Ministries

Consultative Groups

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee advises the Pastor/Parish Life Director and the Pastoral Council on the stewardship of the parish’s financial resources. The Finance Committee manages the budget process for all parish programs and prepares the budget in collaboration with the Pastor/Parish Life Director and Pastoral Council to ensure consistency with the parish goals.

Parish Evangelization Team

The Parish Evangelization Team’s purpose is to proclaim the Gospel to all people and to help deepen the Gospel in the lives of believers. The team organizes opportunities for conversion experiences, faith sharing, and understanding of the lay office and the evangelizing mission of the church.

Pastoral Council

The Pastoral Council is the primary consultative body to the Pastor/Parish Life Director. In this capacity the Council is responsible to represent the interests of the larger parish community; provide recommendations for direction, priorities and policies through pastoral planning; and promote communication and understanding within the parish. Consultation with parish members, leadership, and the parish team by the Council is essential to the integrity of the process.

Stewardship Committee

The Stewardship Committee facilitates the process by which the parish becomes a “stewardship parish”. They are responsible for educating and inviting parishioners to adopt stewardship as a way of life. Their main focus is helping parishioners discern how best to share their gifts of time, talent, and treasure with the parish and with others, and to care for the environment.

 

Spirituality

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Adoration is an opportunity to deepen one’s prayer life by spending time before the Blessed Sacrament. The hours of adoration are: Monday, 9 am - 7pm; Tuesday, 9 am - Wednesday, 7 pm each week; First Friday/Saturday of each month (Fri. 9am-Sat. 4:45pm) and Forty Hours Devotion – twice a year (Lent & Advent).

Healing Prayer Ministry

Healing Prayer Ministry is available to those who are seeking physical, emotional or spiritual healing. Two or three members of the Healing Prayer team meet with individuals by appointment or during special healing prayer services.

Prayer Network (Chain)

Prayer Chain provides an opportunity to request prayers, as well as to pray for those who have special needs or requests. ( [email protected])

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary continues the ministry of Jesus as they gather in prayer, reaching out to shut-ins, the unchurched, and to others who request their visits.

 

Liturgy

Liturgy Committee

The Liturgy Committee is a forum for planning and evaluating parish liturgies. It includes leaders of liturgical ministries, music directors, deacons, and the pastor.

Altar Servers

Altar servers assist the celebrant during Masses, weddings, funerals, and other liturgical events. They must be in the 4th grade or above. Training is scheduled periodically throughout the year.  Adults are also encouraged to become servers.  

Art and Environment

The Art and Environment Committee is responsible for altar/sanctuary decorations, vestments, and narthex displays that reflect the various liturgical events of the year.

Cleaning of Linens and Vestments

The cleaning of linens involves washing and ironing altar linens, purificators, altar server robes, and the dry cleaning of the priests’ and deacons’ vestments.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

These extraordinary ministers help distribute Eucharist at the weekend liturgies. They need to be prayerful, hospitable, well-trained, and have a deep appreciation and reverence for the Eucharist.

Greeters

Greeters arrive 20 minutes before the liturgies begin. Greeters welcome all those coming to worship at each of the four weekend liturgies. They need to be mindful of parish activities so as to answer questions for newcomers and visitors.

Lectors

Lectors proclaim the first and second readings at Sunday and Holy Day Liturgies. These well-trained people of prayer and Scripture study prepare and reflect upon the readings before proclaiming them at the liturgy.

Outreach Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

These extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist take communion to those who are hospitalized, home-bound, or in retirements homes or centers. They visit and pray with individuals for strength and healing. Training is available.

Sacristans

Sacristans prepare the chapel or the church for the celebration of the liturgy. They care for and deal with the sacred objects and books used during the liturgy. They also work with the liturgical ministers, giving guidance and instruction as needed.

Sanctuary and Chapel Care

The sanctuary and chapel care workers keep the worship space neat and welcoming. The work includes dusting, light cleaning, and watering of plants.

