What We Offer: All our Ministries

The Church of Saint Mary is a vibrant parish that offers generous hospitality, genuine prayer, purposeful spiritual formation, and meaningful service. Over seventy parish ministries stand ready to welcome you as you respond with gratitude to God’s many gifts He has given you.

 

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Here’s a list of what we offer.  Click on the + to read a description.

ACTS Retreats

The ACTS retreats are for adults at least 21 years of age held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Retreat Center in Luther, Oklahoma. Women and men retreat separately. The weekend retreat begins on Thursday evening and ends on Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. Mass celebrated with the parish community. The retreat incorporates a wide range of Catholic praise and worship including Mass, adoration, the rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, and Sacred Scripture.

Adult Bible Studies

Learning more about God through His holy Word is a life-long pursuit. The Church of Saint Mary hosts Bible Studies as part of its Adult Faith Formation offerings.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Parishioners spend time before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament on many occasions: first Friday Adoration, Thursday afternoon prayer for Vocations, and Nights of Mercy.

Altar Linen Care

This group contributes to the beauty of our liturgical celebrations by providing clean linens as a sign of respect and reverence. Volunteers serve approximately three times a year on a scheduled rotating basis. Duties include weekly washing, ironing and folding the purificators, corporals, finger towels and albs.

Altar Servers

The youth of our parish help set the tone for a prayerful and reverent experience at our weekend Sunday Masses and holy days of obligation. The altar server assist the presider at our Liturgical Celebrations.

Parish youth in grades 5 through high school can participate in this ministry at the 5:00 p.m. Saturday Mass, 10:30 am. Sunday Mass and the Sunday evening Mass, and other special occasions. Training is required and scheduled at convenient times for parents.

Baptismal Garments

Parishioners who like to sew provide an everlasting keepsake for the newly baptized through a gesture of hospitality and service with hand sewn baptismal garments that are presented to those being baptized. If you like to sew, we invite you to use your skills in making baptismal garments for babies and small children of the parish.

Bulk Mail Team

The team augments the work of parish office secretary to label, stuff and prepare large parish-wide mailings from the parish office.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)

CLOW models the profession of faith and underscore the importance of Sacred Scripture in our weekend Mass for the young children of our parish.

The Children’s Liturgy of the Word catechist teams plan and lead this young children-oriented Liturgy of the Word during the Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mass. Children K-2nd grade follow the catechists to the Marian Chapel to read and discuss the scripture at an age- appropriate level. The children return to the church for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Adults commit to at least one weekend per month and service opportunities are available for students in 8th grade and older to support the adult catechists.

Coffee and Donuts

Coffee and Donuts is a hospitality ministry of the parish hosted by various ministries throughout the year.

No need to register – nothing to join. Simply listen for the announcement at Mass and come and enjoy some fellowship and conversation over a cup of a hot beverage while enjoying a donut and some fresh fruit.

Confirmation (High School)

Parish teenagers, usually Juniors in high school, receive the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit in this sacrament.

Culinary Angels

This group of parishioners reflects Christ’s love through service to senior adults of our parish by planning, preparing and hosting luncheons throughout the year. These fun and festive gatherings build community as ministry members share their gifts of hospitality and service through their love of cooking.

Ministry members need to be available during that day in order to participate.

Encore

Encore is a ministry to adults 55+ at the Church of Saint Mary that offers opportunities to grow spiritually, socially and in service to others. Encore hosts many programs such as retreats, yoga, speaker seminars, the Home Improvement Ministry, bus tours, and more. You do not join Encore. Once you are 55 years old you are part of Encore and will receive information about our ministry.

Encore Yoga

This activity is a restorative yoga physical exercise class for people age 55 and older that builds strength, flexibility and balance and ends with a short Catholic spiritual reflection. Participants can either stay in the chair or move to the floor. It is beneficial for all regardless of their ability.

Class meets every Tuesday and Friday at 10:00 a.m. in Beckerle Hall.

Family Offertory Gift Bearers

Each week, a parish family presents the gifts at the offertory during Mass, symbolically representing the congregation’s offering of self to the Lord. When those bringing forward the gifts of the community include a family with children, it is a special sight; one that reminds us that all of us, no matter our age, are important members of the body of Christ and all of our gifts are desired by the Lord.

