Little Flower Organizations
For any questions in regard to any of the following ministries or volunteer opportunities, please contact the administration office at (210) 735-9126 ext. 100 or email@example.com
Coordinator: Colleen Ortegon
An organization made to help facilitate and assist other organizations, to recruit, plan, and more. Keep an eye out for Stewardship Sundays, when all the organizations are present to help you find the right place for you and your family!
Brown Scapular (La Cofradía del Escapulario)
President: Maria Medina
One of the signs in the tradition of the Church from many centuries ago is the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It is a sign approved by the Church and accepted by the Carmelite Order as an external sign of love for Mary, of the trust her children have in her, and of commitment to live like her.
Among the Carmelites, the stage came when a smaller version of the Scapular was accepted as the sign of belonging to the Order and an expression of its spirituality, here at the Basilica the organization is the Brown Scapular (La Cofradía del Escapulario).
President: Delores Cox
The Altar Society works closely with the pastor to maintain the beauty of our Basilica. From providing vestments for our Carmelite Fathers and linens for our altar to cleaning the Basilica every week. Our members serve the Lord and our parish community by offering our time and talents when needed.
Holy Name Society
Coordinator: Ralph de la Rosa
The Confraternity of the Most Holy Names of God and Jesus (Holy Name Society) promotes reverence for the Sacred Names of God and Jesus Christ. Members are called to assist in parish ministries by performing the Corporal Works of Mercy: to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty, shelter to the homeless, tend the sick, visit those in prison, and bury the dead.
St. Vincent de Paul
President: Richard Aguilar
Begun in 1833 in Paris, France, St. Vincent de Paul offers kindness, respect and compassion to the poor. Little Flower’s chapter helps the less fortunate members of our parish community through food, financial help with rent or utilities, and most of all, helps them grow spiritually and know that Christ is with them and loves them.
Eucharistic Ministers of the Holy Communion, Lectors and Commentators
Coordinator: Brenda Villarreal
Ministers express their love for the Word of God in Scripture and make parishioners and visitors feel welcome to the celebration of the Mass at the Basilica. Lectors proclaim the Word of God in such a way that it touches the hearts of the assembly. Lectors are commissioned by the pastor to reflect on the Word of God and uniquely address our assembly. Eucharistic ministers assist the priest in administering the sacraments of the Eucharist, the consecrated bread and wine.
Ministros Eucarísticos de la Santa Comunión, Lectores y Comentaristas
Coordinator: Carmen Leija
Los ministros expresan su amor por la Palabra de Dios en las Escrituras y hacen que los feligreses y visitantes se sientan bienvenidos a la celebración de la misa en la Basílica. Los lectores proclaman la Palabra de Dios de tal manera que toque los corazones de la asamblea. El pastor comisiona a los lectores a reflexionar sobre la Palabra de Dios y dirigirse de manera única a nuestra asamblea. Los ministros de la Eucaristía ayudan al sacerdote a administrar los sacramentos de la Eucaristía, el pan y el vino consagrados.
Coordinator: Rosemary Saucedo
Eucharistic ministers that are able to take the Eucharist to those who are ill, homebound, or otherwise unable to attend Mass.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
Instructor: Eloise Moran
A faith formation process developed by the Catholic Church for prospective converts to Catholicism who are above the age of infant baptism. Candidates are gradually introduced to aspects of Catholic beliefs and practices.
Rito de Iniciación Cristiana para Adultos (RICA)
Instructor: Maria Luisa Villalon
Un proceso de formación en la fe desarrollado por la Iglesia Católica para los futuros conversos al catolicismo que están por encima de la edad del bautismo infantil. Los candidatos son introducidos gradualmente a aspectos de las creencias y prácticas católicas.
Secular Order of the Discalced Carmelites (OCDS)
President: Patty Babcock
The mission of these third order men and women is to live the Carmelite charism “in the world” instead of in a rectory or convent. Secular Discalced Carmelites study the writings of the Carmelite saints, attend daily mass, pray the Liturgy of the Hours, and set aside 30 minutes a day for additional prayer. The community meets one day a month for fellowship, prayer, and Carmelite formation.
Coordinator: Fred Garcia
Ushers provide welcomes and assistance to the congregation, as well as assist with collections during the Mass. Young men 15 and up serve at Mass as an usher.
Ladies Arts & Crafts
Coordinator: Rosie Cardenas
Get your craft on with the Arts & Crafts group! This group holds craft shows twice a year, so keep an eye out for the next show!
Coordinator: Charles Luevano
Altar servers assist the Fathers at Masses as needed with processions, blessings, rituals, and readings. The ministry is open to boys in grades 5 through 12 who have received First Eucharist.