St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church — 2022-23 Stewardship Renewal Handbook

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Welcoming others with the

love

of

Christ

“For I was a stranger and you invited Me in” Mt. 25:35.

St. Mary on the Hill | 2023 Stewardship Renewal


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Contents Alphabetical Index of Ministries ADORATION ALTAR SERVER ALTAR SOCIETY APRON MINISTRY AQUINAS HIGH SCHOOL BAPTISMAL BIB SEWING BEREAVEMENT BASKET BLOOD DRIVE CANTOR MINISTRY CASSEROLES TO GO CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES CCD SUNDAY MORNING RELIGIOUS FORMATION CHAVIS HOUSE CHILDREN’S CHOIR CHURCH NURSERY CONSOLATION MINISTRY CONTEMPORARY MUSIC MINISTRY EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION FAITHFUL READERS BOOK CLUB FAMILY HONOR FINANCE COUNCIL FORWARD IN FAITH (WIDOWS, WIDOWERS AND SINGLES) GABRIEL GUILD GIFT COUNTERS GIFTS GOLDEN HARVEST FOOD BANK GOODWILL INDUSTRIES HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH (GRADES 9-12) INTERCESSORY PRAYER TEAM KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS LADIES ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS (LAOH) LADIES OUT TO LUNCH BUNCH LECTORS LITTLE FLOWERS GIRLS’ CLUB LIVE NATIVITY MAMAS GROUP (MOTHERHOOD AT MIDDLE AGE) MARRIAGE PREPARATION TEAM MASTER’S TABLE SOUP KITCHEN

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Alphabetical Index of Ministries (continued) MEN OF PRAYER MEN’S BASKETBALL MEN’S BOOK CLUB MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH (GRADES 6-8) ORDER OF HIBERNIANS IN AMERICA, INC. — (AOH) PARISH CHOIR PARISH COUNCIL PARISH PARTNERSHIP ON DISABILITY PARISH RECEPTIONS PARISH VISITATION TEAM PILGRIM QUEEN OF THE FAMILY PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY PRO-LIFE MINISTRY RESURRECTION CHOIR RETROUVAILLE RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA) ROSARY MAKING MINISTRY OF OUR LADY SACRISTANS SAINTS OVERSEAS SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD SCHOOL ENDOWMENT COMMITTEE SCHOOL PTO SCHOOL VOLUNTEER SCOUTS (CUB AND BOY SCOUTS) SECULAR FRANCISCAN SENIOR CENTER SENIOR MASS AND LUNCHEON ST. JOHN VIANNEY VOCATIONS MINISTRY ST. JOSEPH’S GUILD ST. MARY ON THE HILL CATHOLIC SCHOOL ST. MARY SCHOOL ENDOWMENT FUND STEWARDSHIP COMMISSION SUNDAY SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP THE MASTER’S GARDENERS USHERS VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS) WEDNESDAY NIGHT FAMILY SUPPER YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY OF AUGUSTA — SPIRIT & TRUTH YOUTH BASKETBALL CHURCH LEAGUE YOUTH MINISTRY

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Welcoming others with the

love

of

Christ

As Scripture tells us in the Gospel of Matthew, when we reach out to invite a stranger into our community, it is Christ Himself whom we are inviting. Let us, therefore, be eager to invite and embrace the stranger — those within our parish walls who still may feel isolated and those on the margins in our wider community who wait for an invitation to join our parish family. A CORE CHRISTIAN VALUE Here at St. Mary on the Hill, we want to help every individual to know that they are welcome and wanted as a part of our Catholic family. The presence of hospitality can make a newcomer or a returning member of the church feel at home. Friends are welcomed with open arms and warm smiles. Visitors feel the genuine love present in a hearty “Welcome!”. Family members do not visit; they belong. In terms of stewardship, hospitality is immensely important. The truth is, if someone doesn’t feel like they are wanted and appreciated, how will they receive the love of God through us? Hospitality opens the door to a person’s heart and allows him or her to receive joy, grace and love. For our parish to grow as a stewardship community, we must help everyone who walks through our doors feel like they truly have come home. We must make hospitality a cornerstone.

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S T E WA R D S H I P O F P R AY E R

Seeking Christ with our Time While many of us understand that prayer is an important element of the Christian life, most of us admit that it’s difficult to find a quiet moment to spend with God. As Christians, we must remember that we cannot give what we do not have. In order for us to welcome others into the life of the Church, we need to make sure that our spiritual lives are properly in order. To become a more prayerful person, take inventory of how you spend the 168 hours in the week. Are you taking time to talk to God in prayer, to speak with Him as you would a friend? Are you seeking His truth through reading the scriptures? Will you make Him first on your priority list so that you are able to give to others from the graces He has given you? STRENGTHENING YOUR PRAYER LIFE  Set aside purposeful time each day to spend in prayer: thanking God for His blessings, asking for His help in difficult circumstances and reading scripture.  Receive spiritual nourishment in the Eucharist at least every Sunday and during the week as you are able.  Receive the sacrament of Reconciliation on a regular basis and ask God for the grace to live a life of holiness.

HELPFUL PRAYER RESOURCES Catholic phone or tablet apps: iBreviary, Magnificat, Divine Office or Hallow Websites: usccb.org/bible/readings (daily readings of the Catholic Church), formed.org, or stmaryonthehill.org Podcasts such as The Bible in a Year from Fr. Mike Schmitz

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S T E WA R D S H I P O F TA L E N T

Seeking Christ with our Minds “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10). Each of us has received gifts from God that we are to use in humble service. While many of us may not recognize the skills or abilities we have as gifts, they are a means by which we can give glory to God through serving each other. At St. Mary on the Hill, our ministries provide opportunities for us to serve God and others. From a warm smile to giving someone a warm meal, we are able to welcome others into the family of God by being Christ to them. Reaching out in love, while sometimes difficult, can be quite spiritually enriching! Will you take the time to ask God how you can best serve Him through the service of His children? WAYS TO WELCOME AND SERVE OTHERS  Pray about how your gifts can best be used to help others feel welcome.  Sign up for a parish ministry that stretches you to put others’ needs before your own.  Greet our fellow parishioners before or after Mass, introducing yourself to unfamiliar faces.

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S T E WA R D S H I P OF T R E A S U R E

Seeking Christ with our Possessions Throughout Scripture, we are taught to give to God our “first fruits” or the “choicest portion.” In modern speech, we might say that the first “line item” in the family budget should be returning a portion of our income to God. Both symbolically and in actuality, this is a powerful expression of God’s place in your life. “Where your treasure is, there also lies your heart” (Matthew 6:21). Will you take some time to reassess how you prioritize God in your finances? “He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:10-11 WHY GIVE A PERCENTAGE OF INCOME? We give the tithe (which means 10% of one’s harvest or income) because it is a Scriptural benchmark that has been honored since the early Church (see Malachi 3:10).

WORKING TOWARD GIVING THE TITHE

8% to the parish offertory 1% to the diocese

1% to other charities

If you have difficulty reaching your goal, try increasing your giving incrementally, by one or two percent of income each year. Over time, you will find that the tithe is a reasonable goal that can be reached. Most importantly, you will know that you have been faithful in placing God first in everything, even in your finances.

