OUR MINISTRIES

"The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." - Matthew 25:40

Mater Christi Food Pantry

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          The Mater Christi Food Pantry strives to end hunger and malnutrition in the 12208 area of Albany, NY through emergency food assistance to struggling families and individuals. We aim to provide our guests with the same healthy food choices that financially privileged individuals have access to, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy grains, and allergy friendly food options, as well as nutrition and food prep education.

Interested in helping out? Reach out to materchristioutreach@gmail.com.

To learn more about this ministry, see our latest news and updates on Facebook and Instagram

Parish Garden Ministry

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          Our parish garden, located off of Hopewell Street, is an extension of the food pantry. The gardeners work hard to grow fresh, organic produce tailored specifically to the needs of our food pantry. Their harvests are as rich as it gets! 

          The garden is always in need of people with engineering or technical savvy to help with the upkeep of their fencing, automated watering system, and other equipment. If you'd like to support the parish garden ministry, reach out to the parish office.

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Family Promise of the Capital Region

          The mission of Family Promise is "To affirm the humanity and dignity of homeless families and to engage our community in helping them achieve sustainable independence." 

          Family Promise achieves this through the work of thirteen worship communities in the Capital Region who provide homeless families with food and shelter while seeking jobs, permanent housing, children's education, and financial stability. Mater Christi Parish is one of these "host sites". The families in the program come to stay at Mater Christi 4 times throughout the year, taking residence at the Parish Center. It's a huge endeavor, and we are constantly in need of new volunteers. To join our team of dedicated volunteers, reach out to the parish office.

Homebound Ministries

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 We wish to ensure that no one feels left out from our community simply because they can no longer attend our parish in person. For that reason, we have a variety of ministries for our homebound parishioners.

 

Pastoral Visits: Parishioners provide pastoral visits to our homebound community members so they can receive communion and companionship.

Greeting Card Ministry: Parishioners send monthly greeting cards to the homebound to offer prayer, comfort, and a continued sense of belonging.

Flower Ministry: Twice yearly, volunteers bring flower arrangements to our homebound parishioners living in senior centers, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. 

If you would to help with these ministries, know someone who could benefit from them, or would like to receive them yourself, please reach out to the parish office.

Liturgical Ministries

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Would you like to take a more active role at Sunday Mass? There are many opportunities for parishioners to participate in active ways. They include:
 

  • Distributing Communion

  • Lectoring (proclaiming the scripture readings)

  • Altar Serving

  • Sacristan (preparing the vessels, linens, etc. for Mass)

  • Altar Ministry (washing the altar linens)

If you would like to help with any of these ministries, please contact the parish office.

Music Ministry

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Do you love to sing? Do you play an instrument? Consider joining our music ministry as a cantor, choir member, or instrumentalist! We have opportunities for both adults and children to offer their musical talents at Mass. 

To learn more, contact , Director of Music, Justine Rodriguez at the parish office.

Tech Ministry

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Do you have a knack for technology and social media? Our tech ministry is an opportunity to put those skills to use! You can help with livestreaming Sunday Mass for our homebound parishioners who aren't able to attend in person, but still want to be a part of our community.

To learn more the parish office.

Funeral Ministry

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Our parish has a team of volunteers experienced in helping families process the loss of a loved one. When a family requests a funeral at Mater Christi, these volunteers help a family through the funeral planning process.  Funeral Ministry volunteers also provide support at the funeral in a several different capacities, as Sacristans, greeters, readers, candle bearers and whatever other support may me needed.  

If interested in learning more about this ministry and how you may like to assist, contact the parish office.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

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The members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry knit and/or crochet afghans and shawls that are distributed to our homebound parishioners as well as those who live in assisted living facilities. They also make pocket shawls that are given to families who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

 

The crafters also make several items for adults and children that are distributed to local nursing homes, hospitals and several local charities such as the Capital City Rescue Mission, Capital Region Hospice and Mary's Corner.

 

If you would like more information or would be interested in joining this Ministry, please contact the Parish Office.