MINISTRIES & GROUPS

 

We are a Catholic community of disciples called together:

to share the life and mission of Jesus,

to proclaim the Word and celebrate liturgy,

to educate and to serve,

to seek justice and reconciliation.

 

Each ministry and group presented here is an opportunity for involvement in Church life. Browse through it with this in mind, and be open to the involvement that the Holy Spirit might awaken in you, as you read the page! Please fill out a Parish Participation Form and return the completed form to the parish office.

Click here to download the form.

 

Altar Servers

CHILDREN

Boys and Girls who have received their First Communion and have their parent’s permission. Training is provided. Young people grades 2 and up are welcome to become an altar server.

Meets: Once a month in the church's St. Eugene Room

Co-ordinator: Claudia Betz & Patricia Stuart-Clarke

 

ADULTS

Adults are also needed to serve during the weekday Masses and as adult Funeral Servers.

 

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Men and women of faith who assist in the distribution of Holy Communion under the form of Bread and Wine. Communion ministers also may take communion to the sick and shut-ins through the Ministry of Care.

 

Co-ordinator: Simone Kwast

 

Lectors

The role of the reader is to proclaim the Word of God from Scripture so that everyone may hear and understand. He/she may also lead the Prayers of the Faithful during the Eucharistic Celebrations.

The commentator makes the parish announcements, either before the celebration or at the concluding rite.

 

Co-ordinator: Simone Kwast

 

Music Ministers

Music Ministers enable the assembly to raise its voice in songs of praise to God and they set a prayerful and joyful environment for the assembly. They create the mood, adding beauty and delight to prayer. Do you love to sing or play any musical instruments? Then do join us.

 

Co-ordinator: Theresa Goudreau

 

Hospitality Ministers

Their presence and availability, help people, both regular churchgoers and newcomers, to feel “at home”, “as family” and welcomed while they are at church by creating a warm and friendly environment in the parish community. They attend to the needs of the community at all celebrations. They will see Christ’s presence in all people. It flows from a vision of life where there are no strangers–only guests– sisters and brothers.

 

Co-ordinator: Lynn Loehndorf

 

Environment & Art Ministers

Environment & Art Ministers are preparing a hospitable prayerful environment for gathering and worship. The arrangement of the liturgical space: lighting, decoration and symbols, work together to create an experience of mystery (which liturgy offers). Anything that is used and done in Liturgy – seen, heard, touched, smelled and tasted would be of quality to foster joy and prayerfulness at all celebrations.

 

Co-ordinator: Pat Finn

 

Altar Society

People who pick up and launder the altar linen cloths. If you are interested in volunteering please contact the parish office.

 

Ministry of Care

Parishioners who visit and bring Holy Communion to nursing homes and hospital. As a minister of care you are commissioned by your parish to bring the compassion and communion of the church to the sick and the homebound. You also have a commission to bear witness to the parish at large: to bring before the whole community the suffering of its members, the suffering of Christ. You become ”gift bearers” from parishioner to parishioner, distributing the gifts of the risen Spirit each according to need. You visit the sick, the grieving, the aged, the dying. Proper training for this is provided. If you would like a visit or know of someone who does, please contact the parish office.

 

Co-ordinator: Ann Robertson

 

Children's Liturgy

Children, as members of the parish community, are given special consideration in the worshipping assembly. They are invited to a separate Liturgy of the Word during 11:00 am Sunday liturgy. This has one primary goal: to help children participate fully as members of the community in all its dimensions of rite, ritual, myth, symbol, expression of belief, attitudes, and values, while being given an active role suited to the level of their ability. The children experience prayer and celebrate together by listening, reflecting and sharing in small groups, facilitated by adults. They experience God’s love and friendship during the Liturgy of the Word. It is here that they come to relish and savor the love of God while being challenged by that love to growth and ongoing conversation. Parents are encouraged to participate in this ministry. Children ages 4-10 are welcome to join.

 

Co-ordinator: Claudia Betz

 

Church Improvement and Maintenance Ministry

 

The church building and general gathering spaces are always in need of minor repairs or upgrades, due to high use, resulting in wear and tear over time. Some work include preparing for Christmas and Easter, minor repairs of chairs and tables, checking and replacing parts for the pews, cleaning and more.

 

We welcome new members with various skills such as cabinetry/woodworking, plumbing, electrical, painting and more.

