Ministries at Saint Hedwig



Serve God and our parish by getting involved in one of our many ministries and non profit organizations that we support. Saint Hedwig School families will also earn service hours.
To receive information and get in touch with the Ministry Lead Person: complete a   Ministry Interest Form
  or email info@sainthedwig.org, or call the parish office at (562) 296-9000

Altar Serving

A youth in the fourth grade or above who desires to be an Altar Server must have received their first communion and be receiving communion on a regular basis. In addition, the youth must be able to commit to the following:


  • Serving weekend Mass as scheduled, normally; once every 2-3 weeks
  • Serving Mass on weekdays and Holy Days of Obligation on a rotation basis school, schedule permitting
  • Serving at Holy Day Masses, weddings, funerals as needed and when available.
  • Obtaining a substitute when unable to fulfill a Mass assignment
  • Attending scheduled Altar Server meetings and training classes.

Contact:






Baptism Ministry

The Baptism Ministry currently consists of two married couples. The coordinators serve the parish community by facilitating preparation classes for the parents of children to be baptized. These classes are held once a month and they prepare the parents with knowledge of the sacrament to enable them to foster growth in their own faith and that of their children.

   On the day of the infant baptism, the coordinators serve as host/hostess for the baptism. They prepare the church for the celebration with the necessary items required for the baptism. They greet the families and friends as they arrive, seat them in their assigned place in the church and answer any questions or concerns they might have regarding the ceremony. The coordinators are also there to assist the priest or deacon as needed during the ceremony.

Jesus said, "Go therefore and make disciples of all men, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.".

Bereavement Ministry

This ministry comforts the bereaved survivors and offers assistance at the time of death in coordination with a priest. This ministry also assists the family in planning the funeral liturgy with music, readings, and other requests of the family. 

Bible Study


Come and See: Ezekiel, Hebrews, and Revelation is a Catholic Bible study that discusses three of the most fascinating books of Scripture. This study examines the prophetic Old Testament Book of Ezekiel and draws out its relationship to two New Testament books, that of Hebrews and the Apocalypse, the revelation given to St. John on the Island of Patmos.

This study uses inductive and deductive learning, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the writings of popes and saints to unlock an ancient treasure and show its current application. The Come and See series is ideal for Scripture Study.


Thursdays 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM & 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Beginning Thursday, September 30, 2021

Bible study is held In the Church, all are welcome


Requirements:

Bring your Catholic Bible! [either New American or RSVCE (Revised Standard Version/Catholic Edition)]

The Catechism of the Catholic Church {this can also be accessed online]

Registration and Workbook required


No prior Bible Study experience necessary. 


Contact: 

Carol Meckler at (562) 430-3266 or ca.co.meck@verizon.net


Linda Milligan at dwmilligan@verizon.net

Children's Faith Formation


PreK-8 grade Faith Formation offers important fellowship, religious knowledge, and continuing faith formation for children in grades Pre-K through 8th grade. Partnering with parents, the program also prepares our youth for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion. First Communion in our parish, and in the Diocese of Orange, is a two-consecutive-year program beginning in first grade. We introduce concepts in each class that are reinforced at home throughout the year, bringing faith alive, creating a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.


Contact:

Chris Ord at (714) 330-4063 or cord@sainthedwig.org; faithformation@sainthedwig.org

Children's Liturgy of the Word


Children’s Liturgy of the Word provides children with an age-appropriate proclamation of God’s Word. It is offered during the 10 am Sunday Mass. Before Mass readings the children are invited up to be blessed and dismissed to the prayer room for their own Liturgy of the Word. They rejoin their families in Mass for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. 


Contact:

Carol Meckler at (562) 430-3266 or ca.co.meck@verizon.net

Confirmation (Teens)


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Contact:

Chris Ord at (714) 330-4063 or cord@sainthedwig.org; faithformation@sainthedwig.org


Contemplative Prayer Group


For more information

Contact:

Joanne Walsh at (562) 443- 8605 or jomil3@aol.com

Day of Service


Day of Service is a ministry that organizes parishioners into the communal action of serving those in need. Various activities are planned throughout the year. We encourage parishioners and families to participate. Activities are listed in the bulletin as they are organized.  


If you would like to assist with the planning of events or have ideas for the parish to participate in, please contact Alice Baldwin at (562) 936-1480 or ambaldwin96@gmail.com.

 

Ubi caritas, et amor Deus ibi est. 

Where true charity is, God is there.


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Eucharistic Adoration


"I adore You, Lord and Creator, hidden in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I adore You for all the works of Your hands, that reveal to me so much wisdom, goodness and mercy, O Lord. You have spread so much beauty over the earth and it tells me about Your beauty, even though these beautiful things are but a faint reflection of You, incomprehensible Beauty. And although You have hidden Yourself and concealed your beauty, my eye, enlightened by faith, reaches You and my soul recognizes its Creator, its Highest Good, and my heart is completely immersed in prayer of adoration." St. Faustina.