First Communion & First Reconciliation

Parents have shared the gift of human life with their children and, through Baptism, have enriched them with a share in God’s own life. They have the duty to nourish it. Catechesis for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and of the Eucharist is provided in the 2nd Grade of elementary schooling. Parents, guided by the Director of Children’s Ministry in alignment with the pastor, participate in sacramental catechetical programs for their young children.

Funeral Luncheon Ministry

These parish cooks offer compassion, support and hospitality to bereaved families through preparation and service of funeral meals served by rotating teams. Opportunities include being part of a meal preparation team, serving as a funeral luncheon coordinating chairman, or serving as a team captain.

Good Samaritan Nursing Home Visitation

Good Samaritan ministry addresses the question of Christ, ‘Who is our neighbor?’ by bringing Christ to the neglected and lonely non-Catholic residents of long term care facilities within our parish boundaries. Members foster relationships through regular, one-on-one, visits based on the resident’s interests and needs as modeled in the story of the Good Samaritan.

Greeters

There is a growing awareness among Catholics of Christ’s presence in the people gathered to pray in his name. We call this gathering of Christians for prayer and worship the “assembly” and consider participation in the assembly as the most basic right and privilege of baptized Christians. A warm smile, a sincere welcome and a friendly disposition let those arriving for Mass that their presence is appreciated.

Just as we greet guests to our home, the role of the Greeter is to make each person of the assembly feel welcome, and tend to their needs. Greeters are knowledgeable about activities occurring in the parish, know the location of various services throughout the complex and stand ready to lend assistance as necessary to the assembly.

This is an excellent ministry for families.

Heavenly Hosts

The Heavenly Hosts extend hospitality at various Parish functions and receptions throughout the year, i.e. missions, parish picnic, etc. by providing and serving homemade baked goods, hors d’oeuvres and snacks.

Home Improvement Ministry

Home Improvement Ministry is a service ministry coordinated by Encore. This ministry assists parishioners in need of help with minor home repairs. All men of the parish are encouraged to join this dynamic service ministry. Workdays are once every four months on a Saturday morning. If parishioners need assistance between workdays, volunteers are available.

Knights of Columbus

Our K of C Council No. 13313 fosters spiritual fraternity opportunities and structured service activities for men of the Church of Saint Mary by belonging to this great Catholic organization.

The Knights’ website, kofc13313.org, displays a calendar, a list of officers, photos, and a list of events

Lectors

The ministry of Lector at our Sunday Masses, at Holy Days of Obligation, and Triduum Liturgies proclaims the experience of the presence in the Word, our loving God who invites the assembly to hear and respond to His Word in their daily living.

Legion of Mary

Legionaries are part of a world-wide Catholic lay organization who work under the banner of Mary our Mother and at the direction of our pastor. Our work is evangelization with a two-fold focus: first the spiritual formation and growth of our members reinforced through our commitment to lead the rosary in our parish so that we are better prepared to address and succeed at our second focus – to share that spirituality with others.

Ministry members do this by visiting nursing homes, hospitals and the homebound to bring the Eucharist and pray with the sick and the dying. We actively seek out fallen away Catholics and the un-Churched by going door-to-door and inviting them to experience the love of God through the expression of the Catholic faith as explained in literature and various religious items that we distribute.

Lenten Soup Suppers

Lenten Soup Suppers is a hospitality program of the parish organized by the parish staff and hosted by various ministries throughout Lent. Check the website and bulletin for the Lenten schedule of soup suppers. Come an enjoy a variety of meat-free homemade soups and fellowship with other parishioners.

Followed by Stations of the Cross.

Marian Movement of Priests

The mission is to support our priests in prayer and pray that they all may consecrate themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary so she may guide them in her Son Jesus’ mission in this world.

We meet at 5:00 p.m. on first Monday and 1:00 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Marian Chapel.

Marriage Preparation

This is a married-couple to engaged-couple ministry that helps prepare an engaged couple for the Sacrament of Marriage. The sponsor couple is matched with the engaged couple and offers a Christ-like example by providing a positive model of the domestic church.

