Ministry Index

Respect Life Committee

Our mission is to educate the parish community on how to best promote life from the moment of conception to natural death. This involves encouraging involvement on the parish, diocesan, and national level. Activities include the Life Chain, prayer at the abortion clinic, rallies in Columbia and Washington DC, and Rosaries for Life. The end to the legalization of abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and embryonic stem cell research is our goal and prayer.

Contact Person

Margaret St. Germain

Jesus, Light of the World Prayer Group

We are affiliated with the United States and South Carolina Catholic Charismatic Renewal and our liaison to Bishop Guglielmone is Deacon Jack Crocker from Lexington, SC

Activity: We are open to anyone who wishes to gather with us to pray for the needs of our families, our Church, our community and our nation, and to enrich their life by drawing closer to God. We have found that by praying for others, we draw closer together; we even sing a little song at the end of each meeting asking the Lord to weave us together in love. And, He has done that, as we often have the occasion to be support for each other in many ways. We encourage and welcome new members or visitors who come to share with us God’s richest blessings.

Meeting Times and Locations: Tuesday at 10:30 AM in room 111 & On the second Tuesday of each month, we meet at Windsor House West Nursing Home, Main Building, 850, John B. White Sr. Blvd., Spartanburg, SC, 29301. at 10:30 AM., those who can, go back to JORS and attend Mass together at 12:00.

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Contact Person
Pansy Harris

Regnum Christi

Mission Statement & Activity: As an organization born in the heart of the Church, Regnum Christi’s mission is to bring Christ’s redemptive message to every heart and to extend Christ’s Kingdom in full collaboration with the Church and its bishops. Regnum Christi’s goals and activities are primarily spiritual, transcendent, and salvific. Regnum Christi´s apostolic goal is to form a particular kind of Catholic: one who is actively committed to Jesus Christ and his Church at the service of all people. By its charisma, Regnum Christi supports the ministry of the local dioceses, promotes parish life, and encourages personal initiative in its members, inviting them to undertake apostolic works according to the circumstances of time and place. We share the charisma of the Legionaries of Christ, a religious congregation of pontifical right, founded in 1941.

Meeting Times and Locations: Thursdays, 7pm-9pm in Room 111

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Contact Person
Margaret St.Germain

Contemplative/Centering Prayer

Mission Statement & Activity: Our mission is to foster for each of our members an ever deepening intimacy and union with God through our daily practice of centering/contemplative prayer. We journey together along the road of inner transformation and growth in holiness that accompanies the divine gift of contemplation. We recognize that the source of our prayer and of any transformation that takes place within us is the Indwelling Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our Contemplative Prayer Group, like the many others from around the world, is affiliated with Contemplative Outreach LTD. Contemplative Outreach, under the direction of Fr. Thomas Keating, is attempting to renew for today’s world the long and very rich tradition of contemplation that exists in our Catholic Church.

For those not familiar with contemplative prayer, the classic definition is “resting in God”, the communing with Him in silence, beyond thoughts, words, feelings, and images.

Meeting Times and Locations: Every Tuesday at 7PM inRoom 104.

Affiliation: Contemplative Outreach LTD.

Contact Person
John Cetone

JORS Food Pantry

The Food Pantry was established to assist the needy families of our parish when they don’t have money for food. It is intended to help fill some basic needs once a month; sometimes twice if the family is in dire need. Everything in the Pantry is supplied by parishioners. The pantry requires some paperwork and clients should bring identification (driver’s license and Social Security card) which will be copied for our records.

Based on availability, we supply are canned meats, rice, instant potatoes, spaghetti and sauce, vegetables, cereal or oatmeal, coffee and tea, canned pastas, soups, canned fruit, condiments, peanut butter and jelly, some baking items, as well as diapers. We also have some personal hygiene products such as laundry and dish detergents, toothpaste and toothbrushes, shampoo and hand soaps, toilet paper and paper towels.

Meeting times and location: Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 12 Noon (except holidays).

St. Vincent De Paul Society

svdpsThe Society is a charitable arm of the Catholic Church, dedicated to helping needy people and treating them with dignity as we do so. At the same time, we Vincentians strive to better ourselves and stay close to Jesus Christ and His church.
The JORS conference of the international Society of St. Vincent de Paul is sponsored and supported by the generosity of our parishioners. We meet with clients and help them mostly by making direct payments to their utility providers. Anyone needing assistance or counseling should call 279-0600.
All of us are volunteers, and we welcome new volunteers, either working members (we provide training) or contributing members

Client Meetings: Tuesdays, JORS rm. 403, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Boy Scout Troop 79

BSA-e1298307642600Boy Scouting is a program for boys 11 through 17 years old. It is designed to achieve the aims of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster.

