Volunteer Opportunities

  • VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND AT ST. MARY:
     
    ARIMATHEANS:
     
    This is a ministry of men and women providing parish family presence and support at funerals in our church.  At a time when families are grieving the loss of a loved one, the presence of parish family members at the funeral can be a great comfort.  This parish presence is especially important at small funerals, where extra voices are helpful with the responses during the Mass.
     
    If you are interested, please call Rose Marie Genco at 517-750-3759
     
    HOSPITALITY MINISTRY:
     
    Welcome your fellow parishioners to Mass on the weekends.  This is a very important ministry to help all feel welcome and comfortable.  You may sign up as an individual, couple or family on a rotating schedule basis and pick the Mass you usually attend, if you wish.  For more information, please call Mary Malewitz at 414-1886 for more information.
     
    LECTOR AND/OR EXTRAORDINARY MINISTER OF THE EUCHARIST:
     
    Contact Mary Malewitz if you are interested in becoming a Lector or Eucharistic Minister.  A schedule is provided twice yearly that includes all three weekend Masses.  Once you have been trained, you may select the Mass time you would prefer.  517-414-1886 or malewitz@yahoo.com
     
    USHERS;
    PRESENTING THE GIFTS:
     
     
    If you would like to help out before Mass as an usher, please contact David & Karen DesNoyer at 783-1401.  You may also contact them to volunteer as a family or group to bring the gifts to the Altar at a Mass on a particular date.  Contact Karen or Dave for the Schedule, or sign the yellow folder underneath the Prayer Intention book in the vestibule of the Church.
     
     
    EUCHARIST TO SHUT-INS
     
    Call the parish office (784-7184) to volunteer to take Holy Eucharist to the home-bound or those confined to a nursing home.   We cannot schedule visits if we don't know who and where to contact parishioners. We will do our very best to see to it that your loved one is visited and receives Holy Communion. 
     

     C.H.I.P. Certificates, Labels for Education
     

    C.H.I.P Certificates are pre-purchased in the church lobby after all Masses for services and merchandise at local businesses.  A designated percentage of the certificate is donated back to the church, based on the denomination of the certificate purchased.
     
    Labels for Education is a program that helps the school purchase much needed educational items.  Labels are collected from Campbells, Pepperidge Farms, Swanson and other products and turned into the school office.  This is an extremely painless fundraiser that everyone should be doing!
     
     
    MUSIC MINISTRY
     
    St. Mary is blessed to have a fantastic music ministry.  Available to volunteers, we offer:

    • Adult choir
    • Children's choir
    • Handbell Ensemble
    • Handchime Ensemble
    • Instrumentalists (organ, flute, clarinet and violin)  as well as special musical talents during holiday times (such as French horn, cello, timpani and many more)

    If you sing, play an instrument, or just want to inquire about our Music Ministry, contact Mrs. Mary Malewitz through the Parish Office (784-7184).
     
     
    FUNERAL DINNERS
     
    We can always use volunteers to donate food for the funeral dinners.  To be put on the call list, please contact Judy Trudell at 784-6458.  They will phone you when a passing side dish is needed.  After the luncheon, your dish will be cleaned for you to pick up in Star Hall.
     
    You may wish to help setup and serve the funeral dinners.  They are currently seeking volunteers to form two groups of six people each.   Contact Judy Trudell or Lou Blaney through the Parish office.  This is something a married and/or retired couple could volunteer for and do together.
     
     
    ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
     
    Our parish is fortunate to have an on-site St. Vincent DePaul food pantry.  If you would like to help out with the distribution of food to the needy, please contact Shawn Gifford via the parish office (784-7184).