The couples meet over a period of time and are guided by topics presented in the For Better, Forever marriage preparation work- book. Sponsor couples are approved by the Pastor.

MaryFair Weekend

The biggest weekend of the year at the Church of Saint Mary is MaryFair Weekend. The weekend kicks off with Saturday evening’s dinner and auction gala.  This adult-night-out includes a seated dinner, Dessert Auction, Wine and Whiskey Pull, Live Auction, and much more. Funds raised from this event are essential to keep Catholic education more affordable and to accomplish needed improvements to our school and parish facilities.

The celebration continues Sunday with the free Parish Picnic gathering immediately following 10:30am Mass. You will be treated to an afternoon featuring lunch, live entertainment, games and activities for all ages.

Music: Adult Choir

The Saint Mary Adult Choir is our largest ensemble, featuring 40 to 50 singers. The Adult Choir is featured every Sunday at the 10:30 mass, and during Christmas, Holy Week, and at other special occasions throughout the year. The Adult Choir prepares a diverse repertoire of music, from contemplative to uplifting, from gospel, to chant, to great classics. Rehearsals occur on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the church, from September through May. The choir is entirely composed of volunteers, and many cannot read music; however, we are a family who work and play together, and all musical skill levels and backgrounds are welcomed.  Please contact Lyndon if you would like more information, or to schedule an audition/diagnostic session (not required to join the choir.)

Music: Cantors & Instrumentalists

This special group prepares the music and sings at the 5pm Christmas Eve Vigil and consists of singles, kids, youth and parents. Rehearsals each year are generally in December on Sunday mornings from 11:30-Noon. Contact Karen for more information or to sign up.

Music: Christmas Mass Family Choir

This special group prepares the music and sings at the 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Vigil and consists of singles, kids, youth and parents. Rehearsals each year are generally in December on Sunday mornings from 11:30-Noon. Contact Karen for more information or to sign up.

Music: Elementary Children’s Vocal Choir

Rehearsals are Tuesday 3:15-4:00pm in the MacAulay Room.  Grades 1st thru 5th. This choir is directed by Karen Hiller. This can work for both Saint Mary students and students who attend other schools. Karen will be glad to give you more details if you are interested and enrollment forms will be available.

WHY Music Ministry for kids?
Kids can share their time and talent! Yes, stewardship for kids.
Learn to read music with proper singing technique and diction
Learn their faith through music
Work together as a group/team.
Sing at various weekend Masses, and at other church venues.
Choir Season is from September until May.

Music: Handbell Choirs

The Church of Saint Mary has two handbell choirs: The MaryBells are a beginning bell choir is for adults and kids (3rd grade and older).  This group is a great way to have fun a learn more about music at the same time.  Rehearsals are from 6:15-7:15 p.m. on Sunday nights following the 6 p.m. Mass. Make it a family event, or just bring yourself. Contact Karen for more information.  The MaryRingers are the advanced handbell choir, ringing more challenging repertoire.  Some sight-reading ability or previous handbell experience is usually required to join. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings.  Please contact Lyndon for more information about either handbell group.

Newcomers Committee

This group welcomes new members to the parish with an initial phone call and promotes the concept of a stewardship way of life by sharing information and answering questions. This ministry also hosts welcome receptions for new members three times during the year to foster a sense of belonging and to inform new members about various parish ministries and events, and to invite involvement of new members to grow as Christian stewards through their participation.

Nursery Ministry

The Church of Saint Mary offers a safe and loving environment for your child. Nursery care is available at the following Masses:

Saturday 5:00 p.m. Mass

Babies and children up to the 5th birthday.
Location: Nursery – across from Beckerle Hall

Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mass

Babies and toddlers up to 2 years old.
Location: Nursery – across from Beckerle Hall
Children 2 year olds to the 5th birthday.
Location: Motor Skills Room – across from the preschool office.

Our nursery provides play time, snacks, a faith activity and a prayer. We also offer childcare at special events (as announced).

Pastoral Care Visitation

This prayer and hospitality ministry performed by lay Extra-ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion provides the vital connection of sacramental life to those unable to join our parish community for Sunday liturgy. Pastoral Care Visitation ministers bring Christ’s love to Catholic parishioners in nursing or private homes in the gift of the Eucharist and keep those unable to attend Sunday services informed about Parish events and functions.

