Parish Ministries & Organizations
Altar Servers: Students in grades 5 and older are invited to assist the priest during Mass, weddings, funerals and other liturgical services. Serving at the altar gives young people an opportunity to become involved in sacred liturgy, serve the parish and consider vocations to the religious life.
Altar Society: The Altar society is a group of dedicated parishioners who assist in the care of the altar linens and albs and beautify the sanctuary area.
Centering Prayer: Centering Prayer, or prayer of the heart, is a simple way of prayer that can be used by anyone who wants to be with God to experience his love, presence, and faith sharing. This way of prayer is alluded to in many passages in the Old and New Testaments. SMM Centering Prayer Group meet weekly.
Divine Mercy Cenacle: Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy Cenacle profess and proclaim the truth of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist by praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet and promoting Perpetual Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Eucharistic Ministers: Men and women who assist in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass and take to our parish members who are home bound. A prayer service is conducted on a weekly basis at nursing homes within the parish.
Faith Formation: This committee seeks ways to provide opportunities for catechesis to all members of the parish who desire to grow in faith and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Greeters and Ushers: Our greeters and ushers welcome parishioners as they come to Mass. In addition, they collect weekly monetary offerings, prepare those bringing up the Offertory gifts, and assist the congregation with any other needs.
Lectors: Lectors are lay volunteers who proclaim the Liturgy of the Word and the Prayer of the Faithful during the Mass. Lectors play a vital role in the celebration of the Liturgy. Email Joe
Liturgy Committee: Members assist in planning of Masses and paraliturgical services and inform others of new liturgy updates.
Men's Faith Sharing: Men's Faith Sharing consists of men from different parishes who meet monthly to pray together, celebrate their faith, and praise God for all the wonderful blessings He bestows on them. Fr. Ralph Chieffo, Spiritual Advisor for the group, makes Reconciliation available during these gatherings.
Music Ministry: The music ministry includes the adult and youth choirs, guitar group, cantors and organists. Music ministers support the congregation in song during worship, thereby opening up to the Church's rich musical heritage.
NeoCatechumenal Way: This is an evangelizing ministry rooted in spiritual catechesis. After going through a period of instruction, members meet regularly for prayer, scripture reflection, and faith formation.
Perpetual Adoration: Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is a lay ministry whereby each of us, as scheduled adorers, is willing to spend a quiet holy hour of prayer. Eucharistic presence weekly. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. Jesus is never left alone, and the chapel is always open for anyone to visit Him.
Prayer Chain: Power of prayer is kept alive through the devotion of others for requested special intentions.
Baptismal Prep: Baptismal Prep is an opportunity for parents and godparents to meet with a priest or deacon to review the Rite and responsibilities of the Sacrament of Baptism.
Children's Liturgy of the Word: (CLOW) All K-2nd graders are invited to join the parent liturgist in bringing the Gospel to life in a way that they will understand. No registration is required. Children are welcome whenever they attend the 9:30 am Mass. Urgently need new parents especially those with k-2nd graders to take three Sundays a year and share the Gospel with the children. Held every Sunday at during the 9:30 AM Mass in the chapel during the Gospel Reading. Orientation is offered for anyone interested in serving. Please visit CLOW for more information and sign-ups
Little Church School: A class for children from 3 thru 5 years old, teaches about Jesus through stories, songs, games, crafts, and prayer.. No fee. We request all parents to volunteer one hour a year to this program along with several others helping you and the teacher. Great idea for students looking to work service hours Held in Gathering room (in church building opposite the rest rooms) each Sunday during the 9:30 AM Mass. Registration is required. Contact: Email Ann or 610-565-6228
Marriage Encounter: Marriage Encounter is designed to give married couples the opportunity to examine their lives together.
The emphasis of Marriage Encounter is on communication between husband and wife, who spend a weekend together away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life to concentrate on each other.
Marriage Prep (Pre-Cana): A Pre-Cana team, composed of couples married for at least five years, presents a series of talks to engaged couples on a Saturday in the spring. It covers the areas of communication, intimacy, adjustments, customs and traditions and spirituality. The day ends with the celebration of the Eucharist. The engaged couples receive a certificate, which is required by the Archdiocese in order to be married.
See Bulletin for more information.
Parish Religious Education Program (PREP): Our PREP classes are for students attending public, private, and home school. Religious education classes are provided for our youth with emphasis on love of God, community, and our Catholic heritage. In addition to class, students attend church for prayer services, Stations of the Cross, Benediction, confession, and events honoring the Blessed Mother. Classes are held Wednesday afternoon, September to May. Registration is required. For more information visit: PREP
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): RCIA is a Rite, which welcomes both children and adults seeking deeper understanding and/or full communion into the Roman Catholic faith. The main purpose of the rite is to assist prospective Catholics in their journey to become active members of the church community.
