Service Ministries


Card Ministry

Cards are sent to the families of parishioners buried from the Parish. They are sent 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and one year following the death

Contact: Mary Anne Cuscuna

The Giving Tree

Each year St. Athanasius Parish has a Christmas Giving Tree to benefit families receiving services from North Shore Catholic Charities. Every November, Catholic Charities sends a coded list of families with each family member’s needs and/or Christmas wish listed. Paper ornaments are cut out and on each ornament an item is listed. The ornaments are posted on a bulletin board in the church vestibule. Parishioners take the ornaments and purchase the item listed on the ornament. All the gifts are dropped off at church. In early December, a caravan of cars delivers the gifts to Catholic Charities in Lynn to be distributed to the families before Christmas.

The Christmas Giving Tree has become an important tradition of sharing at St. Athanasius Parish through which the parish annually provides more than 50 families with Christmas gifts that they would not otherwise have.

Contact: Ellen Terry


Volunteers serve those unable to come to Mass to receive the Eucharist by bringing the Eucharist to them. Visits are made to Wingate three Fridays a month. You do not have to be a Eucharistic Minister at Mass to bring the Eucharist to the homebound.

Contact: Office

Meals Ministry

The mission of the Meals Ministry is to provide meals to families who are in crisis or are experiencing difficult times (family illness, recent death, etc.). Meals provide both physical nourishment and emotional support from the Parish Community. We also provide desserts for the patients at the Sawtelle Hospice House on the weekends.

Contact: Janice DeHart

Mission of Deeds

The Mission of Deeds transforms generosity into hope … A table and chairs to gather around to eat meals, dressers to store clothes, a comfortable bed, a safe crib. For some, no longer is it necessary to sleep on newspapers on bare floors or keep babies in bureau drawers or cardboard boxes because there are no cribs. Our work is made possible because of so many people who give of themselves in so many ways. We are busier than ever and as always are in desperate need of volunteers.


Prayer Shawl Ministry

Care and the love of knitting (and crochet) have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace to those members of the parish who are sick or homebound. Many blessings are knitted into every shawl. The knitter begins each shawl with prayers for the recipient. Intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. When the shawl is completed it is offered a final blessing before being sent along its way.

Contact: Diane Bukowski

Reading Food Pantry

St. Athanasius Parish has been an active member of the Reading Clergy Association which runs and maintains the Reading Food Pantry for quite some time. Food drives are planned and implemented (usually special item collections at certain announced Masses throughout the year) and items collected are delivered to the Food Pantry for distribution to those in need. Volunteers organize drives and arrange for delivery of goods.

Contact: Neil Sumner

Reading Knights of Columbus, Council 1031

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.8 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people. The Reading Council was founded in 1905 and serves St. Agnes and St. Athanasius Parishes.

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church.

Contact: Tom Cappuccio, Grand Knight; Dino Cuscuna, St. Athanasius Round Table Coordinator


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