Weekend Experience

The Weekend Experience Ministry creates an irresistible environment where everyone can experience God’s transforming power and love wherever they are on their spiritual journey.  The Weekend Experience Ministry is responsible for welcoming, information sharing, helping visitors find ways to connect with the parish, music, the café and provide easy access about the campus to foster friendly relationships between existing parishioners and visitors.

Ministry Leader: Donna Rajcula
weekendexperience@sacredhearthopedale.org  508.212.7021


Ministry Leader Partner: Joe Sperino
weekendexperience@sacredhearthopedale.org  508.478.2391










Greeter Team

The Greeter Team welcomes everyone who comes through the door.  They make all our visitors feel that it does make a difference that they are there and that someone is happy to see them.

Contact: TBD: weekendexperience@sacredhearthopedale.org

Usher Team

These parishioners assist in maintaining the orderly movement and seating of the assembly before and during the liturgies.  They collect the weekly offering, take attendance and select parishioners who will bring the gifts forward to the altar at the offertory.

Contact: TBD: weekendexperience@sacredhearthopedale.org

Audio Visual (AV) Ministers

Members of this ministry coordinate the audio and visual aspects of the Mass.  They will operate the laptop that projects to the screen and synchronize the slides to the Mass.

Contact: Jeff Cote: weekendexperience@sacredhearthopedale.org

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are entrusted with the special responsibility of helping the priests and deacons distribute the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass. They are also available to bring Communion to those who are homebound and in local nursing homes.

Contact: Jean Dudley: weekendexperience@sacredhearthopedale.org

Liturgical Environment

Members of this ministry decorate the church to highlight liturgical seasons and feast.  Individuals with artistic or interior design skills are needed to create a pleasing and meaningful environment.

Contact: MaryBeth Hockenbury: weekendexperience@sacredhearthopedale.org

Martha & Mary Ministry

This group of men and women are responsible for the cleanliness of the sanctuary, sacristy, sacred vessels, candles and brass, linens, and vestments.  They ensure that the church remains a beautiful and appropriate environment in which the parish community can worship.

Contact: Connie Jackson: weekendexperience@sacredhearthopedale.org

Altar Servers

The Altar Servers assist the priest and deacons during Mass by participating in the entrance procession, presentation of the gifts, setting the altar as well as holding the prayer books. They serve during weekend liturgies, special celebrations, weddings and funerals.  Servers must have received First Eucharist prior to training for this ministry.

Contact: Gerald Maurais: weekendexperience@sacredhearthopedale.org


Parishioners with experience using video cameras, or a willingness to learn, are needed to tape the Saturday Mass. The recording is then broadcast to the homebound so they can participate in the Mass and hear the word of Christ in their home on Sunday mornings.

Contact: Dianne Ward: weekendexperience@sacredhearthopedale.org

Weekend Café Team

Serves food items, coffee, tea, juice and other refreshments on Sunday mornings.  This team is also tasked with interacting with the parishioners and visitors in a personal way.

Contact: Brenda Fishlock: weekendexperience@sacredhearthopedale.org

Events Team

Events team is a very rewarding part of our Church. We start the year off by having Italian Night, then we help with the yard sale, our new Event is the  Harvest Country Fest, then we end the year with the Christmas Fair.  Being part of this Team gets you involved with the community it is a lot of fun & very rewarding.

Contact: Christine Gaffney: weekendexperience@sacredhearthopedale.org

Baptismal Garment Seamstress

Parishioners with sewing skills prepare white garments, both robes and stoles to be used for the Sacrament of Baptism.  If you love to sew, this ministry for you.

Contact: Dolores LaPointe: weekendexperience@sacredhearthopedale.org

 Readers of the Word

These men, women and young adults proclaim the scriptures readings during Mass.  They devote time and preparation so that all may hear and understand the Word of God.

Contact: Michael Matondi: weekendexperience@sacredhearthopedale.org

New Member Ministry

This ministry welcomes and hosts new member orientation once a month in the Parish Center.

Contact: Lisa Lavalette: weekendexperience@sacredhearthopedale.org

Leader of Song

The Leader of Song serves the assembly by leading sacred songs, the responsorial psalm and Mass parts. Cantors must have a good singing voice and the willingness to sing in front of an assembly.

Contact:  weekendexperience@sacredhearthopedale.org

Sacred Heartbeats

The “Sacred HeartBeats” are the contemporary praise and worship music group at Sacred Heart Hopedale, and use a mix of mainstream popular Christian music along with traditional arrangements to lead the congregation in song for worship. Our mission is to touch the hearts of all Mass participants, attract the lost, and build disciples through music that is engaging, contemporary and attractive, while leading people to a higher place of worship; ultimately hoping to strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ. The Sacred HeartBeats also provide a contemporary music setting for other services and church events including the monthly healing service and the annual Seder Supper.

The group includes vocalists, acoustic guitars, electric guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and percussion, and performs music from a variety of current and contemporary artists such as Chris Tomlin, Michael W. Smith, Hillsong, Matt Maher, Matt Redman, The David Crowder Band and many others.

We strongly encourage anyone with vocal or musical talent who is interested in joining the group to speak with Ken Konicki or one of the other members anytime.

Contact: Ken Konicki: weekendexperience@sacredhearthopedale.org


Do you play the piano, guitar, flute, oboe, clarinet, electric guitar, bass, trumpet, drums or any instrument that will make a joyful noise? If so, consider lending your talent to your parish.  We’ll work around your schedule.

Contact:TBD  weekendexperience@sacredhearthopedale.org

Seasonal Choir

Those who would like to participate in the liturgical music ministry but can only do so on a limited basis are encouraged to join the Seasonal Choirs that sing at Christmas, Holy Week, and Easter.  Instrumentalists are very welcomed!

Contact:TBD weekendexperience@sacredhearthopedale.org


Children’s Choir

The Sacred Heart Children’s Choir learns appropriate music for the liturgy, seasons of the church and fundamentals of singing during rehearsals in a fun and safe environment. Children in grades 1-6 are welcome to use their musical gifts to praise God.

Contact: Kristen Grillo: weekendexperience@sacredhearthopedale.org