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Saint Mary Catholic Church
31 Shirley Street
Ayer, Massachusetts 01432

Now God gives us many kinds of special abilities, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all.  There are different kinds of service to God, but it is the same Lord we are serving.  There are many ways in which God works in our lives, but it is the same God that does the work in and through all of us who are his.  The Holy Spirit displays God’s power through each of us as a means of helping the entire church.

1 Corinthians 12:4-7

For the ongoing life of our parish we need your time, talent and treasure. In donating just a couple hours a month to the church, you are setting an example for the children of the parish and ultimately strengthening a church community. 

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PARISH MINISTRIES
Your talent is God’s gift to you.  What you do with it is your gift to God.  Each of the ministries has different time commitments, which change upon the needs of the parish.  Please call the Church office or see our website for contact information.

Hospitality Sundays After both the 8:00 and 9:45 Masses on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, a parish family or group sponsors a pastry and coffee gathering where parishioners meet and socialize after Mass before continuing on with their day.

LITURGICAL MINISTRIES

Altar Servers 
An altar server assists the priest during Mass by participating in the entrance procession, presentation of the gifts, setting the altar as well as holding the prayer books.  They serve during weekend and Holy Week liturgies.  This ministry is open to anyone in grades 4 and above who has received First Eucharist.  Altar servers must complete a course of instruction.  Contact the parish office at office@stmarysayer.org or call 978-772-2414.

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist  
This ministry allows parishioners to assist in the distribution of the Holy Communion at Mass.  In addition, some ministers visit and bring the Eucharist to parishioners who are homebound or unable to attend Mass.  Ministers must complete a course of instruction, and must have received Confirmation.  Contact the parish office at office@stmarysayer.org or call 978-772-2414.
 

Greeters   They welcome parishioners and visitors gathering for worship at weekend Masses and liturgical celebrations, offering assistance, helping them to feel at home and introducing new parishioners to others.  Contact the parish office at office@stmarysayer.org or call 978-772-2414.

Lectors They proclaim the Scriptures during Mass.  They devote time and preparation to understanding the Word of God so that all may hear and be open to God transforming their lives.  Lectors require very good reading skills.  They must complete a course of instruction and must have received Confirmation.  Contact the parish office at office@stmarysayer.org or call 978-772-2414.

Music Ministry The music ministry serves by leading, supporting, enriching the assembly’s sung prayer accompanied by guitars and other stringed instruments.  The groups sing at the 8am and 9:45 am Mass and also strive to reach beyond the parish by using sacred music to evangelize and to share their gifts with others.  Singers and instrumentalists interested in sharing their talents are encouraged to join.  Contact the parish office at office@stmarysayer.org or call 978-772-2414.

Sacristans   The sacristans are responsible for setting the credence table (gifts) before Mass, preparing the altar for Mass, and washing and taking care of the Sacred Linens and Vessels after Mass.  Contact the parish office at office@stmarysayer.org or call 978-772-2414.

Ushers The ushers assist in maintaining the orderly movement and seating of the assembly before and during liturgies.  They also collect the weekly offering.  Contact the parish office at office@stmarysayer.org or call 978-772-2414.

SPIRITUAL OPPORTUNITIES

Advent Retreat 
This is two evenings of prayer, presentation, reflection and sharing on Advent themes. Contact the parish office at office@stmarysayer.org or call 978-772-2414.

Lenten Retreat
This is three evenings of prayer, presentation, reflection and sharing on Lenten themes.

Contact the parish office at office@stmarysayer.org or call 978-772-2414.

Men’s Prayer and Sharing Group
This group of men gathers on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church to pray together and share with each other.  Contact the parish office at office@stmarysayer.org or call 978-772-2414.

Prayer Line
The prayer line is a group of parishioners who pray at home for those in need of healing and prayers.  Contact Bob Schick at 978-772-2116 or Ralph Lambert 978-425-9156.

Silent Eucharistic Adoration
Every Wednesday evening all parishioners are invited to attend a quiet hour with Christ.  The Adoration is at St. Anthony of Padua in Shirley on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays of the month.  The adoration is at St. Mary on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.  Contact the parish office at office@stmarysayer.org or call 978-772-2414.

Theology on Tap
is an invitation for curious Catholics to explore how faith in Christ can speak to their circumstances.  This is accomplished through gatherings which include a presentation by a well-informed and dynamic speaker and time for questions and answers.  The group meets the third Monday of the month September through April at the Nashoba Club Restaurant in Ayer, MA. Contact Julie Murray at nashobatot@gmail.com.

“Why Catholic? Journey Through the Catechism
illuminates our understanding of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and explores what we believe, how, through the eyes of our Catholic faith, we see the world, how we see ourselves, and how we regard our purpose in life.  Small faith-sharing groups meet once a week for six weeks in the fall and during Lent. Contact S. Joan Guertin at joan.stmarys@comcast.net.

