Altar Servers - All children of St. Leo the Great Parish, from Fourth Grade on, are invited to be Altar Servers. This is a great opportunity for our young people to actively participate in their Catholic Faith. If you are interested in being an Altar Server, please contact Mark Russoniello at Parish Center Office at 732-747-5466.
Bereavement Support - To respond to the gospel message “to comfort all who mourn,” and to reach out to those who are experiencing grief due to the death of a loved one. The group provides opportunities for the bereaved to receive support while working through the changes in their lives by sharing their stories in a faith community.
There will be two 9-week Guided Bereavement Series offered, usually in the Spring and in the Fall. The meetings are held in the evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Parish Center. Contact Sr. Ann at 732-747-5466.
Care Giving Friends in the Lord - It is a small team of volunteers working together to provide spiritual, emotional and practical support to older adults who may have difficulties remaining independent and in their own home without the assistance of others. Training and support will be provided to those who join the Ministry.
The ministry volunteer’s activities may include visiting, listening and praying, running errands or grocery shopping, making phone calls, transportation to Mass, to the doctor or pharmacy and relief for caregivers, just as a few examples. Volunteers will be expected to be available no more than 3-4 hours per month.
Please email Mary Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about becoming a volunteer or if you know of someone that might benefit from this Ministry.
Children's Liturgy of the Word - CLOW started in Saint Leo's as a pilot program at the 8:30 AM Mass and quickly branched out to the 10 AM Mass. The Word of God is brought to 50-80 children each Sunday. None of this would be possible without the people who volunteer to make it happen. Every Sunday, these ‘Guardians of Faith’ put their creative hearts and souls into teaching the children of Saint Leo the Great Community God’s Word, which is done at their level. If you would be interested in being a Catechist or a Helper, please email Tricia Hicks at email@example.com.
Evangelization Team - The Evangelization Team is involved in raising the awareness of the parish community to our basic mission of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Team sponsors an information table at the Parish Carnival, conducts an afternoon for making family Advent Wreaths, and hosts the Annual Parish Picnic.
Meetings will be held quarterly at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center. If you are interested in becoming a member of the team, please contact Deacon Richard Tucker at the Parish Center Office.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion - Are laity who are privileged to assist in the distribution of the Eucharist during liturgies and prayer services. They also bring the Holy Eucharist to the ill and homebound. If you are interested in becoming an Extraordinary Minister, please call Mark Russoniello at the Parish Center – 732-747-5466. Training will be provided.
Greeters - are the official hosts for and of the congregation at weekend liturgies and other special functions in the parish.
Holy Name Society - The Holy Name Society is comprised of a group of dedicated men joined together to reaffirm their faith in the name of Jesus Christ and to promote the fellowship of the parish community. Activities include: Holy Name Breakfast, Holy Name Softball, Annual Golf Outing, assisting at the Annual Parish Carnival and Annual Fish Fry. All adult men of the parish are encouraged and welcomed to actively participate in this ministry. Please visit Saint Leo's Holy Name Society website: (under construction). You may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knights of Columbus - The Knights of Columbus is the largest lay Catholic men’s fraternal organization in the world; based on the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism and dedicated to supporting the Pope, our Bishops and Priests. The council meets at 8:15 PM on the first Tuesday of every month at Saint Leo’s.
Among the many Church, Family, Youth, Council and Community activities undertaken annually are: Youth Free Throw Contest; Support of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, Birthright and other Pro-Family/Pro-Life Programs; Youth Essay and Poster Competitions; Serving the Annual Father and Son Communion Breakfast at Christian Brothers Academy; Council Family Christmas Party; Staffing a booth at Saint Leo’s Carnival; Participating at the Saint Leo's Family Picnic.
Membership is open to all practicing Catholic men at least 18 years of age or older. For more information contact Grand Knight, John Boyle, at 732-403-7816, Don Listing at 908-601-5048 or write to Father McGivney Council - PO Box 322, Lincroft.
Lazarus Ministry - The Lazarus Ministry contacts families of deceased parishioners to offer comfort. The ministry will help with preparations for liturgies if requested by the family. There is an Annual Memorial Mass at St. Leo’s in the church. There are no scheduled meetings for this ministry. For further information, telephone Sr. Ann at 732-747-5466.
Lectors - Lectors are laypersons who are entrusted with proclaiming the Word of God by the reading of Scriptures at liturgies and other prayer services. If you are interested in being a Lector, please call Mark Russoniello at the Parish Center – 732-747-5466. Training will be provided
Lunch Break - Over the years, St. Leo’s Community has supported a program called St. Leo’s Project Lunch Break. This program was designed to provide weekend meals to over 150 needy individuals in the Red Bank area. The support of this program has come through parish volunteers who make and deliver packaged lunch/snacks, and financially through the contributions made by the parishioners.