Ushers

Ushers help create a welcoming environment at Mass as they assist those who need some extra assistance or help those who are in need of seating. They are also responsible for taking up the collection and assisting with logistics at special liturgies.

 

Liturgy—Music

Musicians

The role of the musicians is to lead the assembly in prayer by fostering and nourishing their faith through song and music.

Bell Choir

Our Bell Choir includes teens and adults. The Bell Choir participates in Sunday liturgies, special occasions and community events.  This ministry is seeking leadership.

Cantor

The Cantor learns and understands the Roman Rites so as to effectively lead the assembly through the spoken and sung response to God’s Word. He or she facilitates comfort for members and visitors alike, and is trusted by worshipers to guide them through full and confident participation of our liturgies.

Choirs and Ensembles

The 8:30 am Sunday Traditional Choir focuses on hymns, psalms and spiritual songs, which highlight the liturgies of the Church through its long established customs. The organ is often used, and people are encouraged to sing parts and harmonies as “One Voice” before God. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm in the church.

The 11:00 am Sunday vocal and instrumental ensemble leads music in an informal folk style. People are encouraged to participate as the Spirit leads, and rehearsals are at 10:00 am Sunday mornings in the church.

The 6:00 pm Sunday vocal and instrumental ensemble focuses on our youth and the spirit and energy they bring to our worship. The style is contemporary and people are enthusiastically encouraged to participate. Rehearsals are Sundays at 5:00 pm in the church.

 

Faith Formation—Intergenerational

Library (Librarians)

The Library provides reference materials, books, audio, and video tapes to parishioners on Sundays and by appointment. Librarians check books in and out, maintain the library space and book collection.

Family Faith Communities 

Families with children gather twice each month for prayer, faith sharing, catechesis, and social activities. These gatherings which are made up of 4 or 5 families and take place in individuals’ homes help parents take up their role as primary catechists for their children.

Sponsors for Sacraments

A sponsor is a member of the parish community, a mature, confirmed, and practicing Catholic who guides and mentors the adult, youth, or child receiving the Sacraments of Baptism and/or Confirmation. The Sponsor attends all required classes, retreats, and rites; the sponsor journeys with the candidate as a friend and companion.

 

Faith Formation for Adults

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Faith Formation seeks to nourish and strengthen lay men and women as people of faith, as contributors to the life and work of the Church, and as apostles to the world. Formation opportunities include Bible studies, classes, lectures, workshops, video presentations, etc.

Adult Initiation (RCIA)

Adult Initiation (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) provides a process for those seeking to join the Catholic community. Opportunities are available for them to explore the Church, its teachings and traditions, and experience life in the parish community.

Baptism Preparation

Parents are prepared through small group meetings and studies to have their infants baptized into the Christian community. Parents and Godparents accept the responsibility to educate and form children in the faith.

Called and Gifted Core Team

The Called and Gifted Core Team organizes and teaches workshops, interviews participants, and facilitates small groups to help Catholics discern and develop their spiritual gifts for the building up of the Body of Christ.

Marriage Preparation Team

Married couples work in collaboration to facilitate various sessions for those preparing to celebrate he Sacrament of Marriage.

Evangelization Core Team and Retreat Team

The Evangelization Core and Retreat Teams promote, organize, and conduct retreats once or twice each year which provide participants with an intense encounter with the Risen Lord and foster the development of small Christian communities.

Small Christian Communities

The Small Christian Communities are a means for Christians to live he mission of the Church more fully through communion with other Christians. They provide a sense of belonging and mutual care, a deepening of faith rooted in scripture and tradition, prayer, and service beyond self.

Small Christian Community Formation Team & Facilitators

The SCC Formation Team invites new participants to belong to a small Christian community, as well as organizes and facilitates new communities. They also assist ongoing communities in formation and provide resources for catechesis and faith sharing. 