Prayer Network

This community of prayerful parishioners provides spiritual support to parishioners and the community through the power of prayer. Requests for prayers are passed along to network members via email, telephone call or text message based on preference. Prayer requests come in many forms and needs including prayers for the lonely, afraid, sick, crisis, healing, or any number of circumstances.

Each Prayer Network minister has the freedom to choose a form of prayer when seeking the in-breaking of God on a particular situation. Members have found a deepening of their own faith and a strengthening of fellowship and community as they lift up prayer on behalf of parishioners to God.

Reading Partners

Become a Saint Mary Reading Partner and make a difference in a child’s future. Reading Partners provides one-on-one tutoring to elementary school students reading below grade level to help them succeed in school and life. Volunteers work with students at Marshall Elementary for at least one hour per week using a structured and easy to use curriculum.

Hours are flexible, and no prior experience is required.

Rosary Prayer Group

The Rosary Prayer group strives to create a prayerful, reverent atmosphere in the church nave by praying the Rosary thirty minutes before each weekend Mass.

Ministry members take turns praying a decade of the Rosary.

Religious Education for Children

Religious Education classes are offered for youth in preschool through fifth grade on Sunday mornings throughout the school year. Training is provided for catechists, adult aides and teenage helpers.

RCIA: Becoming Catholic

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a communal process of spiritual and educational formation for adults who seek to become full members of the Roman Catholic Church through a conversion of mind and heart. The process is open to all persons, regardless of religious background or philosophical persuasion, who genuinely seek, by God’s grace, to live their lives in the distinctive Catholic Christian faith.

RCIA Team and Sponsors

RCIA sponsors are active Catholics willing to accompany inquirers of the Catholic faith journeying together as the full richness of the Catholic faith tradition is revealed, discussed and prayed.

The team and sponsors are ambassadors of hospitality for the Church of Saint Mary creating a welcoming and accepting environment for those wanting to learn more about what Catholics belief. Sponsors, in particular, walk along side the inquirers telling of their own journey growing as disciples of Jesus and listening to the story of faith of the inquirer. There are a number of practical ways in which you can help us achieve this goal. Team members can help with hospitality, lead small group discussions, sponsor an initiate or teach.

Sacramental Preparation

The Church of Saint Mary provides preparation and prayers for those getting ready to receive:

Sacristans

Our sacristans help maintain a welcoming preparation space for our priests, deacons and servers by cleaning the sacristies on Wednesdays and Saturdays on a scheduled rotating basis.

Saintly Servants

Periodically the parish sponsors a gathering that requires assistance with set up, food servicing, and clean up. These events happen about 6 times per year. The Saintly Servants are complimentary to the Heavenly Hosts who prepare and supply the food.

Scouting: Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts serve others by helping to instill values in young people and, in other ways, to prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetime in achieving their full potential. The values we strive to instill are based on those found in the Scout Oath and Law.

Boy Scout Troop 173 is chartered by the Church of Saint Mary and offers year-round adventurous activities for boys 11 years to adulthood. Adult volunteers needed and welcomed.

Scouting: Cub Scouts

Cub Scouts, a part of Boys Scouts of America, is a year-round program de- signed for boys in 1st-5th grades. Parents and leaders help boys develop character, model Christian values, and follow the Scout Oath. Chartered by the Church of Saint Mary, Cub Scout Pack 173 activities include monthly pack and den meetings, outdoor activities, and community service. Adult volunteers are needed and welcomed.

Scouting: Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts are comprised of Daisies, Brownies, Junior, and Cadette Girl Scout Troops are chartered by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Their year-round activities are available to School of Saint Mary students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

School of Saint Mary

The School of Saint Mary exists to carry out the educational mission of the Church. Our task is to educate students with a commitment which involves peace, justice, and human rights, according to Gospel principles and Catholic tradition. We strive to promote academic excellence, to be responsible stewards, and to motivate students to give generously of self in an attitude of Christian charity.

