Our Lady of the Cape Ministries
If you would like to participate in our ministries please contact the parish office, 508-385-3252 ext. 10, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tina can direct you to the correct person.
The Lazarus Ministry provides comfort and support to the bereaved in the following ways:
- Companions : assist and accompany families throughout the wake and funeral processes.
- Come Walk With Me : grief – support seminar.
- Walking Together : support group for those who have completed the seminar.
- Martha Ministry : hospitality after funeral Masses .
- Mass of Remembrance: remember deceased loved ones at Mass .
- Funeral Planning : people take an active role in planning their funerals.
The Church Decorating Committee
This committee sets up and takes down the decorations for Christmas, Easter, and other liturgical celebrations. They water and dispose of floral arrangements.
We invite men, women, and confirmed teens of the parish to join us as ushers at Mass, both at Our Lady of the Cape Church throughout the year, and at the Immaculate Conception Chapel during the summer months. We have openings for most of the Masses. The duties of an usher include greeting people as they enter church and guiding people to pews.
Our Welcoming Ministry is a ministry of hospitality. We organize events to welcome newly registered parishioners. Please contact Dottie Craft at email@example.com, or at 508-385-9693 if you have any questions or would like more information.
To register as a new member of our parish, click the ‘General Info’ tab at the top of this page, and then click on ‘Parish Registration Form,’ complete the information requested and click ‘Submit.’ We would be honored to welcome you into our parish family!
First Friday Adoration
The history of an hour with Jesus has been part of Catholic tradition since Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane, asked his disciples, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” (Matthew 26:40) The La Salette Room in the lover level of the church becomes our chapel on First Fridays until 8:00 a.m. Mass on First Saturday.
The Prayer Line consists of a group of volunteers who offer prayers in response to the many requests of the parishioners who call in asking for prayers.
As we gather to make rosaries, we pray and enjoy making new friends. Our rosaries are blessed and given to people in hospitals, nursing homes, the home-bound and others. We also make rosaries for sacramental celebrations such as First Communions.
We meet in the Parish Center on the last two Tuesdays of each month at 10:00 from September to May.
Coffee, Tea and Donut Sundays
We put on “Coffee, Tea and Donut Sundays,” held after Mass on each third Sunday of the month throughout the year. This is a great opportunity for fellowship with parishioners and visitors. Join us each month in the lower level of the church after the 8:30 and 10:00 Masses, and enjoy chatting with new and old friends.
Nursing Home & Assisted Living Ministry
Our ministry teams bring the Eucharist to the residents of Wingate of Harwich, Wingate of Brewster, Pleasant Bay, the Woodlands and Maple Wood, Brewster Nursing Homes and Assisted Living facilities. This ministry is a very rewarding and fulfilling opportunity to bring the presence of Jesus to residents.
Together With Haiti
We work tosupport our sister parish, St. Claire’s in Dessalines, Haiti. Through the generosity of our parishioners, we help to maintain facilities, build new chapels and other buildings, and provide meals for more than 2500 hungry school children. In addition, we fund three schools and a clinic, and supply scholarships for needy students.
The mission of the music ministry is to praise God through liturgical music and to unite, through liturgical song, the entire worshiping community when we gather for celebrations of the Eucharist.There are various ways to participate in our parish’s music ministry:
- by leading the liturgical assembly in song as a cantor;
- by playing a musical instrument (e.g., flute, trumpet, violin)
- by becoming a member of one of our parish’s three choirs that sing at the 4:00, 8:30 or 10:00 Masses.
The Ladies’ Guild has 250 hard-working members who dedicate their efforts to the service of God. The Ladies’ Guild is open to all ladies in the parish and meets on the second Tuesday of the month, September through May. Each meeting begins with a Mass and is followed by lunch, a business meeting and a program. Our monthly programs cover a wide variety of topics, including, but not limited to, spiritual discussions, flower-arranging, cooking demonstrations, musical performances, as well as presentations from local museums, authors, and other areas of interest in the community. Anyone interested in learning more about the Guild or coming to one of our meetings as a guest should call
The Men’s Club combines service and fellowship to help make Our Lady of the Cape Church a welcoming community to all on the journey of Christian faith. With nearly 100 members, we actively support many popular parish events such as Night at the Races, Jazz Band Concert, and Parish Fair as well as community charities including Catholic high school students and clothing drives. We have an annual morning retreat for members.The Executive Board meets on the first Monday of the month (open to all members). Club events are scheduled monthly throughout the year. We always welcome new members.