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Meet Our Staff PASTOR

CCD

Fr. Mark Ross

Joan Purucker, 706-733-9908

PRIESTS

joan.purucker@stmaryonthehill.org

Fr. Solomon Kaanan, Parochial Vicar

MOTHER’S DAY OUT AND NURSERY

Fr. David Arnoldt, Retired

Gina Craw, 706-262-2659

Fr. Thomas Healy, Retired

gina.craw@stmaryonthehill.org

Fr. John Markham, Retired

SENIOR CENTER

PERMANENT DEACONS

Patty LeZotte -Tibbs, 706-262-0340

Deacon Jason Lanham

patty.lezotte@stmaryonthehill.org

Deacon John Leonard

YOUTH MINISTRY

Deacon Ken Maleck

Michael Lammers

Deacon Don McArdle

mlammers@aquinashigh.org

Fr. Vernon Knight, Parochial Vicar

Deacon Jesse Murga Deacon Al Sullivan

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Martha Kearns martha.kearns@stmaryonthehill.org

ORGANIST AND DIRECTOR OF MUSIC Andrew Barnick andrew.barnick@stmaryonthehill.org

FINANCE Rich Peritore rich.peritore@stmaryonthehill.org

SECRETARIES Mary Bowles mary.bowles@stmaryonthehill.org Karen Brooks karen.brooks@stmaryonthehill.org

FACILITIES MANAGER Cris Edge cris.edge@stmaryonthehill.org

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St. Mary on the Hill ADDRESS:

PARISH OFFICE:

1420 Monte Sano Avenue Augusta, GA 30904

706-733-6627

EMAIL:

Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

OFFICE HOURS:

smoth@stmaryonthehill.org

WEB PAGE ADDRESS: www.stmaryonthehill.org

Pro-Life Holy Hour: Wednesday 6 p.m.

MASS SCHEDULE Vigil Mass for Sunday: Saturday 5 p.m.

Adoration Chapel: 1210 Monte Sano Avenue Open 24 hours per day Seven days per week

Sunday Masses: 7:45 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Weekday Morning Mass: Monday through Friday 7 a.m. Weekday Mid-Morning Mass: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 9:15 a.m. Weekday Miraculous Medal Novena and Evening Mass: Wednesday 5:15 p.m.

Reconciliation: Wednesday 12 noon – 1 p.m. Saturday 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Rosary: Monday 5 p.m. and Saturday 4:30 p.m.

Schools ST. MARY ON THE HILL CATHOLIC SCHOOL www.stmaryssaints.org 706-733-6193 smcs@smcsaug.org Principal Todd Shafer todd.shafer@smcsaug.org Assistant Principal Ashley Fisher ashley.fisher@smcsaug.org

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AQUINAS HIGH SCHOOL www.aquinashigh.org 706-736-5516 Principal Maureen Lewis mlewis@aquinashigh.org Admissions Director Tim Przybysz tprzybysz@aquinashigh.org


Parish Mission Statement St. Mary on the Hill Parish, a Catholic community, is committed to caring for God’s people through stewardship. We are bound together by the Eucharist, directed by the Gospel teachings and the teachings of the Church, enlightened by the Holy Spirit, and are committed to sharing in the ministry of Jesus Christ. As stewards, we will proclaim the Gospel, promote peace and justice, and use our time, talents, and treasure to advance God’s Kingdom.

Parish Membership As a stewardship parish, we answer the call to discipleship by making a commitment of time, talent, and treasure. Our offertory funds the needs of the parish and service ministries, including St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School. To reach these goals, we ask that you strive to commit eight percent of your family income to your stewardship of treasure in thanksgiving for all the gifts that you have received. Working together, we provide an enriched parish life and programs to care for those in need. Our commitment is to each other and to Christ.

An active parishioner meets the following criteria Is a registered active member of the parish for at least one year, attends Sunday and Holy Day Masses regularly, has a Stewardship commitment card on file at the church each year, pledging their time, talent, and treasure (eight percent of their family income), and honors those commitments, uses church envelopes weekly indicating regular Mass attendance. Newcomers are asked to register with the church office (call 706-733-6627 or stop by the church office). Registration forms are online at stmaryonthehill.org/parish-registration.

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2023 Ministry Listings Worship The Worship Ministries provide for the spiritual life of our parish. Worship Representative to Parish Council: Rick Burnett, rburnett@cramerlumber.com ADORATION Give your week a boost. Come visit Jesus for an hour of quiet time for prayer and reflection. Tell Him how your week is going, thank Him for His grace and guidance, praise Him for His many blessings, pray for a family member or friend, for patience for yourself, or sit quietly and adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus is there ready to help if you ask. Commit to a day and hour each week. You do not need a sub if you cannot attend your hour. You can also register to be a visitor and come often. Contact: Paul and Mary Ellen Zielinski, Adoration Program Coordinators, adoration@stmaryonthehill.org ALTAR SERVER Altar servers (fourth grade and older) minister through serving at Mass and providing an example of service, devotion, and humility. They assist the priest and other ministers at the altar. Mothers of the altar servers help with the washing and mending of the cassocks and surplices worn by the altar servers. Contact: Mike Rucker, mikejrucker@gmail.com; Dana Glick, dana.glick@smcsaug.org ALTAR SOCIETY Members of the Altar Society care for the altar linens used in the 12

Eucharistic celebration. Members also help decorate the church at Christmas and Easter. Contact: Martha Kearns, 706-733-6627, martha.kearns@stmaryonthehill.org EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION Eucharistic Ministers distribute Holy Communion at Mass and take Holy Communion to the sick and homebound of the community. Ministers are appointed by the pastor. Contact: Patty Maleck, pmaleck@icloud.com; Jim Merz, mgmerz123@knology.net LECTORS “The lector is entrusted with the crucial task of making the Word of God come alive by proclaiming it for the Christian assembly” (Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers). Our parish lectors proclaim the Word of God at weekend and Holy Day liturgies. Lectors are high school age and older and are trained before they


begin their ministry. These ministers of the Word are committed to the study of the Scriptures and to prayer and preparation. Contact: Kyle McArdle, mcardleclan@gmail.com

Music Ministry Contact: Andrew N. Barnick, Director of Music and Liturgy, 706-733-6627, ext. 106, andrew.barnick@stmaryonthehill.org CANTOR MINISTRY Meets year-round. Rehearsals: By appointment if needed. Vocalists are needed to lead the congregation in song at every Mass. Primary duties of cantors include announcing music, singing the Psalm, Gospel Acclamation, and other Mass parts. Cantors are trained by the Music Director, and scheduling is flexible both for practice and Masses. No experience is required.

Sunday Masses and Holiday Masses. RESURRECTION CHOIR Meets year-round. Rehearsals: None The Resurrection Choir Ministry gathers to sing for any of the funeral Masses which take place at St. Mary on the Hill. Membership is open to ALL, regardless of experience, and participation is flexible. Members of the Resurrection Choir are notified by the Music Director of upcoming funerals via email. The Resurrection Choir meets just before funeral services for instruction and warm-up. This is a very valuable ministry as an extension of our consolation and care for grieving families in the community.

