Ministries

HERE ARE SOME WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN OUR PARISH.  IS THERE A MINISTRY YOU WERE INVOLVED IN ELSEWHERE THAT ISN'T LISTED?  CONTACT OUR PASTOR AND LET HIM KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN STARTING SOMETHING NEW AT SAINT MARY. 

Please note:  During the health crisis, some activities are taking place through video conferencing; others have been suspended.  For the most part, we have kept the descriptions as they were before the pandemic so that people can know how the ministries are normally.  The pandemic is not over, but as things hopefully improve we look forward to returning to in-person meetings following safety guidelines as needed (such as non-vaccinated people continuing to wear masks and practice social distancing).  Please contact the parish office or the person specified if you are interested in a ministry.

Addiction Recovery Groups
(So far only the Friday NA group has resumed meeting at our church; please call local groups for meeting information.)  Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups meet regularly at St. Mary's lower church and provide individuals with a community of recovery and support.  AA Thursdays at 7 pm; NA Fridays at 7:30 pm; Women's NA Wednesdays 6:30 pm. 

Altar Boy Stained Glass

Altar Server
Boys and girls from grade 3 and above assist the priest at Mass and other liturgical rites. 

Baptism Preparation
To help prepare parents for the formation of their child’s faith (parishioners who will be a godparent at a baptism held elsewhere and are required to attend catechesis are also welcome).  Usually on the last Sunday of the month in the rectory after the last morning Mass for baptisms the following month (or another future month); during the pandemic, dates, times, and location are fluid.  Use our Baptism Request form

Bereavement Group
This ministry seeks to support those who are coping with the loss of a loved one through weekly meetings of faith and fellowship on Wednesday evenings.  All are welcome!  Please call Janet 617-462-9235 for more information.

Bible Study

Bible Study 
This is held every two weeks on Tuesday evenings (currently over Zoom) and gives an overview of Sacred Scripture with an introduction to the basic principles for understanding and interpreting the Bible.  The focus is on God’s divine plan of salvation, the presence of His action in the record of His Revelation, and His desire to share His merciful love with us.  Primary sources including major Biblical texts, writings of Church Doctors and Fathers, major theologians, and magisterial documents are read.  Contact Sarah Leyden here if interested.

Books with Flapping Pages

Book Club 
The Book Club meets the last Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the rectory conference room.  Check the bulletin and website for information on the books being read and meetings.  Contact Mary Slattery for more information.

Catholic Philosophy and Theology Study
Meets monthly every 2nd and 4th Thursday at 6:30 p.m.  Contact [email protected]

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Children's Liturgy of the Word
Every other Sunday during the Liturgy of the Word at the 11 a.m. Mass, young children of the congregation are invited to go to the lower church hall to learn about that Sunday's Gospel from Religious Education teachers and parent volunteers.  If you're interested in volunteering or have questions, please click here to contact our Director of Religious Education, Sarah Leyden.  

Monstrance, Gold

Eucharistic Adoration
Wednesdays in the morning 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. after Mass and evening from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.  Sundays from 3 - 5 p.m. (suspended during July and August).  All concluding with Benediction.  The Blessed Sacrament is exposed and adored by volunteers who sign up to pray before the Lord Jesus present in the monstrance.  

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion assist the priest and deacon with the distribution of the Holy Eucharist at Mass and to the sick and homebound.

Knights of Columbus Council
This is a fraternal organization for men of the faith, young and old, to come together in fellowship, deeper commitment to the parish, and service to the community.  Among various things, the Knights have taken on hosting some events such as our annual Oktoberfest and Emmaus Evenings (monthly Sunday supper after the 5:30 Mass).  If interested or for more information, please email [email protected].  

Lector
Reader who proclaims the Word of God in the scripture readings at Mass and other services.  If you are interested in being a lector, please contact Mary Slattery, our Pastoral Assistant.

Men's (Sexaholics) Accountability Group
A men's accountability group based on Sexaholics Anonymous meets on Wednesdays at 7 a.m.  For more details, please email [email protected].

Mental Health Discussion Group - Pax
Pax is our new mental health ministry open to parishioners who have struggled with mental health as well as those with loved ones who are impacted by mental illness.  This is NOT a therapy group, but a place to come together once a month to talk about mental health and learn about the Church's teachings on mental illness.  For more information, please email [email protected].

