Faith Formation

Volunteering

"Love and charity, are service, helping others, serving others. There are many people who spend their lives in this way, in the service of others. … When you forget yourself and think of others, this is love! And with the washing of the feet the Lord teaches us to be servants, and above all, servants as He was a servant to us, for every one of us." -- Pope Francis, Jubilee audience, March 12, 2016

We need you! We are blessed to have a large Faith Formation program at St. Mary’s Parish. The success of our program is completely dependent on the gracious service of our parents and volunteers. There are many opportunities for you to share your gifts. Below is a list of volunteer roles for your prayerful consideration. To sign up as a volunteer, just print off and complete the form using the link on our Volunteer page, and return it to Faith Formation at St. Mary’s Church office, or call Karen, our Director of Faith Formation, at 410-990-4062.

The safety of our children is a priority for us at St. Mary’s. All volunteers must comply with the Archdiocesan Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth, including background checks, VIRTUS child and youth protection training for adults and Worthy of the Call training for teens 14-18 years old before working with children at our parish. Click here to read more about the child and youth protection training. If you have questions, you can contact the Faith Formation Office for guidance to begin this training process.

You may be the only Gospel others may ever read!

Faith Formation & Youth Ministry Volunteer Opportunities

Catechist (Teacher) – Catechists are responsible for preparing and leading approximately 24 classes from September –April. Lesson plans are provided. 

Co-Catechist (Co-Teacher) – Co-Catechists share teaching duties with another catechist ** Catechists and co-catechists receive a waiver of Faith Formation Tuition for their family.

Substitute Catechist – Lead the class (PreK-8) when a teacher is not available.

Parent Volunteer – Substitute for my child’s classroom teacher only.

Classroom Aide – Supports the catechist during class time, take attendance, hand out books, craft supplies and other helpful duties. Aides attend classes, but are not expected to prepare the lesson for the class. This is an excellent opportunity for a teen!

Door Monitor – This ministry is specifically designed for an adult volunteer. Volunteers will be stationed at each building entrance used for Faith Formation to direct parents to classrooms and help ensure the safety of students.

Hall Monitor – Help maintain a quiet hallway, direct students to the correct classrooms and bathrooms, distribute and collect attendance sheets at each session. This is another excellent volunteer opportunity for a teen.

Sacrament Retreat Aide – Help on the day of sacrament retreats to lead a station or group for the First Reconciliation Retreat and First Eucharist Retreat.

Confirmation Leader – Lead a group of Confirmation Candidates in 4 sacrament preparation classes and a retreat.

Confirmation Leader Substitute – Lead the Confirmation class when a leader is not available.

Youth Ministry coordinates both the Middle School Edge program and the High School Life Teen Programs. Leaders are needed at both grade levels.

Youth Ministry Adult CORE Team Member – Adults to help lead, teach, guide, and mentor the young church. 

Youth Ministry Teen CORE Team Member – Teens who help lead and mentor their peers and younger students.

Youth Ministry Chaperone/Driver – Drive to and from and help supervise Youth Ministry events.

Contacts for Volunteer Opportunities

Karen Bruskewicz
Director of Faith Formation 
410-990-4062

Barbara Rolland
Coordinator of Pre-K to 5 Faith Formation 
410-990-4053

Colleen Mitsopoulos
Coordinator of Middle School Faith Formation & Confirmation
410-990-4063

Sue Lea
Youth & Young Adult Minister
410-990-4041

Faith Formation Volunteering Documents

St. Mary’s Parish, a Catholic congregation served by the Redemptorist Order, includes St. Mary’s Church and St. John Neumann Mission Church. St. Mary's Elementary and High School located in downtown Annapolis, Maryland, serve students in grades Kindergarten through 12. Anchored in faith, rooted in tradition, and committed to excellence, our programs build lifelong learners who are servant leaders.