrol sews, knits or crochets different sized quilts and blankets for babies and children. The quilts are distributed to CHOC (Children’s Hospital Orange County), Mary’s Shelter, Casa Teresa, Child Abuse Prevention Center, Family Assistance Ministries, Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital and other facilities that care for babies and children in need.  These quilts not only give warmth, but also comfort.  The Binky Patrol meets at St. Edwards Church 9:00-11:00 a.m. every third Wednesday of the month (except June, July & August) & meet in the Church Meeting Room.  Donations of fabric, fleece & batting are needed.  Come join us!   Ministry Contact:  Marilyn Novak (949)338-2062.   

DETENTION MINISTRY

 The Detention Ministry, part of the Diocesan Office of Restorative Justice, provides religious services to our incarcerated brothers and sisters within Orange County adult jails and juvenile detention facilities.  Regularly scheduled services are provided by a qualified team of dedicated Catholic Lay Ministers/volunteers and clergy that include:  Bible studies, reconciliation/confession, Communion Services, one-to-one pastoral visits, Mass and other activities.  We assist by bringing the hope and healing our faith can offer to all those affected by crime and the criminal justice system, including the victim, the offender and the community.  For more information contact Diane Wetherbee, our St. Edward the Confessor Parish representative, or visit the website for the Diocesan Office of Restorative Justice/Detention Ministry www. rcbo.org/restore Ministry Contact: Michael Joerger (949) 292-5279  

ENGLISH AND SPANISH LESSONS

English and Spanish Lessons Ministry provides community members an opportunity to improve or learn speaking and writing skills in both English and Spanish. The hope is that by offering classes we may enhance communication between the two cultures. E.S.L classes are taught on Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Church Meeting Room. Spanish classes are taught on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Church Meeting Room. English as a second language (E.S.L) course are held in the Christian Service Office, in front of Knight Hall, on Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Ministry Contact: Maria Simmons (949) 661-8827 ourdood@cox.net

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

The Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic lay organization in the world. Our council has over 250 members. We give to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsor projects to benefit St Edward the Confessor Church and School, communities, council, families and youth. There is no minimum or maximum to contribute your time and talent. For more information on the Knights of Columbus visit www.kofc12451.org. Read our Newsletter. Ministry Contact: Ed Leonard (714) 343-1308   ELeonard@hfdclaw.com      

PRAYER SHAWL

The purpose of the Prayer Shawl Ministry is to give to homebound or sick parishioners a hand-made shawl or lap blanket as a token of our faith community’s support and prayer in their suffering. New members are welcome. No sign-ups necessary and no time constraints.  Anyone who is so moved or inclined may knit or crochet a shawl ( 60″ x 24″) or lap blanket (60″ x 48″)  and pray for the sick or homebound of our parish while they knit or crochet the piece at home. The completed item can be brought in a large Ziploc bag to the parish office and left with the secretary. The item will be blessed by an priest and a “prayer card” will be attached. Finished prayer shawls and lap blankets are available for priests, deacons and ministers to the sick and homebound to give to parishioners when they visit them in homes or  hospitals.
  

RESPECT LIFE

Respect Life is rooted in the belief that: “Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church). St. Edward the Confessor Parish works to live out this teaching by defending life from conception to natural death. We support life centers and the life chain, and work toward ending abortion, euthanasia, mercy killing, and capital punishment. Ministry Contact: Ale Baker (949) 690-7315  alejandra.baker@gmail.com

