Altar Rosary Society/Lazarus Group
The Altar Rosary Society is responsible for the complete care of the church altars, and educates others to know the rosary. The society prays the rosary immediately following the 8 a.m. Mass on Sundays. Altar Rosary also helps meet the needs of the parish spiritually and holds fundraisers to help financially. The Lazarus group provides the repast (meal) for the family following funerals held at St. Dominic. Both groups meet on the second Sunday of each month. No meetings in June, July or August.
Angel Tree Christmas Giving
St. Dominic church provides gifts during the Christmas season to boys and girls at the St. Vincent's and to needy families and individuals in the neighborhood surrounding our Parish.
The athletic Committee provides an opportunity for the athletic growth, spiritual development and maturing of the individual young athlete. Youth athletic activities are coordinated through this committee, which meets every third Monday of the month.
Bakhita Dance Ministry
Bakhita is the liturgical dance ministry of St. Dominic Church. Our purpose is to glorify God through our expressions in dance, and to give thanks to God for all He is. The group is named for St. Josephine Bakhita of Sudan, who was canonized in 2000. Bakhita participates in various city-wide ecumenical worship arts programs throughout the year. Practices are held weekly.
Joyful Inspiration Youth Dance Ministry
The Children’s Dance Ministry is a community outreach program whose mission is pride, enthusiasm, celebration of life, community, and the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ through music and dance. We explore various forms of dance and music, including liturgical, African, hip hop, step and mime. Practice is on Sunday afternoons in St. Dominic Parish Center.
We have two adult choirs and a youth choir that praise and glorify God by sharing their gift of song throughout the city. The Traditional Choir sings at the 8 a.m. Mass and presents the annual Christmas Concert at St. Dominic. The Gospel Choir sings at the 11:30 a.m. Mass and hosts an annual Gospel Spring Concert. The Youth Choir sings at the monthly Youth Mass, combined choir events and other special occasions. Adult rehearsals are held every Saturday. The Youth Choir (ages 6 and up) sings at the Youth Mass. Youth rehearsals are held the third Saturday of the month.
St. Dominic’s Community Garden is a collaboration between parish volunteers, people in the surrounding community, and community organizations such as Neighborhood House, Inc. Its mission is to improve neighborhood life through gardening, and helps build a sense of community through the growing and sharing of food. It is open to all.
Fabron, Ellison, Atcheson and Twentieth (F.E.A.T.)
F.E.A.T. is a community-based outreach ministry of St. Dominic that helps further our goal to be a viable Catholic Parish serving the inner city. F.E.A.T provides opportunities for children, parents and seniors of the church’s neighborhood through activities such as a community garden, neighborhood cleanups, classes or workshops on daily living, and planting flowers in their yards. This ministry meets on Thursdays.
The Family Kitchen at St. Dominic answers Christ’s call to feed the hungry by providing free meals for the community surrounding the parish. The food is provided and prepared by the non-profit Community Kitchen, Inc., and served by volunteers from St. Dominic and from the community. Health screenings, referrals to community services and educational assistance are also provided.
The Finance Council is a consultative body established to advise the pastor in matters pertaining to the financial affairs of the parish. It assists the pastor in planning and administering all parish financial matters and setting the policy and procedures to effectively manage parish assets. Members are chosen by the pastor and must be Christian faithful who are active in the parish.
God Provides Ministry
St. Dominic founded God Provides in partnership with the Church of the Resurrection in New Albany. This ministry coordinates with donors throughout the city to collect gently used clothing and household items and distribute them to those in need, working with Neighborhood House and other community organizations.
The mission of the Health Ministry is to provide health information and programs to the St. Dominic parish and its neighboring community so that we may become whole in mind, body, and spirit. Activities include an annual health fair, summer walking group, line dancing classes and weight management class. You do not need to be in the health or medical industry to participate.
Men’s Bible Study
The men of St. Dominic invite all men, parishioners and non-parishioners, Catholic and non-Catholic, to grow in their relationship with God through prayer and the study of biblical scripture. Meetings are on Wednesday evenings.
Men’s Prayer Breakfast
The men of St. Dominic host a prayer breakfast every second Saturday of the month. All men age 18 and over, whether parishioners or non-parishioners, are invited to take part in the breakfast and an opportunity to grow in faith through fellowship, biblical study and prayer.
Morning Bible Study
The morning bible study group is for men and women who would like further discussion and study of the Gospel readings for the upcoming week. This group meets on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. following the daily morning Mass.
Ministers of the Liturgy
Ministers of the Liturgy include all Altar Servers, Lectors, Sacristans and Eucharistic Ministers. They may be called on for Holy Day Masses and other liturgical celebrations, as well as weddings and funerals. Anyone who is a confirmed Catholic, regularly attends St. Dominic, and meets the specific requirements of each ministry may participate. An Altar Server or Lector must have received First Communion and know the principal prayers of the Mass. An Altar Server must also be tall enough to safely manage lit candles. Altar service is a wonderful way for youth to become involved in the Mass. Both youth and adult Lectors read the First and Second Readings during the Mass, and may also read or sing the Responsorial Psalm. Ability to read aloud in a clear manner is the only requirement. A Sacristan prepares the altar for liturgical celebrations and is charged with the care of the church, the sacristy and their contents. Anyone who is a Confirmed Catholic may be a Sacristan. Eucharistic Ministers assist the priest with the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass. Any confirmed Catholic age 16 or older may participate. An initial training session is required for all Ministers of the Liturgy.
Parish Pastoral Council
Pastoral Council is a consultative body which investigates and advises the pastor on matters pertaining to the spiritual care and guidance of parishioners. It also identifies the needs of the parish and proposes solutions to those needs, and plans strategies for fulfilling the Catholic community’s mission. Members must be Christian faithful who are active in the parish.
RCIA - Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults
RCIA is a process through which a person is introduced to the Catholic faith and is fully incorporated into the Body of Christ, the Church. This process includes instruction, prayer, and liturgical ceremonies that mark each stage. Catechumens (those who have never been baptized) and Candidates (those who are baptized in a different faith tradition or a baptized Catholic who has never been confirmed) are mentored throughout the process by their chosen sponsors and a team of instructors.
Rite of Passage
The Rite of Passage is an annual church ceremony based on African rituals conducted for youth who have entered their teens. This is our way of celebrating our graduating high school seniors and sending them into their next “circle of life,” young adulthood. Among other activities, the students prepare story boards about their lives and write a thank-you letter to their community for the ceremony, which is held on the last Sunday of May at the 11:30 a.m. Mass.
St. Dominic annually provides scores of Thanksgiving food baskets for needy families in our church and the neighboring community. Parishioners donate food and money, assemble and distribute baskets, and have partnered with other groups such as Resurrection Parish and Columbus Downtown High School students in collecting food items. Parish youth may earn community service hours for participating.
An Usher/Greeter welcomes those entering the church, and assists with seating, taking up the Offertory, and releasing each row for Communion.
Visitors for Christ
St. Dominic Visitors for Christ are Eucharistic Ministers who, in a most reverent and timely manner, provide Communion to the sick and shut-in of our church. We invite all registered parishioners who are practicing and confirmed to participate. A three-hour initial training is required.
Women’s Bible Study and Annual Retreat
The women of St. Dominic invite all women--parishioners and non-parishioners, Catholics and non-Catholics--to grow in their relationship with God through the study of biblical scripture and prayer from a woman’s perspective. The Women’s Bible Study group hosts an annual retreat that enhances the spiritual education and fellowship that fills the rest of the year. Women’s Bible Study meets on Wednesday evenings. The Annual Women’s Retreat is held in late summer or early fall.