St. Mary's

MINISTRIES MENU



  WORD
  Faith Formation

     Religious Education
        Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
    TSMOTA - Teen Group
    InBetweens - Pre-teen Group
     Vacation Bible School
    Adult Faith Formation
    Children's Liturgy of the Word
    Rite of Christian Initiation
        RCIA (Adults)
        RCIC (Children)
    Small Christian Communities
    Intergenerational Faith Formation
    Catholic Homeschool
    Sacramental Preparation (see Sacraments)


  WORSHIP
  Liturgy, Prayer, and Devotion

 
     Art & Environment
     Music & Choir
     Liturgy Planning and Preparation
     Altar Servers
     Sacristans
     Lectors
     Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
     Ushers
     Collection Counters
     Cursillo Movement
     Prayer and Spiritual Practices
     Spiritual Events and Retreats
     Devotions
     Seasonal and Occasional Celebrations
     Days of Remembrance
     Annointing of the Sick
      Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
      Rosary for Life



 
COMMUNITY
Parish and Community Life (PCL)

     Building and Grounds Committee
     Hospitality & Welcoming
           Parish Life
     Social Events
     Parish Wellness
     Sick and Homebound
     Youth Ministry
 
 

Community Outreach
      
      Food Pantry
      Prison Ministry
      Habitat for Humanity
      Prayer Shawl Ministry
      Ministry to the Homeless
      Legislative Advocacy Ministry
      Haiti Twinning Ministry
      Boy and Girl Scouts of America

      Thanksgiving
      Christmas Giving Tree
      Alternative Gift Giving
      Samaritan's Purse (Shoeboxes)
 



10306 Ladysmith Rd.
PO Box 396
Ladysmith, VA 22501

804 448-9064
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About St. Mary's Church

Ministries


WORD
  Faith Formation


Religious Education for Children


Serve as instructors to share and educate the youth of our parish about the Catholic faith. Religious education teachers cover all grade levels from pre-Kindergarten through High School. Training and background checks are required. In the 2014-2015 school year, about 100 children were in class. The Second Grade Class prepares for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion. High School students ages 14-15-16 are prepared for Confirmation. All classes are taught by parishioners.

Please contact Deacon Dave Geary at 804-448-9064 or RED@saintmarycc.orgfor more information.


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd


Instructional program, part of the Religious Education for Children, for Pre-Kindergarten up to 6th grade. Interactive and hands-on approach to the Faith, it challenges and educates the children in a way that enlivens the Spirit and cultivates a deeper understanding of what it is to be Catholic. Program requires special qualification training and frequent refresher training as well as "atrium" space which is specifically designed for each classroom environment.

Please contact Sarah LaMontagne at (412) 848-0639 for more information.


TSMOTA


T-SMOTA involves teens from grades 8-12. Through events and activities, teens develop their faith and cultivate their gifts and talents toward service to others as well as social behaviors. Engage with other diocesan youth groups and participate in summer work projects.  


InBetweens


InBetweens provides a fun and informative environment where middle-school children (ages 10-12) can explore, share, and discuss their faith using current, age-related topics to create a dialogue.


Vacation Bible School (VBS)


Vacation Bible School (VBS) is held in the summer for 5 straight nights and combines fun, food, and faith for our children up to 5th grade. Older children and adults take the children through a "themed" program, which varies every year. Parishioners and non-parishoners are welcome to attend.

For more information or to volunteer contact Megan Toigo.


Adult Education


While the need to educate adults is as great as the need for youth, there is no formal program currently operating to accomplish this. A small group gathers between the Masses on Sunday to go over the Sunday readings from Scripture. From time to time, special topics are presented and offered such as the Parish Mission in September 2014 and Fr. Robert Barron's series on the Catholic Faith.


Children's Liturgy


Our Children’s Liturgy program is designed for our children generally ages 3-5, to learn and experience the Liturgy of the Word through interactive and hands on methods that are developed specifically for them. The children are dismissed from the main worship area during the 8:30 and 11:00 AM Sunday Masses to receive and experience the Gospel through listening, interacting with other children, coloring, doing crafts and singing. They return to Mass after the homily.

Currently 8 teachers and assistants each volunteer once a month. More assistants are needed. Lessons are planned out and taken from an approved book.

