Immaculate Heart of Mary
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Immaculate Heart of Mary is a Catholic Church of the Roman Rite. Established in 1946, IHM serves the communities of Los Alamos and White Rock in the County of Los Alamos, NM. St. Joseph's mission church serves the people of White Rock.

The IHM Ministry Directory

Mass, Formation Ministries, and Services of IHM

The Mass

Ministry Description Coordinator
Adoration (Eucharistic) Coordinates a 24 hour prayerful adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, in the chapel. James Kuropatwinski and Erik Haroz
Altar Flowers Coordinates the display and arrangement of flowers for the altar. Soledad Herrera
Altar Linens Washes, irons and prepares the liturgy's linens. Cathy Morzinski
Altar Servers Assists in helping to serve during the mass, ages 9 and up. 1st Communion and training required. Renee Dunwoody
Altar Server Vestments Periodically launder the albs used by the Altar servers in both White Rock and on the Hill. Renee Dunwoody
Art Committee Group coordinates liturgical environment, design of seasonal decorations. ? (St. Joe's)
Diane Kendall
Collection Counters Four teams for all masses, collect and tally donations. Parish Office
Divine Mercy Devotion Preparation for the Divine Mercy Novena in which the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed from the end of Holy week through Divine Mercy Sunday Marvine Garcia
Extraordinary Ministers Lay people trained and commissioned to distribute communion at mass and to home-bound/hospital bound parishioners. Joan Boudreau
Greeters Help make people feel welcome as they arrive at weekend Masses Maire O'Neill
Hospitality Ushers setup for Mass, greet and seat people, pass baskets, etc. Kerry Habiger
Lectors Lectors read at Mass and other liturgical celebrations. Public speaking experience desirable. Gerard Kendall
Liturgy Coordinates special liturgies (funerals and weddings for example), directs Children's choir, Mid-Choir, and assists Adult Choir leader. Also, prepares music schedule. Greg Smithhisler
Permanent Deacons Collaborating in ministry with the pastor, ordained deacons assist at Mass; perform baptisms, weddings and funerals. Deacon Don Lucero
SATB Adult Choir Leads Adult Choir (SATB, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone) Jerry Morzinski
Sacristan Manages the various aspects of the sacristy including vestments, hosts/wine, altar linens and cloths, sacred vessels, etc. Joan Boudreau
St. Joseph's Sacristans Manages the St. Joseph's sacristy including vestments, hosts/wine, altar linens and cloths, sacred vessels, etc. Debbie Grothaus

Adult and Youth Formation

Ministry Description Coordinator
Adult Bible Study Various adult bible discussions, led by various parishioners, morning and evenings. Calysta Kohlrust
Adult Marriage
Prepares couples for marriage, conducted by deacon couples, at least 6 months prior to wedding. Parish Office
Adult RCIA Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults conducts class and fellowship for those exploring and joining the Catholic faith. Class runs 9 months from Sept. through April. Bob Hackenberg
Baptism Preparation For adult and youth baptisms. Discussion about training for parents and sponsors, reviewing their responsibility concerning the spiritual development Steve Willson
Men's Group Prayer and fellowship for men. Deacon Jim O'Hara
Women's Group Prayer and fellowship for women. Megan Lausen
Bella O'Hara
English Conversation An outreach program to help those whose primary language is NOT English. No books necessary and no cost for instruction. Open to parishioners and non-parishioners. Maire O'Neill
Icon Writing Class A creative form of worship. Shelly Riebe
Home School A service group that coordinates curriculum materials and assists home schoolers. Gina Peterson
LIFETEEN Core Team Assist Lifeteen ministry or 9th thru 12th grades, work with youth in groups of teens. Cathy Kohlrust
Young Adult Ministry Serving young adults (21-40ish) with spiritual formation and fellowship (single and married). Jacob & Prisca Yoder
Religious Education
Pre - Mid School
Weekly classes for children during school year, including religious education, spiritual development, sacramental preparation and fellowship. Provides home schooling materials on request. Caren Stephens
Vacation Bible School A one week, multi-age summer day camp exploring the bible with songs, crafts, and learning. Caren Stephens
Youth Ministry Serving grades 8-12 with spiritual formation, with fellowship such as social events, youth trips. Director of Youth Formation

