Pastoral & Senior Ministries

Get involved by contacting Kathleen Finn at 651-429-7771 or [email protected].

There are Essential 3 requirements for those volunteering with youth or vulnerable adults. Please go here for more information about Essential 3 or contact Ali Chalupski – [email protected].

Communion Ministers to the Homebound: Bring Communion weekly to those unable to participate in the Mass. As requested, visit and pray with those receiving the Blessed Sacrament.

Communion Ministers for St. John’s Hospital: Bring Communion to patients at St. John’s Hospital on Saturday mornings.  As requested, visit and pray with those receiving the Blessed Sacrament.

Apartment and Care Center Ministers: Bring Communion and/or offer Word/Communion services for residents of local senior apartments and care centers. As requested, visit and pray with those receiving the Blessed Sacrament.

Ministers with The Gathering: Serve as one-on-one “companions for the day” at this weekly respite program for caregivers of those with early to mid-term memory loss.  The Gathering meets Thursdays at St. John’s in the Wilderness, White Bear Lake.

Ministers of Consolation: Provide 12-18 months of personal follow-up to families experiencing a death.

Companions in Grief Ministers: Support the facilitation of this grief and support series, listen to and pray with those experiencing the loss of a loved one. This four-week series is offered eight times a year from 4:30-6:00 PM Thursdays.

Funeral Luncheon Ministers: Provide hospitality to and welcome the guests of the family by coordinating the funeral luncheon.

Prayer Shawl Ministers: Provide comfort to those in need by knitting and crocheting prayer shawls.

Senior Connections Ministers: Connect with our most senior parishioners at least annually to inform them of parish news, pray with them and listen.

Women’s Bridge Club: Play bridge and enjoy companionship with women from St. Mary’s and other local churches. Occurs the fourth Tuesday of the month (September through May, excluding December) at 10:30 AM.

Prayer Network Ministers: Support the intentions and special needs of parishioners through prayer.

24 Hour Vigil for Life Ministers: Pray for the dignity of all human life in the Church’s Blessed Sacrament Chapel from 8:00 AM Fridays through 8:00 AM Saturdays.

Rosary Makers: Spread the joy of the rosary through making and repairing rosaries that are shared with those in the St. Mary’s community and beyond. Meets monthly