The Sacristan Ministry exists to assist our priests in preparation for the Mass, and to provide a welcoming sanctuary for the community to come and be part of the celebration of the sacraments.
Parish lectors proclaim the Word of God at all Masses at Our Lady of the Cape and Immaculate Conception Chapel. We make every effort to assign lectors to Masses of their choice. Lectors should expect to be asked to be available on average once each month. Assignments are made 5-6 months in advance. Planned vacations and “snowbird” status are not obstacles to lector service. Lector training will be provided.
Respect Life Ministry
The Respect Life Ministry meets monthly on the third Thursday of each month. We pray the Rosary for Life following the 8:00 Mass. A meeting follows in the lower level of the church where we discuss pertinent issues of all aspects of life from birth to death.We also make donations to the Mass Citizens for Life, the Woman’s Concern, Priests for Life, Wounded Warriors organizations, give gifts to mothers on Mother’s Day, to fathers on Father’s Day, guardian angel medals to the newly baptized and sponsor one person annually to participate in the March for Life in Washington, DC.
Vocation Enrichment Ministry
The goal of the Parish Vocation Enrichment Ministryis to build a vocation culture in which every Christian is empowered to identify and respond to the mission to which he or she is called as a member of the Body of Christ, in and for the world. We are dedicated to fostering and sustaining vocation consciousness among all members of the parish community through prayer, worship, education, service and fellowship.
Parish Nurse Ministry
The Parish Nurse Ministry is comprised of nurses who have completed the Faith Community Nurse Certificate Program and are experienced nurses with many areas of expertise. We offer blood pressure screenings, health counseling and education regarding health issues, medications and nutrition. We also sponsor blood drives, workshops and seminars on various health and wellness issues, and we integrate faith and health in our ministry. The Parish Nurses Ministry welcomes all nurses to join, and supports those who wish to pursue a Faith Community Nurse Certificate.
The Faith-Sharing Group meets each Thursday morning, from 8:45 to 10:00, in the parish center. We pray and read the Scripture texts for the upcoming Sunday. We discuss the relevance of the readings for our lives, as well as the challenges they present to us. We grow in faith by sharing our faith. The meetings are open to all; come to as many as you are able!
Adult Faith Formation
Because faith is a lifelong journey, the Catholic Church teaches that formation in faith is to be permanent and lifelong for all. Accordingly, we offer many opportunities for our adults to continue to deepen their faith, and grow in relationship with God. Book groups, recollections, video programs, parish missions, prayer group, speaker series, Bible Study and faith-sharing are offered. Consult the parish calendar and the latest bulletin to see what events and programs are currently scheduled.
Faith on Fire
Parish families come together for Mass, food, fellowship and catechesis in our Faith on Fire Program. All members of the parish are welcome to attend, and all ages grow in faith together. Participants choose whether to attend in the morning or evening. The success of our Faith on Fire Program rests upon the service of a large number of volunteers.
We gather to pray for those who need prayer. We start by praising God in word and song for all that he has done for us. We give Jesus all the honor and glory for bringing us together, for sending his Holy Spirit and for warming our hearts and healing our wounds, whether physical, spiritual or emotional.
Drop in on Wednesdays at the Parish Center at 7:00 PM, except during the winter months, when we meet at 2:00 PM. We would love to pray with you!
The Our Lady of the Cape Thrift Shop is located off of Rte. 6A, at 11 Lower Road, Brewster, between Luke’s Liquors and Dunkin Donuts. We sell men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, jewelry, lamps, pictures and lots of household items and collectibles. We are open Monday through Friday from 10 to 4, and on Saturday from 10 to 3.
All proceeds from sales go to the parish,provide scholarship to students and help to fund our charitable giving.
The annual Summer Fair is the parish’s biggest fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting charitable organizations and church needs. More than 70 volunteers participate in the collection, setup, and sale of a vast array of donated items.
The Fair, run by the Ladies Guild, with support from the Men’s Club, has been an annual highlight for many years.
At Our Lady of the Cape, we have a large number of committed Eucharistic Ministers (EMs) who give out Holy Communion at our weekend and daily Massed. We also have a very vibrant group of EMs who bring Holy Communion to our homebound parishioners and those in local nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
EMs are commissioned by the Diocese of Fall River to give out Holy Communion. In order to ensure that this ministry is conducted with utmost reverence for the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, the Diocese requires that all EMs have attended training sessions. These sessions are offered each year in May.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry provides handmade shawls and/or lap robes to people of any age or life situation who might welcome a token of caring, support, or celebration. Knitters and crocheters of all skill levels are invited to become part of this outreach. Meetings are held year-round in the Parish Center on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, from 9:30 am until 11:00 am. Some members prefer to stitch at home.
Wedding Anniversary Ministry
It has been a tradition at Our Lady of the Cape to offer our parishioners the opportunity to celebrate their wedding anniversaries and to renew their marriage vows each year. Celebrations are held during the 10:00 Mass in February, June, August, and October. Visitors are also welcome to join couples at the altar.
Our Youth Ministry program strives to foster the spiritual growth of our teens through prayer, involvement in our parish community and service. We provide a comfortable environment for teens to share their faith with other teens. In addition, we encourage each teen to take an active role within the parish and provide opportunities for them to develop leadership skills. Our program includes but is not limited to:
- Kids Helping Kids Service Ministry – grades 6 & up
- Teens Feeding the Homeless Youth Ministry
- Annual Diocesan Youth Day
- Youth Conventions & Gatherings
- Annual Leadership Retreat
- Mission Trips
- Movie Nights
For the past many years, Our Lady of the Cape has been inviting people who are alone on Christmas Day to come to the parish center for Christmas Dinner. Our guests have a complete dinner from appetizers, turkey with all the fixings to dessert, along with entertainment. Transportation to and from the dinner is offered for those that cannot drive. Meals are also delivered to the homebound as well as police and firemen on duty on this holiday.
Volunteers are needed to decorate, make phone calls, prepare the meal, greet and serve our guests and more. We serve an average of 225 meals at the parish center and deliver 275 plus meals.
St. Vincent de Paul
The Saint Vincent de Paul Ministry is comprised of a group of parishioners dedicated to assisting people in need. We operate a food pantry stocked with a healthy variety of food throughout the year. We also provide financial assistance to help ease the burden of rent, utilities, fuel oil and gasoline, medical needs, and other costs of daily living for those in need. Special holiday baskets of food are provided for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
All of the assistance we provide is a result of the generosity of our parish family in the monthly Harvest Collection.
Altar Servers assist our priests at weekend Masses and funerals. Servers range in age from children who have received their First Communion through senior citizens. Training is provided.
Loaves and Fishes
The Loaves and Fishes Ministry feeds the homeless every Saturday at noontime, rain or shine, at the Noah Shelter in Hyannis. We distribute to each person a bag with 2 sandwiches, dessert and fruit as well as either lemonade or hot soup, depending upon the season.Volunteers either make bag lunches or serve as drivers/delivery persons one Saturday a month.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Adults enter into full communion with the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA. Initiation within the Church is a journey of conversion that is gradual and ongoing and suited to individual needs.The RCIA includes several stages marked by prayer, study, and discussion.
The RCIA Program is designed for three groups of adults:
- Those who have never been baptized and seek the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist;
- Those who have been baptized in other Christian traditions and seek preparation to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist as they enter into full communion with the Catholic Church;
- Baptized Catholics who have not yet received the Sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation.
Our Baptismal Preparation Ministry meets with and prepares parents of infants and young children for the reception of the Sacrament of Baptism by their children.
The Pastoral Council is comprised of representatives appointed by parish committees and organizations, as well as at-large members appointed by our pastor. The Council provides our pastor with updates as to what is happening within the parish. The Council is a consultative body to the pastor. Regular meetings of the Pastoral Council are held quarterly; the Council also meets as needed.
The Finance Committee is comprised of parishioners who meet to review and oversee the parish budget, capital outlays and financial results. Regular meetings of the Finance Committee are held quarterly, with additional meetings as needed. Members are appointed by our pastor.
The purpose of the Facility Committee, as good stewards of temporal goods, is to broadly oversee the physical assets: its land, buildings, equipment, and technology infrastructure. More specifically, to maintain the adequacy and condition of capital assets, to develop and periodically review buildings, to advocate for new structures and rehabilitate or remove older structures, and to ascertain that adequate levels of funding exist for plant maintenance.
Fund Development Committee
The primary function of the committee is to develop and lead a comprehensive and a long-range fund development plan for the parish with a mix of strategies including offertory increase program, establishing endowment fund, organizing annual campaign and other fund raising activities for the parish.
Members of this ministry assist bereaved families of our parish, their friends and guests after a funeral Mass, by serving a provided lunch. Volunteers help set up, serve and clean. This ministry is a great comfort to grieving families and friends.