major ministries at Corpus Christi
By ARTHUR JONES
At Corpus Christi Church at 80 Prince St., 400 kids take religious
education classes and there are 50 marriages and 110 baptisms a year. RCIA --
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults -- classes pull in 9 or 10 people who
will join the church at Eastertime.
A gospel choir -- seven percent of the congregation is black --
and a Spanish choir are directed by Jody Graves, who has a doctorate from the
Eastman School of Music. The parish art flanking the altar, two huge depictions
of the parish's multicultural makeup, is the work of parishioner Charlotte
What the parish does from a core of 2,000 Sunday churchgoers
(one-third non-Catholic) at five Sunday Masses (one Spanish) and a Thursday
night liturgy, includes:
- Corpus Christi Center (1977): One hundred volunteers including
physicians, nurses, dentists, chiropractors and therapists provide free health
care. The facility is used for AA and NA meetings, neighborhood and counseling
sessions. Director: Eileen Hurley.
- Demetria House (1980): Home for homeless. Includes food
distribution program, winter shelter and drop-in. Director: Christopher
- Recovery House (1986): Supportive living for men in recovery.
Director: Sr. Marjorie Henninger.
- Corpus Christi Child Care (1980): Five day, all day care for
children 18 months to 5 years "in a loving faith environment." Director: Linda
- Rogers House (1980): Parish home for ex-offenders adjusting to
life outside prison. Director: James M. Smith.
- Rogers House Restaurant (1987): Job training for ex-offenders.
Open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday. Director: Jennifer
- Isaiah House (1987): Hospice-like home for the dying, providing
a peaceful, loving atmosphere for people in their last three months (NCR, Jan.
24). Director: Kathleen Quinlan.
- Matthew's Closet (1991): Quality clothing free or low-priced in
a boutique-like atmosphere. Open Monday through Saturday. Director: Maureen
National Catholic Reporter, February 28,