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The food pantry is funded by donations to provide for the emergency food needs of the community. We are a partner of Love, INC (Love In The Name of Christ) please contact them directly at 517-552-3620.
Befriender Ministers provide pastoral care for people in all kinds of difficult or transitional situations: single parents struggling with raising children, those living with chronic illness, the unemployed, new parents, those newly divorced, caregivers, etc. Ministers are trained lay volunteers who extend the care of our faith community, meeting on-on-one with those who are hurting. This is compassionate listening, NOT counseling or advice-giving. Candidates for Befriender Ministry take 20 hours of training. Once trained, they meet approximately one hour per week with those they befriend. They also attend bi-weekly meetings for ministry reflection and continuing education. Befrienders maintain a strict policy of confidentiality. We respect the privacy of all who are befriended.
The Prayer Ministry is a prayer chain. Prayer requests are collected in a basket outside of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and via email requests then published in a monthly prayer bulletin. The bulletin is available in the parish office and placed outside the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Prayer requests are also sent to “prayer warriors” by emails, who pray for the intentions listed.
Send prayer requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The teens of St. Mary strive to call others and spread the light of Christ to all they meet through example. Middle school and high school groups meet weekly to discuss relevant issues. Offerings include youth group nights, social events, mission trips, and service opportunities.
This ministry is committed to visiting the homebound and nursing home residents to bring them communion and to provide resource information as needed, as well as accompanying our priest when he visits and anoints the sick.
CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE
The Christmas giving tree ministry allows parishioners to adopt a family or take tags for requested gifts for a family in need. The ministry serves local charities and individuals in need.
Our Casserole Crew provides meals to new parents, the sick, etc.
Families, groups, or individuals have the opportunity to adopt one of the traffic islands in our parking lot and create a family garden to enhance the beauty of our facility and promote family togetherness.
LOVE IN THE NAME OF CHRIST (LOVE INC)
We are a partner church with Love in the Name of Christ (LOVE Inc.), an organization helping area churches work together, pooling time, talents, and treasure to better meet and serve those in need of our communities. LOVE Inc. helps develop resources to fill in the gaps that are not able to be filled by other churches and service organizations. Through specific, manageable requests, we are able to spread Christ’s love to those in need.
The Health Ministry is a group of volunteers who work in the healthcare field and/or have an interest in promoting good health. We are committed to working together with our parish family and members of the community to relieve suffering of body, mind, and spirit, and to improve the health of our parish community. Ongoing activities within the parish include blood pressure screenings, coordinating CPR training for parish staff, maintaining the parish AED, and serving as a resource for community programs.
Blending a love of God and a love of music to enhance the worship experience, this ministry provides opportunities for singers and instrumentalists to share their gifts and time in leading the congregation in praise and worship of God. The music program consists of an adult choir, a vocal ensemble, cantors, the Silk Group, a grades K-3 children’s choir, a grades 4-8 youth choir, hand chime ensemble, and a Praise and Worship Band.
Contact Tony Giamanco: Giamanco@stmarypinckney.org
There is no better place to get away and dedicate yourself to personal prayer and spiritual reading than our parish’s Blessed Sacrament Chapel, located at the back of the church. We are blessed to have a parish adoration chapel and we are continually in need of adorers who will commit to spending one hour each week in prayer. St. Mary has perpetual adoration in the chapel starting after the 11:30 a.m. Sunday mass until 5:00 p.m. Friday.
For further information please email: email@example.com
The Chalice program allows any parish member or family the opportunity to take home a sacred Chalice for one week. The Chalice is accompanied by a binder of individual prayers dealing with vocations to the priesthood, religious life, lay ministry, marriage, and the single life. Each week, a family or individual is given the Chalice at one of the weekend masses. They take the Chalice home and display it in a prominent place. Throughout the following week, the individual or family is asked to spend time talking about vocations and praying for those in our own parish community who are contemplating vocations, entering into religious study, or who may be discerning a call from the Lord. Comments from the host family are written down in a “Reflection” section of the binder for others to read and contemplate. Some families have shared that the presence of the Chalice in their home has brought about a greater unity, has opened up conversations about vocations, has given their children a greater sense of belonging to the Church community, and has made them more aware of the need to pray for vocations regularly.
TRAIL OF THORNS
The Trail of Thorns is a half mile nature trail winding through a wooded corner on the property of St. Mary Catholic Church. The construction of the trail has been a community event. Three Boy Scouts have worked on various parts of the trail as their Eagle Scout Projects. The trail includes 15 large crosses with housings which hold Outdoor Stations of the Cross. One section of the trail has standing plaques representing the 20 Mysteries of the Rosary. The Sorrowful Mysteries are placed in a horseshoe shape near the 12th Station of the Cross (Jesus dies on the cross,) creating an area of reflection which will eventually be used as an outdoor gathering space.