The Acolytes serve the Parish community through assisting the priest at mass and other liturgies.
Time Commitment: Approx. 1 weekend Mass per month, plus occasional school Masses and special occasion liturgies.
CONTACT Joe Ghering 660-7948 Code SD101
SPANISH…………Ricardo Mendoza………………… 616-3101
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
This group exists to provide an opportunity for children (K-1) to hear readings and respond to them in a simpler language during the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Children leave Mass at the beginning of the Liturgy of the Word and return
at the Presentation of Gifts. Adults who wish to share their faith with children are welcome to join the team.
Time Commitment: One hour per week.
CONTACT Jeff Ghering 668-2596 Code SD104
Choir - Accompanist
Individuals enhance worship by providing keyboard accompaniment for sung hymns and psalms led by a song leader or cantor. Accompanists also provide instrumental music for prayer and reflection within the Mass and special liturgies.
Time Commitment: Approximately 2 or 3 Masses per month, plus personal practice time at home and with cantors,
CONTACT Pam Haynes 668-4748 Code SD105
Choir - Adult
This group enhances community worship with song at the 10:30 Sunday High Mass or 5:30 Vigil Mass; Christmas Midnight Mass; Holy Week Liturgy, and other special liturgies throughout the year.
Time Commitment: Weekly practice – 1½ hours per week and 2 hours on Sunday - one hour practice and Mass.
CONTACT Pam Haynes 668-4748 Code SD106
Choir - Cantors/Song Leader
These individuals lead the congregation in song during Mass and other liturgies.
Time Commitment: Weekly practice with the Choir – 1½ hours per week and 2 hours on Sunday (45 minutes practice and Mass).
CONTACT Pam Haynes 668-4748 Code SD107
Choir - Handbell
This group enhances celebration liturgies at Christmas, Easter and Confirmation.
Time Commitment: Practice 1½ hours per week for 8 weeks prior to special liturgies.
CONTACT Pam Haynes 668-4748 Code SD108
Choir - Youth
This group promotes Youth (teen) involvement in worship at monthly Sunday (6:00 p.m.) Youth Mass, bi-monthly (10:30 a.m.) Sunday High Mass, prayer services and other special youth liturgies.
TIME COMMITMENT: One hour practice each Sunday at 5:00 p.m.
CONTACT Pam Haynes 668-4748 Code SD109
Choir - Spanish
This group enhances community worship with song at the 12:30 Sunday Spanish Mass.
TIME COMMITMENT: Weekly practice - 2 hours per week and 2 hours on Sunday - one hour practice and Mass.
Berta Leon 267-5537 Code SD121
Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
This group facilitates the distribution of the Body and Blood of Jesus on Sunday and Holy Day Liturgies.
TIME COMMITMENT: One or two Sunday Masses each month, plus Holy Days; approximately 8 - 9 needed at each Mass.
CONTACT Deacon Dale Brown 668-2596 Code SD110
SPANISH………….Katherine Rodriguez …………………..394-5206
Extra-Ordinary Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick
Eucharistic Ministers take Holy Communion on a scheduled basis to the sick and homebound in our parish. Visits are also made to comfort the lonely who may not be able to receive the Eucharist for various reasons. A secondary but important ministry is to provide spiritual comfort to families of sick and homebound through the visitation.
TIME COMMITMENT: Approximately 3 hours per month - some will spend much more time visiting.
CONTACT Elaine & Bill Northern 668-7254 Code SD111
SPANISH…………Carmen Morales ......267-4914
Greeters have two primary missions: to welcome members and visitors to Sunday Mass and to answer questions visitors and newcomers may have.
Time Commitment: Approximately one Sunday Mass every month to 6 weeks.
CONTACT Mona Strazzella 668-2596 Code SD112
Lectors proclaim the word of the Lord during the Liturgy of the Word at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days.
Time Commitment: Approximately 1 Sunday Mass per month, plus Holy Days.
CONTACT Deacon Jim Moss 668-2749 Code SD113
Sacristans prepare the sacred vessels used at Mass. They provide a service for the celebrant and are responsible for maintaining the sacred vessels.
