Current Events

JULY

St. Mary PSR welcomes you! 

Registration for PSR 2018-2019 is NOW OPEN through August 15th for Returning Families.   

PSR REGISTRATION FORM

St. Mary PSR Catechist and Volunteer Meeting: Wednesday, July 25th 6:30-8 p.m. All current and interested PSR Catechists and Volunteers should please plan to attend this important orientation!


AUGUST

Join us in welcoming the new staff of St. Mary

Please stop by the Beitel Commons on Sunday, August. 5, following the 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. masses for coffee, juice and donuts as we welcome…

Tina White, Director of Religious Education
Julie Lutz, Director of Adult Faith Formation
John Blasko, Director of Music
Wendy Piper, Liturgical Coordinator
Cathy Bennett, Volunteer Coordinator


Sacramental News and Events:

Confirmation Parent Meeting:  All Confirmation Candidates with Parents; August 6th or 7th (choose one), 6:30-7:30 in Beitel Commons

First Communion Parent Meeting: All First Communion Candidates with Parents: August 19th at 3PM in Church.


St. Mary’s is the Host Congregation at Family Promise House August 19 – 26

St. Mary’s will be the host congregation at Family Promise House from August 19 thru August 26. Many volunteers are needed to help in this ministry for homeless families with children. To sign up, please go to FAMILY PROMISE SIGN UP or call Judy at 614-477-1540.


Adult Faith Formation: The Great Adventure Bible Study

St. Mary Adult Faith is offering The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation, which is a foundational study in The Great Adventure Bible Study Series that has helped hundreds of thousands of Catholics learn to read the Bible. The Bible Timeline is a fascinating study that takes participants on a journey through the entire Bible. They will go deep into each period of salvation history and discover the amazing story woven throughout all of Scripture. Using a unique color-coded system, they will learn the major people, places, and events of the Bible and see how they all come together to reveal the remarkable story of our faith.

Registration is required with two course options available.   REGISTRATION FORM

Sundays 3:15-5:00 pm, August 26, 2018 – April 7, 2019   OR   Tuesdays 10:00-11:45 am, Sept. 4, 2018 – March 5, 2019

Course Facilitator will be Julie Lutz, Adult Faith Formation Director. Materials cost is $40. Financial scholarships are available for those in need. Checks can be made out to: St. Mary Parish / memo: GABS

Questions? Please contact Julie Lutz, Adult Faith Formation Director, at jlutz@delawarestmary.org or 740-513-3325.


Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast  •  Sunday, August 26  •  8 – 11 a.m. in the Beitel Commons

Please join us in fellowship on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 8-11 a.m. in the Beitel Commons as the Knights of Columbus Council 1056 serve a Family Pancake Breakfast.


Seasons of Hope  •  Wednesday evenings, Aug. 29 – Oct. 3  •  6:30 – 8:15 p.m.

Seasons of Hope is a Christ-centered support group for the bereaved.

If you are:
-Looking for friends in Christ to share your journey of sorrow.
-You’ve been trying to figure out the meaning of your grief.
-You want to get on with life but have not been able to do so.
-You find comfort in the teachings of Christ.
-You are open to new ways of coping with your grief.
-You don’t want to feel alone anymore.

Come join us for six consecutive Wednesday evenings. Any parishioner who is mourning the loss of a loved one is encouraged to attend. Please join us at the Faith Formation Bldg. 23 Union St. Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 29th-Oct.3.  Sign in 6:15. Meeting 6:30-8:15.  Please bring a Bible.

For more information and to register (by Aug.13th) please contact: Diane Beitel 740-803-3111 or dibeitel@gmail.com


Protecting God’s Children • Thursday, August 30th • 6:00 PM

Would you like to volunteer at St. Mary School? Help with Field Trips? Volunteer with VBS? St. Mary parish is offering our annual PGC training on Thursday, August 30th. Registration begins at 6:00 PM with the program session beginning promptly at 6:30 PM.

Register online at www.virtus.org.

Questions? Please contact Janet Conroy, St. Mary Safe Environment Coordinator, at the parish office, jconroy@delawarestmary.org or 740-363-4641 ext. 101.


