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Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
One parish ministry for which every member of our parish family has a talent is prayer. Each Friday after the 9 am Mass the Blessed Sacrament is exposed upon the alter in the Lower Church. In addition, there is a Holy Hour the fourth Thursday of each month in the Lower Church.
Adults who have been blessed with the gift of a musical voice are encouraged to share their gift with the parish family by joining the Adult Choir. The choir sings a combination of traditional and contemporary music with organ and instruments at the 10am Mass on Sunday as well as at major feasts throughout the year, such as Christmas. Rehearsals are held on Sunday at 9am.
Adult Faith Formation
Faith formation is ongoing and lifelong. All are welcome to join our dynamic adult faith formation programs offered regularly at Advent and Lent.
The Altar Guild is responsible for taking care of the linens, cleaning the altar once a week, and ensuring that the sacred vessels are prepared for Mass.
The Altar Servers assist the priest at Mass by preparing the altar, carrying the cross and holding the book. This is open to boys and girls from 3rd grade – high school. Adult volunteers are also needed to serve at funerals. Training takes place throughout the year.
Art & Environment Committee
This committee is responsible for decorating the worship spaces in our church to correspond with the liturgical seasons. Artists, sewers, buildings and other crafty and handy parishioners are greatly appreciated as we strive to create a liturgically appropriate environment in our parish family. The Committee meets as needed.
Baptismal Robe Makers
A small group of ladies have traditionally at St. Mary’s made white baptismal garments for the children baptized at the parish. These are presented as a sign of love and welcome to the newly baptized.
This committee supports members of our parish family as they bury and grieve for their loved ones. Volunteers currently serve at the funeral Mass, help with the funeral reception, and send several sympathy cards during the first year of mourning. Often they help parishioners to find appropriate grief counseling. The committee is also beginning to help families with the process of planning their funerals.
Building, Grounds and Beautification
This ad-hoc group brings God a natural beauty to the grounds of our church, rectory and school by planting flowers in flower beds and helping with the general landscaping and ground upkeep.
Centering prayer is a meditative type of prayer. This group meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. The members participate in a discussion, sometimes watch a video, and then spend time in meditative or .centering. prayer based on what has just been discussed.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
During the Liturgy of the Word, children process out of the sanctuary to hear an age-appropriate proclamation of the Scriptures and to participate in an interactive homily. A team of adults lead this fun exploration of God’s Word. The children return to Mass at the offertory to bring the gifts forward. Adult volunteers are welcome.
Eucharistic Ministers are entrusted with the special responsibility of assisting in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass.
Festival Children’s Choir
On Christmas and Easter, our Children provide Choral music to brighten the holidays. The choir is open to children grades 3 – 7. Before both performances, four practice sessions are held on Sunday evenings from 6:30 to 7:00pm.
This canonically required committee consists of financial professionals who assist and advise the Pastor in financial matters.
The Greeters create a welcoming environment for our liturgies by greeting people they know and welcoming visitors coming to worship with our parish family. The ministry is open to men, women and families.
These parishioners minister to the Catholic patients at Winchester Hospital by bringing them Communion on the 2nd Sunday of every month after the 10:00am Mass. In a very real way, these ministers share Christ with those whose illness prevents them from worshipping at Mass.
The committee seeks to promote friendships through social interaction among parishioners. On the first Sunday of the month, coffee and doughnuts are served after the 8:00am and 10:00am Masses, either by committee volunteers or representatives from other parish ministries. Twice a year, the committee also helps prepare dinners for the Pre-Cana retreats. The committee welcomes new members as they expand their efforts to include picnics and potluck dinners.
String players, woodwind players, brass players are encouraged to enhance our weekend liturgies by sharing their musical gifts with our parish family.
Our parish lectors proclaim the Word of God at Mass during The Liturgy of the Word. The only requirements are an ability to read and a willingness to proclaim the Word to the congregation. Training sessions are held as needed.
Ministry Of Prayer
Our Ministry of Prayer is open to our homebound members who want to serve our parish family within the confines of their own house. Throughout the month parishioners write their intentions in the intention book that is kept near the statue of Mary in the chapel. At the end of the month, all of the prayer intentions are typed and then two or three intentions are mailed to the home of the homebound who are then asked to pray for the intentions of our parish. This helps to keep us all, even those who cannot worship with us on a regular basis due to age or illness, connected together through prayer.
New Parishioner Welcoming
We are committed to giving a warm welcome to new parishioners. Initially, they receive a personal invitation to a reception in the Parish Center at which they will meet members of our parish family. Afterwards they will accompany parishioners to their homes for dinner so they can become personally acquainted with a group of people in this parish.
Office Support – Mailings
Volunteers are needed to help with special parish mailings such as the newsletter and the Grand Annual. This involves stuffing envelopes, putting mailing labels on the envelopes and preparing them to go to the Post Office.
Parish Pastoral Council
The council consists of twelve elected and three appointed parishioners who serve a three-year term. The council is advisory to the Pastor and members each take areas of parish life in which they have a special interest and represent these on the council.
Parish Visitors – Homebound Ministry
This group of parishioners minister to those of our parish community who cannot worship with us on a regular basis due to illness or advanced age. They bring communion to the homebound, have a prayer service and then spend time visiting usually on a monthly basis. Anyone interested in brining the presence of God to the homebound within our parish family is welcome to join us.
Peace and Social Justice Committee
This committee strives to increase the parishioner’s awareness of peace and social justice issues within our local community and throughout the world. The members usually plan one project each month for parishioners to become involved with such as Black History project, the Thanksgiving Food collection, our adopted parish in Peru, etc. They meet once a month.
Right to Life Committee
These parishioners are dedicated to promoting the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. They promote a culture of life by educating the parish and the public on abortion-related issues, especially late term abortions and the effects of abortion on women. The also pray the Rosary for Life on the second Saturday of the month.
This group actually manufactures rosaries and distributes them to individuals and groups. They donate the rosaries to many different groups including children, prisons, shut-ins and even to our sister parish in Peru.
Rosary Prayer Group
In preparation to celebrate the Eucharist, parishioners meditate on the life of Christ as they pray the Rosary before 6:45 am and 9:00 am weekday Masses, as well as the 8:30 am Saturday Mass.
Spiritual Life and Worship Commission
The Commission is made up of representatives from each lay ministry that is involved in our weekly worship (i.e. Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Altar Guild, Art and Environment Committee and Altar Servers). They meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month.
Ushers are responsible for taking up the offertory collection during Mass, assisting parishioners to find seats, and passing out bulletins and inserts. The ministry is open to men, women and families.
Wedding Rehearsal Teams
This team of parishioners is responsible for leading the rehearsal for weddings in our church. They coordinate the variety of roles and responsibilities of the wedding party during the Liturgy. Most rehearsals are held on Thursday or Friday nights between 6:00 and 7:30pm.