One of the best ways to get to know people and experience being part of a community is to become involved in some area of parish life. Please visit our ministry pages and consider how the Holy Spirit may use your gifts for building the God’s Kingdom. Those willing to serve the needs of others nearly always find that they get more out of it than they are able to give.

Click on any of the ministries below to learn more!

Befriender Ministry educates, forms, and supports women and men as leaders for a listening ministry of care. Based on a model of mutuality, this national and ecumenical ministry heals hearts, energizes communities, and transforms a suffering world. We meet one-on-one with those members of our parish who are hurting for one reason or another. 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 bi­weekly meetings for ministry reflection and continuing education.

During Sunday 11:30a.m. Mass, children 3-years-old through 1st grade Holy Communion age are dismissed with instructors to read and discuss God’s Word and then return to the congregation at the presentation of the gifts.

Leadership or assistant roles are available. All teaching materials (activities, readings, crafts pertinent to the Gospel and liturgical season) are provided. This is open to adults and teens as volunteers

The mission of Christian Service is to meet the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of those broken and hurting in any way. Activities include collecting and distributing food, providing transportation for the homebound, bringing the Holy Eucharist to nursing home, the homebound, and hospital, prayer ministry, parish gardens, casserole crew, food pantry, Love INC., Christmas giving tree, and more.

The purpose of the Prayer Cenacle Ministry is to simply increase the number of small prayer cenacles at St. Mary Parish and the spiritual fruit of such cenacles as expressed in the Catholic Catechism. The ministry adheres to the particular mission statement for the Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy, which means the goal is to proclaim the truth of the Real Presences of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist, to promote adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, and to offer the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the dying.

Those participating in the present cenacle encourage other parishioners to join them and experience what our Lord assured us, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them” (Mt. 18:20). Cenacles meet to pray for vocations, to pray for an end to abortion, and to experience the splendor of the Catholic Faith through study and prayer with others.

The cenacle meets on Fridays at 9:30a.m. in the chapel.

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.

For further information please email

Our purpose is to visit the homebound and nursing home residents to bring them communion. Ministers of the Eucharist are trained before beginning ministry.

The Knights of Columbus are a fraternal Catholic Family Service organization, dedicated to the ideals of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. Our programs allow families to work together to aid their church, their community and one another. We have fun doing good deeds and raising money to give away to needy causes. See the Knights of Columbus website for more information  Pinckney Knights.



Do you feel called to serve at the weekend Masses as a Lay Minister? We have opportunities to serve as Altar Servers, Lectors, Greeters, Ushers, Mass Captains, and Eucharistic Ministers. If you already a Lay Minister, please view the schedule here.

Schedule for Oct.-Dec. 2018

Schedule Jan – March 2019

Click here to become a lay minister!

Livingston County Ultrasound Initiative is a Non-Profit Charitable Organization designed to raise funds for saving babies by providing Ultrasound machines for Pro-Life Pregnancy Crisis Centers throughout the State of Michigan.

LCUI meets every 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 pm. Learn more here

Mary’s Helping Hands (MHH) is a ministry where families with individuals with special needs will meet to form friendships, play games, and enjoy a friendly & safe time together. Parents also meet with other parents who understand this special life. The ministry offers Peer-to-Peer support opportunities and coordinates with Religious Education to ensure equity in formation. Training is provided for interested members.

The Men’s Club promotes stewardship, help for the needy, and provides help for other organizations in the parish. Activities include Men’s Club Breakfast, Fish Fry, Christmas Baskets, and other service opportunities.

The Prayer Ministry includes a prayer chain, couples prayer groups, and a variety of small groups. 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 or fill out the form below:

Prayer Request

Rosary Altar Society are parish women who promote devotion to the Blessed Mother and praying the Rosary. We take great pride in assisting the Priest in common goals and attending to the needs of the sanctuary. We focus on performing deeds of a spiritual and social nature for the members of our parish and community.

We are committed to serving the needs of our parish and community by visiting the sick, preparing funeral luncheons when requested, and working in conjunction with other organizations within our parish. RAS works to promote dedication to the Blessed Mother and to love and care for our church.

The St. Joseph’s Guild is a ministry of men and women dedicated to applying their time and talents for the betterment of the Parish. We believe everyone has unique skills and abilities, however great or small, which can be used to keep the properties of the parish in good repair to provide a safe and inviting environment for all parish activities.

Managing a parish facility is very similar to managing any other type of building or campus. The only difference being a parish needs to rely on volunteer labor to identify needs, schedule maintenance, and get the job done. The Saint Joseph Guild provides Saint Mary parishioners with opportunities to give back to the ministry and allows the church to maintain its campus with a limited church budget.

We desire to model our lives after our Holy Mother, Mary. We come together in love, support and encouragement of each other to grow deeper in our faith and find practical ways to apply what we learn in order to live our lives proclaiming the Kingdom of God through our words and our actions.

Planning Committee

This committee is focused on planning events and activities that help ourselves, our parish, and our community to encounter our Lord, Jesus in some way. We willingly involve other ministries in the parish when appropriate and warranted so many times, others may be involved in planning certain events.

Sunday Group

Women (ages 13 and above) may attend at their convenience. We select a book or study to work with to help us grow more faithful, trusting, and obedient to God’s ultimate purpose for our lives and to teach us how to walk in His ways.

Note: We always read the content of the book during the meeting. Although it is recommended that participants get the book (especially if a study guide is included), it is not required.

Meetings: This group meets every Sunday throughout the year except Holidays and Holy Days from  1p.m.  to 2:30 p.m.

Bible Study

We work with the study edition of “Women of the Bible”, by Jean E. Syswerda. This study edition is designed specifically so individuals and groups can delve more deeply into the lives of those biblical women. This study will lead you on a journey of discovery…discovering things about the women of the Bible, about your God, and about yourself. Women (ages 13 and above) are welcome to attend.

Meetings: This group meets on Wednesday evenings throughout the year, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

We make rosaries for First Holy Communion, the missions, new families to the parish and special rosaries for the men and women in our armed services. We have made rosaries for RCIA, and we give rosaries to the area funeral homes. Please see the parish calendar for times to make rosaries, pick up supplies, and turn in the finished rosaries for distribution. We also make rosaries at home.

Collaborative Ministry to, by, for & with 18-35 year olds on behalf of the eight Catholic parishes in Livingston County: Holy Spirit, St. Agnes, St. Augustine, St. John, St. Joseph, St. Mary, St. Mary Magdalen and St. Patrick.

Come be a part of social, spiritual and service opportunities that allow the young adult church of Livingston County to dive deeper and engage more fully in the life and mission of Christ.


Shannon Scherba


For more information on any of these ministries, please contact the parish office at (734) 878-3161.