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC MINISTRY The St. Mary’s Contemporary Music Ministry welcomes youth (high school and up) and adults alike to lend their voices and other musical PARISH CHOIR abilities (guitar, piano, violin, etc.) Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 7–8 p.m. to this ministry. The Contemporary The Parish Choir is the anchor and oldest musical group at St. Mary on the Music Ministry provides music for the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Sundays and sings Hill. It is an adult mixed chorus and at several other liturgies throughout sings for the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. the year. Please email for rehearsal The Parish Choir is open to everyone times and additional information. even if you have limited singing Contact: John Rose, CMM Director, experience. Important choir skills are jmacfamily@gmail.com learned as you go, with help from the Music Director and choir members. SACRISTANS This is a labor of love as you are CHILDREN’S CHOIR Meets in the Fall and Spring, rehearsal setting the table for the Lord’s Supper. time TBD. Children who can read are This includes unlocking the Sacristy invited to sing in the Parish Children’s and setting up the credence table for daily and weekend Masses. Choir. Rehearsals are one hour per Contact: Martha Kearns, 706-733-6627, week during the Fall and Spring semesters. The choir will sing at some martha.kearns@stmaryonthehill.org 13


USHERS Ushers’ friendly greetings help set a welcoming impression as parishioners and guests enter our beautiful church. They assist with seating, as necessary, and with queuing during Communion. Ushers also tend to the collection for each Mass and ensure that bulletins are accessible. Visitors look for ushers to answer any questions they may have about St. Mary’s. Contact: Deborah Governski, dgov@knology.net

Faith Formation The responsibility of the Faith Formation Ministries is to provide lifelong spiritual formation for parishioners and to spread the Good News of Christ to others. Faith Formation Representative to Parish Council: Mary Kruckow, marykruckow@yahoo.com

CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program provides an environment where the children can explore their relationship with God using hands-on materials and is rooted in the Bible, the Liturgy of the Church. Contact: Joan Purucker, 706-733-9908, joan.purucker@stmaryonthehill.org CCD SUNDAY MORNING RELIGIOUS FORMATION CCD is the religious formation program for parish elementary and middle school students who attend non-Catholic schools. Catechists are dedicated to helping students understand their faith, prepare them for the sacraments, and to become active members of the parish community. Contact: Joan Purucker, 706-733-9908, joan.purucker@stmaryonthehill.org MEN’S BOOK CLUB Men’s book club is a study group, open to all men, that uses a format of reflection, prayer, and discussion questions. We usually meet on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Contact: Deacon Ken Maleck, deacon.ken.maleck@gmail.com PARISH PARTNERSHIP ON DISABILITY As a faith community, we must strive to be a welcoming community to all people. The ministry focuses on areas such as the accessibility of the church campus, assessing/responding to the needs of parishioners who have differing abilities, developing/ providing educational information about various disabilities, and developing strategies to link

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parishioners who need assistance in getting to Mass and other church functions with possible transportation resources. Membership is open to anyone who wants to help create a more welcoming and inclusive atmosphere in our parish. Contact: Estelle Duncan, educan081954@yahoo.com RETROUVAILLE Retrouvaille (Rediscovery) offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. Retrouvaille is a live-in weekend and post-weekend program for married couples. The emphasis is on communication between husband and wife. Contact: Sonia and Karl Quinn, rtv.quinn@gmail.com; www.retrouvaille.org, 1-800-470-2230 RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA) The RCIA process functions to educate adults about the Catholic faith and prepare them to enter the Catholic Church if they so desire. Weekly sessions are held from September through Easter. Inquirers who only want to understand more about the Catholic faith are also welcome. Meetings are led by the Pastor, Fr. Mark Ross. Contact: Martha Kearns, 706-733-6627, martha.kearns@stmaryonthehill.org ST. JOHN VIANNEY VOCATIONS MINISTRY St. John Vianney Vocations Ministry has, as a deanery-wide effort, the mission of promoting, encouraging, and supporting vocations to the priesthood and religious life by offering ways of

creating a culture of vocations in our parishes and homes. Contact: Michelle Migone, bmigone@aol.com; stjohnvianneyvocationsmin.ad@gmail.com; Facebook: St. John Vianney Vocations Ministry SUNDAY SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP We meet on Thursday evenings to reflect on the next Sunday’s readings through discussion and prayer, using the Holy Spirit as our guide. Contact: JoAnn Nance, JoAnnNance11@gmail.com VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS) VBS offers a fun and exciting program to bring the youth close to Jesus through a weeklong, half-day summer program. Volunteers are needed to help decorate and help the children explore the Bible, prepare snacks, create their crafts, sing, and play games. Contact: Christy McArdle, christyjmcardle@gmail.com

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YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY OF AUGUSTA — SPIRIT & TRUTH Spirit & Truth ministers to the young adult population for the Catholic parishes in the Augusta Deanery. This Catholic ministry seeks to bring young Christians into contact with Christ and His Church through faith, fellowship, and spiritual growth. We meet weekly, hosting guest speakers for a variety of faith-based discussions, as well as faith-based videos and other fun activities. At every meeting, we have a complimentary dinner, and we meet for group Mass monthly. Ages 18-35 are welcome. We meet on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. For more information, visit us at www.augustayam.org. Contact: President: Andrew Poirier, augustayam@gmail.com

Volunteers help lead, supervise and/or assist with these events. Contact: Michael Lammers, mlammers@aquinashigh.org HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH (GRADES 9-12) High School Youth meet once a week during the school year for fellowship, faith sharing, food and fun. Guys usually meet on Sunday evenings and the ladies usually meet on Wednesday evenings. We also do multiple trips as a group each year, such as our annual Ski for Life trip, a mission trip to Charlotte, NC, and a summer youth conference! If you would like more information on dates for meetings or trips, please email mlammers@aquinashigh.org.

YOUTH MINISTRY MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH The St. Mary Youth Ministry is for (GRADES 6-8) area middle and high school students Middle School Youth typically interested in coming together to grow meet at 6:45 p.m. on the second in their love for Christ through prayer, and fourth Sundays of each month works of mercy, social interaction, and at St. Mary on the Hill School gym. meaningful participation in the life Email mlammers@aquinashigh.org of the Church and community. This for more information. program includes faith-sharing groups, social events, retreats, missions, trips, and works of mercy opportunities The St. Mary on the Hill School geared toward families and teens. Advisory Board is dedicated to assuring that the teachings and values of the Catholic Church are reflected in all aspects of school life. Our goal is to help shape the school community, facilitating the acquisition of the necessary resources to ensure a nurturing, safe, Christ-centered environment, while both supporting and furthering the school mission: The Mission of St. Mary on the Hill Catholic

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School is to provide an outstanding Catholic Education where we strive to embrace our calling as Christian disciples and reach our full potential in a rigorous spiritual and academic environment. School Representative to Parish Council: Brigid Jones, brigiddgls0@gmail.com SCHOOL PTO St. Mary’s PTO strives to promote a relationship among parents, teachers, the administration, the pastor, and the parish staff. The PTO endeavors to provide opportunities at its regular meetings by informing parents about school activities and PTO-sponsored events. Contact: Presidents: Katie Blackston, ktkeal@gmail.com; Jason Scherer, jscherer05@gmail.com Treasurer: Abbie Ethun, abbie_ethun@yahoo.com

SCHOOL VOLUNTEER Our parish school has many volunteer opportunities for those who would like to contribute to our parish school. Volunteers are needed to help in the classrooms, copy room, lunchroom, and media center, to name a few. Contact: Parent Volunteer Coordinator: Lauren Maddux, laurenmaddux@gmail.com

SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD Staff: Fr. Mark Ross, 706-733-6627, smoth@stmaryonthehill.org Principal: Todd Shafer, 706-733-6193, todd.shafer@smcsaug.org SMCS Marketing Director: Chris Sweeney, cmsween@aol.com PTO Presidents: Katie Blackston, ktkeal@gmail.com; Jason Scherer, jscherer05@gmail.com Aquinas Principal: Maureen Lewis, mlewis@aquinashigh.org Financial Council: TBD School Representatives: Richard Brisson, richard.brisson@gmail.com Charles Dunstan, cdunstan33@gmail.com Day Harrison, day.harrison@burncenters.com Eleanor Slaby, eleanor@knology.net Ruth Ann Vericella, ravericella@hotmail.com Chair: Andrew “Willie” Williams, andrewwilliams2288@gmail.com Members are appointed by the pastor.

