Ministries

The ministries at St. Mary's parish family form the fabric of our spiritual and community life together. Consider joining one of our ministries, where you can make a vital contribution to our parish together with like-minded parishioners. Contact Pastoral Associate Christa Lucas for more information.

Liturgy & Worship

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Altar Guild 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.
Altar ServersAltar Servers assist the priest at Mass by preparing the altar, carrying the cross and holding the book. The ministry is open to boys and girls from 3rd grade to high school. Adult volunteers are also needed to serve at funerals. Training takes place throughout the year. To register please access the form here.
Baptismal Vestment MinistryA small group of ladies at St. Mary’s have traditionally 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.
Children’s Liturgy of the WordDuring the Mass, at 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 leads this fun exploration of God’s Word. The children return to Mass at the offertory to bring the gifts forward.
Eucharistic MinistersEucharistic Ministers are entrusted with the special responsibility of assisting in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass.
GreetersGreeters create a welcoming environment for our liturgies by greeting parishioners and welcoming visitors coming to worship with our parish family. The ministry is open to men, women and families.
LectorsOur 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.
Spiritual Life & Worship CommissionThe Commission is made up of representatives from each lay ministry that is involved in weekly worship (namely, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Altar Guild, Art and Environment Committee and Altar Servers). They meet on the third Thursday of every month.
UshersUshers 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.

Music

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Adult ChoirAdults 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 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday as well as at major feasts throughout the year, including Christmas. Rehearsals are held on Sunday at 9 a.m.
Festival Children’s ChoirOn Christmas and Easter, our children provide choral music to brighten the holidays. The choir is open to children grades 3 to 7. To prepare, four rehearsals are held on Sunday evenings from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.
InstrumentalistsString players, woodwind players, and brass players are encouraged to enhance our weekend liturgies by sharing their musical gifts with our parish family.
Youth Ensemble

Formation & Spirituality

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Adoration of the Blessed SacramentOne parish ministry for which every member of our parish family has a talent is prayer. Each Friday after the 9 a.m. Mass the Blessed Sacrament is exposed upon the alter in the Lower Church. In addition, there is a Holy Hour on the fourth Thursday of each month in the Lower Church.
Adult Formation, Bible Study, and EducationFaith formation is ongoing and lifelong. All are welcome to join our dynamic adult faith formation programs offered regularly at Advent and Lent.
Centering PrayerCentering 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.
Rosary Prayer GroupIn preparation to celebrate the Eucharist, parishioners meditate on the life of Christ as they pray the Rosary before 6:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. weekday Masses, as well as the 8:30 a.m. Saturday Mass.

Children & Youth Ministries

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Children’s Protection Committee
Cor UnumThe Cor Unum (One Heart) Meal Center very powerfully responds to the urgent need to feed the hungry in Lawrence, MA, lovingly welcoming all people, providing nourishment for the bodies and souls of all who are in need. Our young people serve at Cor Unum at various times during the year.
Encounter the Gospel of LifeIn July each year, 32 of our parish teens, along with Sal Caraviello, our Director of Ministries, and other chaperones will be participating in this one week service retreat in Washington, DC. It’s an awesome experience wherein our teens minister to people with many disadvantages: the homeless, refugee children, mentally impaired and immigrants. They work during the day and meet for spiritual and social activities in the evening while staying at local college dormitories. The young people hold bake sales, car washes and trash pickup service to pay for their expenses.
Religious Education/CCDMore information is on the CCD page.
Vacation Bible School (Bible Camp)
Youth CouncilThe Youth Council is the teen-led teen planning board. It meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 7:00-9:00 p.m in the Parish Center. This council serves the same function as the Parish Council, but for youth concerns and activities.
Youth GroupThe Youth Group puts into action the activities planned by the Youth Council. All teens are welcome. Typical activities are: car washes, pumpkin carving, Thanksgiving activities, Pot-Luck dinners, soup kitchens and many similar activities. Youth Mass is celebrated once a month as the 11:30 a.m. Sunday liturgy. This is a chance for teens to minister to the parish as lectors, Eucharistic ministers, greeters and Gift Bearers. The music is more contemporary and geared towards teens.

Parish Life Ministries

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Arts & Environment CommitteeThis committee is responsible for decorating the worship spaces in our church to correspond with the liturgical seasons. Artists, sewers, builders and other crafty and handy parishioners are greatly appreciated as we strive to create a liturgically appropriate environment. The Committee meets as needed.
Bereavement CommitteeThis committee supports members of our parish family as they bury and grieve for their loved ones. Volunteers 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.
Communications Committee
Finance CommitteeThis canonically required committee consists of financial professionals who assist and advise the Pastor in financial matters.
Hospitality CommitteeThe committee seeks to promote friendships through social interaction among parishioners. On the first Sunday of the month, coffee and doughnuts are served after the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. 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.
Ministry of GroundsThis ad-hoc group brings God's 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.
New Parishioner WelcomingWe 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 – MailingsVolunteers 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 Collaborative
Parish Visitors: Hospital & Nursing HomeThese parishioners minister to the Catholic patients at Winchester Hospital by bringing them Communion on the second Sunday of every month after the 10:00 a.m. Mass. In a very real way, these ministers share Christ with those whose illness prevents them from worshipping at Mass.
Parish Visitors: Homebound MinistryThis 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 bringing the presence of God to the homebound within our parish family is welcome to join us.
Peace and Justice CommitteeThis committee strives to increase parishioners' 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.
Respect Life CommitteeThese 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.
Rosary MakersThis 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.
St. Mary School
Stewardship Committee??
Wedding Rehearsal TeamsThis 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 7:30 p.m.

Other Ministries

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Ministry Of PrayerOur 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.
Social Committee
Friday Art Group