The key to Stewardship is giving our parish the opportunity to celebrate prayer, hospitality, belonging and community. 
I am proud of what we have been able to celebrate these past few years. 
 I am looking forward to accomplishing the Mission we have set before ourselves:
As people of the Eucharist, Loved by God,
We choose to serve.

                                                          Fr. Tom



                       Liturgical Ministries  


Altar Server Ministry          Bevan Canale and Calvin Cedarleaf         

Serving at Mass is a wonderful privilege for our children and youth.  It is a commitment to take the time to be trained, show up on time, or find a replacement. If you have made your first Communion and would like to serve God and our community, please contact Bevin Canale or Calvin Cedarleaf

Extraordinary Ministers     Mary Pat Cedarleaf

The Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are lay persons trained to help with the distribution of Holy Communion when there are not enough Ordinary Ministers available. This very active ministry needs over 30 volunteers per weekend.  Please contact MaryPat to learn more and volunteer.  


Sacristans                    Bevan and Ann Canale

Sacristans serve during weekend and daily Masses.  Before Mass, the sacristan carefully arranges things necessary in the celebration of Mass.  He or she lays out anything needed, such as cruets, chalices, ciboria, hosts, wine, linens, oils, and candles. A Sacristan may volunteer to wash the altar linens according to the indications of the Church.  For more information please contact Bevan and Ann.

Lector Ministry             Mary Jo Napoli                                                 

The ministry of lector is a critical liturgical ministry which should be taken seriously and prepared for diligently.  Proclaiming the Word of God in a clear, sincere and understandable manner is an opportunity to witness to our belief in the Word.  At Resurrection two readers offer the opportunity of two witnesses.  Our lectors are encouraged to participate in the bible studies offered at Resurrection.  Please contact Mary Jo to volunteer and be trained.  


Ushers                         Joe Biscone

Our parish needs approximately 18 ushers per weekend. Our ushers are truly faithful servants; welcoming, passing out books, ushering the faithful during Communion, finding space for all our visitors, taking care of any and all emergencies.  Contact Joe for more information or to volunteer.  

Greeters                           Jim McDonald              

This is a ministry of Welcome!   These volunteers have come forward with a great purpose -- to sincerely welcome everyone who walks in the door  to celebrate the liturgy. Conveying with every word and smile, "all are welcome in this place"

Music Ministry                         Jim Cowan

The Music Ministry is fortunate to have good people who graciously help with this ministry. Everyone with a voice (that’s everyone!) or who plays a musical instrument is welcome to come and make a joyful noise for the Lord!   Contact Jim for more information.  


                Education and Youth Ministry   


Religious Education Preschool through Adults.     Marilyn Austin                             

Sacramental Catechesis for Baptism Reconciliation and Eucharist involves the parents and children working and praying together to prepare for sacraments. 


Vacation Bible School is a major Summer event (More info on the Faith Formation page)
Adults:  In the past 10 years over  990 participants have participated bible studies at Resurrection.   We are grateful for our great facilitators and all who are sharing their faith.


Tuesday Morning Bible Study using the Little Rock Scripture Study facilitated by Barbara Rezmer.


RCIA—Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic Church?  Or maybe joining the church? Are you   for something more or do you know someone who is?  Are you an adult who would like to receive the sacraments you did not receive when you were younger?             RCIA is the place for    Thursdays 6PM                                                                                                      ALL CHILDREN 7 YEARS & OLDER WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM ARE INVITED TO ATTEND RCIC TO RECEIVE THEIR SACRAMENTS.  Call Marilyn with Questions or to sign up.


Youth Ministry                                        Marilyn Austin 

Our Youth Ministry High School Program is a diverse group that has come together as a welcoming community in faith sharing, retreats, leadership training and responsibilities, service to our community and beyond. Night prayer each Sunday is a very important component of this group.  Since 2007, we have participated in 6 National Catholic Youth Conferences, World Youth Day in Rio, 6 Steubenville Conferences completed 4 mission trips (including to Belize) and offered service to our parish and our community.  Friendships continue to grow and prayer is strong. Meets Sundays--Call Marilyn for Schedule 830-2791


Our Middle School group is lively and fun, and great at prayer.   Sharing faith, service, lockins, concerts,  and making lifetime friends is all part of this program.   Middle School meets on Sundays between the 2 Masses, (9:10 to 10:20 AM), plus special events, lockins, and more!


                               Parish Support  

Social Ministry                                     John Czapleski

This ministry serves on Sunday Mornings following both Masses.  Coffee, juice, pastries, cookies are offered, along with a welcoming smile.


Floral  Ministry                                     Carol Saucier

Resurrection is blessed with talented people who share their gifts by creating beautiful flower arrangements for our Church throughout the Seasons and Liturgical Year.  They will also create a special arrangement to celebrate or remember special days.  If you would like a special arrangement please contact Carol Saucier or call the parish office.