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Community and Pastoral Care The responsibility of the Community and Pastoral Care Ministries is to draw together the parish family in mutual support, activity, celebration, and growth. Community and Pastoral Care Representatives to Parish Council: Stephanie Barnett, sbarnett1@bellsouth.net; Andrew Poirier, eagle41111@gmail.com

families with funerals at St. Mary’s. The baskets are filled with breakfast items (cereals, coffee, juices, fresh fruit, etc.) and provide breakfast for the morning of the funeral. Contact: Rhonda Wallace, rhondawallace@comcast.net

CASSEROLES TO GO Casseroles are made by parishioners for those in need of assistance with meals. Family members can come and get casseroles to take to those struggling with an illness, the APRON MINISTRY homebound, those coming home after The Apron Ministry operates under a hospital stay, or birth of a baby, and the umbrella of the Consolation after the death of a loved one. Ministry. After a request is made for Contact: Karen Brooks, the services of the Apron Ministry, karen.brooks@stmaryonthehill.org a team is assembled to assist with the “gathering” or reception, CHURCH NURSERY usually held in the home after the Volunteers provide a safe and happy funeral. Apron ministers arrange environment for children, through all preparations, serve the food, age 4, whose parents are attending and clean up. Blue aprons clearly Mass. Parents who use the nursery designate these ministers. are asked to volunteer. Contact: Margaret Matheis, Contact: Gina Craw, 706-262-2659, geraldmatheis4202@comcast.net; gina.craw@stmaryonthehill.org Ann Ribock, anniepie1313@aol.com BAPTISMAL BIB SEWING Members of the parish sew beautiful baptismal bibs for the infants who are baptized at St. Mary on the Hill. Contact: Anne Proctor, proctoranne915@gmail.com; Kathy Kelly, kkelly707@hotmail.com BEREAVEMENT BASKET The Bereavement Basket Ministry provides support to our brothers and sisters in Christ during their time of mourning. A group of volunteers rotate weekly and are “on call” to deliver the Bereavement Baskets to the 18

CONSOLATION MINISTRY The Consolation Ministry is a group of parishioners dedicated to providing spiritual, emotional, and practical support to those who have had a death in the family. Consolation Ministers are trained. They visit and help families by assisting with the planning of the funeral, helping in the church before, during, and after the funeral Mass, and extending support during the bereavement process. Contact: Barbara Kareis, 706-733-6627, bkareis53@gmail.com


FAITHFUL READERS BOOK CLUB Faithful Readers Book Club is open to all women who are looking to enhance their Christian faith through their love of reading. We generally select books by Catholic authors, but some exceptions are made. We try to meet every six to eight weeks for an informal discussion and fellowship. Contact: Jodie Silva, jodiesilva@gmail.com FAMILY HONOR The mission of Family Honor is to provide a Catholic framework for the truth and meaning of sexuality, love, and family. The organization, created in 1988, was formed by parents for parents who want something better for their children other than the negative messages regarding sex and virtue that ‘popular culture’ promotes. Family Honor is faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and its programs and classes are grounded in Sacred Scripture, Humanae Vitae, and The Theology of the Body. Family Honor delivers three unique family-centered programs and presents a weekend course, Understanding the Human Person, and a half-day seminar, Be Not Afraid. The executive director of the organization is Brenda Cerkez. The leader of the local chapter is David Doman. For additional information, contact Family Honor at 803-929-0858 or info@familyhonor.org FORWARD IN FAITH (WIDOWS, WIDOWERS, AND SENIOR SINGLES) Provides support to widows, widowers, and senior singles. We are never alone. God is always with

us, and we can support one another in our loneliness through fellowship. We meet every third Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. for dinner at various restaurants. Contact: Mary-Madeline Harrison, mary-madelinefh@comcast.net GABRIEL GUILD Volunteers provide their expertise by photographing events, video recording and livestreaming events, and/or website design. Contact: Joan Purucker, 706-733-6627, joan.purucker@stmaryonthehill.org INTERCESSORY PRAYER TEAM The email-based Intercessory Prayer Team at St. Mary on the Hill is ready and willing to pray for the needs of our fellow parishioners. If you would like to submit a prayer request, please email mgmerz123@gmail.com. Our team members are asked not to discuss requests, but if you’d prefer the person for whom you are requesting prayer to remain unnamed, please advise. Contact: Mary-Garner Merz, mgmerz123@gmail.com LADIES OUT TO LUNCH BUNCH Ladies Out to Lunch was formed to help all the ladies of the parish to get to know each other better. It is a “Dutch” lunch. This is a group for all ladies of St. Mary, and we welcome any newcomers to the parish to join us. Contact: Kathy Bennett, ka.bennett@comcast.net; Kathy Yawn, kwyawn@gmail.com

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LITTLE FLOWERS GIRLS’ CLUB Little Flowers Girls’ Club is a Catholic Scouting club for girls. Participants earn badges based on the virtues of Faith, Hope, Love of God, Love of Neighbor, Obedience, Piety, Humility, Industry, and Truthfulness. Registration is open to girls in grades K-8. Contact: April Fry, Aprilcfry@gmail.com LIVE NATIVITY A great way to prepare for the birth of our Lord and Savior. Take time to slow down during this busy time of year and reflect on what the season is all about. Volunteers are needed to help with the Live Nativity, caroling and serving hot chocolate. Contact: Christy McArdle, christyjmcardle@gmail.com

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THE MASTER’S GARDENERS A group of gardeners who work to maintain the shrubs and flowers at St. MAMAS GROUP (MOTHERHOOD Mary on the Hill throughout the year. AT MIDDLE AGE) Contact: Anne Proctor, The MAMAs group is a group of proctoranne915@gmail.com mothers of adult children who meet to grow in faith, pray and support each MEN OF PRAYER other in our vocation as mothers and A group of fathers, husbands, and wives. We gather each month at 7 p.m. single men get together Saturday on the second Monday in the Senior mornings for fellowship, prayer, and Center. Please consider joining us. reading. We also put our prayer life Contact: Kathy Wagner, waginc1@gmail.com into action with works of mercy. Contact: Jamie Kimbrough, MARRIAGE PREPARATION TEAM jamesfkimbrough@gmail.com; St. Mary’s Marriage Preparation Chad Sweeney, chadsween@gmail.com Weekend highlights how to achieve and maintain a healthy, Catholic MEN’S BASKETBALL marriage. Couples desiring to help All men of the parish are invited to in this ministry should be able play basketball. to share real-life experiences to Contact: Tony Prestifilippo, TNTSec@gmail.com personalize and enhance the benefits of the weekend to the participants. PARISH RECEPTIONS Married Couple Leaders are This ministry helps to organize appointed by the pastor. parish receptions for events such as Contact: Deacon Jason and Irene Lanham, Confirmation and First Communion. jlanhammd@yahoo.com; Curtis and Liz Members work together in teams Klebba, klebbace@gmail.com to help set up and decorate for


