St. Margaret Church and St. Mary Magdalen Mission


Nina Heck, Director of Outreach


Please note that all volunteers need to complete Virtus training prior to becoming involved at the parish.


Anyone interested in volunteering for one of our ministries, please contact Nina Heck at ninah@stmargaret.org.

Corporal Works of Mercy

Corporal Works of Mercy
Feed the hungry
Give drink to the thirsty
Clothe the naked
Shelter the homeless
Visit the sick
Visit the imprisoned
Bury the dead

Community Partners
Addiction Connections Resource, Inc (ACR)

This organization may be the first call made from someone addicted trying to find help for recovery.  They offer assistance with inpatient treatment and follow-up placement care.  They also provide programs to further strengthen the recovery of the family and the individual.  We support through donations. Their website is www.acr-helps.org.

Anna’s House

Shelters women with children who find themselves displaced due to domestic violence, loss of employment, financial crisis or chronic addiction. The staff offers life skills, parenting skills, job readiness, transportation to find and sustain employment and secure permanent housing through Keys of My Own program that promotes self-sufficiency. We support through donations and special collections.  Their website is cc-md.org/annas-house.

Birthright Pregnancy Aid Center

This center offers practical help to anyone facing a crisis pregnancy with ongoing support, education, referrals and material assistance.  Each year during Lent, we distribute baby bottles at all the Masses for parishioners to fill with coins, currency or checks to offer financial support.   Their website is www.birthrightharfordcounty.org.

Cottage Thrift Shop

St. Margaret Church and Emmanuel Episcopal Church operate this joint venture through funding, donations and volunteers.  The shop is open to all but especially to serve the poor and homeless are encouraged to shop every 30 days for 3 outfits, shoes, seasonal jacket and purse (for ladies) at no charge.  All items are discounted and the hours are Friday & Saturday 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  Their website is www.emmanuelbelair.episcopalmaryland.org.

Faith Communities and Civic Agencies United (FCCAU) Welcome One Shelter

This is a full-service, 24 hour/day, 365 days/year shelter that houses 26 men and 7 women who are homeless.  Their mission is to promote self-sufficiency, provide education and job services to help secure a job, medical care and much needed benefits.  We support through monetary donations, and encourage parishioners to donate unwanted items. Collect much needed supplies and offer volunteers to assist with meal preparation once a month.  Their website is www.welcomeoneshelter.com.

Found in Faith Ministries

This ministry receives furniture donations, household goods, small appliances and other items listed on their website.  The items are given out to individuals or families transitioning from shelters, veterans, survivors of domestic violence, re-entry individuals, natural disaster and more.  We encourage parishioners to donate their unwanted items and we offer support through donations.  Their website is www.foundinfaithMD.org.

Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna

This location in Bel Air serves Harford and Cecil County.  For the past several years, St. Margaret Parish has sponsored a Panel Build which occurs in October.  During that time announcements are sent out seeking volunteers to help with construction.   Their website is www.habitatsusq.org.

Harford Family House

Largest provider of transitional housing for families with children experiencing homelessness and unaccompanied adults ages 18 – 24. Education in life skills, job readiness and personal growth is mandatory.  Their website is https://harfordfamilyhouse.org/.

Harford Community Action Agency

We collect weekly non-perishable items for this agency at all Masses as well as donations.  Their pantry included meat, dairy, vegetables, canned goods and cleaning supplies, diapers and formula, and toiletries for individuals meeting income requirements.  The agency supports Title 1 school programs in Harford County, GED classes, coaching/goal setting to encourage self-sufficiency, employment assistance and MD Energy Assistance programs. Their website is www.harfordcaa.org.

Homecoming Project Inc. 

This organization is a half-way house for women recovering from and alcohol and substance abuse.  They offer life skills, individual counseling, case management, educational sessions and much more.  We support through donations and special collections of items needed.  Their website is www.homecomingrecovery.org.

Mann House

This organization houses men recovering from alcohol and substance abuse that have a chronic relapse problem.  Their philosophy is one of hard work, 12 step AA program, counseling, spirituality, good diet and exercise and total abstinence.  They maintain a high success rate and have been in business for over 40 years.  We support through donations and special collections. Their website is www.mannhouse.org.

Mason Dixon Community Center

School supplies are collected during the months of July and August to help those in need in northern Harford County. This will be posted in the bulletin.

