Ministries

At St. Mary Magdalen, we have many ministries serving our local community. To get more information about any ministry listed here, please contact us:

SMM@stmarymagdalensa.org
(210) 735-5269

ACTS
The A.C.T.S groups promote adoration, community, theology and service to the parish. Four times a year ACTS holds a three-day retreat: One for men in English, one for men in Spanish, one for women in English, and one for women in Spanish. Scholarships are given for those in need.

Adoradores (Grupo de Fe)
Dedicated to increasing the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the side chapel of the church on Clower Street. Come anytime to be with Jesus or sign up for a regular weekly time. We want at least 2 people in attendance every hour.

“When you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now.” – Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Adult Bible Studies (English)
Every Sunday, various classes – ask us for class times and locations.
Also: every Summer for 5 consecutive Monday evenings, 7pm – 9pm.

Altar Servers
Children with a call to serve the Lord as servers during masses or other religious services to help the priests. The children must have completed First Communion to participate, and receive training and meet for spiritual growth, support and fun.

Altar Society
This ministry cares for the house of God by purchasing all that is needed for church services. They maintain the sanctuary, main altar, and provide the candles used in the church.

Baptism
We have Baptisms in both English and Spanish. All parents and Godparents of infants to be baptized must attend classes. A registration fee of $20.00 is required to cover church expenses. Please register at the rectory.

Boy Scouts of America – Pack 316
Prepares boys between 1st-5th grade to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Actively involved in different aspects of the church to instill the positive values of faith and belief.

Catholic Charismatic Renewal
• Holy Spirit Empowerment • Personal Holiness • Renewed Catholic Life • Evangelization • The Charismatic Renewal witnesses to elements of the Good News which are central, not optional: the covenant love of the Father, the Lordship of Jesus, the power of the Spirit, sacramental and community life, prayer, charisms, and the necessity of evangelization.

Catholic Daughters of America
Court Bishop Odin #1758
Catholic lay and religious women, 18 years of age or older, who love and support the Church and wish to participate in social, and charitable activities, are welcome. Founded in 1903 by the Knights of Columbus. The largest national organization of Catholic women dedicated to strengthen their spiritual life through Christ and his Church.

CCD
Classes are open to Elementary (K-5), Middle School (6-8), and High School Aged Children. Middle School youth attend EDGE, while High School youth attend Life Teen. CCD provides religious education programs for public school children of all ages during the school season. These services include classes in: First Communion, First Reconciliation, Confirmation classes (Grade 9-10), and other Religious Education Classes. Adult Bible studies are also offered in English and Spanish.

Charismatic Prayer Group
Weekly charismatic prayer services on Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. (Spanish Group in church, English Group in Jubilee Hall). Sponsor a Healing Mass the last Thursday of each month in the church. Twice a year these prayer groups provide Life In the Spirit Seminars, an introduction to a life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Choir & Music
Each weekend mass has a music group dedicated to the joyful sound of voices and instruments to praise the Lord.

Coro Mexicano
Sunday 9:00 a.m. Spanish Mass choir. Also available for vigil rosaries and special occasion masses. They also accept invitations for outside events when possible.

CYO (Catholic Youth Organization): Sports
Sports activities for children: Basketball, Baseball and Softball.

Danzantes
Children of the community who honor Our Lady of Guadalupe through dancing. They travel once a year to the Basilica in Monterrey, Mexico, where they visit an orphanage and make donations.

Divina Misericordia
Group that recites the Divine Mercy Chaplet in Spanish every Monday through Friday in the Adoration Chapel at 3:00 p.m., “the hour of salvation” when Jesus died for us on the cross.

EDGE (Middle School Youth Ministry)
Our middle school youth ministry program utilizing relevant and interactive catechesis.

Estudios de la Biblia
Spanish language Bible study groups:
Sundays: BECCA
Mondays & Tuesdays: 7 p.m., on evenings when CCD is also in session.

Family Faith Formation
Has a special event every month while CCD is in session, including the Living Stations of the Cross at 3:00 p.m. every Good Friday and Las Posadas in Advent. Some events are for parents, held during CCD evening classes, while others, such as the Living Stations and Las Posadas, are for the whole family.

Family Ministry
Holds different family oriented celebrations, such as family retreats and the Seder Meal, and promotes charity within the parish families.

Festival
Our annual church sponsored neighborhood festival, also known as Family Fest, takes place on the first Sunday of October from Noon to 6:00 p.m. Join us for food, live music, a parade, games, lotería, and more!

Gabriel Project
A bilingual pro-life ministry with a reverence for all life and works through faith to protect the unborn no matter what the circumstances may be. By lovingly helping women in crisis pregnancies we seek to save God’s precious little ones that cannot defend themselves. We also give love and support to any family in desperate need that has small children. Click to go to our page.