Scripture Reflection Groups (Faith Sharing): Small groups of parishioners meet regularly to reflect on Sunday Scriptures and discuss how the Word impacts our daily lives. Book Club groups meet to read and reflect on various religious publications of the day.
Youth Ministry: All students in the parish (private, public, home school) in grades 6-8 are invited to meet in the youth group room every week. See Youth Ministry for more.
Bethesda Project: Believing that we are responsible to each other as members of one family, our mission is to find and care for the abandoned poor and to be family for those who have none. Bethesda Project provides shelter, housing, and programs reaching out to chronically homeless men and women. For casserole recipies to help the men at Connolly House, click here. For more information and for ways to make a difference visit us online: bethesdaproject.org
Bereavement: The Bereavement group offers support to those who have experienced any loss in their lives. The support can be in the form of prayer or visitation in the home. They will also assist with funeral preparations when requested and provide ongoing contact.
Church Care: The ministry is made up of men and women of the parish who are responsible for the general cleanliness of the church. There are seven groups, two to five on a team.
Healing and Wellness Ministry: Ministering to the homebound, sick, elderly, bereaved, nursing home, and emotionally suffering parish family members. Our volunteers visit offering comfort in the form of kindness, prayer and Eucharist. The coordinator offers professional guidance regarding end of life issues, long term care direction, caregivers’ support, addiction and family counseling referrals, financial aide resources, and other community services. To join the team or report a parishioner in need, please contact Anita Morro by phone 610-566-8821 ext. #121 or Email Anita.
Hispanic Ministry: We have adopted the Delaware County Hispanic Apostolate under Fr. Peter Welsh and St. Katharine's Parish under
Rev. Joseph McLoone for charitable donations.
H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everyday): Working with the Healing Ministry bringing meals to the parishioners experiencing difficult times. We encourage every parishioner to volunteer to be on a HOPE meal team. Your service is requested every 10 weeks.
Contact: Anita Morro 610-566-8821 ext.121 or Email Anita or Nicky.
Hospitality & Welcome Ministry:
The Hospitality Ministry helps to create a welcoming spirit in the parish by personally welcoming new parishioners, hosting Sunday socials after Mass and welcoming events in the parish.
Legion of Mary: The members of the
Legion of Mary meet weekly to honor the Blessed Mother with devotion and prayer. They also practice the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
Holy Name Society: The general purpose of the Society is to honor the name of God, while the specific purpose is the public veneration of Jesus' name. The Holy Name Society encourages its members to assist the pastor's needs. All men 18 years of age and older are encouraged to explore this parish organization.
Parish Food Collection: Collection of non-perishable food and cleaning items is a year round ministry for area families in need. The items donated are collected in the back of the church. Volunteers are always needed.
Respect Life: The purpose of this ministry is to promote the message of the sacredness of life from conception to death. This SMM ministry is special event driven. In January there is the March for Life and in October there is the Life Chain. They also attend Pro-Life education events and support Pro-Life political candidates.
St. Vincent De Paul Society: Clothing and furniture are collected twice year at the parish. Or you may call the Society to pick up items at your home.
CYO: The Catholic Youth Organization is a parish-based program, which provides opportunities for youth, grades five through twelve, to grow in faith and understanding of their Church through involvement in parish, regional and Archdiocesan life. The five phases of this youth ministry are athletic, social, cultural, service and spiritual. For More visit: SMM CYO
Finance Committee: The pastor appoints parishioners as members to the finance committee. They assist in areas of financial concern.
Pastoral Council: The Parish Pastoral Council assists the pastor to foster full participation of parishioners in the life and mission of St. Mary Magdalen. Members are elected by the parish or appointed by the pastor and are representative of the entire parish family. The council meets five times during the year.
Home and School Association:
The Home and School Association supports communication between St. Mary Magdalen parents, faculty and the pastor. Membership and meetings are open to all families with children registered in our parish school. The H&S supports parents in their role as primary teacher and caregiver, raises funds to help the school and children with educational needs and provides social and educational events for parents and students.
For more visit: SMM Home & School
Parish Religious Education Program Board (PREP Board): PREP Board consists of parents and teachers involved in our PREP program. They assist the DRE in coordinating activities and stewardship projects, fostering a sense of parish community. Religious Education Endowment Fund: A fund established for the religious education of all parishioners participating in our school, PREP, Youth Ministry and adult spiritual programs.
For more information visit: PREP
Safe Environment: PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN program for adults that instructs adults of the church who interact with children that to protect children you must have continuous awareness and vigilance. This awareness session makes trainees understand the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse and five empowerment steps one can use to prevent child sexual abuse.
For more information: Volunteer Requirements
St. Mary Magdalen Seniors:
The St. Mary Magdalen Seniors group meetings meet monthly to provide social interaction for men and women in our parish who are at least 55 years of age. They sponsor trips and programs of interest to seniors. See current SMM Bulletin for trips and meetings and more.
See church bulletin for additional contact information, events and activities: Bulletins