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 St. Vincent de Paul Society

​In continuous existence since the 1930's (originally "The Coal Fund"), works to meet the material needs of the poor of the community through Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Tri-City Life Center, Respite Care and Nursing & Personal Care Home visitation.

Meetings: Third Thursday of the month, 7:00 p.m., in the Conference Room at St. Mary Parish. 

For more information, visit the National Council of the United States Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.

 The Holy Name Society

​St. Mary Holy Name Society was founded in 1953 as a men's group founded to meet specific spiritual needs of the parish.

Meetings: Second Sunday of the month, 8:30 a.m., in the Conference Room at St. Mary Parish.

A sampling of our ministries:

  • Scriptural Rosary 
  • Adult altar servers
  • Holy Thursday church walk (bus)
  • Sacred Heart altar candle
  • Catholic Prayer booklets in the pews

For more information, please visit the National Association of Holy Name Society . ​

 Prayer Shawl Ministry

​The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a service project of St. Joseph and St. Mary of Czestochowa parishes in New Kensington.

The purpose of a prayer shawl is to give someone who is suffering a tangible example of God's love and care. The shawl is made of soft yarn so the recipient can wrap up in it and feel the love around him or her. A prayer shawl is made in prayer, as prayer, for prayer. Each shawl is passed on hand-to-hand, from heart-to-heart. The shawls are then blessed by a priest before being given to the recipient.

There is never a charge to the recipient. The making of a prayer shawl is a spiritual practice which embodies our thoughts and prayers for the receiver. It is a gift freely given with no strings attached. Putting a price on a shawl defeats the purpose of this ministry.

We welcome knitters and crocheters of all levels and ages to become part of the group. We hope to have enough experienced knitters and crocheters that will be willing to share their skills with people who would like to learn. If the idea of making an item for someone that carries such meaning appeals to you, please consider becoming a part of our ministry. If you are unable to attend meetings, but would still like to take part, you can make your shawls in the comfort of your home and bring them to the group for blessings.

We also welcome any donations of leftover yarn. There are boxes in the vestibule areas of both churches for any donations of yarn.

If you are interested in joining our ministry, contact Rosemarie Pavlik at 724-335-9611. Please watch the bulletin for further information on upcoming meetings.

 Christian Mothers & Ladies' Aide Society

​​In existence since the 1940's to meet the special needs of the parish and its educational efforts.

Meetings: Second Tuesday of the month, 5:00 p.m., in Friendship Hall at St. Mary Parish.

​President​​​Carol Reck 
​Vice-President​Dolores Brosky​
​Treasurer​Darlene Kosmal
​Recording Secretary​​Diane Rupert
​Correspondence Secretary​Bernie Cybach
​National Director​Father Lester Knoll, OFM Cap.​​​


The Confraternity of Christian Mothers has for its object the Christian home education of children by truly Christian mothers. It plans to unite by the observance of its rules and regulations all Christian ladies, married or widowed, who are willing to assist one another to attain this noble purpose. Under the special patronage of the "Mother of Sorrows" the members are encouraged joyously and hopefully to undertake the important task of training and sanctifying the young souls entrusted to their care. They are schooled to edify one another by word and deed, to support one another by fervent prayers and thus become the mainstay of spiritual life within their own family, and a fruitful source of blessings to the community in which they live.

What is the goal of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers?

The goal of this Confraternity is not simply to unite mothers in prayer, but also to instruct, educate and inspire mothers in performing their duties and in practicing virtue. By Catholic instruction at regular meetings, it strives to encourage and impress on them the importance of motherhood and to inflame them with ardent zeal. Its aim is to show them the way of attaining their own sanctification and that of their families and to induce them to bring up their children as useful members of society ensuring their temporal and especially their eternal welfare.