“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom; to another the expression of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit; to another mighty deeds; to another prophecy; to another discernment of spirits; to another varieties of tongues; to another interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing them individually to each person as he wishes. As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-13
The Liturgy Committee assists and leads the parish community in growing spiritually in love and faith through deeper prayer, praise and worship during our liturgical celebrations. The committee meets with the pastor and deacons monthly to discuss ways to make the liturgical celebrations more meaningful, vibrant and spiritual.
If you would like to attend the Liturgy Committee meetings or become more involved with the actual planning of our liturgical celebrations, please contact the rectory at (410) 435-5900.
Lectors & Eucharistic Ministers
Lectors at Saint Mary have a passion for proclaiming the word of God with clarity, poise and reverence. Offering their gifts of a strong speaking voice and a desire to learn and grow in this important ministry, our lectors humbly serve as faithful messengers of Christ's Good News.
As we are called in community to grow in our understanding of God’s Word, the lectors proclaim the scriptures to the assembly at liturgies and special liturgical functions. To learn more or to volunteer, please contact volunteer leader Karen Bowens by leaving a message for her at the rectory. Karen schedules all lectors according to their Mass time preferences, organizes training for new lectors and coordinates periodic workshops.
During the liturgy, our Eucharistic Ministers work collectively with the Celebrant to distribute Holy Communion in the forms of both bread and wine to their brothers and sisters in faith. Our liturgy is the central event in our parish community and Holy Communion is the pinnacle of that shared experience, connecting all of us as one family in Christ.
Our team of Eucharistic Ministers is also available to take Holy Communion to the homebound and patients in the hospital. (Due to healthcare privacy, the hospital does not inform us when parishioners are hospitalized, so parishioners must notify the parish.) To learn more about volunteering as a Eucharistic Minister, please contact the rectory.
Music is an integral component of worship at Saint Mary. The music program is eclectic, embracing a variety of styles, and celebrates both our diversity as a community and our common love of song in worship. At present there are two active music groups.
The Parish Choir is a traditional choir of about 30 adults who sing regularly at the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays, except for July and August. The choir holds a weekly rehearsal on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., September through May, and on Sundays at 8:30 a.m., prior to the 9:00 a.m. Mass. No prior musical or vocal training is necessary. Choir members who are able are encouraged to join the Funeral Choir, a group that is available to sing when requested by parish family members for such occasions.
Saint Mary’s Contemporary Music Ensemble sings regularly at the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays, except during August. A weekly rehearsal is scheduled at the convenience of all members. Instrumentalists are encouraged to share their talents in our liturgies.
Please contact David Dasch at (410) 435-5900 for more information about either of these groups.
Young men and women who have received their First Holy Communion serve God and the parish community by assisting the priest before, during and after Mass. Students who are in third grade and above, including teens and adults, receive training to fulfill this vital parish role.
Ushers & Greeters
Providing a welcoming, comforting, friendly worship environment for parishioners and visitors are among the many duties of ushers and greeters here at Saint Mary. Beyond offering a warm smile and gentle, caring touch, these volunteers assist other church ministers to ensure smooth-running, liturgical celebrations. They collect parishioners’ financial offerings, choose gift bearers to bring the bread, wine, prayer basket and collection basket to the altar, assist those with special needs and serve as ready support for the celebrant. Please consider joining this special team.
Art & Environment Committee
Our worship environment greatly enhances our liturgical celebrations and fosters a joyful, prayerful atmosphere for all us. Parishioners on the A&E Committee serve alongside the Liturgy Committee to prepare our church celebrations, planning and decorating the church for each liturgical season.
Getting to Mass can be challenging for some, so our van drivers serve a vital role in spreading God’s love to our community by providing transportation for parishioners to/from the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass, using our parish van.