Maureen Clements 918-749-9361 maureen.clements@schoolofsaintmary.com

School of Saint Mary: Advisory Council

The School Advisory Council’s (SAC) dedicated purpose, as faith-filled stewards drawing upon diverse knowledge and talents, is to passionately lead and promote an affordable Catholic education for every parish child, today and tomorrow, in a loving, nurturing environment where every child grows daily to lead lives enriched by their Catholic faith.

The School Advisory Council is established to promote, advise and sustain a strong and vibrant Catholic school ministry at the Church of St. Mary.  The Council is co-sponsored by the pastor of the Church of St. Mary and principal of the School of St. Mary.  The Council works in collaboration with the pastor, the principal, the parish and school staffs, school parents, lay leaders and parishioners in order to meet our goals.

The SAC meets monthly, and solicits agenda discussion tiems from the school population through the FYI.

School of Saint Mary: Home and School

Home & School is a parent-led organization that provides support to School of St. Mary students, faculty, and administration through the coordination of programs and activities to strengthen educational opportunities and foster fellowship within our school community.

Service & Outreach Committee

This group designs and implements direct service and formation (spiritual and educational) activities to serve our neighbors.

Past activities include Day of Service, Clear Creek Monastery Work Day, 5 for 5 Lenten Challenge, and the parish Blood Drive. The committee meets the 3rd Sunday of the month at 9:00 a.m. Please join us in serving Christ’s “least of these.”

Stand in the Gap

Stewardship Council

This council is a resource to all ministries to help fulfill the mission of the Church through forming disciples at the Church of Saint Mary through the pillars of stewardship:

  1. Hospitality
  2. Prayer
  3. Formation
  4. Service

The Stewardship Council works to encourage parishioners to respond to God’s call to share of their gifts in love of God and neighbor. Members are appointed.

Supper Club

Supper Club is a Hospitality ministry giving adult members of the parish an opportunity to become acquainted while sharing meals in one another’s homes. The Supper Club ministry leaders organize groups of eight (including couples and singles) twice a year. If you would like to participate, watch for registration announcements in the bulletin in July and January for the fall and spring sessions.

Ushers

Our Ushers promote a welcoming, managed and safe environment for the congregation at our weekend liturgies and at special events, including the annual Parish Lenten Mission. In particular ushers are trained to notice those new to the parish and to proactively welcome them, assist with logistics of services and navigating the physical campus, help with registration forms and answer general questions about the parish.

Ushers direct the flow of the congregation throughout the liturgy including dismissal and re-entry of groups such as RCIA and Children’s Liturgy of the Word, facilitate the collection and presentation of the offertory collection, and help communicate the ministry opportunities in the parish through the distribution of forms, bulletins, and flyers. Ushers are trained on emergency procedures and protocol and are diligent observers during the course of services to maintain order and circumvent disruptions or intrusions.

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

VBS is a short summer religion program for children in preschool through eighth grade. VBS includes music, games, Bible stories, crafts, and service opportunities for older youth.

Vocations Committee

The Vocation Committee sponsors programs to foster and support priests, brothers, permanent deacons, seminarians and novices as leaders of our parish.

Volunteer Office Receptionists

Our receptionists are an important component of hospitality at the Church of Saint Mary serving as an initial point of contact for the parish by answering the phone and greeting persons who visit the Parish Office.

Women’s Ministry

Women’s Ministry offers all adult women parishioners opportunities to grow in their relationship with God through joy-filled prayer, friendship, and service. Women’s Ministry is not a club to join, but a group that you already belong to if you are a woman 21 or older!

We host many programs throughout the year including Wine Down with Art, Advent by Candlelight, Galentine’s Party, New Year’s Morning Retreat, quarterly book discussions, and a semiannual service project, providing lunch to the TU Newman Center.

Young Adults

Youth Group (Middle and High School)

Middle School (6th-8th grade) and High School (9th-12th grade) Youth Groups are a great way for youth to spend time with their friends, have lots of fun, and grow deeper in their faith lives while learning to become intentional disciples of Jesus Christ. We follow a discipleship focused youth ministry approach that focuses on mutual discipleship between parents/other adult parishioners and our youth. This is the approach that Christ taught us.

Youth Group Discipleship Team

Youth Group Core Teams

 

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