Outreach Ministries

If you would like to get involved or want more information about our Outreach Ministries below, please contact Matt Palkert, Director of Outreach: mrpalkert@stmarys-wbl.org or 651-429-7771 .

Prayer Ministries

Prayer Network: This group of parishioners prays on a regular basis for parishioners’ intentions. If you have a prayer request, please call the parish office, e-mail Terry Reasoner at tareasoner@stmarys-wbl.org or place your request in the prayer box in the Gathering Space at church.

Rosary Makers: Parishioners make rosaries to be sent to overseas missions or placed in the Notre Dame Chapel for anyone to use or take.

Prayer Vigil for Life: Each Friday from 8 am to 8 pm, prayers are offered for the unborn and for an end to abortion. The Vigil takes place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

Justice Ministries

Habitat for Humanity: As part of a coalition of five local churches, St. Mary’s provides funds and volunteers to work on homes for low-income families.  Our next build week is July 24-28, 2017 in Hugo.  Join us for one or several days.  Sign up at tchabitat.volunteerhub.com/lp/stcroixvalley/events.  No experience necessary.  For more information contact Paul Kadera: 429-3741 or pjkadera@gmail.com.

Fair Trade: Coffee, tea, chocolate, and other equal exchange products are available for sale monthly at weekend Masses. Proceeds benefit the farmers as well as Habitat for Humanity and the work of the Social Justice Committee.  The Fair Trade Ministry also hosts an annual Fair Trade Bazaar in the fall.  Save the Date for October 28-29, 2017.

Human Trafficking Working Group: Members work actively with other churches, law enforcement, and community organizations towards its goal of eradicating sex trafficking in Minnesota.

Hope for the Journey Home: As part of a collaborative effort among area churches, St. Mary’s parishioners volunteer to fill day-time and/or overnight shifts at this shelter for suburban homeless families. The shelter is located at Guardian Angels Church in Oakdale.  New volunteers are always needed.

Legislative Advocacy: St. Mary’s works with both MICAH and ISAIAH to bring our Catholic Christian voice to the public square on issues such as affordable housing, predatory lending, and others.

Social Justice Committee: This Committee provides oversight for each of the ministries above and generally meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm.

Care Ministries

Communion Minister to Homebound: This ministry provides in-home Word and Communion to those who are sick or unable to join the community at weekly Mass.

Communion Minister at St. John’s Hospital: Similar to care to the homebound, this ministry provides Word, Communion, and fellowship to those parishioners staying at St. John’s Hospital.

Word Communion at Senior Apartments: Similar to care to the homebound, this ministry provides Word, Communion, and fellowship to those parishioners living in senior apartments and unable to attend weekly Mass. Apartments in the White Bear area we visit include:

  • The Arbors
  • Brookdale North Oaks
  • Cerenity Care
  • Lake Square
  • Pioneer Manor
  • Washington Square
  • Waverly Gardens
  • White Pine

Ministry of Consolation: MOC 2017 Calendar Trained Ministers of Consolation provide families with support and on-going follow-up for 12-18 months after a loved one’s death. The ministry also provides transition support services after a death including:

  • In Remembrance Prayer Service: Held three times a year, this prayer service remembers those who have entered eternal life. Additionally, Mass is celebrated at the St. Mary’s Cemetery at 9:00 AM on Memorial Day.
  • Companions in Grief: Grief education and support are provided through a six-week grief and support series, held eight times per year.  See the MOC Calendar above.
  • Grief and the Holidays: This two-hour workshop is presented each November to help family members through the challenging holiday season.  The 2017 workshop is November 18 from 9:00-11:00 AM in the St. Joseph Room.

Funeral Ministry – Mass: Parishioners provide hospitality to family and guests of deceased loved ones, prepare for Mass, and serve as liturgical ministers as needed.

Funeral Ministry – Lunch: Parishioners provide hospitality to family members after the funeral Mass, set-up, serve and clean up after the luncheon.

The Gathering – Respite Care Group: Sponsored by the Lyngblomsten Foundation, The Gathering allows caregivers weekly respite while their loved ones with memory loss attend a supportive program. Parish volunteers provide friendship, social stimulation, and support to participants.

Prayer Shawls: Shawls that are knitted or crocheted by parishioners are provided to those in need of prayers and God’s love and peace. Prayers for healing and comfort are provided with the shawl.  The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 1:00 PM in the St. Joseph Room.  New members welcome.  No experience necessary.

