St Mary's Church

Stranorlar Parish

Church of Mary Immaculate (1867)

St Mary's Church
Parish Ministries

Opportunities for Involvement

“We must be the change we wish to see in the world” (Gandhi)

We are very fortunate that many people in our parish and community give freely of their time and talents for the good of all. We appreciate and acknowledge the commitment of those who are involved in our many parish groups and all who are involved with voluntary caring/sporting/environmental/youth groups in our community. Very many people are involved without realising it! In their love and care for their family, in their practice of integrity, in their passion for justice and peace, in the goodness of their hearts, they are already very much involved and living the gospel.

If you have time on your hands, we urge you to get involved with your parish/community. All groups need new people. If you would like to get involved with any of our parish groups, please contact any of the groups listed below.

  • Altar Servers: Fifth and sixth class pupils from both parish schools are invited to become altar servers for a two-year commitment. Contact Father John Joe Duffy on 074-9131157.

  • Baptism Preparation Team: Working in teams of two, members visit families who have a baby for baptism to explain the sacrament to parents and enable them to participate more fully in the baptism of their child. Contact: Margaret Quinn 074-9134045

  • Building & Maintenance Group: Members look after the maintenance of the church, inside and outside, the parish centre and parochial houses.

  • Children’s Liturgy Group: Members conduct a special liturgy of the Word in the parish centre for children from second, third and fourth classes each Sunday. Contact: Kathleen Gavigan 074-9132138

  • Outdoor Environment Group: Members ensure outdoor church environment is tidy and litter free. Contact: Charlie McBride 0749132491

  • Church Cleaning Teams: Members work in teams to clean the church interior. Contact: Anne McGloin 074-9132126

  • Church Collectors: Members take up the collection during Sunday masses. Contact: Donal Sweeney 074-9131345

  • Church Environment Group: Members work throughout the year to enhance the whole church interior through the use of flowers, banners and other appropriate decorative materials. Contact: Geraldine Friel 074-9131287

  • Church Money Counting Team: Members come together weekly to count the Sunday collection. Contact: Charlie Boyle 074-9131314

  • Eucharistic Adoration: Members commit to spending one hour weekly in prayer before the Eucharist. Contact: Dermot O’Hara 074-9131472

  • Finance Committee: The Finance Committee act as an advisory group on financial matters related to the parish. Contact: Fr. Kieran McAteer, P.P. 074-9131135

  • Foreign Nationals Support Group: Members work to assist integration of Foreign Nationals into the community and local structures. Contact: Beth Jackson 074-9131958

  • Funeral Catering Group: Members available to support bereaved families by serving refreshments in the parish centre after funerals. Contact: Patricia Thompson 074-9190365

  • Graveyard Committee: Members look after and oversee all work in relation to the upkeep of the parish graveyards. Contact: Eunan Laverty 087-6701682

  • Guided Prayer Team: Members offer scripture based guided prayer. Contact: Sr. Mercedes 074-9132721

  • Hospitality Group: Members provide refreshments in the parish centre after parish services and special events. Contact: Shauna Kelly 074-9132998

  • Legion of Mary: (Senior and Intermediate) Evangelisation through house visitation, public rosary, etc. Meeting once a week. Contact: Anne O’Donnell 074-9132138

  • Ministers of the Eucharist: Members distribute Communion during Sunday Mass and on other special occasions. Contact: Catherine Doherty 086-3398218

  • Ministers of the Word: Read scripture and prayers of the faithful appropriate to the Sunday at Sunday Mass and on other special occasions. Contact: Jonathan Kelly 086-0322500 and Mary McGinley 0749132401

  • Third World Group: Promote and deepen awareness of what mission means in our parish and in our world today. Contact: Ann Glancy 087-4147057

  • Music Ministry: Groups provide music at vigil Mass and 11.00 a.m. Sunday Mass throughout the year. A variety of groups are involved: Adult Saturday Group, Youth/Teenage Saturday Group and Sunday Adult Choir. Contact: Sr. Nuala Mullin 074-9132721

  • Parent & Toddler Group: Meet every Tuesday morning in the parish centre. Provides an opportunity to meet other people with children in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Rotating team of two volunteers set up the room with toys, prepare refreshments and welcome members. Contact: Sheena Foy 074-9131498

  • Parish Centre Committee: Committee members coordinate and supervise running of the centre and deal with any issues arising. Contact: Aurelia Kelly 074-9132116

  • Parish Pastoral Council (PPC): Members (priests, religious and laity) come together for a monthly meeting to pray and discuss all aspects of parish life. Contact: Marie McGarvey (Chairperson) 0749131584
  • Parish Fund Raising Committee: Members organise annual parish draw and any other fund-raising activities. Contact: Martina Dunleavy 074-9131661

  • Pioneer Total Abstinence Association: PTAA members seek to address alcohol-related problems in society, mainly through prayer, self-denial, and the promotion of positive lifestyles. Contact: Joe O’Hegarty (Secretary) 074-9131286

  • Social Committee: Members organise parish social events. Contact: Cathy Anderson 074-9132537

  • St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society: Society fosters vocations to the priesthood through prayer and financial support for the education of priests. Monthly meeting. Contact: Sarah McNulty (President) 074-9132285

  • St. Vincent De Paul: Provide aid to people in need in the parish. Contact: 087-9955351

  • T.T. Social Services/Care of the Aged: Provides outings, parties and support for senior citizens and endeavour to respond to specific requests from the wider community within their limited resources. Contact: Patsy McCool 074-9131102

  • Youth Prayer Group: Members come together once a week to relax with other young people, where they sing, pray, learn more about their faith, socialise with other young people and have fun. Contact: Kathy O’Hara 074-9131472