Friends of Resurrection Gardens         Jean McCarthy

Resurrection has won more than one award for our beautiful gardens. This ministry takes care of the gardens adding to the peace and serenity of everyone as they enter or leave the church or just visit the grounds. We strive to timely prune, fertilize, weed, irrigate, transplant, remove unwanted plants, and in general - garden.   This is a ministry of love from great volunteers.  More help is always needed. 
Contact Jean, our Master Gardener.



                           Community Support  


Bereavement Ministry              Virginia Dwyre

This ministry assists bereaved families with plans for the funeral service and hospitality.  The Bereavement Minister coordinates with the Celebrant, committee members, liturgical ministers and staff as necessary. The committee members gently guide the family, welcome people at the door, mind the guest book and programs, and encourage all to visit with the family. They always attend the service; prayer is an integral part of this ministry. Hospitality after the service is provided according to the family’s wishes. The committee members assist as needed. Our goal is to provide serenity, peace and comfort.  Please call Virginia for more information.  


Centering Prayer                      Barbara Rezmer

The centering prayer group meets once a week on Tuesdays at 12:30 PM.  This is an ecumenical group.  Their goal is to encourage one another in their prayer life and spiritual growth.  Please take the time to call Barbara and learn more about centering prayer. 


Knights of Columbus               Frank McDonough

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest lay Catholic family service organization. Charity is our first call. All Catholic men over the age of 18 are invited to join. The local council meets on the third Tuesday of each month, alternating among the three churches in our area, Corpus Christi, St. Rita and Resurrection. Our meeting always follows a free dinner at 6:30 PM. We support youth programs, encourage and support seminarians, and family events. The Knights also have fish fries, golf tournaments, charity drives like the well known “Tootsie Roll Drive,” wheel chairs for Veterans and more. We are a strong supporter of Pro-Life initiatives.  Our long term goal is to continue to offer men a challenge to become proud practicing Catholics through prayer, charity and fraternal leadership.    


Men of Resurrection (known as MORE)    Chris Kiley                                

MORE was founded in 2006.  The objective was to support the Church, provide the men with Catholic teaching via videos and guest speakers, raise money for selected charities as well as the Church, and offer social opportunities for the men of Resurrection. Major accomplishments are the Spring Fling and St. Patrick’s Parties in March and Festivals in October. These functions draw 400-500 people.  MORE’s food drives have produced hundreds of bags of groceries, all delivered to Catholic Charities’ Food Pantry. 



Retirement Home Ministry       Bevan Canale/Kathy Bilello

This is a ministry full of laughter, song and praise. We conduct church services each Tuesday morning at the Grand Boulevard Health and Rehabilitation Center (formerly called Delta Healthcare) and also at Crystal Bay Senior Living.  Father Tom celebrates Mass or we conduct a communion service at each location. Several of our ministers also volunteer at Healthcare Center outside of the church services (i.e. assisting with Bingo and other community activities).  With more parishioners participating; we are able to reach out to the bedridden as well as those attending the services.  We love our wonderful snow birds who jump in and participate during the winter months.  


St. Vincent de Paul Society                Sam Gibbons

Resurrection formed a St. Vincent de Paul partnership with St. Rita’s in fall of 2008. Due to the generosity of our parishioners and visitors, we are able to help needy families in South Walton County.  In 2009-2010 we helped 177 families. 68% of the funds went toward utilities, 20% toward rent, and the remainder on food, medicine, gas, and clothing. Volunteers for this ministry are welcome and appreciated. 


Evangelization Committee                   Sukey Brooks 

Our team prays for our evangelization efforts daily and for all the inactive Catholics and unchurched people. We pray for their return to God through His Church. We are aware of the needs of inactive Catholics, and address those needs as they arise and are presented to us.  Father Tom is so instrumental with his non-judgmental example to all of us. We do appreciate the prayers from our parish. Please contact Sukey for information on this ministry.   

Hearts and Hands Ministry (formerly Prayer Shawls)               Eileen Hughes

This ministry was started in January 2009.  We have knitted and crocheted 100's of shawls and/or lap robes. That have found homes in various places, mostly Grand Boulevard Health and Rehabilitation Center (formerly called Delta Healthcare). We have also made caps for newborn babies, given to Sacred Heart Hospital, as well as gift sets of baby blankets (knitted/crocheted) with matching hats and booties. These given in answer to requests from parishioners and others. Some of our visitors continue to work for the ministry even after they have left and mail their work to us.  A few members work for the ministry, but do not come to the gatherings.  Prayer is stressed as an important part of the ministry, together and individually. We think of our gifts as artifacts of prayer, given with a warm written message of loving and caring.  Please contact Eileen for more information.