Outreach Ministries

*Please note that ministries with an asterisk are not available at this time due to COVID restrictions.

There are 39 Outreach Ministries at St. Mary’s, with a total of 445 volunteers. All ministries welcome new volunteers at all times.

Justice, Peace and Outreach Committee (JPOC): The Justice, Peace and Outreach Committee of St. Mary of the Lake is dedicated to education and advocacy through prayerful action rooted in the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching.

Communion Minister 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 Minister 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 Minister: Bring Communion and/or offer Word/Communion services for residents of local senior apartments and care centers in our area. As requested, visit and pray with those receiving the Blessed Sacrament.

*Minister 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.

Minister of Consolation: Provide 12-18 months of personal follow-up to parishioners who have experienced a death in their family.

Companions in Grief Minister: Support grieving persons in a group setting. This four-week series is offered eight times a year from 4:30-6:00 PM on Thursdays, rotating between St. Mary’s and St. Pius X parishes.

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

Prayer Shawl Minister: Provide comfort to those in need by knitting and crocheting prayer shawls.  Meets the second Monday of the month at the Parish Life Center.

Senior Connections Minister: Connect with our most senior parishioners at least annually to inform them of parish news, pray with them and listen.  The call list is provided.

Blood Drive Hospitality Minister: Welcome and register 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.

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

White Bear Food Shelf Minister: Participate in regular or one-time volunteer opportunities at the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf.  May serve the second Saturday of each month for “bonus Saturdays.”

A Community Caring for Life (ACCL): Promote a culture of life from conception to natural death 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 (provide support to Pro-Life charities).

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

24 Hour Vigil for Life Minister: 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 Maker: 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.  

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.

Habitat for Humanity Minister:  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.  Commitment can be one-day only.

Hope for the Journey Home Minister:  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!

Legislative Advocate:  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.

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