The Social Apostolate is deeply appreciative of all food & monetary donations they receive thru-out the year. They ask however, that any food donated NOT have an old expiration date—by law, they have to throw those donations away as they cannot be given to those in need.
Altar Servers: are a group of young men and women of our parish in the 4th grade or above, who assist the priests at all liturgical services: Sundays & weekday Masses, novenas and special parish liturgical celebrations. After a training session, new Altar Servers are installed at a special celebration each May. The Knights of Columbus sponsors Installation Banquet & Christmas Party for the Altar Servers each year. Adult helpers are also encouraged to volunteer. If you are interested in joining this particular ministry, please call the Parish Religious Education Office at 733-8980 for further information.
Altar Society: The goal of the Altar Society is to keep the church, especially the sanctuary clean and beautifully decorated with fresh flowers. The ladies of this special ministry are on teams that rotate every week. The teams meet on Saturday mornings at 9:00 AM where they dust and clean the sanctuary, the confessionals and the sacristy. They also work hard creating wonderful flower arrangements throughout the year for the Altar and for the Blessed Mother. Especially beautiful are their Christmas and Easter decorations. If you are interested in joining this wonderful group of dedicated ladies, please call the rectory for further information.
Baptism Seminars: are presented monthly by a team of lay instructors. They teach on the development of our current celebration of this special Sacrament of Initiation and the importance of the role of parents and godparents in raising their children in the Catholic faith. First time parents & godparents are required to attend a one-time seminar which are held monthly. Pre-Registration is REQUIRED by calling the Office of Religious Education (733-8980) . Baptisms will now be held the second Sunday at 10:30 AM, including the 11AM Mass and the third Sunday at 12:15 PM. Requirements for becoming a Baptism Seminar Instructor are: must like people; have a warm and welcoming spirit; have a desire to commit to this ministry; and be willing to be trained and be open to taking Adult Education courses on the Sacrament of Baptism. If you are interested in becoming a Baptism Seminar Instructor, please call the Office of Religious Education (733-8980) for further information.
Couple/Sponsor Program (Evenings of the Engaged Programs): This ministry is for married couples specially trained by the Family Life Apostolate to guide engaged couples through the Pre-Cana process over a period of six weeks. Engaged couples have three options regarding Pre-Cana: Day for the Engaged, Weekend for the Engaged and the Couple/Sponsor Program (not offered in every church parish). We are fortunate to offer this particular program at SMM and presently we have one couple dedicated to this program. There is a desperate need to train more couples for this ministry. If you are interested in joining this ministry, please call the Parish Religious Education Office at 733-8980 for further information.
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion (EMC‘s): are recommended by the pastor and delegated by the Archbishop to distribute the Holy Eucharist at weekend and Holy Day Masses or Prayer Services. This unique ministry presently includes over 70 parishioners who are committed to distributing the Body of Christ on a rotation basis. EMC‘s, who are at least 18 years old, a baptized, practicing, confirmed Catholic and in good standing with the Catholic Church, are required to attend a training workshop and must be re-delegated every five years. If you are interested in joining this particular ministry, please call the Parish Religious Education Office at 733-8980 for further information.
Finance Committee: this is a consultative board of appointed parishioners reviewing with and advising the pastor on Parish Finances. Every ecclesiastical body (e.g., diocese, parish, religious community) is mandated by canon law to have a finance council. A member of this committee is selected by its members to serve on the Parish Pastoral Council.
F.O.C.C.U.S. Survey: is administered by a team of facilitators to engaged couples as part of their pre-Cana preparation for marriage . This survey is a tool in helping engaged couples become more aware of how their future spouse feels on certain issues. The confidential results are given to the priest or deacon preparing them for marriage, who then meets with the couple to discuss areas of concern or compatibility. This survey is meant only as a counseling aid to assist the priest or deacon in preparing the couple for marriage. No experience is required to become a FOCCUS Survey Facilitator. If you are interested in joining this ministry, please call the Parish Religious Education Office at 733-8980 for further information.
Homebound Ministry: involves delegated EMC‘s visiting and distributing Holy Communion to those parishioners who are physically or mentally unable to attend Mass. If you are interested in joining this particular ministry,please call the Parish Religious Education Office at 733-8980 for further information.
Ministers of the Word (Lectors): are delegated by the Archbishop to proclaim the Word of God at weekend and Holy Day Masses or Prayer Services. This unique ministry presently includes over 30 parishioners who are committed to proclaiming the readings on a rotation basis. Lectors, who are at least 18 years old and in good standing with the Catholic Church, are required to attend a training workshop If you are interested in joining this particular ministry, please call the Parish Religious Education Office at 733-8980 for further information.
