Lectors proclaim the Word of God at Masses and other liturgical celebrations. In preparation for reading, the Lector has an opportunity to pray with the reading so that he/she can better proclaim it to the congregation. The ministry of lector is a wonderful way to share one's faith by sharing the Word of God with others.
Typically, the Lector is assigned to serve for one month and is 'off' on the other. The Lector also serves by reading the introduction to the mass, the Prayers of the Faithful and the announcements at the end of mass.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a lector at Immaculate Conception Church please contact Jean Bussemeir through the parish office at (505) 247-4271.
Music ministers plan and lead the congregation in song at Masses, funeral, and other liturgical events.
Each Sunday Mass has a music ministry coordinator. If you are interested in participating in the music ministry, speak to the music coordinator after Mass (see the list of coordinators below):
or contact Fr. Joseph Vanderholt, S.J, or send an email to email@example.com.
Communion ministers distribute the Body and Blood of Christ to the community both at Mass and to those unable to be at Mass (i.e. the homebound). It is a privilege to be able to bring Jesus Himself to those unable to come to church on their own. If you are interested in becoming a Communion Minister or know of someone who needs communion brought to them please contact please contact Jean Bussemeir through the parish office at (505) 247-4271.
Ministers of Hospitality help parishioners feel welcome at our weekend liturgies. Ministers of Hospitality great parishioners, help them to pew, take up the offertory and distribute the bulletin. Men and women are welcome to serve in this ministry. If you would like more information about becoming a Minister of Hospitality please contact the parish office or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Altar servers assist the priest during Mass, funerals, and other liturgies. They serve by carrying the processional cross, candles, holding the Roman Missal, preparing the altar for the mass. Altar servers have an opportunity to serve on the altar giving them a unique perspective. If you are interested in learning to become an altar server please send an email to email@example.com.
Social Justice and Outreach Ministries
Bread and Blessings
The Bread and Blessings Ministry at Immaculate Conception Church is an outreach of loving service to our homeless brothers and sisters. Every Sunday afternoon at 12:45, we are grateful to be able to serve a sit down, hot lunch to our guests-in-need. This ministry is made possible by a faithful group of volunteers who prepare and serve the meal. Many volunteers are from other Catholic parishes as well as from other churches.
On average, each week we are able to serve over 100 persons in the Parish Hall. Since its founding 8 years ago, Bread & Blessings has served around 30,000 meals!
By supporting this ministry, you enable us to better respond to and to advocate for the needs of those we serve. If you are interested in becoming involved with the Bread & Blessings ministry please contact Joy Dinaro at the parish office.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Baptismal Preparation Classes
Baptismal Preparation Classes are offered for parents and godparents of infants who are preparing to be baptized. These classes are offered on the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM in our parish hall (entrance through main parish office door). One can register on the day of attendance.
Justice & Life Ministry
The mission of Justice & Life Ministry is to inform parishioners about Catholic Social Teaching, inspire parishioners to live the Gospel in their daily lives, invite parishioners to use their personal gifts and talents for the service of all God's people. If you are interested in more information or becoming part of the Justice & Life Ministry, please contact Fr. Broussard, S.J. or Joy Dinaro.
The Gabriel Project is a parish-based ministry that provides immediate assistance and support to a woman who is pregnant and undergoing a crisis -- and may possibly be considering abortion. As a pro-life, justice-based community, the church wants to accompany and offer the needed assistance to the mother and her unborn child. The support does not end with childbirth.
Parishes who have the Gabriel Project ministry post a visible sign with the "Madonna" painting (The Gabriel Project's logo) that announces this available help. Our sign is on 6th St.
For more information please contact Joy Dinaro.
Ministry of Consolation
The Ministry of Consolation provides compassion, prayer and comfort to families and individuals throughout the Archdiocese of Santa Fe who are experiencing grief and loss.
Ministers of Consolation support those going through loss by:
Living Through Loss Support Group meets Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:00 PM in the Immaculate Conception Church Campion Lounge (located in the basement) for six week sessions. "Living Through Loss support group has awakened me from my darkness. It is a place where I was welcomed, loved, understood and not alone" - June S. (Living Through Loss Participant)
If you feel called to this ministry or would like comfort offered by this ministry, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parish Life and Community Ministries
Catholic Daughers strives to embrace the principles of faith working through love in the promotion of justice, equality and advancement of human rights and dignity for all. Court Santa Maria meets the first Saturday of the month for noon mass followed by a fellowship luncheon. All interested women are invited. For more information, contact Kimberly Jarnagin at the parish office: 505-247-4271 or by email at: email@example.com
Knights of Columbus - Immaculate Conception Council (#15788)
The Knights of Columbus is a network of Catholic men in communities around the world dedicated to doing good in the service of God and our neighbor. The Immaculate Conception Council (#15788) is proud to serve in downtown Albuquerque and Immaculate Conception Church. Contact the Knights for more information.
The Senior Ministry program consists of a group of people over the age of 60 who gather for fellowship, retreats, recreational activities and scripture reflection sessions. For more information please contact Mary Donato in the parish office, (505) 247-4271 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This ministry is working toward building greater community, especially after Sunday Masses. They provide refreshments after the Sunday morning Masses on the last Sunday of every month. Carol Giannini assists with coordinating this ministry. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering please speak with Carol or send an email to email@example.com.
The Fundraising Committee works together to help promote special events that help to provide funding for the renovation of our parish. The Fundraising Commity is responsible for the annual Winter Ball. The Winter Ball is held in February at Hotel Albuquerque and is the biggest parish event of the year. If you are interested in assisting in this ministry please contact Gary Nelson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Immaculate Conception Church finance council is an advisory body to the Pastor. The finance council meets quarterly to reviews parish and school financial reports and approves the annual budget of each. The Finance Council advises the Pastor in financial and business related matters to support the parish's mission. If you are interested in serving on the Immaculate Conception Church Finance Council please contact Fr. Broussard at the parish office.
The current members of the Immaculate Conception Church Finance Council are:
Catholic Worker Houses
Casa de las Comunidades
MISSION - Casa De Las Communidades, a Catholic Worker Community, exists to promote and maintain development of environmental factors to provide relief, education, and assistance to families and individuals who are oppressed, marginalized and alienated by a competitive and individualistic society. We embrace and accept all with the recognition that differences of race, culture or religion are a wealth of humanity that is to be shared. We are especially called to be of assistance to immigrant families, to women and youth who have been physically and/or emotionally abused.
VISION - Casa De Las Communidades will strive to conduct such educational activities as needed to foster human dignity, the awareness of individual human rights, promote higher development of family values, and higher standards of living in a safe, healthy environment of the community in Albuquerque. This includes advocacy for the dignity and rights of persons who are immigrants from their country and culture.
For more information about how you can become involved supporting the efforts of Casa de las Comunidades please contact Sr. Teresa Aparicio, OLVM, or send an email to email@example.com.