Adopt A Family/Child Christmas Ministry

Parishioners and/or groups choose a family or child and provide them with Christmas gifts. Usually 2 gifts are purchased one is a need (coat, clothing, etc.) and the other is a want (a special toy or item the person requests.) This is a seasonal program which starts in November and ends mid-December.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

The Eucharist is exposed on Thursdays, usually in the Sacred Heart Room in the Church, after the 8:10am Mass until 5pm.

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Altar Servers

Beginning in 5th grade, boys and girls have the opportunity to assist the priest during Mass and Liturgical Celebrations. Altar Servers need to go through a training process before serving at liturgies.

Baby Shower

The Respect Life Ministry sponsors a “Baby Shower” for the women and their newborns who are helped by Birth Right and the Crisis Center. During February and March, parishioners bring items for the babies. The volunteers put layettes together for those who are being helped by the various centers.

Baptismal Team

Individuals and couples volunteer to teach the monthly Baptism classes. The classes are either held at the Ministry Center or presenter’s home and are attended by parents and Godparents wishing to have their baby/child baptized. Others volunteer by using their sewing skills to make the baptismal scarves with hand stitched crosses for those being baptized. Anyone interested in joining this ministry should contact the Parish Office.

Bible Study for Adults

Breast Cancer Support Group

A support group for those who have breast cancer or who are breast cancer survivors. Meetings are the first Thursday and third Monday of the month in the Ministry Center.

Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)

Charismatic Prayer Group

Following the charismatic prayer style, this group meets on Friday mornings from 10am to 11:30am to praise, honor, thank and give glory to Jesus, Our Lord and Savior. This environment of praise and worship, singing, scripture readings, teachings and testimonies is open to all. Meetings are in the Parish Ministry Conference Room.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (K – 5th grade)

This program offers children in Kindergarten through 5th Grade the opportunity to hear the Gospel and reflect on it at their level. Children at the 9am and 10:30am Masses would gather with their catechists in Church before the Liturgy of the Word and return to the Mass during the Offertory. No sign ups, fees or stress, just a fun environment for the children to hear God’s Word. For further information, please contact the Faith Formation Office.

Church Environment

Classic Club

This social group is formed of parishioners & friends who are 55 years and older. They gather on the 3rd Friday of the month for a potluck dinner with a no-host cocktail hour. Those attending are invited to bring an appetizer, cooked entrée or dessert. The festivities begin at 6pm in the St. Isidore Room. (Please note that they do not meet in July & August.) All “who are of age” are welcome to join in the fun.

Confirmation (High School Program)

Confirmation is a two year program offered to those who are entering High School or are already in High School. Classes meet on Sunday evenings during the school year. Confirmation candidates need to be baptized Catholics. Registration takes place in July and August through the Faith Formation Office.

Confirmation (for Adults)

For adults who have not yet received the sacrament of Confirmation, classes are offered during the months of October through January to prepare them to receive the sacrament. Confirmation usually takes place in January. Sign ups are done through the Faith Formation Office.

DivorceCare Ministry

This ministry brings those who are separated, going through a divorce or who have been through divorce together. Attendees at the weekly meeting discuss relevant topics such as anger, depression, loneliness, forgiveness and financial survival. Meetings are held on Mondays at 7pm. The Faith Formation Office has further information and details about this ministry.

Eucharistic Ministers

Parishioners who are chosen for this privilege of serving the faithful are to be examples of true followers of Christ. They are to be distinguished members of the parish who lead a Christian life and are faithful as well as faith-filled. Eucharistic Ministers are to serve the body and blood of Christ at parish liturgies.

Eucharistic Ministers to the sick & homebound

These ministers serve faithfully and reverently those who are unable to attend Mass because of sickness or illness. They are parishioners who are commissioned to bring the body of Christ to those who are homebound and unable to come to Church.

Faith Formation for Children

Fr. Frank’s Kids

This non-profit organization is dedicated to helping the orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America. They collect and ship items to the orphanages. During their annual Fiesta at the parish, the children of the orphanages come and entertain all who attend with their fabulous, musical talents and dancing. The Fiesta fundraiser is a wonderful fall celebration that embraces the heritage and culture of the youth. For complete details about this organization please see their website. www.fatherfrankskids.org

Filipino American Parishioners (FAPSI)

The Mission Statement of the FAPSI group is “To foster pride in our ethnic identity and to promote the spirit of community among Filipino-American Parishioners of St. Isidore Church by actively participating in activities that serve the religious community (Eucharistic Adoration, Divine Mercy and Misa de Gallo) and in activities to raise funds to support St. Isidore Parish.” Membership is open to registered parishioners with Filipino ancestry and/or by marriage. For more information, please send your request to fapsi_communitations@yahoo.com

Finance Committee

A group of parishioners with financial and/or accounting backgrounds that meet monthly to review the parish financial reports and provide assistance to the pastor regarding the financial welfare of the parish. Members are assigned by the pastor.

History of Christianity

A group of parishioners who meet on Friday afternoons at 1:30pm in the Ministry Center Conference Room to study Church History. All are welcome to join these history enthusiasts. Please contact the Parish Office to confirm meetings or receive further information.

