Adult Parish Ministries

Litergical, Service, and Social

Liturgical Ministries

Liturgical ministry (to serve) is an excellent opportunity to fulfill your baptismal call of service to one another. Our liturgies should utilize the talents and gifts that God has given this community to the fullest extent. Please prayerfully consider joining one of these ministries.

Altar Servers

Students in grades 4 and up you are invited ro serve the Lord in a special way at Mass.
This is a great way to serve God, and to learn about teamwork and responsibility.
Contact Angela Intili 

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Lay parishioners are welcome distributing Holy Communion at Mass and/or to bring Communion to the sick and homebound.  
Contact Nancy Piraneo


Lectors proclaim the first and second readings at Sunday Mass as well as the prayers of the faithful. They process into church carrying the book of the Gospels at the beginning of each liturgy and proclaim the readings at the appropriate times. All lectors receive a workbook to help them prepare for their scheduled  Mass. They are trained as they begin their service and periodically called together for additional practice. Some serve at daily Mass as well. Contact Diane Pereira


welcome parishioners as they enter the Church and assist with the seating of worshippers. They also handle the process of receiving sacrificial giving of the people and present this collection to the celebrant of the Mass at the Offertory. They coordinate logistics of the reception of communion and present copies of the parish Bulletin to parishioners as they depart. ContacLouis Scarpa


 Sacristans undertake the overall preparation of liturgical celebrations, sacraments, and Holy Days. They are the "behind-the-scenes" and allow all celebrations to operate smoothly and keep our Church at all times, ready for worship.
Contact Angela Intili 

Service Ministries

The Social Concerns and Justice Committee identifies, promotes, and coordinates opportunities for community outreach throughout the St. Teresa’s family. Our work is founded and guided by Gospel values and our strong heritage of Catholic Christian social teachings.  We educate and encourage parishioners to participate in the giving of their time, talent, and treasure to alleviate immediate needs in the community and to advocate for systemic change, both needed to do God’s work in the world.

Social Concerns & Justice Committee,
contact Vincent Candela at

The Social Concerns and Justice Committee carries on a long tradition at St. Teresa's of helping the less fortunate and standing up for the rights of all God’s children. The committee manages several outreaches each year (listed below).  Join us at one of our meetings to see how you can lend a helping hand to those who need it. 
Committee meets 6 Tuesday evenings from September to June.  All are welcome to attend.

Advent Giving Tree,

contact Margaret Strong at

Significant Advent Giving Tree activities include making ornaments, decorating trees, wrapping, sorting, and distribution of gifts to senior citizens, children and families in need in the greater Summit area. In addition, over $20,000 in monetary donations is collected to benefit various social service organizations and schools in need. Volunteer opportunities abound for individual adults, kids, scouting troops, CCD classes, etc. A wonderful sense of giving and helping those in need can be achieved during the Christmas Season. Volunteers needed in late November to mid-December.  

Christ Child Society of Summit,
contact Kathryn Colao at

The Christ Child Society of Summit is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving children in need in our community, for love of the Christ Child. Volunteer activities include shopping for and packing baby clothes for layettes, which are donated to area hospitals, knitting hats or sewing blankets for babies, collecting and distributing school supplies for Summit students, and literacy outreach programs in Newark.
 Volunteers and new members always welcome – visit

Community Food Bank of New Jersey,
contact Donna Groskoph at

This ministry schedules dates for our parish to volunteer at the Community Food Bank of NJ, located in Hillside, NJ, in order to serve those in our community who are hungry and in need.  Parishioners can come by themselves, with a group of friends, or with their families. Anyone 12 years and older is welcome. Volunteers usually sort and repack donated food for distribution to non-profit charities, such as soup kitchens and food pantries. Volunteers needed for visits scheduled during Oct./Nov., Jan.,/Feb., March/April, May/June

Good Friday Blood Drive,

contact Gloria Ron-Fornes at

This ministry plans and oversees the Red Cross Blood Drive held at St. Teresa's every Good Friday. Our mission is to recruit as many donors as possible in order to alleviate the urgent need for blood, ultimately supporting patient care in our area and saving lives. The drive also provides our parishioners with a strong sense of sacrifice, commitment, and community on this holy day. Volunteers needed to help recruit donors a few weeks before Good Friday.  Donors always needed.

Homebound Ministry,
contact Peggy Burke at

St. Teresa’s Homebound Ministry visits people who have difficulties with mobility outside of their home, who are convalescing, or who are in nursing homes. They provide parishioners with social visits, the parish weekly bulletin, small forms of assistance, and can make arrangements for individuals to receive Holy Communion at home. Training is provided to all volunteers. If you are interested in having someone visit you, or someone you know, please contact the rectory at 908 277-3700 and leave the name and number with the receptionist and a member of the Ministry will call you. Volunteers needed to visit the homebound on a weekly basis or on an agreed upon frequency.

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Family Promise - Union County, contact Uriel Queseda Araya at

Meeting a need for emergency housing, congregations in Union County offer overnight shelter and meals, on a weekly rotation, for homeless women and families with children. St. Teresa's co-hosts at the Summit United Methodist Church (UMC) three to four weeks throughout the year. Volunteers are needed to host overnight at the UMC or to provide a part of a dinner meal. Volunteers needed during scheduled host dates – TBD.

