ministries and activities
Religious Education for Children
Stewardship Ministries

The faith community of St. Gregory the Great Parish is a witness to the love of Christ by living out the Gospel values and our baptismal promises in the world. We work to accomplish this through the use of our gifts of time, talent and treasure as we serve God and one another in the many parish ministries found in our parish family.

Each ministry under these headings is equally important in the communal and spiritual life of the parish. New parishioners have continually expressed how they have been welcomed and drawn to a fuller participation through the example of those who are already living their faith by serving their church.

You are invited to answer the call to share your gift so that the Mission and Ministry of Jesus is continued in our parish and beyond. For more information, or to volunteer, please call the ministry leader or the Ministry Office 954-473-6261, ext. 167 or 115.


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“Let your chief study be to acquaint yourself with God, because it is the only knowledge which can fill the heart with a peace and joy that nothing can disturb.”
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Spirituality / SeekHolyLife

Linda Rose 954-473-6261 ext. 154

Linda Rose is available for Retreats, Programs, Nights of Witness and Song, Spiritual Direction, and Speaking Engagements. Learn more at

Baptismal Preparation Class for Parents/Godparents

Presenter: Deacon Bill Horton
Facilitators: Gina & Rick Bazzani 954-292-2836 Molly & Terry Davis 954-292-2836
Baptism Registration: Kathy Mathis 954-614-5692 or
Ministry Office 954-473-6261, ext. 153

This Sacrament of initiation is the first step on our earthly spiritual journey as a child of God. It is not a “once upon a time” event, but only the beginning of a daily way of life to deepen our relationship with God. Parents and godparents are prepared to assist the child in living out this Sacrament. Ages include infants through 6 years. This program is offered on the first Saturday of each month (except July). Participants meet from 9:00 am to 11:30 am in the Garden Room of the church. Child care is available. Registration is required. To register, please call Kathy or the Ministry Office indicated above.

Adult Confirmation Preparation

Deacon Bill Horton

A six week program offered once a year, usually starting in January, to prepare adults seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation. Others who wish to renew, refresh or deepen their understanding of our Catholic faith, its role and teachings are also welcome. Consult the Parish bulletin or website for specific information. Registration for Confirmation is required (call 954-473-6261, ext. 153)

Catholic Scripture Study

Tuesday Evenings: Gloria Carreras 954-584-5142

Tuesday Mornings: Martha Betancourt 954-804-3201

A 30 week program from September to May.  Each year a specific book of the Bible is studied in a friendly environment that includes some “homework” and small group discussion. Participants also watch a lecture (on DVD) of that week’s lesson presented by well-known priests and theologians. The Gospel of John will be studied this year.

Emmaus Retreats

Men: Joe Simone 954-560-7974
Women: Barbara Reinking 954-599-5991

Parish-based retreats which invite parishioners to experience God’s unconditional love through community-building, witness talks, worship and prayer. Offered periodically, consult weekly bulletin or website for more information.

Programs for Spiritual Growth

Linda Rose 954-473-6261 ext. 154
Aster Zabala 954-424-9424

A variety of prayer experiences, retreats, evenings of reflection and other such spiritual growth programs will be provided for large groups, ministry groups, families, young adults, youth, etc. Watch the Bulletin and website for specific programs and dates.

R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

Patricia O’Neill 954-895-2238

A preparation process for adults wishing to become Catholics. The program begins in September and concludes in May. Candidates are received into the church during the Easter Vigil Liturgy. If you or someone you know wishes to begin this journey of faith we welcome you. Active Catholics who could sponsor one of the candidates are needed. Please call Patricia.

Vocations Ministry

Mary Sturm 954-452-3688
Graciela Chong 954-632-4594

Works to promote vocations to the priesthood, deaconate and religious life. Supports those already in formation and sponsors the “Vocations Cup” Ministry that invites parishioners to take the vocation cup basket materials home for a week and during that time pray for vocations.

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“It is not possible to live and grow in the faith without the support of a group, of a Christian community. It is here that you will learn together to build a better world.”
Bl. Pope John Paul II

Book Discussion Group

Betty Wirth 954-587-4667

If you enjoy reading you’ll like this group. Books of interest will be chosen by the group which meets on the 4th Monday of each month (Sept. – May) in the Rectory Meeting Room at 7:00 PM.

