Serving the Catholic Communites of St. Mary in Lee, St. Mary of the Lakes in Otis, & St. Joseph in Stockbridge

Parish Ministries

Parish of St Mary’s

One parish serving God and neighbor in three worship sites in Lee, Otis and Stockbridge MA.

Our parish family is made vibrant by the many men, women, and youth who volunteer their time and talents.

 

Ways you can participate more fully at Mass:

Altar Servers 

Altar servers minister at God’s Altar with reverence, dignity and love.  They assist the priest at Saturday and Sunday Masses, funeral and wedding Masses, Stations of the Cross, and other liturgical events. Girls and boys who have received their first Holy Communion are eligible to serve. Adults may also participate as Altar servers. Training is provided.

Contact Person: St. Mary, Mother of the Church - Erin Pollard 413-854-4163; St. Joseph - Richard Lacey 413-298-3090; St. Mary of the Lakes - Carol Lombardo [email protected]     413-822-4554

 

Altar Guild 

This is a volunteer group at the parish whose ministry is to care for the Altar area and vessels of the parish. They provide general cleaning, straighten up books, fill candles, wash albs, and assist with seasonally updating the Altar.

Contact Person: St. Mary, Mother of the Church (this group meets between 12-1:30pm on Thursdays) - Donna Abbott 413-822-9363 [email protected]; St. Joseph - Richard Lacey      413-298-3090; St. Mary of the Lakes - Carol Lombardo [email protected] 413-822-4554

 

Baptismal Team 

Baptism is a grace-filled moment of new life in Christ. Preparation for the baptism of infants is a “teachable moment” when the parish community can encourage parents to examine the meaning of faith in their lives. Join us in reaching out to families as they prepare, celebrate and live this great sacrament. Michelle Brooks teaches our Baptism Preparation Classes.

Contact Person: Marya Makuc 413-243-0275 [email protected] 

 

Adult Choir 

Our adult choir enriches the celebration of the liturgy by adding musical elements beyond the capabilities of the congregation alone.  Music Director Sandy Cummings at St. Mary’s in Lee says new choir members are always welcome.

“I would truly appreciate any new people who would love to add their God-given voices to our choir in order to contribute to our worship by assisting the congregation to join our praising of God,” Cummings says.  “Anyone who can speak has a blending voice.”

Cummings asks parishioners to use their God-given talents to enrich prayer through music as their voices strengthen the emotional connection between Heaven and Earth.

“When you sing, you pray twice. Consider praying through music the heart of worship,” says Cummings.

According to Cummings, the use of music in liturgy extends far back to the earliest times in Christian tradition and heightens participation in Christian worship right down to the twenty-first century.

“After fifty years of serving God's people in Music Ministry, I find there is always a song in my heart and praise and worship on my lips. He filled my soul with song,” she says.

Contact Person: St. Mary, Mother of the Church (this group meets one hour prior to each Mass) - Sandy Cummings 413-329-4625 or 413-243-0258; St. Joseph - Michael Garrity [email protected]; St. Mary of the Lakes (this group rehearses at 4:30pm before each 5:30pm Mass) - Susan Aery [email protected]

Family Liturgy 

Children and their families participate as greeters, readers, Altar servers, and gift bearers during the 11:00 am Mass at St. Mary’s Church in Lee. This is a wonderful opportunity to extend Faith Formation involvement into the celebration of the Mass. 

Contact Person: Marya Makuc 413-243-0275 [email protected]

Eucharistic Ministers 

Eucharistic Ministers assist in the action of sharing in the Eucharistic meal of Christ’s sacrifice at Masses and/or minister to the sick and homebound.  Training is required and provided by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield and new ministers are installed by the Bishop.

Contact Person: St. Mary, Mother of the Church - Erin Pollard 413-854-4163; St. Joseph - Richard Lacey 413-298-3090; St. Mary of the Lakes - Carol Lombardo [email protected]     413-822-4554

Lectors  

Lay men, women and young people who have the ability to proclaim God’s word are needed. Lectors assist at all Masses by making announcements and reading the first and second reading, responsorial psalm, and prayers of the faithful.  Lectors bring the power of the Word of God and love of scripture to others.  Current lectors also assist in training new lectors.  Join us and get comfortable with your public speaking voice. Training is required and provided by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield and new lectors are installed by the Bishop.

Contact Person: St. Mary, Mother of the Church - Erin Pollard 413-854-4163; St. Joseph - Richard Lacey 413-298-3090; St. Mary of the Lakes - Carol Lombardo [email protected]     413-822-4554 

Ushers  

These faithful members of the church pass the basket to collect offerings from the congregation and assist the gathered assembly.

Contact Person: 4pm Mass - Linda Winters 413-243-9890 [email protected]; 5:30pm Mass - Robert Fedor 413-269-6807; 8am Mass - Ed Forfa 413-464-8143 [email protected]; 9:30am Mass - Richard Lacey 413-298-3090; 11am Mass - Shaun Hall 413-770-6031