This is a new ministry that began when one of our parishioners was given the comfort of being lifted in prayer through a blessed shawl when her son was in the hospital and, in turn, wanted to give that same comfort to others. This ministry has varying opportunities to get involved. First and foremost, we need parishioners who know how to crochet or knit or are interested in receptions, provide food, and clean up learning. Another way to participate is after the event. by donating yarn, needles, hooks, and Contact: Meghan Trotter, packaging/gifting materials. If you are meghant@augcc.com; homebound, you can also participate Kristen Widener, kriswood44@hotmail.com by donating finished shawls to the parish office. We meet once a month PARISH VISITATION TEAM on the first Saturday in the Senior The volunteers of the Parish Visitation Center. When we meet, sometimes we Team fulfill an important need for our will have a specific person in mind but church members by regularly visiting other times the shawls will be created with those who are recovering from with prayers of strength, healing, illness, who are homebound due to comfort, peace, etc., to be picked up by disability, or permanent residents parishioners and given to those in need. in area nursing homes. Members are Contact: Stephanie Bussey, approved by the pastor. sbussey7@yahoo.com Contact: Kathy Bennett, ka.bennett@comcast.net ROSARY MAKING MINISTRY OF OUR LADY PILGRIM QUEEN OF THE Parishioners are invited to come FAMILY together to learn to make cordPilgrim Queen of the Family is an knotted rosaries for our men and image of Our Lady of Guadalupe that women in the military and our many visits 10 families monthly, staying missions throughout the world. three days in each home. During her Contact: Paul Jabaley, pajmbj@bellsouth.net stay, the family prays the Holy Rosary together for the Church, the pope, the ST. JOSEPH’S GUILD family, and vocations to the priesthood This ministry works to enhance the beauty of our church and school and religious life. campuses. By offering their time Contact: Rhonda Wallace, and expertise, parishioners can save rhondawallace@comcast.net the parish thousands of dollars each year. Anyone who enjoys gardening, PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY working outdoors, or is handy with Prayer shawl ministry is a gathering tools is welcome! of parishioners who have a passion to Contact: Chad Sweeney, serve others through prayer and the chadsween@gmail.com knitting and/or crocheting of a shawl. 21


SCOUTS (CUB AND BOY SCOUTS) The mission of the Cub and Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Scouting helps develop strong values and leadership skills that stay with youth throughout their lives. Boy Scout Troop 8 and Cub Scout Pack 8 are sponsored by St. Mary on the Hill Church. Contact: Cub Scouts (first through fifth grade) Brian Mirshak, Cubmaster, bmirshak@gmail.com; Boy Scouts (age 11 to 18) Dan MacEachern, Committee Chair, dmac2134@hotmail.com; Chad Sweeney, Charter Rep., chadsween@gmail.com SECULAR FRANCISCAN Lay Franciscans are united in an international order founded by St. Francis of Assisi nearly 800 years ago. This is not a club or society, but a community of Catholic men and women in the world who seek to pattern their lives after Christ by living the Gospels in the spirit of Francis, whom God called to “rebuild My Church.” Still today, their mission is to rebuild the Church. Contact: Susan McArthur, susimac1@att.net SENIOR CENTER All adult parishioners are welcome to join us at the Senior Center. We offer many weekly activities including bingo, poker, and bridge. We offer seminars on hospice, estate planning, and gardening to name a few. We have taken trolley tours and Savannah River boat excursions. Join us at the Senior Center for fun and fellowship. Please pick up our monthly calendar 22

in the Narthex and check out all our activities in our weekly bulletin. Contact: Patty LeZotte - Tibbs, 706-262-0340, patty.lezotte@stmaryonthehill.org SENIOR MASS AND LUNCHEON All adult parishioners are welcome to come and celebrate Mass in the Parish Hall several times a year. After Mass, we stay for a wonderful meal prepared and severed by members of our Church. There are door prizes, and we share a lot of laughter. Please join us in the Parish Hall at 10:30 a.m. for feasting and fellowship. Look for dates in the bulletin and on our monthly calendar. Contact: Patty LeZotte - Tibbs, 706-262-0340, patty.lezotte@stmaryonthehill.org

WEDNESDAY NIGHT FAMILY SUPPER This is a time for fun, fellowship, and good food! Suppers are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the school. Contact: Dana Glick, dana.glick@smcsaug.org; Brittany Rose, brittany@villaeuropa.com; Karmen Lowery, ferrisandkarmen@comcast.net YOUTH BASKETBALL CHURCH LEAGUE This ministry allows the youth to play basketball against other local churches. Adult volunteers are needed


to coach the various age group teams, ranging in age from 5 to 18. Contact: Alice Hagler, ahagler167@gmail.com

quarterly for those staying at the Chavis House. Contact: Janet Lovering, jslsr57@gmail.com; Mary Jean Garren, mjgarren@gmail.com

Service

GOLDEN HARVEST FOOD BANK Golden Harvest Food Bank thrives on the support of volunteers. Your time is a gift to hungry kids, seniors and families who don’t have enough to eat. For ways to end hunger, please visit the website at www.goldenharvest.org. 3310 Commerce Drive, Augusta, GA, 30909

The Service Commission seeks to identify and address opportunities for Christian service within our faith community and beyond. Service Representative to Parish Council: Joey Martin, biojoey@gmail.com BLOOD DRIVE We support the Shepeard Community Blood Center by hosting a blood drive three to four times a year. The life you save may be someone you love. CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES Catholic Social Services is a deanerysponsored ministry that aids families and individuals in need, to overcome crises and alleviate suffering while confirming the dignity and worth of every person served. CSS operates a thrift store, proceeds of which are used to provide services. Donations are accepted at 3229 Wrightsboro Road., Monday-Saturday: 8 a.m.6 p.m. Many volunteers are needed to operate this ministry. CSS Contact: Sr. Janet Roddy, Director, 706-722-4390, 811 12th St., Augusta, GA 30901; Thrift Store Contact: Philomena Mooney, 706-737-8286, 3229 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, GA, 30904

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES Volunteers are needed to further this nonprofit organization’s Christcentered vision of eliminating poverty by offering a hand up to people with special needs seeking education, a job, or career advancement. Parishioners are invited to serve in retail operations, academic achievement centers, administrative centers, and on Wrights Farm. Volunteers may work as mentors to clients or in administrative or functional roles. Your investment is guaranteed to lift lives and families. Contact: Rev. Toney Cross, 706-854-4754 or visit the website at www.goodwillworks.org/volunteer.