For more information or to volunteer contact Annette Jewell at 804-305-7566 or annetteg65@yahoo.com.


RCIA


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - is the process of introducing the Catholic faith to unbaptized adults (catechumens) and those interested in receiving the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Those already baptized in another Christian faith are instructed to come into full communion with the Catholic Church by receiving the other Sacraments of Initiation.

For information on how to participate please contact Deacon Dave Geary at (804) 448-9064.


RCIC


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Children - is the process of introducing unbaptized children, age 7 and above, to the Catholic faith, and if interested, to receive the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.

For information on how to participate please contact Penny Geary at honeybepenny@comcast.net.


Small Christian Communities


COMING SOON


Intergenerational Faith Formation


COMING SOON


Catholic Homeschool


COMING SOON


WORSHIP
  Liturgy, Prayer, and Devotion


Arts and Environment


This ministry sets the liturgical environment to match the season at hand. The Church colors for the season are reflected by appropriate decor to establish a sense of the liturgy.  Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, and Solemnities all require different attention.

For information, please contact Katie Boltz.


Music & Choir


Our all-volunteer members and musical director select music for the liturgies, practice singing and playing the music, and then offer the music for all weekend liturgies.

A little musical knowledge is helpful but the only real requirements are a love of singing praise to the Lord, practice, and a good sense of humor! We also welcome anyone with instrumental talents such as keyboard, flute, oboe, guitar, or violin!  Members may also volunteer to help at special liturgies such as weddings, funerals, children's pageants, etc. Members include singers as young as 7 years of age and up! Choir practice is currently held on Saturdays at 10:00 AM

For more information, please contact Debbie Brooks at (804) 994-4174 or leave a message at the Church office (804) 446-9064.


Liturgy Planning and Preparation


Plan special liturgies and instruct others in their duties. Work to ensure all dioscesan and Church requirements are met, especially in conjunction with Holy Week or whent he Bishop is celebrating Mass at St. Mary's. Coordinate schedules among other ministries involved with the Mass.

Please contact Deacon Frank Leaming at 804-761-5714 or Debbie Brooks at 804-994-4174 for more information.


Altar Servers


Open to the youth of our parish after they have received First Communion. Altar Servers assist at the Saturday and Sunday Masses, but are also needed for special services (e.g., funerals) and holy days. Training is provided in what is proper conduct and correct procedures for the Servers during Mass. Acolytes are scheduled to serve several times each month.

Please contact Deacon Frank Leaming at 804-761-5714 for more information.


Sacristans


Sacristans prepare the Church for Mass and other liturgies. Duties include assuring the Lectionary is available, missals and linens are in place, set up for sacraments are completed, etc. Sacristans set up on Saturday morning (it takes approximately 1 hour) and between Masses. Also, ensure sacristy supplies are in adequate supply. Training is provided.

For more information, please contact Debbie Brooks at (804) 994-4174.


Lectors


Lectors read the Old and New Testament Readings (other than the Gospels) during Mass. Will assist as needed in the set up before Mass and breakdown after Mass. Lectors also introduce the Mass beforehand and read the Prayers of Intercession.

For more information, please contact Deacon Frank Leaming at (804) 761-5714.


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (formerly Eucharistic Ministers)


Lay persons serve by distributing the Precious Body and Blood of Jesus when needed. Individuals are trained on how to serve in this role.


Ushers


Often known as Ministers of Hospitality, ushers ensure that our parish is one where "All are welcome." As the first face to many attending our liturgies, the ushers greet parishioners and visitors alike, help them to find a pew, distribute worship aides, and provide assistance to those with special needs.

During the Liturgy, ushers are responsible for assisting attendees, coordinating seating, participating in the Liturgy, taking collections, distributing bulletins and being available to help in the event of emergencies. Ushers are needed at all Masses but especially for the Sunday 11:00 AM Mass.

Please contact Robert Luiggi
Email: RRLuigi@aol.com
804-448-1987 for more information.


Collection Counters


The counting team is responsible for the accurate accounting of and recording of Offertory and Special collections.

