Parish Ministries & Organizations
Any parish boys or girls who has completed Grade 3, are eligible to train as altar servers where they will assist the celebrant at Mass and other liturgical celebrations. Servers perform their role at Sunday Masses, funerals, weddings, and other prayer services. Training takes place at the beginning of the school year and, periodically, during the year.
Altar Server Schedule
The society plans and creates an environment in the church that is consistent with the corresponding liturgical seasons. Members meet weekly to take care of plants and flower arrangements in the church. During important holy days, additional parishioners are invited to assist in the decoration of the church The Society is also responsible for making sure that altar linens, priest’s vestments and altar servers’ albs are washed, ironed and ready for use as needed.
Baptism Preparation instruction is for new parents and Godparents. Classes are held in the convent on the first Saturday of the month at 10 am and third Monday of the month at 7pm.
Charismatic Group (BLD)
This group is sponsored by the Filipino Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. The BLD Community strives to empower the laity in the task of evangelization by promoting the values of the Kingdom of God among individuals, couples, and families through the various encounter and renewal programs.
St. Dunstan’s Adult Choir sings every Sunday at the 10 AM mass. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7 – 8:30 PM. The choir leads and supports the congregation in song, and provides music for prayer, reflection and meditation. Repertoire includes traditional hymns, and contemporary liturgical music. Formal musical training is not required in order to join the choir, only a willingness to learn, a dedication to attending rehearsals, and an ability to sing on pitch.
Choir - Children
The children’s choir sings at the Family Mass which is celebrated at 5 pm on the First Sunday of each month. Rehearsals take place on the Wednesday evenings preceding the weekend Mass, 6:30-7:30 pm. The choir periodically sings at other religious ceremonies, especially around Christmas.
Eucharistic Ministers are commissioned to help distribute the Body and Blood of our Lord at our weekday and weekend Masses. Lectors proclaim God’s word to the assembled community at weekend and weekday Masses. Formation and training sessions for the Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors are held several times during the year. A two month schedule is drawn up in advance for each ministry.
Eucharistic Minister Schedule
The main duty of the Finance Committee is to maintain a continuing review of the financial affairs of the parish. Using this information, it is the committee’s duty to make appropriate recommendations to the Pastor.
If you or someone you know is struggling with the loss of a loved one, please consider joining the St. Dunstan Grief Support Group for ongoing sessions to help process your grief/loss issues. The group meets twice monthly.
Italian Catholic Federation
The Italian Catholic Federation is a non-profit fraternal organization for practicing Catholics of all cultures. THE ICF assists parishes, pastors and local communities, frequently helping with parish projects and fundraising events. Meets 1st Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm in the Parish Center.
Knights of Columbus
The Knights are a Catholic fraternal organization that is centered on the Church’s charitable works. The members share their Catholic faith with each other through these works of charity. Amongst other events, our Council sponsors pancake breakfasts, a crab cioppino, and a drive for those with intellectual disabilities. Proceeds from these events benefit, not only St. Dunstan Parish itself, but also the disadvantaged locally , nationally and internationally. Meets last Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm in the Convent.
Legion of Mary
The Legion is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who, with the approval of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, serve the Church and their neighbor on a voluntary basis. Each member is assigned an apostolic task at the weekly Legion meetings which take place in the Convent on Saturday morning at 10 am.
St. Dunstan Men’s Club is a social and service organization which is open to all adult men of the parish. The Club is committed to Catholic fellowship through the mission of the parish. Each month, members meet in the Parish Center to discuss upcoming fundraising events, appropriate money to worthy parish and school-inspired endeavors and have a good time along the way! The Men’s Club meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 pm.
The purpose of the Pastoral Council is to act as stewards of the parish mission and to advise the pastor on practical matters of parish life. The council, whose members are appointed by the pastor, studies matters brought to its attention, reflects and evaluates them, and draws sound conclusions. The council presents these conclusions to the pastor in the form of recommendations. Meetings are normally held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. On request, parishioners can address the council.
The prayer group meets weekly at Marymount Greenhills Retirement Center. Meetings center around the Sunday readings for the following week- end. Meetings include reflection on the Scripture readings, songs of praise, faith-sharing and petition. Meetings take place on Thursday evenings from 7 –8 pm.
This is a program for adults who are interested in joining or learning more about the Catholic Faith; or who have been baptized but have not been confirmed or have not received First Communion. If you or someone in your family or a friend or neighbor may be interested, get in touch with Fr. Joe.
Our mission is to annunciate and promote the principle that human life at all stages from conception to natural death is a gift from God, worthy of respect and protection. This ministry encompasses prayer, advocacy, care and services.
St. Vincent De Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by helping families and individuals facing difficult situations. Feeding the homeless, keeping people housed, offering basic survival necessities, SVDP is the safety net for those in need. The St. Dunstan Conference meets every 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 pm in the Convent.
The T.E.R.E.S.A. Committee was established to raise the general consciousness through social awareness of individuals or organizations in need of support or practical assistance. The Committee selects projects which allow parishioners to participate in acts of Christian fellowship and to contribute to our community. Past projects include the parish-wide “Christmas Giving Tree”, Sandwich Sundays, and our annual Baby Shower, to name a few. Meetings are held monthly.
Ushers provide the ministry of welcome at our weekend Masses. In addition to taking up the collection, ushers assist the assembly as necessary. Men and women of all ages are encouraged to join.
This is a program tailor-made for Junior High and High School students of our parish. The program provides a safe environment where young people from 7th –12th grades can come together twice a month to experience and enjoy a variety of things, including recreational and social activities, faith formation, leadership development, service outreach and mentoring. Meetings take place in the Convent on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month from 7 –8:30 pm.