 

Faith Formation for Youth

Youth Faith Formation

Youth ministry fosters the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.  It draws young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Church.  It empowers young people to become disciples of Jesus Christ who witness to their faith by living and working for justice, peace and human dignity.  Two programs are offered within the parish:  Junior High Life for grades 7-8 on Wednesday evenings and HAVOC (Hands and Voices of Christ) for grades 9-12 on Sunday afternoons.

Confirmation Preparation

Confirmation preparation provides catechesis for youth grades 10-12 who are preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation.  It takes place in the context of in-home small group faith sharing and large group experiences, such as retreats and service projects.

RCIA for Teens

RCIA for Teens is for youth who have not been baptized. This process provides them opportunities to understand and experience the church and the Catholic faith, and gain a deeper awareness of Jesus in their lives as they prepare to celebrate the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

  

 

 Faith Formation for Children

Children’s Religious Education

The parish offers faith formation classes to children K-6 each Sunday morning from 9:40-10:45 am.  Parents and other adults are trained as catechists (teachers and aides) to pass on the teaching and tradition of the Catholic faith.

First Eucharist/Reconciliation Preparation

The purpose of First Eucharist and First Reconciliation preparation programs are to instruct the children and their families in the sacraments and how we live them out on a daily basis.

Liturgy of the Word

Liturgy of the Word assists children in listening, reflecting, and understanding the Sunday readings, which are proclaimed using the language they understand.  The children are dismissed during the 11:00 am liturgy prior to the readings and rejoin the community for the Profession of Faith.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC)

RCIC is for children who have not been baptized. This process provides opportunities for children to understand and experience the church and the Catholic faith, and gain a deeper awareness of Jesus in their lives as they prepare to celebrate the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is offered one week during the summer where children and adults experience Jesus and their Catholic faith through song, crafts, drama, scripture stories, and snacks.

 

School Organizations

Athletic Committee/Hallissey Tournament

The Athletic Committee organizes and coordinates the Hallissey Invitational Basketball Tournament held annually on President’s Day weekend, including the Mass and other events surrounding the tournament.

Catholic Schools Foundation of the Sacred Heart

The Catholic Schools Foundation provides funds for Sacred Heart School for special projects, grants, scholarships, subsidies, and tuition for students who desire a Catholic education but are unable to afford one.

Home and School Association

The Home and School Association provides support and encouragement to the students, staff, and families of Sacred Heart School by sponsoring various activities and celebrations throughout the school year. All parents/grandparents are automatically members of this association.

Sacred Heart School Board

The Sacred Heart School Board is a consultative board to the Principal and Pastor/Parish Life Director. Its responsibilities include marketing, as well as developing and evaluating school policies and goals including the formulation of future plans for the school. It is also responsible for developing various means to finance the school.

Scouting (Boys and Girls)

Scouting opportunities for both boys and girls are available.

 

Community Life & Hospitality

Buildings & Grounds Maintenance

Maintenance needs around the church and school consist of a variety of projects and time commitments. Some of the projects are weeding, planting, or pruning of the vegetation around the buildings. Preparation and painting inside or outside is occasionally required. Plumbing or electrical expertise is sometimes needed.

Cloud Nine

Cloud 9 is a ministry that collects new and gently used First Communion dresses, veils, etc. for children who might not otherwise have resources for purchasing them.  Items are collected throughout the year and given each year on a special “shopping day”.

Community Connections (Formerly In-Touch)

Callers contact 25-30 families each quarter to keep in-touch, to determine needs, to share information, and to refer helpers to various ministries.

Community Life & Hospitality

This ministry is responsible for planning, organizing, and conducting parish social events: receptions, parties, dinners, socials, etc.

Hospitality—Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour after the Sunday liturgies provide parishioners with an opportunity to socialize and to welcome new parishioners. Servers prepare, serve, and clean-up after each hour.

