Understood in the broad sense of “helping others,” pastoral care is the responsibility of all Christians.

Pastoral Care
Mary Mother reaches out to those in our community in need of compassionate service and care through our Pastoral Care Ministry. These ministries promote the well-being of others through responding to the immediate needs of individuals who seek the care and concern of others.

Pastoral care for the sick and infirm is one of the most significant ways that members of the Body of Christ continue the ministry and mission of Jesus. Pastoral care is considered to be the responsibility of all the baptized. Understood in the broad sense of “helping others,” pastoral care is the responsibility of all Christians.

For more information about Mary Mother’s Pastoral Care ministry, please click here for a downloadable brochure.

Christian Caring & Justice Commission

The Christian Caring & Justice Commission includes representation from both the Pastoral Care and Social Justice Ministries. The commission meets to discuss current and future needs of our community in the area of service to those in crisis and in need of support.

This support includes the physical needs of food, shelter and safety, as well as the emotional and spiritual needs of comfort, prayer and Eucharist for those in our community.

Light of the World
Depression Support Coalition

Mary, Mother of the Church is part of the interdenominational group, which offers information, education, support, and spiritual hope to those affected by depression, and to their families.

All are welcome to attend, regardless of religious affiliation.

The Depression Support Coalition sponsors five monthly meetings from August – December. There is no cost to attend.

The support group program also offers weekly discussion and support group meetings at some Coalition church locations – designed to provide a network of Christian- based support for those affected by depression, as well as their family members.

  • To be directed to their website click here.
  • For a downloadable flyer about the Fall 2015 series, please click here.
  • For a downloadable brochure about the Fall 2015 series, please click here.
Depression Support Coalition
Funeral Ministry

This ministry provides the care, funeral planning and support for the bereaved.

In the event of the death of a loved one, please call the parish office at (952) 890-0045. After office hours, dial the emergency number given in the voice mail message.

Funeral Ministry
  • For a downloadable brochure about this ministry, please click here.

Divine Mercy Cenacle

Are you interested in learning more about God’s
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A Cenacle of Divine Mercy is a prayer/study group that:

*Prays for vocations & the end of abortion and promotes & teaches the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament

*Studies the Diary of Saint Faustina, Sacred Scripture, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church using a defined study guide

*Works to apply the messages of Divine Mercy to our daily lives and provides an opportunity for members to grow in their faith & holiness

Members of the Cenacle become a Eucharistic Apostle of Divine Mercy.
They are also a lay outreach ministry of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception headquartered in Stockbridge, MA

Please join us this fall at Mary Mother of the Church, Burnsville
Tuesday mornings at 9:30am or evenings at 7:00pm
starting Tuesday, September 13, 2016.
Meets: Mornings in lower level in Assembly Room. Evenings: Upstairs, Room 7b.

Contact: Lee Yanta at 651/454-1356 OR
Peggy Schmitz 651/687-0969; Email: Peggyzk@msn.com
Lois Tervo for evenings 651/399-9227
Also more information on website: TheDivineMercy.org


Growing Through Loss

The Interdenominational Coalition of South Suburban Churches (of which Mary, Mother of the Church is a member) presents a series each spring and fall for adults who have experienced a loss or major crisis in their life.

The series is also of interest to those who simply wish to learn more about the grief process. Each session offers an educational presentation with trained facilitators for help and support and offers a presentation followed by small group support facilitated by trained leaders.

Growing Through Loss
Military Support

Our Military Family Support Group meets every second and fourth Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. We meet to support each other and our families who are experiencing deployments of loved ones in all branches of the service. We also prepare packages to send to the troops serving overseas. Anyone is welcome to attend.

One of the ongoing projects our Military Support Group is known for is our work with Operation Shoebox. We were recognized in 2007 for its ongoing work with Operation Shoebox by KARE 11. We accept any donations for the contents of the packages or postage to send packages overseas. Please click here for a list of items.

If you have a loved one in the military and would like the Mary Mother community to keep him or her in our prayers, please fill out the Military Support Form in a blue three-ring binder at the Information Booth in the Atrium and drop it off in the Parish Office or send completed form to: Mary, Mother of the Church, 3333 Cliff Road, Burnsville, MN 55337

Military Support Packing Boxes
  • For a downloadable brochure about his ministry, please click here.
Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care ministers offer the Eucharist to those who are hospitalized or homebound, as well as to area nursing homes and assisted living residences. Visit and pray with those who are sick, lonely, homebound, in nursing homes or assisted-living residences.

Be the hands and feet of Christ to those who want to feel connected to their faith community but are unable to come into the church building.

Following are the opportunities available for you, where you can help in one or more areas:

Carefree Living in Burnsville
  • Masses: 10:00 a.m. 2nd Thursday of each month
  • Communion Services: 10:00 a.m. every Thursday except the 2nd Thursday of each month.
  • One-on-One Visiting: Anytime
Ebenezer Ridges in Burnsville
  • Masses: 4:00 p.m. – 3rd Tuesday of the month
  • Communion: In residents’ rooms on the 4th Tuesday of the month
  • Rosary: 3:30 p.m. the 2nd Thursday of each month (be there by 3:15)
  • One-on-One Visiting: Anytime
Emerald Crest in Burnsville
  • Communion Services: 2:00 p.m. each Monday.
  • Communion Services for Assisted Living: 3:00 p.m. each Monday.
  • One-on-One Visiting: Anytime
The Rivers in Burnsville
  • Communion Services: 1:00 p.m. – 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.
  • One-on-One Visiting Anytime
Hospital visiting at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville
  • Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., bring Eucharist to Catholic patients at the Fairview Ridges Hospital. Each volunteer takes one or two days a month.
Homebound Visiting
  • Bring Eucharist once a week to those who are homebound.
Pastoral Care Health Ministry
Pastoral Care Hospital Visits
Pastoral Care Eucharist
  • For a downloadable brochure about this ministry, please click here.
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Shawls and hats are knitted and crocheted for people in our community who are in need of comfort. Started in the spring of 2006, over 240 shawls have already been created and given to those in need of comfort in our community.

