A Call to Committed Ministry

From Chapter 6 of First Timothy.........
Pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
Compete well for the faith.  Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called
when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses. 
I charge you, before God,
who gives life to all things, and before Jesus Christ,  who dwells in unapproachable light.
To whom be honor and eternal power. Amen.


The qualifications for liturgical ministry are: A Catholic lay person who has received the Sacraments of Initiation, i.e. Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation, and has the fundamental dignity or worthiness to serve in the ministry.  Liturgical ministers must be instructed and should be an example of Christian life, faith and morals.

Liturgy Committee

The role of the Committee is to work together with clergy and faithful to enhance the worship life of the parish.  This ministry functions as coordinator of all liturgical ministries and plans special celebrations which includes church decorations, art, etc.

Altar Server

Being an altar server means serving God and His people by helping the parish assembly to praise God. (4th grade up)

Eucharistic Minister

Ministers serve our Church by administering the Eucharist during celebrations of the liturgy, and/or by taking communion to the sick, hospital, and nursing homes.


Ministry of proclaiming God’s word to our parish family.


Ministers of hospitality make people feel welcome as they prepare to worship together.  They also assist the good order of our liturgical celebration by seating the congregation, taking up collections, and distributing liturgical literature and bulletins.

Children’s Church

Ministry of proclaiming and explaining God’s word to children on the first Sunday of each month during the 11:00 a.m. Mass.

Music Ministry

Ministry includes instrumentalists, cantors, and choir members.  St. Mary’s Adult Choir practices weekly, and usually sings at Sunday Mass every other week during Ordinary Time, every Sunday during Advent and Lent, and on special occasions.  St. Francis’ Chapel Choir practices weekly and sings on Sundays at the Chapel, and for Christmas and Easter at St. Mary.

Decorating Committee

Members decorate the church for weekend liturgies, special feast days and holidays.

Church Cleaning Committee

Teams of members clean the church on a rotating basis.

Altar Linens Committee

Members clean and press altar linens and wash altar servers’ cassocks.


Social Concerns/Respect Committee

Helps our parish to fulfill the Church’s mission of justice and reconciliation through a communal organized response to societal needs.  It will serve those in need of food, housing and shelter, those who are sick or suffering, divorce or separation, those with special needs such as the disabled, shut-ins, widows, seniors and prisoners.  This ministry also promotes the protection of the unborn, infants and elderly by working together with the diocesan Family Life Office.

Bereavement Committee

The Committee provides support to the families and individuals at the time of death according to the needs of the families at that time, such as food, visitation, recitation of the rosary, cards, etc.

St. Vincent de Paul Store

Volunteers sort, price, and stock donated merchandise; volunteers also needed to repair appliances.


Buildings and Grounds Committee

Plans and supervises the ongoing maintenance needs of all buildings and grounds that comprise St. Mary’s Parish plant.

Finance Committee

Prepares and monitors budgets and financial planning for St. Mary’s.

Cemetery Association

Oversees the ongoing needs of St. Mary and St. Francis Cemeteries, including the maintaining of burial records, financial statements, cemetery upkeep, and future plans.

Parish Office Help

Helps with any kind of office work, e.g., answering phone and door, and light computer work.

Bulletin and Mailing Committee

Members help with stuffing inserts into the bulletin and with large mail-outs.

St. Matthew’s Guild

Helps count and record the weekend collections.

Communications Committee

Work on ways to improve communications with parishioners using various media, such as e-mail, facebook, and website, etc.  Help with maintaining the website is urgently needed.


Altar Society

Responsible for liturgical supplies and parish receptions.

Seniors Mass and Social

Volunteers help prepare a lunch to serve the elderly after Mass in the Parish Hall once a month.

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Catholic, family, fraternal, service organization that actively works to promote Christian values in the community, service to the Church, and gives public witness of their faith. Please contact Scott Smith at 225-718-5334 or for more information.

Sunday Nursery

Ministry includes both adults and youth helping in the nursery each Sunday during the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses.

Vocations Committee

Members will explore and organize ways to promote priestly and religious vocations on a regular basis.


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Team Members

A ministry to those preparing and/or inquiring for membership in the Church.

RCIA Sponsors

Sponsors make the journey of faith with those preparing for membership in the Church.


Charismatic Prayer Group

A prayer and faith-sharing group who meet the second and fourth Sunday evenings of each month.

Perpetual Adoration Chapel

This ministry ensures the continuous (24 hours/day) adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in our Adoration Chapel.  Participants are encouraged to commit to be present in the chapel at least one hour each week.  Substitutes are also needed.

Small Prayer Groups

Members meet weekly, monthly, or during Lent and Advent  to discuss and reflect upon their faith and how it relates to their every day activities.

Needlework Group

Group meets at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in the St. Joseph Center where they pray together and do needlework, particularly making prayer blankets for the sick and homebound, and bibs for parish Baptisms.


Baptism Preparation

Persons in this ministry provide help in preparing parents and godparents for the baptism of a child.

Sponsor for Engaged Couples

Married couple sponsors meet in their home with couples preparing for marriage.  Training for this ministry is provided.

Wedding Coordinator

Coordinators are needed to help coordinate wedding rehearsals.                             


Religious Education Board

Board advises the Director of Religious Formation with regard to religious education.   Members also help with planning and events.

Religious Education Programs for the Young

This ministry includes teachers, substitute teachers, aides and office help for Preschool, Elementary, Junior and High Schools.  Teachers and substitutes are trained and assisted by the Director of Religious Formation to teach the faith to the young.

Adult Religious Education Programs

The programs provide opportunities for adults to continue their religious education and spiritual growth, including the planning of classes, courses, retreats, days of recollection, missions and parish renewal programs.

Vacation Bible School

The school is scheduled each year for one week in June, and gives children the opportunity to come together in a fun setting to learn how Jesus fits into their lives.  Volunteers serve as teachers and aids, help with music, arts and crafts, and refreshments.


Youth Ministry

St. Mary’s Youth Ministry program helps to promote the spiritual lives of youth ranging from grades 6-12 and their families, through social, service, and faith filled activities.  Adult chaperones are also needed

Youth Mass

Youth are needed to fill liturgical minister roles at the monthly Youth Masses: Lectors/Commentators, Choir members, and ushers.

Youth Board

SMYG is currently looking for adults who would like to serve on a Youth Board to help plan and implement youth activities, including fund raisers, mission trips, recruit chaperones, etc. Our youth need you and your gifts!


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