Service Groups and Ministries

Ministry Description Coordinator
Christian Concern Committee Outreach to Northern New Mexico poor with financial assistance. Wayne Danen
Coffee and Doughnuts Purchase, serve and clean up coffee and doughnuts after Sunday 9 a.m. Mass Joanie & Gary Ahlers
Computers and Technology Assist IHM staff on tech training, maintenance, upgrades and repairs Dominic Dinkel
Daniell's Hope Chest Helping young mothers in need by providing a dresser filled with baby items. ?
Elizabeth Ministry Following the example of Mary and Elizabeth, visit and share the sacredness of our lives. Parishioners provide meals, babysitting, housekeeping, handmade gifts, support and prayers through the joys and sorrows of family life, pregnancy, birth, bed rest, adoption, infertility, miscarriage and older child death, pre-term birth, or sick child. Gina Peterson
Finance Council Guides Parish financial decisions and policy. Chris Ortega
Funeral Ministry Provides bereavement assistance for families in coordination of the funeral service Parish Office
Funeral Receptions Arranges and provides meals and service to funeral receptions Jaunita Hensley
Melanie Colgan
Holy Family Institute A branch of the Pauline family is exclusively for married and widowed people who want to consecrate their lives to God yet remain in their own homes. Gina Peterson
Knights of Columbus (KC) Organization for Catholic men and their families which through the promotion of their ideals of charity, fraternity, unity and patriotism help the members and their families and the parish grow together in their faith. Hosts weekly bingo, parish picnic and other events. Grand Knight Jeff Brown
K of C Ladies Auxiliary Fellowship and fund raising open to all Catholic women in support of the K of C. President: Jacque Ciddio
Library Maintain library during office hours and after mass. Order books and periodicals. Tina Szymanski
Little Flowers Girls club ages 5 to 12 meet one time a month to make crafts and praise the Lord Jessica Booton
Loaves and Fishes Makes lunches for homeless in Santa Fe. Stacy McLaughlin
Meals Ministry Prepares food for the elderly or those in need. Ruth Doyle
Linda Uher
Military Care Packages Assembles and ships care packages to military personnel on active duty is areas of conflict. Cherie Trottier
My Brother's Keeper Makes handmade sleeping bags for the homeless. It is a grass roots ministry that has swept the country and has touched the hearts of many Pat Jakubowski
Natural Family Planning Parish recognized consultant for natural family planning. Leslie Esquibel
Nursery Childcare and facility maintenance to enable parents to attend Mass, classes and meetings at IHM. Linda Uher
Our Little Brothers and Sisters Provides spiritual and financial assistance to Our Little Brothers and Sisters, a parish-"adopted" Honduras orphanage, including annual youth and adult trips. Cheryl Wampler
Parish Gardens Volunteers help seasonally with special plantings, also help with dead-heading, weeding, and plant trimming once a week. Parish Office
Prayer Chain When parishioners have concerns, they can call on prayer chain volunteers to include those concerns in prayers. Lucille Kleczka
Pray Shawls Knit shawls to comfort to people struggling with the difficulties of life. Theresa Aguilera
Project Rachel Healing, prayers, and support for women who have had abortions. Toni Rodgers
Respect Life Promotes through prayer, education and outreach, respect for all human life, from conception to natural death. Activities include a Rosary for Life held every Saturday at 8:30 AM at St. Joseph’s Church, a Spiritual Adoption program, and special events on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. New members are always welcome. Joanne Lestone
Shut in Eucharistic Ministers Takes the Eucharist to people who are home-bound Connie Pacheco
Teams of Our Lady ‘Teams’ is for Christian married couples who want to develop their relationship with God both personally and as a couple in a small group setting. Jame & Shelly Kuropatwinski

This page last updated July 30, 2015