Parish Community

Annual Spring Clean-up

Each spring, volunteers gather on a spring morning to help clean the inside of the Church, the PAC and the surrounding lawn and garden areas. Volunteers are asked to bring cleaning supplies and equipment, new plantings or prepare food for snacks and lunch for the workers.

Contact: Don DeHart

Arts and Environment

This ministry decorates the inside of the church for liturgical events and feasts with symbols and banners.

Contact: Sophie Beninati

Bottle and Cans

This unique group holds a monthly weekend drive on Church grounds behind the Pastoral Center. People bring returnable bottles and cans. Committee accepts donations, sorts and transports to redemption center in North Reading. This humble ministry is our primary source of revenue (besides individual donations) paying for the Parish Activity Center! If you have a pickup truck, even better, but you're welcomed to join a great group of people who enjoy the help of our teens. Small time commitment and we send out for coffee!

Contact: Larry Mullen

Christmas Pageant

Christmas Pageant is a group of elementary school students to put together and perform the Christmas Pageant. Pageant is read the script and the elementary school students act out the pageant as the story is read.

The parish has costumes and props for the students. The rehearsal is the Saturday before Epiphany after the 4pm Mass and the performance is Epiphany Sunday after the 9am Mass. Notice to give out to the elementary religious education class to invite them to be part of the pageant.

Contact: MaryAnne Cuscuna

Cub Scouts

Pack 735 (see Pack 735 website)

Contact: Chris Boran or Aaren Lonks


Our annual Faire is our largest fundraiser and is held the weekend before Thanksgiving. We raise over $15,000 each year. It is a wonderful opportunity for people to come together to share time, talents and fun!

Contact: Ed and Joanne Fitzpatrick, John and Michelle Barrette


This ministry's role is to maintain the perennial garden in front of the Parish Activity Center and plantings around birdbath and Church sign and peace pole.

Contact: Office


Photographers to take pictures of various Parish events to help maintain our Parish history.

Contact: Dino Cuscuna

Social Committee

A group of volunteers who offer many day and overnight trips to the Parish. Our goal is to help build the St. Athanasius community by providing social opportunities to our families and friends, e.g., Newport Mansions, New York/Atlantic City, Niagara Falls, Martha’s Vineyard, Red Sox games, and much more.

Contact: Tricia O’Brien

Sunday Coffee Hour

Each Sunday volunteers are needed to help setup for the Coffee Hour after the 9am Mass. more info to come ...

Contact: Sophie Beninati

Youth Ministry

The goals of Catholic Youth Ministry in the United States are:

  1. To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
  2. To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
  3. To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young Person.

These goals are accomplished by implementing eight different components, that make up a comprehensive youth ministry program. Here at St. Athanasius we are trying to incorporate all these components into our Youth Ministry program. Listed are the different components and what the parish has done to incorporate the components into our parish.

Components of Youth Ministry
Community Life
Justice and Service
Leadership Development
Pastoral Care
Prayer and Worship

Youth volunteers are needed:
To be on the High School Youth Ministry Board
To help run youth ministry events
To participate in youth ministry events

Adult volunteers are needed:
To be part of the Adult Youth Ministry Board
To be an event coordinator
To be an event volunteer
To be a mentor

Contact: Brad Agostinelli

Welcoming Ministry

The members of the Welcoming ministry contact and invite new community members into the process and life of the parish.
They inform newcomers of ministerial possibilities while offering opportunities for them to share in the stewardship commitment of St. Athanasius Catholic community.
Contact: Office
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