Ministries

WORD - Leads us to a deeper relationship with Christ

  • Adult Faith Formation

  • Alpha Bible Study

    PurposeThe Alpha Bible Study Group gathers together to read, study, and discuss the books of the Bible. What do these teachings mean to us and how do we apply them to our lives? We will help answer the questions as to the authors who wrote these books, when they were written and for what purpose. There is a difference between bible reading and bible study. In our group all members are able to ask questions, participate in the readings, and are able to discuss their concerns on the meaning of the various passages in each of the books in the bible. There are no experts, only parish members who wish to share the word of God with each other.

    CommitmentWe meet every Wednesday in the Parish Hall from 7:15 to 8:45PM from mid September to Mid June. Each person is expected to bring their own bible. We will supply reading and discussion material on the particular book of the Bible we are studying at the time. All parish members are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings.

  • Arise: Small Christian Communities for Adults

  • Baptism Preparation

    Baptismal Preparation

    PurposeTo prepare parents wishing to have their infants or toddlers baptized in the Catholic Church. Godparents are also asked to attend this training. The class is both informational and community oriented as several parents are brought together to share the importance of their Catholic faith as it relates to their children.

    CommitmentClasses are held on the first Sunday of the month at 1:30pm in the Parish Center. Parents and godparents only attend one class. Each class lasts approximately one hour. Volunteers interested in this ministry would be trained and scheduled to teach about once every two months.

  • Edge Middle School Ministry

    Purpose EDGE is the collaborative middle school youth ministry program of St. Nicholas and St. William Parishes for young people in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th. Our goal is to give middle school students the edge, the Catholic edge, the Jesus edge, as they go through a time of remarkable change in their lives. In many respects middle school youth are on the edge because so much is going on in their lives physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially. Edge is a comprehensive youth ministry program for all middle school youth confirmed or not yet confirmed, who attend both public and Catholic school. The Edge is a non-classroom model - communicating the faith through games, small groups, short talks, skits, activities, worship, prayer, sacraments, fellowship, and media presentations. This model also provides us the opportunity to offer retreats, service outreach, and fun activities.

    Commitment Edge Nights are the core of the program and offer a time for the middle school youth to gather together with caring adults and older teens and discuss their faith, their challenges, and have fun in a safe and secure environment. Edge nights are on Monday nights from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Teen Center. Liturgical Ministers - Eucharistic Ministers

    Purpose Ministers assist in the distribution of Eucharist at all Masses. This is a beautiful way to serve the parish and enhance your own spiritual life.

    Commitment The time commitment can be variable as Eucharistic ministers indicate their availability for service two months in advance and are typically assigned to 1-2 masses per month. If the minister is unable to fulfill the commitment it becomes their responsibility to arrange a substitute.

    Training Sessions lasting approximately one hour are given periodically throughout the year to provide the necessary background and procedures for this ministry.

  • Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

    Purpose To engage adults who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith. Those who complete the process will receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil.

  • Rite of Christian Initiation for Children & Teens

    Purpose To prepare children above the age of seven who have not yet received their sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. This process is carried out jointly with St. William Parish.

  • Retreats for Adults

  • Sacrament Prepration for Children

    Purpose To prepare students to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Sacrament of Eucharist. This program is part of the School of Religious Education for Children and is carried out jointly with St. William Parish.

    Commitment Classes meet on Sunday mornings from 10:45am to 12:00pm at St. Nicholas School or Monday evenings from 5:45pm to 7:00pm at St. Nicholas School. Sacramental preparation is a two-year process beginning in first grade. Students must complete both years of the program. This program runs late September through May.

  • Speaker Series for Adults

  • Children's Faith Formation

    Purpose To provide religious education for students in Kindergarten through fifth grade who do not attend parochial school. The program consists of prayers, scripture, church, faith, self-appreciation, value formation, responsibility, service, and projects. This program is carried out jointly with St. William Parish.

    Commitment Classes meet on Sunday mornings from 10:45am to 12:00 noon at St. Nicholas School or Monday evenings from 5:45pm to 7:00pm at St. Nicholas School. This program runs late September through May.

  • Teen Ministry - The Intersection

    p style="text-align: left;">Purpose To foster a Christian Community among the high school youth from St. Nicholas and St. William parish communities, the Diocese of San Jose, and the greater worldwide community. This ministry supports, challenges, and encourages the faith life of local teens.

    Commitment theIntersection serves high school parishioners of St. Nicholas and St. William Catholic Churches throughout the year and allows different levels of commitment. Activities include Sunday Nights at theIntersection from 6:15 – 8:30pm at the Teen Center behind St. Nicholas School, social justice and leadership opportunities, retreats, and much more. Check out our website at intersectiontm.com for more information.

  • Women's Retreat

    Purpose To provide an experience of rest and reflection in a spiritual setting where you can be refreshed and strengthened with new energy and renewal.

    Commitment The St. Nicholas Women’s Retreat is held annually at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos off University Avenue. This location is an incredibly beautiful and spiritual environment where you can relax, reflect, and still be close to home. The retreats begin Friday evening with a reception and dinner, and then close Sunday afternoon with lunch. The retreat is usually held the last weekend in April. Brochures are available at the Jesuit Retreat Center (jrclosaltos.org), St. Nicholas Church, and St. Nicholas School.