Contributions are either made on-line via computer or placed into the collection basket passed around at Mass by the ushers. All collections during the Masses are counted after the Masses. There are typcially three counters at work, of whom at least two are unrelated. The counters prepare a collection report that totals the checks and currency for both loose and envelope contributions.

The members' assistance with this ministry helps the Pastor, Senior Pastoral Associate, and Finance Council in the fiscal management of the monies given to the parish.

For more information, contact Joan Cormier, e-mail whitedoveJEC@aol.com 804-448-8006.


Cursillo Movement


Assure parish members are aware of the Dioscesan sponsored and international Cursillo Movement. Encourage parishoners to attend a Cursillo weekend and offer follow up to those who have made a Cursillo. Coordiate Ultreyas or other meetings involving Cursillo.

For more information, contact Deacon Frank Leaming at 804-761-5714.


Prayer and Spiritual Practices


COMING SOON


Spiritual Events and Retreats


COMING SOON


Devotions


COMING SOON


Seasonal and Occasional Celebrations


COMING SOON


Days of Remembrance


COMING SOON


Annointing of the Sick


COMING SOON


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament


COMING SOON


Rosary for Life


COMING SOON


  COMMUNITY
  Parish and Community Life (PCL)


Stewardship


This aspect of community addresses how each member gives of his or her time, talent, and treasure to support the community. It is expected that each member will prayerfully reflect on how they are being called to support Parish and Community Life and to act upon that calling.


Parish Life


Coordinate various social events. Annual Church Picnic, dinners, Prize Bingo, Movie Nights, dances, and Soup Suppers on Fridays in Lent are just some of these events. Various people help organize these events, serve as chefs and bakers, and set-up/clean-up afterwards. Traditional events include a Mother's Day Breakfast and a Father's Day Meal.


 PASTORAL
Sick and Homebound


This ministry assists those with health concerns by providing advocacy, prayer and comfort, shopping, transportation and visitations. Acting as liason with other ministries, the Sick and Hombound volunteers also minister to those in need by seeking support through the Food Pantry as needed but most importantly by sharing the Eucharist as often as possible.

For more information please contact Jessica Moore (804) 633-0182


  PASTORAL
Hospitality and Welcoming


COMING SOON



  ADMINISTRATIVE
Building and Grounds Committee


Organize and assist with routine facilty needs and upkeep of the church buildings and grounds. Provide guidance on needed repairs or upgrades to ensure provided services are reasonable and adequate. Oversee upkeep of the gardens surrounding the church. Organize group work efforts.


  ADMINISTRATIVE
Parish Pastoral Council


The Parish Pastoral Council fully supports the mission of St. Mary as an open assembly of Catholic believers in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond to proclaim the Word of God, celebrate the Eucharist, and serve the local and surrounding communities of the Parish.

The purpose of the Council is to advise the Pastor in setting the overall direction of the Parish Community. As discerned representatives of the Saint Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church, the Council shall act as the entity that provides the strategic oversight for the spiritual and operational functions of the Parish. The Council works closely with and advises the Pastor, members of the Parish staff, various ministry leaders, and members from the community at large on matters related to the overall mission of the Parish.

For more information, please contact Parish Pastoral Council Chairperson, Debbie Tate.


  ADMINISTRATIVE
Parish Financial Council


COMING SOON


  ADMINISTRATIVE
Office / Administrative


Input collection amounts; prepare funeral worship aids; format, print, and make copies of the weekly bulletin.


  COMMUNICATION
Website, Newsletter, etc.


Produce the quarterly newsletter, "St. Mary's Annunciator", which provides information on people and events within the parish or greater Church. Articles are written by a staff of volunteers and edited, printed, and mailed to parish members. The parish also maintains a website and a Facebook page as online and social media communication tools.


  FUNDRAISING
Debt Reduction


COMING SOON



  SERVICE
  Outreach


Food Pantry


The Food Pantry ministry provideds a warm and welcoming contact to the hungry in our local and greater community area. Housed within, this ministry collects and distributes food items and other necessities to the needy in our community. Saint Mary's Food Pantry hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 - 7:30 PM.

