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The Parish : Volunteering

St. Mary Parish is known for its generosity. Parish life at St. Mary's involves active, dedicated parishioners who take part in the daily Mass, as well as parish groups.

Our history and heritage is traced back to the founding of our parish in 1839. Today, numerous groups make up our parish family. Please consider volunteering for the Mass or getting involved in the parish by joining a group.

Use our on-line form to get involved now.  Choose from the list of groups below for information and link to the application form.

Choir Member - Group Contact: Tom Kolar

This is a young adult-adult choir that provides singing for the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass and various liturgical events throughout the year.  Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, Baritones, and Bass singers are always needed. Meets Thursdays at 7p.m. Contact Dr. Thomas Kolar, using the link below 

Eucharistic Minister - Group Contact: Sister Kathy

Eucharistic Ministers assist in the distribution of the Eucharist at Mass and to parishioners confined to their homes/nursing homes/hospitals.  Training and counseling is provided for those willing to volunteer their services for this special ministry.  Contact Sister Kathy Longaheier, using the link below.

Greeter - Group Contact: Andrea Peters

The Greeter Ministry welcomes visitors and parishioners at the church doors, during weekend Masses and during holydays and special liturgical events.  Volunteers are always needed.  Families, couples, or singles are encouraged to join.  All that's needed is a pleasant personality, a warm smile, and a "Hello!" Contact Andrea Peters, using the link below.

Lector - Group Contact: Matt Meyer

Volunteers for the Lector Ministry read the scripture passages at the Mass.  Two lectors are needed for each weekend/weekday Mass.  Volunteers are always appreciated.  Training is provided.  For more information, contact Matt Meyer, using the link below.

Usher - Group Contact: Larry Paul

Ushers collect the weekend Mass offerings, assist in the seating of parishioners, and aid those who become ill during Mass.  They also coordinate taking gifts and offertory to the Altar during Mass.  Six to seven volunteers are needed for each weekend Mass.  For more information, please contact Larry Paul, using the link below.

Altar Server - Group Contact: Becky Loch

This ministry assists the Priest at Mass and for certain liturgical services.  This is an important responsibility open to young people, enrolled in grade four and up, of the parish.  Two or three altar servers are needed for each Mass.  Training is provided.  For more information, please contact Becky Loch, using the link below..

St. Vincent de Paul Society - Group Contact: Ken McLaughlin

This group assists the poor and helps to feed the hungry of the community.  Their motto is "Help us to help others help themselves."  Volunteers are needed, especially young people.  For more information, please contact Ken McLaughlin, using the link below.

Nave Crew - Group Contact: Bob and Noreen Graber

This group changes the missalettes as needed and does total cleaning of the church each Friday morning.  Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated.  For more information, please contact Bob and Noreen Graber, using the link below.

Legion of Mary - Group Contact: Helen and Charlie Schott

Founded at St. Mary Parish in 1993 by Deacon Ed Kurkas, the mission of the Legion of Mary is to take the Holy Eucharist to shut-ins in their homes, to Catholic patients in Affinity Medical Center and to Catholic residents of various nursing facilities in the Massillon area.  Members also lead weekly Communion services, followed by the Rosary, assist the priests at monthly Masses at a number of the nursing homes, and perform other duties, as requested by the pastor. The League meets Mondays at 5:45p.m.  Contact Helen and Charlie Schott, using the link below.

Mother Theresa Guild - Group Contact: Pam Bunnenberg

The Mother Theresa Guild provides meals for families of our parish whose caregiver is unable to do so, due to crisis (e.g. surgery, accident, new birth, etc.).  It also provides funeral dinners for the parish in the basement of the Parish Center.  Contact Pam Bunnenberg, using the link below.

Columbian Squires - Group Contact: Father Ed Gretchko

This organization is for young Catholic males, ages 10 to 18.  They serve the Church, the Knights of Columbus, and learn leadership skills, while doing fun things.  They meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall.  New members are always welcome.  Contact Father Ed, using the link below.