CATHOLIC SOCIAL JUSTICE

God calls each of us- through scripture and Church teachings-to care for one another, in particular, for the vulnerable and marginalized-those without a voice themselves.  This call is not optional; it is the teaching of Jesus himself.  We can respond to that call-to God’s love-with “two feet of love in action” as described by the U.S. Bishops: 1.) Social justice activity-addressing structural causes of injustice, e.g., addressing the causes of poverty. 2.) Charitable works- short-term, emergency assistance, e.g., providing meals for the homeless.   The Catholic Social Justice Ministry (CSJM) at St. Edward the Confessor seeks to answer that call directly through activities and projects and to be a resource for the parish community.  Please join CSJM members as, together, we put God’s mission into action.  Ministry Contacts:  Cindy Brauer (949) 388-8219   cbrauer4@gmail.com    For more information about our ministry click on the following documents: Where & When We Meet , Our Mission & Goals , Meet Our Members ,  CSJM history ,  7 Principles of Catholic Social Teaching ,  Catholic Social Teaching Documents ,  Current Activities ,  Community Partners  

SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering, in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ. You can assist with this ministry and help reach out to the underprivileged in our community. The general time commitment is 1-10 hours per month. If you wish to volunteer or seek support from this ministry, please email or call the ministry contact. Ministry Contacts:   Jane Blain (949) 492-2839  rjblain@cox.net  

STEPHEN MINISTRY

 Stephen Ministry is a caring ministry that provides confidential, one-to-one Christian support to those in need.   It was named for St. Stephen the first lay person commissioned by the apostles.  Stephen Ministers receive extensive training and develop skills in reflective, non-judgmental listening, confidentiality and providing effective support in a variety of life situations.  They reach out with God’s love to people who are hurting due to grief and loss, divorce, terminal illness, financial hardship, relocation, unemployment and other challenging life issues and circumstances.  If you or someone you know could benefit from prayerful, Christian support during a difficult time, please contact Stephen Ministry.  For more information please see these documents:  What Stephen Ministers Do  and  The After People  or visit the Stephen Ministry website  http://stephenministry.org    Ministry Contact: Catherine Hallett (949) 496-1307 X2503 stephenministry@stedward.com 

SUPPORT GROUP FOR CHRONIC ILLNESS (H.E.L.P.)

H.E.L.P. provides a safe and confidential place for people who have been diagnosed with a chronic illness and for caregivers. Meetings occur on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month (excluding holidays) from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the Church Meeting Room. Generally, persons with chronic illness and their caregiver will gather with others and have an opportunity to share their feelings, story and any other important life experience. Members are never forced to share. Additionally, members will receive a 20 minute presentation about health related information from a licensed nurse practitioner. H.E.L.P. welcomes newcomers and is here to serve. Ministry Contact: Margaret Prendiville (949) 496-7312 maggiepren@cox.net

TIJUANA MINISTRY

Every Thursday, after the 8:15 a.m. morning Mass, volunteers make approximately 300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, which are taken to Tijuana on Fridays and distributed to jail inmates, the homeless, and needy. We are looking for people to donate supplies. Please contact us! Ministry Contact: Suzanne Luke (949) 496-1307 suzannesjc@cox.net

Parish Enrichment

FINANCE COUNCIL

The Finance Council is a consultative body which meets with the Pastor on a monthly basis to review and oversee the financial condition of the parish. Members serve at the invitation of the Pastor and are selected because of their strong business or financial background. Members assist other committees in the preparation of their budgets, review requests for fund-raisers, and oversee insurance and legal issues such as contracts. Ministry Contact: Randy Redwitz (949) 753-1514 randy@redwitz.com

HOSPITALITY

The Hospitality Ministry fosters a sense of welcome and community by hosting social functions to help new and seasoned parishioners know their parish neighbors. The Hospitality Ministry provides and supports quarterly welcome receptions for newly registered parishioners, hosts parish events, and provides a warm atmosphere at any event they host. Please join us in our ministry! Ministry Contact: Rosann Armienti (949)218-7062 rarmienti@gmail.com 

MARY'S CORNER GIFT SHOP

Mary’s Corner Gift Shop and Lending Library was established as a service to parishioners. Religious books and over 180 videos on varied subjects may be borrowed for two week periods. Small religious items are available for purchase. Mary’s Corner is open every Sunday (except for holidays) from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ministry Contact: Suzanne Luke (949) 496-1307 suzannesjc@cox.net

PASTORAL COUNCIL

The Pastoral Council is a consultative body which provides the Pastor with wisdom and insight regarding the pastoral life of the parish. In addition to providing observational information, this group also assesses areas of strength and areas of concern for the parish and provides suggestions in each of the aforementioned areas. Ministry Contact: Fr. Brendan Manson (949) 496-1307 x2280 bmanson@stedward.com  Minutes from Past Meetings: Visit Pastoral Council page on our website.  

