Ministry list

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. For more information about individual ministries, see the "ministry wall" in the Gathering Room outside the lower church, where there are brochures for each ministry. PDF versions of many of the brochures are linked to the ministry names below.

Liturgy & Worship

  • Altar Society: Responsible for taking care of the linens, cleaning the church once a week, and ensuring that the sacred vessels are prepared for Mass. Contact: Phyllis Estabrooks
  • Altar Servers: Altar 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. Contact: Kevin Lindmark
  • Baptismal Vestment Ministry: This ministry enhances each infant’s baptism with the gift of a hand sewn keepsake garment, which is presented as a sign of love and welcome. Contact: Pauline Foley
  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word: During 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. Contact: info@stmaryswinchester.org
  • Eucharistic Ministers: Eucharistic Ministers are entrusted with the special responsibility of assisting in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ to the community at Mass. Contact: Cynthia Goddard
  • Greeters: Greeters 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 all; Children are fine Greeters and may serve with a parent. Contact: Frances Shawcross
  • Lectors: Proclaim the Word of God at Mass during the Liturgy of the Word. Training sessions are held as needed. Contact: Lori Barrett
  • Ushers: Ushers are responsible for 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. Contact: Joe DeMarinis

Music

St. Mary's Parish has a thriving music life and an active choir community. All who are interested in participating should contact Director of Music Jane O'Keefe.

  • 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. Auditions are not conducted and you do not need to be able to sight-read music.
  • 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 to 7. To prepare, four rehearsals are held on Sunday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Instrumentalists: String players, woodwind players, brass players and others are encouraged to enhance our weekend liturgies by sharing their musical gifts with our parish family.

Children & Youth Ministries

St. Mary's has an active program of ministries for children and young adults. The core of the program is Religious Education/CCD, for which teachers are always enthusiastically welcomed: More information is on the CCD page.

Other programs have included a Bible camp, Youth Group, Youth Council, and annual trip to Washington, DC. For more information, contact Religious Education Coordinator Colleen Debruyckere

Parish Life Ministries

  • Arts & Environment Committee: Team members serve as the "beautifiers" of our worshipping spaces, making our church a place that represent the Liturgical seasons of the church year. Artists, sewers, builders and other crafty and handy parishioners are greatly appreciated. Contact: Kathy McCarthy
  • Bereavement Ministry: Supports members of our parish family as they bury and grieve for their loved ones. Volunteers serve at funeral Mass and participate in the Annual Mass for the Deceased, send sympathy cards, distribute a booklet to assist in funeral planning, and generally give support. Contact: Elena Benoit
  • Communications Committee: Works to develop, coordinate and use communications tools that will support the goals and mission of St. Mary’s Parish Family. Those include the website, social media, email and regular mailings, as well as special publications that highlight the parish. Contact: Karen Yuska
  • Cor Unum: The Cor Unum (One Heart) Meal Center  responds to the urgent need to feed the hungry in Lawrence, MA. Established in 2006, the meal center lovingly welcomes all people, providing nourishment for the bodies and souls of all who are in need. St. Mary's parishioners young and old are invited to assist with dinner service on the third Wednesday of each month. Contact: info@stmaryswinchester.org
  • Finance Committee: This canonically required committee consists of financial professionals who assist and advise the Pastor in financial matters. Contact: info@stmaryswinchester.org
  • Hospital Ministry: These parishioners visit Catholic patients at Winchester Hospital, say a prayer with them, and give them Communion. Each hospital minister visits approximately 10- 15 patients for a few minutes each. In a very real way, these ministers share Christ with those whose illness prevents them from worshipping at Mass. Contact: LeiLani D’Agostino
  • Hospitality Committee: 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 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Masses, either by committee volunteers or representatives from other parish ministries. The committee welcomes new members as they expand their efforts to include picnics and potluck dinners. Contact: Karen Fagan
  • Ministry of Grounds: This 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 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 elected and appointed parishioners who each 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. Contact: Donna Humphrey
  • Parish Visitors: Homebound Ministry: Bring communion to those who are homebound due to illness or advanced age, have a prayer service and then spend time visiting usually on a biweekly or monthly basis. Contact: info@stmaryswinchester.org
  • Peace and Justice Committee: This committee strives to increase parishioners' awareness of peace and justice issues within our local community and throughout the world. Meetings are usually at 7:30 pm on the third Tuesday of each month from September to May. Contact: info@stmaryswinchester.org
  • Respect Life Ministry: Focused on educating others on matters that affect members of the parish from the conception to death. Those matters may include abortion, funding for handicap serves, caring for the less fortunate, and natural death. The group usually meets the second Tuesday of the month after the nine o’clock Mass in the Gathering Room. Contact: Elaine Sevigny
  • Rosary Makers: This group handcrafts rosaries and distributes them to individuals and groups. They donate the rosaries to many different groups, including children who receive sacraments at St. Mary (Baptism, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation), prisoners, shut-ins, and even to our sister parish in Peru. Contact: Phyllis Estabrooks

Other Ministries

  • Ministry of Prayer: Homebound members who want to serve our parish family within the confines of their own house may serve in the Ministry of Prayer. All parishioners are invited to write their intentions in the intention book that is kept near the statue of St. Mary in the chapel or submit them through our parish website. At the end of each month, all the prayer intentions are typed and are mailed to our homebound parishioners who are asked to pray for the intentions of our parish. Our Ministry of Prayer 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. Contact: info@stmaryswinchester.org
  • Friday Art Group