Our Daily Bread

This organization feeds the poor in Baltimore City, no questions asked and are open 365 days a year.  On average approximately 500-1,000 people come through daily.  We partner with the casserole program, where our parishioners are asked to prepare, freeze and drop off a casserole to the parish office and volunteers deliver them to the organization monthly.  We also have a team that currently drives down one day per month and prepares and serves lunches. Contact is volunteerodbec@cc-md.org.

Bereavement Ministry

Funeral Sacristans

Our team supports families during a funeral Mass by greeting, setting up and serving at the Mass.  Individuals are on call one week/month.

Funeral Reception Ministry

Provides hosting and set up of hospitality after the funeral in the Adult Education Center.

All Souls Mass

Mass and reception for families of those who lost a loved one during the past year.

Ministry of Consolation

Provides spiritual and moral support to families by sending cards and making calls.

Widow and Widowers Group

This group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at a time and location to be determined for lunch and socialization.

Holy Moments
Holy Moments

“Have you ever been in the right place at the right time to help someone? Or had someone show up right when you needed them most without you even asking? Have you ever had something work out more perfectly than you could have ever planned it? Or missed something that would have negatively affected you? These are the holy moments in our lives—moments when we can feel God working in us and through us to bring the fruits of the Holy Spirit to the world around us. The Holy Moments group seeks to share stories of these moments to encourage, heal and bring others to fuller awareness of holy moments in their own lives. To share or read real-life holy moment stories, check out the Holy Moments blog or Facebook page.  New stories are posted to the blog at least weekly and encouraging posts and pop-up holy moment challenges are added to the Facebook page several times a week. All faiths and backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to share their holy moments stories!”

Homeless / Poor
Cooperative Food Ministry

Two groups meet on specified Monday at Calvary Baptist Church from 3:30-7 pm to set up, cook and serve dinner to the poor and homeless in the Bel Air area.  Dinner is served at 6pm followed by clean up.

Cottage Thrift Shop

A joint ministry of St. Margaret Parish and Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Volunteers collect, sort and assist in the shop, which provides clothing and miscellaneous articles to needy clients at a modest cost, or as a donation.
Lead coordinator is Diane Faber.

FCCAU Welcome One Shelter

Belcamp, MD – Group meets on the 29th of each month from 3:30-7pm to prepare dinner and serve at 6pm along with packing lunches for the next day to approximately 40 individuals. Clean up is complete by 7pm.

Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna

This group works with the non-profit ecumenical Christian housing ministry whose mission is to eliminate sub-standard housing for economically disadvantaged families living in Harford County. St. Margaret partners with Habitat for Humanity to offer an annual panel build in the fall for anyone over the age of 16 who wants to participate. Lead coordinator is Betty Hunter.

Spirit of Giving Program

A team of volunteers complete intake forms and put together Thanksgiving baskets for those in need of a Thanksgiving meal.  At Christmas time, we complete intake forms and begin compiling gifts and food for families and individuals in Harford County.  Volunteers are needed for making and taking telephone calls, wrapping, packaging, moving gifts, distributing gifts and helping with lunches for volunteers.    

Jam Sandwich Ministry

Group meets the 3rd Sunday of each month to prepare lunch bags with sandwiches, drink and a snack to deliver in the Aberdeen area to the homeless population.

Ministry of St. Lawrence

Volunteers alternate days to cover telephone messages, take incoming calls and complete intake forms from those seeking assistance with eviction, utilities, food, shelter and other necessities in order to assess their situation.  Offer referral sources when necessary.  Appointments are scheduled on Monday and Wednesday 9am, 9:30am and 10am.  Volunteers are scheduled daily 9-10:30am, Monday through Saturday as needed.

Our Daily Bread Casseroles

Aluminum pans with a beef stew recipe inside are found at the tables in the Church, Mission and Parish Office.   We encourage anyone to prepare at home, freeze and drop off at the Parish Office during business hours.   Volunteers then gather all the casseroles to deliver to Our Daily Bread in Baltimore on the 4th Saturday of each month. Click here for casserole recipes. 

Our Daily Bread Lunch Services

Our team prepares and serves lunches at the Our Daily Bread facility on the 1st Friday and 4th Wednesday of each month.  They meet in the church parking lot at 7:45 to arrive by 9am.  Lunch is prepared from 9-10:30am and served from 10:30-12:30.  They arrive back around 2pm.

