Christian Service Works of Mercy
For more information or to volunteer for any of these ministries, please fill out a Commitment Form and return it to the Parish Office.
Activities for Ages 5-13: Contact the CS Office to design an event or to participate in regularly scheduled outreach opportunities.
Advocacy and Education: Round Table topics and action alerts around hunger, homelessness, mental illness and issues under human life and dignity such as care for creation, human trafficking, immigration, and pro-life are profiled throughout the year. Fair Trade Sales, Shoebox Recycling, and Bread for the World are a few actions to promote social justice.
Blood Drive: Blood Drive volunteers take donor appointments after weekend Masses for two weeks prior to the Drive date. They make telephone calls during the final week of the Drive to previous donors who have not signed up for the current Drive. On the day of the Drive they register donors, serve refreshments to donors and provide and serve snacks and luncheon to Red Cross personnel. Blood Drives are held in March, August, and December.
CCRT (Catholic Community Response Team): CCRT serves many including the hungry and homeless. CCRT can use our help. Their volunteers serve in the following areas.
Office volunteer staff – answer phones, schedule appointments, fill out food and clothing order forms, greet and sign in clients, etc…
Movers and Shakers Team – pick up food and clothing orders from LOC and deliver to office in Pontiac, help with pickups from various parishes and deliver to office, pick up donated furniture and deliver to clients. This really means being part of a TEAM effort so you do not work alone!
Project worker – work on projects involving other churches and organizations to collaborate on projects like school uniforms, a collection of toiletries, school supplies, Winter coat drives etc.
Fundraising Team -WE are also trying to put together a small team that might help with fundraising. Anyone interested in joining that team would be worshiped and adored!
Charitable Giving Committee: Charitable Giving Committee meets every other second Monday of the month from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.
Christian Service Commission Member: Members serve as models and resources to advance Catholic Social Teaching through works of charity and justice. The Commission considers new ministries and celebrates current ones. Monthly meetings from September through June.
Funeral Lunch Ministry: This committee provides desserts, phones volunteers, and/or assists in the kitchen at funeral lunches as a parish demonstration of support and comfort to the grieving family.
Giving Tree: Help coordinate gifts between our parish and people in need in our community. Duties include phone calls, creating labels, setting up/placing cards on trees, and sorting the gifts as they come in.
Interchurch Women: Members meet on the first Monday morning of each month held at local churches in the Rochester community. They support as their ministries Neighborhood House, Clothes Closet, and Pantry Shelf.
Knit and Crochet Ministry: A gathering of women who make items for those in need, or are facing a crisis. Meetings are the 2nd Thursday of the month from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM and 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Meal Share-We Care: Provide meals, on a temporary basis, to people who are going through a difficult time.
Neighborhood House Representative: Neighborhood House is a nonprofit human service organization founded by communities of faith assisting our neighbors during times of hardship. We partner with the community and other social service providers to help those neighbors move toward self-sufficiency. We try to provide food, clothing, and assistance with rent, utilities, daycare and other immediate needs. St Mary’s supports Neighborhood House through frequent tithing, the Giving Tree Program at Christmas and allowing us to run a School Supply Program each fall.
Prayer Chain: Pray for those who are dealing with health issues or any other serious concern.
Prayer Shawl Ministry: Knit/crochet shawls to be given to parishioners who are going through a difficult time. Meets the 2nd Thursday of the month from 7-9 PM.
Respect for Life: Defending human life and promoting the dignity of the human person includes many issues and actions. Some are anti-trafficking, climate change, death penalty, domestic social development, justice-peace-and human development, migration and refugee services, pro-life activities, religious liberty. The parish has an active pro-life group. (A more extensive list is on the USCCB website.)
St. Michaels Food Pantry: Volunteers are needed to participate in the Food Drives at St. Mary of the Hills where food is collected in the Narthex for the poor and needy families who reside in Oakland County. We hold monthly food drives and all the collected food is donated to the Food Pantry at St. Michael’s in Pontiac for distribution. Food drives are held on the first weekend of every month and each Volunteer is asked to help 2 to 3 times per year. Families, including children, are welcome and all volunteering is done at St. Mary’s church, typically 15 minutes before Mass. For further information, contact Amy Kennedy or 248-656-4957.
St. Vincent de Paul: In the tradition of our founder Blessed Frederic Ozanam and our patron, St. Vincent de Paul, and through the generous financial support of St. Mary of the Hills, our St. Vincent de Paul Conference provides emergency (critical) assistance on a case-by-case basis to parishioners and people living within our parish boundaries who have fallen on hard times. After an assessment of their needs, assistance may be provided in the form of food, clothing, furniture, utilities, rent assistance and/or referrals to other community agencies. We are a person-to-person Catholic Ministry that sees the face of Christ in the faces of those who are suffering. All communications are confidential.
If you are in need of assistance please call our help line at 248-243-0280 and leave a message. Your call will be returned within 24 hours by one of our dedicated volunteers.
If you would like to join us in our mission to care for the poor while growing in fellowship and spirituality please phone 248-243-0280 and leave a message.
More information about SVDP can be found at http://svdpdet.org
South Oakland Shelter (SOS): Help plan and organize the week in August that St. Mary houses the homeless.
Stephen Ministry: Stephen Ministers are trained to be a listening presence to someone experiencing difficulty in life such as divorce, the death of a loved one, or single parenting. The Stephen Ministry has been serving St. Mary of the Hills for the past 18 years. Our Stephen Ministers have been through extensive training and provide confidentially, one-to-one Christin Care to people who are experiencing a difficult time. We currently have 32 people in the program. Staff Contact is John Griffith 248-243-0256 ext. 120.
Stephen Ministry is a well-structured program with an interviewing process at the beginning, 60 hours of training in the middle, and monthly supervision. The training focuses on eight core topics- listening, understanding feelings, assertiveness training, confidentiality, grieving, alcoholism/co-dependency, supervision and the first helping contact. Each training group is commissioned in the spring upon completion of the training.
Our outreach covers a wide variety of situations such as health problems and divorce etc. We provide listening support through weekly visits.
Sunshine Ministry: Spread “sunshine” to other parishioners by sending them cards when they are going through challenging times. All cards and postage are supplied.
Children’s Village Birthday Gifts
The Saint John the Baptist Guild at St. Mary took on this mission in about 1991 or 1992. The goal is to provide, with the help of the people of St. Mary’s a birthday gift for each child at Children’s Village. The Village is a county facility that houses children who, for one reason or another, need to be removed from the family home. We provide them with items that are requested by the Children’s Village management. These include games, articles of clothing, personal grooming items or gift certificates to local stores.
The St. John the Baptist Guild consists of 24 parishioners who have been bonded together for nearly 25 years. The contact for this project is Gerald Turgeon.
Crossroads Pregnancy Center
Promote fundraisers for the Center.
EME to Mercy Bellbrook
Administer Eucharist to patients at Mercy Bellbrook or the homebound.
Oakland County Gleaners Food Bank
Parishioners meet here at St. Mary’s to carpool to the Oakland County Food Bank located on Columbia Street and Walton Boulevard in Pontiac to help box and package food for the needy. Families are welcome to help. We volunteer every other month.
Right to Life
Volunteers help to sell carnations on Mother’s Day weekend after all Masses and Christmas cards are sold in November following the weekend Masses.