Ministries

Music Ministry at St. Mary’s

Do you love to sing? Come make a joyful noise to the Lord by joining our choir!

Rehearsals for the Adult Choir are Wednesday evenings from 7-9 pm in the church.

We teach our children music as well! Prior to Religious Education classes each Sunday, our parish children learn how to sing for the Mass. They will sing at least once a month at the 9:30 am Mass and will support the liturgy at other times throughout the year.

For more information, contact Larry Long, Director of Music at 843.813.3631.

The Holy Name Society

The Holy Name Society is a men’s group which promotes reverence for the Sacred Name of God and Jesus Christ, obedience and loyalty to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and the personal sanctification and holiness of its members. Members of the Holy Name Society – both individually and collectively in parish Societies- are called to build the kingdom of God by teaching, spreading, and defending the Faith of Christ, by practicing and spreading a special devotion to the Most Holy Name of Jesus.

Contact Frank Adams at fwa_326@yahoo.com or 843.343.9679 to join or for more information.

Fellowship

Opportunities for fellowship for members of the parish throughout the year provide a chance to meet fellow parishioners and support the idea of community within the parish. Coffee hour after the Sunday 9:30 am Mass, Corpus Christi Procession & Block Party, and our Winter Oyster Roast Block Party are just a few examples. Volunteers will help organize these events and create new events if needed.

Contact Jeannie Fanjoy at 843.795.6725

Sunday School Catechist

This ministry provides religious instruction as well as sacramental preparation for the children of the Parish. This program is designed to supplement the foundation that parents provide their children in matters of Catholic identity, morality and spirituality. All catechists and volunteers with the desire to share the faith with children are welcome.

Contact Peggy Bachoffner at peggybachofner@outlook.com to sign up or for more details!

*background screening and VIRTUS training required to volunteer for this position

Nursery

Nursery is available to provide a safe, welcoming, place for children who are too young for church or for the entire length of Mass. Caregivers are needed to take care of these children.

 

*background screening and VIRTUS training are necessary for this position

The St. Mary’s Ladies

Meet every second Wednesday of the month at 6 pm in the Parish Hall for fellowship and light supper.

An example of what our ladies do:

  • Altar Care Teams
  • Bereavement Committee
  • Christmas/Easter Decorations
  • Angel Tree
  • Projects with the Holy Name Society
  • Charity
  • Fundraising
    • Bake Sale
    • Spaghetti Dinner

For more information, please contact Barbara Ankersen at barbara.ankersen@att.net

Outreach

Respect Life Committee

Members create awareness of and the utilization of parish resources to work on behalf of life issues. These issues include assisting the sick and the terminally ill, abortion, biotechnology, the elderly and all issues dealing with life from birth to natural death.

Contact Jim Corso at jimmy.corso@gdit.com

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The Charleston metro area is host to several chapters of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The chapter that meets at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist serves the poor of the peninsula of Charleston. Please consider volunteering your time or donate funds to this important outreach. The Society meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at the Cathedral Center.

Seafarers

The Charleston Port and Seafarers’ Society is a Christian charitable organization that exists for the purpose of welcoming and serving the needs of those men and women who make their livelihood in the port or at sea without regard to nationality, race, ethnicity, politics or religion. Many of those men and women are lonely, away from home and their families up to a year at a time. The need and opportunity for ministry to these brothers and sisters is tremendous.

Contact Deacon Paul Rosenblum at prosenblum1@gmail.com

Bereavement/Special Needs Group and Ministry to the Sick and Homebound

Pastoral Care Ministries reflect the many caring connections between and among the members of our parish community. Parishioners active in Pastoral Care bring God’s love to parish members in many ways, including bringing Holy Communion to people unable to attend church; visiting shut ins, calling and sending cards; offering daily prayers; providing emergency meals and general support and assistance as needed. Often those engaged in Pastoral Care serve without being noticed, but their work sustains and supports us all.

For information on visiting the homebound, contact Deacon Paul Rosenblum at prosenblum1@gmail.com

Liturgical Ministries

Lectors

Lectors should have a good understanding of liturgy, have a clear speaking voice and confident reading in front of large groups. Open to all who have received their First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Contact Tommy Hartnett at thartnett@hotmail.com

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

An Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is a parishioner who administers the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ during Holy Communion at Mass. They are called not only to minister the Body and Blood of Christ, but to have and maintain a strong faith, sense of awe, and an inclusiveness of other as the foundation of their ministry. Open to all who have received the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Contact Tommy Hartnett at thartnett@hotmail.com

Ushers

The men and women who serve as ushers foster a spirit of reverence and warmth when our community gathers for prayer. Besides showing people to their seats and taking up the collection, they greet parishioners and visitors when they enter the church and look after those with special needs.

Greeters

Being a Greeter involves more than just standing at the door and shaking people’s hands as they enter the church. It is the gift of helping. It is important to make not only our parishioners feel welcome but our visitors as well.

Altar Servers

Altar Servers assist the priest at the altar and throughout Mass. The altar server should have a good understanding of the liturgy. Anyone who has received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion is welcome to serve.

 

Ladies’ Altar Society

These ladies share their time to keep our altar looking its best for our Masses. They wash and press the altar linens. This is a very important service for our church.

Contact Barbara Ankersen Barbara.Ankersen@att.net to get involved!

Decorators

The Decorators Ministry is dedicated to decorating the church for various liturgical seasons. The two major seasons for decorating are Easter and Advent. Contact the Parish Office if interested.