Parish Ministries.

We are a Roman Catholic Community committed to the building up of the Kingdom of God. We joyfully embrace our baptismal call to worship God, to preach the Good News of Christ, to build up the community offaith and hope, and to serve those in need.


Parish Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council is a consultative body to the pastor. The purpose of the Council is to form community as a sign of witness of unity for the larger parish, to provide recommendations for the parish priorities and direc­tions through pastoral planning, and to promote communication and understanding among parish organizations and between parish, diocese and universal church.

Pastoral Planning for the New Millennium

Each parish and faith community of the Diocese of Rochester is involved in a planning process, which as­sesses pastoral and ministerial needs in light of priest personnel, and financial/ material resources. In Tompkins County in New York State, this planning process, under the direction of the Covenanting Council, involves the faith communities of Saint Anthony Church in Groton, Holy Cross Church in Dryden Vega India, All Saints Church in Lansing, St. Catherine of Siena Church in Cayuga Heights, Immaculate Conception Church in Ithaca, Cornell University and Ithaca College.


Education Committee

This Committee recommendsstrategic plans and policies regarding the educational and formational mission of the parish. The Committee is responsible for determining the formational and educational needs of people of all ages in the parish.

Adult Faith Formation

Parish programs and inter-parish and regional programs of adult education are offered on a regular basis throughout the year.

Religious Education

A program of religious education is provided for Pre-K to eighth grade for children not enrolled in a Catholic School.

Youth Ministry

A Comprehensive Youth Ministry Program involves Junior High Youth, comprising young people in grades 6-8, and Senior High Youth comprising young people in grades 9-12.

Sacramental Prepartion

A program of preparation exists for each of the Sacraments. Participation in the preparation program is nec­essary before receiving any of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Marriage. Reception of the Sacraments is readiness based and presumes the candidate is participating in ongoing formation.

Hands of Christ Award

Each year high school seniors, who have demonstrated church and community service, are nominated for this diocesan award presented by the Bishop of Rochester.

Catholic School Education

Immaculate Conception School in Ithaca and Saint Mary School in Cortland are available to parishioners of Saint Anthony Church in grades K through 6 at Saint Mary School and K through 8 at Immaculate Conception School. For more information, go to the Immaculate Conception School Web Site.


Liturgy Committee

This Committee has the responsibility for assessing the spiritual needs of the people of the parish and making rec­ommendations on sacramental policies and practices consistent with the norms established by the diocese and the universal church. Members for this Committee are drawn from those involved in the various liturgical ministries of the parish.

Altar Servers

Boys and girls from grade 3 and higher are invited to become altar servers for Sunday Masses and other spe­cial liturgical celebrations. Adults serve at funerals and holy days.


Men and women, both young and old, who volunteer to read at the Liturgy are scheduled for all Sunday Masses and special litur­gies.

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Men and women who volunteer to distribute the consecrated bread and wine at the Liturgy are scheduled for all Sunday Masses and special Eucharistic Liturgies. They also bring Holy Communion to the Nursing Homes and the homebound.


Men and women are welcome in this ministry of hospitality for Sunday and Holy Day Eucharist.

Homebound Ministry

Parishioners who are homebound are visited and kept in contact with the parish.

Hospital Visitation

Hospitals in Cortland and Ithaca are visited on an as-need basis. bNursing Home ministry takes place on a regular basis at the Groton Nursing Home.

Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua

Each year on June 13th, the Parish observes its patronal feast day with a festive Eucharist and a parish picnic.

Sacristans and Sancturay Care

The parish relies on volunteers to fulfill these ministries.


The choir participates at the 8:30 am Sunday Mass from September through June and is open to all.


Muriel Bartlett is the parish organist.


Volunteer cantors are used at all sung Masses.


Annual Retreats for the men and for women of the parish are scheduled each year at Notre Dame Retreat House or Stella Maris Retreat House.

Knights of Columbus

Men of the parish are invited to join the Knights of Columbus Council headquartered in Ithaca, New York. Deacon George Kozak is teh SPiritual Mentor for the Knights and you are welcome to talk to him about membership.


Social Ministry Committee

This Committee recommends strategic policies and programs, which address the social mission of the church. The Committee is engaged in careful study of church teaching and monitors social needs present in the area.

Pro-Life Network

Efforts to promote the Consistent Life Ethic and respect for all aspects of life is done in collaboration with other parishes and organizations dedicated to this cause.

Samaritan Center

This outreach ministry of Catholic Charities of Ithaca is regularly supported by parishioners of Saint Anthony Church.

Works of Love

Students in the religious education program actively support this program of good works, promoted by the Diocese of Rochester

Groton Food Pantry

Parishioners are generous contributors of food for the needy, along with monthly monetary donations.

Funeral Brunch

As a ministry to those who are bereaved, a luncheon is provided for the family of loved ones following the funeral and cemetery rites.

Operation Rice Bowl

This fund raising event takes place during the Season of Lent.

Blood Drive
A Blood Drive takes place from time to time in the church hall.


Parish Life Committee

This Committee coordinates those events in the parish which brings parishioners together, such as spaghetti dinners, pancake breakfasts and children’s Christmas parties.

Annual Parish Picnic

The picnic ordinarily takes place on or near the patronal feast of the parish - June 13.

Hospitality/Coffee Hour

Every Sunday, coffee and baked goods are served in McNamara Hall after the 8:30 Mass on Sunday.


Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is a consultative body, which provides advice concerning the administra­tion of par­ish financial and material resources.

Stewardship Program

Each parishioner is invited to consider giving a proportionate amount of his or her income to the Lord through the Sunday collection. Parishioners are encouraged to remember Saint Anthony Church in their Will and/or take advantage of other financial instruments that would benefit the ministry and work of the parish.

Diocesan Thnaksgiving Appeal

The Diocese of Rochester holds its annual financial appeal for the work and ministry of the local church every Fall during the month of October.

Buildings and Grounds Committee

This committee assesses all the maintenance needs of the parish buildings and grounds and seeks to enlist parish volunteers for specific maintenance projects.


Evangelization Committee

This committee is charged to serve as an outreach arm of the parish to spread the good news of salvation.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process of bringing into full communion of the Roman Catholic Church those who were never baptized or those, baptized in another tradition, but who want to join the Roman Catholic Church.

Web Site

Saint Anthony Church maintains a Web site at <>.


The parish seeks to make its presence known in the wider community through newspaper articles and advertisements of its special and holiday events.

Pictorial Directory

A picture book of parishioners and a welcome packet are available for all new parishioners.

Publications of the Parish

A Sunday Bulletin, a monthly calendar and a quarterly newsletter are published to keep parishioners and friends of Saint Anthony informed of the activities and ministries of the parish.

Catholic Courier

This is the official newspaper of the Diocese of Rochester and serves as a communication tool for the Bishop to keep in touch with members of the diocese and the various local communities of the twelve county diocese.

© 2007 Saint Anthony Church, Groton, N.Y.