Ministry to the Bereaved

This ministry assists in the planning of the funeral liturgy for families who have experienced the loss of a loved one.
Contact: Deacon Don


Human Development Ministry

“Come, You whom my Father has blessed,take for your heritage the Kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world.”

Matthew 25:34

Director of Human Development: Donna Skrocki

Phone: 315-454-4515 Email:

“For I was hungry, and you gave Me food; thirsty and you gave Me drink”

Food Pantry

Saint Margaret’s Food Pantry is a member of the CNY Food Bank and the Inter-religious Food Consortium of Central New York. Food and resources are generously provided by:

  • Central New York Food Bank grants
  • The McDevitt Grant from the Diocese of Syracuse
  • and the generosity of the parishioners of Saint Margaret’s Parish

The McDevitt Grant from the Diocese of Syracuse allows our food pantry to provide fresh produce and dairy products monthly.


  • Hours of Operation:

              Monday – Thursday 10:00am-2:00pm

  • Contact: Food Pantry Coordinator, Myra MacDonald, 315-454-4515

Client eligibility:

  • Clients must reside in the 13211 zip code.
  • Clients may use the food pantry once per month, we then provide food for 3 meals 3 days per family member.
  • Counseling provided for clients seeking to enroll in SNAP and WIC programs.


“I was a stranger, and you made Me welcome”

 “The Church opens her arms to welcome all people, without distinction or limits, 

in order to proclaim that God is love…” 

–Pope Francis–

  • Saint Margaret’s Food Pantry does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sexual orientation or nation of origin.


“I was naked and you clothed Me”

  • Vouchers for use at the Salvation Army Thrift Store are available to clients. Basic hygiene products are also available through funds that are provided by the Elizabeth Hayes Grant and by revenue generated from the Saint Pauly Clothing Donation truck on the property.
  • Diapers for both children and adults are provided by Learn As You Grow Daycare and generous parishioners.


“I was sick and you visited me”

  • Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl ministry at St. Margaret’s is a very simple yet meaningful one. We have yarn available at the Human Development Office. The women who do this ministry use the yarn to either crochet or knit prayer shawls for those who are elderly, sick or infirmed at home, in hospital or nursing home. While knitting or crocheting, the minister prays for the person , either known or unknown, who will receive the shawl. When completed and gift wrapped, the shawls are blessed during mass and then given to those who are visited when they are sick. It is a wonderful consolation to know that someone is praying for you when you are in need. The comfort the shawl gives is immeasurable.


“…in prison and you came to see me”

Very often clients have ‘significant-other’ family members who are imprisoned. We make every effort to console and support them while they wait for their loved ones to return home. They often are short on rent, utilities or bus fare to visit their loved ones. We depend greatly on the generosity of others so that we can help them during this very stressful time in the lives of their family members.


” when wisdom comes into your heart, knowledge is a delight to you”

–Proverbs 2:10-11–

Education is one very important way for our folks to find their way out of the situation they are in when they need to use the services we can offer them, therefore…
We encourage our clients to complete their high school education by attending classes sponsored by St. Margaret’s in conjunction with BOCES. These classes are held at the Salina Civic Center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 ‘till 8:30 pm. Sign-up for the program can be done at the Human Development Office or by calling BOCES directly.
We have volunteers that can help people who are searching for employment write a resume.
We also have bus passes available for people to use to go to interviews or go back and forth to work.


“you must love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind, and you must love your neighbor as yourself” 

–Matthew 22:37-40–

 Seasonal Projects…Contributions made by St. Margaret’s parishioners:

Back-to school: Each year at the end of August we provide school supplies for the children of our clients.
Thanksgiving: We receive contributions from our parishioners, youth, Roxboro Schools, Columbia College and Learn as you Grow Day Care Centers. On the Friday before Thanksgiving, our clients receive their baskets for thanksgiving dinner.
Christmas: Our parishioners take a child, children or entire family of children to purchase gifts for, wrap them and bring them to church a couple of weeks before Christmas. The pantry volunteers then bag them and label them for the day when the parents come to receive the gifts for their families. It is one of the most rewarding days for the volunteers and generous parishioners of St. Margaret’s

Easter: the Columbiettes fill and decorate Easter baskets for our young clients. They bring them here to the pantry so that we can give them to the clients.


If you ask the volunteers at the food pantry why they come and serve at the Food Pantry, they will say things life…” I come because I like to help people”, “I wanted to volunteer and I thought this would be the best place to do it”, It makes me feel better:.
Presently there are a dozen or more volunteers who give two to four hours per week at the Food Pantry. They help clients choose food and give them ideas on how they can best serve their families nutritious meals and meals that give them the best bang for their buck.
Volunteers are always needed and very welcome. Just call either Sr. Lucy or Myra MacDonald @ 315-454-4515


“I tell you solemnly, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these,
you neglected to do it to me.”

Matthew 25:46














Mother’s Evenings of Reflection

The Mothers’ Evenings of Reflection are held once a month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. downstairs in the After School Room across from the Marian Hall. Through prayer and reflection, mothers, whether married or single, have the opportunity to strengthen and support each other in their roles as Mothers and Christian Women.
We welcome you to attend as your schedule permits – whether to one , a few, or all of the evenings. The day of the week is varied to accommodate your many commitments. The meeting dates will be in the bulletin and sent home each month with your child through the Religious Education Program or through classes at St. Margaret’s School. If you have any questions, please call the Religious Education Office at 315-455-2203. The meetings will be facilitated by Sister Mary Ellen Schopher , CSJ


Parish Visitors Ministry

The goal of the Parish Visitors Ministry is to continue a connection to parishioners who are homebound, those who are in nursing homes and those in hospitals.

Sometimes this means sending a card. Sometimes the parishioner may desire to receive the Eucharist or maybe just a phone call. Sometimes a visit is requested.

Growing from a deep gratitude that we ourselves are mobile, we reach out to others in a one-to-one ministry. Caring parishioners reach out a supporting hand to the spiritual, social, and emotional needs of individuals in our parish family.

If you are interested in finding out more about this ministry, or know of someone in need of this ministry, please call Mary Beth at (315) 243-9767 or email