Ministry Opportunities

Support Ministries

  • Finance Committee – Reviews and approves Parish budgets, acts as an advisory board to the pastor, meets monthly (Chair: Pat Kline).

  • Parish Council – An advisory board to aid the pastor in identifying and meeting the needs of the parish; each member’s term is 2 years. Meets on the Second Monday of the Month at 7:00 pm in the Conference of the Parish Center. All parishioners are welcome at the meetings. See Parish Council page for a list of current members.

  • St. Mary School Board –  An advisory board to aid school staff and inform the pastor of the needs of the School. Contact the School Principal, if interested.
  • Home and School Association (HSA) – St. Mary Catholic School parents aid the connection between the home and the school by planning activities and fundraisers to benefit the students and the school.
  • CCD Executive Board – Supports and advises CCD staff and helpers.
  • Maintenance Committee – Oversees the repairs and maintenance of Parish buildings and property. Meetings are the second Tuesday every other month, October, December, February, April, June, and August, at 4:00 pm in the Conference Room of the Parish Center. Anyone with knowledge in maintenance fields is welcome to join (Chairman: Dave Moats).
  • Memorial Altar Flowers – Donate altar flowers in memory of someone or  in honor of a celebration. Contact: Parish Office 301-739-0390, Paula Bowers
  • Religious Articles Store – Always in need of shopkeepers for the sale of a selection of church goods, books, and art. Open Sundays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Religious Education Ministries, CCD, RCIA, Sacramental Preparation

Teachers, team teachers, discussion leaders, classroom helpers, group supervisors, and speaker coordinators are roles that teens and adults can fill in education ministries. First, decide what age group you might like to help with:

  • Pre-K through 8th grade – CCD
  • 6th through 12th grade – Youth Ministry
  • Young Adults (18-39) – Contact Youth Ministry
  • Adults – RCIA, Baptism Prep, Pre-Cana or Family Ministry
  • Sacramental Preparation:  Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation,  Marriage/Pre-Cana

See more about Religious Education

Musical Ministries

For all musical liturgical ministries, please see the Music page.

 Liturgy & Liturgical Ministries

Traditional Liturgy is very important to St. Mary Catholic Church. We follow the norms of the Roman Catholic Church administered by Pope Benedict XVI and the American Catholic norms administered by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The 3rd English translation of the Roman Missal was implemented on November 27, 2011, the 1st Sunday of Advent 2011. This new translation is based on the 3rd edition of the Roman Missal in Latin, which was published in 2000. All English-speaking people began using this new text of the Roman Catholic Mass on November 27, 2011, which includes nine English-speaking countries. You can read some of the new wording at http://www.usccb.org/romanmissal. Msgr. Rob Jaskot wrote a great series in The Catholic Review about the new English translation of the Roman Missal. You can see his 7 part series and other great resources about the new translation at http://www.catholicreview.org/newmissal/.

Liturgical Ministries

  • Lectors – Lectoring requires a clear speaking voice and a love for God’s Word. Lectors don’t always get to read the happy passages, and it sometimes requires preparation work. Parishioners who have been confirmed may volunteer to be lectors on a regular basis. Please contact Trevor Rowland 
  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion – This is the correct liturgical term for lay Eucharistic Ministers (because clergy are the ordinary ministers of Holy Communion). At St. Mary, we have several ways for you to participate in serving communion. You can serve at Mass or be part of the Pastoral Visitation Team to give Communion to our shut-ins. You must be at least 16 years of age and confirmed in the Catholic faith to become an E.M.H.C. Please contact Trevor Rowland 
  • Altar Servers – Serving the altar is open to children and youth generally age 10 and up. We ask that they have completed fourth grade before they be trained as altar servers. We need altar servers for the 8:30 am Mass Monday through Saturday and all weekend Masses. If your child is interested in becoming an altar server, please contact Trevor Rowland . New altar server group training occurs periodically and is announced in the Church bulletin.
  • Cantors – Cantoring is a still a relatively new liturgical ministry to St. Mary Catholic Church. The community has responded well to the new role of song leader and psalmist. We use cantors at the 8:00 am and 11:00 am Sunday Masses and any evening feast day Mass. A cantor is responsible for practicing music on their own ahead of time and arriving to Mass early to practice with the organist beforehand. Please contact Trevor Rowland 
  • Ushers – Ushering is an active service to parishioners and visitors of St. Mary. It requires that you arrive to Mass early with a welcoming spirit and a hand eager to help others. Anyone who is over 15 years of age and a member of the Parish may become an usher.  Please contact Trevor Rowland 

