Acolytes assist at the Holy Eucharist by leading processions, accepting the gifts from the ushers, and helping the priests during the service. Chalicists distribute the consecrated wine and grape juice to the congregation during the Eucharist. Training for certification is required and provided.
Two members prepare for the Sunday Holy Eucharist on Saturday and clean up after the various servieces. There is training for new members. Both women and men participate in the altar guild.
Lay Readers present the Word of God to the congregation through the readings of the Old and New Testaments and the psalms. They also lead the prayers of the people. Two lay readers are assigned per Sunday and one can expect to participate once every three or four weeks.
Ushers greet people as they enter into the church, gather the gifts from the people, and assist people as they approach the altar.
M&M's: St. Mary Magdalene's Monday Morning Guild
This group was formed in Sept. 2004 and meet once a month at ten o'clock on the fourth Monday of the month. During the year, the M&Ms participate in various activities for the community. In the past, they visited the residents of Chestnut Hill Convalescent Center in Passaic and distributed pairs of socks at Christmastime. They have on Valentine's Day, made and delivered pumpkin bread to the residents of Lakeview Sub-acute Care Center. The M&Ms have also traveled to the Lincoln Park Nursing Home where they presented pots of colorful silk flowers to the residents. They also hosted a luncheon for the Trinity Caring Hands from Trinity Church in Kearny. New members are always welcomed.
St. Peter's Haven & Community Pantry
The Haven provides shelter and support for homeless families. Through the work of staff and volunteers, the program empowers families to become self-sufficient and enables them to escape the trap of homelessness. Our families live in a house on the church property or in one of two apartments at Ella's House, our residence on Burgess Place. The Haven also provides case management, parenting classes, respite care, and health education for our resident families served through the Pantry. The Pantry serves over 550 residents of Passaic County each month. Food is contributed by members of the parish family, by friends and neighbors in Clifton, and by churches and other organizations throughout the county. Volunteer opportunities for the Food Pantry are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday from 8:45AM - 11:45AM. For more information please call 973-546-3406.