Parish Library - The St. Mary Magdalen Church Library, in accordance with the parish mission statement, seeks to provide the families of St. Mary Magdalen Parish with information, inspiration, and spiritual guidance through books and media.
Parish Pastoral Council: this is a consultative body of appointed and elected parishioners who assist the Pastor in ministering to and serving the present and future needs of the parish. This group is challenged to promote intercommunication between clergy and laity of the parish and among the parishioners themselves. The council has currently been disolved and is in the process of research & development with the aim of sitting a new Parish Council in January 2018.
Parish School of Religion Program: offers religious education and sacramental preparation to children in public and private schools, grades 1 thru 12. Classes are taught for one hour an fifteen minutes on Monday evenings from September through early May. The dedicated staff, most who are attending Adult Religion classes for certification, is directed by Mrs. Linda Earle. If you like working with children and are interested in joining this special ministry, please call the Parish Religious Education Office at 733-8980 for further information.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Staff prepares those of other faiths or no faith interested in being received into the Catholic Church; those baptized Catholic but not practicing their faith; and those practicing Catholics wishing to enrich their faith. The Staff instructs the Catechumens/Candidates during a nine month preparation time beginning in early August, concluding at the Easter Vigil Mass where they are baptized and/or confirmed and received into full membership in the Catholic Church. The Bible, Catechism of the Catholic Church, textbook, along with numerous other reference materials are used to help the Catechumens/Candidates on their faith journey. The classes are taught by the Parish Pastoral Staff (priests and deacons) and several lay teachers on a rotating basis. If you are a certified catechist, lay minister or have any experience teaching adult education courses and are interested in becoming an RCIA instructor, please call the Parish Religious Education Office at 733-8980 for further information.
Social Apostolate: This dedicated group of parishioners was formed to help the needy of our parish. The Social Apostolate opens the Social Services building year-round on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30pm to those who need food or financial assistance. They also give special Thanksgiving & Christmas baskets to needy families during these holidays. If you are interested in joining the Social Apostolate, please visit them in the Social Services Building on Wednesday evenings or call the rectory for further information.
St. Anthony Nursing Home Volunteers: meet every Friday morning at the nursing home to bring spiritual comfort to the residents living there. SMM Parish priests celebrate Mass one Friday per month for the residents of the home with the assistance of the Volunteers. On the other Fridays, a team of Eucharistic Ministers and Volunteers hold a Rosary and Communion Service. Their generous dedication of ministering to this particular and sometimes forgotten group in our community is greatly appreciated by the residents and their families. If you are interested in joining the St. Anthony‘s Nursing Home Volunteers in this special ministry, call the rectory for further information.
Usher Society: The purpose of the Usher Society is to maintain good order in church during liturgical services, to seat parishioners, to help in the collection of monetary offerings and to serve as a welcoming or greeting committee at all Masses. There is always a great need for people to join this ministry. If you are interested in joining the Usher Society, please call the rectory for further information.
Vocations Ministry – this ministry involves doing something special one day out of the month for increased vocations to the religious life, priesthood, sisterhood or brotherhood. You can sign up for any day and do one of the following on that day: say special prayers for vocations (suggested prayers are given), go to Mass, say the rosary or do an hour of adoration. Other activities will include having a Holy Hour for Vocations periodically. This is a good way to increase your prayer life. Contact Joe Dicharry 888-3958 if interested in joining.
Wedding Ministry: This ministry consists of teams of two trained coordinators to assist engaged couples marrying at SMM Church with Pre-Cana Process, Rehearsal and Wedding. The wedding coordinators assigned to an engaged couple contact them approximately 6 months before the wedding to assist them with any questions they might have in regard to their preparation and wedding. Most wedding ministry teams are assigned 3 to 4 weddings per year. If you are interested in joining this ministry, If you like working with children and are interested in joining this special ministry, please call the Parish Religious Education Office at 733-8980 for further information.
Young Adults for Christ (YAC) is a ministry outreach that originated from St. Mary Magdalen Parish. We are looking to connect in faith the young adults ages 18-39 (although young adults of all ages are always welcome!) of the Greater New Orleans Area. Our core values are faith, service, and fellowship, and our events throughout the year focus on these values. We've had Praise and Worship nights, attended mass together, fed the homeless, had game nights/ice cream socials, and even putt putt'ed in City Park! We hope that you will join us and see what we are all about. Email email@example.com with any questions and Facebook link is on the right and also on the Faith page here /for-young-adults.