Meals that Heal – Volunteers from St. Mary’s prepare meals for parishioners who are ill, home bound, bereaved or dealing with the arrival of a new baby. St. Mary’s knows that sometimes a simple meal lets us know that we are not alone, and our community cares. For volunteers, this is a great way to meet other parishioners and assist them when they are in need. Volunteers are asked to serve for a minimum of one year. The ministry holds an annual potluck in late September to launch their year.
To receive a meal or volunteer for Meals That Heal, please contact the St. Mary’s office – 703-527-6800
Stephen Ministry – The Stephen Ministry is a one-on-one lay caring, pastoral ministry that equips and empowers lay caregivers, called Stephen Ministers after the first Christian martyr, to provide empathetic, confidential, Christ-centered care to parishioners and people in the community who are experiencing challenges in life. The ministry is composed of three main groups: Stephen Leaders who recruit, train, and guide Stephen Ministers. Stephen Ministers who, under the supervision of Stephen Leaders, minister to those in crisis. Care receivers who receive emotional and spiritual support and care from trained Stephen Ministers.
For more information on Stephen Ministries at St Mary’s, please contact Tim Malone.
Lay Eucharistic Ministry (LEM) – If you can’t come to Church, Church can be brought to you by a Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM). LEMs are trained and licensed parishioners who take the Eucharist, from a Sunday or Thursday service, to parishioners who because of illness, injury or mobility issues are unable to attend church services. The LEM provides a connection to the rest of the community by reading the lessons and prayers, summarizing the day’s homily and administering pre-blessed communion to the person(s). If you are in need of a visit from a LEM or know someone who is in need please contact the St. Mary’s Office (703) 527-6800
Handcrafts Group – St. Mary’s handcrafts group is a monthly gathering of parishioners who have similar interests in knitting, crochet, needlepoint, cross stitch and other kinds of needlework. The Handcrafts Group began as a way to bring together parishioners who love such handcrafts, or who would like to learn how to make prayer shawls. Prayer shawls are blessed by our clergy and given to parishioners who are ill or grieving or celebrating the birth of a child. For more information on the Handcrafts Group please contact the St. Mary’s office – 703-527-6800.