Parish Organizations


To edify God and the church, to assist in your spiritual journey, to provide moral support and healing, to meet other parishioners and make new friends, to learn and help others, and have fun!

Please review the list below. Parishioners interested in volunteering for any parish organization or in any of our events, should call Parish Center at 973-235-1100.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous - AA Meetings are held every Monday evening in Msgr. Walsh Hall (lower Church).
    The Big Book Meeting begins at 5:30 PM; The Open Beginner's Discussion begins at 6:45 PM
  • Bereavement Group - supplies help for all those grieving the lost of a loved one. Please contact the Parish Center for more information.
  • Bingo! - Every Tuesday evening beginning with the Early Bird Special at 7:15 p.m. and Game 1 at 7:30 p.m., plus weekly Powerball in Msgr. Walsh Hall. Coffee and food are available for sale. This Week's Powerball is $250!
  • Buildings Committee - (Call the Parish Center for more information)
  • Catholic Daughters of the Americas - (Court Gratia #751) is an organization of women dedicated to promoting Catholic values through charity. Activities support scholarships, Seminarians, battered women, servicemen and victims of war and natural disasters. The group meets once a month on Monday nights.
  • Couples for Christ - (Call the Parish Center for more information or visit the Couples for Christ NJ website)
  • Decorating Committee - helps to beautify the Church for the Easter and Christmas seasons
  • Eucharistic Ministers - distribute Communion at Mass and bring Communion to the sick and the homebound
  • Finance Committee - (Call the Parish Center for more information)
  • Funeral Servers - Men and women available during morning hours assist the priest at funeral liturgies. Training is provided.
  • Greeters - welcome the faithful as they arrive at the church for Mass
  • Healing Mass - Occurs multiple times each year and offers healing for those who are physically, mentally or spiritually distressed.
  • St. Mary's Knights of Columbus - (Council #2346) is a fraternal benefit society for practicing Catholic men. The Knights promote Christian values and engage in numerous charitable activities. Meetings are held twice a month (Second and Fourth at 7:30 PM ) at the Council Hall (150 Chestnut Street, Nutley) For more information, call 973-667-0104, or visit the Knights website at to see the many charitable things they support and do each year.
  • Nocturnal Adoration Society - Society members meet every first Friday of the month for devotions before the Blessed Sacrament from 1 to 9 PM. Devotions include readings as well as private prayers.
  • Oratory of Divine Love - (Call the Parish Center for more information or visit the homepage here.)
  • Pantry - Visit our FAQ page for more information regarding the pantry.
  • Pre-Cana - (Call the Parish Center for more information)
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) - Any adult who has not made the Sacraments of First Eucharist or Confirmation OR any member of the Protestant faith who has been baptized OR anyone who doesn’t belong to any faith tradition are eligible to participate in the adult faith formation process here at St. Mary’s. The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the catechetical faith formation process. For further information, call Fr. Trinidad or Anthony Armando at 973-235-1100.
  • Religious Education - Our Religious Education Program is open to grades Pre-K thru 9. Classes are held Sunday mornings and Tuesday afternoons. For more information, contact Anthony Armando, our Religious Ed. Director, at 973-235-1100 ext. 32. (Also visit the Religious Education section on the main page.)
  • Rosary Society - (Call the Parish Center for more information)
  • St. Mary's Pastoral Council: The Council is comprised of five ministry areas: Worship, Word, Spiritual Life, Community Building, and Service. We meet monthly to design, evaluate, recommend and coordinate plans that help us to thrive. We call forth the giftedness of others and invite them to share their gifts with an active role in our parish community.

    Pastoral Council Organizations:
    • Community Building Ministry: Helps coordinate social events, such as Bingo, dinner dances and seasonal presentations.
    • Spiritual Life Ministry: Includes many different ways parishioners can grow in faith, such as the Nocturnal Adoration Society, Couples for Christ and adult education presentations.
    • Service Ministry: is comprised of organizations that bring parishioners together, such as our Rosary Society, Catholic Daughters, Knights of Columbus and Homebound Ministries.
    • Word Ministry: Members represent groups that help parishioners grow in faith through more educational events such as baptism preparation, religious education programs (both at St. Mary's and Good Shepherd Academy), and our Youth Group.
    • Worship Ministry: Members of this ministry are involved with the different components of the mass and the presentation of the church.
    Parishioners who would like the Council to address a particular issue or concern can contact the Council at or call the Parish Center 973-235-1100.