The St. Mary's parish community has a myriad of wonderful callings and talents to help us throughout the year. If you feel drawn towards a particular group, please give us a call or send us a message via our Contact Us page.
St. Lawrence's Guild of Acolytes
The Guild, consisting of men and boys who serve at the altar, meets periodically to learn and rehearse the rites of the Church. New members are always welcomed whether experienced or not. Senior members and clergy tutor new servers until they have achieved a necessary level of competence.
St. Clare's Altar Guild
The Altar Guild prepares the altar and sanctuary for the liturgy, cares for the vestments and vessels used at Mass, and prepares for special Masses and feast days.
The Readers' Guild is made up of those who are trained in liturgical reading and assist during Sunday Mass by reading the prophetic lesson, as well as throughout the year at special services, e.g., Tenebrae, the Easter Vigil, the Advent Procession, and the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.
St. Genesius' Guild of Actors
How could we possibly be in Hollywood and not have a theater guild? Our guild plans exciting events to come. Our parish actors entertain us annually at our parish picnic by staging a old-fashioned melodrama and performs special presentations at our patronal feast, stewardship dinner, Christmas and Easter. Shortly before his death, Father Pat Jones completed the design and oversaw construction the stage in the undercroft. A formally trained and experienced professional actor, Father Jones had, for many years, directed the Neighborhood Children’s Theatre where, as a community outreach of the parish, young local talent received instruction in acting, dance, singing and stagecraft. We fondly hope that this exciting program may one day be reestablished.
St. Mary's Schola Cantorum leads the parish in the Sunday Mass, as well as performing weekly anthems and seasonal choral preludes and postludes. The schola also provides the music for special services and is, by prior arrangement, available for weddings, requiems, etc. Membership in the schola is at the discretion of the choirmaster and requires an audition.
The Ushers' Guild assists during Sunday Mass and other special occasions to ensure a friendly welcome to our visitors and necessary assistance to worshipers.
Saints Mary & Martha's Guild
The Guild consists of those whom God has given the priceless gift of hospitality and great cooking. Some of our parishioners can be found bustling in the kitchen every Sunday morning, along with the sainted others who donate their time, energy, and heavenly talents to fill fellowship time, not only with love and fun, but a revolving selection of gustatory delights, making our special feasts and occasions ever more memorable, year after year. You are invited to apprentice with the Guild by lending a hand in the kitchen.