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 Parish Organizations

​There are various ways parishioners can become involved in the life of their parish community. At St. Edward Parish, there are opportunities to become involved in parish life, outreach and social ministries; liturgy and music; spiritual formation and education; and parish fundraising. 

Parish organizations are one example of ways individuals can dedicate their gifts of stewardship. The parish life, outreach, social ministries and parish fundraiser organizations are listed below

 Parish Life, Outreach and Social Ministries

Organization​Description
​Altar Rosary SocietyMembers of this society enhance the experience of the liturgy by providing flowers on and around the altar and outside of the church. They clean the church for holidays and provide the cleaning of altar linens.  During times of bereavement, members offer the praying of the rosary for the deceased in the funeral home.  Members meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.
Baking or Preparing a Dish for Parish Functions Parishioners have the opportunity prepare special dishes or baked goods for varying parish functions.
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to the Sick [Home ministers]Extraordinary ministers of holy Communion are selected, trained and commissioned to help distribute Communion to the homebound. Training is provided, and individuals must be in 21 or older. These ministers visit on the third Sunday of the month after the 9:00 a.m. Mass.
Facilities CommitteeThis committee consists of those parishioners who work together to evaluate and schedule maintenance, as well as needed repairs to the parish buildings and grounds.
Finance Council MemberThe council members advise the pastor on the financial matters of the parish.  The council meets the third Thursday in the months of January, April, June and October. Members are appointed by the pastor.
Herminie Food BankThis is not a parish ministry but a Westmoreland County service. St. Edward Church provides our facility as a distribution center for the local food bank. Food is distributed on the first Wednesday of the month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Volunteers unload, separate and distribute food for approximately 150 families.
Parish Office HelpersVolunteers dedicate time to help the parish secretaries in mailings and other ways.
Pastoral Council MemberThe council members help to identify and organize the pastoral efforts of the parish. The council meets the third Thursday in the months of February, May, September and November. 
Prayer Shawl MinistryAnyone who knits or crochets is invited to participate twice a month (September through April) on Wednesday afternoons from 12:30 to 2:30 pm.
Pro-Life CommitteeThis committee works to keep the parishioners educated on all the issues pertaining to the pro life movement.
St. Vincent de Paul SocietyThis group of men and women provide emergency help for the poor and needy of the parish community.
Visitors to the HomeboundA parishioner is asked to visit or phone an assigned person on a regular basis.

 Parish Fundraisers

Fundraising Committees​​These five varying committees (five), which parishioners choose to assist with, work towards the organization and planning of fundraising events. The events include, Night at the Races, golf outing, oldies dance, flea market and January ticket.
Parish FestivalThrough the cooperation of the many organizations of the parish, this family oriented event  is held the fourth Sunday in July. ​