 

For major jobs, we will enlist qualified contractors. However, for minor jobs, we welcome your participation to share your skills. Your help will be greatly appreciated and you will be on call for projects as they develop. If you wish to join this ministry or for more information, contact the parish office.

 

Youth Ministry

Various opportunities exist for Youth Ministry in the parish and diocese.  St. Mary's Parish together with Sacred Heart Cathedral have a youth group that meets Sunday evenings from 7pm-9pm on a bi-weekly basis where all youth in grades 7-12 are welcome.  The Couples for Christ have started the Youth for Christ Group that meets once a month for a chapter assembly where all youth ages 12-21 are welcome. In addition, there are many possibilities for youth to become involved through ministries at Mass, the Sacramental Prep Retreat Team, community outreach projects, faith studies, adventure outings, retreats, conferences, etc.

 

Co-ordinator: Claudia Betz

 

Bible Study

Reflections on a variety of scripture passages, sharing, discussing, studying and exploring how one can make these messages come alive in our lives to grow in faith as individuals and as a community. For more information please contact Claudia.

 

Co-ordinator: Claudia Betz

 

The Catholic Women’s League of Canada

 

The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is open to all practicing Catholic women from the age of 16 and over.  The aim of the League is to promote the teachings of the Church and support religious freedom, social justice, peace, harmony and the ideal of the Christian family. CWL members are active in every aspect of church life at St. Mary’s.

 

Meets: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the church's St. Eugene Room

 

President: Suzanne LeFebvre. Tel: 250.964.9580

 

The Knights of Columbus

A Catholic fraternal service organization dedicated to their community, God, Church, and charitable works. It is open to all practical Catholic men 18 years of age and older.

 

Meets: District Deputy - Last Monday of the month - 7:30 pm in the Parish Office Meeting Room

General - 3rd Tuesday of the month - 7:30 pm in the St. Eugene Room

 

Grand Knight: Richard LeFebvre Tel: 250.612.1826

 

The Living Rosary

The living rosary is not a new devotion, but a continuation of the Rosary preached by Saint Dominic and announced by Our Blessed Mother for centuries. Pope Gregory XVI in his solemn declaration on approving the Association stated “The union of many souls raised in prayer together creates a great force and inclines God to clemency towards us.” Sr. Lucy of Fatima said: There is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. Come join our family!

 

Meets: Last Sunday of the month at 3 pm at the Church.

 

Contact: parish office

 

Charismatic Prayer Group

People from different church denomination meeting together to develop a personal relationship with Jesus. A time to be open to God’s wisdom and the gifts of the Holy Spirit in their personal lives.

 

Meets: Thursday evenings at 7:00pm at the church's St. Eugene Room

 

Contact: Luis Dauvin. Tel: 250.614.0002

Alcoholics Anonymous

A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking. AA is not allied with any denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.

 

Meets: Friday evenings at 7:30 pm at the church's St. Eugene Room

 

Contact: Denis Roy. Tel: 250.640.0132

 

Education

ST. MARY'S ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
For more information visit www.stmaryspg.org

 

CHILDREN

St. Mary's invites parents and their children who are not registered in a catholic school to the FAMILY FAITH FORMATION PROGRAM. This is a journey of formation in the Christian way of life and preparation for Sacraments for baptized children who have not been catechized and unbaptized children of school age in K to 7.

To print out a copy of the Family Faith Formation Registration form, click here.

 

Meets: Sundays on a bi-weekly basis from 2:30 - 4 pm at St. Mary's School.

 

Contact the parish office to register.

 

Co-ordinator: Claudia Betz

 

ADULTS

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? In learning more about the Catholic faith?

 

THE RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (R.C.I.A) is the process that welcomes and introduces individuals who have felt the call of God to join our Faith. The initiation process is primarily for those who are not baptized, or baptized in another Christian tradition, or for those who may have been baptized in the Catholic tradition but have never been catechized and/or fully initiated (have not received Eucharist and Confirmation).

 

The sessions include the examination of scripture, prayer, faith sharing and presentations on the mysteries of our faith. At the Easter Vigil the sacraments of initiation are received.

All candidates along with the support of their sponsors and R.C.I.A. team leaders, will journey together in the development of their understanding of the Catholic faith.

 

Contact the parish office to register.

Co-ordinator: Claudia Betz