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Habitat for Humanity strives to provide security, stability, and selfsupport — home building (skilled and unskilled), worksite support for volunteers, committee and/or board of directors membership, office support, fundraising, mortgage administration and ReStore assistance. Contact: Rich Dimenna, richdimenna@gmail.com

the history and traditions of the Irish people, and to promote Irish culture. Visit our website at www.laohaugusta.org for more information. Contact: April Fry, Division President, Aprilcfry@gmail.com; Estelle Duncan, State President and Division Treasurer, educan081954@yahoo.com; Karen Brooks, State and Division Secretary, karen.brooks@stmaryonthehill.org

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS PATRICK WALSH COUNCIL #677 The K of C is a Catholic men’s fraternal society founded under the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. Our activities are designed to volunteer our time and raise money for charitable organizations in our community. Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the council home: 1501 Monte Sano Ave. Please visit kofc677.org for more information. Contact: Grand Knight Blaise Dresser, blaisedresser@gmail.com

MASTER’S TABLE SOUP KITCHEN The Soup Kitchen works to provide for those in our community who are in need. Due to COVID, an outdoor to-go lunch model at The Master’s Table has been implemented. Groups of up to five volunteers ages 18+ to help prepare and serve a daily meal are welcome. The Soup Kitchen is located at 702 Fenwick St. Adult volunteers are needed once each month. Contact: Joe Landrum, joelandrum@bellsouth.net; Nancy Wright, nwright@nacare.com

LADIES ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS (LAOH) The purpose of LAOH Inc. is to promote Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity, to foster and sustain loyalty to the Roman Catholic Church and to the United States of America, to advance the aspirations and endeavors of the Irish people for complete and absolute independence, to foster the ideals and perpetuate

ORDER OF HIBERNIANS IN AMERICA, INC. — (AOH) RICHMOND 1 DIVISION AOH is an Irish Catholic Fraternal organization devoted to friendship, unity, and Christian charity. We are committed to fostering and sustaining loyalty to country and community, and to advancing the aspirations and traditions of the Irish people. Founded in 1836, we are the largest Catholic organization in the United States. Members must be practicing Catholics, and either be born in Ireland or of Irish descent. Contact: Michael Regan, Division President; Michael Ramp, Division President Emeritus, mikeramp47@gmail.com


PRO-LIFE MINISTRY The Pro-Life Ministry engages in activities to restore respect for all human beings, from the moment of conception until natural death. We participate in prayer and witness gatherings in front of local abortion clinics and perform sidewalk counseling and referrals to women in crisis pregnancy situations. We provide compassionate post-abortion healing referrals to women who are suffering from the effects of an abortion. We perform educational activities, including a youth Pro-Life Oratory and Video Contest, Pro-Life training, and distribution of Pro-Life literature. We are part of the Greater Augusta Chapter of Georgia Right to Life. Contact: George Vozniak, gvozniak@aol.com SAINTS OVERSEAS In this ministry, we are reaching out to some of our most vulnerable

brothers and sisters — young children at a Catholic school in Goala, Ethiopia. We hold drives to collect items of which they are in need, offer prayer support, and seek to form a true friendship with these children and Catholic Sisters who teach and care for them. New faces and new ideas for this project are most welcome! Contact: Katie Conner, kathleenconner@bellsouth.net

Stewardship The responsibility of the Stewardship Commission is to foster and promote an environment where stewardship is understood, accepted, and practiced as a way of life throughout the parish. Stewardship Representative to Parish Council: Janine Bangs, rnhelp3@att.net

STEWARDSHIP COMMISSION Staff: Martha Kearns, 706-733-6227, martha.kearns@stmaryonthehill.org Joan Purucker, 706-733-6227, joan.purucker@stmaryonthehill.org Chair: Janine Bangs, rnhelp3@att.net Parish: Philip Gaffney, pgaff2609@aol.com Norma Ingram, ingram3norma@gmail.com Ryan and Christy McArdle, christyjmcardle@gmail.com Members are appointed by the pastor.

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Finance The responsibility of the Finance Council is to assist in advising the pastor as to the financial health of the church and school and to provide short and long-term guidance to ensure sound financial practices. Finance Representative to Parish Council: Richard Slaby, richardslaby@gmail.com

GIFT COUNTERS Appointed by the pastor. Gift Counters donate time and talent to help with administrative duties on Monday mornings.

ST. MARY SCHOOL ENDOWMENT FUND Through the generosity of its benefactors, the School Endowment Fund helps give students the needed GIFTS tools for success and continued Parishioners may wish to consider excellence. Currently, the endowment a gift to the Church, School, or funds are designated to help enable Endowment Fund in honor of a friend St. Mary on the Hill School to or family member. Donations are attract and retain the finest teachers always handled according to the wishes through professional development of those making the gift, whether they opportunities, and to help sustain a designate a specific use for the money high-quality environment for learning or simply give to the general fund. through facilities maintenance and For more information, please contact the technology upgrades. Church Office, 706-733-6627.

FINANCE COUNCIL Staff: Fr. Mark Ross, 706-733-6627, smoth@stmaryonthehill.org Fr. Vernon Knight, 706-733-6627, smoth@stmaryonthehill.org Rich Peritore, 706-733-6627, rich.peritore@stmaryonthehill.org Todd Shafer, 706-733-6193, todd.shafer@smcsaug.org Chair: Rick Massey, ramassey1949@gmail.com Parish Council: Richard Slaby, richardslaby@gmail.com Parish: Don Bailie, donbailie@dhbailieagency.com Harry Dolyniuk, hjdcpa@hjdcpa.net Fred Kruckow, fkruckow@yahoo.com Members are appointed by the pastor and serve a three-year term.

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SCHOOL ENDOWMENT COMMITTEE Diocese: Carrie Jane Williamson, 912-201-4120, cjwilliamson@diosav.org Staff: Fr. Mark Ross, 706-733-6627, smoth@stmaryonthehill.org Todd Shafer, 706-733-6193, todd.shafer@smcsaug.org Rich Peritore, 706-733-6627, rich.peritore@stmaryonthehill.org Chair: Rick Cundey, rdcundey@gmail.com Advisor: Charlie May, cmay@janney.com Steve Hagler, shagler@haglerlaw.net Chris Jackson, kidcjackson@yahoo.com Matt Johnson, matthew.e.johnson@bsci.com Valerie Mirshak, vmirshak@gmail.net

Catholic Schools ST. MARY ON THE HILL CATHOLIC SCHOOL St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School educates children in grades K-8 and is accredited by Cognia (formerly AdvancED) and continues to meet the requirements to be fully accredited. The school offers a full athletic program, 1:1 Chromebooks for second through eighth grade, a library/ media center, computer labs, and employs a full-time and part-time Reading Specialist. Art, Music, P.E., and Spanish are also a part of the St. Mary’s curriculum. St. Mary’s students receive local and state recognition for achievements in athletics, the PAGE Academic Team, and Junior Model UN, to name a few. To schedule a tour of the school campus or for more information, please call the school office at 706-733-6193 or visit the website, www.stmaryssaints.org.

AQUINAS HIGH SCHOOL This is a Diocesan Catholic Secondary School (ninth through 12th grades) serving students from the Central Savannah River Area. Aquinas High School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Aquinas offers Advanced Placement, Honors, and College Preparatory curricula. A wide range of sports and clubs are also offered. Tuition and subsidies from parishes of the Augusta Deanery provide most of the financial support for Aquinas. Scholarships and financial aid grants are available. Please see the website, www.aquinashigh.org, for more information, or call 706-736-5516.