Knights of Columbus - Group Contact: Matt Meyer

The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic Lay fraternal organization, with over 1.7 million members in over 13,000 councils.  The Knights provide charitable service and support to the Church, to each local, to their community, and to our Holy Father.  The local council, Council 554, is comprised mostly of the Catholic men of Massillon's three parishes.  New members are welcome.  The Council meets at 7:30 p.m.,  the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, at their hall on Cherry Road.  Contact Matt Meyer, at the link below.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) - Group Contact: Father Edward Gretchko

Trained Cathechists assist those considering joining the Catholic Church.  Sponsorship is encouraged, and volunteers, such as teachers and aides, are needed.  RCIA members meet from September through Pentecost on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m..  For more information, please use the link below.

St. Mary's Quilting Group - Group Contact: Mary Irene Seifert

A social group that combines quilting and conversation, the St. Mary's Quilting Group raises money for the support of the parish and St. Mary's School.  New members are welcome.  The group meets on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Rectory basement.  Contact Mary Irene Seifert, using the link below.

St. Mary's Boutique - Group Contact: Sister Jean Marie Squiric

Held in the Spring and in the Fall each year, vendors, from within and outside the parish, are welcome to display and sell their crafts.  Contact Sr. Jean Marie Squiric, using the link below.

St. Mary's Seniors (Over 50) Club - Group Contact: Harriet Louis

This club provides opportunities for seniors to socialize, to hear guest speakers, and to visit places decided upon.  All seniors are welcome.  The Club meets the first Tuesday of each month, from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Parish Center.  Contact Harriet Louis, using the link below.

Rummage Sale Committee - Group Contact: Mary Williams

This is a fund-raising organization which accepts donations or articles for resale.  Contact Mary Williams, using the link below.

St. Mary's Bingo - Group Contact: Marie Tabellion

Weekly bingo is offered to the community on Tuesday evenings at 6:30.  Volunteers are needed to work the card sales and the food concessions.  This is a major fundraiser for our parish.  Contact Marie Tabellion , using the link below.

Evangelization Committee - Group Contact: Andrea Peters

Enrichening or re-sparking our faith, and encouraging others, parishioners and non-parishioners, Catholic and non-Catholic, to do the same, is the focus of the Evangelization Team, through the presentation of various programs. Building our faith life is a "lifetime responsibility" and each of us deserves to travel this journey!

The Team has presented the "Awakening Faith" and "Deepening Faith" programs, written by Father Frank deSiano, in the Fall of 2012 and the Lenten Season of 2013, respectively, and began with the "Catholicism" series of Father Robert Barron in the Fall of 2013, and the "Catholicism: New Evangelization" series during the Lenten Season of 2014.

It is a way for active Catholics to refresh their faith, and for inactive Catholics to reconnect with their faith.  Visitors of other denominations are welcome, as well.  Presented in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, follow-up discussions take place in small-group table settings.  There is no cost to participants, great refreshments are served, and camaraderie develops.  

For further information, contact Andrea Peters, by using the link below.

Rosary-Altar Society - Group Contact: Carol Harper

The oldest organization at St. Mary's, this confraternity of parish ladies meets the third Thursday of each month, from March through December.   The Rosary is recited together at 10:40 a.m. in the church, followed by celebration of the Mass, then a delicious luncheon and short meeting at the Monsignor Labbe Adult Education/Laura Clemens room of the parish school.  Reservations are appreciated the Monday preceding the meeting, by calling the chairperson listed in the Church bulletin.  After the meeting, members, and their guests, are invited to stay,  to play Euchre or 500 cards.  Prizes are awarded. 

The Rosary-Altar Society dues, raised monies, and donations provide for anything needed for the altar, congregation worship, and for necessary church expenses, as they arise.  The Society also provides for the expense of refreshments for visits from the Bishop and from other pastoral visitors, for gifts for the priests, and, once a year,  to support the Knights of Columbus "hot lunch" program, and some of the St. Vincent de Paul expenses.  Members volunteer to play Bingo at a local nursing home.

Those interested in joining the Rosary-Altar Society are asked simply to come to the church during the above-mentioned time, or contact Carol Harper at the link below.