Social Concerns

Bereavement Ministry

Members of this ministry assist those who grieve in the spiritual and emotional process of adjusting to the loss of a loved one.  They assist at the funeral mass, provide meals, send cards of sympathy and plan special liturgical celebrations in the honor of the deceased members of our parish.  Meetings are held 3 times a year on the second Tuesday of May, September and November and begin at 7:00 PM

English as a Second Language (ESL)

The goals of the ESL are to teach English as a second language to help newcomers assimilate into parish and community life, teach U.S. History and Government to those preparing for citizenship and respond to the various needs of non-English speakers by offering resource information and/or referrals to other agencies.  This group meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 PM in the classroom above the garage.  Volunteers do not need to speak or be fluent in Spanish

Jail Ministry

The ministry of St. Mary’s recognizes Christ in others through visitations to the incarcerated.  We live the Gospel message by bringing peace for healing, hope for  a new start, and strength for their faith journey; providing weekly communion services, and scripture study; celebrating special prayer services;  and facilitating other requested support.


A group devoted to educating parishioners and the community at large about Natural Family Planning, Abortion and other Life Related issues and promoting responsible Catholic alternatives.

Social Justice Ministry

The mission of this minstry is to join with the pastoral staff in fostering a greater understanding of the teachings of the U.S. Catholic Bishops on social justice issues such as poverty, respect for life, immigration, workers' rights, racism, and environmental issues. In addition to formation, this ministry supports, coordinates, and sometimes initiates actions by parishioners to bring about social change in the light of these teachings and their scriptural foundations. "We are called to transform our hearts and our social structures to renew the face of the earth. We cannot celebrate a faith we do not practice. We cannot proclaim a Gospel we do not live." -- U.S. Catholic Bishops, A Century of Catholic Social Teaching

St. Vincent de Paul Organization

In the Gospels, we often hear Jesus challenging us to live out his radical message of love by reaching out to the poor and marginalized.  To feed the hungry, clothe naked, and shelter the homeless.  The St. Vincent de Paul Organization at St. Mary's is a parish organization dedicated to helping the poor and economically disadvantaged in the Painesville area.

Using money and goods generously donated by our parishioners, we help people in our community who ask for assistance with whatever need they are experiencing. This help can take many forms.  It may mean providing food for a family that has run short, payment of a utility bill when service is in danger of being shut off, helping with rent to prevent eviction, providing clothing to someone without the means to buy clothes, or purchasing needed medication.

Some members involved with the financial assistance we provide listen to and record messages requesting help.  Others contact and visit the people in need of assistance.  We talk to them and decide the best way to help, sometimes referring them to other agencies or other programs which might be able to better provide the help they need.  If it is appropriate to provide direct financial assistance from St. Vincent de Paul funds, the bill is paid directly to the provider (utility company, landlord, pharmacy, etc).  We meet on the first and third Mondays of each month.

Other St. Vincent de Paul members procure, sort, pack, and help distribute food for our Food Pantry as well as monthly fresh produce giveaways during the summer and early fall.  Clothing Room volunteers accept, sort, and display donations of used clothing, blankets, towels, and linens.  They also oversee their distribution.

Besides these regular activities, we sponsor some special events, such as Thanksgiving food baskets, Blankets (etc.) Sunday, and the Mitten Tree gift-giving program at Christmas.

Project Hope Ministry - St. Mary/St. Anthony

Our meal ministry to Project Hope for the Homeless is a group of about 20 men and women form St. Mary and St. Anthony parishes who provide a hot meal once a month for the local shelter, Project Hope. This group prepares the meal on the 4th Thursday of every month to feed approximately 40 people spending the night at the shelter. The group usually meets to plan menus quarterly, and are always looking for new members to help with this very rewarding ministry.    Contact Person: Joe and Sheila Yakli (440) 350-9084.  Email:


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