Senior Connections Team: These volunteers check-in, at least annually, with our most senior parishioners.

Charity Ministries

Blood Drives:  St. Mary’s hosts annual blood drives in the spring (March 13, 2017) and the summer (July 24) at the Parish Life Center. In addition to donors, volunteers are always appreciated. Contact Paul Kadera at pjkadera@gmail.com or 651-429-3741 for more information.  In the meantime, visit www.redcross.org/blood to schedule an appointment for a drive near you.

Haiti Mission:  St. Mary’s is blessed to partner with Reiser Relief in its Haiti Mission.  Through this partnership, St. Mary’s supports and build relationships with a number of ministries in Haiti, including schools, an orphanage, and a home for the elderly.   Reiser Relief also offers mission trip experiences for St. Mary’s parishioners.  We are currently preparing for the October 16-23, 2017 trip.  St. Mary’s sent its first delegation to Haiti in March, 2016. Check out the blog entries from the trip. Thank you to everyone who has donated so generously to support the various missions we visited, including Mar Franc, which continues to recover from the October, 2016 hurricane.

White Bear Area Food Shelf: Parishioner donations of food and money help support the growing need for food and emergency assistance that is filled by this local food shelf.  The donation bin is located in the hallway between The Gathering Space and the St. Joseph Room.  Thank you for your generosity!  If you would like to be alerted when a Food Shelf volunteer opportunity comes up, please contact Matt Palkert.

Loaves and Fishes: The third Wednesday of each month, parishioners serve an evening meal to approximately 250 guests at the Dorothy Day Center in downtown St. Paul.

A Community Caring for Life: St. Mary’s supports and focuses on broad life issues and specific life projects, including:

  • Annual Vigil and March for Life.
  • 40 days for Life prayer services during Lent
  • Mother’s Day Weekend Respect Life Tea. For more information, contact Kathy-651 426 1659
  • Appalachian Christmas Project: This gift collection in early November stocks the free stores in mission parishes in Kentucky.
  • Baby Jesus Layettes; During Advent, layettes are made from a collection of baby items and distributed to Life Care Centers and local agencies that support pregnant women.
  • 24-hour Prayer Vigil for Life: held weekly on Fridays and Saturdays in the Eucharistic Chapel
  • Mother’s Day Flower Sale
  • Catholic Pro-Life Latvian Association
  • Other enrichment and education programs that become available through the Archdiocesan Office

Rummage Sales: Each fall during MEA weekend, the Outreach Committee hosts a Rummage Sale.  This is a great way to re-use items and support St. Mary’s Outreach Ministries.

Community/Hospitality Ministries

Singles Social Group: Adult singles meet on a regular basis to build a fun and active social group that is based in parish life.

Bridge Club: This ecumenical group of women from the community meets on the fourth Tuesday to share lunch and a game of bridge.

Men’s Basketball and Softball: Sunday night basketball in St. Mary’s gym at 7pm (contact the parish for the summer schedule) and a summer softball team that plays in the White Bear Church league provide great opportunities for fellowship and friendly competition.

Heritage Events: Our different ancestral backgrounds are celebrated throughout the year.  Thank you to the planning committee and all the volunteers for this year’s Irish Fest Celebration on March 12.

Welcome & Hospitality Committee: Formed as part of our most recent parish vision, this committee works to make St. Mary’s a welcoming atmosphere for new and existing parishioners. Members welcome new parishioners or those seeking information about joining St. Mary’s. The committee staffs the Welcome Center after Masses and organizes Hospitality Sunday on the second Sunday of the month.  If you are interested in hosting a regular shift at the Welcome Desk, please contact the Parish Life Center.

Outreach Ministries Committee

The Outreach Ministries Committee is made up of the Coordinator of Outreach Ministries, representatives from ministries under Outreach, and at-large members of the parish.  The Committee’s mission is to fulfill the Gospel call to prayer, care, charity, justice and community.

The Committee works to:

  1. Increase awareness and access of parishioners to ministries
  2. Communicate information about the many ministries under Outreach to the Parish Leadership Council, the parish at large & the ministries under the Outreach umbrella
  3. To evaluate existing ministries and develop new ministries as needed
  4. To advocate for the ministries under Outreach