Outreach and Service Ministries

Alzheimer’s Care Team – The Alzheimer’s Care Team provides non-medical support, assistance and friendship to the person with the memory disorder and his/her family. The main goals of this program are to improve the quality of life for the individual who has dementia and decrease caregiver burden. The team meets roughly once a month at St. Mary’s Church, Crescent. For more information, contact Sandra Monahan at 518-238-4167.

Church Care – A dedicated group of individuals who are committed to the upkeep of the church. This group cleans the church weekly and prepares the sanctuary for the weekend masses. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Pat Kildoyle at 518-487-8428.

Divorced/Separated/Widowed – A healing place for divorced, separated and widowed persons meets once a month in conjunction with St. Edward’s Parish. Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of each month at 7:00 pm. Group members seek to support each other through issues of grieving, coping, decision-making and the development of new pathways. If you would like more information on this group, please contact Laurie O’Brien at 518-371-3831.

Parish Food Pantry – The parish collects food weekly to share with local food pantries. Volunteers bring the food from St. Mary’s Crescent to pantries in need. If interested in volunteering to shuttle the food, please contact Debbie Bergh through the Parish Office at 518-371-9632.

Works of Mercy Project – *This ministry has been suspended during COVID, but we hope to resume in 2022!  We will have a different opportunity to live the Gospel every month or two volunteering at or for different charitable organizations serving people in need in our community. These projects welcome and encourage all ages from children through seniors, families, single people and couples. We all have time and talent to share.

Knitting and Crocheting Group – This committee meets monthly to make items for area Nursing Homes, Hospitals and Community Service Centers. Items created include: prayer shawls, baby blankets and newborn hats among others. They meet once a month, but volunteers can craft throughout! They are always looking for donations of yarn as well. If interested in donating or participating, please contact Mary Rose DeMarco at 518-852-3421.

Landscaping and Grounds – Volunteers assist in maintaining the appearance of the church grounds and buildings. Areas of service include gardening and landscaping. If interested in volunteering your time, please contact Carolyn Sitko at 518-371-8549.

Money Counters – Volunteers meet weekly in teams (rotating weeks) to prepare the weekend collections for bank deposit. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please contact Liz Konecnik at (518) 366-6045.

Christmas Giving Tree – The Christmas Giving Tree goes up just before Thanksgiving and comes down a couple of weeks before Christmas. Interested in helping sort gifts and deliver to various agencies? Contact Mary Beth McMahon at 518-369-4995.

Outreach Team – Members maintain contact with homebound parishioners with cards and seasonal gifts. Contact Jeanne Gracon at 518-371-9632 for more information.

Parish Social Committee – Organizes all Parish social functions and fundraisers. If you’re interested in connecting and helping to plan events, this committee is for you! Contact Jeanne Gracon for more information at 518-371-9632 or smcare@nycap.rr.com.

Pastoral Care

Prayer chain – A group of volunteers dedicated to individual prayers for others. If you are interested in being a member of the prayer chain, and being notified when others are in need of your prayers, please contact Jeanne Gracon at 518-371-9632 or smcare@nycap.rr.com.

“Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God” (St. John Damascene, CCC 2559).

If you or someone you know are in need of prayer, please let us know!