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Parish Organization The Parish Council shall assist the parish pastor by deliberating and acting on matters pertaining to the spiritual, financial, and educational affairs of the parish, its management and operation, except in those matters explicitly limited by Church law. The Parish Council shall work with the parish staff and concern itself with all aspects of parish life including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the following areas: social, liturgical, and apostolic programs; evolvement of the longrange and immediate goals of the parish; the Christian formation of the parishioners (including formation as Stewardship parish); and involvement of the entire parish in the conduct of parish affairs. In its work, the Parish Council shall be guided by the following principal objectives: the fostering of parish unity; the development and implementation of a unified program of renewal designed to promote the common good of the parish; the formation of the parish as a Stewardship parish; the coordination of all parish activities; the provision of adequate forums for dialogues among all members of the parish and between parish members in the spiritual and apostolic life; the promotion of diocesan and deanery activities and programs; and the assessment of the spiritual and temporal needs of the parish.

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COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES The seven commissions are Worship, Faith Formation, School Advisory Board, Community and Pastoral Care, Service, Stewardship, and Finance. Each commission has a representative that reports to the Parish Council. Committees are formed by the pastor as needed for special projects. PARISH STAFF The parish staff provides the essential underpinning and operational support required by the Parish Council and the ministries to function effectively. A staff member is assigned to work with the Parish Council. Staff should be kept informed of the actions of the Parish Council and ministries and may participate in Parish Council meetings as consultants and resource people. They should keep the Parish Council abreast of significant events within the diocese and deanery. They should also have the opportunity to seek advice and support from the Parish Council as needed.


PARISH COUNCIL Chair: Jamie Kimbrough, jamesfkimbrough@gmail.com Parish: Janine Bangs, rnhelp3@att.net Stephanie Barnett, sbarnett1@bellsouth.net Rick Burnett, rburnett@cramerlumber.com Brigid Jones, brigiddgls0@gmail.com Mary Kruckow, marykruckow@yahoo.com Joey Martin, biojoey@gmail.com Andrew Poirier, eagle41111@gmail.com Jessica Torres-Pryor, mikeandjessica22@msn.com Therese Rhodes, thereserhodes@yahoo.com Richard Slaby, richardslaby@gmail.com David Waters, davkat1859@gmail.com Ex-Officio Members: Pastor: Fr. Mark Ross, 706-733-6627, smoth@stmaryonthehill.org Staff: Fr. Vernon Knight, 706-733-6627, smoth@stmaryonthehill.org Fr. Solomon Kaanan, 706-733-6627, smoth@stmaryonthehill.org Deacon Ken Maleck, 706-733-6627, kmaleck@knology.net Martha Kearns, 706-733-6627, martha.kearns@stmaryonthehill.org Michael Lammers, mlammers@aquinashigh.org Joan Purucker, 706-733-9908, joan.purucker@stmaryonthehill.org Todd Shafer, 706-733-6193, todd.shafer@smcsaug.org Members are nominated by the parishioners and appointed by the Pastor. They serve a three-year term.

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Sacraments BAPTISM Parent(s) must be registered members. Parents are required to attend a Baptism Preparation class, typically scheduled for the first Sunday of the month. It is recommended that godparents also attend. Please call the Parish Office to register. Baptisms may be scheduled for Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Please call to schedule a Baptism. Contact: Martha Kearns, 706-733-6627, martha.kearns@stmaryonthehill.org RECONCILIATION Wednesday from noon- 1 p.m. and Saturday from 3:45-4:45 p.m. or by appointment. Reconciliation services are held one evening during Advent and one evening during Lent. FIRST RECONCILIATION The Sacrament of Reconciliation is usually received in second grade. The child must be baptized, have completed first-grade Religious Education, and be attending second-grade Religious Education classes. The family must be attending Sunday Mass regularly. Celebration of this sacrament is typically scheduled in January. Contact: Joan Purucker, 706-733-9908, joan.purucker@stmaryonthehill.org FIRST EUCHARIST The Sacrament of Eucharist is usually received in second grade. The child must be baptized, have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation, have completed first-grade Religious Education, and be attending second-grade Religious Education classes. The family must be attending Sunday Mass regularly. Children receive First Communion in May. Contact: Joan Purucker, 706-733-9908, joan.purucker@stmaryonthehill.org CONFIRMATION The Sacrament of Confirmation is usually celebrated in the fall of a student’s ninth-grade year. The person preparing for Confirmation must be baptized and have received First Eucharist. A student must have completed a Religious Education class and the family must be attending Sunday Mass regularly. Confirmation candidates attend Confirmation Preparation sessions and a retreat. The Confirmation date is set by the bishop and the pastor. Contact: Joan Purucker, 706-733-9908, joan.purucker@stmaryonthehill.org MARRIAGE We are excited that you are preparing for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Your first step in your preparation for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is to contact the Wedding Coordinator, Martha Kearns, at the 30


Church Office to begin the process at least four to six months in advance before setting your wedding date. In addition, all couples are required to attend a Marriage Preparation Weekend and meet several times with a priest to complete their marriage packet. Marriage Preparation Weekends are offered four times a year in the Augusta Deanery. PLEASE DO NOT RESERVE PLACES FOR RECEPTIONS/DINNERS UNTIL YOUR WEDDING DATE IS RESERVED ON THE PARISH CALENDAR – NOT ALL DATES AT THE CHURCH MAY BE AVAILABLE DUE TO PARISH EVENTS OR OTHER CONFLICTS. Contact: Martha Kearns — Parish Office, 706-733-6627, martha.kearns@stmaryonthehill.org ANOINTING OF THE SICK Please contact the church office when a loved one is in the hospital or seriously ill, so a priest may visit as soon as possible. We invite all seriously ill parishioners to ask a priest to anoint them and pray for healing. You may want to include the Anointing of the Sick as part of your pre-surgery preparations.

Parish Miscellaneous Information ALTAR FLOWERS Call the Church Office, 706-733-6627, several weeks in advance if you wish to donate flowers for the altar in honor of an anniversary, birthday, or in memory of a loved one. BULLETIN The bulletin is published weekly. The deadline is usually Monday at noon to submit information to appear in the following Sunday bulletin. Your written information can be sent to the church office via mail, fax, or email at smbulletin@stmaryonthehill.org. Rest in Peace announcements are published in the bulletin the week following a death. We normally only list registered family members with the deceased. Please check with the person before calling to add their name to the Prayer Request list. If you wish your name or the name of a loved one to remain on the list longer than two weeks, please contact the Church Office (706-733-6627). If you have a loved one on the prayer list, please call the office when their name can be removed. CATHOLIC READING RACK The Catholic Reading Rack in the narthex of the church has a wide selection of Catholic periodicals and Bible study guides. Envelopes are located on the reading rack for a donation that can be put in the next week’s collection. 31


CHURCH NURSERY A nursery is provided during the Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mass in St. Anne’s Hall. It is available for children ages six months to Pre-K4. Parents who use the Church Nursery are asked to volunteer. COLUMBARIUM St. Mary on the Hill dedicated our columbarium on July 25, 2017. A columbarium is a structure like a mausoleum, except for cremains. The cremains are inurned into a niche. St. Mary’s columbarium has 408 double niches and 117 single niches. If you are interested in purchasing a niche or would like additional information, please contact the Church Office, 706-733-6627 or by email, smoth@stmaryonthehill.org. DAILY ADORATION Come and spend an hour with the Lord in the Sacred Heart Adoration Chapel, 1210 Monte Sano Avenue. Contact: Paul and Mary Ellen Zielinski, Adoration Program Coordinators, adoration@stmaryonthehill.org FLYERS If you need copies of a flyer for a church-related activity, contact Joan Purucker at the church office, 706-733-6627, or email the information to smbulletin@stmaryonthehill.org. FORMED.ORG FORMED.org is a revolutionary online platform featuring some of the best Catholic videos, audio talks, eBooks, and movies. This could be a life-changing resource for personal faith formation, and it is at the fingertips of every parishioner who has a computer or smartphone. The parish has partnered with Augustine Institute to offer it to you. To sign up for FREE, go to formed.org/ signup; Select our parish – St. Mary on the Hill Church; Register with your name and email address; Check that email account for a link to begin using FORMED. GIFT BEARERS Individuals or families are invited to bring the offertory gifts to the altar during Mass. Please notify an usher before the Mass that you wish to bear the gifts.

