A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. Copyright © by The A.A. Grapevine, Inc.
See the pdf. file (the link at the left) for a listing of Waco Area AA Group Meetings as well as Al-Anon & Alateen Meetings in the north central Texas area.
Bereavement Suuport Groups
St. Mary’s Bereavement Support Ministry was created in 1985.
The members of this ministry reach out with a gentle hand to St. Mary’s families who experience the death of a loved one.
Members of the bereavement support groups provide a meal for the family and their guests, at their home or in the parish hall.
The ministry works in teams of six, take turns, and serves approximately once a year. There are currently approximately 75 ladies and gentlemen that sustain this effort.
Central Texas Fellowship of Catholic Men
Mission: to encourage and embolden men to deepen their relationship with Christ, their family, their Church, their community; and to live their faith in everyday life.
CTFCM meets every Tuesday from 6:45 am to 7:45 am at 5034 Franklin Ave., Waco, TX.
CTFCM holds a monthly luncheon every third Wednesday of the month from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 pm at 5034 Franklin Ave., Waco, TX.
Czech fraternal insurance organization with members from many area parishes.
The original organizers of Katolicka Jednota Zen Texaskych the K.J.Z.T. sought new members only from their female, Czech, Catholic, neighbors living in Yoakum, Hallettsville, and surrounding communities. Today, more than a century after its founding, K.J.Z.T. offers membership to all Catholics irrespective of gender or ethnic background.
Catholic Family Fraternal ofTexas - K.J.Z.T. is licensed in the State of Texas and is incorporated according to the laws of Texas as a Fraternal Benefit Society.
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal benefit society, founded on the principles of charity, unity and fraternity. Council #1358 is a council of Catholic men pulling together in prayer, fellowship and service to all. Council #1358: The Council Hall is located at: 5515 Sanger Ave., Waco, Texas.
Ladies of Charity
FOUNDED BY ST. VINCENT DE PAUL, patron of all charity, the Ladies of Charity responded to the needs of the poor in seventeenth century France. Together with St. Louise de Mariliac, they went quietly about their tasks, seeking no recognition, satisfied with the knowledge that they were serving Christ in the person person of the poor.
The Ladies of Charity, since their origin, have possessed the charism of their founder, daily prayer and personal service to the poor. That same Vincentian spirit characterizes the Association today. It asks the personal gift of self, of time, devotion, sacrifices, and perseverance in the effort to bring dignity to each person and to respond with compassion to every human misery.
The Ladies of Charity meet every other month (September - May). They celebrate Mass at 9:00 AM in the Chapel and then hold their business meeting in the Parish Hall
A group of single, older adults that meet for enjoyment and share in food and fellowship.
The Men’s Club supports the parish in maintenance projects for the church, financial support to the youth group and purchase of equipment or supplies in response to specific church needs. They raise funds through the Easter lily and Christmas poinsettia sales and their monthly Sunday breakfasts. Lilys and poinsettias may be purchased to take home, or for placement on the Altar during Holy Week and the last week of Advent in memorium of deceased loved ones or in honor of living persons. Any male over the age of 18 and registered at St. Mary’s is automatically a member of the Men’s Club.
The Men's Club meets on the second Thursday of each month after the pot luck supper in the parish hall.
The prayer Line is a group of people who are connected by phone or email to each other. They pray for special intentions that are received by the office for one of the group members. Many healings have resulted from the prayers of this group.
The Primetimers is a social group of persons over the age of 55 who enjoy an active lifestyle. They go out to eat, to the theater (Baylor), concerts, and short trips, e.g., the Bob Bullock Museum.
Rosary Makers' Circle
This group of approximately 14 ladies started in 1990. Over the past 22 years these ladies have made rosaries for college student centers such as Texas A&M (maroon and white) and Baylor (green and gold). They also make rosaries for hospitals, nursing homes, prisons and funeral homes.
The majority of the rosaries they make are sent to the missions in Mexico, South America, Africa and India. In the last year the Rosary Circle has made and given away approximately 5,000 rosaries. To earn the money to make these rosaries the ladies also make rosaries and chaplets to sell. The rosaries are for sale in the church office and are very beautiful and vary in price.
The Rosary Makers' Circle meets every Tuesday morning at 9:00 am.
In the Sponsor Couple Ministry a married couple is trained to assist a couple preparing for marriage by helping them reflect upon the realities of married life.
Studies of married couples who completed a marriage preparation program have shown that they are better equipped at knowing more of the skills that a Christian Marriage will require.
We use the For Better & For Ever Program by Robert A. Ruhnke, C.SS.R., D. Min. as the source for our marriage sponsorship program.
(Click on the image to the right for more information about "For Better & For Ever."
This group of men and women is responsible for making first contact when someone visits the parish and show interests in joining the parish. A welcome letter as well as description of the ministries of the church are sent to each prospective family.
The Women's Guild was organized in 1932, as an affiliate of the National Council of Catholic Women. Their purpose was to unite all women of the parish in friendship, Catholic action and service.
Members of the Women’s guild are also involved in the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and parish activities such as the Parish Council, the Bereaved Committee, Parish Ministry for the sick, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Gift Bearers and Lectors. During our festival, guild members are in charge of the dessert, arts and crafts and religious article booths.
The Women's Guild meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 10:00 AM in the Parish Hall.