Social Concerns Ministry

One of the 2013 recipients graciously wrote a letter to the St. Mary’s Community, expressing how far a simple act of kindness really does go. 
Click here to read that letter.  

Current News & Updates

Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at 2PM and 6:30 PM , alternating months. All are welcome.

                               April 2015 Anointing of the Sick Mass





Social Concerns Ministry 

Social Concerns Ministry was begun in 2008 with the primary goal of helping needy families in the area to better enjoy the holidays. Through the generosity of the parishioners, 30 families were served the first year. The number has grown to 85 recently, with an ultimate objective of 100 families.

Families are selected through the advice of the Guidance Counselors of Dartmouth and New Bedford Public Schools for a period of one-year. Representatives of SCM receive the names and contact information from the schools. They then call the families to reconfirm the details. Choosing the families is done by the counselors according to the need that they see from their interaction with children and parents at that time.  It is the mission of SCM to give a year of hope to families in need.

Our program covers the three major holidays, Thanksgiving (full turkey dinner and additional grocery staples), Christmas (grocery gift card for Christmas dinner, gifts for children 16 and under) and Easter (Easter dinner and baskets for children 2 to 15 years). In addition to the holiday projects, the Ministry sponsored the diaper collection in the fall that resulted in 2500 diapers being collected; sorted and delivered 20 boxes of food for the Dartmouth Council on Aging; participated in the semi-annual Anointing
Mass for the disabled and shut-ins of St. Mary’s Parish.

For Christmas 2013, SCM provided $20.00 grocery gift cards for 65 families and gifts for 165 children of those families. Each child received a warm sweater or shirt, jeans or pants of some description and a toy, book or game that were purchased and donated by
the parishioners. All gifts were wrapped and delivered to the families.

Future plans include sponsoring some of these children of our same families for a week of summer camp at Fort Tabor in New Bedford. This would round out our year of service. New families will be chosen in the fall. We are always looking for projects to
expand our mission.

If you are in need of assistance, please contact the church office at 508-992-7163.

If you would like to join the Social Concerns Ministry please email with your name, phone number or email and a member will contact you.

“Christianity through fellowship”


 Easter 2013

Personal Care Product Drive Summer 2014
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Meeting Minutes and News


Plans for the Personal Care Products collection were discussed at the last meeting of SCM. The collection will be conducted during the month of July. An informational flyer listing needed items will be included in the bulletin on June 28th and 29th. Parishioners
will be asked to donate tooth paste and brushes, soaps, deodorants, sunscreen, white socks, etc. that would be useful for the homeless. Baskets will be placed at the church entrances to receive the donations. Several local shelters will benefit from the parishioners’ generosity.

The final number of children that SCM will be able to sponsor for Camp Kennedy in New Bedford will be 100. Each child will enjoy 2 weeks of summer camp with transportation. Two meals a day will be included. This can only be done because of the continuous charity of St. Mary’s members. We were all very pleased with the final count.

The annual St. Mary Summer Picnic will be held on August 10th from 1:00 to 400. SCM has been asked to assist in the planning and execution of the event. Volunteers are still needed. Please contact Annette Gamache at 508 965-7039 if you can help.

The ongoing plans for the baby distribution center, Diapers and Things, were presented. It will be housed at Our Lady of Guadeloupe/ St. James Parish and will be opened once a week. SCM will sponsor a diaper drive in September to assist the new center.
No further summer meetings have been scheduled.

The next meeting will be September 18th at 2:00 in the afternoon.


Click here for a printable version of the meeting minutes June 2014.

Click here for a printable version of the meeting minutes May 2014.


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