Italian Catholic Federation (ICF)

ICF is a non-profit organization that is family-oriented which celebrates its’ Italian heritage. Although most of the members are Italian by birth or descent, everyone is welcome to join. However, all members must be in communion with the Church. This is a social group which raises funds for various needs in the parish, community and world. Meetings are the third Monday of each month at 7:30pm in the St. Isidore Room. A family dinner usually precedes the meeting. Interested persons can attend a meeting or contact the Parish Office for further information.

Knights of Columbus

Faith, Family and Fraternity make up the foundation upon which the Knights of Columbus stands. The Knights are a non-profit international Catholic Men’s organization whose purpose is to promulgate the Faith. They sponsor several parish social events and fundraisers. The Knights meet on the fourth Thursday of each month in the St. Isidore Room for dinner and their monthly meeting. More information is available on their website. www.KofC4060.org

Knitting Ministry

This dedicated and talented group of knitters meets every Tuesday from 6 to 8pm in the Ministry Center rooms 221 & 222. Many of the members make items for the Baby Shower layettes. Bring your knitting needles and yarn and join them any Tuesday evening.

Lectors & Commentators

Lectors proclaim the Word of God, recite the psalm (if not sung) and lead the congregation in the Prayers of the Faithful during liturgical celebrations. Commentators welcome everyone to the parish and begin the liturgy with opening announcements. They also make announcements at the end of the Mass. Training is provided for these ministries. Both the Lectors & Commentators are scheduled for the Masses. Those who would like to serve the parish in this capacity should contact the Parish Office.

Legion of Mary

This ministry is made up of caring adults who perform spiritual and corporal works. They visit and bring Communion to parishioners who are homebound, living in assisted living homes and Board and Care homes. Members of the Legion of Mary meet every Tuesday at 9am in the Ministry Center Conference Room. Those feeling called to join this ministry should contact the Parish Office.

Library

The Parish Library is located in the Church in Our Lady of Grace Room off the Vestibule. It is open on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays of the month after the 9am and 10:30am Masses. There is a wonderful selection of video and audiotapes as well as books. The all volunteer staff welcomes anyone who would like to join them just inquire at the Library. Donations of books & tapes are appreciated.

Liturgy Committee

Representatives from the Liturgical Ministries and staff come together with the priests on the first Tuesday of the month to plan and review parish liturgies. Members are assigned by the pastor.

Loaves and Fishes

A non-profit group that provides meals to those who are hungry. They have a dining room in Contra Costa County where nutritious meals are served. St. Isidore provides facilities for the preparation of some of the meals. Members make the food in the Ministry Center Kitchen twice a month and bring it to the dining room. More information is available on their website. www.loavesfishescc.org

Music Ministry

Ministry of Consolation

This ministry provides prayerful and loving assistance to parishioners who are mourning the loss of a loved one. Ministry volunteers begin to assist the bereaved families from the time the parish is notified of the loss. They offer support and guidance through the planning process and are a source of comfort for the family members. During the services, the members make sure all runs smoothly and goes as planned. Parishioners, who feel called to this ministry, will receive training. Please contact the Parish Office for further information.

Opus Dei Men’s Group

Meets in the Church on the third Tuesday of the month at 7pm.

Opus Dei Women’s Group

Meets in the Church on the second Tuesday of the month at 7pm.

Parish Council

The Parish Council provides a vehicle for the priests and parishioners to work together to meet the spiritual and temporal needs of the parish. The group advises the Pastor, identifies needs and coordinates the lay organizations of the parish. The promotion of true Christian brotherhood and sisterhood is the ultimate goal. Members are elected by the parishioners to serve as representatives on the Parish Council. The pastor may also appoint three members in addition to those who were elected. Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7pm in the Ministry Center Conference Room. (Meetings are not usually scheduled in December, July or August.)

Reconnect (Catholics who have been away from the Church)

This group is for baptized Catholics who are interested in the teachings/changes of the Church and who have been distanced from the Church for awhile. Gatherings consist of short presentations of Catholic teaching, with time for discussion, faith sharing and prayer. Sessions are scheduled through the Faith Formation Office at various times during the year.

Respect Life

Under the direction of the Pastor and the Diocese of Oakland, the Respect Life Ministry seeks to help Catholics understand, value and live out the Catholic vision of respect for all life. While this ministry chiefly addresses the issues of abortion, euthanasia and capital punishment, it collaborates with other diocesan departments in addressing broader social justice issues. In being attentive to the Gospel’s all-encompassing vision of respect for life, the Respect Life Ministry sponsors various events throughout the year to bring this vision to others.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

This program provides comprehensive training in the Christian way of life through doctrinal and spiritual formation. In most cases, this formation leads to the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist at the Easter Vigil. Those who attend include the non-baptized as well adults who are baptized (either Catholic or non-Catholic) but have missed receiving the other sacraments. Those who are interested in beginning this journey of conversion should contact the Faith Formation Office. The RCIA program is held on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9.