 

 

 

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Adults and older teens are invited to learn about and explore the Roman Catholic faith. This is a journey where the participants are introduced to the foundations of the faith through study and discussion with the directors and others on the journey. The goal of the RCIA process is to provide the participant with the knowledge needed to make an informed decision about joining the Catholic Church as an adult.  Participants may be non-Catholic or Catholics who have not completed their formation.  Leaders simply need to be people of faith who have a good understanding of the Catholic faith.  Contact Kathey and Bob Eldredge at ayerbobkat2@verizon.net 

 Religious Education   Religious Education of the young is very important for the growth of the Church.  Classes begin when a child is in first grade and ends when they make their Confirmation.  Volunteering to become a Teacher, Aide, or Substitute will help in the passing of the faith for the next generation. Contact Donna Vaira at ayerccd@comcast.net or call 978-772-7474.

 Visit the Homebound As in any church community there are parishioners who are unable to attend Mass due to health concerns.  A visit from a fellow parishioner, to talk and bring friendship into the home, is what they might need in their healing process.  As a volunteer you will be called on an individual basis.  Contact the parish office at office@stmarysayer.org or call 978-772-2414.

 Visit Hospitals or Nursing Homes This ministry will bring a presence to our sick and elderly parishioners.  The Eucharist will also be offered for those who wish to receive.  Training will be given prior to assuming this ministry.  Contact the parish office at office@stmarysayer.org or call 978-772-2414.

 Welcome Committee This committee welcomes people who are new in the town or new parishioners at St. Mary’s Parish.  They provide information about parish life and help new parishioners become active members of the church community.  Contact S. Joan Guertin at joan.stmarys@comcast.net.

 Youth Group This group offers fun, faith, and friendship for 7th through 10th graders, usually with a little food added to keep our engines going! Future projects include service days in the local area and an annual mission trip.  The 7th & 8th grades meet on the First Saturday of the month. The 9th & 10th grades meet on the Second Saturday of the month. All meetings are from 7:00 P.M to 9:00P.M., at St. Mary Parish Hall, Ayer. Contact Joe Leone at cccoach11@gmail.com.

PARISH LIFE MINISTRIES

Church Cleaning Crew Every week a different cleaning crew assumes the responsibility of cleaning the church. This ministry is an excellent way for families to volunteer together.  All ages are welcome to participate.  Contact the parish office at office@stmarysayer.org or call 978-772-2414.

Post-Baptismal Outreach This ministry offers support and connection with the parish to the parents of the newly baptized.  Contact Ivette Manrique at ivette.manrique@gmail.com

Parish Pastoral Council The role of the parish council is to maintain the integrity of the parish mission and to establish and monitor the goals and objectives that promote the mission through ongoing pastoral planning.  As a leadership body selected from the parish, the council serves as an advisory body to the pastor.  Contact the parish office at office@stmarysayer.org or call 978-772-2414.

SOCIAL EVENTS
St. Mary’s Parish has many social events throughout the year where the community can come together and enjoy each other’s good company and have fun.

The Lawn Party On the Friday and Saturday after Labor Day, the biggest social (and fundraising) event of the year happens on the lawn at St. Mary’s.  On Friday, you can have freshly cooked lobsters and steamers, with all the fixings.  On Saturday, there is a BBQ chicken dinner.  Of course, both nights you can find hotdogs and hamburgers, fried dough and home-made desserts.  Kids of all ages have fun trying to win prizes at all the different games.  Contact the parish office at office@stmarysayer.org or call 978-772-2414.

Parish Dinners  

Oktoberfest / Fall Dinner,

Spring Supper

St. Patrick’s Supper: This is a lively dinner, featuring a home-   cooked corned beef dinner and LIVE MUSIC!  Contact the parish office at office@stmarysayer.org or call 978-772-2414.

Movie Nights   On the 1st Friday night of the month (October – May), kids gather in the parish hall to watch a recent release / popular movie projected onto a large screen.  Snacks are provided.  Contact the parish office at office@stmarysayer.org or call 978-772-2414.

Easter Egg Hunt   A St. Mary’s tradition held after the 9:45 Mass on Easter Sunday. It is hosted & run by St. Mary’s Confirmation students.  Contact Donna Vaira at ayerccd@comcast.net or call 978-772-7474.

Christmas Pageant   Another St. Mary’s tradition, held before the 9:45 Mass during Christmas, where the religious education students re-enact the story of the birth of Christ.  Contact the parish office at office@stmarysayer.org or call 978-772-2414.

ADVISORY BOARD MINISTRIES

Finance Council The Finance Council assists the pastor in making financial decisions and preparing an annual budget for the parish by conducting long range and fiscal plans.  It provides advice to the pastor regarding investments, fundraising and cost-saving measures adult.  This board meets to compare and analyze variance of actual spending to the budget and to discuss future plans such as capital. Contact Father Derosier at eddata@comcast.net.

Parish Pastoral Council The role of the parish council is to maintain the integrity of the parish mission and to establish and monitor the goals and objectives that promote the mission through ongoing pastoral planning.  As a leadership body selected from the parish, the council serves as an advisory body to the pastor.  Contact S. Joan Guertin at joan.stmarys@comcast.net.

Volunteer Requirements

•   Protecting God's Children Workshop (one-time)  for all volunteers age 18 and above.  Click this link for a list of workshops:  PGC Training Schedule.

•   Annual background check (CORI) for volunteers age 17 and above.

•   Review and sign Code of Ministerial Behavior (for all volunteers age 17 and above).

•   Review 2013 Sexual Harassment Policy   (Archdiocese of Boston).

•   Review Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Children (Archdiocese of Boston).

 

 

 

 

 

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