Social Outreach

Guatemala

St. Mary’s Parish has a missionary relationship with the San Lucas Mission in Guatemala. Parishioners contribute monthly via collection to support the construction, education, medical and housing needs of the poor there. St. Mary’s also sponsors groups to work at the mission at least once a year. If you are interested in knowing more about any of these events, contact Mary Brandt in the parish office.

Meals On Wheels

For the people that are homebound and cannot provide meals for themselves, the local hospitals provide meals daily, except for Sunday’s, to these people. St. Mary’s provides volunteers to deliver these meals during the months of March and October Sign-up sheets are in the narthex of the church prior to those months for delivery. For questions, contact the Parish Office.

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Funeral/Cemetery

For information on burial plots or to purchase a burial plot at St. Margaret’s Cemetery, contact the Parish Office.

Dickinson County Food Pantry

  • Collections
  • Gather Food
  • Pantry Support

St. Mary’s collects food from Walmart twice a week during the months of May & November. Sign-up sheets are in the narthex of the church prior to those months for collection and delivery. For questions, contact the Parish Office.

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Care for the Sick

Father Brian Hughes and volunteers bring communion to the homebound, nursing homes, and hospitals on Sundays and other days when needed. For questions, contact the Parish Office

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Gardening

Tuesday evenings from 6 – 7, volunteers gather at the parish to work the parish grounds. To volunteer of for questions, contact the Parish Office.

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Weekly Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration is celebrated at St. Mary’s on Wednesdays beginning immediately after noon mass and continuing until Benediction at 4:00 pm. All are invited to spend time with Jesus present in the Eucharist. You are welcome to come for a few minutes or an hour as Jesus asked Peter in Mark 14:37 – “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour?”. You can pray, read the Bible or some other spiritual reading, or sit still in the peaceful presence of the Lord and listen for His voice speaking to your heart. You may be amazed at your reaction to this wonderful experience.

The following is from page 5 of the book “An Hour With Jesus” originally published by The Reihle Foundation, 1994, and republished by the Queenship Publishing Company, 2000, author unknown.

“How should we praise You, Jesus? In your humility and love for us You choose to be present to us in this hidden form… Shouldn’t all come in praise and adoration? You are their Savior.”

“Dear Jesus! How incredibly indifferent and fickle we are! How little our faith. If you announced You were coming here in person, visible to all, no structure would hold the crowds… And still You choose to meet us in this hidden, humble form! How do we respond to You?”

Please give some consideration to attending Eucharistic Adoration if even for a few minutes. It is a special time to spend with Jesus.

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Decorations

If you would like to be on the committee that provides for seasonal décor throughout the different seasons of the year, or volunteer to help decorate the church through the various seasons, contact the Parish Office.