Parish Ministries

We invite you and your family members to get involved in our parish ministries

Altar Servers

Children who are in at least in the third grade and have received their First Communion are welcome to become an Altar Server. The initial time commitment will consist of six training sessions. Once training is complete, they are scheduled to serve about once every two to six weeks – depending on the mass. For more information please contact the Parish Office.

Bereavement Ministry

The members of this ministry offer our parishioners assistance in the planning of a funeral service or coping with the loss of a loved one or a serious illness. For information contact the Parish Office.

Book Club

The SMM Book Club is open to any adult who is interested in deepening their knowledge, understanding, faith and spirituality by reading a wide variety of books and participating in interesting discussions.  We meet on the last Thursday of each month except December at 7:00 PM in the Parish Center Lounge.

There is no formal membership.  Simply attend whenever you wish, whether or not you have read or completed the book.  Our fiction and nonfiction titles include church history, spirituality, conversion, biographies of saints, books of reflection, the church and social justice issues, Papal writings and church documents.

Treat yourself!  Open your heart and your mind and join us whenever you can.  You are always welcome.

Questions?  Please contact Flo Stapleton at or 310 328 8915.

Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts

John Weitzel (310) 539-7314

Girl Scouts

Call the school office for information (310) 326-9494

Christian Service

Volunteers are always welcome to help with the food distribution on Monday through Friday and many other activities. For information call the Parish Office (310) 326-3364 extension 35 or 15.

Environment Committee

Senen Salvador (310) 326-3364

Eucharistic Ministers

Laypersons who assist the priests distribute Holy Communion both at Mass and to the sick:

For Homebound:

Dorothy Remington (310) 326-9795

For Hospitals:

John Rehm (310) 938-4635


For Sunday English Masses:

Pablo & Joan Diaz (310) 534-4906

Faith Sharing Group

Our Faith Sharing meeting is a place to relax; for communion; for sharing; for listening; for learning; to be still and know. Nothing is mandatory (sharing is on a voluntary basis) except the privacy of what is shared and the willingness to have an enjoyable evening. Meetings take place every Thursday from 7-9pm in the Parish Center. For more information please contact Roy and Carole Hardinge at 310.539.6027

Filipino Community

The Filipino Community is open to all Filipino/American families and friends. Meeting are held on the last Sunday of the month. For more information, contact Babes Ali 310.533.1286 or Araceli Gagjena 310.431.8223.


A chance to meet and greet fellow parishioners. To volunteer your friendly smile contact Beverly Howson (310) 534-0108

Holy Name Society

The Holy Name Society’s primary mission is to support the pastor, our schools, and our church community. We are a group of dedicated, hardworking men who desire to serve and improve the community of St. Margaret Mary Parish to grow spiritually and to socialize with others. The Holy Name Society is open to all men of the parish and there are no fees! We meet the last Monday of every month in the St. Joseph Center at 7:30pm. For more information, please visit our website at or you can email

Homeless Ministry

Meets on Sunday mornings at 8:30AM at St. Joseph Center. Reservation is required; contact the Parish Office at (310) 326-3364

Knights of Columbus

You are invited to make a stand among them and discover how easy it is to make a difference in your life and that of others. It is not just a fraternity in name. It is a brotherhood of practicing Catholic men who each play a part in improving the world around them, one community at a time. They stand together in faith , dedicated to uphold the principles they cherish while lending their service , support and strength to parish, community, home and fellow knights. The Knights of Columbus-St. Margaret Mary Council 7864 is here and will gladly provide more detailed information on their support programs and other initiatives. Call: GK Eroll Viernes: (310) 749-7364 or DPGK Mark Talavera, MD., (424) 206-2560.


Lay persons who help proclaim the word of God at Mass. For information call George and Sydne Newberry (310) 962-3329

Legion of Mary

Is Mary calling you to work and/or pray with Her more closely?

Join us Saturdays behind the parish office at 9:15 a.m.

For more information please call:

Peter (424) 375-4504

Anne (310) 948-0607


For general information, contact Rodelo Garcia (510) 384-9383


Liturgy Committee

This team advises the pastor on matters pertaining to our parish’s worship life. The committee also works together to prepare our parish’s liturgical celebrations for the Church’s feasts and seasons. Mike Molina (310) 326-3364


The Pro Life Ministry of St. Margaret Mary Parish promotes and prays to end death by human hands: abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment. The SMM Pro Life Ministry gives spiritual and financial assistance to the following life organizations: The Pregnancy Center, Little Sisters of the Poor, and Casa de los Angelitios. We also participate in One Life LA and other events promoting pro-life issues. Please call the parish office if interested in participating in promoting pro life issues. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM. For information contact the Parish Office.

Women's Society

All Women of the Parish are invited to be a part of the Women’s Society. The Women’s Society’s through it’s Guilds, supports the pastor, our schools, and our church community.

Sacred Heart Guild: Supports he Rolling Hills Sister of Charity. Contact Marlene Forthum 310.530.6982

Our Lady of Lourdes and Our Lady of Fatima Guilds: Supports Coffee and Donuts, Parish dinners, High School Scholarships and various other Parish activities. Contact: Pat Lechman 310.539.8907

Our Lady of the Rosary Guild: Supports Coffee and Donuts, Rolling Hills Sisters of Charity, Christian Service and various other Parish activities. