Serve Our Community

Liturgical Ministries

More than 100 volunteers generously contribute their time to create spiritually fulfilling worship experiences at St. Mary of the Lake. We can’t make it happen without your help.

Welcome Desk Host: Provide welcome and hospitality to new and existing parishioners and those inquiring about joining the parish at the Welcome Desk before and after the weekend Masses.

Weekend Hospitality: Provide hospitality (treats, coffee, and juice) after the weekend Masses on the second weekend of every month.

Funeral Minister: Coordinate funeral Masses and serve as liturgical minister as needed.

Church Cleaner: Our Monday morning clean-ups — vacuum, dust, scrub tile, wash windows – create a welcoming worship space. Many hands, light work.

Church Decorating Team: Create an atmosphere of worship in the entire church according to the liturgical seasons.  The liturgical environment changes eight times per year.

Church Environment Committee: Prepare for liturgical seasons by creating a tasteful, beautiful worship atmosphere.

Mass Coordinator: Pave the way for a joyous celebration of the Mass by ensuring all ministry positions are filled and all elements of the Mass are prepared.

Projection System Operator: Display our music and prayers on the screens so that all can fully participate in the Mass. Grade 8 to adult.

Usher: Help people find seats, answer questions and pass baskets at the collection of the gifts.  Individuals or families.

Gift Bearer: Bring the gifts to the altar – a symbolic and a moving part of the Mass. All ages are welcome.

Altar Server: Assist Father during Mass. Grade 4 and above.

Sacristan (roadie): Make sure all details are in place for Mass to be celebrated fully and joyfully. Grade 7 and above.

Video Broadcast System Operator: Broadcast the Mass to other areas of the building and record it for cable or our parish YouTube site so that homebound parishioners can remain engaged in the parish.

Eucharistic Minister: With reverence for the Eucharist, share the Body and Blood of Christ with others.  Age 16 and up.

Greeter: Be that kind face and warm greeter to visitors and parishioners alike. Welcome everyone at the door before Masses to create an atmosphere of hospitality.  Individuals or families.

Lector: Those with a gift for proclaiming the Word with reverence and love. Age 16 and up.

Brass Cleaner: Put a shine on our doors! Polish brass handles regularly.

Church Laundry: Provide clean linens for sacramental ministries. Pick up and launder at home.

Sacraments and Worship Committee: This committee works to strengthen and support the total prayer life of the parish.

Get involved by contacting Mary Beth Jambor or call 651-429-7771.


Music Ministry

St. Mary’s is blessed to have eighty volunteer musicians who regularly share their gifts during liturgies as cantors or within eight ensembles.  Join them and share your musical gifts.

Musicians: Participate in ensembles of varying ages and commitment levels.  Cantors, ensembles and choirs prepare, rehearse and provide music for scheduled liturgies in a manner that encourages active participation by the assembly.

Music Ministry Committee: Support and offer advice to the Director of Liturgical Music and encourage music excellence in liturgy.

Get involved by contacting Liz Racine or call 651-429-7771.


Sacramental Preparation Ministries

RCIA Sponsor: Journey with and mentor adults to be baptized into the Catholic faith or Catholics who have not yet received First Communion or Confirmation through the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA).   Meet Sundays at 10:00 AM.

Get involved by contacting Mary Beth Jambor or call 651-429-7771.


Faith Formation Ministries

Catechist:  Play a crucial role in shaping the future of young Catholics as a teacher for students grades K-12. Share your interest in your faith with parish youth and help them discover their own faith and application to their lives. Catechists serve October through April.

Catechist Assistant: Provide the classroom support that helps catechists guide and develop the faith of our young parishioners.

Hallway Helper:  Create a secure and safe environment for children, catechists and catechist assistants.

Special Needs Assistant: Give children requiring additional support a helping hand in building their faith.

Service Site Drivers/Chaperones: Make sure our students arrive safely at their community service commitments. Driver/background check required.

Liturgy of the Word with Children: Share the weekly scripture and your faith perspectives with grades 1-5 at the 9:00 and 11:00 AM Masses. Adult and middle/high school youth volunteers needed on a rotating six-week schedule.

Sunday Pre-school/Kindergarten: Support our monthly Faith Formation option to help young children learn the Word. Adults are needed as catechists and ages 11+ are needed as helpers to make learning fun. Catechists supervise children and follow provided lesson plans.

Welcoming the Little Ones: Lead the lesson plans of the Catholic ABC’s curriculum to immerse children in the Lord’s love while parents worship. Available for children ages 1-5 during the 9:00 and 11:00 AM Masses.

Nursery: Parents watch the Mass on live TV while their children play. When “Welcoming the Little Ones” is held, parents can leave children with trained staff.

Mom’s Book Talk: Circle story time, crafts, snacks and playtime are on the agenda for the children while moms have a book talk in this ECFE style faith-based program.

Vacation Bible School:  Share the Catholic faith with children ages 4-10 during a week in August. Volunteer opportunities for both adults and youth (ages 11+).

Summer BLAST Driver: Help youth fulfill their service commitment by driving them to a service site in the White Bear Lake area. Adult drivers are welcomed and encouraged to take part in the service activities!

Workcamp Mission Trip: Travel to a different state for one summer week to help families living in poverty with home repairs – and deepen your own faith as part of the experience! Youth who have completed their freshman year of high school and adults welcome!

CALLED Leader: Lead small group discussions and service projects for youth and young adults.

Gym Supervisor: Monitor the open gym on Wednesday afternoons/evenings.

Kohler Kafé Captain: Create a fun, well-balanced menu, assist with food shopping and help ensure the crew is prepared to serve Kohler Kafé guests. Two captains alternate weeks of service.

Kohler Kafé Crew: Welcome guests to Kohler Kafé and help create a positive experience, whether through food preparation, serving or cleaning up.

Adult Small Faith Sharing Group Leader: Help small group participants enhance their faith experience by leading a group and facilitating meaningful discussion.

Faith Formation Committee:  Provide meaningful and enjoyable programs that support the faith formation of children, youth and adults. Create a sense of belonging, drawing awareness to the life-long journey in faith, while fostering an environment of Christian values. Meets monthly.

Get involved by contacting Karlene Feidt or call 651-429-7771.


Outreach Ministries

Outreach Ministries Committee: Increase awareness of and provide oversight for existing outreach ministries and develop new ministries as needed.


BeFrienders: Respond to parishioners’ needs by visiting with them, listening to them and providing emotional and spiritual support during times of transition or any time of need.

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 and rotates between three White Bear Lake churches.

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 Liturgy Ministers: Coordinate Funeral Masses and serve as liturgical ministers as needed. 

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.


Blood Drive Hospitality Ministers: Welcome donors and ensure they have the food and drink they need after giving blood.  Red Cross blood drives occur annually in the spring and summer.

Haiti Mission Ministers: Serve the impoverished people of Haiti through traveling to Haiti on Reiser Relief Mission trips.

The Haiti Committee:  Provide oversight and guidance for St. Mary’s Haiti Mission, operated in partnership with Twin Cities-based Reiser Relief.

Loaves and Fishes Ministers: Serve dinner to guests at the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul. Occurs the third Wednesday of each month.

White Bear Food Shelf Ministers: Participate in regular or one-time volunteer opportunities at the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf.

A Community Caring for Life (ACCL): Promote a culture of life for mothers and children through parish education, advocacy and fundraising projects such as the Appalachian Christmas project, Christmas baby layette collection, March for Life, Respect Life tea events and Mother’s Day flower sale.



Men’s Softball:   Join other parishioners for fun, exercise and a little bit of competitive activity by representing St. Mary’s in the White Bear Lake summer Wednesday church league.

Rummage Sales:  Support the ongoing financial needs of Outreach Ministries by volunteering at the fall and spring rummage sales.


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.  

