St. Mary's Catholic Church  |  Hood River, Oregon
St. Mary's Hood River, Oregon  

St. Mary's Hood River, Oregon

Parish Leadership

Pastoral Council

The Pastoral Council performs a work of service to the parish. Members are called to merge their expertise, insights, and experience while seeking to discover the direction the total parish should take. Members review goals, objectives, and priorities. They act as representatives of the whole parish and as the Pastor's principal consultants.

          Rev. Ronald Maag

Finance Council

The Finance Council performs a work of service to the parish. Members consult with the Pastor on financial matters of the parish. The members help the pastor perform regular reviews of the budget versus actual expenditures. Work with the staff to set annual budget objectives and participate in long range planning from a financial perspective

Chair:    Chuck Bugge

Parish Organizations

Altar Society

A long standing parish women’s group in which all women in the parish are considered members.  The Alter Society supports the priests and activities of the parish through various outreaches, like funeral luncheons, alter care, and financially supporting the parish through its Annual Ham Dinner & Bizarre and the Summer Rummage Sale.

President:    Diana Carroll

Knights of Columbus

The Order of the Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization, founded in the United States in 1882. Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church.

President:    Jim Dummer

Hispanic Prayer Group

Spanish speaking Hispanic adults gather every Friday night for scripture study, praise & worship and the sharing of personal testimonies. Additional activities include carnivals, retreats, healing services and special presenters.

Leader:    Miguel Lujano


Children Ministry

Religious Education

Children in kindergarten through fifth grade are engaged in weekly lessons based on; What Catholics Believe, How Catholics Worship, How Catholics Live and How Catholics Pray, through Blest Are We, a faith formation program. Children are engaged through music, challenging projects, videos, and an interactive website which includes activities, information, prayers and interactive games to reinforce each week’s lesson while at home.

First Communion and Reconciliation

Children should be prepared to receive their First Communion and Reconciliation in the second grade, when they usually have attained the required use of reason. The Universal Church requires that children have sufficient knowledge and careful preparation before receiving the sacraments. Preparation for children and their families begins in the Fall and ends with the reception of communion in the Spring.

CCD Schedule-English
CCD Schedule-Spanish
Registration Form

Staff Contact:    Maria Rameria
DRE, Spanish

Patty Romero
DRE, English

Adult Ministry

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

RCIA is a process for people who have an interest in and questions about the Catholic faith.  It is an opportunity to discover answers, share your faith stories and learn about the foundations of the Catholic faith. Sessions begin in the Fall and end in the Spring.

Staff Contact:    Rev. Mr. Lou DeSitter
Pastoral Associate

Liturgical Ministry

Art & Environment

The art & environment ministry provides many opportunities to be involved in enhancing the liturgical celebration of our worship community. Some of the things this ministry does are: decorate the church, plant care, Christmas and Easter decorating, decorating and "un" decorating, pressing linens, mending and hanging banners.

Altar Server

The job of an Altar Server is to assist the priest during Mass. In the process of serving individuals (2nd grade and older) will build confidence, develop responsibility, and gain a better understanding of the Mass. Training is scheduled a couple of times a year and will be announced in the church bulletin.

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion

Eucharistic Ministers serve the parish by assisting with the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ, so that all may be strengthened and nourished to carry on the work of Jesus in the world. Those who serve as Eucharistic Ministers should bring a strong faith, a sense of awe, and an inclusiveness of others as the foundation for their ministry.


"I was a stranger and you welcomed me." - Mt 25:35. Greeters are charged with welcoming individuals and creating a space of hospitality for parishioners during Sunday liturgies. Those who serve as Greeters should enjoy being with people and being truly present to them in order to create a space of hospitality.


A lector other than the priest or deacon proclaims God's word in the liturgy. Members of this ministry include men and women of various ages and backgrounds, who have the ability to proclaim the scriptures in a clean, articulate voice so that the Word of God is heard and understood by the assembly.

Music Ministry

Is there a song in your heart, and a bit of it on your lips that won't stay there? Do you play an instrument? Perhaps you belong in one of the music groups which lead the congregation in song at the Sunday liturgies and other special services.

Staff Contact:    Rev.Mr.Lou DeSitter
Pastoral Associate


Sick and Homebound

Caring volunteer ministers address the need for visiting the sick and homebound, whether they are still in their own homes, in the hospitals, or are in nursing homes. It is their privilege to bring Jesus to the homebound through personal visits and by bringing the Holy Eucharist to these parishioners.

Staff Contact:    Rev.Mr.Lou DeSitter
Pastoral Association