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St. Mary's Ministry Handbook

Click here to download a printable copy Ministry Handbook

The best way to read the Ministry Handbook, is to download the book from the link provided. Of course, you can also pick one up inside the church when you come to Mass. Listed below is a brief sample of the book's contents.



Parish Mission & Vision Statements

St. Mary's Catholic Parish Mission Statement

Saint Mary’s Catholic Parish Mission Statement Following the example of our Patrons, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we are dedicated to prayer, community and education. Our goal as disciples is to continue the work of Jesus in our neighborhood. We invite and welcome all to journey with us as members of God’s Holy Family.

St. Mary's Catholic Parish Vision Statement

We Will Strive To… Be a more welcoming community of faith-filled people committed to knowing, loving and serving all God’s people. Support and strengthen the elements of parish life: worship, lay leadership, education, shared ministry, community service, evangelization, and social activities. Continue to offer additional ways parishioners might gather for liturgical services and adult education to encourage the deepening of our Catholic faith. Seek and develop an active, vital lay leadership to advocate our parish Mission and Vision within the various ministries. Enhance the education of our youth and guide their moral, spiritual and social growth by providing them with the example and means to be involved in the parish community. Be a more informed parish community by making use of current technology and the more traditional ways to communicate at all levels of parish life. Saint Mary’s Catholic Parish invites all its parishioners to participate in this Vision through the stewardship of their Time, Talent and Treasure.

Welcome Letter from The Pastor

Welcome Letter from Our Pastor, Father Barry

June 2014


Dear Friends in Christ,


Welcome to St. Mary’s Parish!


I am extremely grateful that you have decided to be part of this blessed, vibrant and dynamic Catholic community.


When I was assigned as Pastor to St. Mary’s in 1997 I knew that it was a very special place but I didn’t really know just how special. Over the years we have worked together to ensure that everyone who enters our church immediately realizes that “St. Mary’s Parish in Bristol is really something special.”


We have repaired our roof, our stained glass windows and our exterior. We have enhanced the beauty of our interior to a point where many call it ‘one of the most beautiful in the Diocese’. We added air conditioning, repaired the organ pipes and purchased a state of the art organ. We remodeled our church hall to accommodate our thriving CCD program and created a space where we can meet socially as a parish on a more regular basis. We have a Music Ministry that is the envy of the entire Diocese. In addition to all of this we continue to oversee the Catholic community on Prudence Island and their house of worship, Our Lady of Prudence Chapel that has also seen many capital improvements over the last couple of years. For all of this, and more, I am eternally grateful.


St. Mary’s continues to be an extremely active and involved parish both internally and in terms of our outreach to those in need.


This new St. Mary’s Ministry Handbook will make it easier for all of our parishioners to find a Ministry that suits their interests, talents and time limitations. I knew that we were an incredibly blessed and active parish but it wasn’t until I actually reviewed the depth and variety of our many Ministries that I realized it was time to create this Handbook.


You will find this Handbook very easy to use as an ongoing reference guide. We have included contact information, which will be updated as necessary, for each Ministry.


We also intend to hold a Ministry Fair from time to time in order to make it easier for you to learn more about each Ministry.


My thanks to the Parish Council for spearheading this important project. I know that we will all benefit a great deal from having this information so readily available.


Thanks for all that each of you do to help make St. Mary’s Parish such a very special place.


With gratitude,


Reverend Barry J. Gamache, Pastor

Parish Council Letter

Letter from Parish Council


June 2014


Dear Fellow Parishioners of St. Mary’s,


If you are reading this letter you are already aware of how much St. Mary’s Church in Bristol, RI has to offer and hopefully you have taken the time to become a registered member of our parish community.


As Bishop Tobin once noted so correctly; “St. Mary’s Church is one of the most physically beautiful churches in the entire Diocese of Providence”.


Couple that with our wonderful Pastor, our incomparable music ministry, the ongoing improvements to our physical plant, the quality of our Deacon and staff and the always welcoming arms of our community it is easy to see why our parish is thriving.


There is so much good going on at St. Mary’s that the Parish Council felt it important to make it easy for each and every parishioner to learn about and find a way to become more involved in a complete and easy to follow manner.


As you will see from this new Ministry Handbook the opportunities to get more involved are almost endless. There truly is something for everyone. Many of these ministries have come about as the result of a suggestion or someone’s experience at another parish. If you have a suggestion please speak up.


The important thing is to get involved in something besides attending Mass on Sunday. It is a wonderful way to make new friends, grow spiritually, experience the satisfaction of ‘giving back’ and exposing yourself to something new.


A great deal of time and effort has gone into developing this Ministry Handbook. Hold onto it and it will serve as an all-inclusive resource guide to what is offered at St. Mary’s.


The enclosed slip sheet will be updated as needed so that you will always have current contact information.


We hope that you enjoy this Handbook as much as we enjoyed preparing it for you.




St. Mary’s Parish Council

Stewardship Council Letter

Letter from Stewardship Council


June 2014


Dear Fellow Parishioners of St. Mary’s,


This guide contains a listing of the Ministries and Organizations of Saint Mary’s. You will also find a brief outline which depicts the basic structure of the individual groups. Hopefully you will find this helpful as you give each of the ministries your prayerful consideration.


