Korean Catholic Community of Syracuse (KCCS)
At Our Lady of Hope we are proud to have Korean Catholic parishioners that consist of graduate and undergraduate students, faculty members and post doctoral researchers from Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. This group attends the 11:15 AM Sunday Mass and meets for fellowship in the RCIA room, off the Eucharistic Chapel, following Mass. Every year, several new members go through the RCIA program and celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation at Easter. Every other month, a Korean priest from Buffalo visits Our Lady of Hope to celebrate a Korean Mass. Fellow Central New York Korean residents come to participate in these special liturgies. Our group also participates in Our Lady of Hope Festival, providing Korean food along with performances by the Syracuse University Korean Drum Group (Cheon Ji In).
This is a group that likes to travel and visit a variety of places including NYC, ball games, shopping and theater productions. A wonderful way to meet other parishioners while sharing common interests.
Young Adult Group
Activities are planned for young adults ages 18-40 throughout the year. Please consult the bulletin.
It is in the celebration of the Christmas season when the sharing of our gifts, talents and time for those in need demonstrates where Christ truly lives. This ministry provides that opportunity by collecting clothing, food and toys for the needy of our parish community and local area. Volunteers shop, wrap and assemble packages, to be distributed before Christmas.
These volunteers are committed to maintaining American Heart Association CPR/AED certification in order to respond to a medical emergency occurring during a liturgy or other church function.
This hospitable group of parishioners shows their care for families undergoing the loss of a loved one by providing a buffet following the funeral service. Many hands behind the scene bake, cook and prepare the environment with care whenever called.
Pastoral and Eucharistic Minister Visits
Letting the members of our parish family who are homebound or in nursing homes and hospitals know by these weekly or biweekly visits that they have a loving, caring God that will not forget them is a blessed gift to share. Bringing Eucharist to shut-ins reminds them they are still a part of a faith-filled and praying community that can not do without them. Interested adults will be instructed and supported in carrying out this ministry.
The decorating and plant care ministry is responsible for the decorative embellishments of the church building and within its worship space. This is done with attention to liturgical appropriateness, augmenting the seasons Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Ordinary time. This ministry works in collaboration with other parish groups in planning and carrying out these goals. This is a ministry where you can use your creative gifts to impact the worship environment, thus enhancing the various liturgical celebrations.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
Greeters and Ushers
Ongoing Spiritual, Educational & Enrichment for Youth
Grades Pre K – 8
Providing catechesis for children pre K – grade 5 is the purpose of this ministry. Our Catechist’s are committed to nurturing your Children’s faith and plant seeds in their hearts. This is a wonderful opportunity to share our faith with our children. You don’t need to be a “teacher”, just some one who loves children and wants to help plant seeds of faith in their hearts. Classes are Sunday from 9:45 – 10:45 AM from September through April. Adults are needed as classroom teachers, aides, craft helpers and hall monitors. If you would like to be a classroom teacher, aide or hall monitor please let us know.
Peg Mincher, Director
Our Lady of Hope
Grades 9 – 12
This program continues the faith formation taught in the lower grades. Our Catechists are committed to continuing the faith taught in the lower grades and build a solid foundation of faith culminating with Confirmation. It builds a solid foundation of faith culminating with Confirmation. The sharing that takes place in classes helps the teens deal with real life issues at home, school and at work. Classes are Sunday from 9:45 – 10:45 AM from September through April. Adults are needed to help as teachers, small group leaders and chaperones for retreats. If you would like to be a classroom teacher, aide or hall monitor please let us know.
Peg Mincher, Director
Our Lady of Hope
Parish Operation Ministries
Parish Operation Ministries
Diocesan Pastoral Council, Trustees, Parish Council, Finance Committee, Liturgy Committee
Building Maintenance and Grounds
Fundraising and Appeals
This annual event occurs in the spring. Volunteers are needed for dropping off, sorting, pricing, setting up, selling and cleaning up.
Fall Festival and Chicken Barbecue
The yearly event occurs the Saturday after Labor Day featuring baked goods, basket raffle, contests, craft tables, entertainment, games for kids and families, junk food alley, Korean food and our famous chicken barbecue. Volunteers are needed for all aspects from advertising to cleaning up.
As a function of the Finance Committee, this assures that St. James fulfills its obligation to the Hope Appeal. Those that benefit from this Appeal include: Formation for Ministry, Religious Education, Youth Ministry, Sacramental Preparation, Outreach Programs, Catholic Charities, Vocations and Catholic Schools. Volunteers are needed to assist the coordinator.
Parish Office Administration
This ministry’s purpose is to facilitate communication of information to the parishioners by stuffing envelopes and preparing bulk mailings when needed.This is a help to the office staff by relegating time-consuming tasks to volunteers and freeing the staff to concentrate on the regular office routine.
This ministry provides an accurate and continual update of the parish celebrations and events by way of the St. James’ sign in the front of the rectory. This signage depicts the spirit of our worship and activities. Informational changes are made as needed throughout the year.
Music Ministers’ Resources
In this section, you will find resources available to Our Lady of Hope music ministers. Please select the following link to access the Cantor and Psalmist Schedule document in Microsoft Excel Workbook format:
Our Lady of Hope Choirs, Cantors, and Instrumentalists
The people of Our Lady of Hope are invited to share their God-given musical talents in an enthusiastic, prayerful, and dedicated sacred music ministry. A place is always available for both professional and amateur musicians to sustain the musical excellence of Our Lady of Hope choirs ad maiorem Dei gloriam (“for the greater glory of God”). Music is an integral part of Catholic Mass and is one way to facilitate the fully conscious and active participation of the Faithful. Our Lady of Hope is blessed to have many talented choristers, cantors, and instrumentalists to enrich its liturgies. While our liturgies incorporate those songs common to Roman Rite Catholic churches in the United States, the liturgical music is informed by and often includes the chants of the Graduale Romanum—the Church’s official book for the choir.
Jubilate Deo Choir
The Jubilate Deo (“sing joyfully to the Lord”) Choir sings music specific to the choir and also provides congregational song support when singing the 8:15 AM and 11:15 AM Sunday Masses and the Masses of Solemnities and Feasts. All are invited to participate; previous choral experience is not necessary to join. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM.
The Saint James Church Handbell Choir, which presides over four-and-a-half octaves of handbells and three octaves of handchimes, is made up of eight to eleven players. This choir frequently plays during Masses but may also perform for the community in a non-liturgical context. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM. Players must be able to read music.
Cantors and Psalmists
Some members of the choir may be invited by the Director of Music to minister as a cantor or psalmist during Masses. The cantor leads the singing of the congregation. The psalmist proclaims the verses of the Responsorial Psalm from the ambo after the First Reading and leads the congregation in singing its response. The ministries of cantor and psalmist are often entrusted to the same person during a Mass. Cantors and psalmists attend Wednesday evening choir rehearsals at 7:00 PM and remain after the general choir is dismissed to learn music specific to their ministries such as the Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Verse.