Time Commitment: Approximately once per month - some sacristans volunteer additional time to prepare for weekday Masses.
CONTACT Parish Office
Ushers provide for orderly movement and seating of parishioners during Mass. They also take up the collection and respond to emergency situations as necessary.
Time Commitment: 5 persons needed per weekend Mass.
CONTACT Kevin Brown 423-0328 SD118
Adult Retreats - Men
Men’s retreats are held to provide men an opportunity to deepen their personal relationship with God, to rest, and time to bond and form relationships with fellow parishioners. There are retreat opportunities offered for the men during the year.
Time Commitment: 1 weekend per year
CONTACT Deacon Jim Moss 668-2749 Code FF102
Adult Retreats - Women
Women’s retreats are held to provide women an opportunity to deepen their personal relationship with God, to rest, and to bond and form relationships with fellow parishioners.
Time Commitment: 1 weekend per year
CONTACT Kelly Mescall 431-1547 Code FF103
Adult Sunday School
Adult Sunday School’s main purpose is to help build fellowship, knowledge and faith in our parish community. Classes are held Sunday from 9:15-10:15 a.m.
TIME COMMITMENT: 1 hour a week
CONTACT:………………..Tom Lovell…………………………660-8657……………Code FF124
Charismatic Prayer Group
This group, which is affiliated with the Diocesan Charismatic Prayer Group, offers intercessory prayer for our Parish and the Diocese.
Time Commitment: Meets monthly, approximately 2 hours.
CONTACT Patsy Turner 423-3269 Code SD103
Cursillo is a Movement of the Catholic Church. The name Cursillo de Cristiandad is Spanish, meaning a short course. It is often a 3 day weekend of spiritual growth and renewal.
CONTACT Deacon Jim Moss 668-2749 Code FF104
The goal of this committee is to revitalize, recruit and educate the parish, “fallen away Catholic’s” and the unchurched. To unify the parish and local Catholic schools and broaden St. Mary’s participation in the greater Jackson community.
TIME COMMITMENT: Monthly meeting approximately 2 hours plus participation in project planning.
CONTACT ……………Bill Gayton…………………….664-2953……………………………….Code FF122
Or……………………………..... Tom Reed……………………….499-2473
Legion of Mary
The purpose of the Legion of Mary is to grow in a deeper love for God and his Son Jesus, through devotion to Mary. Active members serve the parish family by welcoming new parishioners and new babies, making census calls, visiting the sick and homebound, attending funeral rites for deceased parishioners and doing other things at the request of the pastor. (Auxiliary members support the parish with prayer.)
TIME COMMITMENT: Weekly meetings on Monday, 9:30-11:00 in the Church Conference Room. Approximately 1 ½ hours per week.
CONTACT Mary Claire LaGrange 668-5983 ……………………………………………………..Code SD114
Living in the Divine Will Spirituality-Study and Prayer
Reading and reflection on the Book of Heaven 36 volumes which Jesus gave to Luisa Piccarreta (1865-1947) over 40 years (1899-1939) about “a new and divine holiness.”
TIME COMMITMENT: 2nd, 3rd & 4th Monday/month 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
CONTACT Msgr. Thomas Kirk 668-2596………………………………………..Code SD12
Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a weekend get away that helps Married Couples rediscover themselves as individuals and as a couple. The Weekend is God Centered and presented in the Roman Catholic Faith Expression. A typical weekend will find Catholic couples and couples with non-Catholic spouses. All information concerning Marriage Encounter is presented very well on their Web Site,including, finding a Weekend close to you. Web address:www.wwme.org or simply type Worldwide Marriage Encounter in any search engine.
CONTACT…………….Bill and Elaine Northern…………668-7254………………………...Code FF106
This ministry exists to provide literary resources to parishioners interested in furthering their understanding of the Catholic faith.
Time Commitment: Four hours per month - approximately one hour per week.
CONTACT Parish Office Code FF109
Parish Religious Education (PRE)
Volunteers in this ministry serve as catechists in the Parish Religious Education program. The program provides religious instruction for children in grades K - 6. The Parish Religious Education program runs from October to mid-May. Classes are held on Sunday mornings from 9:10 to 10:15 in the school. Catechists are needed for English and Spanish classes.
