508-473 -2000 Fax: 508-473-6907
St. Mary of the Assumption is alive with a plethora of ministries for every age. The Milford community is culturally diverse which brings many flavors to the table of Good News. Each of the ministries range in size and scope, but is committed to making a difference in the world through Christ. We encourage and openly welcome everyone to participate in the fellowship of Parish Life. Come and join the largest parish in the Worcester Diocese.
Our church is not just the building; our church is living and grows with the community. Imagine each person as a brick or stone in the structure – the more stones, the stronger and more beautiful the building. Help build our church strong! Please join or support a few of the ministries! If you have an idea for a ministry that is not currently a part of St. Mary's, please contact Fr.Dario with your thoughts.
|Liturgy Committee||Respect Life Ministry||Parish Council|
|Altar Servers||Music Ministry||Ministry to the Sick and Homebound|
|Ministers of Holy Communion||Children's Choir||St. Vincent de Paul Society|
|Lectors||Youth Ministry||The Knights of Columbus|
|Marriage Preparation||Mass Servers and Lectors||Grounds Maintenance Group|
|Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults||Funeral Choir||Holy Wash Ministry|
|Hands to Work - Knit Prayer Shawls|
St. Mary's Liturgy Committee meets to prepare for the Masses in the upcoming liturgical season and to explore the best ways to recruit and train ministers to carry out liturgical ministries. Please contact the secretary for more information
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist assist in the distribution of the Body and Blood of our Lord at all Masses, as well as at funerals and some weddings. Eucharistic Ministers are confirmed, practicing Catholics who may also bring communion to the sick, homebound, and to those in nursing homes. New Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers are trained once a year. If you are interested in becoming an Extraordinary Minister, please contact Fr. Ray.
Lectors are trained to proclaim the Word of God at parish liturgies and to recognize that they are proclaiming the Word of God in our midst. Lectors prepare the readings before coming to Mass each week. Training is available and required for all persons in this ministry. If you are interested in becoming a Lector please contact Fr. Ray, Father Dario or Deacon Dave.
The RCIA team provides for a process of full initiation to meet the needs of men, women and older children who are not baptized, or baptized in the Roman Catholic Church but who have not received Sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation, or baptized in another Christian church that wish to join the Catholic Church. If you are interested in RCIA, please contact Father Ray or Father Memo.
St. Mary's "Hands to Work" knitting ministry creats hats for the babies of Milford Regional Medical Center, as well as prayer shawls for our parishioners. They meet as a group on the second and fourth Tuesdays and Thursdays of each month in the Parish Center (17 Winter St.) from 10:00 to 11:30AM. Several members are unable to attend meetings, but help us by knitting at home. Please contact Carol Ann Thompson for more information. Prayer Shawls are available or parishioners who are sick, homebound, in a nursing home, have suffered a loss, or in need of God's loving embrace. Call the Parish Office @ 508-473-2000
"I came that all might have LIFE, and have it to the full."
Link to the Respect Life Office for the Diocese of Worcester The Respect Life Office for the Diocese of Worcester
Project Rachel is the Catholic Church's safe and confidential ministry of healing and reconciliation to those who have been wounded by abortion.
If you or a friend or loved one are hurting as a result of abortion's painful aftermath, call Project Rachel at (508) 791-HOPE. Trust in the tender embrace of God's mercy!
Learn more about Project Rachel by following this link: Project Rachel
Problem Pregnancy of Worcester, INC. is a federal, nonprofit, [501(c)3] (tax deductible) organization dedicated to serving women in need of assistance during and after pregnancy. We are nonpolitical and completely volunteer. Nobody gets paid. Our mission is and has been to provide a place for young, needy, pregnant women to go to get help. All our services are completely free. We give our clients; pregnancy tests, ultrasound tests, medical help, legal help, baby furniture, baby clothes, baby formula and food, maternity clothes, counseling, adoption or foster care help, housing and anything else that is needed to give her a choice in what is often a forced abortion. For more information click this link: Problem Pregnancy
This form, which has been approved by the bishops of Massachusetts, is for the purpose of appointing a health care agent and alternate to make health care decisions for an individual according to Chapter 201D of the General Laws of Massachusetts. Click this link for the form: Roman Catholic Health Care Proxy
St. Mary's is blessed to have many people willing to share their musical gifts and talents with the parish. Music Ministry here at St. Mary's takes various forms:
The English Choir, led by the Director of Music, Robert Blake, leads the English Masses in singing angelic hymns and spectacular choral renditions. Is God tugging your heart to share your voice and share your talent? Please call Robert Blake 508 473 2000 ext 8
The Portuguese Band leads the Portuguese Masses with sweet harmony and powerful sound, and serves at the Thursday 7PM holy hour once per month. With Vocals, keyboard, and on guitar. Do you have a musical talent to offer? Come and join us.
The Spanish Band leads the Spanish Masses with vibrant sound and warm tones from vocals and on guitar. Would you like to be part of this ministry?
The Children's Choir, is a fun way for the kids of our community to participate and serve in the Mass! Ages ?-? welcome! Serving the 10AM children's Mass every Sunday from August to May. Please contact Nancy Ahrens for more information on the Children's Choir
The Youth Group, open to all kids in high school, is an awesome way to meet up with other Catholic kids, serve our almighty and amazing God, learn about our Faith and have tons of FUN! Come join us – every Sunday night after the 6PM Youth Mass in the Parish Center!. If you are interested in joining this ministry, please contact Tom Small for more information
This is a ministry of adults who volunteer their time to serve at funeral Masses. Some proclaim the readings while others assist as Mass servers and as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion during the liturgy. The servers assist in teams and are scheduled periodically. Their presence expresses our prayerful solidarity with those mourning the death of a loved one.
The funeral choir leads the singing at funerals here at Saint Mary's. It is open to any parishioner who is willing to lend his or her voice in song. There is a modest repertoire of hymns and sacred songs. The choir usually rehearses prior to the funeral liturgy.
The Parish Pastoral Council is a group of adult parishioners who listen to the concerns of the wider parish and advise the pastor on issues pertaining to our life as a parish together. The council meets monthly. If you are interested please contact the rectory for more information.
This ministry is one of hospitality and compassion. It entails visiting parishioners who are unable to leave their homes. The ministers arrange a weekly or monthly visiting schedule and bring Holy Communion to the person.
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is an association of Catholic men and women working to help the poor and promoting human dignity. Founded in France by Blessed Frederic Ozanam (1813-1853), the society today counts 700,000 volunteer members throughout the world. Here at Saint Mary's, the Saint Vincent de Paul Society is active in feeding the hungry, visiting the elderly, and providing temporary relief (housing, utilities, medical) to the needy of our area. We, the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, are committed to serving the community through outreach programs that target the elderly and the poor. Our programs change the lives of those being served, and those working to serve! For more information or to learn how you can share your time and talents with the community, please call the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
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The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.
The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.
The Grounds Maintenance Group is responsible for maintaining the buildings, statues, fences, walkways and parking areas, cleaning the church after every weekend of Masses, mowing, raking and plowing the church and cemetery grounds, and trimming the trees and bushes. Men and women of all ages are welcome to help us keep St. Mary of the Assumption clean, bright and beautiful.