|Parish Groups & Organizations
|We are happy you are visiting St. Mary Parish’s website, and we invite you to become involved. This site will give you a better understanding of some ways you can be an active part of the parish. More information about any of the groups or organizations at St. Mary may be obtained from the parish office by calling 635-4188.
We look forward to seeing you at Mass and at parish celebrations. We also look forward to working with you as we strive to make St. Mary Parish the best that we can be!
Here is a .pdf file of the ministry opportunities listed below.
PRAYER AND WORSHIP FOR ADULTS
- Baptism Garment Committee – Prepare garments for infant Baptism
- Bereavement – Liturgy – Help bereaved families to plan the funeral; assist at the funeral.
- Children’s Liturgy / Word – Lead or assist monthly at 9:30 or 11:00 Sunday Mass for Grades 1-6. Volunteers conduct a Liturgy of the Word for children during the Sunday 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Masses. The children are dismissed from Mass before the Scripture readings and return during the Preparation of the Gifts. Scripture readings, music, and homily are age-appropriate. Held in the church undercroft, C.L.O.W. is for grades 1-6.
- Choir / Musician – Sing or play musical instruments at Mass.
- Eucharistic Ministers – Distribute Body & Blood of Christ at Mass/Visit the sick with Holy Communion.
- Family Greeter – Greet people at Mass.
- Lectors – Proclaim the Word of God at Mass
- Offertory Gift Bearer – Be scheduled to carry up the gifts at Sunday Mass.
- Prayer Line – Pray for those in need and call/e-mail people to request prayer.
- Ushers – Welcome people, take up collection, distribute bulletins at Mass.
FAITH FORMATION FOR ADULTS
- Adult Formation Team – Offer programs for the spiritual and educational development of the parish. A.F.T. is composed of 12 volunteers who are interested in the continuing education and formation of themselves and of the parish.Purpose: The A.F.T. provides opportunities for adult growth through learning about our faith and other topics. This group oversees the development of programs that are spiritual, educational, and experiential.
- R.C.I.A. Team or Sponsor – Guide and accompany a candidate in the process of becoming Catholic. The R.C.I.A. is a process for those seeking full membership in the Catholic Church.Purpose: R.C.I.A. endeavors to prepare candidates for a lifetime of full participation in the church through worship and service. The process includes excellent presentations, liturgical rites and retreats. Normally R.C.I.A. begins in the summer and continues into the Easter season. The process is geared towards the renewal of the whole church.
- Sunday School – Teach, assist or help in other ways in the program for ages 3-5.
- W.E.R.E. – Teach, assist or help in other ways at Wednesday Evening Religious Education for Grades 1-8.
- Youth Ministry – Guide, pray for, and assist youth in their faith; help with retreats for Grades 6-12.
EVANGELIZATION FOR ADULTS
- C.R.H.P. – Be a Leader – Oversee CRHP formation and weekends.
- C.R.H.P. – Make a Retreat – Participate in a Christ Renews His Parish weekend. This two-day retreat is offered to all parishioners and others who wish to participate. It is held annually for women and for men. Here is the CRHP registration form. Here is the CRHP flyer..Purpose: C.R.H.P. is for spiritual renewal and community- building. It is intended to strengthen personal faith commitments to God and to the parish.
MINISTRY TO FAMILY FOR ADULTS
- Bereavement – Food – Provide food for funerals and/or serve at post-funeral reception
- Family Ministry – Help plan activities for families
- Marriage Sponsor Couple – Trained to meet with engaged couples to discuss marriage. Trained married couples meet with engaged couples to discuss issues concerning marriage. This is one of the essential components of marriage preparation in our parish.
- Neighborhood Captain – Welcome new parishioners; request assistance for hospitalized neighbors.
JUSTICE AND CHARITY FOR ADULTS
- Faith In Action – Educate the parish about social concerns; have collections for the needy. Faith in Action is a group of volunteers who reach out to those in need through direct service to those who are poor.Purpose: The committee tries to educate the parish about social concerns. They conduct monthly collections to benefit various service organizations including St. Vincent De Paul, St. Bernard Food Pantry, the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, etc. They also work on projects such as Habitat for Humanity, Henry Hosea House, Right to Life, Ronald McDonald House, and Interfaith Hospitality Network.
- Prayer Shawl Ministry – Knit and distribute prayer shawls to sick and homebound.
- Pro-Life – Assist with Pro-Life parish and diocesan activities. This ministry promotes respect for human life as a Pro-Life committee. It focuses on the lives of the innocent unborn and those who are disabled, ill, dying. The goal is to plant the Gospel of Life and deepen respect for the life of every human being.
- St Vincent de Paul – Attend to direct needs of those requiring assistance. Saint Vincent De Paul is made up of volunteers who help the needy of our community in the name of the parish.Purpose:The Conference participates in works of charity that require the personal service of the membership. The members solicit money, food, and clothing for needy people who request their assistance. The members also visit residents of long-term care facilities throughout the year and distribute food and toys during the Christmas Season.