TIME COMMITMENT: Approximately 2 - 3 hours per week including class time and preparation.
CONTACT Jeff Ghering……….. 668-2596………………….Code FF111- FF114
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is the permanent exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament and is coordinated by the laity of our parish, with the assistance of clergy. Pope John Paul II began Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on December 2, 1981 in a chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and urged all parishes to do the same. Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration began in our Parish on January 15, 2012 at 5 pm immediately following the blessing of our newly constructed Divine Will and Mercy Chapel by Bishop Terry Steib. Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane, mournfully asked His disciples, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” (Mt 26:40) Through Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration we proclaim to our parish and community that Jesus is here, truly present among us today! Adorers often express how they value their Holy Hour.
Time Commitment: One hour each week
CONTACT………………… Helen or Vic Buchholz ………………..423-9026……………Code FF105
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Sponsor
Through the process known as the RCIA, anyone who wishes to learn more about the Catholic Church or wishes to join the Church is invited to participate. The program begins in the summer with Inquiry Classes. Mentored by parishioner/sponsors, candidates attend weekly classes on the faith, teachings and practices of Catholics. The group meets on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. September to May.
Time Commitment: 3 hours per week - September through May.
CONTACT Jeff Ghering..... 668-2596 Code FF110
SPANISH…………..Marilu Ramirez ........780-2742
Praying the rosary daily is encouraged. Women’s Rosary group prays the Rosary during the months of October and May. The Knights of Columbus prays the Rosary every Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m.
Scripture Study Group
Knowing the importance of God’s revealed word. Divine Revelation aids in our understanding of what God handed down to humanity through the word made flesh — Jesus Christ. Growing in this understanding of the Deposit of Faith, St. Mary’s scripture study sessions are meant to aid the parishioner’s growth in appreciation and veneration of God’s revealed word.
Time Commitment: Weekly - 1½ hours per week.
CONTACT Deacon Dale Brown 668-2596 Code FF118
Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Lifeteen
Volunteers in this ministry serve as advisors for youth in grades 7 - 12. The group meets on Sunday however, the Core Team will meet 45 minutes before and 30 minutes after. The program runs from mid-September to May, but includes various retreats and camps that continue all year round. This program also includes various retreats and trips.
Time Commitment: Weekly – 2¾ hours per week.
CONTACT Connie Carpenter .217-1280 Code FF119
Women’s Spiritual Study
The study group invites women interested in growing in their spirituality through prayer, reading, reflection and discussion to join them in their faith journey. The group utilizes the Bible and various other materials and books as a basis for discussion. Topics vary throughout the year.
Time Commitment: Meets weekly - 1½ hours per week.
CONTACT Peggy Moss 668-2749 Code FF120
Young Adult Ministry
This ministry is run by young adults for young adults with the support of the church. We seek to meet young adults in their 20's and 30's where they are at in life. Our primary goals are to create strong fellowship with our peers, to further our knowledge and understanding of our Catholic faith, to serve those in need, and to be a contact point for other young adults who have fallen away from the church or never learned how amazing the Catholic faith really is.
TIME COMMITMENT: typically biweekly small group sessions and monthly larger group events, look for bulletin announcements.
Email: email@example.com with St. Mary's YAM in the Subject or
CONTACT:………….. Meagan Von Holtz ………………FF125 Code
Stewardship and Service
The Altar Society exists to give that “special, reverential” care to the altar area, the sanctuary, the Stations of the Cross, and the care of Mary and Joseph statues. The Society enjoys keeping this holy environment clean and in good condition.
Time Commitment: 1 month per year - during that month, 2 hours per week.
CONTACT Lynn Williams 668-3706 Code SS101
This group assists in making our Church a warm, clean and inviting environment.
Time Commitment: One weekend a quarter.
CONTACT Lynn Williams 668-3706 Code SS103
The group counts the Sunday offertory collection and prepares the collection for deposit to the bank.
Time Commitment: 1 Sunday per month - 3 hours per 1 Sunday each month from 11:30 until about 2:30.
