Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
The Bereavement Committee is led by Theresa LaPoint, a life-long member and trustee of St Mary’s who loves giving back to our church. This team coordinates funeral arrangements for the parish in tasks not directly addressed by the staff, including but not limited to liturgical ministries at funeral Masses.
Formed under the administration of Father Joe Manerowski, the Cemetery Team assists with the oversight of the operations of St. Mary's and St. Alphonsus Cemeteries. They find solutions to problems that arise, as well as make suggestions to the future improvements to the properties.
This Team disseminates information from all of the ministries and Pastor to the church and community utilizing various communication channels including social media, website, and more. This Team is led by Melissa Wilkinson, who is passionate about her faith and communications. She has been a member at St. Mary’s for 10 years and is excited to put her degree in Communications to use serving the parish and community.
This Team is led by Katie Sullivan, and plans and schedules social events for parishioners throughout the year to encourage and strengthen personal connection and community. They look to plan social events which revolve around the liturgical calendar, and their goal is to bring our community closer together.
This Team is mandated in every parish by Canon Law. The function of this committee is to provide consultation to the pastor regarding significant expenditures, investment of parish funds and the purchase or sale of property. The Team also assists in issuing the annual budget, review of the budget and the publication and distribution of the annual financial statement to the parish at-large.
This Team is led by Carol Brownell, a life-long member of St. Mary’s and a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy. This Team provides visitation, comfort services and the Eucharist to the parish’s homebound. If you would like a home visit, please contact Carol at 518-792-8991.
Respect Life Team
Led by John O’Brien, our goal is to advocate for all Life issues, especially the Right to Life from conception to natural death. We also have a heart to promote adoption. We help promote the local 40 Days for Life prayer campaign.
We would welcome the opportunity to help promote the teachings of the Catholic Church on the Life Issues in a broader way in our Parish to invite all to embrace God’s gift of Life.
Education is the key.
Spiritual Life Team
This Team works to establish Bible study, prayer and discussion groups, and assist with liturgical devotions in the parish. We are committed to fostering ongoing spiritual education and development particularly during the seasons of Advent and Lent. We are available to assist the Pastor in the Spiritual Enrichment needs of our Parish community. This Team is led by Cathy Vesterby, who has been a leader in various faith pursuits for over 20 years.
This Team promotes vocation awareness in the parish through concrete programs and events. They distribute and display vocation information sent to parishes by the diocesan vocations’ office. Promotion of vocations to the priesthood is stressed, however, the need for vocations to the Religious Life, diaconate and lay ministries is also part of the mission. Often working with diocesan seminarians, the Team makes parishioners aware of their paths to the priesthood.
Works of Mercy & Social Justice Team
This Team is passionate about serving our area's marginalized and overlooked. If you thirst to make a difference in someone's life, then please contact this Team at St. Mary's.
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, with more than 1.9 million members in countries around the world.
Becoming a Knight of Columbus can transform your life. As a Knight, you have the opportunity to support your parish, give back to your community, grow in your faith and gain exclusive access to our top-rated insurance program to protect your family.
Members work with the Music Director to overview the choices of music and liturgical embellishments for regular and seasonal Masses and other services. Activities include: decorating the church, altar server training and scheduling, lector training and scheduling, Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist training and scheduling, and sacristans.
Fellowship - Ushers, Greeters, and Welcome Desk Team
Ushers, Greeters, and Welcome Desk attendants work hand-in-hand with each other, making sure that all visitors to St. Mary's Church feel accepted, and taken in to our church family. No experience is needed, just a smile, a helpful spirit, and a willingness to learn! This team is looking for currently searching for leadership.