Do you knit or crochet? Then consider joining the Prayer Shawl Ministry at Mary, Mother of the Church. The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets as follows (meetings are optional): 2nd Monday of each month from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Assembly Room.

  • For a downloadable brochure about this ministry, please click here.
Prayer Shawl knitting

Respect Life/A Community Caring for Life (ACCL)

This group provides physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual support for the community regarding life issues through the following activities:
  • Baby Shower Month: Throughout the month of January we collect new baby items. Items are dropped off in one of the two baby cribs located at each end of the Atrium. Items needed include: baby clothes for all seasons, diapers, onsies, wipes, undershirts, bibs, baby blankets, hooded bath towels and wash cloths. All donations will be divided among local crisis pregnancy centers. Financial donations to A Community Caring for Life “ACCL” can be dropped in the collection basket, mailed to the Church or dropped off at the Parish Office. Financial donations are used to purchase cribs and other larger baby items. Please make checks payable to Mary, Mother of the Church. (Please specify ACCL on your check).
  • Meals to those on bedrest: Since 1996 we have been offering meals to moms on bedrest due to pregnancy. In addition, we have offered meals to older parishioners as well, as people recover from surgery or need help in times of grief and loss. This wonderful ministry reaches out to bring food and friendship to those in need.
  • March for Life: Each year we take a bus to the State Capitol Mall in St. Paul to join with other people from across Minnesota for the annual March for (the Love of) Life. This January 22 March takes place on the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade, which legalized the violence of abortion. A bus will leave Mary Mother at 11:15 a.m. and returns by 1:45 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration will be in the Chapel for those who are able to pray during the March. Childcare is available, but reservations must be made by contacting us. Sign up for your seat on the bus! Come to the tables in the Parish Atrium after Masses January 9 and 10 and January 16 and 17, For more information, contact us
    to reserve a spot.
Smiling Baby
  • For a downloadable brochure about his ministry, please click here.
Senior Care

Mary, Mother of the Church parishioners who have expertise as nurses, doctors, social workers, home health care services, and working with people as we age are available to share their gifts with us. Please click here for a downloadable brochure about this ministry.

If you are caring for a loved one with spiritual or health needs, or you are in need of spiritual or health care, we are here to help in any way possible. Here are some of the ways in which we can help:

  • Holy Communion brought to your home on a weekly basis, when you are unable to attend Mass.
  • One-on-one visits by our priest, Stephen Minister or Pastoral Care Minister, especially during challenging times.
  • Resources regarding needs as we age – home health care options including respite care, health care directives, living options, etc.
  • Prayers both on the prayer line and during the Prayers of the Faithful at Sunday Mass.

Stephen Ministry

This is a one-on-one listening ministry that offers peer support to help people through the death of a loved, one, terminal illness, loss of job, depression, loneliness, being new in a parish, new birth in the family, divorce, etc. (This ministry is not a source of professional counseling).

What it is: Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one caregiving program available to anyone in the Mary Mother faith community who may be experiencing a personal crises or personal loss in their life. Lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge. Stephen Ministry helps pastors and congregations provide quality caring ministry for as long as people need it. Christ works through Stephen Ministers to help fulfill his teaching that, because we are all uniquely important to the Father, we are called upon to care for one another, particularly in time of need. Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry. The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.

Stephen Ministers
Suicide Bereavement Support Group

For those who have lost a loved one by suicide, the journey of healing can be lonely, painful and confusing. Those left behind after a suicide need a place where they can share their experiences with others who really understand, a place where they can talk openly, a place where others will listen without judging.

Our Suicide Bereavement Support Group is offered the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of each month, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.in Room 17. All adults who are surviving the loss of a loved one who died by suicide are welcome, regardless of religious affiliation. There are no fees or registration required.

The Suicide Bereavement Support Group offers help and guidance from others who have also experienced this tragic loss. Leading this group are two facilitators trained by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Shirley Pelant and Toni Wetzel have both lost a loved one by suicide and promote listening without judging within the group.

A loss by suicide is complicated by overwhelming feelings of guilt and loss. The group provides reassurance that healing is possible. As one group member said, “I find that when I leave the monthly meetings, I am refreshed and feel I’ve been heard. My burdens that I carry about suicide are lifted after each meeting because it is comforting to be there.”

There are no fees or registration required.

Suicide Bereavement Support Group
  • For more detailed information, please visit SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) at www.save.org.
  • For a downloadable brochure about his ministry, please click here.
Support Groups at Mary, Mother of the Church

Mary, Mother of the Church offers the following the support groups:

  • Caregiver Support Group: 2nd Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.
  • Military Support Group: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
  • Suicide Bereavement Support Group: 2nd Tuesdays and 4th Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
  • Weight Loss Support Group: Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
  • Widow/Widower Support Group: 4th Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. (temporary suspended until the spring)
Health Ministry