CONTACT Joy Boller 668-2596 Code SS104
Helping Hands Volunteers
The parish depends on volunteers who provide clerical help for the office in answering phones, stuffing bulletins and assorted duties. If you would like to help out, call the Parish Office.
Time Commitment: 3 to 4 hours per month - answering phones, collating bulletin, stuffing envelopes.
CONTACT Mona Strazzella 668-2596 Code SS108
Knights of Columbus
This group exists to help Catholic men remain steadfast in their faith through mutual encouragement. The primary area of service is to the community and secondly to the youth. We are a Catholic fraternal organization open to all Catholic men above 18 in communion with the Holy See.
Time Commitment: 2 hours/month - meetings plus activities such as Christmas Basket collection, Country breakfasts, dinners, also responsible for helping with Mt. Calvary Cemetery - opening/closing gates on Sundays.
CONTACT Jeremy Blankenship 467-0255 Code SS1090
Mount Calvary Cemetery Friends
This group exists to support and assist with the operations of the cemetery by providing occasional labor for maintenance projects/clean-up as scheduled by the cemetery coordinator.
Time Commitment: 1 day per year for extra heavy clean-up, plus would like volunteers to serve as back-up for the cemetery coordinator.
CONTACT Charles Solberg 423-4538 Code SS113
or Kevin Brown 423-0328
or Jerry White 668-4120
The prayer line provides a rapid response of prayer in emergency situations, by coordinating and contacting all who are willing to pray for those in immediate need of prayer.
CONTACT Cindy Saia 660-0711 Code SS124
Divorce Support Ministry
The Divorce Support Ministry provides outreach to Divorced Catholics in our faith community who suffer from the devastating effects brought on by divorce. The program focuses on issues related to divorce and annulment, and offers support in the healing process necessary in moving on one’s life. This ministry welcomes any divorced parishioner whether currently single or remarried.
Time Commitment: As needed
CONTACT Valerie Phillips 217-5121 Code SS125
Grief Support Ministry
This ministry deals with the issues that come from living with loss or life changing events. This includes, but is not limited to, the death of a spouse or loved one, mental illness or chronic disease. The focus of the ministry is to offer compassion, hope and healing to those in need. It consist of two components: those who have been through the grief process and would like to be on the “giving” side of the ministry, and those who are in the active stages of bereavement and would benefit from being on the “receiving” side of the ministry. Meetings will be announced in the church bulletin.
Time Commitment: As needed
CONTACT Susan McCowan Durfee 512-0326 Code SS123
Christmas Partners, spearheaded by the Knights of Columbus, is an organization of several (primarily non-profit) organizations including RIFA, the Salvation Army, the United Way and Area Relief Ministries. Every year Christmas Partners gathers, buys and distributes food and clothing to approximately 1,000 area families.
CONTACT David Burngasser 424-1709 Code SS126
There are several venues for participation in prison ministry. A weekly group visits prisoners both male and female at the Jackson Madison County Criminal Justice Complex. Also a monthly Communion service is held behind the walls of the prison at Fort Pillow State Penitentiary near Ripley. Also, a one-one ministry is being conducted at various prisons around the state.
TIME COMMITMENT: 3-4 hours per month depending on the ministry chosen.
CONTACT Bill Gayton 664-2953 Code SS122
Special Receptions/Services Volunteer
Those with special talents in decorating and preparing food are invited to lend their talents in making receptions at Church special.
Time Commitment: As needed
CONTACT Mona Strazzella 668-2596 Code SS115
The Columbian Squires is an international youth fraternity run by the Knights of Columbus for Catholic boys between the ages of 10 and 18. The Squires meet monthly the first Sunday of each month and work with the Knights on service projects as needed. Squires also enjoy
opportunities for fellowship and outdoor activities throughout the year.
TIME COMMITMENT: 1-2 hours per month
CONTACT Pat Winkleman 422-5148 Code SS121
St. Elizabeth’s Bookstore Volunteers
St. Elizabeth’s Bookstore began in June 1993 as a ministry of St. Mary’s Church serving Catholics of the Jackson Deanery. Located in the Church Narthex, it is operated totally by volunteers between the weekend Masses and is directed by a Board of Directors, which includes the Pastor and ten other members of the Church.
