God sends us friends to be our firm support in the whirlpool of struggle. In the company of friends, we will find the strength to attain our sublime ideal.
– St. Maximilian Kolbe
See more opportunities to get involved through our faith formation groups for youth and adults.
Birgitt Hacker is the Pastoral Associate for Adult Faith Formation at SMOY. Birgitt manages our Bible studies, RCIA, parish mission, and speaking events at SMOY. She is a graduate of UC with an MBA and undergraduate degrees in Operation Management and German. She is working on her Masters of Theology at MTSM. In her free time, Birgitt enjoys gardening, cooking, and reading.
An Annulment (or Declaration of Nullity) is a declaration by a Church tribunal (a Catholic church court) that a marriage thought to be valid according to Church law actually fell short of at least one of the essential elements required for a binding union.
Though often misunderstood, the annulment process can, in fact, be a source of healing after a broken marriage.
– From the Archdiocese of Cincinnati website
What are the Church Teachings regarding Annulments? How long is the process? If a marriage is declared null, does it mean that the marriage never existed? Get the facts to these questions and more at For Your Marriage, an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Deacon Mike Muse
American Heritage Girls
American Heritage Girls (AHG) is a Christ-centered character and leadership development program for girls 5 to 18 years of age. AHG is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.
(Source: American Heritage Girls)
Arts & Environment
The Arts and Environment Ministry implements an environment in and around the sanctuary of the church. This ministry strives to enhance the beauty and reverent environment for the celebration of Mass in conjunction with the feast days and liturgical seasons.
Bereavement and Funeral Ministry
The Bereavement and Funeral Ministry responds to families who are grieving the death of a loved one. Bereavement Team members listen to the needs of the family and help them plan the Mass of Christian Burial so that the liturgy reflects the wishes and needs of the family. The Bereavement Minister will be present at the funeral to be a supportive presence for the family.
Boosters / Athletics
"Scouting is adventure, family, fun, character, leadership and so much more. Scouting is hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life."
(Source: Boy Scouts of America)
Cana Family Institute
The Cana Family institute helps to strengthen marriages, parenthood, and ourselves as faithful disciples of Christ. These programs are made of small groups that incorporate Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, papal encyclicals, and other study materials.
The Education Commission is a group of parishioners, elected by their fellow parishioners, who represent both the parents of school children and the parish at large. The Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the Pastor and the administrators of St. Margaret of York Parish School on matters pertaining to the planning and operation of the school. The Education Commission provides counsel, evaluation, and recommendations on issues and needs facing the St. Margaret of York Parish School.
We are a group of experienced mothers who provide support to the mothers of new babies in our parish. Whether you are a new mom or welcoming your tenth child, we are here to make this blessed time a little easier.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the Ordinary Ministers, Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Our Lord when the Priest requires assistance.
All ministers of Holy Communion should receive sufficient spiritual, theological, and practical preparation to fulfill their role with knowledge and show the greatest reverence for the Most Holy Eucharist by their demeanor, their attire, and the manner in which they handle the consecrated bread or wine.
Ken & Sue Ann Klaber
Fathers Team is a ministry that brings together fathers of all ages to grow their faith through studying Sacred Scripture, prayer, music, and fellowship. The Father's Team meets on Thursday evenings at 7:03pm and on Friday mornings at 6:03am each week. Fathers of all ages and walks of life are invited to attend. You will find this is a warm and welcoming group always excited for new additions! Come have a cup of coffee, sing a song, say a prayer, learn from and share your wisdom with others, and become a better man for your family. No commitment is required.
Come when you can! How about this Thursday or Friday?
This Commission works with the Pastoral Associate for Finance and Administration to prepare the annual budget, reviews monthly financial statements, performs support tasks for the Parish Office and reports on financial matters to the Pastor and Pastoral Council. Additionally, the Commission monitors incoming revenues compared to budget. Falling under the umbrella of the Finance Council are a number of other committees integral to the management of a parish.
Food Pantry Ministry
The Food Pantry Ministry collects non-perishable items and delivers the goods to both the Kings Local and Loveland LIFE Food Pantries. In collaboration with the pantry staff, we highlight an Item of the Month. These items are much-needed, rarely donated, and are often not SNAP-eligible and/or are outside pantry budgets. Volunteers of all ages deliver to the pantries ~2-3 times per month. Service hour opportunities are available upon request.
To donate goods: All non-perishable donations can be left on the table opposite the Parish Office. To donate money: For every $1 donated, pantries typically purchase $10 worth of food, thanks to partnerships with Shared Harvest (Kings) and Freestore Foodbank (LIFE). Donate directly through the following links to Kings Local Pantry and/or Loveland LIFE Food Pantry.
To drive or to be included on our Friends of the Food Pantry communication list Lindsey Galles.
Girl Scouts delivers the best leadership experience for girls, setting them up for a lifetime of success. Girl Scouts is proven to help girls thrive in five key ways as they:
- develop a strong sense of self
- seek challenges and learn from setbacks
- display positive values
- form and maintain healthy relationships
- dentify and solve problems in the community
Girl Scout troops creates a safe space where girls can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles, and just be themselves. (Source: Girls Scouts)
The Giving Tree Ministry blesses families in need during the Christmas season. Currently, the ministry supports six organizations, four local and two in Appalachia. Through the generosity of our parishioners, we support our brothers and sisters in need who have fallen on hard times. Some of the people we help are homeless, others are survivors of human trafficking.
