Stephen Ministry – What’s the Biblical Basis for Stephen Ministry?

What’s the biblical basis for Stephen Ministry? Stephen Ministry draws its name from the book of Acts. In chapter 6, Stephen was chosen to provide caring ministry to those in need. Caring ministry has been a feature of the Christian faith throughout history – and it is at the heart …

Stephen Ministry – How Does Stephen Ministry Support the Mission of Holy Martyrs?

How Does Stephen Ministry Support the Mission of Holy Martyrs? The mission of Holy Martyrs is to Encounter Christ, Grow in Faith, and Make Disciples. Here’s how Stephen Ministry supports that mission. Encounter Christ – Christ is at the heart of this caring ministry. Stephen Ministers are called to become …

Stephen Ministry – If I am interested in becoming a Stephen Minister what should I do?

If I am interested in becoming a Stephen Minister or I have questions about Stephen Ministry, what do I do? If you have a calling to provide care and support to hurting people, becoming a Stephen Minister is one way to live out that calling. It is an opportunity to …

Stephen Ministry – What to do if I or someone I know would like the help of a Stephen Minister

If you, yourself, would like to have the help of a Stephen minister, you can call the church office and ask for Janet. She will ask you some general questions to help match you with a confidential Stephen Minister. If it is someone else that you think could use a …

Stephen Ministry – Pandemic Fatigue


Are you feeling exhausted from all the disruptions to life brought on by the pandemic?

Are you or someone you know struggling with challenges like…

• Isolation and loneliness

• Anxiety over health

• Grief due to losses

• Tension from juggling work, childcare, and schooling

• Financial strain or job loss

• Uncertainty about the future

• Other unexpected life challenges?

If so, you don’t have to face it alone. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support.

A Stephen Minister will meet with you privately—by phone, by video chat, or, if safely possible, in person—to offer care and support.  It’s free and completely confidential. For more information, call our church office.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28

HM Cares Ministry

The cornerstone of every great parish is its care for those in need.  Since our founding, Holy Martyrs has been committed to the care of the poor.  Over the years, the people of our parish have demonstrated their generosity and support of this important work.  Over time, even as programs …

Why do we tap our chests during Mass or make the sign of the cross three times during Mass?

Both non-Catholics and Catholics have questions about some of the rituals practiced during Mass. By knowing the meanings behind these rituals, Catholics can better understand their faith. Some may wonder why reciting the Confiteor includes tapping their chests in the middle of it. Father Mark Ott explained that this tradition …

Helping Others Through Social Concerns Ministries

Our parishioners have a long history of helping those in need in our local community and beyond. Our faith comes alive through the Social Concerns Ministry’s more than 10 community outreach programs supporting the overall mission of providing care, compassion and hope to the less fortunate. Our community outreach efforts …