Walking With Purpose • Thursday Evenings 6:30 – 8:00 PM • Kavanagh Hall

Women, are you interested in getting together with a group of Catholic women to explore your faith? Would you like to see how Scriptures apply to your everyday life, but don’t have much Scripture knowledge? If so, we invite you to join our next Women’s Catholic Bible study.

Walking With Purpose studies aim to bring women to a closer relationship with Christ and helps us link our everyday challenges with solutions given to us through the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church. This program is designed for women with any level of Bible study experience.

We encourage you to experience our upcoming study, Keeping Balance Within: Creating Order Within, which will take you on a journey throughout Scripture to discover the relevance of Old Testament wisdom to our daily challenges. Explore biblical ways that you can manage life’s pace and pressure while living with calm and steadiness. A lifestyle of health and holiness awaits.

If you are interested, please complete the REGISTRATION FORMPlease return your registration form and fee for the Fall session to the Parish Office by Sunday, August 26.

* Please note that we are offering this 16-week session in two parts. 8 weeks in the Fall: 9/6, 9/13, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25 and 11/8 
8 weeks in the Winter: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21 and 2/28. Program fee is $45, which includes the book.

Questions about the program, or financial hardship assistance to participate, please contact: Karen Steffan, WWP Volunteer Ministry Leader, plebe13@aol.com or Julie Lutz, Adult Faith Formation Director, jlutz@delawarestmary.org


SEPTEMBER

Why do Catholics do that? Can I become Catholic?

Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic Church? Perhaps you’ve been thinking of becoming a member of St. Mary’s Parish, or perhaps you are just curious about what Catholics believe. Please join us for our upcoming Sunday morning  R.C.I.A. sessions in September in Kavanagh Hall, beginning September 9th from 8:45 AM – 10:45 AM and closing with the 10:45 Mass.

If you  are an adult or know of an adult who is  interested in becoming a full member of the Catholic Church, we invite you to participate in our upcoming R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) sessions. Traditionally this process begins in September and culminates at the reception of the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil Mass. These sessions are a journey of exploring and preparing for the Catholic faith for adults who are not baptized or who were baptized in another Christian faith and desire to know more about the Catholic faith. If you are someone who is drawn to the Sacraments of the Catholic Church, this invitation is for you; especially if you are already baptized Catholic and want to receive and celebrate the Sacraments of  the Holy Eucharist and/or Confirmation.

REGISTRATION FORM

For questions or more information, please contact Julie Lutz, Adult Faith Formation Director, at 740-513-3325 or email  jlutz@delawarestmary.org.


Altar Servers

Summer is about over and school is about to begin. It’s time for all 5th grade – high school to fill out your ALTAR SERVER COMMITMENT FORM. Forms may be returned by Monday, September 10th to the Church office or St. Mary school. Please prayerfully consider serving in this important ministry!

For questions, please contact Tom Fisher, Altar Server Coordinator, at tfishe12@gmail.com. Scheduling questions may be referred to Ms. Wendy Piper , Liturgical Coordinator at the parish office 740-363-4641 ext 109 or wpiper@delawarestmary.org.

New Servers:
To qualify to be a new server you must be in 5th grade or higher, have received your first communion, and also be an active member of the parish.

If you would like to become a server, you will need to fill out a commitment form and return it before September 10. Training for new servers will begin the end of September. Training classes are one hour per week for six weeks. St Mary school students will have classes from 7 to 8 am on Tuesday mornings and all other students will have classes on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Returning Servers:
To remain a server you must also fill out a commitment form and mark the form as a re-commitment. It will be assumed that students who do not recommit by September 10 are no longer willing to be a server and their name will be removed from the serving schedule by December 1.  There will be an update training class for all who recommit.

High School Servers:
The program is called Senior Server and it is for students in ninth grade or higher who are active members of the parish and have served one or more years at St. Mary Church.

Senior servers will wear a different style of surplice. It is a vestment that will set you apart from the other servers.  Senior servers will be asked to take on a leadership role.  You will be a fourth server at many of the Masses and your job will be to lead and direct the younger servers.

If you would like to become a Senior Server, you will need to also complete a commitment form by September 10. You will have a short training session some time this early fall and you will be added to the serving schedule as a Senior Server.