Girl Scouts of America – Troop 173
2010 was their first year at St Mary Magdalen. They prepare girls grades Kinder – 3rd to develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, like leadership, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. They are actively involved in different aspects of the church to instill the positive values of faith and belief.

God’s Helping Hands
A ministry that does free yard work and chores for the elderly in our neighborhood.

Grupo de Oración Carismática (Spanish Prayer Group)
Weekly charismatic prayer services in Spanish on Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. Sponsors a bilingual Healing Mass the last Thursday of each month in the church. Twice a year this group also provides Life In the Spirit Seminars, an introduction to a life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Guadalupanas(os)
An international society whose goal is to promote devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe through prayer and service. They sponsor retreats and yearly pilgrimages to La Virgin De San Juan Del Valle and our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica in Monterrey, Mexico. They also say weekly rosaries for community needs and have special masses offered for the sick and deceased. In addition they help with the cleaning of the church, provide Thanksgiving baskets for the needy, sponsor children’s Easter events, and provide meals for funerals and special receptions. They also provide a breakfast for Father’s Day.

Hombres En Cristo / Men in Christ info

Hombres en Cristo / Men in Christ
Meet every Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. at Jubilee Hall. This bilingual group meets to pray, discuss and share Scripture readings, and fellowship. They also sponsor free one day retreats for men every year.

Knights of Columbus
A Catholic men’s service organization dedicated to helping our community develop and grow by being involved in parish activities and supporting parish goals. Together we practice the principals of our Order: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.

Legion of Mary
An international organization known for their spiritual dedication to the shut-ins in their homes or senior citizen homes. Members set their own schedules for visits with individuals.

Life Teen / Confirmation
Life Teen is an international Catholic ministry that believes that Eucharist-based ministry has the power to transform teens, transform parishes, and transform culture. Preparation for Confirmation is just a part of this dynamic, comprehensive youth ministry.

Little Angel Thrift Shop
A volunteer operated thrift shop. All donated items are sold to help fund church functions. The shop is located at the corner of West Ave and Lee Hall. Hours of operation are Saturday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Maranata (Grupo de Paredes)
Spanish ministry for married couples of all ages, this ministry seeks to enrich, strengthen, and nurture marriages in our parish through prayer, fellowship, and development of better communication and faith-building skills.

Married Couples Ministry (English)
For married couples of all ages, this ministry seeks to enrich, strengthen, and nurture marriages in our parish through prayer, fellowship, and development of better communication and faith-building skills.

Mass Captains
Oversee Eucharistic Ministers, ushers, lectors, etc., for our weekend masses.

Matlachines
Adults who dance to honor La Virgen de Guadalupe.

Military Veterans For Christ
Hopes to grow and build enriched spiritual relationships with fellow veterans by providing resources and assistance which will strengthen their spiritual journey with Christ and develop into a positive transformation of a life renewed.

Mujeres de la Noria / Women at the Well
This group sponsors free one-day retreats for women every year (in Spanish and English).

Mujeres en Cristo
Bilingual women’s group that meets every Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. at Jubilee Hall for prayer, discussion and sharing of Scripture readings, and fellowship.

Pastoral Council
Advisory board for our Pastor.

Patricios (Children’s Choir)
Guitar and singing lessons for children. The group teaches the children to play and sing church music.

Planificación Natural
Natural Family Planning in Spanish.

RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
This program prepares adults who are inquiring about the Catholic religion. Classes also prepare adults for Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation. Candidates meet from August through May.

RCIC – Rite of Christian Initiation for Children
Parents assist in preparing children for Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation. Candidates meet from August through May.

Retiros de Matrimonio y Noches Especiales
Married couples retreats and special events ministry (in Spanish).

RICA – Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults in Spanish
This program prepares adults who are inquiring about the Catholic religion. Classes also prepare adults for Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation. Candidates meet from August through May.

RICAN – Rite of Christian Initiation for Children in Spanish
Parents assist in preparing children for Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation. Candidates meet from August through May.

Secular Franciscans
Promote a Christian life through study and imitation of their patron saint: Francis of Assisi. Provide quarterly blood drives, assist with funerals, hospital visitations, lead Stations of the Cross during Lent, and assist with other parish needs.

St. Mary Magdalen School
Mission Statement: We at Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School, as educators with a special mission, strive to provide a Christ centered environment for the formation and growth of the whole child – spiritually, physically, mentally, culturally, socially, and emotionally.

St. Vincent de Paul
A national organization dedicated to serving needy families by providing food, medicine and payment of utility bills. The St. Vincent De Paul house is located on Clower across from the church. Call 735-3700 for more information.

Women’s Faith Sharing Group
English speaking women’s group that meets every Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. at Jubilee Hall for prayer, discussion and sharing of Scripture readings, and fellowship.

Women’s Retreat
A free one-day retreat for women every year.

Young Adult Immersion
A comprehensive young adult ministry.