Bereavement Committee members call on bereaved families who have contacted the parish regarding a funeral, offering condolences of the parish and assistance with planning the mass of Christian burial. The bereavement contact person also attends the wake and funeral. The parish also offers a monthly bereavement support group.
Contact Mary Wickett at 627-9076 and Sister Paula Zelazo at 627-3123
This group provides friendly visits to homebound parishioners, assuring them that they are valued members of our community and have not been forgotten. Activities include bringing the church bulletin and delivering holiday flowers. New members are always welcome.
Contact Judy Fiedler at 646-0424
St. Mary of the Lake chairpersons conduct the annual diocesan-wide Catholic Charities Appeal at the parish level within guidelines provided by the diocese and the pastor.
Contact Dan and Maureen Gerken at 646-1266
The pro-life ministry of St. Mary of the Lake Church is dedicated to the protection and sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. Our ministry encourages awareness, activism, prayer, and financial support for pro-life activities, both within the parish and in the community. We support the Catholic Pro-life Committee, which seeks to organize, educate, and mobilize Catholics on pro-life issues.
Contact Eileen Courtade at 947-2849
St. Vincent de Paul Society
St. Vincent de Paul is a world-wide Catholic organization whose purpose is to give assistance – primarily financial, but also material and spiritual – to those members of a given community who may require emergency assistance. At St. Mary of the Lake Church, the St. Vincent de Paul group not only helps parishioners in need, but it also supports the St. Vincent de Paul Camp in Angola and the dining room in Buffalo. This group actively helps with community food collections and maintains a used clothing bin on the parish grounds.
Contact Joe Pietrocarlo at 627-7497
Churches in Action
St. Mary of the Lake Church participates in Churches in Action, an interdenominational service group. Events are listed in the bulletin and volunteers of all ages are welcome. It is an excellent way for the whole family to serve our neighbors.
Contact Jill Greene at 648-4549
Check bulletins and the church bulletin board for upcoming meetings in church gathering space held often on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Contact the parish at 627-3123 or see Fr. Ted after mass
Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts
St. Mary of the Lake sponsors Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop #411. Scouting provides opportunities for young boys and young men and their families to grow in character, discipline and spirit.
Boy Scouts Contact: Frank Strnad at 725-7199
Cub Scouts Contact: Brian English at 627-9356
Prayer Shawl Ministry
This ministry uses the talents of parishioners to create prayer shawls, scarves, and no-sew fleece blankets which are blessed and distributed to those in need of special prayers and comfort. "Prayer Bears" are also created and presented to newly-baptized infants, and sick children and adults at Roswell and Women and Children's hospitals. Attendance at meetings is not necessary and you don't need to know how to crochet or knit to become a member of this ministry.
Contact Sandy Wachowski at 353-0369
Contact Kathy Drew at 648-3550
Meetings are held every second Monday of the month in the parish center auditorium at 1:00 p.m., followed by a social hour with coffee, tea, hard rolls, and many homemade desserts made by our social hour volunteers.
Contact Joe Pietrocarlo at 627-7497