Prayer/Spiritual Ministries

  • The Legion of Mary Praesidium – The Legion of Mary is a group of people committed to spiritual acts of mercy and to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Anyone 18 or older may join. Meetings are every Friday at 9:15 am in the Parish Center Conference Room.
  • Junior Legion of Mary – All children and youth are welcome to join this Legion of Mary adapted for young believers. There are two Junior groups. Meetings are held every Saturday 9:00 – 10:00 am in the St. John Bosco Youth Room.
  • Junior Legion of Mary, St. Mary Catholic Church – This Junior Legion of Mary is for all children so that they may meet at a convenient time right after school. Meetings are held every Tuesday at 3:00 – 4:00 pm in the St. John Bosco Youth Room.
  • Padre Pio Prayer Group – Everyone is welcome to join this prayer group that meets every Thursday 9:00 – 10:00 am in the Church. Please enter by the side door by the courtyard gardens. For more information, contact Madeline Bender or Jean Anders.
  • Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites – Within the Order of Discalced Carmelites, we are the Community of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, one of 151 communities found in the Washington Province.  St. Teresa says that “the purpose of prayer is the birth of good works, always good works”   As faithful, practicing members of the Roman Catholic Church, our vocation, our mission, in concert with the Friars, is both contemplative (To know God) and apostolic (that He may be known).  Discalced Seculars seek to spread Carmelite Spirituality according to the teachings of St. Teresa, St. John of the Cross and St. Therese. Our meetings are held on the second Sunday of each month in Fatima Hall from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.   If you are interested in finding out more about the Discalced Carmelite Seculars, please contact Daria Kaas, president, at dariakaas@yahoo.com.
  • Prayer Line – Do you have a need for prayers? If so, St. Mary has two ways for you to seek prayer support. We have just instituted a telephone Prayer Line. To leave your prayer request, call St. Mary, 301-739-0390. Upon hearing the recorded greeting, press 7. You will then hear, “You have reached the St. Mary prayer line. Please leave your prayer request after the beep.” You can then leave a recorded message. If you cannot remember to press 7, you can continue to listen to the recording, and it will say, “For the St. Mary prayer line, press 7.” After you leave your prayer request, St. Mary volunteers will check the messages at least daily and add your prayer request to a prayer list. Those volunteers will then make sure that your request is addressed in prayer. St. Mary also has a prayer request email. If you would like to send a prayer request by email, please send it to prayerwish@saintmarysonline.org.