Our Family Table

This group gathers one evening per month to prepare meals for the homeless at the Welcome One Shelter in Belcamp. All are welcome to join us in feeding and serving our brothers and sisters. Contact ninah@stmargaret.org.

Franciscan Table

This center is located in Baltimore and offers emergency relief for individuals and families in need of food and/or clothing. Our parish will respond by collecting clothing for men, women, children and babies. Volunteers to transport the items will be needed. Lead coordinator is Nina Heck.

Christopher’s Place Employment Academy
We support this organization as they work with homeless men and men recovering, on a path to a stable life and future employment. If you have suits, business attire or men’s shoes you no longer are using please consider donating those items to our Outreach Ministry.
Prison Ministry

Communion services are held every Sunday night for Catholic inmates by our Deacons and other lay ministers.  

Respect Life
Respect Life Ministry

This group will provide information to the Parish on events and news related to Respect Life issues. Lead coordinator is Craig Martin. October is Respect Life Month, and all life issues are highlighted to the parish each weekend through talks and hand-outs.

Birthright Pregnancy Resource Center

This center offers practical help to those facing a crisis pregnancy through ongoing support, education, referrals and material assistance. The parish, Baby Bottle Project, is held during Lent. This project benefits Birthright.

Play it Forward

Group meets the first Thursday of each month at the Mission with members of the ARC of Northern Chesapeake and the Harford Center.  Volunteers interact through playing simple games, socializing, dancing, coloring and offering a lite snack.  The fun begins at 10:30am and runs until 12pm.

March for Life

St. Margaret participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. each January. Deacon Jim DeCapite jdecapite@stmargaret.org

Senior Citizens
First Friday Senior Citizens

Group provides lunch, entertainment and fellowship following Mass on the first Friday of the month at the Callahan Center at St. Mary Magdalen Mission.
(October, November, December, March, April and May)
Lead coordinators are Mary Jane Zarachowicz and LuAnne Belmonte.


Sick and Homebound
Eucharistic Ministry

Home Eucharist: Available to home-bound Catholics who wish to receive Communion at home.
Nina Heck 410-838-6969, ext. 174 or ninah@stmargaret.org
Nursing Home: Communion services are held at Avondell Independent Living, Bel Air Health and Rehab on Monday afternoons and Brightview Assisted Living on Wednesday afternoons. Nina Heck 410-838-6969, ext. 174 or ninah@stmargaret.org

Hooked on Prayer

This group is made up of women who come together to knit or crochet shawls for persons in need. The group meets on the second Tuesday of the month in the Adult Education Center Library. If you do not knit or crochet, but would like to learn, instructions are provided – the stitch used to make a shawl is simple and can be picked up easily.

Legion of Mary

This very dedicated group provides spiritual growth for members and outreach to the sick, homebound, nursing homes and hospitals. Our Lady of the Snows Praesidium meets every Friday from 10:00 – 11:30 am in the Adult Education Center. Lead coordinator is Anita Lennon.

Health Ministry

The mission of this ministry is to promote the health of the St. Margaret Parish congregation by actively encouraging, supporting and developing a sense of well-being of the body, mind and spirit through education, partnering, networking, advocacy and referral. They meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the St. Lawrence Outreach House.
Lead coordinator is Mary Ann Williams.

Prayer Tree

Approximately 150 parishioners pray for the needs of the parish and individuals. Requests are distributed by e-mail to the Prayer Tree members. To request prayers or to become a member, contact the parish office at 410-838-6969.

Rosary Ministry/Project Rosary

Make rosaries to be distributed to the hospital, nursing homes/assisted living, the prison and other events. Meets 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Thoughtful Wishes

This is a group which makes cards for the sick and shut-ins at various nursing homes in the community. Lead coordinator is Karen Barnaba.

Substance Abuse
Addiction Support Groups

They work to support and encourage those dealing with substance abuse. All information shared is kept strictly confidential. This group is responsible for coordinating Recovery Month in September of each year.

Families Anonymous ~ Mondays 7:00 pm
Alcoholics Anonymous ~ Fridays 7:00 pm
Women for Sobriety ~ Saturdays 7:30 pm
Narcotics Anonymous ~
Sundays 6:00 pm
Thursdays 6:30 pm – Men only meeting


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