Adoration at St. Hedwig:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturdays - 6pm-9pm

Every 16th of the month - 24hour adoration

Extraordinary Ministry of Holy Communion


It is a great privilege to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ to the members of the congregation. These ministers are lay persons authorized by the Church to assist priests and deacons in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ at weekend Masses and other times Mass is celebrated. They may also serve as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion to the Sick and Homebound, share the Sacrament with members of the community unable to come to church due to infirmity or illness. 


We invite you to experience the joy that develops from bringing Sunday Communion to the home-bound members of our parish. The routine includes a short Communion service, the distribution of the Eucharist and the closing thanksgiving prayer.


The Eucharistic Minister could be the only visitor the sick may receive. This is a very challenging and rewarding ministry!


Contact:

EMHC (Mass) - Elizabeth Jones at elijones562@gmail.com

EMHC (Alamitos West, Katella Manor and Sunrise Senior Living) - Helene Calvet at hmcalvetmd@gmail.com

EMHC (Brookdale & Garden Grove) - Robert Safreed at rbsafreed@gmail.com

EMHC (Homebound) - Donna Smith at donnasmith64@verizon.net

EMHC (Los Alamitos Hospital) - Donna Eagar at hede@roadrunner.com

Funerals and Pre-Planning


St. Hedwig wishes to accompany those who are grieving and to show the Light of Jesus Christ Risen to those whose hearts are broken. The parish embraces those who are mourning and gives direction for ceremonies to thank God for the deceased’s life and to hold family and friends close in prayer. 


Please feel free to contact Parish Office for any questions on funerals or preparations


Contact:

(562) 296-9000 or info@sainthedwig.org

Hospitality (Ushers & Greeters)


Ushers and greeters are people chosen to reflect the warmth and welcome of Christ himself.

Always conscious of Christ’s words "For I was…a stranger and you welcomed me," (Matthew

25:35) the usher/greeter serves not only as a Minister of Hospitality, but also as a Liturgical

Minister and a Minister of Evangelism.


We are looking for Ushers & Greeters, if you are interested, please contact:

Judy Singer at ja_singer@yahoo.com

Junior High Ministry (6th-8th grade)


Middle School Youth Nights are a fun and safe place to meet other middle schoolers and to grow in faith as a Parish community. We meet once a month in Quinn Hall and include fellowship, fun and faith.


Contact:

Chris Ord at (714) 330-4063 at cord@sainthedwig.org


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Lectors


Lectors proclaim the Word of God to the parish assembly during the Liturgy of the Mass. Lectors are responsible for the 1st and 2nd readings from Scripture and on occasion, the responsorial psalm prior to the Gospel.


Contact:

Sue Wilantt at wilantt@gmail.com

Life in the Spirit Charismatic Prayer Group


The Life in the Spirit Charismatic prayer group meets in the Prayer Room adjacent to the Sanctuary every Tuesday morning 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM. You are cordially invited. Come and experience the Holy Spirit with His healing and peace. 


Contact:   

Margi Dua Munoz  562-279-3342

Music Ministry


"God has bestowed upon his people the gift of song. God dwells within each human person, in the place where music takes its source. Indeed God, the giver of song, is present whenever his people sing his praises"


Music Ministry first of all, serves. It serves the gathered community at prayer, allowing the community to actively participate in the Liturgy.


The most beautiful sound to a music minister is the sound of the assembly joined together in song and, consequently, in prayer. Participation in that prayer is made more alive when our voices, our ears, our bodies, or minds, our hearts are fully engaged in worship and praise, in sorrow and grief, in justice and mercy.


The singing assembly shares life-breath and becomes one through the action of singing brought to ultimate  fulfillment in the Eucharist. The liturgy constantly brings us to community. We are not individuals, worshiping our Triune God alone, but rather are all part of the one, the common union, the communion. Our individual-ness is brought to the Community and made part of the community, and in that sharing, the community, and each of us, is made richer.


Those who serve St. Hedwig as Music Ministers are as varied and diverse as is the community. Some are professionls - those who have studied and honed their gifts and chosen to honor God in this way. This call to serve is given only by God - found where "God dwells within each human person". If you have heard God call you to serve in Music Ministry or any other ministry, don't hesistate-do. Do take action. God is persistent and loving. He will bring you back around to where He wants you to serve. If that place is in Music Ministry, check out the Choirs and Ensembles.


Contact:

Director of Music Ministry

Audra Meyerhofer at ameyerhofer@sainthedwig.org

Sacrament of Marriage


Please contact Parish Office for questions on Marriage Scheduling or Preparations


Contact:

(562) 296-9000 or info@sainthedwig.org

That Man is You

That Man Is You! is an interactive men's program focused on the development of men in the modern world. It combines the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of authentic men capable of transforming themselves, their families, and greater society.


Registration Fee: $30


Every Friday  6:00 AM - 7:15 AM in Quinn Hall (Doors open at 5:45 AM)

Coffee, breakfast food and fellowship


Contact:

Deacon Henry Eagar at (562) 262-9028 or heagar@sainthedwig.org


Parish Groups

Serve our Lord with others by joining one or more of the groups that meet here at Saint Hedwig's. Visit our

  Group Directory