Church of St. Mary
26 Dodgingtown Road
Bethel, CT 06801
Parish Ministries We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to explore to the many ways you can become an active part of our Parish Family. As you can see, we are a very lively parish community and we welcome you, if you wish, to get involved with any of the following programs and activities listed. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the person in charge.


  • Carnival - Assist in various activities of the Carnival.  St. Mary School - 203-744-2922
  • Knights of Columbus - Promote fraternal ties among Catholic men and support the parish clergy.  Contact John Licari 203-791-8682
  • St. Mary Home School Association - Participate in planning events that involve the home and school.  St. Mary School at 203-744-2922
  • Teen Mission Trip/Retreat - Annual Service Trip and Retreat for teens of the parish in High School.  Contact Kate Fitzgerald at 744-5777
  • Youth Ministry - Help fulfill the spiritual and other needs of our Junior (grades 6-8) and Senior (grades 9-12) Youth group members through spiritual, social and service activities.  Dean Aufiero at st.marysbethelyouth@gmail.comFather Chris at
  • Evangelization

  • Bible Study - Join others who are interested in learning more about our Bible.  Contact Rick Lawlor at 203-470-8084
  • Catechists - Share the Catholic Faith with the children of the Parish.  Contact Mary Ferri at 743-4557
  • Children’s Liturgy - Help children (2 and up) learn and understand their Christian faith.  Contact Mary Ferri at 743-4557
  • Pre-Baptism Team - Inform parents of their responsibilities as they prepare for their child’s Baptism.  Contact 203-744-5777
  • RCIA Sponsor - Accompany an individual on their Spiritual journey to join the Catholic Church and provide a welcoming atmosphere for people interested in joining the Catholic Church.  Contact 203-744-5777
  • Vacation Bible School - One week summer program for 3-8 year olds. Teenage/adult counselors needed.  Contact Mary Ferri at 743-4557
  • Liturgy

  • Adult Acolytes - Provide adult altar servers at funerals and memorial services.  Contact 203-744-5777
  • Altar Server - Support the community in celebration of the Church’s weekly liturgy.  203-744-5777
  • Cantors - Lead the congregation in song.  Contact Michael Ferrari at 860-424-7608
  • Choir Member - Sing as part of the choir during Sunday Mass and other special services.  Contact Elizabeth Barnes at (203)994-6022
  • Lector - Read the Scripture of the day and the petitions at Mass.  Contact the Rectory at 744-5777
  • Nocturnal Adoration Society - Gather on the First Fridays of the month in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  
  • Usher - Assist with seating prior to Mass and other services. Collect offerings at Mass.  Contact the Rectory at 744-5777
  • Service

  • Altar Linen Committee - Provide properly maintained small linens for use at all masses  Contact Peg Kennedy – 748-4716
  • Bereavement Committee - Support family of deceased by setting up the Parish Hall for refreshments following the funeral.  Mary Anne Garanacker – 748-8713
  • Coffee and... - To help foster a sense of community within the congregation by encouraging getting together after Mass on Sundays in the Church Hall.  Contact the Rectory at 744-5777
  • Dorothy Day Shelter - Provide support in sheltering the homeless at their Hospitality House.  203-744-5777
  • Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen - Assist in feeding the homeless and hungry at their Hospitality House.  203-744-5777
  • Holy Gardener's Group - Assist in care of our grounds: planting, weeding and putting up decorations.  Contact Linda MacGregor at 792-3574
  • Prayer Line - Provide support in the form of prayers to those in need.  Contact: Maggie Kent (203-731-4738) and Deana Chamberlin (203-482-7149).
  • St. Martha Altar Society - Keep the Church section of the building clean.  Contact the Rectory at 744-5777