CONTACT Erica Leon 661-9016 Code SS116
This group exists to bring love from St. Mary’s to the family of those who pass away. It helps bring the grieving period to another level of closure. We provide a meal immediately following the funeral service for whomever the family wants by their side. The committee needs food and monetary donations in addition to time commitment.
Time Commitment: As needed - commitment for a bereavement luncheon is about 4 hours.
CONTACT Joy Boller 668-2596 Code CB101
The Bridge Club exists to play bridge and in doing so become better acquainted and thus foster fellowship.
Time Commitment: 2nd Friday of each month - 4 hours per month.
CONTACT Mary Claire LaGrange 668-5983 Code CB103
This ministry exists to provide opportunities for college students for fellowship, faith sharing and community service. Through this ministry, parish families may adopt students living away from home providing moral support, rides to Mass and a “home away from home” at St. Mary’s Church.
TIME COMMITMENT: Varies
CONTACT……….Deacon Dale Brown……………. 668-2596……….............Code CB117
Catholic Scouting-Cub Scouts
The Cub Scout program is uniquely designed to meet the needs of young boys in grades 1-5 and their parents. Pack 6 events include camping, sporting events, Pinewood Derby, Raingutter Regatta, summer day camp, and religious programs. Perhaps as important, Cub Scouts learn skills in an environment that includes other boys their age. The boys work together, play together, challenge and encourage one another in a safe environment. Pack 6 meets on Monday nights in the school cafeteria during the school year. Some summer outings are planned.
TIME COMMITMENT: 1 hour per week plus outings. Young boys grow up fast. The time you invest in your son today will make a difference in the person he becomes tomorrow. Adult Leaders must have Virtus Training, annual BSA Youth Protection Training, and a background check.
CONTACT…..Cubmaster Mike Baskin……668-1979………………………………………….CB121
Catholic Scouting – Boys Scouts
For over 100 years the Boy Scouts of America has existed to provide a program to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. The goals of scouting are achieved through organized, age-appropriated activities such as camping, cooking, canoeing, service projects, and caving. In doing this, we teach organizational, communication, and leadership skills. Boy Scout Troop 6 is available to boys ages 11-18, and meets each Monday 7-8:30 p.m. thought-out the year in Holy Family Hall. More information is available at www.stmarystroop6.org.
TIME COMMITMENT: 2 hours per week plus outings. Parental involvement is one of the strengths that makes Scouting unique. You will appreciate getting more involved at different times and levels during your child’s Scouting development, whether it’s organizing a meeting, cooking for an event or teaching one of the many Merit Badges. Adult Leaders must have Virtus Training, annual BSA Youth Protection Training and a background check.
Scoutmaster-Tom or Sandy Jones…….731-422-6597………………………Code CB104
Catholic Scouting - Girls
The Girl Scout program is consistent with Girl Scouting U.S.A. guidelines for girls. The mission of Girl Scouting is to inspire girls ages 5-17 with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism, and service that they may become happy and resourceful citizens.
Time Commitment: Adults - 2 to 4 hours per week; children - depending on age group, 2 - 8 hours per month.
CONTACT Teresa Locher 661-9341 Code CB105
Travelers +55 is a group of parishioners age 55 and up and their friends who like to participate in group trips and outings. The trips offer opportunities for fun, fellowship and spiritual growth. A trip or outing is planned for every other month and is announced in the bulletin.
CONTACT Joyce LaFont 668-5974
Mary Jane Warmath 783-5112 CB119
DOVES (Daughters of Virtue)
DOVES (Daughters of Virtue) is a women’s ministry designed to promote fellowship and spirituality. Quarterly potluck dinners in the Holy Family Hall will feature entertainment and a speaker. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org/
CONTACT……… Ann Graham……………………….423-2146………………………..CB114
This commission is comprised of bilingual and Spanish speaking parishioners who assist the pastor and the parish with the pastoral, spiritual and sacramental needs of our Spanish-speaking members.
