The Ministry of Consolation and Hope is an outreach to the bereaved of our Parish. Volunteers must have attended an Archdiocesan Training program and be available when possible to attend visitations at funeral homes during the day or evening and represent the Ministry at funeral masses. Meetings are held at the parish from time to time. If you feel drawn to give comfort and hope in this way, please contact the office for a referral to a member of this ministry.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are parishioners who practice their faith in a exemplary manner and are commissioned by the pastor to serve. They share their faith in special ways by assisting in the distribution of Holy communion at each mass. The reception of the Eucharist brings us into the light and love of Christ. Training and regular workshops are provided for on-going support and formation.
The purpose of this ministry is to assist families within our parish community at a vulnerable time in their lives. Volunteers are needed to encourage sponsors to adopt a family who to receive gift cards which they may use to purchase food, clothing and toys at Christmas Coordinators work closely will all volunteers and family sponsors to ensure gift cards are received in a timely fashion.
This is a family and fraternal benefit organization of Catholic gentlemen age 18 and older who are committed to making their community a better place through their charitable works while supporting the church. Being a “knight” is more than camaraderie, it is being involved in the community and growing one’s faith. It is also about protecting and enhancing family life. The Knights sponsor many different pastoral and social events. The Knights of Columbus has been called “The strong right arm of the church”.More Information
The Legion of Mary is world-wide apostolic organization of Catholic men and women who place themselves under the banner of Mary, Queen of the Legion. With the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit, they strive to develop greater spiritual lives while practicing works of mercy. The purpose of the Legion is for the Glory of God and the salvation of souls. The Legion of Mary members participate in the life of the parish by visiting families in their homes and in hospital and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish. All are welcome to join this ministry.
The purpose of this ministry is to reach out to parishioners who are unable to attend regular liturgy. Lay Pastoral volunteers visit homebound parishioners and residents of long-term care facilities to bring Holy Communion. This ministry brings a sense of community and belonging to parishioners who would have been otherwise excluded from being part of St. Mary’s Church.
This six week program offers support to the separated and divorced. Participants are accompanied through a journey of self-exploration, healing and encouragement. Through a holistic approach, groups are provided an opportunity to share in a confidential and caring setting and are guided by trained peer facilitators. Pick up our pamphlet for more information.
Members of this committee meet on an ad hoc basis in response to requests for assistance from the Archdiocese. They are asked to help refugee families fleeing from their country to relocate in Canada and specifically in Brampton. Members’ time and talents are needed to raise funds, to find living accommodations, and to ensure that “our new families” have access to the necessities of life.
A Sharelife committee is a volunteer group of parishioners and clergy that work on behalf of the parish to assist the Pastor in delivering a positive and effective Sharelife campaign. Reporting to the Pastor, they meet 3 to 4 times during each year to ensure the campaign materials are ordered and used effectively. They arrange for guest speakers from various agencies to speak about the good work and many charities supported by Sharelife.
The Catholic Women’s League (CWL) of St. Mary’s church is part of a national organization serving the parish community through initiatives in areas such as spiritual development, education, health and Christian family life. They are active in prayer and fundraising for charities to support the church both locally and abroad and in promoting social justice. Their motto is “For God and Canada”. This group is open to women 16 years of age and older. Members meet once each month.