Volunteer

St Mary parish is blessed with many ministries, organizations, clubs, and programs. This page is intended as a hub to help you connect with these groups. Groups have been indexed in three ways:

We hope you find this directory useful! If you find an error or if your group is not listed, please contact stmarycorvallis@gmail.com. Thanks!

Alphabetical List of Ministries, Organizations, and Groups

Adoration, Perpetual

Parishioners are invited become Adorers by signing up for a specific hour of Adoration. It is not necessary to make a permanent commitment–even taking an hour on a temporary basis or becoming a substitute will be a blessing to you and to our parish. Hours needing Adorers are listed in each week’s bulletin. Please contact John Kleinhenz at (541) 207-7185 to sign up.

Altar Servers

This ministry is especially for youth. Anyone from third grade through high school may serve. Though you may not be able to give any monetary help to the church, you are giving an even greater gift, the gift of yourself. Training and a handbook [pdf download] are provided. For more information, contact John Tacke at (541) 758-4663.

Archives

St. Mary’s holds of a collection of documents, pictures, and other items pertaining to the history of the parish. Donations of photographs, documents and other additions to the archives are always welcome. For more information or to help with this ministry, contact Gloria Amort (541) 753-5882.

Bereavement

The Bereavement Ministry assists parishioners who have lost a loved one by providing emotional support and other assistance during the grieving process. This ministry sponsors the All Souls Day Mass and reception in November and a Mass on Memorial Day. For more information or to help with this ministry, contact Janet Moore at (541) 745-7376.

Caritas Prayer Ministry

Caritas is Latin for charity–the love that Jesus points to when he said, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:30)  The Caritas Prayer Ministry is a group that meets each Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 11:00 am to pray for the intentions of the parish. To submit a prayer intention or to join this group, please contact Jane Lybarger at 541-757-8291.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas

Our local court is part of a national organization for women eighteen and older. Catholic Daughters of the Americas is involved with local, state, and national projects. The group provides receptions following funerals and supports Right to Life, St. Brigid and St. Monica Homes, education contests, and many other parish activities. Meetings are held every second Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the Upper Social Hall. For more information, contact Ginny Domka at (541) 619-0318.

Coffee and Donuts

This ministry provides an opportunity for fellowship in the Upper Social Hall after the 9:00 a.m. Mass. No need to register, just drop by! To help with this ministry, contact Christy and Don Koegler at (54) 754-7422 or John and Rena DeMello at (541) 207-0382.

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic ministers serve as extraordinary ministers at daily and Sunday Masses. They assist the clergy in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ. Periodic training is scheduled and a handbook is provided for reference. A master schedule is provided every three months. For more information, contact Barb Anderson at (541) 757-1988 x305.

Friends of the Kitchen

Volunteers serve by cleaning our multi-use gym kitchen once a month. Four teams rotate, serving three times a year. Volunteers are always welcome; substitutes are especially needed. To help please contact: Karen Sundseth at (541) 757-1240.

Gift Store

Catholic merchandise is available for purchase including Bibles, rosaries, books, music, and crucifixes. The store is located in the Pastoral Offices and is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. – noon. All proceeds go to parish ministries.

Gourmet Group

Parishioners meet for special meals and share a great time. The group meets six times a year in member’s homes. New members are always welcome. For more information, contact Susan Mackey at (541) 758-4365.

Hispanic Ministry

We have a large and active Hispanic community. Contact Ina Hecker (541) 757-1988 x316. Download

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s organization that encourages the development of unity, fraternity, charity, and patriotism within each of its members. The Knights of Columbus are committed to the parish and various other projects including fostering and supporting vocations to the priesthood. All practicing Catholic men, 18 years and older are invited to join. For more information, contact Emmet Jones at 541-231-9009 or visit our Council website.

Lectors

Lectors proclaim the Word at daily and Sunday Masses. Through their ministry they bring the Word of God to the community. This ministry is open to fully participating Catholics who have a deep love for holy scripture and for the listening assembly, and who have a loud, clear voice.  Periodic training is scheduled and a master schedule is provided every three months. For more information, contact Barb Anderson at (541) 757-1988 x305.

Library

The St. Mary Parish Library contains over 7,000 books and DVDs available for check out. There are special sections for children, fiction, and materials in Spanish. The library is open on Sunday 10 a.m. – noon, Monday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tuesday 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. For more information, contact Irene Johnson at (541) 207-4817 or Marykay Kalenius at (360) 601-2323 or email smcatholiclibrary@gmail.com.

Musicians, Liturgical

All of our choirs are constantly seeking new members. The choirs and musicians seek to help people pray and articulate their praise as a people bonded with one another to do the work of koinonia. Koinonia is a Greek word meaning community, fellowship, and sharing; koinonia is the demonstrated love that Christians have for one another. For the 9:00 a.m. choir, Jay Seitz at (541) 752-8794; for the 11:00 a.m. choir, Stephanie McCormick at (541) 752-2147; for the 1:00 p.m. Spanish language choir, contact Ina Hecker (541) 757-1988 x316; for the Resurrection Choir, contact Terry Bang at (651) 503-9868.

