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ACT NOW - Active Catholic Teens Navigate Our World
Purpose and Responsibilities:
To increase youth activity and youth presence in all aspects of Catholic Christian life, to develop leadership skills in our youth, to be a witness to the world around us for Christ through our actions, to serve our community, church, and nation. (2007) ACT NOW was founded in 2007. It is our goal that the group is led by teens and facilitated by adults.

How to Participate:
Membership includes teens 9th - 12th grade.
· to meet at least monthly as a youth group with a mass, meal, and meeting
· to serve in all capacities possible at our mass; lector, gifts, choir, alter servers
· to form a choir that can perform at mass and other indicated function
· to encourage and facilitate the attendance of members to all possible leadership conferences or faith growing retreats - such as Youth Leadership Team, Teen ACTS, regional or national conferences, Rocky Mountain High…
· to be active in the main seasons of the church calender - advent and lent. This can be accomplished through events such as - Live Nativity, Passion Play, helping with All Saint's Day at the cemetary, youth bible study......
· looking for and discussing ways to reach out nationally and internationally

Meeting Dates: Please check Bulletin.

Contact Information: Please contact Kayla Tovar at 979-533-1520, or Sarah Chernohorsky at 979-257-9974.
ACTS El Campo Deanery
Purpose and Responsibilities:
The purpose of the organization is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ amongst Catholic Communities by promoting, consulting in, facilitating and coordinating ACTS retreats.  An ACTS retreat is a Catholic lay retreat presented by fellow parishioners.  Talks and activities during the retreat focus on Adoration, Community, Theology and Service.  Holy Scripture and the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church are the guides for the retreats.

How to Participate:
Periodic retreats for men, women, and teens.  Retreat registration forms are located at the back of the church or can be downloaded at www.ecdeaneryacts.org.  Retreat weekends may be approximately $100.00- $185.00 per person with scholarships offered to those who may not be able to afford the cost of the retreat.

Other Comments:
An ACTS weekend is designed to help the retreatants enter into a new or deeper relationship with our Lord and fellow parishioners.  This is accomplished through Adoration and daily prayer, the call to Community in one’s parish as a member of the Body of Christ, and Theology in encouraging the study of scripture and our Catholic Faith;  all of which emphasize and encourage the virtue of Service to our Lord, our parish, and one another.

Contact Information:
Please call Dennis and Dianne Viktorin at 979-335-4234 or Suzanne Dujka at 979-335-7699
Dianne Viktorin - datviktorin@gmail.com • Suzanne Dujka - srdujka@att.blackberry.net

Website:
www.ecdeaneryacts.org
Mailing Address: 304 West Church Street • El Campo, Texas 77437
Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St Bernadette # 1108
Purpose and Responsibility
Mission Statement: Strive to embrace the principle of faith working through love in the promotion of justice, equality and the advancement of human rights and human dignity for all.

Motto: Unity and Charity
We want to work together in peace and harmony and be the shining examples of Christian sisterhood that God is asking us to be.

Activities:
  • Host receptions for First Communion Class, Confirmation Class, East Bernard High School graduating seniors
  • Gifts for altar servers
  • Donut Social after mass for parishioners on National CDA Sunday
  • Send get-well cards, sympathy cards
  • Gifts of money to priest, plus priests and religious from our parish
  • Send a memorial scholarship Mass card to each religious who has served at Holy Cross
  • Serve food at reception after a funeral of any parishioner
  • Send delegates to state and national conventions
  • Expend $100 upon death of a member
  • Recycle many items
  • Award three $300 court scholarships
  • One $300 scholarships to a Junior Catholic Daughter
  • Invite scholarship members to June Banquet
  • Collect coupons for soldiers
  • Help build and/or serve food at Habitat for Humanity builds in Wharton county
  • Conduct memorial service for deceased members during Mass in November with the Knights of Columbus
  • Donate towards food for Kairos, Prison Ministry
  • Sponsor local education contest
  • Support 50+ groups with monetary donations
Fund Raisers:
Annual Chicken Noodle Soup and Sandwich Supper and raffle
Community Calendar
Bake Sales at KC fish fry

How To Participate:
Annual dues are $25.00.  Participate in any committee and volunteer. Remember:  Happy Hands, Happy Heart.

Meetings and Service Comments:
Meetings are the third Monday of the month Sept.-June.
Refreshments begin at 6:45pm in the Holy Cross Meeting Room and meeting begins at 7:00pm

Please consider becoming a member of Ct. St. Bernadette.  The court would be blessed by your gifts and talents, your courage and commitment to the church, and by your vision for the future.  Christ works through each of us for His greater glory.

Contact Information:
Please call Regent Karen Moszkowicz - 979-234-6786 or email at kmosz@elc.net
Christian Mothers
Purpose and Responsibilities:
Unity of all Christian ladies willing to assist one another by fervent prayers in the training and sanctifying of the young souls entrusted to their care and thus become the mainstay of spiritual life within their own family.

