Church of St. Charles Borromeo
Ministries Altar Rosary Society

Altar Rosary Society

The primary purpose of the Rosary Altar society is “to praise the Blessed Virgin Mary to secure her patronage by the recitation of the Rosary for the mutual spiritual benefit of all members throughout the world.” – Primun of Pope Leo XIII

Membership is open to all St. Charles Borromeo and the The Chapel of the Resurrection women parishioners who are at least 18 years old.

The women pray the Rosary daily and we are in charge of the upkeep of the Altar in the Church.

Meetings are held monthly on the first Sunday immediately following the 8:00 AM Mass in the auditorium.

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Altar Servers

Young Catholics in grades 5 through college, who assist at the altar for Sacred Liturgy.

Amen Choir

Amen Choir

This talented group of Adult Men and Women enhances the liturgy at the Chapel of the Resurrection with their musical expertise at the 10:00 AM Mass. Mr. James Wade is the Director.

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Catholic Women of Harlem

The Catholic Women of Harlem is a fundraising ministry comprised of women from the Harlem Vicariate who are dedicated to improving the lives of others. Two annual fundraising events are held by the ministry to provide financial support to those who are in need.

The main fundraiser is the Annual Oldies-Goodies Dance, which is held in the fall. This fundraiser supports a scholarship program for eligible high school seniors, providing them with a one-time $500 award to assist with their college costs.

If you are interested in becoming a member of The Catholic Women of Harlem or would like more information about their events, please contact the Rectory at (212) 281-2100.


Eucharistic Ministry

The Eucharistic Ministry of the Church St. Charles/Resurrection Chapel consists of men and women who have a devotion to the Eucharist and have the ability, time and willingness to serve in this capacity. The Eucharistic Minister embodies in daily life what he/she says when serving at Mass which is, “The Body of Christ;” “the Blood of Christ.” They share their faith by their reverence for God and care for others.

Eucharistic Ministers are confirmed Catholics who are registered members of the Church of St. Charles/Resurrection Chapel and attend Mass regularly. They serve the Body and Blood of Christ to the home bound and at the 5:30 PM Mass on Saturday, 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM Masses on Sunday at St. Charles Church; 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM (Spanish Mass) on Sunday at Resurrection Chapel. They may serve the Eucharist on Holy Day Masses as well.  Ms. Rita A. Burns is the coordinator.


Gospel Lites Choir

For over thirty years, the Gospel Lites Choir still enjoys singing God’s praises in song (Gospel) at the 9:30 Mass every 1st, 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month.  They hold at least two fundraisers each year with proceeds to benefit the support of the church.  To join this group you must be a parishioner 18 years or older.  Mr. Sherman Spann and Ms. Karen Blake are the Directors.

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Holy Name

The Holy Name is a con-fraternity of Catholic men that have been in existence since the year 1279 A.D. The only requirements for being a Holy Name Society (HNS) member is for the man to be at least 18 years old, and a baptized Catholic who regularly practices his faith. HNS at St. Charles has been in existence for over 100 years and is involved in religious fraternal and social activities in the Church. They meet once a month on the second Sunday and attend 11:30 AM Mass together on that day.

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L.Y.T.E (Leading Youth to Evangelize)

L.Y.T.E is a youth organization at St. Charles Borromeo Church whose mission is to retain the religious interests of our parish`s youth as well as inspire the interest of members outside of our community.

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Lazarus Project

The Lazarus Project is the parish ministry of consolation. Consistent with the parish mission many services offered by the Lazarus Project are open to the community. The Chairperson is Martha Adams Sullivan, DSW.


The Lazarus Project is a pastoral ministry of caring service in a time of bereavement for those who mourn and are left behind.


  • Support Groups. Support groups help bereaved families to better understand and cope with their grief. Support Groups occur three times per year including a one-session group in November which focuses on helping bereaved families prepare for and cope with the Holidays. Workshops are free and open to all.
  • Educational Workshops. One of the ways families can avoid or minimize stress and conflict when a loved one dies is to prepare for this eventuality by making wishes known (health care proxy, living wills, powers of attorney), etc. Throughout the year workshops are held at St. Charles Borromeo, Resurrection Chapel or other nearby locations. Workshops are free and open to all.
  • Lazarus Liaisons. Lazarus liaisons reach out to bereaved families when a parishioner dies. Liaisons offer condolences to the families on behalf of the parish and offer assistance with the many needs families may have at this time.
  • One Month Anniversary. Approximately one month after a funeral at the parish, families receive a beautiful parish Mass card notifying them of a Mass for their beloved family member.
  • Annual Memorial Mass. This Mass is offered on the last day of the year for bereaved families. Brunch and fellowship follow.
  • Outreach to the Sick of the Parish. Project Members assist the Sick Ministry by calling and visiting sick and homebound parishioners.
  • Spiritual Legacy ©. The Lazarus Project makes available to the parish and the community, the Spiritual Legacy an instrument that assists in identifying, documenting, sharing and passing on pertinent information regarding one’s spiritual life and heritage.