We will deepen our relationship with our brothers and sisters in Honduras by the mutual sharing of gifts, traditions, culture, worship, and faith journey. This will help us strengthen our friendship with our neighbors from the South and gain a better understanding of the role we are called to within the global Church. Our group is involved with exchange visits and a student sponsorship program.
Recently, our St. Margaret of York School children raised funds to set up Skype with students at Home of Nazareth School at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Honduras. Meetings are open to all parishioners on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7:30pm. St. Margaret of York Honduras Twinning was featured in an article for the Catholic Telegraph in the Fall of 2017. Click here to read it.
Kairos Prison Ministry
"The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities." (Source: Kairos Prison Ministry International)
Knights of Columbus
The Moms Ministry is a group of moms of all ages from St. Margaret of York Church whose mission is to support each other through faith, fellowship, and service as we seek to raise our kids in the Catholic faith. We do this through informal social gatherings and play dates, regular story times and music classes, "Mom's Night Out" craft nights, and more. We are led by and for moms, and we welcome your creativity and contributions to our group!
Parish Pastoral Council is a volunteer ministry focused on being the eyes and ears of fellow parishioners. They seek parishioner’s input, and through dialogue and prayerful discernment, recommend opportunities to Fr. Bedel to better fulfill the mission of Christ at St. Margaret of York.
PLUS: Prayerful, Loving, Understanding, Support
The Pregnancy Loss Ministry provides caring support to those who have lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, newborn death or SIDS through information, group support meetings, liturgical activities, and prayer.
Grieving parents find comfort and support among peers -- within a Christ-centered environment. Volunteers have also experienced loss and are able to share a personal experience to the extent that it provides support to others.
The St. Margaret Prayer Chain Ministry prays for those experiencing a special need or emergency situation.
They are a great comfort to anyone who feels alone when facing a time of crisis. You are welcome to be included in this special ministry, or if you have prayer intentions or requests, our prayers can be offered for you.
The Respect Life group at St. Margaret of York promotes education and awareness of pro-life issues and the necessity of respect for all life from conception until natural death.
We have partnered with Old St. Mary's Pregnancy Center in Over-the-Rhine to provide monetary and material donations through various collections. Additionally, our group sponsors two prayer days at Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic during the 40 Days for Life campaign in the Spring and in the Fall. These prayer events are peaceful and prayerful. Respect Life encourages participation in legislative action by petitioning lawmakers on the local, state, and federal level to promote a culture of life. Members also participate in the annual March for Life in Washington DC and Cross the Bridge for Life in Cincinnati. Respect Life also helps connect post-abortive men and women with organizations such as Project Rachel and other appropriate counseling and healing programs in a loving and non-judgemental way.
Want to sign up for the Archdiocese Pro-Life Newsletter? Click here and sign up at the bottom of the page. Additionally, if you'd like to receive updates on what St. Margaret of York's Respect Life ministry is up to you can subscribe to their newsletter by clicking here.
Sacristans & Mass Coordinators
Sacristans train Mass Coordinators, clean liturgical vessels, and order the hosts and wine used to celebrate the Eucharist. Mass Coordinators are responsible for making sure liturgical ministers roles are covered for the celebration of Mass and finding replacements for the no shows.
Social Action Commission
Social Action Commission
The Social Action Commission works to strengthen awareness of the social justice dimension of our Catholic faith within our St. Margaret of York community. The Commission serves as a liaison with the Archdiocesan Office of Social Action and shares information from the Archdiocese regarding issues such as current legislation on political/social reform, the wide spectrum of Respect Life issues, social welfare, charitable outreach, etc. The Commission is the umbrella for all parish outreach efforts.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The St. Margaret of York Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) has been in existence since November 2006. Our mission is to offer emotional, spiritual, and financial support to people living in the St. Margaret of York and St. Vincent de Paul boundaries -- parishioners and non-parishioners alike. Volunteers with SVdP share the love, fellowship, and resources of both our God and our St. Margaret of York family during home visits with clients in need.
SVdP is supported by our parishioners through Fifth Sunday Collections occurring four times a year during Mass. The members of the Conference normally meet twice a month to hold spiritual discussions, pray, and discuss the business affairs of the Conference.
Sound Tech Ministry
Sound Techs assure the audio and visual media is effectively used at liturgical celebrations and occasional events.
Responsibilities include adjusting the soundboard so the assembly can clearly hear what is spoken or sung, audio recordings, and announcement reels and worship lyrics.
Ushers welcome all worship and assist them through greeting, helping people find a place to sit, collecting the offertory collection and assisting with the preparation of the gifts and communion procession.
Welcome New Parishioners
The Welcome Ministry informs and encourage new parishioners to take an active role in the church community. The ministry hosts Welcome Gatherings quarterly for new parishioners.
The Worship Commission meets throughout the year to discuss with leaders in liturgy, including Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion, Altar Servers, Lectors, Ushers, Arts & Environment, Linens, and Music. The commission prepares for future liturgical seasons, as well as evaluates the needs of the parish community.