Meeting Times and Locations: Sunday afternoons from 3:30-5:00pm at the Church Pavilion.

Affiliation: http://www.palmettocouncilorg/; &

Cub Scout Pack 79

UntitledCub Scouting is a family- and home-center program for boys in the first through fifth grade (or 7, 8,9, and 10 years old). Cub Scouting’s emphasis is on quality programs at the local level. First grade (or 7 year old) boys are called Tiger Cubs and work with individual adult partners. Fourth- and Fifth-grade boys (or 10 year old) are called Webelos (WE’ll BE LOyal Scouts) and participate in more advanced activities that begin to prepare them to become Boy Scouts.

Meeting Times and Locations: Meetings are Monday night for one hour between 6 and 8pm depending on the den. Meetings are held in the RE Building.

Contact person: Cubmaster Craig Edwards


The Parish Council is an Elected and Appointed body for the Purpose of Advising and Aiding the Pastor of the needs of the Parish. The PC represents the parishioners of JORS; and comments or suggestions should be sent to one of the members listed below or dropped into the Suggestion Box in the church gathering space. Some council reps are appointed by the pastor, while others are elected for three or four-year terms..

Meeting times and location: Third Monday of Odd Months at 6:30 p.m. in the APR.

Contact Person
Roger Kreuzer

Building and Grounds Committee

The Building and Grounds committee’s responsibilities consist of repairs, maintenance, and construction of buildings such as the Rectory, Church, School and Pavilion. There are 25 acres +/- of developed and undeveloped land consisting of lawns, creeks, holding ponds and parking lots. Infrastructure needed to serve this facility are water supplies, power supplies, irrigation, communication, lighting, heating & air conditioning, fire & burglar alarms along with all the distribution lines and pipes.

Contact Person
Bill Burr
Email: [email protected]

Parish Life Committee

The Parish Life Committee has the primary mission to assist with and to put on various functions, events, and activities as necessary for and at the request of the Pastor. The Parish Life Committee takes care of events like Coffee and Donuts on First Sundays, Birthday Celebrations of the priests, the annual Parish Picnic and Special Receptions as deemed by the priests.

We encourage any Parish Members looking to help in Parish activities to volunteer for this worthwhile committee.

Meeting times and location: Fourth Monday of Each Month at 7:00 p.m. in APR.

Contact Person
Ann Hedbloom

Bereavement Committee

The Bereavement Committee of JORS organizes receptions in the church hall following parish funerals. Teams of volunteers cook and bake for the reception, as well as set up the room and break it down afterwards. Parishioners of all skill levels are encouraged to join the Bereavement Committee if they feel called to serve those who have lost a loved one.

Meeting times and place: A team or teams are called two days before a funeral is scheduled; receptions are held in the All Purpose Room.

Contact Person
Virginia Kreuzer

Finance Council

The Finance Council is a consultative body of the Christian Faith established to advise the pastor and parish pastoral council in matters pertaining to the financial affairs of the parish. Its function is to assist the pastor in the responsible planning and administering of all parish financial matters and to set the parish financial policy and procedures – to provide effective management of parish assets.

Meeting times and location: Third Monday of Even Months at 6:30 p.m. in Fr. Ed’s Office.

Contact person
Steve Stravolo

Communications Commitee

The Communications Committee’s primary purpose is to insure that the JORS web site is current and that Parish news is disseminated throughout the Parish Community. Contact the Parish Office for meeting times.

Spiritual Life and Worship

The Spirit life and Worship Committee is charged with developing and implementing programs that address the spiritual growth of Jesus Our Risen Savior’s parishioners. Its members meet monthly to discuss programs already in existence such as Adult Education, Parish Book Club, etc. and how they may be carried out going forward. It is always looking for new ways to involve and help parishioners in their search for God. The committee is responsible for the Lenten Seder, the environment of the Church proper and for supporting the Liturgical Music Programs. The committee also oversees the Liturgy Subcommittees which provide the training and assignment of Eucharistic Minister, Altar servers and Ushers.


JORS is blessed to have volunteer choirs for every mass! We welcome anyone who has a talent that they would like to use to serve and praise Our God. Singers, keyboardists, guitarists, and those who play other musical instruments are encouraged to join us.