Time Commitment: Flexible
CONTACT ..... Miriam Garcia......668-2596.......CB115
The Merrymakers are a group of our senior citizens that meets on the fourth Friday of the month at 11:30 a.m. This group brings parishioners together in faith building, friendship and fun. This group exists solely for the purpose of fun and fellowship.
Time Commitment: 2 hours/month - social meeting only.
CONTACT Darlene Butler 442-4418 Code CB109
Agnes Motocha 424-1255
Multicultural Leaders Committee
The committee is inspired to strengthen God’s kingdom by sharing our cultural fruits within the parish and throughout the community. It is accomplished through fellowship, faith, action and an annual Multi-Cultural event.
Time Commitment: Meets approximately once per quarter - or more often as necessary for special events.
CONTACT Patsy Turner 423-3269 Code CB110
Parish Athletics - Men’s Adult Basketball
Parish athletics provide recreation, fellowship and team building. Join the group for exercise, competition and fun.
Time Commitment: Weekly during the winter months.
CONTACT Larry Sturgis 660-0087 Code CB111
Parish Family Dinners “FAN Dinners”
Parish Family Dinners offer an opportunity for food and fellowship for our parish community. Parish Family Dinners are held Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. during the fall. Friday night fish fry dinners are held during Lent. Proceeds from the dinners help to fund the Haiti Mission.
Time Commitment: Groups volunteer for one dinner annually plus fish fry team.
CONTACT Jim Butler 422-2632 Code CB113
English as a Second Language ESL Program
This group exists to teach English to the ever-increasing number of immigrants in the community in order to assist them in assimilating into our culture. Our main goal is to teach English, and secondarily to make newcomers feel truly welcome here.
Time Commitment: Two to three hours per week
CONTACT Parish Office 668-2596 Code SO102
Haiti Mission, Moron
Our Mission is to help our sister Parish in Moron, Haiti with services including maintenance and repairs, health, religious education and orphanage. We staff a permanent clinic in Moron .
Time Commitment: Meetings as needed
CONTACT Jim Butler 422-2632 Code SO105
Heartwarmers makes tied quilts of various sizes to donate to those who are in need. Their primary areas of service are providing quilts to the Red Cross for local disaster relief, the local hospital’s nursery, WRAP, and the Knights of Columbus Christmas baskets. In addition, this group affords an opportunity for fellowship for its participants.
Time Commitment: 3 hours per week (plus any time at home at participant’s option) flexible about attendance.
CONTACT Jeri Jones 293-3100 Code SO106
Respect Life Committee
Parishioners of St. Mary’s give a voice to those whose life is at risk in our society through lack of respect. We are law-abiding citizens who, because of our faith, believe that all human life is God’s creation and should be respected and protected. The committee educates parishioners on Church teachings concerning abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, fertility, sex education in the schools, and other areas where life is at risk. The committee represents the Catholic Church’s position on these life issues to the wider community. This committee also serves as a source of information on services and counseling available in our community for those in need of counseling for unplanned pregnancies and for post-abortion counseling services.
Time Commitment: Flexible
CONTACT Cindy Saia 660-0711 Code SO108
Soup Kitchen Volunteers
The larger Jackson community prepares a hot meal daily for the hungry of the area. St. Mary’s provides volunteers and desserts several weeks during the year through the RIFA program.
Time Commitment: 3 weeks per year - 2 hours per day.
CONTACT Harold Johnson 422-6426 Code SO109
St. Mary’s School Activities
Numerous volunteering opportunities exist within the school. To learn more, CONTACT the school Principal directly.
CONTACT Richard 'Dick' Orians..... 668-2525 Code SM102
St. Mary’s School Booster Club
CONTACT Mike Chouinard 256-1149
St. Mary’s Blue Angels Association
CONTACT Jane Lovell……………………256-1149
Sacred Heart of Jesus High School
Sacred Heart of Jesus High School
Numerous volunteering opportunities exist within the school.
To learn more about Sacred Heart of Jesus High School CONTACT the school principal directly.
CONTACT Mrs. Ann Keyl (principal) 660-4774