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Religious Education and Faith Formation
Special Ministries, Events, Groups
We have very exciting and meaningful liturgies every weekend at
our parish. They are filled with a sense of joy and belonging. The
congregation participates in song and prayer during all parts of the
Mass. The various Liturgy Ministries assist with the actual
celebration of Mass to ensure that the liturgies are spiritual,
meaningful, and reflective. The following are the different ministry
teams that share this responsibility.
- Ushers - This ministry is
an integral part to our parish community. For it is here that
our brothers and sisters in Christ are greeted first-hand with a
sense of warmness and hospitality.
- Commentators - Welcome
the congregation to the liturgy. Announce in brief message the
theme of the liturgy.
- Lectors - Proclaim the
Good News from Sacred Scripture during the liturgy.
- Eucharistic Ministers -
Through their calling, it is their sacred responsibility to
assist the Priest and Deacon in distributing the precious body
and blood to the believing community.
- Altar Servers -
Commissioned to serve at the altar and to assist the priest and
deacon. It is their responsibility to prepare the altar and the
sacred vessels for each liturgical celebration.
- Choirs - Provide musical
accompaniment in order to enhance a deeper sense of worship and
prayer to our liturgical celebrations.
- Arts & Environment -
Create a prayerful environment which reflects the liturgical
seasons of the church and the sanctity of the worship space.
- Altar Linen Care - Tend
to the linens used at the altar and throughout the church by
routine care and mending.
- Altar Flower Arranging -
Because our church is full of sign and symbol this ministry
helps us to see, feel and smell the richness of our sacred
surroundings through the beautiful and artistic arrangements
placed in the sanctuary for all liturgical celebrations.
If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering
regarding Liturgical Ministries, please do not hesitate to contact
the office at (512) 478-7955.
Fostering relationships and promoting education and fellowship is
our main mission when concerning youth. We do this through
leadership building and dialogue. There are several aspects to
working with youth; listed are the current teams and ministries.
- Youth/Community Development -
Promote youth and adult partnerships; work to create just, safe,
and healthy communities; and influence policymakers.
- Youth Ministry - Parish youth
is organized for ministerial involvement and social interactment
within the parish and diocese.
If you have any questions, want to
register or volunteer, please contact the office at (512) 478-7955.
Religious Education and Faith Formation
Our Lady of Guadalupe
parish community recognizes the need and desire for all
parishioners, from children to adults, to continually grow in their
faith and their relationship with God. We encourage parents to be
involved in their child's religious education and provide
opportunities for this. Communication between parents and the parish
Religious Education staff is the key to a quality program. Our Lady
of Guadalupe also provides opportunities for adults to come together
with other adults to learn more about living out their Catholic
faith. Parishioners and non-members are welcome to attend any of our
Adult Religious Education and Faith Formation classes.
Children’s Religious Education
- Religious Education for grades
Pre K–5 - For Pre K – 5th grade Religious Education we use
the Call to Faith textbook series from Harcourt Religion
Publishers. Parents are always welcome in the classroom and parents are
always needed to help in the classroom. Please contact the
parish office for more information.
- First Reconciliation and First
Communion - This class prepares children in grades 3 – 5 for
these sacraments. This class is different from the regular
grade-level Religious Education classes. One full year of
Religious Education is required before admittance to this
special class. We use the Call to Celebrate sacramental
preparation materials from Harcourt Religion Publishers.
There is a Youth Sacrament Class for older students needing
First Reconciliation and First Communion.
Youth Religious Education
- Junior High Religious Education
for students in grades 6–8
- High School Religious Education
for students in grades 9–12
Confirmation - This class prepares high school students
for the sacrament of Confirmation. This class is different
from the regular High School Religious Education class. We
use the sacramental preparation materials from Sadlier called El
Espíritu Santo nos Libera/The Spirit Sets Us Free. Two
full years of Religious Education classes, usually in Junior
High Religious Education, are required immediately before
admittance to this class.
Youth Sacrament Class - This class is a two-year program
for junior high and high school students needing the sacraments
of Baptism, First Reconciliation and First Communion. This
program is modeled on the adult RCIA process and uses the
Journey of Faith for Teens materials from Liguori Publications.
Information can be found at
parent, godparent or other involved adult is required to
participate in this class with the student.
Adult Sacramental Preparation and
- Adult Religious Education -
Opportunities for continuing religious education and faith
formation for adults are offered periodically. Check the
Baptismal Preparation Classes - This team takes parents
and Godparents on a five-week course to learn what it means to
baptize, the importance of Godparents, Christian parenting, and
Discipleship. This is mandatory for all wishing to baptize their
children. Please contact the parish office at least six
months prior to a baptism.
- RCIA - RCIA is for adults who
feel called to be fully initiated members of the Catholic
Church. Through the RCIA process adults will be prepared
for and will celebrate the sacraments of Baptism, First
Communion and Confirmation. Persons who were baptized in
other Christian traditions may, through this process, become
members of the Catholic Church. Baptized Catholics who
were not educated in their faith and/or who have not received
the sacrament of First Communion may do so through participation
in RCIA. The process for adult Catholics who have not been
Confirmed in the Catholic Church is determined on an individual
basis. The RCIA program begins in late August and ends in
May with participants celebrating their sacraments at the Easter
- Marriage Preparation - This
course is for all couples wanting to be married at Our Lady of
Guadalupe. During this exciting time, it is important to discuss
critical issues such as communication, intimacy, conflict
resolution, expectations, and money management. Teams of couples
share their experiences of marriage and daily life.