If you identify a ministry that interests you but fear that your schedule might not allow you to participate, please do not rule it out before speaking with someone directly related to the group. Many groups would be overjoyed with your interest and will attempt to work with you and accommodate your schedule.


As a stewardship parish we are committed to support our parishioners in their effort to give of their time and talent. Together we will strengthen our personal relationship with God by doing his work side by side, as he would have wanted.


Annually the Parish Stewardship Council hosts a Time and Talent Ministry Fair. All are welcome to come, meet and learn more about these opportunities. You may also contact any of the organizations directly throughout the year. A list of the contact information for our Ministries and Organizations is available on a separate sheet in this Ministry Handbook. It can also be found on the St. Mary’s Parish web site.




St. Mary’s Stewardship Council

Parish Directory

Staff & Schedules

Saint Mary’s Parish Directory

Saint Mary’s Catholic Parish and Rectory

330 Wood St. • Bristol, RI 02809

(401) 253-3300 Fax: (401) 253-4057




Pastor: Reverend Barry J. Gamache


Assisting Clergy: Reverend John Wydeven


Deacons: Reverend Mr. Paul Bisbano and Reverend Mr. Bernard G. Theroux


Sexton: To Be Determined


Administrative Assistant and /Business Manager: Mr. David E. Barboza


CCD Office (401)253-2270

A description of St. Mary’s Religious Education Program can be found on page 10 of this handbook. Classes are offered in the following groupings:


Gr. 1-3; Gr. 4-6; Gr. 7-8; Gr. 9-10 (Confirmation Preparation)


Refer to Parish Ministry Contact List for specific names and contact information or this ministry.


Music Ministry:

Further information on St. Mary’s Music Ministry can be found on page 13 of this handbook.
Refer to Parish Ministry Handbook Contact List for specific names and contact information for this ministry.


R.C.I.A: Deacon Paul Bisbano

Trustees: Two appointed by Pastor for a two year term. Refer to Parish Ministry Handbook Contact List


Mass Saturday: 4:00 PM (Sunday Vigil)
Sundays: 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 AM

Monday - Friday
Morning Prayer: 7:45 AM
Morning Mass: 8:00 AM
Morning Rosary: 8:30 AM (Immediately after Mass)

Holy Day Mass Schedule: check Sunday Bulletin, visit Parish Website, FaceBook, or call Parish Office (401) 253-3300

Adoration: Wednesdays: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM


Reconciliation: Saturdays 3:30 PM or by appointment.


Baptism: The Sacrament of Baptism is conducted at the convenience of the family following the 4:00 PM or 11:30 AM Masses. Arrangements must be made in advance for required instruction. Godparents must present Sponsors Certificates from their respective parish.


Couples should contact the office at least one year in advance. Be sure you have a confirmed date at the church before making any other arrangements.

Ministries and Organizations

There are many ministries and organizations in St. Mary's Parish. The follow is a list of all we offer in our parish. The actual handbook has a great deal of information on each. Feel free to download the handbook from the link provided on this page.

The Ministries and Organizations

    •   The Parish Council
  •   The Finance Council
  •   The Stewardship Council
  •   The Trustees

Faith Formation

  •   Sacramental Preparation
  •   Infant Baptism
  •   First Penance and First Holy Communion
  •   Confirmation
  •   Marriage
  •   Faith Formation Advisory Commission
  •   Religious Education for Children
  •   SPRED (Special Religious Education)
  •   Generations of Faith
  •   Eucharistic Adoration
  •   Children's Liturgy

Scripture Study

  •   Small Faith Communities
  •   Bible Study
  •   Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
  •   Youth Ministry
  •   A.L.I.V.E.
  •   Faith Raisers

Liturgical Ministries

  •   Liturgy Commission
  •   Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
  •   Readers
  •   Altar Servers
  •   Music

Ministers of Hospitality

  •   Greeters
  •   Collectors

Social Outreach and Pastoral Care

  •   Harbor Lights
  • Grief Support
    •     The Funeral Laison Team
    •     The Bereavement Support Team
    •     Hope Anew
  •   Emmaus
  •   St. Vincent dePaul Society
  •   Food Pantry
  •   Martha
  •   Visitors/Transportation
  •   Giving Treet
  •   July 4th Float
  •   Flowers and Decorations
  •   May Procession and Crowning
  •   Respect Life
  •   Catholic Charity
  •   Parish Socials
  •   Military Support: Boxes for Boots Care Package Program
  •   Parish Family Picnic
  •   Mobile Loaves and Fishes
  •   Communications
  •   Building and Grounds
  •   Macaroni Supper
  •   CYO Basketball
  •   Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts
  •   Marketing
Social Media
  •   Parish Website:
  •   Facebook: www.facebook>com/StMaryBristol
Spiritual Life
  •   Rosary Makers
  •   Vocations Awareness
  •   Respect Life Committee
  •   e-Mail Intercessory Prayer
  •   Lifting Spirits
  •   Cancer Support
  •   Prayer Shawl
  •   Baptism Bibs
Parish Life
  •   New Member Welcome Committee
  •   Knights of Columbus
  •   Daughters of Isabella
  •   Parish Office Staff Assistance

The Diocese of Providence

Catholic Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island

Bishop: The Most Reverend Thomas Joseph Tobin

Location: 1 Cathedral Square • Providence, RI 02903

Phone: (401) 278-4500


Diocesan Newspaper: Rhode Island Catholic