Hospitality Ministry

Judie Corbett 954-299-1031
Toni Ferrara 954-605-4379

Builds the life of this community as we come together for fellowship and nourishment of all kinds.

Life After Fifty Fellowship

Larry Cassel 954-440-3660

Men and women parishioners 50 years and up are invited to participate in this group. Watch the Sunday Bulletin for information regarding social activities, excursions, speakers, service projects, meetings, etc. Meetings are usually held on the 2nd Wed. of the month in the Parish Center at 7:00 PM.
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Knights of Columbus

Chris Torlone 954-684-7098

St. Gregory Council 15425 is a Catholic, family, fraternal organization committed to the mission of service in the Parish. We strive to be men of faith and action. The core principles that direct our actions are Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Watch the Parish Bulletin, and visit our Council website , for more information about the Knights, in addition to upcoming programs and activities sponsored by the Knights in our Parish.

Women’s Guild

Cynthia Januszka 954-551-5527

St. Gregory’s first and oldest ministry is celebrating its 55th anniversary year. We are a support network for all women of the parish, connecting them with one another and the parish community. Members foster friendships through social, service and spiritual activities both at St. Gregory parish and the surrounding community. We also are a welcoming arm for the women of our parish and a support system for our Mommy & Me ministry committee. Social meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of each month from September through May at 7:00 pm in the Parish Center. Other activities and service projects are at various locations on different days/times of the week. For more information read our church bulletin announcements and the Parish Ministry Directory on the church website. Click on the link for our ministry

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Jesus said “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as those.”
Matthew 19:14

Religious Education(CCD)

Antonio Vomvolakis & Sr. Joan
954-473-6261 Ext. 149

Provides continuous yearly religious education and formation programs for students in non-Catholic schools from grade K through High school during the regular school year. Instruction times are as follows: Grades 1-5 meet at the school, either Mondays 3:45 – 5:00 PM, or Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:15 PM Grades 6-12 meet at the school Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:30 PM Families must be registered in the Parish to participate. To register your child for the program, contact the Religious Education office. See the Parish website for additional information.

Summer Vacation Bible School

Yvette Fernander 954-473-6261 Ext. 167

A project sponsored by our Youth Ministry, usually held the first week of August for children ages 4 to 10. They are guided in a fun way to engage stories and themes from the Bible through storytelling, singing, dancing, puppetry, games, art and crafts. Classes are from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. Registration and fee are required. Class size is limited and places will be given on a first come first served basis. Watch the Parish Bulletin for specific details or visit the Ministry Directory on Parish Website.

Vacation Bible School Registration Form

“Watch how you live your lives. It may be the only gospel your sisters and brothers will ever read.”
Don Helder Camera


Divorce Care

Naliza 954-873-9555

Separated and divorced persons find hope, strength and healing in this Christian nationally recognized program that addresses relevant topics in confidential group discussions and fellowship guided by a DVD series of expert presenters. This 13 session program is offered consecutively during the year. Consult the Parish bulletin or website for specific information.


Elaine Karbonik, Psy. D. 954-444-3893

You will find in this 13 week Christian program a caring and supportive group atmosphere to walk the journey of grief to find healing and hope. It includes 3 elements that work together to help you recover from the deep hurt of loss… A video seminar, group discussion and a personal workbook. Check the Parish bulletin or website for specific information regarding this Tuesday morning program from 9:30 – 11:30 AM.

Miscarriage, Infant Loss or Infertility Support Group

Andrew & Maria Claridge 954-682-0446

Help for families who face these challenges by providing information, guidance, support and compassion. Watch Parish Bulletin or Parish Ministry Directory on Parish Website for specific meetings dates and other activities. Call Maria and Andrew if in need.

Marriage Preparation Ministry

Ministry Office 954-473-6261 ext. 115

Engaged Couples are prepared for marriage with the following programs:

FOCCUS – Involves a facilitating couple meeting with the engaged couple to complete an instrument designed to surface areas of compatibility as well as potential problem areas. Meetings are in the facilitating couple’s home. Training is provided for facilitating couples and time availability is necessary.

