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.
This canonically required committee consists of financial professionals who assist and advise the Pastor in financial matters.
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.
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.
The Church requires that all engaged couples go through an approved marriage preparation course. AtSt. Mary’s, our Pre-Cana team is made up of married lay couples and a priest who serves as chaplain. They hold three sessions with the engaged couples to help them discuss finances, intimacy and other marital issues. Our marriage preparation course is held twice a year (April and October) and is open to engaged couples both in our parish and those from other parishes.
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.
The Stewardship Committee is responsible for making stewardship a way of life within our parish family. Through quarterly meetings they evaluate the parish stewardship efforts and assist with the annual Stewardship Renewal. New members are welcomed to help us become better stewards of time, talent and treasure.