- Monday - Friday 9am - 3pm
Parish Office Manager - Bev Clements - 636-451-4685
Parish Office Fax - 636-742-4820 Email:
Office Address: 1587 Hwy AM, Villa Ridge, MO. 63089
The organizations of St. Mary's
and St. James Parishes are the embodiment of our parish community. They are
where parishioners learn and teach, get help and give help, and
demonstrate their faith as active members of the community.
You are invited to join with the
individuals of these organizations in helping make our community a
better place to live. If you would like, you can also contact the
parish office for more information.
The Parish Council is the coordinating and unifying structure of the
parish community. The Council works in cooperation with the Pastor
and the total parish in setting policy and establishing goals,
objectives and action plans. The Council attempts to reflect the
viewpoints of all the people of St. Mary's Parish and St. James
The Finance Committee is a group of individuals who assist
the Pastor in planning, providing for, and supervising the financial
affairs and physical properties of the parish. The committee is
concerned with parish resources, the budget, church support, and the
effective utilization and maintenance of the parish plant.
St. Vincent DePaul Society
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic
organization of men and women who seek, in a spirit of justice and
charity, by person-to-person involvement of its members, to help
those who are suffering. No work of charity is foreign to the
society. The work is funded through parish and community food
drives during the year and monetary funding is through the offerings
in the Offertory envelope and donated canned foods.
The quilters donate their time and talent to produce beautiful
hand-made quilts that are used for the socials of the parish
throughout the year.
Our Altar Society donate their time and talent in keeping the church
beautiful by cleaning, maintaining the altar linens and decorating.
They also raise money through activities to defray the cost of
maintaining the church. A great way to support the church community.
St. Marys Parish has a variety of opportunities for those who would
like to join our congregation in singing, giving praise to God
through music and for the inspiration and up building of our parish
community. Everyone who has an interest in music, whether you are a
trained musician or someone who just enjoys singing, is most welcome
to be a part of this ministry.
Please call for further information on any music related questions,
including music for our Christmas Mass, weddings, funerals, special
functions, or Sundays
Parish School of Religion
The PSR program provides religious formation for students in grades
one through eight who attend public schools. Our goal is to instruct
the children in our parish family as a community of believers in the
Catholic faith. The instructions include faith-enriching
experiences, such as liturgies, faith instructions, prayer,
sacramental preparation, discussions leading to moral awareness and
community service. Parents as primary educators are involved at all
levels. Our parish provides this PSR program to help parents fulfill
their obligations as primary educators of our Catholic Faith. The
cooperation between parents and teachers will result in responsible
behavior essential for the growth of the student as a contributing
member of the Christian community.
Eucharistic ministers can be anyone who is in good standing with the
Catholic Church, 21 years of age or older. This ministry
distributes the Precious Body and Blood of Christ at all masses as
assigned. If unable to be present for your assigned mass, you are
asked to find a replacement from the provided list. Ministers are
also encouraged to help-out at any mass where there is a need.
Ministry of Readers (Lectors)
Anyone high school age or older that would like to participate in
mass by reading the word of God is welcome. This ministry covers
reading and announcements for weekend masses and special occasions
as assigned. If you wish to participate in this ministry and have
not been a reader before, instruction is available. More readers
are always welcome and needed.
The prayer chain consists of a group of parishioners who will
pray for any intentions that are
requested. Anyone who is in need for prayer or would like to join
the prayer chain is welcome to call.
Hall Rental at St. Mary's and St. James
Our hall is a place for meetings,
socials and has a full kitchen area.
Volunteers are always needed for minor repairs, grass cutting,
landscaping. If you would like to volunteer a few hours a week to
help, please call the office.
St. Marys cemetery is located across from the school. For more
information on the cemetery, contact the parish office.
St. James cemetery is located on Parish grounds next to the rectory.
We can always use help maintaining these cemeteries.
Information on Rock Church - Billy Murphy - (636) 257-2227