Our Catholic faith calls us to be dynamic, seeking to grow in holiness across our lifetime. From CCD to RCIA to adult formation classes, OLPH offers opportunities to grow in the Catholic faith.
Our parish offers numerous opportunities to grow in the understanding and love of our faith. Contact Director of Faith Formation Laura Pokorny for more information.
CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine)
CCD is the religious education program for students K-12th grade. CCD takes place on Wednesdays – late afternoons for elementary-age students and early evening for middle- and high school-aged students.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
Welcome home! RCIA is for adults who are interested in becoming members of the Catholic faith. Meeting from October through Holy Saturday Vigil Mass, participants will learn about the Catholic faith and receive the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Confirmation. (Those who are already baptized in another Christian faith will not need to be baptized in the Catholic faith, as they will assert their commitment to the Catholic faith in Confirmation.)
There are other opportunities throughout the year for faith formation – from book study clubs to video series/discussions. Have an idea or interest in a specific topic? Please let us know!
Our parishioners are the life of our church community. Serving the parish and fellow believers through ministries, reflects and witnesses Christ's own service. What God-given gift will you prayerfully consider sharing? For more information about any of the following ministry opportunities, please contact the church office.
Altar servers help the priest prepare for Mass and serve during Mass. Altar servers range in age and can serve beginning in the fourth grade. Both boys and girls are encouraged to serve. Altar servers are scheduled through the church office on a rotating basis, and Fr. John provides training.
The Eucharist is the center of the Mass. Eucharistic ministers distribute bread and wine during communion at Mass and are scheduled on a rotating basis.
Lectors read the scripture at weekend Masses and are scheduled on a rotating basis.
Song is a powerful way to worship. Share your vocal or musical gifts with our parish communities by being a part of music ministry.
Ushers take up the collection at Mass and are scheduled on a rotating basis.
Enhance life within our parish and beyond by participating in our outreach activities. For more information about any of the following outreach opportunities, please contact the church office.
All ladies of the parish are members of the Altar Society. Members support the parish through activities such as serving at and donating food for funeral dinners at the parish; cleaning the prayer candles in the church; and supporting seminarians and priests. Altar Society meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the church basement or rectory.
The Endowment Board is a governing board to monitor the investments of the church obtained through bequests (or memorials) to the school. Meetings are held as needed.
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus, an international, Catholic, and service-based organization, sponsors various projects in the parish, including fish fries, an annual Tootsie Roll drive, senior scholarships, and the annual pro-life activities. They meet the second Wednesday of every month at St. Mary's. Male members of the parish, 18 years and older, are eligible to be members.
The Liturgy Committee is responsible for changing altar cloths and church decorations each season. The committee works closely with music ministry to coordinate special events, such as special masses, weddings, and funerals.
Open Hearts for Vocations
Open Hearts for Vocations: Cultivating Workers for the Lord's Vineyard is OLPH/Sacred Heart's branch of the national Vocations Ministry. Dedicated to promoting vocations (religious, matrimony, and holy single life,) the group meets, prays, and plans outreach activities in support of vocations.
Parish Council is the governing board of our church affairs. It meets the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in the rectory dining room. Anyone in the parish is encouraged to attend.
The Quilting Ladies are made up of parishoners who help sew or quilt. They meet every Wednesday from 1:00 to 3:15 in the church rectory. More volunteers are welcome.
St. Mary's School Board
The St. Mary's School Board meets the second Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. in the church basement. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in these meetings.