Loaves  & Fishes and Food Drives
Loaves & Fishes contact Gery McKenna at
Food Drive contact Vincent Candela at

Loaves & Fishes is a long-standing outreach at St Teresa’s to help the local needy. We maintain a food pantry in the basement of the church and stock non-perishable food items for weekly distribution to approximately 50 local families. The food comes from donations from our parishioners as well as the many local food drives that take place throughout the year. Volunteers are needed on an ongoing basis to pack the bags of food, distribute the bags, oversee the pantry, stock the pantry, and qualify the patrons.  We also run two large food drives at Thanksgiving and Christmas to feed over 400 area families.  Volunteers are needed to pack and distribute turkeys and bags of food. 
Volunteers needed on a weekly basis – can rotate weeks.

Mexico Mission, 
contact Vincent Candela at

The Mexico Mission serves our two parish families (St. Teresa’s Parish of Summit and the San Martin Caballero Parish of Iztapalapa, Mexico) through various inter-parish missionary outreach programs and prayer ministry. These Corporal & Spiritual Works of Mercy include:  Somos Familia, a student sponsorship program; Annual pilgrimage; Fundraising/donations for clothing, school supplies, construction projects, a health clinic, and food programs;  Pastor’s Discretionary Emergency Fund; and prayer.
 Volunteers needed to sponsor children and help with fundraising

Social Justice,
contact Vincent Candela at

These members get involved with social justice issues by raising awareness and promoting activism. An example of an issue they have been active in addressing is the conditions at the Immigration Detention Center in Elizabeth. The goal is to help eliminate the root causes of the plight that many of the people we serve find themselves in. Volunteers will be contacted as needed.

St. Joseph’s Bread Delivery,
contact Kathryn Colao at;

St. Joseph’s Sandwich Makers,
contact Ilda D’Onofrio at

These ministries coordinate the delivery of excess bread from a local grocery, and sandwiches made by volunteers, to St. Joseph’s Social Service Center in Elizabeth.  Drivers and sandwich makers are needed. Volunteers needed to make deliveries on a daily (bread) or weekly (sandwiches) basis.

“Truly, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did it for me.” – Matthew 25:40

Social & Prayer

Social Ministries serve our Lord by facilitating fellowship and faith sharing. 


Bereavement Support Group 

“Journey through Grief Into Hope” Support group for those who are experiencing pain due to the death of a loved one. Bereavement series are given in Fall, Spring and Summer. Contact Joseph Truncale (908) 273 2623

Boy Scouts of America – Troop 67

Boy Scout Troop for boys who have finished 5th grade through age 18. Scouts meet once a week to learn scout skills, earn merit badges and plan camping trips. Troop participates in about one camping trip per month and sponsors one or two week long summer camp opportunities each year. Program emphasizes the value of scouting and teaches boys leadership skills and self reliance. Ministry usually meets Monday at 7:30 - 9 pm in Lower Memorial Hall

Sunday Bible Study

Paul Gibbons facilitates sessions discussing various subjects and books of the Bible. It is on interactive, give and take process where as a group we try to deepen our appreciation and knowledge of the scriptures.The ministry usually meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month and every Sunday during Lent from 9—10:30 am in the Avila Room.

Catholic Community Bible Study

Make friends while committing to a few hours a week to studying God’s Word. You don’t need any background. All the answers are in the Bible and Catechism. The study also includes monthly socials and DVD talks by Bible scholars.  Thursdays 9:30-11:30am -- September thru May.

CYO Basketball

Registration is open to boys and girls in grades 5 - 8.  For complete information go to CYO Pages.

Marian Devotions

Promoting devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, we take our motto from St. Louis de Montfort, “To Jesus through Mary.”  Everything we do to honor Our Lady is Christ centered.  The ministry focuses mainly on devotion to Our Lady of Fatima and the importance of the Fatima message.  This encourages daily recitation of the rosary, and prayers and sacrifices for peace and the conversion of sinners.  Special monthly events include a movie night on Our Lady of Fatima, Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, investiture of the Brown Scapular and a candlelight living rosary. Each month we promote devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (First Fridays) and the five First Saturday devotions to Our Lady to make reparation for the offenses to the Immaculate Heart. Contact Marcia Reina

Charismatic Prayer

St. Teresa’s Prayer Group meets weekly for praise, singing, scripture sharing, teaching, intercessory prayer and sometimes healing prayer. All are invited to join. Approximately 20 members meet on Thursdays at 7:30 pm in the Sacristy. Contact

Eucharistic Adoration

St. Teresa of Avila has Eucharistic Adoration at the Rosary Shrine on Wednesdays and Thursdays during afternoon and evening hours. This provides parishioners the opportunity to pray in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament on a weekly basis. Spending an hour in quiet prayer has been a wonderful blessing to all those who participate in this ministry. The Sisters are pleased to have us come, knowing we are taking advantage of Perpetual Adoration in the Chapel of the Dominican Monastery.  One hour per week at the Shrine on either Wednesday or Thursday. Contact Dominican Monastery



Legion de Maria

This group spreads devotion to the Blessed Mother and Sacred Heart. Promotes and facilitates visits of Our Lady’s statue to homes during the week. Assists in “Café Socials”. Prays for deceased members of the Latino Community. Helps in all sacred and cultural activities planned through the year. Participates in all Parish Ministries. Helps those in need where possible. Plans for the International Pilgrimage of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima.  Approximately 10 members meet on Monday nights from 7:30 pm—9:00 pm in the Avila Room. Contact
Aurelio Becerra, 609-271-5709


Grupo de Oración

El grupo de oración de nuestra comunidad les invita a unirse con ellos los sábados a las 7:30pm en el Memorial Hall ana noche de alabanza y oración.
Si te has sentido solo, o si los problemas te agobian, ven a experimentar el amor de Dios, dale la oportunidad a Dios de cambiar tú vida. Te esperamos.

Para más información,
contactar a Marcos Vásquez al 908 273 9285