Knights of Columbus

The Sacred Heart Council of Knights of Columbus is dedicated to education and charity. The Council seeks to be a spiritual force for the renewal of the Church in holiness, unity, and truth. They strive to create a sense of community as they work for the good of the parish.

Ladies of Sacred Heart (LSH)

Ladies of Sacred Heart is a service organization that provides service to our parish and parishioners through preparing and serving dinners for families and friends after funeral services, and supports our church by providing funds toward altar cleaning, candles and environment.  Through fund raising efforts LSH also support education by granting two scholarships to Sacred Heart students attending Bishop Kelly High School and by donating to Birthright.

Ministry to the Homebound

Ministers visit those in the parish community who are shut-in due to illness, surgery, disability, age, etc. or those who are in need of companionship. From the visit made by the Homebound minister, coordination and referral can be made to other ministries within the parish.

Operation Friendship

The purpose of Operation Friendship is to provide an opportunity for intentional friendships to develop by becoming a resource person that the refugee can go to when she/he has questions or needs suggesting or advice, by helping refugees understand cultural norms and customs of the U.S. while also learning theirs, and by assisting refugees in adjusting to life in Boise and integrating into our parish community.

Parish Festival

Each year the parish celebrates its feast day on or around the Feast of the Sacred Heart. Usually held in June on the Saturday closest to the holy day, the festival brings the entire parish together for a meal, games, and entertainment.

Parish Health Ministry

Registered nurses trained in Faith Community Nursing, and other health care professionals provide health related services to maintain physical health and to support individuals and families with acute/chronic illnesses and life transitions. Services provided include assessment, education, active listening, home visits, prayer, advocacy, and referrals.

Pray It Forward

Parishioners volunteer their talents, occupational skills, and knowledge to those in the parish who are in need of help with minor repairs, household chores, instrucions or other services with the understanding that those who receive will offer their talent or skill to another person in need within the community.

Sacred Heart Association of Retired Persons

The Sacred Heart Association of Retired Persons (SHARPS) is a social gathering of parishioners 55 and older that meets monthly for potluck, fellowship continuing education in Catholicism and special areas of interest to seniors.

Transportation

Members provide transportation to and from the church to parishioners who are handicapped,disabled, elderly or temporarily without transportation so as to attend Mass, special liturgies, and parish events.

Welcoming Committee

Members of the welcoming committee personally contact those who have recently registered in the parish and give them a packet of information regarding the parish and parish activities.

 

Social Justice & Outreach to the Community

Bench Community Supper

Parishioners coordinate, prepare and serve a hot meal each second Friday evening of the month and invites and welcomes everyone in the local community.  This ecumenical project collaborates with other Bench area churches.

Celebrate Recovery

A Christian centered recovery program based on the 12-steps of AA and the 8 Beatitudes helps parishioners and others who have experienced many of life’s hurts, bad habits, and hang-ups. Groups meet weekly for prayer, group sharing and healing services.

DOERS (Dominican Overseas Education & Relief Society)

DOERS is a committee of the Third Order of St. Dominic, Inc., who focuses on education and poverty reduction strategies in foreign countries centered around maternal and child health, that children may live healthy and strong lives and grow to build strong communities.

No One Dies Alone

This ministry provides a loving presence to those who would otherwise die alone at St. Al’s Regional Medical Center. Training is available.

Respect Life

The Respect Life Committee gives special emphasis to the pro-life teachings of the Church by educating the parish on topics such as abortion, cloning, euthanasia, and capital punishment.

Story Link

This ministry provides inmates in the Idaho prison system with the opportunity to read and record a story from a new book and have the book and recording sent to their child(ren). The ministry needs volunteers along with donations to cover the cost of books and postage. Volunteers receive training and orientation through the Idaho Department of Corrections.

St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul members provide a variety of services to those in need.  St. Vincent de Paul Center located at 3209 Overland Rd. provides a food pantry, free medication for those who qualify, a dining room and educational classrooms.  Other activities and services include:

Friends of the Poor Walk:  We participate in an annual national WALK to raise funds for the many needs requested of us.

