Directory of Ministries & Groups

The Church of the Annunciation, united in faith and guided by the Holy Spirit, is a welcoming community of people, loving, serving, and sharing in the mission of Jesus Christ. In gratitude to God, we are called to share generously our time and talents. Accordingly, we have identified four major areas of ministry within our parish.

Word: Developing and enriching our faith in order to foster Christian discipleship

Worship: Enhancing our liturgical celebrations and offering opportunities for communal prayer

Parish Life: Nurturing relationships within our parish family and meeting our parish’s temporal needs

Christian Service: Reaching out to those who cannot join us for the celebration of the Eucharist and addressing the needs of those less fortunate within our parish and community

A directory of our parish ministries and groups follows. Contact information is included for each. You are invited review the listings and discern how you can use the gifts with which God has blessed you to contribute to the vitality of our parish.

While a desire to participate in any of our parish ministries is welcomed and appreciated always, special attention is drawn to these ministries with which the most help is needed at this time.

This directory is also meant as a means to showcase the many ways in which we strive to serve you. Please reach out to the appropriate ministry or group coordinator, or a member of our parish staff, if you would like to take advantage of the offerings of any of our ministries.

Ministries of the Word

Baptismal Preparation: Share with new parents the Church’s teachings about the sacrament of Baptism

Gladys Pozza (201) 261-4119


Children’s Liturgy of the Word: Gather with children in a separate environment during the Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mass to share that day’s scripture readings at a level more appropriate to their understanding

Kathie Mihalik (201) 280-1235


Cursillo: Aimed at helping to transform, in a Christian way, the environments where people live and work through the involvement of “new men and women” who have become such through their encounter with Christ, beginning with participation in a three-day “little course on Christianity,” offered at the archdiocesan level

Ron Pepson (201) 663-3234


Faith Formation – Adults: Participate in programs to enhance your spiritual life (e.g. bible study)

Gladys Pozza (201) 261-4119


Faith Formation – Youth: Religious education and sacramental preparation for students in Grades K through 9

Gladys Pozza (201) 261-4119


Initiation into the Catholic Church: Formation and initiation opportunities for those (age seven and older) who have never been baptized and wish to become members of the Roman Catholic Church, adults baptized into the Roman Catholic Church as infants but who have not received the sacraments of Confirmation and/or Eucharist, and Christians baptized in Eastern Orthodox Churches or in communions other than Roman Catholic who wish to enter into the fullness of Catholic communion

Gladys Pozza (201) 261-4119


Marriage Preparation: Help engaged couples develop a better understanding of the sacrament of Marriage, evaluate and deepen their readiness to live married life, and gain insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple through participation in both parish and archdiocesan programs

Father Jim Teti (201) 261-6322, ext. 105


Men’s Cornerstone: Engage in a 26-hour retreat for men, facilitated by fellow parishioners

Father Jim Teti (201) 261-6322, ext. 105


Women’s Cornerstone: Engage in a 26-hour retreat for women, facilitated by fellow parishioners

Donna Muscarella (201) 261-6322, ext. 114


Youth Group: Gather for fellowship, spiritual enrichment, and community service. Open to high school students.

Bob Leichte (609) 618-9259


Ministries of Worship

Altar Servers: Assist the priest at liturgies throughout the year. Open to all parishioners – adults, as well as children in Grade 4 and older.

Donna Muscarella (201) 261-6322, ext. 114


Art and Environment: Prepare and decorate our worship space for each liturgical season as well as for Sunday liturgies

Maureen Kent (201) 410-7874
Martha Tischler (201) 394-5460


Baptismal Hospitality: Greet parents and godparents on the day of the baby’s baptism and assist the presider during the administering of the sacrament

Gladys Pozza (201) 261-4119


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion – Liturgies: Assist with the distribution of the Eucharist during Masses

Donna Muscarella (201) 261-6322, ext. 114


Lectors: Proclaim the Word of God during liturgical celebrations

Donna Muscarella (201) 261-6322, ext. 114


Ministers of Hospitality: Greet the assembly as they arrive for Mass, assist with seating, select gift bearers, handle the offertory collection, orchestrate the flow of the assembly during the distribution of communion, distribute Sunday bulletins and other printed materials

Rich Albanese (201) 280-1298


Music Ministry: Support the song of the assembly as a choir member or instrumentalist

Jim Carlo (201) 261-6322, ext. 111


Prayer Chain: Offer up in private prayer the intentions of those who have requested special prayers

Judy Fanelli (201) 261-6322, ext. 100


Prayer Group: Pray weekly the Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy with others as Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place

Yvonne and Steven Uber (973) 886-6302


Parish Life Ministries

Altar Linens: Collect, clean, iron and return the linens used at Masses. Coverage is assigned on a weekly rotating basis.

Donna Muscarella (201) 261-6322, ext. 114


Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: Record pledges and reconcile the Appeal roster to the parish roster

Judy Fanelli (201) 261-6322, ext. 100


Coffee and…: Lend a hand with setup and cleanup of refreshments after the 10:30 a.m. Mass on the first Sunday of each month

Linda Reichert  (201) 881-0063


Collection Counters: Count and verify offertory collections. Coverage is assigned on a weekly rotating basis.

Donna Muscarella (201) 261-6322, ext. 114


Collection Depositors: Transport offertory collections to the bank for deposit. Coverage is assigned on a weekly rotating basis.

Donna Muscarella (201) 261-6322, ext. 114


Finance Council: Aid the pastor in the administration of parish finances

Father Jim Teti (201) 261-6322, ext. 105


Knights of Columbus Fr. Charles J. Watters Paramus Council 5680: Open to men age 18 and older

Chick Gallina (201) 599-0555


Men’s Basketball: Play informal games (i.e. no league affiliation) on a regulation court. Open to men age 21 and older.

John Mattessich (201) 967-5503
Joe Riccio (848) 702-5212


Parish Mailings: Assist in the preparation of bulk mailings to members of our parish

Jean Kusnic (201) 652-2172


Pastoral Council: Collaborate with the pastor to foster a plan for meeting the pastoral needs of our parishioners and carrying out the mission of the Church

Elaine Rovetto (201) 819-6186


Service Ministries

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion – Homebound Parishioners:  Once a month, share Scripture and the Eucharist with parishioners who are advanced in age or suffering from an infirmity and therefore unable to join us at Mass

Donna Muscarella (201) 261-6322, ext. 114


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion – Healthcare Facilities: Visit a local healthcare facility one Sunday a month to distribute communion and minister to the spiritual needs of those who live within the geographic boundaries of our parish but are unable to join us for liturgies

Donna Muscarella  (201) 261-6322, ext. 114


Hospital and Home Visits: Discern, through pastoral visits, the needs of parishioners who are ill

Father Jim Teti (201) 261-6322, ext. 105


Meals for Harrison House: Prepare a meal for eight and drop it off at Harrison House, which is located on the campus of Bergen Regional Medical Center

Susan Kusnic (201) 652-2172


Social Concerns Committee: Strive to meet the needs of the less fortunate through community outreach, fundraisers, food/clothing/furniture drives, and participation in the walk-in dinner program at the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Service Center

Marie Willis  (201) 390-1026


Table of Plenty Food Pantry: Prepare and distribute on a weekly basis food packages to families

Linda Reichert  (201) 881-0063