If you have any questions, want to
register or volunteer, please contact Director of Religious Education at (512) 478-7955.
Gabriel Project (Coordinator Deanna Avalos)
The Our Lady of Guadalupe Gabriel Project is a ministry that
provides help to pregnant women in need. It can be described as a good Samaritan approach towards
helping women who are in a crisis pregnancy. Our church community responds to women in a crisis pregnancy
in a loving unconditional and nonjudgmental manner to the woman. This love is a witness to the community of
the infinite and healing love of God.
The trained volunteer is called an Angel, is assigned to the mother when she calls in for help and is responsible for
ongoing contact with her. The angel gives emotional and material support to the expectant mom. Angels meet
with their moms throughout her pregnancy. At Our Lady of Guadalupe we have a very active Gabriel project with 17
active angels and 14 active supporting volunteers.
We have helped over 60 women!!!
Our Gabriel Project kicked off in February 2007. We have a Project Gabriel closet with baby clothes and furniture,
but are always looking for more donations! We really need diapers of all sizes, wipes, baby shampoo, baby lotion,
diaper rash cream, new bottles, baby clothes up to 24 months. If you are interested in donating new or used baby
items or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Claire Irwin at the parish office.
Social Justice Ministry
The core team is made up of twelve parishioners. This group works with other
organizations in the area to educate and mobilize parishioners about local, state, and nationwide
issues. Over the last year the team has had two retreats and received training from Austin
Interfaith We, the team and Friar, met with groups of parishioners to find out what pressures were
facing their families. From there we discerned what social justice issues the parish would
most like to work on.
Based on conversations with parishioners, the Social Justice Ministry has identified four social
A. Help alleviate the FINANCIAL PRESSURES that members of the OLG community are experiencing.
B. Provide opportunities for access to affordable HEALTH CARE & education on healthy living.
C. Support our youth in completing a high school EDUCATION, pursuing COLLEGE OPPORTUNITIES,
and having a SUCCESSFUL COLLEGE EXPERIENCE.
D. Encourage our members to share their gifts for fuller participation in the LIFE OF THE PARISH
We had a successful presentation of our agenda to the parish on December 7th. There was a
grand total of 336 sign ons to the agenda of priorities. We have now been having monthly
meetings on the forth Monday of every month in the parish hall.
Ministry Team promotes health education on health issues common to our parish community via a variety of avenues,
such as health screenings and information sharing. The team collaborates with health organizations at a local,
state and national level to offer services and new ideas and information to promote a healthier lifestyle.
We plan an annual health fair, and have health promoting events scheduled through out the year. We have now
started a walking group that meets twice a week by the parish hall on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30. Please
join us!! If you are interested in joining the Health Ministry Team, please contact Claire Irwin at the parish
office or join us at one of our monthly meetings. We meet on the third Wednesday of every month.
The mission of the Sunday Breakfast to cook and serve breakfast after
the Sunday morning masses in order to raise money for financial social
services. Why do we have the Sunday breakfast? It is a way to have
community fellowship while at the same time helping to fund our Social
Ministry programs. All of the funds from the Sunday kitchen go to fund
the food pantry, emergency financial assistance, and the many other
important Social Ministry programs. The time commitment is one or
two weekends a year. We know that it is hard work, but remember that
your ministry and call to stewardship allows Social Ministries to serve
individuals and families in our parish community. To help them is to
help Christ himself.
Special Ministries, Events, Groups and Councils
Please take a look at all the special
ministries, groups and councils available at Guadalupe.
- Maintenance & Upkeep - Assist
in keeping the parish facilities maintained through grounds
keeping/landscaping, building repairs, carpentry, and electrical
- Jamaica Coordinator -
Coordinate our annual parish festival held in October.
- Pastoral Council - Advisory
Committee whose role is to serve the Pastor, parishioners
and community on the Mission of the parish.
- Financial Committee - Fiscal
advisory board to Pastor.
- Rosary / Grieving - Prays the
rosary for funerals. Be present to those grieving the loss of
loved ones, or going through a major crisis.
- Las Guadalupanas - Service
organization which focuses on Our Lady of Guadalupe and events
surrounding her day and message.
- Vela Perpetua Society -
Organization which focuses on perpetual adoration.
- Las Carmelitas - Service
organization which focuses on visiting the sick and prayer.
- Sagrado Corazon - Service
organization which organizes community rosaries on the last
Friday of every month.
- The Legion Mary - Service
organization dedicated to Mary and her message.
- ACTS - ACTS is an acronym for
Adoration, Community, Theology and Service. These themes are
woven in to the format of three-day retreat. Men’s and Women’s
Retreats are held once a year. Visit our ACTS web page.
- Men's Ministry Group - Men who
share in their spiritual journey and put their Christian walk into practice,
being an active force in the service to one another, within and outside
this ministry. Visit our Men's Ministry Group web page.