Helpline & Home Visits:  Members coordinate calls coming in city wide from those with various needs.  From these calls, members arrange home visits assisting families with rent, utilities, food and other needs.  Through referrals & networking with other churches and organizations those less fortunate are served.

SVdP Breakfast:  Our members provide a twice yearly breakfast to the parish as a fund raiser for ongoing activities.

SVdP Retreat:  Our members sponsor a yearly, citywide Spiritual Retreat for anyone interested.

Thanksgiving Food Boxes:  Members, with the help of parishioners, oversee and coordinate the signing-up of those in need, as well as collecting food, packing, distributing and some delivering of food boxes to families during the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Voice of the Poor:  Members uphold Catholic values by researching, validating, documenting, advocating, and promulgating issues related to the condition of the poor and disenfranchised.  The emphasis is on policy and actions which harm the poor.

Parish Social Ministry (Social Justice)

The Parish Social Ministry has a mission to bring Catholic Social Teaching into every area of parish life, to act to meet immediate and urgent needs (charity), to reflect on the root causes for parish charitable needs using Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, and to seek ever to transform the root social causes (justice) within our community and beyond.

 

 

 

Inter-Parish

Catholic Charities (http://ccidaho.org/)

Catholic Charities of Idaho is a non-profit organization providing social services and working for social justice. The agency prioritizes volunteerism and collaborative endeavors with other organizations and Catholic parishes.

Catholic & Single Together  (http://boisecast.org/)

CAST provides friendship, faith formation, social interaction, community activities, grief and divorce support and recovery to like minded mid-life Catholics ages 30+.

Catholic Worker (http://boisecatholicworker.wordpress.com/)

Boise Catholic Worker is a group of Lay Catholics who study and live the social teachings of the Catholic church in their daily lives through the guidelines set down by Catholic Worker Movement founder Dorothy Day.  Catholic Workers give comfort to the homeless and suffering, as well as promote social justice through education efforts and action.  Lazarus House collects and provides hygiene items and maintains a social justice library.

Corpus Christi House  (www.corpuschristiboise.org)

Corpus Christi House is a day center for the homeless, where guests can shower, do their laundry, use the Internet, and find shelter from the summer heat and winter cold. Volunteers typically help manage the house for half-day shifts once a week. Monthly staff meetings provide fellowship and mutual support for volunteers.

Diocesan Prison Ministry (http//idahocatholicprisonministry.com/)

The Boise Catholic Prison and Jail Ministers visit men and women in prison, teach Bible classes offer retreats, and minister the Eucharist

Engaged Encounter (http://www.boise-cee.org/)

Engaged Encounter provides couples who are preparing for marriage, a weekend experience to help them become aware of the many facets of a sacramental marriage.

Grief Share (http://www.griefshare.org/)

Grief Share is a support group that meets weekly.  Local meetings are at St. Mark's Catholic Community (7960 W Northview St., Rooms 109-110) Mondays 7:00-9:00 pm. 

Interfaith Sanctuary (www.interfaithsanctuary.org)

Interfaith Sanctuary is a collaboration of people of faith and people of conscience who have joined together to shelter and serve individuals experiencing homelessness.

Marriage Encounter (http://www.wwme.org/)

Couples spend a weekend rediscovering the joy, intimacy and romance in their relationships.

Rachel Project  (http://hopeafterabortion.com/)

The Rachel project offers support, counseling, and referral to both men and women affected by abortion.

Retrouvaille (http://retrouvaille.org/)

The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship and to provide help for couples who live in the disappointment and pain of marriage problems.

Treasure Valley Young Adult Ministry (www.tvyam.org)

TVYAM engages adults between 18 and 40, married and single, and helps them to embrace the good news of Jesus Christ, the Church, and each other through spiritual, social and service events and opportunities.