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HOMEBOUND If there are parishioners who are homebound, in a nursing facility, or in the hospital and who wish for pastoral visits and Holy Communion, please contact the Parish Office by calling 706-733-6627. We rely on family members to notify us if there are parishioners to be visited. Due to the federal confidentiality guidelines for hospitals, we are not notified when parishioners are in the hospital. Therefore, we ask that you please call us if you would like a visit while in the hospital. If you anticipate a stay in the hospital, please let us know so we can keep you in our prayers.


MARIANITE The Marianite newsletter is usually published bi-monthly and is mailed to parishioners. It includes information about people, activities, and events in the parish and community. Suggestions for articles and/or pictures should be sent to smoth@stmaryonthehill.org. MASS CARDS Mass Cards are available through the Church Office. Please come in person or send your request in writing. The customary stipend is $10 or more per Mass. Masses for the next year are available after Pentecost Sunday. MEDICAL EMERGENCIES OR A DEATH After office hours, a priest can be reached on the Pastoral Emergency Phone at 706-833-4355. MOTHER’S DAY OUT/ PRE-SCHOOL Our Mother’s Day Out and PreSchool program is available for children ages six weeks through the start of kindergarten. Your child is in a fun and loving environment where the Catholic faith is taught and lived. The program runs from August through May. Contact: Gina Craw, 706-262-2659, gina.craw@stmaryonthehill.org ONLINE GIVING Online Giving is available for you to make contributions to the parish. This option makes use of current technology and security standards and allows you to easily set up recurring contributions. It also enables our parish to take advantage of new tools to become more efficient. Online Giving is intended to be a convenient tool for you to use, and we strongly support both Online Giving and offering envelopes for contributions to the parish. Online Giving is the electronic way to participate in the weekly offertory. To start giving online: 1.

Visit our parish website at www.stmaryonthehill.org and click on the “Donations” link (https://www.osvhub.com/stmaryonthehill/giving/funds).

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Create an account.

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Schedule your recurring gifts.

PULPIT ANNOUNCEMENTS For a verbal announcement about your activity, email your announcement to smoth@stmaryonthehill.org by noon on Wednesday. 33


REGISTRATION • If you are new to the parish, please call 706-733-6627, or stop by the Church Office. It only takes a minute to register, and we would love to hear from you. Registration forms are also online at https://www.stmaryonthehill.org/parish-registration. •

If you are going to move, have a change of address or change your phone number, please contact the Parish Office. You can help save us return postage.

When you reach the age of 18 and/or are no longer a dependent of your parents, you should register with the parish. If you are asked to be a sponsor or godparent, then the parish will be able to issue a certificate that you are an active, registered member of the parish.

SAFE ENVIRONMENT REQUIREMENTS Because every adult volunteer and employee is a mandatory reporter (GA Code 19-7-5), the Diocese of Savannah requires the following of employees and volunteers: TRAINING/EDUCATION • VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children for Adults training •

All employees/volunteers must recertify training at a five-year interval, either by: 1. 2.

Complete an online Re-Certification Module on VIRTUS assigned by the parish/school Attend another Protecting God’s Children training session

For certain roles, employees/volunteers must read a VIRTUS Monthly Training Bulletin.

BACKGROUND CHECK • All employees/volunteers must have a background check on file with the parish. CODE OF CONDUCT • The Code of Conduct must be understood and acknowledged by the employee/volunteer signature, either physical or electronic. For more information go to https://diosav.org/offices/child-and-youth-protection. 34


STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE In thanksgiving for God’s gifts, each household at St. Mary Church is asked to strive to give 10 percent of their income based on the biblical tithe — eight percent to St. Mary on the Hill Church, one percent to the Diocese of Savannah, and one percent to a charity. Contribution envelopes are mailed to your home address on a bi-monthly basis. Please use your envelope when you attend church, regardless of if there is a contribution in the envelope. If you contribute without your envelope, please include your envelope number on your check or use a blank envelope and your full name. Contributions are entered for the week they are received; therefore, it is not necessary to include the envelopes for the Sundays that you may have missed. Contribution statements are mailed quarterly and end-of the- year statements are provided for tax purposes. If you find an error in any of your statements, please notify the Church Office. Please remember to inform the Church Office of any address change as your envelopes are mailed bulk rate and are not usually forwarded by the post office. You can make contributions online through our website: stmaryonthehill.org.

A S T E WA R D ’ S P R AY E R O Lord, giver of life and source of freedom, I know that all I have received is from Your hand. Gracious and loving God, You call us to be stewards of Your abundance, the caretakers of all You have entrusted to us. Help us to always use Your gifts wisely and teach us to share them generously. Send the Holy Spirit to work through us, bringing Your message to those we serve. May our faithful stewardship bear witness to the love of Jesus Christ in our lives. We pray with grateful hearts, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Parish Facilities OUR CHURCH St. Mary on the Hill Church is located at 1420 Monte Sano Ave. on the corner of McDowell St.

PARISH HALL This facility is adjacent to the Church and is used for parishrelated activities.

PARISH OFFICE The office is next door to the Parish Hall. The hours of business are Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. For Holy Days, holidays and summer hours consult the bulletin.

ST. ANNE’S HALL This facility is located behind the Parish Hall. It houses the Nursery and Mother’s Day Out/PreSchool Program.

FR. CHARLIE’S HOUSE This facility is located at 2504 McDowell St. and is used for small-group parish-related activities, Augusta Young Adult Ministry and couple counseling.

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SCOUT HUT This facility is located at the corner of Arsenal Ave. and McDowell St.

ADORATION CHAPEL The Chapel is attached to the St. Joseph Center on the corner of Monte Sano Ave. and Bellevue Ave.

ST. MARY ON THE HILL CATHOLIC SCHOOL The school is located at 1220 Monte Sano Ave. It is an elementary school K-8th grade. The CCD program is held at the school on Sunday mornings.

SCHOOL GYM The Gym is located behind St. Mary School on Arsenal Ave. The Gym is available for use by parishioners for parish-related activities.

ST. JOSEPH CENTER This facility is located at the corner of Monte Sano Ave. and Bellevue Ave. It holds the Senior Center, the Media Center and school classrooms.

To Reserve any of these parish facilities for a church-related meeting or function, please call the Parish Office at 706-733-6627 or email smoth@stmaryonthehill.org. You will also need to come by the office or visit our website to fill out an Events work sheet.

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MAP OF PARISH FACILITIES MAP OF PARISH FACILITIES

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CENTRAL AVE SITE PLAN: JOHNSON, LASCHOBER & ASSOCIATES, PC

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Please keep until Fall 2023

S T. M ARY ON T H E HILL 1420 Monte Sano Avenue | Augusta, GA 30904 706-733-6627 | www.stmaryonthehill.org