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
assist the pastor at the liturgies.
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
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.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
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
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
(Hispanic Youth Representative)
Rev. Ambrose Akinwande, MSP,
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
4. Participants in parish life
5. In possession of an understanding of and
commitment to the Church in accord with the
principles of Vatican
6. Committed to prayer, study, listening and
7. Committed to giving the time, needed for
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
SERVICE AND AWARENESS PROJECTS:
• Blood Drive: Monthly we
organize through the American Red Cross to donate
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
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
• 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
• 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 LIFE COMMISSION
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
• Seniors: A group of
Senior Citizens meet to plan and execute social
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
• 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.