Neocatechumenal Way

The catechumenate is a period of preparation and spiritual formation prior to receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Neocatechumenal Way is a post-baptismal catechumenate for those who have drifted away from the Church, those who have not been sufficiently evangelized and catechized, those who desire to deepen and mature their faith, and those who come from Christian denominations not in full communion with the Catholic Church. Within the parish, the Neocatechumenate is lived in small communities. For more information, contact Mark and Ferne Simendinger at 541-752-3920.

Newcomers Ministry

This Ministry welcomes Newcomers to our parish with a personalized tour and information about the parish. Please contact Lori Hodgert at 541-757-1988.

Newman Center

The Newman Center is a community of friends in Christ that evangelizes and forms students, as well as faculty, in their Catholic faith, empowering them to become salt and light in the world and active members in the local Church. Please visit OSUNewman.org for more information

Poor Fund

This fund provides financial assistance to parishioners and their families who are experiencing an emergency situation. Other persons in need are assisted by referral to appropriate agencies or by direct aid. For information, please contact Ina Hecker at (541) 757-1988 x316.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry crochets and knits prayer shawls as gifts for the grieving and the ill of the parish who are visited by the clergy or by our parishioners. If you’d like to make shawls to donate, please contact Christine Duffney at (541) 752-1375. To receive a shawl or to get a shawl to take to someone, please contact Barb Anderson at 541-757-1988 x305.

Religious Education

Parents are the most influential educators in their children’s lives. We support the efforts of Catholic parents by providing age-appropriate religious instruction leading to full Communion in the Church. Please check our weekly bulletin for the most current information about Religious Education or contact Ina Hecker at (541) 757-1988 x314.

Respect Life Committee

The Respect Life Committee is a pro-active, pro-life ministry promoting and affirming the incomparable worth of all human persons. This ministry provides the parish with education and leadership for the protection and respect of all human life from womb to tomb. For information, contact Diane Noble at 541-929-6811.

Rosary Making

Parishioners regularly meet to make rosaries for the missions and for others who need rosaries. The group will teach anyone who wants to learn! Work sessions are Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. in the Siena Room of the Parish Office Building. For more information, call Corinne Oberlin (541) 231-0237.

St. Anne/St. Francis Circles

By providing baptismal garments, Members of the Circles fulfill a spiritual dimension of the Work of Mercy Clothe the Naked. Volunteers cut and embroider the baptismal gowns for infants. They also help sew the altar linens used during Mass. For information, please contact Sally Harburg at (541) 757-7145.

St. John Society

The St. John Society is responsible for the pastoral care of our parish. Learn more by visiting www.socsj.org.

St Mary’s Warriors for Christ

Intercessory prayer group praying weekly on Wednesday mornings after daily Mass,  for the intentions and needs of  all our parishioners, for all the different ministries in our parish life, for the New Evangelization efforts and apostolic work of the Saint John Society and Society of Mary, and for special intentions and requests. For prayer requests or more information contact Annettte Lusardi at (724) 809-1462.

St. Nicholas Circle

The St. Nicholas Circle is a group of retired women who get together for conversation and for some good fellowship. It is a casual time with no major projects. Meeting times vary, look for announcements in the bulletin. For information, contact Shirley Foust at (541) 758-2710.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, referred to as Vincentians, are Christians who have chosen to execute their baptismal commitment in response to Christ’s calling to seek and find the forgotten, the suffering or the deprived so they may bring them God’s love through the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. The Society operates a Food Pantry and a Thrift Store on the St. Mary campus, both located behind the Parish Office, off NW 23rd St. For volunteer opportunities or more information, call Olive Davis at (541) 745-8066

Society of Mary

The Society of Mary is a society of consecrated women devoted to the New Evangelization. You can learn more about the Society of Mary and their work at the OSU Newman Center here.

Stone Soup

While Stone Soup is now an independent 501c3 tax-exempt organization, St. Mary continues to host the kitchen and hosts meals for four days each week. Meals are served in the St. Mary Gymnasium on Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. To volunteer or to make a donation of food or financial support, visit Stone Soup Corvallis Inc. Volunteers from St. Mary also support the work of Stone Soup by washing towels and aprons each week–to join the Laundry Team, please contact Tara Rodden Robinson at (541) 908-4100.

Ushers

These ministers assist in welcoming the assembly at weekend and holy day Masses. They guide people during the distribution of the Eucharist and take up the collection. For more information, contact Tom Riebold at (541) 752-1624.

Volunteer Interfaith Caregivers

This ecumenical organization at St. Mary’s helps elderly persons and persons with physical disabilities. Services include visiting the home-bound, providing relief for family caregivers, shopping assistance, transportation for persons unable to use Dial-A Bus, yard work, minor home repair, and light housekeeping. Recipients are not charged for the services. Parishioners in need are encouraged to call the Volunteer Interfaith Caregivers office to request assistance. Volunteers are also welcome and appreciated. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. You can reach Coordinator Sally Harburg at (541) 757-0980. If no one answers your call, please leave a message.

 Organizations and Groups by Keyword

Caregiving

Catechesis

Choir

Crafts

Fellowship

Funeral Receptions

Hospitality

Liturgical

Music

Parish History

Pastoral Care

Philanthropy

Prayer

Right to Life

Service

Spanish Language

Youth

University