Each choir normally meets 45 – 60 minutes before their Mass time to practice. The 5PM, 8AM, and Spanish choirs practice in the church on the choir loft. The 10AM and Noon choirs practice in the Religious Ed building, Room 104. If you are interested in joining one of the choirs, please see the choir leader after their respective mass:

5PM MJ Weiskircher
8AM Mary Lynn d’Entremont
10AM Katie Zeiler
12 Noon Julie Keeling
Spanish Rey and Martina Diaz

Mass Ministry

It normally requires 17 Parish Members to assist at each Saturday vigil or Sunday Mass. Those ministers are: a sacristan; six or seven Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist; 2 lectors; a cantor; 3 altar servers; and 4 ushers. To find out more about the requirements for each of these ministries, how to get trained and to join, see below. We encourage parishioners to enhance your celebration of our liturgies by joining one or more of the mass ministries.

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist distribute Communion when the celebrant needs assistance, must be at least 18 years of age and a practicing Catholic. Fr. Frank interviews all candidates. Training sessions are required, and they are announced in the parish bulletin. Commissioning takes place during mass on the Sunday of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

Lectors proclaim the epistles at mass and read announcements and, when there is no deacon serving, the Prayers of the Faithful; they may be any age and must also be trained. Lector training is announced in the bulletin.

Cantors are selected by the choirmasters at each mass.

Ushers are men and women who seat worshippers at mass and maintain decorum in the church building. They also take up collections and provide for an orderly procession to the communion rail. Ushers are trained by Deacon Bob or the head usher. There is no formal training class for ushers.

Altar servers must have made their First Holy Communion and must attend regularly scheduled training sessions. Altar server practice is normally held during regular Religious Ed. nights at 5:30.

Sacristans must be EMs and receive special training at annual sessions announced in the bulletin. Sacristans are responsible for setting the altar and the credence table for mass and for ensuring that all required mass ministers are present and ready to serve at each liturgy.

Knights of Columbus MQOP Council 9575


Knights of Columbus Council 9575 – Mary Queen of Peace 2575 Reidville Rd Spartanburg, SC 29301

If you’re interested in helping those in need, serving your parish, or growing in your faith, then the Knights of Columbus is the organization for you.

Becoming a Knight of Columbus can transform your life. As a Knight, you have the opportunity to support your parish, give back to your community, grow in your faith and gain exclusive access to our top-rated insurance program to protect your family.

These are just some of the reasons to become a Knight.

We are a band of brothers, a network of men in communities around the world dedicated to doing good in the service of God and our neighbor.

Meeting times and location: 1st Monday of the Month 7:00 PM – Knights Room at Jesus Our Risen Savior

That Man Is You

That Man Is You is an interactive men’s program focused on the development of men in the modern world. It combines the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic Faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of authentic men capable of transforming themselves, their families and greater society.

TMIY meets every Wednesday mornings for 13th weeks beginning September 7th this year.

For more info please Contact

Greg Gibson

Spanish Ministries

Women’s Bible Study

Mission Statement & Activity: To offer a comprehensive (historical, traditional and spiritual) journey through the Scripture, guided by prayer and Catholic study materials (including the Catechism), books and essays by Church Fathers, respected Catholic authors, theologians, doctors of the Church, through papal documents (ie. Vatican II), and sharing among participants.

The study is open to all women in the parish. Conducted in English, the group uses the “Come and See” Catholic Bible study series by Fr. Joseph Ponessa, SSD and Dr. Laurie Manhardt, PhD which is catechetical in it’s format and requires the use of a Bible (New American translation, or Revised Standard, Catholic edition is preferred) and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Study outlines are provided and other study materials may be required, depending on the unit of study. The study welcomes members of all levels of background in Scripture. The material is introduced at an entry level of Scriptural study and often evolves into higher canonical subject matter through the sharing of the participants and extra research provided by the leader. The study advocates and works to develop the prayer form of learning the Scripture through reading and meditation (lectio divina) and Scripture’s role as Canon of the Catholic Church.

Meeting Times and Locations: Two sections are offered each week. Wednesday at 9:30 AM in the APR; Thursday at 6:30 PM in the APR

Leader & Contact Person: MJ Weiskircher

The Lady’s Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus

kocWives and widows of the Knights of Columbus Council #9575 formed The ladies Auxiliary, whose mission is supporting the Knights in all of their endeavors. The Auxiliary donates funds to charities of their choosing through money raised primarily from our annual bake sale. We enjoy the fellowship of each other’s company and have informative and social programs at our monthly meetings.
Meeting times and location: The second Monday of each month at 7:00pm in the APR. For more information contact the Church Office.

Youth Group

Mission Statement & Activity: Challenging young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church. Our Youth Ministry of Jesus, Our Risen Savior serves the 6-8th grade for Junior High Youth Ministry and the 9th -12th for High School Youth Ministry.

This challenge includes an appreciation of these of Ministries of The Catholic Church: Advocacy; Catechesis; Community Life; Evangelization; Justice and Service; Leadership Development; Pastoral Care; and Prayer and Worship.

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Please see: Young Adult Ministry