Outreach Ministries

  • Catholic Daughters of America – The Catholic Daughters Court 273 is open to all Catholic women 18 years and older who believe in the motto of unity and charity. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month (excluding summer months) in Fatima Hall of the Parish Center. Contact: Joanne   Lewis Joanne1863@aol.com   301-745-4445-home 412-817-8988-cell *quickest way to reach me
  • Knights of Columbus – Fraternal organization of Catholic men serving the community through various religious and family centered activities. Meets at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Leitersburg Pike at 8:00 pm on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. (Council Phone: 301-739-9019)
  • St. Vincent de Paul – The St. Vincent de Paul Society provides for the material and spiritual well-being of the poor and needy, as well as the visitation of the sick. Volunteers are always welcome. Meetings are held on certain Tuesdays after the 8:30 am Mass, in the Conference Room of the Parish Center.
  • Social  Justice and Mercy  Committee:  The Social  Justice  and Mercy  committee is comprised of  several sub-committees  that work to provide for Micah’s Backpack, REACH  shelter, Veteran’s needs,  Gatekeepers ex-inmate Ministry, Elderly needs, Habitat for Humanity, Rite  to Life,  and Bereavement, meetings  are held in the John Bosco Room in Fatima Hall.  Contact Parish office 301 739 0390
    • Mercy Committee – The Mercy Committee is designed to offer hospitality to grieving families at a time of loss. They help provide a luncheon at St. Mary following funerals, which is a comforting alternative to in-home or restaurant gatherings after St. Mary funerals. If you would like to be part of this committee or are interested in utilizing its service, contact chairwoman Peggy Hurd or Linda Field.
      • Respect Life Committee – Volunteers are needed. The Respect Life Committee is devoted to educating and making a difference for the right to life, especially the weakest: the pre-born. They are active in praying at the Abortion Clinic in town as well as participating in the National March for Life in Washington, DC, every January 22, and more.
      • Welcoming  Committee- Serves to have a point of welcoming contact of parishioners with the parish.  Parish Picnic, Lenten Suppers, Ministry Fairs and welcome receptions
    • Coffee & Donuts – Provides hospitality & refreshments most Sunday mornings for parishioners and visitors.
  • St. Paul Street Evangelization Team    Christ’s  call to evangelize was made to every Catholic Christian, and the Second Vatican Council reiterated this need, urging each of the baptized to bring the Gospel, found fully in the Catholic Church, to a culture that has largely reverted to paganism.  As an on the street Catholic evangelization organization, St Paul Street Evangelization provides an avenue for you to share the Person of Jesus Christ and the truth and beauty of the Catholic Faith with a hungry culture.  Consider joining our evangelization team.  There is  also  a web sit e to visit:   streetevangelization.com/hagerstownmd   Contact; Bill Fischer , Chapter Coordinator  (732) 685-7481 or fischerwilliam55@yahoo.com 

Youth, Young  Adult, and Family Ministries

  • Youth  Group ages Confirmed to Senior in High School, Chosen  In  Christ meets Alternate Sundays at 4-5:30  in Saint John Bosco Room .  Small group discussions about Living your  Faith as one Chosen by  Christ also hosts  several yearly opportunities:  Mount 200 Eucharistic  retreat at Mount Saint Mary’s , February.  Steubenville Youth COnference retreat in June/ July i-Serve, service retreat June/ July.  Catholic Children’s retreat June/ July or August.  BYCC  Catholic Youth Conference November every other year.  Catholic Heart Work camp Summer.  Living  Stations,  live  portrayal of the Passion of Christ,  Contact Maria (Cocchiaro) Taylor  301 739 0390 ext 128
  • Young  Adults; Meet  Tuesday  Evenings at the upper room of the Corner Pub.  Contact Maria (Cocchiaro) Taylor 301 739 0390 ext 128
  • Daughters of the King: Young Women from  Confirmed to young  adult, gather to provide friendship, and  support in living  lives  as  Daughters of the the King Several opportunities for Fun,  service and learning how to live your Catholic faith.  meets The third Thursday of the Month in the John Bosco room.
  • Knights of the Holy Tabernacle: Young men 8th to 12th grade meet on the First Sunday of the month, 6:30-8:30 pm to Preserve authentic masculine spirituality, Protect human dignity and purity, and to defend Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church. Download a flyer.
  • Our Lady’s  Prayer  group:  Women who gather to lift  reflect and  lift each others intention in our Daily Prayers.  Meet most Friday 9:00 am in Fatima Hall
  • Men’s Ministry:  St Joseph Men’s Prayer Group  On the last Friday f the Month Meets for Adoration at 6:30, dinner 7:30-8:30, Discussion 8:30-9:30
    Also  Travel to the annual Men’s Conference
  • Family Ministry: help to run event  through out the year, Christmas bazaar, Parish Picnic, Mardi Gras, Advent activities, Contact (Cocchiaro) Taylor 301 739 0390 ext 128
  • CHERISH: Catholic Hearts Espoused Rejoice in Sacramental Hope  Ministry to nurture and rejoice in the beauty of the Sacrament of marriage.  Periodic  retreats for married couple  that include  a meal, speakers,  reflection, and the  Mass,  and often times Confession.  Contact CHERISH