SERRA CLUB OF SOUTH OC

The Serra Club of Southern Orange County is part of an international organization devoted to praying for vocations under the banner of Blessed Junipero Serra. We meet the third Monday of every month in Knight Hall from 6:00-8:30 p.m. At our gatherings we invite priests, deacons and members of religious orders who speak to us about their vocation stories and life as a minister in the Church. Dinner is included,  a $10 donation is happily accepted. Another task of the Serra Club of Southern Orange County is to support our seminarians through prayer, spiritual, and monetary support. Come be a part of this great ministry.  Ministry Contact: Chris Mino (949) 218-2001 chrismino@cox.net  

Community and Social

CUB SCOUTS

Cub Scout Pack 705 is part of the Boy Scouts of America, a world-wide organization. Cub scouting is a family program designed for boys who are in the first grade through fifth grade (7 – 10 years of age). Cub Scout pack 705 belongs to St. Edward the Confessor Parish, which is our charter organization. Pack 705 is part of the El Camino Real District of the Orange County Council. Our scouts come from our school, our parish and our surrounding community. We are open to new members! A boy may join any time during the year, but typically open enrollment is during spring recruitment or at the start of the new school year. Adult leaders meet once monthly for a committee meeting, the pack meets once a month, each den meets at least once a month and for other events (community service, etc.), which occur throughout the year. Cub Scouting is a terrific family program to instill good values, patriotism, citizenship and reverence by doing fun activities with both their peer group and the larger pack. Today’s scouts are tomorrow’s leaders! Visit our website www.ocpack705.org Ministry Contact: Casey Cook, Pack Committee Chair (949) 290-8116 committeechair@ocpack705.org

GIRL SCOUTS

St. Edward the Confessor Parish School offers Girl Scout programs to all ages from Kindergarten (Daisies) through 8th grade (Senior Girl Scouts).  As part of the Aliso Niguel #1 Service Unit of the Orange County Girl Scout Council, St. Edward the Confessor Girl Scouts are one of the biggest and strongest programs in our area.  Each grade level troop meets at least once a month for their troop meeting.  There are special events, activities and service unit projects that are offered frequently throughout the year.  The Girl Scout program offers the opportunity for our girls to blossom in a safe, fun and social environment while making friends, developing leadership skills, boosting their self-confidence and strengthening their personal values.  We would love you and your daughter to join us in the adventures of Girl Scouting at St. Edward the Confessor. Ministry Contact: TBD    

ST. ANNE’S CIRCLE

St. Anne’s Circle is a Mom’s Group for all mothers, regardless of their child’s age.  Our mission is to establish a support network for mothers of our parish by offering a park day during the school year on the first Wednesday of the month, from 9-11 a.m., at Sea Canyon Park in Dana Point. Moms can talk and kids can play, allowing friendships to form within our faith community.  During the summer we occasionally send emails announcing spontaneous park days or beach gatherings. Contact Stephanie Kolodziej to be added to our email list. Come and join us any time you wish or call if you have any questions. Ministry Contact:   Stephanie Kolodziej (949) 547-1653  secklrdh@gmail.com  
 

BIBLE AND BASKETBALL

This group provides an opportunity for men in the parish to join in exercise, fellowship, and scripture. The men of Saint Edward the Confessor can join pending open spots in the league. Three leagues are maintained and are created every calendar year. Generally our games are held from 6-10 pm on Thursdays nights in the school gym and we also have a shoot around on Saturdays from 7-10 am. Contact us if you would like to get involved. Ministry Contact: Greg Soper (949) 388-4266 gregsoper@cox.net