Through the years, your generosity and support has allowed us to prepare and deliver over 75,000 weekend meal packages. We would like to thank you for your past efforts as well as for your continued support during the bi-annual second collection that is held for Lunch Break.
We are always looking for volunteers to help:
Phone Volunteer/Scheduler - Volunteers are needed to make phone calls for approximately one hour each month to help schedule volunteers on a weekly basis.
Call Cheryl Keefe at 732.758.0786 to assist in any of the above areas.
Nicholas Ministry - The Nicholas Ministry reaches out to the sick, hospitalized and shut-ins of our parish by visiting, sending cards and making telephone calls. There are no scheduled meetings. Contact Sr. Ann at 732-747-5466.
Parish Pastoral Council - The mission of our Parish Pastoral Council is to work collaboratively with the Pastor to lead the people to Christ in a newer, deeper and more personal way, and to help individuals and families to reach out in love and service to the community. Involving and encouraging all members of the parish to make the parish better will accomplish this mission. The Council will assist the Pastor in discerning the current and future needs of our parish, formulate specific proposals to meet those needs, and improve or create structures within the Council and within the parish, which will effectuate the proposals.
Membership - Those who would be members of the Parish Pastoral Council must be active Catholics of proven faith, good moral character and prudence, who are active members of the parish and have a record of service to the parish.
There are 19 members on the Council: Pastor, Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Deacon, Parish Trustee, Parish Delegates to the Diocesan Pastoral Council, two Staff members and ten At-Large members. There are six standing committees reporting to the Council:
Spiritual Life Committee - Plans and conducts prayer services for meetings of the Council, Parish-Wide Ministries Awareness Day and introduction of Council Members to the Parish at large.
Finance Committee - Facilitates the preparation of the annual budget, both income and expenditures. Advises the Pastor and the Council on the investment and expenditure of moneys.
Communications Committee - Publicizes programs and activities of the Council. Solicits input on parish activities. Produces a quarterly newsletter.
Nominating Committee - Prepares a slate of officers. Selects the At-Large members for approval of the Council. Solicits the names of future Council members for annual and unexpected openings.
Building and Grounds Committee - Oversees and monitors the physical assets of the parish. Is responsible for the planning and construction of new buildings.
Development Committee - Advises on the number and type of fundraising activities.
AAC Committee - Advises on issues pertaining to maintaining and scheduling the Arts and Athletic Center.
Saint Anne's Guild - Presently - not meeting (The St. Anne’s Guild seeks to bring senior women who are registered members of the Parish together spiritually and socially. Meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in the Pavilion Dining Room at Luftman Towers. There are no meetings held during July or August. The Guild sponsors bus trips to Atlantic City at different times throughout the year. There is a communion breakfast in October, a Christmas luncheon in December, and an end-of-year luncheon in June. Anyone who would like to join St. Anne’s Guild on any of these occasions are welcome. The Guild also helps out in the Parish at various activities and whenever needed. New members will be appreciated and welcomed. If you are interested, please attend a meeting.)
Saint Joseph Society - The Saint Joseph’s Society is comprised of a group of retired men of the parish who desire to serve the community on a volunteer basis. Service is offered in all areas where the society is able to provide qualified workers to do the job. Some activities include: Maintaining outdoor Stations of the Cross, Delivering the food baskets for our Social Concerns Ministry, Sending get well and sympathy cards and Hosting a Coffee Sunday, Helping with the Parish Carnival in June. Meetings are held on the third Friday of each month, except during June through September. They hold a St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon in March, a picnic in May and a Christmas Party in December. New members are always welcomed. Contact ministry leader Don Listing at 732-842-7496.
Social Concerns Ministry - Seeks to be part of an ongoing, caring ministry by coordinating volunteer efforts for needs that arise in our community. The ministry serves those who require assistance and also serves our parish by providing us with opportunities to serve others, such as:
Monthly Food Collection in January * Monthly Food Collection in February * Lenten Sharing Tree in March * Easter Baskets in April * Mother Mary’s Cradle Project in May * “Undee Sundee” Collection in June * Monthly Food Collection in July * Back-to-School Supplies Collection in August * Monthly Food Collection in September * Monthly Food Collection in October * Thanksgiving Baskets in November * Giving Tree and Christmas Baskets in December
Transportation - Parishioners are actively involved in reaching out to members of the parish community who are in need of transportation to Mass, parish events, medical appointments and hospital visits. Please contact Sr. Ann – 732-747-5466
Ushers - play an important role in the Parish. The most obvious role is in collecting the monetary offering at every Mass. They also welcome the parishioners at every Mass and assist in locating seats for the faithful prior to Mass. Ushers also assist at special occasions, such as First Communion, Confirmation and visits by the Bishop.
The Ushers are proud of their role as a "welcoming committee" for Parish functions.
If you are interested in serving as an Usher, please call Gene Garvey, Head Usher, at 732-544-8338.