- Visitor to the Sick – Visit parishioners who are homebound or in nursing homes.
DISCIPLESHIP / COMMUNITY FOR ADULTS
- Bingo – Work monthly to raise funds for the parish and school. This club is comprised of volunteers who work our weekly parish Bingo. About 90 volunteers are required on an annual basis to run the Bingo.Purpose:The purpose of our weekly Bingo is to raise money for the school and parish. Bingo also has the goal of socialization.
- Board of Catholic Education – Advise pastor, principal, DRE concerning parish educational programs. The Board is composed of 12 parishioners. They may either be nominated or nominate themselves for the Board. Membership and leadership is discerned. Ordinarily three new members are selected each year.Purpose: The Board of Catholic Education acts as an advisory group to the pastor, parish council, the D.R.E., and the school principal. The Board sets policy and oversees the administration of educational programs in the parish.
- Boosters Board – Oversee all parish athletic programs. The Boosters organization is composed of volunteers. Officers are elected annually via voting.Purpose: The Boosters support the athletic program in the grade school and purchase playground equipment.
- Discipleship Committee – Discover and implement programs to deepen discipleship.
- Festival Team – Plan and carry out details of parish festival.
- Festival Volunteer – Assist at parish festival.
- Finance Committee – Review and approve parish budget. The Parish Finance Committee is composed of 7 members appointed by the pastor. A normal term is three years.Purpose: The committee, in conjunction with the pastor and business manager, monitors the parish expenses, oversees and approves large expenditures, reviews and approves the budget. The committee must follow diocesan guidelines.
- Garden Committee – Care for areas in front of church and parish office.
- Health Ministry – Organize health awareness programs; offer blood pressure screening. The committee is composed of a number of parishioners who are nurses. They organize various health awareness programs in the parish and offer blood pressure testing once a month before and after Masses.
- Maintenance – Offer skilled assistance to the parish as needed to support/maintain parish facilities.
- Monday Men – Provide skills to maintain parish facilities on Mondays. This is a group of retired parishioners who are interested in the upkeep of the parish building and grounds. They provide their time and skills to assist in various projects and in the maintenance of the parish facilities.
- Parent Teachers Club Board – Guide effort to support the school’s academic program with volunteers and fundraising. The P.T.C. is composed of volunteers. Officers are elected annually via voting.Purpose: The purpose of P.T.C. is to promote the welfare of St. Mary School by bringing into closer contact the parents and the teachers. P.T.C. also provides funding for educational programs.
- Parish Council – Establish and oversee goals and objectives for the parish; advise the pastor. Parish Council is composed of 12 parishioners. They may either be nominated or nominate themselves for council. A subcommittee of existing council members selects three new members each year and recommends these to the pastor for his approval.Purpose: The purpose of Parish Council is to establish goals and objectives for the parish and to oversee their accomplishment. Parish Council acts as a consultative body to the pastor and to other committees within the parish. Council also serves as a forum for constructive dialogue within the parish community.
- Parish Office Help – Assist with administrative tasks.
- School Volunteer – Offer help in numerous ways at school.
- Scout Leader – Provide guidance for boys and girls to develop leadership and character.
- Senior Citizen Group – Participate in meetings and programs of St. Mary Senior Citizens. Volunteers aged 55 and above make up the Senior Citizen group.Purpose: The Seniors meet monthly to socialize, have lunch, and hear speakers. Periodically they take social and educational trips.
- Social Media Team – Plan and manage our parish’s online presence.
- Welcoming Committee – Create a welcoming environment for our parish.
PRAYER AND WORSHIP FOR YOUTH
- Altar Servers – For Grades 5 and up, assist priest during Mass.
- CLOW Minister of the Word – For Grades 7 and up, assist the leader monthly.
- Eucharistic Ministers – Beginning at age 16, distribute the Body & Blood of Christ at Mass.
- Greeter – For Grades 6 and up, welcome people to Mass.
- Lectors – Beginning at age 16, proclaim the Word of God at Mass
- Offertory Gift Bearer – For Grades 6 and up, be scheduled to carry up the gifts at Mass.
- Ushers – For Grades 6 and up, welcome people, take up collection, distribute bulletins at Mass.
FAITH FORMATION FOR YOUTH
- Sunday School Volunteer – For Grades 8-12, help in the program during 9:30 Mass.
- Peer Ministry – Leadership Team -For Grades 8-12, vision, plan and implement youth activities.
- Peer Ministry – WERE Peer Leader – For Grades 8-12, help with Wednesday Evening Religious Education.
- Peer Ministry – Youth Artistry – For Grades 6-12, designing and creating the church bulletin boards, Prayerwell walls, t-shirts, etc. as needed.
JUSTICE AND CHARITY FOR YOUTH
- Visitor to the Sick – For Grades 3-8, make cards for those homebound and pray for them.
- Peer Ministry Service Team – Opportunities for service with other parish ministries as well as community agencies that help others in need.
DISCIPLESHIP / COMMUNITY FOR YOUTH
- Festival Volunteer – For Grades 8 and up, help at our parish festival in August.