Rose Garden Volunteers (Rosarians)

Those who enjoy working outdoors in a garden, whether they have a green thumb or not, are encouraged to become a “Rosarian.” Volunteers will be shown the proper way to prune roses to keep the Rose Garden in constant bloom during the spring and summer. The main goal of this ministry is to keep the Rose Garden looking beautiful for all to enjoy. This special & peaceful garden is located behind the Ministry Center. The Parish Facilities Department assists the Rosarians in their ministry.

Sacristans

The sacristans are responsible for the humble but necessary tasks of preparing the altar for the Mass. Sacristans get quiet satisfaction from making things “right” for the Celebrant, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors/Commentators and others involved in the liturgy. Volunteers are trained and scheduled for all the Sunday and Holy Day Masses. Interested parishioners should contact the Parish Office.

St. Isidore Network Group (SING)

This ministry provides networking resources and peer support for people thinking about transitioning from one job to another, those already in transition and/or individuals wanting to expand their professional network. SING’s ministry team provides help with the initial period of uncertainty, networking, resume writing, interviewing and position selection. There are no fees. They meet every Monday in the Ministry Center at 6:30pm. Let them help you be all that God has enabled you to be!

St. Isidore School

435 La Gonda Way, Danville, CA 94526 925-837-2977 www.stisidore.org Our parish school provides a quality Catholic education to students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade. We have a double school offering two classes at each grade level. St. Isidore School is fully accredited by WASC and WCEA. The staff and parent community provide a setting which fosters the development of the whole child: spiritually, intellectually, socially, physically and emotionally. Students graduate well prepared for higher education and as responsible stewards. St. Isidore School is dedicated to educating children in the Catholic faith while providing a rigorous academic environment. We are committed to developing lifelong critical, creative thinkers, who actively serve the Church to enrich the community, communicate effectively and achieve their highest academic potential.

St. Mary’s Center Meals (Oakland)

St. Isidore Parish provides ongoing support for the children and low-income elderly at St. Mary’s Center in Oakland. This support includes food, books and toys for children at the preschool day care center. Parishioners contribute by donating food, money and time four times a year. The elderly appreciate the delicious meals from the parishioners and they especially like visiting with the volunteers who bring the meals. Anyone wanting to help in this rewarding ministry should contact the Parish Office for more information.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

This international non-profit organization gives assistance to those in need in our parish. The Society is usually able to help with food, clothing, furniture and various other emergency needs. There are baskets in the Church Vestibule to receive non-perishable food donations for our food pantry. A second collection is added to the 5th Sunday of the month to help fund our parish St. Vincent de Paul Society. The St. Vincent de Paul truck comes to the parish several times throughout the year for donations of clothing, furniture, and other gently used items that can be sold at their store or given to those in need. Membership is open to men and women. Please contact the Parish Office for further information.

Special Religious Education (SPRED)

This program is committed to encountering the spiritual needs of persons with developmental disabilities. SPRED trains volunteer catechists to prepare a special place where they can welcome persons with developmental disabilities. Through the experience of friendship in a one-on-one relationship, those with developmental disabilities discover a place where they belong and can enjoy a meaningful relationship. These friendships can help the developmentally disabled come to realize their own giftedness and dignity. Participation in the SPRED program assists the individuals to be able to celebrate the sacraments and to enter into worshiping experiences with the whole Church community. Those interested in joining this ministry should contact the Faith Formation Office.

Ushers/Greeters

These friendly and dedicated parishioners serve the parish community by welcoming those who come to Mass Saturday night and on Sunday. Volunteers assist with seating worshippers, taking up the collections, guiding communicants in an orderly and reverent manner and distributing bulletins and envelopes before and after the Masses. Those interested in serving as an usher/greeter should contact the Parish Office.

Vocations

Our parish strives to educate and encourage participation to those who feel called to religious life. Anyone who may be interested in the vocation of priesthood, sisterhood, or deacon should contact one of the parish priests.

Welcome Committee

These cheerful volunteers are in the Vestibule before and after the Saturday evening Mass and the Sunday Masses. Many times, they are able to answer general questions about the parish. They have parish registration packets available for new parishioners and information about the parish ministries. Their knowledge of the parish is vast and their smiles are inviting. Anyone who would like to join this committee should talk to one of the members before or after Mass or contact the Parish Office.

Young at Heart

The Young at Heart ministry is an extension of the Legion of Mary ministry. This group of volunteers prepares and serves lunch to senior citizens on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. The luncheon begins with Mass or a Prayer Service at 11:15am. After the meal, attendees enjoy a game or two of Bingo. This is a fun and social afternoon for those who are “Young at Heart.” To help with the luncheon or to receive more information, please contact the Parish Office.

Young Ladies Institute (YLI)

YLI is open to all Catholic women. This non-profit organization promotes the work of the Church, supports the education of seminarians, encourages greater spiritual growth of individual members, participates in charitable projects, builds lasting friendships and enjoys social activities. Meetings are on the first Monday of the month in the St. Isidore Room at 7pm.

Youth Group (High School Students)

Join the Youth Group at the 12:15 Teen Mass then walk over to the Youth Center for Youth Group! Meetings are on Sundays from 1:30 to 3pm. Contact the Faith Formation Office for all the details.