Mothers Prayer Group 
Once a month a group of moms gather together with or without their children in the lower church on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. for a time of prayer and fellowship.  Check the bulletin for dates.  For more information and to be added to the email list, contact Erin at [email protected]

Violin

Music Ministry
Our parish choirs provide support to the sung prayers of the liturgy.  New members are always welcome.  Please consider joining the choir or sharing your musical skills if you play an instrument.  

ST. MARY CAMPUS:  Join together in song under the direction of our talented choir director.  Sing at the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass as your schedule allows.  Rehearsals are on Sunday mornings an hour or so before Mass in the choir loft.  Contact Arthur Rishi at 617-734-0444 ext. 9 or click here to send him a message.  We invite you to visit our music website for more information (including music for weddings and funerals).

Choir

ST. LAWRENCE CAMPUS:  The St. Lawrence choir meets at 8:30 a.m. to prepare for the 9 a.m. Mass.  Periodic evening rehearsals are optional.  With limited rehearsals, musical training and/or willingness to work on your own will be helpful.  Contact Warren Hutchison at 617-734-0444.

Parish Evangelization Committee
This group assists in coordinating events that help to spread the Good News.  From the annual parish BBQ to special seasonal devotions during Lent and Easter, they are always looking for ways to share the love of God and the joy of following Him.

Parish Finance Council
This council advises the pastor on financial matters of the parish including the school.  The group assists the pastor in his responsibility for monitoring all income, expenses, and approving the annual budgets.

Parish Pastoral Council
The PPC is made up of a group representative of the parish.  It assists the pastor in his leadership role and is involved in most activities and programs affecting the liturgical and spiritual life of the parish.

Prayer, Hands in

Parish Prayer Line 
The St. Mary Prayer Line prays every day for the needs and intentions of our parishioners and friends.  Please email [email protected] if you would like to have a prayer added to the prayer line (include the name(s) of the person(s) who needs prayer; you may also include the particular need or intention).  If you would like to become a member of the Parish Prayer Line, please contact us at the email address above.  To be a member, you would commit to praying daily for the needs of the people in our prayer line.

School from Across Harvard St. Wide Shot

Parish School 
St. Mary of the Assumption School educates students from early childhood to the 8th grade and builds on a rich tradition of Catholic education.  Our culturally diverse community enriches and strengthens students who are guided by the Love of God and Love of Neighbor.  As a faith community, children learn the values of reverence, respect, and responsibility.  These qualities are an integral part of the curriculum and every aspect of student life.  Learn more at the school's website

Parish Social Committee
This group coordinates the social gatherings that take place after one of the Sunday Masses (times rotate among the various Mass times).  Volunteers are needed to prepare coffee, bring a baked good to share, and/or set up and clean up the venue.  With the renovation of the lower church, our hope is to offer more social opportunities for parishioners throughout the year.  If you have any questions or would like to be scheduled as a host, please email [email protected].

RCIA
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – preparation of adult candidates for entry into or to be in full communion with the Catholic Church.  For more information, please submit this RCIA Interest Form and Deacon John Nicholson will get back to you.

First Communion 2019 Class Pic at Altar

Religious Education 
Our Religious Education provides faith formation for students in Kindergarten up to high school. Parishioners volunteer as catechists/teachers in the program which runs for one hour on Sunday mornings throughout the school year.  Please consider volunteering to be a catechist or substitute catechist.  If interested, please click here to contact our Director of Religious Education, Sarah Leyden.

Social Justice Committee
As a parish we are committed to living the Gospel and working for peace and justice.  This committee comes up with ways that we can better promote the Church's social teaching. 

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Our outreach to those in need is coordinated by the members of this group.  They organize food drives at Thanksgiving, a gift program for the poor and homeless at Christmas, and charitable giving throughout the year.  Our conference works closely with Boston's Health Care for the Homeless program. New members are most welcome.  Please check the bulletin for meeting dates.  If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Tara Lauriat at [email protected].

Stations of the Cross  
Fridays during Lent.  Please check the bulletin and website for times.  

Rosary in Palm

Sunday Rosary Group 
Usually every Sunday after the last morning Mass.

Usher
Volunteers who assist people to their seats if necessary.  

Young Adults

Young Adults and Youth Ministry
Our Young Adult and Youth Ministries provide a strong and supportive community in which to grow in faith, surrounded by friends who share the same values and convictions.  In addition to devotional and prayer activities, there are social activities and opportunities to learn more about our faith throughout the year.  The St. Mary Young Adults Ministry fosters the Youth Ministry.  Please see the Young Adults page on our website and visit the Young Adults Facebook group.  You can also sign up here to receive emails about upcoming events.  For more information, please contact [email protected]