Other Activities

  • Lazarus Project members pray a special Daily Prayer for the bereaved and the ministry.
  • Project members are available for individual bereavement consultation as needed.
  • Members take part in social activities which promote self care and cohesion. Some of these activities are open to the community and serve as fundraisers for the parish and/or opportunities for evangelization.
  • Members plan and participate in an annual retreat devoted to developing the ministry and developing the members spiritually.


Project members meet routinely every other month on the second Sunday of the month following the 9:30 Mass. Other meetings may be called as needed. The project also conducts a 1 ½ day annual retreat.


All Lazarus Project members must participate in bereavement training provided by the Archdiocese of New York. Members must be recommended to the Archdiocese by the Pastor.

Lector Ministry

Lector Ministry

Lector Schedule

The Lay Readers of St. Charles are currently comprised of men & women who on a rotational basis read the scriptures for all Sunday and Holy Day Masses.  Lay Readers read at the 5:30PM on Saturday as well as the 8:00AM, 9:30AM, and the 11:30AM Masses on Sundays.  There are currently 35 lectors in the ministry. The men and women involved in this ministry of over 26 years have found this activity to be very satisfying and rewarding.

The Pastor must approve the application and appointment.  Ms. Toi-Knox Ward is the coordinator.

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Liturgical Dancers

“ Let them praise his name with dancing…” Psalm 149:3

The Liturgical Dance Ministry of St. Charles Borromeo is an expression of faith, prayer and the liturgy through movement. Using gestures, floor patterns of movement, and the pause of motion, each dance is carefully crafted and choreographed as a conversation with God.

Whether dancing to traditional or contemporary gospel, classical or original music, the liturgical dancer is called to move with honesty, truth and respect, while delivering a spiritual experience to the congregation. St. Charles’ dance ministries, youth and adult, are both are visible ministries that are called to share God’s love through dance.

It is the responsibility of the Liturgical Dance Ministry to invite the church family to join the celebration of worship at the beginning of mass, or to provide a moment of spiritual reflection through the meditation at the end of the mass, this responsibility includes: the Parish Feast Day, Christmas Eve, the Easter Vigil (The Youth Liturgical Dancers) and the Revival and Pentecost (Adult Liturgical Dancers).

If you are interested in joining the St Charles Borromeo Liturgical Dance Ministry, and sharing God’s love through dance movement please do so during October Sign-Me Up month.  All participants should have previous dance experience or be experienced movers.  Children must be age 11 to 18.

For additional information please contact St. Charles Borromeo Rectory.

Director/choreographer: Nina Klyvert-Lawson

Assistant Director: Tiffani Blake

Administrator: Amy Campbell


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Men in Prayer

An organization of men who gather for prayer bi-annually and hold a retreat once a year.  Deacon Rodney A. Beckford is the Coordinator.

Men's Choir

Men’s Choir

This talented group of Adult Men enhances the liturgy with their musical expertise at the 11:30AM Mass three times a month and in turn presents an Annual Concert.  Mr. Mark Howell and Tony Evans, Esq. are the Directors.

Praise and Worship Team

Praise and Worship Team

The Praise and Worship Team is a group of young men and women who share their musical gifts to uplift others. With an innovative and youthful approach at worship, the Praise and Worship Team sings, reinvents, and reimagines both classical and contemporary gospel music.  For more information please contact the team coordinator, Danielle Beckford at

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Saint Vincent DePaul

This is a non-profit lay organization that is committed to work together to meet the needs of the poor, sick and elderly in our parish area.  The only requirement to become a part of this activity is you must be a parishioner who is 18 years of age or older.

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Spirit Group

The St. Charles Borromeo Church and the Chapel of the Resurrection SPIRIT Youth Group is for youth ages 12 – 17.

SPIRIT seeks to provide its members with religious and spiritual development through their regular participation in Mass, Church services, and workshops.

SPIRIT also allows its members to fellowship with one another through educational experiences, community service and social outings such as college / career programs, sporting events, game nights, assisting the St. Vincent DePaul Society and other recreational activities. New members are always welcome! Please contact the Rectory at (212) 281-2100 or email for more information.


Young Adult Group

The Young Adult Group (YAG) was established in April 2001. YAG offers cultural, social and spiritual enrichment to men and women, both single and married.

Our organization runs on team effort. You are invited and encouraged to be a part of the team!

Becoming a member is a great way to make friends, contribute to the life of this ministry, develop your talents and have a great time.

Please contact us if you would like to get involved. Your time and commitment depend entirely on your availability.

The purpose of our Young Adult Group (YAG) Ministry is to meet the spiritual, emotional, and social needs of the young adults aged 18-45 from St. Charles Borromeo Church/Chapel of the Resurrection. This ministry is designed to encourage young adults to grow in their faith in Christ, to develop and strengthen friendships with one another, act as role models for the youth, and to provide opportunities to serve and reach out to our community.