Approximately 50 volunteers work to ensure those needing food in Caroline County are provided items to prepare meals to feed their families. Over 200 families are registered to receive food once a month. The ministry is self-sufficient; we do not use parish funds for sustainment. The doors are kept open by monetary donations, low cost purchases through the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, and other charitable acts such as the Polar Bear Plunge, Wrights Chapel Christmas in April, and food-stuff donations by our parishoners. St. Mary's Food Pantry Ministry was founded in 2004 by parishoners Mary Seiler and Robert and Gail Bingaman and has continued to grow as the needs have expanded.

For information on how to volunteer for this ministry please contact the office at 804-448-9064


Habitat for Humanity


Habitat for Humanity is an international nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. The Caroline County Habitat for Humanity, part of the international organization, strives to assist families and individuals in our community.

This ministry assists the Caroline County Habitat for Humanity. By providing a meeting place as well as volunteers for building projects, this ministry enables those in need of homes, in conjunction with the International Habitat for Humanity, to acquire housing at a reasonable cost. Habitat's motto of 'a hand up and not a hand out' combines the talent and labors of many, including the prospective homeowner in supporting thes efforts.

For more information, please contact Skip Smith at 4inva@aol.com.


Prayer Shawl Ministry


Provides shawls to the sick and homebound and offers prayers for those receiving the shawls. Members, both parishoners and non-parishoners, meet weekly on Tuesday, but continue work on the shawls throughout the week. All shawls are blessed before distributing and have been sent to those in need across the United States and internationally.

For more information, please contact Penny Geary (540) 972-7939.


Ministry to the Homeless


Volunteers cook and provide meals to the homeless shelters in the Fredericksburg area, namely Micah Ministry at Shiloh Baptist Church and Thurman Brisben Center. Meals are generally provided once a month and on special occasions.

If you would like to volunteer please contact Penny Geary (540) 972-7939 or Gail and Robert Bingaman.


Legislative Advocacy Ministry


The Legislative Advocacy ministry of Saint Mary’s seeks to address human concern needs through legislative avenues. With Catholic Social Teaching as a guide, togehter with the Virginia Catholic Conference and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, this ministry seeks to provide educational information on timely social issues and offer opportunities to engage in action to be a "voice for the voiceless."

The Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC) established by Bishop Loverde and Bishop DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond helps Catholics take part in important policy decisions. The VCC e-mail advocacy network sends regular alerts on respect life, social justice and education issues considered by state and federal lawmakers; pre drafted messages that you can send to your elected representatives; updates on the progress and outcomes of advocacy items and advocacy events.

Please visit www.vacatholic.org for more information.


Haiti Twinning Ministry


This ministry is part of the Diocese of Richmond Haiti Commission that began in 1984. St. Mary's is "twinned" with St. Martin schools in the mountainous region of Hiche, Haiti. While we do share a mutual faith relationship, given the abundance Americans have in comparison the Haitians, St. Mary's intent is to support this school in adddressing the goals that school leadership detemines. So far, we have contributed toward building a three-room kindergarten, provided primary school benches and materials, building a cafeteria, and supporting a meal program to feed students. Going forward, we will be providing educational scholarships for students.

For more information, please contact Dorothy Summers Bolecek (804) 633-1936, email ddsummers@verizon.net.


Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America


COMING SOON


Thanksgiving Food Drive


In conjunction with the food pantry, St. Mary's organizes and collects donations for families in need of Thanksgiving food. Turkey and trimmings are provided for about 25 families per year.


Christmas Giving Tree


Christmas gifts help brighten the season for local families in need. This really is a "giving tree". Lists of families (without names), their needs, and details (sizes, ages, etc.) are put on tags and hung on the tree. Members take a tag, buy the items, and return them before Christmas. This project is done with support from the Dept. of Social Services, Caroline School District, and the County Sheriff's Department. It supports 20-25 families.

For more information, please contact Noelle and Bob Wolter.


Alternative Gift Giving


COMING SOON


Samarita's Purse (Shoeboxes)


This project is known simply as the "shoebox" project. Parishoners fill a shoebox sized container with school supplies, little toys, toiletries, and hard candy to be shipped to needy children worldwide. This seasonal project is worked with our local collection center, Calvary Baptist Church in Bowling Green. The collection day is teh Sunday before Thanksgiving.

For more information, please contact Dorothy Summers Bolecek (804) 633-1936, email ddsummers@verizon.net.