Get involved by contacting Casey Green or call 651-429-7771.


Mission Ministries


The Welcome and Hospitality Committee: Foster a spirit of hospitality and welcome in the parish through training and coordinating Welcome Desk greeters and providing hospitality during monthly Hospitality Sundays.

The Heritage Fest Committee: Plan celebrations of different ethnic heritages such as Irish Fest and Christmas Around the World.

Men’s Basketball:  Join other parishioners for fun, exercise and a little bit of competitive activity! Meets most Sundays from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Parish Life Center.

Ministers of Welcome: Provide welcome and hospitality to new and existing parishioners and those inquiring about joining the parish at the Welcome Center and Hospitality Sundays.

Senior Programming Committee:  Plan socially and spiritually enriching programs for senior parishioners.

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.

St. Mary’s Singles Group: Socialize and engage in service projects with other single parishioners. Meets the third Saturday of each month after the 5:00 PM Mass.


The Intentional Discipleship Committee: Provides vision and purpose to St. Mary’s discipleship and evangelization initiatives.


The Social Justice Committee integrates the Catholic Church’s justice tradition into parish life and supports the following ministries:

Fair Trade Ministers: Sell fair trade certified products monthly after Mass and host a fall Fair Trade Bazaar. All proceed benefit Outreach Ministries.

Habitat for Humanity Ministers:  Construct and repair new homes for low-income families in our community and provide hospitality for the work crews. Commitment includes one-two weeks in the summers and one-two Saturdays during the year.

Hope for the Journey Home Ministers:  Provide hospitality to families experiencing homelessness and staying in this shelter located at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Oakdale. Volunteers provide meals, play games and engage with families during two hour or overnight shifts. Families welcome to participate!

Human Trafficking Working Group:  Help eradicate human trafficking through education and advocacy.  Support victims of human trafficking through charitable drives.

Legislative Advocates:  Work with other faith-based organizations to advance the Catholic justice tradition and values in local, state and federal legislation. This typically involves letter writing opportunities and one-two visits to the State Capitol during February and March.


Stewardship Committee: Promotes a culture of stewardship through prayer, participation and giving for living as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Get involved by contacting Samantha Hagel or call 651-426-7771.


Administrative Ministries

Parish Leadership Council: Advises the Pastor in ministerial areas.  Assures that the mission and vision of parish is being achieved through the appropriate allocation of resources.

Finance Council: Advise the Pastor in financial matters, including budgets, borrowing, capital campaigns and  investments.

Media & Marketing Committee: Advise and create the communication of the parish’s mission and key messages through all appropriate media.

Journalist:  Write articles about parish life and ministries for the Gathering Space e-newsletter.  Role includes conducting interviews and gathering information.

Video Journalist:  Spread the good news of the Gospel with parishioners and other members of the community by videotaping speakers and events.

Mailing Volunteers:  Assemble mailing materials for large parish mailings.

Legacy Committee (not yet formed): Promote planned giving and estate giving to the parish.

Maintenance Committee: Advise the Pastor about the maintenance of parish facilities.

Grounds Assistant:  Help maintain our beautiful parish grounds by planting, weeding, trimming, etc.

Cemetery Committee: Advise the Pastor on matters relating to the cemetery.  Help ensure our cemetery remains a beautiful resting place by determining cemetery guidelines, making improvements to cemetery grounds, maintaining a perpetual care fund and sharing news of the cemetery with parishioners.


Fall Festival:  Be part of the success of this major parish event. Plan and/or staff the event, scheduled over a September weekend.

Summer Concert:  Rock to keep us rolling! Support our August music concert to fund parish maintenance work. Help plan, sell tickets, or staff the event.

Pizza Fundraiser: Sell yummy “Cook it Up” frozen pizzas after Masses the third Sunday of the month. Proceeds benefit church repairs.

Rummage Sales:  Help set up, sell and clean up at our fabulous spring and fall sales.

Get involved by contacting Mary Scherping or call 651-429-7771.

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