Our mission is to proclaim joyfully the Good News of Jesus Christ and to welcome all adults, youth and children, inviting them to deepen their relationship with Christ through the sacraments, prayer and discipleship.
ALTAR SERVERS The role of server is integral to the normal celebration of the Mass on Sundays and other more important occasions. Therefore, servers should receive proper formation before they begin to function. The formation includes instruction on the Mass and its parts and their meaning, the various objects used in the liturgy (their names and use), and the various functions of the server during the Mass and other liturgical celebrations. Servers also receive appropriate guidance on maintaining proper decorum and attire when serving Mass and other functions.
LECTORS The lector is instituted to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel. He may also announce the intentions for the Universal Prayer and, in the absence of a psalmist, recite the Psalm between the readings. Participants are assigned on a rotating schedule, with one formation session Saturday mornings; personal time spent in study and reflection on the Word.
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion receive sufficient spiritual, theological, and practical preparation to fulfill their role with knowledge and reverence. Participants are assigned on a rotating schedule, initial training and on-going formation sessions are provided. The Archbishop’s designation is for a renewable term of three years. The assigned ministers show love and reverence for the Eucharist. They ought to be Catholic in good standing who have received the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist).
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTER TO CHESAPEAKE SHORES NURSING HOME The ministers bring Eucharist each Sunday to Catholics at Chesapeake Shores.It is preferable that ministers work in pairs. They are prepared to offer prayers. They minister one Sunday a month, except when a month has five Sundays.The total time each month is an hour or less.Ministers are assigned the same Sunday each month.The distribution of the Eucharist begins about 9:30 or 9:45 each Sunday morning. They possess the skills of regular Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (see above). They have to have the ability to learn prayers and routine from coordinator or other incumbent.
LINEN CARETAKERS It is a very important ministry that keeps our altar clean and dignified. A group of dedicated parishioners take home used linens, altar cloths, purificators and towels and wash and press them to keep them in perfect order. The members of the group work on a rotating schedule approximately 3 hours once a month.
Parish Family FAMILIES IN CHRIST JESUS (FCJC) FCJC is a Christian Community that is Catholic, Charismatic, Evangelistic, and Family Life Oriented, whose main purposes are to promote His Gospel, establish prayer groups, provide Christian programs, strengthen families, and encourage youth. Community participate in annual programs such as picnics and retreats.FCJC meets once a month as a group; meet at homes twice per month.
FELLOWSHIP SUNDAY Group provides monthly fellowship in the Hall with coffee, juice, and donuts, and conversation.Duties include assisting with picking up donuts, setting up and cleaning up coffee station, juice etc. Fellowship Sunday group meets one to three Sundays a year.
Music is an integral part of the celebration of the Mass; it has been since the very earliest days of the Church. Skillful singing glorifies God; dignifies the Mass in a way that cannot be reproduced by any other means; and renders the prayers and readings more memorable and moving. Catholics with musical knowledge, musicianship, and singing ability have a certain obligation to use these skills and talents for the greater glory of God and the edification of their brothers and sisters.
CCD CHILDREN CHOIR (GRADES K-5) Choir conducts weekly rehearsals September through May before Sunday CCD class; 10 to 12 Masses a year, usually the first Sunday of the month at 11:15 Mass; the children are also invited to sing at the Children's Christmas Eve Mass.
IHM YOUTH MUSICIANS (GRADES 6 -YOUNG ADULT) Individual practice; rehearsal one hour before Mass, usually the first Sunday 11:15 Mass of the month
CHRISTMAS YOUTH ORCHESTRA Individual practice and several group practices starting in November, usually following the Saturday 4PM Mass; warm up and play Christmas carol concert 30 minutes before the Mass.
IHM ADULT CHOIR One Wednesday evening rehearsal each week. Warm up 45 minutes before Mass.
GRACE NOTES (ADULT AND YOUNG ADULT WOMEN) Choir has two rehearsals the weeks prior to the 5th Saturday; individual practice, warm up one hour before Mass.Skills: A clear, strong singing voice. Note reading ability is a plus but not required.
PRAISE AND WORSHIP GROUP - FCJC (ADULT) FCJC choir is present at two - three Masses per month plus rehearsals on Thursday evenings and warm up one hour before Mass (usually the 3rd Saturday 4PM Mass, and the 4th and 5th Sunday 11:15 Masses)
MEN'S CHOIR (ADULT AND YOUNG ADULT MEN) One Mass per month plus two rehearsals.
Social Concerns ST. VINCENT DE PAUL OF IHM SVDP provides help for the less fortunate by offering food, financial assistance for rent, electric, etc. Pantry is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 am -11:30 am.SVDP meets monthly.
If you would like to volunteer and serve at the food pantry please contact the person below.
Knights of Columbus KofC members participate in all parish activities as well as community and right-to-life events. They provide support to the parish and clergy. Dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. Knights of Columbus meet on the second Monday of each month.The Immaculate Heart of Mary Council 9968 is located in Lexington Park, Maryland in picturesque St. Mary's County. It is situated on the grounds of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Catholic Church at 22375 Three Notch Road (Route 235).
Immaculate Heart of Mary 22375 Three Notch Road Lexington Park, MD 2063 tel. 301-863-8144 fax. 301 -863-8180 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours Monday-Friday: 8 am to 4 pm
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