PRE-CANA – A Friday evening and a Saturday day long workshop offered at St. Gregory that prepares couples for marriage by exploring communication skills, values and expectations for marriage, the sacrament of marriage, spirituality, finances and other related topics. Registration is required

Marriage Rectification Program


A confidential healing ministry in which parish advocates trained by the Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal assist parishioners to validate marriages which are not recognized by the Catholic Church. If you can assist in this ministry as an advocate or if you have questions about this process call the Rectory Church Office.

Respect Life

Martha Betancourt 954-804-3201

Provides education and awareness about the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. Watch the Parish Bulletin or visit for upcoming activities and programs.

“Love is the only force that can make things one without destroying them.”
Pierre Teilhard De Charidn

Sunday Morning with Jesus

 Mallory Rodenhauser 901-490-2066

Provides care and religious education experiences for children ages 3 to 5 years during the 9:00 AM or 10:30 AM Masses on Sundays during the school year in the Pre-School Building. Parishioners must be registered in the Parish and Program registration is also required. Click here for registration form

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“We cannot separate our lives from the Eucharist, the moment we do, something breaks.”
Bl. Theresa of Calcutta

Altar Server

Bob & Yamile Stevenson 954-474-4219

Both boys and girls in grades five through twelve assist the celebrant during the various Liturgical celebrations. To participate in this important ministry contact Bob at See Registration Form on Parish website.

Altar Server Sched

Arts and Environment

Gina Careccia 954-473-6261 ext. 115

A seasonal and special liturgical events ministry that supports the preparation of our church at particular times. Volunteers assist in a variety of areas that include but not limited to flower and plant arranging, design, sewing, etc. Volunteers are welcome. Call the Ministry Office for more information.


Dorothy Martin 954-439-4294

Prepares Altar for Mass and other liturgical services. Maintains sacred vessels, linens, clergy vestments and Eucharistic Minister robes. Orders supplies for worship and maintains literature rack in church and keeps church environment ready for worship.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Weekends: Brenda Carson 954-473-6261 Ext. 172
Daily: Patricia O'Neill 954-895-2238
Misa en Español: Osvaldo Riveron 954-792-1895

Gives the Body and Blood of our Lord to the Parish Community during the Celebration of Mass. Approval by the Pastor and Archdiocesan training is required. If you feel called to this Ministry please contact the Ministry Office, ext. 136 or the appropriate leader.

Eucharistic Minister Schedule


Patricia O’Neill 954-895-2238 (English Masses)
Judy Davila 954-476-7571 (Misa en Español)
Tom Sclafani 954-895-0684 (Teen Lectors)

Proclaims the Word of God at parish liturgies. Men and women with deep faith, strong voices and a willingness to faithfully prepare their readings are welcomed. Auditions for new Lectors are held periodically. For more information call Patricia or Judy.

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Prayer Garden Maintenance Ministry

Randy Recker 954-473-2951

Maintains and enhances our beautiful Prayer Garden. If flowers and shrubs give you enjoyment and you would like to help please contact Ann for more information. Team work day is the first Saturday of each month starting at 9:00 AM

Litugical Music Ministries

Michael Derrick 954-473-6261, ext. 145


Are leaders of song and praise at parish liturgies. Training is required for all those having initial leadership and musical qualities. Call Michael for more information.


Men and women who enjoy praising God in song are invited to enhance our Parish liturgical celebrations in the following Liturgies:
Adult Choir
Michael Derrick 954-473-6261, ext. 145
10:30 AM Sunday Mass – Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings 7:30 PM - September through May.
Contemporary Choir
Michael Derrick 954-473-6261, ext. 145
12:00 PM Sunday Mass – Rehearsals are Monday evenings 7:30 PM
6:00 PM Mass Youth Ensemble
Michael Derrick 954-473-6261, ext. 145
Rehearsals to be announced. Singers and instrumentalists are invited
Children’s Choir
Emily Barrett 954-473-6261 ext. 158
9:00 AM Sunday Mass – Rehearsals are Thursdays 3:15- 4:15 PM - September to May.
Spanish Choir
Maria Catano 954-336-6464
7:30 Sunday Spanish Mass – Rehearsals are Fridays 7:30 PM in Parish Center

Usher Ministry

Michael Crain 954-600-5519 (English masses)
Gilberto Catano 954-599-1100 (Misa en español)

Men and women who serve as the hand and heart of Christ in welcoming and assisting parishioners and visitors to our family Liturgical celebrations. You are needed for this very special Ministry. Please call Tom or contact the Mass Captain at the Mass you attend.
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“We are born to love, we will live to love and we will die to love still more.”
St. Joseph Cafasso

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

To the Homebound
Susan Sansabrino 954-583-4674

The Blessed Sacrament is taken weekly to our homebound parishioners. If you know a parishioner who is homebound or in need of this loving ministry, call the Church Office.

To the Hospital

Sundays: Kathy Johnson 954-476-8626
Mondays: Philip Howell 954-747-9493
Thursdays: Barbara Flynn 954-816-8756

The Blessed Sacrament is taken to those in the hospital on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays by Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion. Contact the leader for more information or if you will serve in this caring ministry.

“You will have completely found your mission on earth the moment you say to God, like Isaiah, ‘Here I am, Lord: Send me’.”
Ven. Emmanuel D’Alzon

“We Care” Ministry

Patricia “Pat” Feder 954-472-4574

Caring parishioners reach out to our seniors living alone through phone calls, cards, and help with other needs when possible. You are invited to be that caring person.

Nursing Home Ministry

Cecilia Cabieses 954-822-8003

This spirited group brings the Liturgy of the Word and Eucharist along with loving warm smiles to forgotten brothers and sisters in residence at the nearby Nursing Home. The team ministers meet faithfully each Friday morning at 10:00 AM.
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“Amen I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Matthew 25:40

Matthew 25 Social Justice Ministries

Victor Martinez 954-703-0277

Offers parishioners ways to help God’s children through various service projects. These projects and activities include: food drives for hungry individuals and families, baby shower drives for needy mothers, shoe drives for needy children, backpack and school supply drives for needy school children, homeless shelter program to aid families in crisis, detention ministry to aid the imprisoned. The ministry uses e-mail blasts to notify its mailing members regarding upcoming projects and social service activities of other ministries.

St. Vincent De Paul Society

 Joan Dolci – Rectory Office 954-473-6261, ext. 151

On the parish level, this world recognized society offers temporary material assistance to families and/or individuals in time of need. For assistance, call the Rectory.

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“For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God”
St. Therese of Avila

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Doreen Leboeuf 9am - 6pm 954-684-0989
Deb Dembchar 7pm - 8am 954-253-4581

Every Friday following the 8:30 A.M. Mass and continuing until 8:00 A.M. on Saturday morning the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in the chapel for prayer and adoration. We invite you to take a regular adoration time to be with the Lord in prayer for your needs, the needs of our parish family and for our world.
Contact the leader..

Cenacle of the Divine Mercy

Aster Zabala 954-424-9424

Is a faith-sharing group brought together and moved by our Lord’s Divine Mercy, inspired to grow in faith and spirituality through prayerful sharing, and study of the “Diary of Sister Faustina”, the Holy Scripture, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Meets at 7:00 PM on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month in the Upper Room (2nd floor of Ministry Building).

Charismatic Prayer Group

Wendy Linkswiler 954-587-7976
Julia Taylor 954-791-6918

Meets for praise, thanksgiving, sharing and offers prayers and support for our parish community and its mission. Gathers every Wednesday at 7:30 PM in the Meeting Room #2 on east side of gym entry.
All are welcome.

Grupo de Oracion

Judy Davila 954-476-7571

Nos reunimos  todos los Miércoles a las 7:45 PM después de la misa en el Garden Room para alabar y darle gracias a Dios. Reflexionamos con la Lectura de la Biblia, y con oraciones espontaneas y cantos alegres pedimos a Dios por su Amor y Misericordia sobre todos nosotros.

Goup Prye Haitien

Claudy Calixte 954-627-2042

Kominote ayisyen nan St. Gregory Reyini Chak jeudi soir à 7:00 hres P.M. pour prière charismatik nan Parish Center. Pour informasyon rele Claudy ou Rosie.

Grupo Reflexiones Sobre Lecturas Dominicales

 Gloria Carreras 954-584-5142

Nosotros leemos, preparamos y reflexionamos las lecturas dominicales, incluyendo el catecismo. Nos
reunimos los Jueves a las 7:30 PM en el salon detrás de la Rectoría.

Rosary Ministry

Group opportunities to pray the Rosary. Location for prayers are the Chapel or Prayer Garden:

Rosary for Personal Intentions weekdays 6:30 AM - Mavis Chen 954-304-2214
Rosary for the Sick, weekdays 9:00 AM - Aster Zabala 954-242-9424
Rosary for the Nation Mondays 7:00 PM - Loretta Borkowski 954-723-0330
Rosary for the Unborn (all 4 Mysteries) Tuesdays 5:30 PM - Mavis Chen 954-304-2214
Rosary in Private Homes Wednesday in private homes - Anne Dahnke 954-423-2313
Rosario en Español Wednesday 6:30 PM Chapel - Gisela Manguich 954-646-9892
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“For where your treasure is there also will your heart be”
Luke 12:34


Donna Wells 954-473-8170

Development engages in programs and activities that enhance the quality of services in the Parish and the excellence of education at all levels. Long range plans are set in motion that will lead to a secure and successful future for our Parish and school.


“In every human being has been sown the seed of the ability to love. Welcome this seed, cultivate it carefully, nourish it attentively and foster its growth by going to the school of God’s commandments with the help of God’s grace.”
St. Basil The Great

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Scouting Youth Ministries

Christopher and Jennifer Torlone

Scouting at St. Gregory promotes physical, mental, and spiritual development. The program emphasizes practical outdoor activities, sports, life-skills, community service and leadership. All children ages 6-18 are encouraged to join the FUN! For more information about Cub Scout Pack 817, Boy scout Troop 817 please contact Chris and Jenni at 954-641-4100 or visit our website: or

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Young Adults Ministry

Yvette Fernander 954-473-6261 ext. 167

A community of Young Adult Catholics (18-39) who d esire to strengthen their faith while spreading the love of God to others through catechesis and prayer, fellowship/social activities and community service. The only pre-requisite is to COME AS YOU ARE! Stay connected and up-to-date with the latest news and meeting times at or through Facebook/saintgregyam

Twitter: @saintgregyam
Instagram: saint_greg_yam

Youth Ministry For Teens "2 Life"

Michele Brooks 954-473-6261 Ext. 170

The teens of Saint Gregory invite all teens of Saint Gregory Parish to join us as we grow stronger in our Catholic faith. Through being faithful to prayer, service, fun and fellowship we learn to form a deeper, more meaningful relationship with Christ our Lord. We want You to walk this journey with us! Watch the Parish Bulletin and our Facebook page “2LifeYouthGroup” for current info. See the Parish Ministry Directory on the Parish website and click on the Youth Ministry link.

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“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘ Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Matthew 25:35-40


Baptismal Garment Makers

Yolanda Lopez 954-389-8029

Ladies sew and embroider the baptismal garments given to infants during the reception of the Sacrament of Baptism. If you can assist, please call Barbara.

Church Office Receptionist Ministry

Kathy Mathis 954-614-5692

Volunteers assume role as receptionists in the evenings and on weekends to assist parishioners. Hours are from 6:00 to 8:00 on weekdays and take 2 – 4 hours shifts during the day on weekends.

St. Gregory Church Religious Gift and Book Shop

Pat Feder 954-472-4574 or 954-473-6261 Ext. 138

Offers great selection of religious articles and gifts. Open Saturdays and Sundays after Masses. Call 473-6261 Ext. 138. Watch weekly Bulletin for more information or Parish website link.

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Dory Knoerr 954-683-9473

Virtus is one of the many requirements and programs implemented by the Archdiocese of Miami in its efforts to safeguard the well-being of its children and vulnerable adults. All Church Personnel (including employees, independent contractors and volunteers) working with children or other vulnerable persons are required to complete a Virtus “Protecting God’s Children Program”. The Virtus program educates and trains adults (clergy, religious, teachers, staff, volunteers and parents) about the dangers of child sexual abuse, the warning signs of abuse, the ways to prevent abuse, the methods of properly reporting suspicions of abuse, and responding to allegations of abuse thereby giving these adults the tools to protect all of God’s Children from child sexual abuse.

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