Activities:
Monthly Mass is said for the intentions of the Confraternity

How to Participate:
Any good, practicing Catholic woman may join.  No meetings.  Dues are $1 per year.

Contact Information:
For more information please call Patsy Talas at 979-335-6139.
Incarnate Word of the Blessed Sacrament Associates
Purpose and Responsibilities
This program is an effort to meet the needs of active Catholics who wish to deepen their spirituality and become more informed Catholics as they build community with others who have the same desires. It is open to Catholic men and women and is particularly beneficial to couples if they both feel called to it. Being an Associate includes monthly meetings, from August through May, of study and prayer that can help foster a deeper spiritual life, focusing on the Person of Jesus and living His Gospel of Love. In Advent and Lent, instead of the monthly meeting, Associates make a day of retreat.

Meeting Information:
Meetings are held every 4th Monday of the month.

Contact Information:
For more information please call Helen Mica at 979-335-7787.
Junior Catholic Daughters, Court St. Bernadette #1108
Purpose and Responsibilities:
JCDA has four basic goals:
  • Develop self as a Christian
  • Learn to work for the good of others
  • Grow spiritually
  • Be creative & flexible

We work to achieve these goals via a Threefold Program Message –

  • Jesus Service –
  • Living the Gospel Community –
  • Developing our court & reaching out to others
Activities:
We help our Senior CDA court & other parish organizations by participating in:
  • National CDA Sunday
  • CDA Education Contest
  • CDA Soup Supper
  • KC Lenten Bake Sales
  • All Souls Cemetery Cleanup
  • Parish Donut Sunday Social

We also participate in national projects like:

  • White Ribbon Against Pornography Campaign
  • Souper Bowl of Caring
  • Cookies for Kairos Prison Minsitry

We have also organized community service projects:

  • Baby Shower for Jesus
  • Winter Coat Drive
  • Food & Clothing Drive for the Crisis Center
  • Nursing home visits

We have lots of FUN too!

  • Annual field trip
  • Year-end/summer outing
  • JCDA State Retreats/Conventions
  • Ice cream social
  • Father/Daughter Dinner
How to Participate:
All Catholic girls ages 6 – 18 are welcome at our monthly meetings.  Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of the month, 5 – 6 pm in the “blue” religious education classroom.  Dues are $6/year.

Contact Information:
Please call Jennifer Coker, 832-567-7946 or email jennifer@gocoker.com
Mailing Address: 515 Otto Street • East Bernard, TX 77435
KJT St. Wenceslaus Society No. 40 and KJT Jr.
Purpose and Responsibilities:
The KJT’s mission is to provide fraternal and insurance programs for its members and to promote family relationships through fraternal activities and religious programs of the Catholic Church.  Volunteerism among its members for parish, community and civic related causes is also encouraged.

Activities:
  • Sponsor of Family Activity Day to promote family life.
  • Special youth programs including annual youth camp, visits to nursing homes, group Mass attendance, arts and   crafts and fund raising activities.
  • Educational assistance including college and religious scholarships to its qualifying KHT high school seniors and those studying for the religious life.
  • Volunteer opportunities in local church, civic and patriotic events.
  • Support statewide Priest and Religious Retirement Fund through various local fund raisers.
  • Riverside Hall-the society’s home and social center of the parish—location of the annual Parish Bazaar, various local events and the Kolache Klobase Festival.  This festival is the society’s major fundraiser and is designed to bring people together and to promote the preservation and celebration of the Czech ethnic heritage and culture.
How to participate:
KJT St. Wenceslaus Society No. 40 meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Riverside Hall. Dues are $8.40 monthly for adults and $0.00 monthly dues for youth.  Membership is open to all Christians and is encouraged to ensure the continuation of the society’s programs and activities.

Contact Information:
Please call Daniel Pilcik- (979)-335-4861 or Frank Buxkemper at (979)-335-7318

Website:  www.kjtnet.org  and  www.riversidehall.org
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 26 • East Bernard, Texas 77435
KJZT-Catholic Family Fraternal of Texas
Background and History
Today, more than a century after its founding, K.J.Z.T. offers membership to all Catholics irrespective of gender or ethnic background. Catholic Family Fraternal of Texas - K.J.Z.T. is licensed in the State of Texas and is incorporated according to the laws of Texas as a Fraternal Benefit Society. St. Anne Society No. 30 meets on the second Tuesday of each month.

Contact Information:
Contact President, Sophie Korenek, 979-335-4873.
Knights of Columbus, St. Bernard Council 2500
All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:

Charity - Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.
Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.
Fraternity – The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.
Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.

Meeting Information:
Meeting are help every first Tuesday of the month.

Contact Information:
For more information please call Daniel Karasek at 979-335-4821.
Holy Cross Catholic Church
Father Donald Ruppert, Pastor


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