Our Lady of the Cape Ministries
We have a large variety of ministries and encourage all our parishoners to be involved in the ministries of the parish. Please see descriptions below.
If you would like to participate in our ministries please contact the parish office, 508-385-3252 ext. 10, email@example.com, to be directed to the Ministry Leader.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
Knights of Columbus
Knights form strong friendships and have fun doing God’s work. We put Charity
and Community first. We strive to put Faith into Action!
Knights share Catholic values and are in solidarity with priests, bishops and all
religious. Knights are involved in volunteer activities that help strengthen Faith,
Family, Community and Life. We serve as Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers,
CCD teachers. We may serve on a pro-life council or volunteer with the St. Vincent
De Paul Society.
Knights are Catholic men who lead, serve, protect and defend. We share a desire
to be better husbands, fathers, sons and neighbors. As men of Faith and Courage
we help provide food for families, coats for kids, defend the unborn and help
provide homes for the homeless.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
OLC Vocation Ministry
The goal of the Vocation Ministry is 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
St. Vincent de Paul
The Saint Vincent de Paul Ministry is comprised of a group of parishioners dedicated to helping people in need. The work of the Society starts with a hotline call to our monitors. Volunteers, known as Advocates, then offer assistance to our neighbors in need, in confidentiality and with compassion, on a person to person basis. We provide financial assistance to help ease the burden of rent, utilities, heat, transportation, and health needs.
All of the assistance provided is a result of the generosity of our parish family in the monthly Harvest collection.
New volunteers are always needed and welcome.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
All proceeds from sales go to the parish,provide scholarship to students and help to fund our charitable giving.
Please click the link for shop hours: