Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church
Lexington NC

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STEWARDSHIP is a way of life, a way of living out our call to be disciples of Jesus Christ.  Like Jesus, we recognize God as the giver of all good gifts.  As stewards of God's gifts of time, talent, and treasure, we are called to accept them graciously, nurture them carefully, use them in service to others and return them to God with gratitude.  Stewardship is a way of thanking God for all the blessings we have received.  It involves an intentional planned and proportionate giving of our time, talent, and treasure.
    The Alcolytes/Servers assist the pastor at the liturgies.
    The Cantors/Choir provide music for leading parishioners in conjunction with assigned liturgies.
    The Eucharistic Ministers proclaim the Body and Blood of Christ in ritual action and in the action of their personal lives.
    The Reader/Lector is to Proclaim the Word of the Lord.  They are messengers of God's love for all people.
    The Server/Usher is to welcome and seat parishioners, select family to carry gifts to the altar and distribute bulletins after the mass.


The Pastoral Council is a consultative body whose policies and decisions require the authority of the pastor to become effective.  Its function is established under the Pastoral Council guidelines of the Diocese of Charlotte.

In responding to the Lord who has called the parish to be a community of faithful disciples, council members are challenged to on going renewal through prayer, study, listening, and dialogue.  In working with the pastor to develop priorities and directions for the parish, the council is to become the means of achieving full participation by the whole parish community in its mission by giving all a voice in assisting the pastor in his guidance and direction of parish life.

The goal of the Parish Pastoral Council is not imply to serve the members of the parish, but to work with the pastor to develop a common vision and purpose, actively advocate for the poor and the powerless, and extend Christian commitment to the surrounding neighborhoods and communities. Toward that end, a statement of mission for the parish community is orchestrated by this body and becomes the reference point for activity in the parish.

In addition the council’s responsibilities will also include ways:
1.    To provide a structured way for laity, religious, and priests to coordinate, encourage, promote, and participate in the apostolic and spiritual work of the parish.
2.    To provide recommendations for parish priorities, directions, and policies through pastoral planning;
3.    To promote communication, understanding , and collaboration among parish organizations and between the parish, the Diocese and the universal Church
4.    To provide a continuous and integrated survey of the spiritual and temporal needs of the parish and the community.  They should work closely with the pastor to develop and implement programs aimed at meeting these needs.
5.    To serve as a permanent structure for construction dialogue among priests. , religious, and laity of the parish so that all can work in close cooperation as a truly Christian community, fulfilling the mission of Christ.
6.    To show by example how the total parish community, working together, can promote the kingdom of Christ and proclaim His Gospel.

OLR Parish Council Membership

CHAIRPERSON:  Mike Barrows

VICE-CHAIRPERSON:  Tersita Wright 

SECRETARY:  Teresa Kines



John Bloxom

Karen Bloxom

Robert DuCharme

Lisa Grondy

Julia Michaels

George Olmoz

Consuelo Catalan

Veronica Contreras

Antonio Penaloza

Maria Segura

Fredy Bahena

Yesenia Lopez

Esperanza Rincon---Carmen Ledesma

Charlie Youngblood (Youth Representative)

Uriel Rubio (Hispanic Youth Representative)

Rev. Ambrose Akinwande, MSP, Pastor 

Individuals from the parish are eligible to serve on the Pastoral Council but must be

         1. Selected in accord with the norms outlined within the diocesan    guideline.
         2.  Baptized and Confirmed Roman Catholics in good standing with the Church
         3.  Registered and supporting members of the parish
         4.  Participants in parish life
         5.  In possession of an understanding of and commitment to the Church in accord with the principles of Vatican II.                        
         6.  Committed to prayer, study, listening and dialogue    
         7.  Committed to giving the time, needed for participation


This council is responsible to the Pastor for all financial matters of the parish, including preparation of annual budgets, monitoring of financial records, and analysis of financial statements and presentation of financial data to the parish.  It must maintain vigil over the efficient and effective use and management of all parish resources through accepted business standards and values of the Gospel. 


The purpose of this commission is to encourage and facilitate parishioners to live the Christian message of service to our brothers and sisters.  We do this by organizing and executing activities on the parish level that directly mitigate the difficulties that many in our community experience.  In this way, we hope to help those in need by complementing existing agencies yet avoiding unnecessary duplication of effort.

We always welcome new members willing to assist in our activities. If you have an idea that can alleviate suffering in our community and would like to bring it to the parish, we encourage you to join our commission and work for its implementation.

•    Blood Drive:  Monthly we organize through the American Red Cross to donate blood.
•    Christmas Angel Tree:  Parishioner select tags from a tree in entrance of the church to donate requested gifts returning them in time for Christmas distribution for the needy.
•    Food Pantry:  We collect food items to distribute to our needy parishioners and local agencies when requested.
•    Holiday Food Baskets:  Food is collected and presented during seasonal liturgies for needy families—Thanks giving, Christmas Easter etc.
•    The Parish Monthly Staple for the Crisis Center is sugar. Baskets at the main entrance of the Church is provided or that purpose.
•    Crisis Ministry:  The First Sunday of each month various parish groups plan, prepare and serve the Homeless at Crisis Ministries- First Avenue East, Lexington.
•    Veterans:  Participating in an annual fund raiser for VFW Hospital in Salisbury
•    Alpha Pregnancy:  Annual collection for the Pregnancy Center
•    Special Olympics:  Annual donations and participation in special events
•    Home/School:  Our parish hosts weekly meeting of children and parents.
•    Quilters:  Parish Hosts local quilting crafters
•    Episcopal Luncheon:  Parish Volunteers to serve lunch to the homeless.
•    Empty Stocking:  Parish hosts City Wide Christmas donations to the needy.
•    ESL (English as a Second Language): Parish hosts weekly classes.
•    Citizenship Classes:  Hosts weekly classes.


This commission is made up of the Director of Faith Formation and Volunteers responsible for coordinating the educational mission of the parish. It concerns itself with the faith formation of our children, and sacramental preparation in the parish.
•     Our Faith Formation program includes the four dimensions of catechesis:     Doctrine, Worship, Service, and Community Building. Through
•    Social, sports and service activities, adults and youth are provided opportunities for personal growth while enhancing relationships with peers and community.  The Pastor and Pastoral Associate oversee the following areas of Faith Formation in the parish.
•    Adult Education: Various programs for adults in the parish are presented at times conducive to participation. All parishioners are welcome to attend.
•    Youth Ministry: Here at Our Lady of the Rosary we provide a total Youth Ministry program, which seeks to foster the multi-dimensional need of our young people encompassing all age groups from early childhood to full maturity. It is rooted in relationship and focuses on the total development of each individual.
•    RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults): The RCIA is designed for adults who consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments fruitfully.
•    Pre-Baptism: Designed to prepare parents for the baptism of their child. Parents are encouraged to register for the Baptismal preparation as early as three months prior to the birth of their child so as to be well prepared for this important sacrament of initiation. An interview with a priest is also necessary. You must be a member of this parish.
•    Confirmation: The Diocese of Charlotte has determined that the celebration of Confirmation will take place during their high school year. In anticipation of the directive, Our Lady of the Rosary will include students in the 9th – 12th grade Confirmation preparation program. Candidates must have at least one year of formal faith formation prior to the preparation year. 
•    Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist: Children who are in the second   grade and who have completed the first grade level of formal faith formation are prepared for these two sacraments by their parents and catechists. There are periodic meetings for the parents to assist them in the preparation of their children


This commission interacts with other commissions and uses available communication media in assisting them to create parish community, increase knowledge of faith within the local community. It provides information to parish members through the weekly bulletin and coordinates and distributes monthly parish calendar activities. In addition, it furnishes communication material to local and diocesan media and oversees the printing and distribution of the parish directory.


The purpose of this Commission is to coordinate activities and groups which build parish family life, as well as coordinate activities to strengthen home life. The commission serves as a resource and advocate in areas of concern to families of all types.

•    Our Lady’s Guild: The Ladies Guild was established to promote Catholic, Christian friendship and sociability and to respond to the needs for service in the parish, the Catholic community and the larger Lexington community.  Some of the ways this is done are through:  Ladies’ meetings and social activities/ fund raisers for the Church and outreach, Christmas Angel Tree, support of Alpha Pregnancy Center, Veterans fundraising for VA Hospital, Crisis Ministry, and financial assistance to the Parish when and where needed, as determined by the Pastor.

•    Knights of Columbus:  An organization of Catholic men dedicated to the Church’s growth and her good works.  We support the teaching that all life is sacred, and we reach out to the needy.  We support vocations to the Priesthood and religious life.  We are committed to our local communities and financially support our Parish, Special Olympics, and other community outreach programs.  We value our youth and focus on sponsoring activities which promote leadership in the Church and their civic lives.  We are united to other Knights through our Councils and strive for unity and the building of a strong Order worldwide.

•    Seniors:  A group of Senior Citizens meet to plan and execute social activities.


This Commission helps with the over-all maintenance of the Parish grounds:  electrical, plumbing, carpentry, Heating & A/C, signs and lights, garden and shrubbery, general clean-up and lawn care.


This Commission provides liturgical experiences which truly celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, and which give expression to the prayer-life and faith-life of the parish. Meetings are held regularly to plan liturgies for Holy Days, seasonal liturgical celebrations, Penance Services and special liturgical occasions.

Liturgical Ministries of Service:

•    Altar Care
•    Liturgical Commission
•    Altar Server
•    Eucharist Minister
•    Greeter/Usher
•    Lector
•    Sick/Homebound
•    Music Ministry/Chorus


Stewardship is a way of life, a way of living out our call to be disciples of Jesus Christ.  Like Jesus, we recognize God as the giver of all good gifts. As stewards of God’s gifts of time, talent, and treasure, we are called to accept them graciously, nurture them carefully, use them in service to others and return them to God with gratitude. Stewardship is a way of thanking God for all the blessings we have received. It involves an intentional planned and proportionate giving of our time, talent, and treasure.


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Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church
619 South Main Street
Lexington, NC 27292