WORSHIP - Sunday Liturgy is the highlight of our week

  • Altar Linen & Alb Care

  • Altar Servers

    Purpose To provide an experience of rest and reflection in a spiritual setting where you can be refreshed and strengthened with new energy and renewal.

    Commitment The St. Nicholas Women’s Retreat is held annually at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos off University Avenue. This location is an incredibly beautiful and spiritual environment where you can relax, reflect, and still be close to home. The retreats begin Friday evening with a reception and dinner, and then close Sunday afternoon with lunch. The retreat is usually held the last weekend in April. Brochures are available at the Jesuit Retreat Center (jrclosaltos.org), St. Nicholas Church, and St. Nicholas School.

  • Altar Society

  • Liturgical Ministers - Eucharistic Ministers

    Purpose Ministers assist in the distribution of Eucharist at all Masses. This is a beautiful way to serve the parish and enhance your own spiritual life.

    Commitment The time commitment can be variable as Eucharistic ministers indicate their availability for service two months in advance and are typically assigned to 1-2 masses per month. If the minister is unable to fulfill the commitment it becomes their responsibility to arrange a substitute.

    Training Sessions lasting approximately one hour are given periodically throughout the year to provide the necessary background and procedures for this ministry.

  • Liturgical Ministers - Lectors

    Liturgical Ministers – Lectors

    Purpose To proclaim the Word of God at weekend masses and special liturgies throughout the year. This provides the lay minister the opportunity to participate more fully in the liturgical life of the parish.

    Commitment Lectors are given an annotated lectionary of the readings for each year with advice about presentation. The lector is expected to study and practice privately prior to the mass. The time commitment can be variable as lectors indicate their availability for service two months in advance and are typically assigned to 1-2 masses per month. If the lector is unable to fulfill the commitment it becomes their responsibility to arrange a substitute.

    Background Although no particular experience is required, a lector should be able to speak clearly and with confidence in a public forum. 

  • Liturgical Ministers - Ushers

    Purpose To greet members of our community and guests as they enter the Church to attend Mass, as well as assisting them in finding seats. Our Ushers ensure everyone receives a church bulletin as they leave Church.

    Commitment You will be scheduled once or twice every eight weeks. The time commitment can be variable as ushers can indicate their availability for service in advance.

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  • Music Ministry

    Purpose To foster and provide support for the full and active participation of the assembly, which includes the singing of hymns, songs, psalms, sung responses and acclamations. Music is also provided to accompany certain liturgical actions and prayers.

    Commitment The Music Ministry team includes the Music Director, accompanists, cantors, and instrumentalists who share their gifts at our various liturgies. The Choir, which primarily sings at the 10:45AM Mass and special events such as Fall Festival, Confirmations, Christmas Midnight Mass, and the Easter Triduum (the great three days), consists of dedicated volunteers who strive to enrich the liturgical celebrations by adding musical elements to the assembly’s voice. Practice takes place each Sunday at 9:00AM at the Youth Center. The choir also meets for random Monday or Wednesday evenings at the church depending on specific upcoming celebrations. (See bulletin, or contact the Music Director for rehearsal schedules).


WITNESS - Sharing our Time, Talent and Treasure

  • Bridges to Community

    PurposeTo plan, organize, and coordinate activities, which allow parishioners to put our Catholic faith and beliefs into practice through various programs that benefit others. Bridges to Community sponsors the following St. Nicholas social justice programs: Hunger Knows No Season, Christmas Giving Tree, Biannual Blood Drive, Women's Career Clothing Drive, Homeless Needs Collection and the Volunteer Activities Data Bank. Bridges to Community is the human concerns group within St. Nicholas parish.

    Commitment We are always in need of extra hands to help, new ideas to implement, and ongoing support through contributions to any of our sponsored projects. You are encouraged to join our group at any time. We meet the second Monday of each month, at 7:30pm, in the Parish Center.

  • Gardening Ministry

  • Green Team

  • Lunch Bunch

  • Pastoral Care of the Homebound

  • Right to Life

  • Rummage Sale

  • Sunday Hospitality

    Purpose To reinforce that all are welcome at St. Nicholas. This committee witnesses to this truth by serving juice, coffee, and donuts after each Mass on Sunday. It is a time for members of our community to gather and socialize. The parish provides the refreshments.

    Commitment Each Hospitality Team has at least seven members and minister three times a year.


PARISH ADMINISTRATION

  • Finance Council

    Purpose To oversee the operating budgets of the parish and school. The Council provides guidance, direction, and shares in the Pastor’s fiduciary responsibility. The Council also assesses the long-range financial health of the parish and the feasibility of long-term projects.

    Commitment Meetings are held one evening every three months. There may be work between meetings on some occasions. Members serve three-year renewable terms.

    Selection The Pastor selects committee members. Interested parishioners may submit their names to our Pastor.

  • Money Counting

  • Parish Office Volunteers

    Purpose To provide assistance to the parish office staff by stuffing envelopes, answering phones and occasionally covering the office.

    Commitment Generally, about 2-4 hours several times a year with additional times during the first week of November for Christmas mailings and March/April for Easter mailings. Actual times can be somewhat flexible.

  • Parish Council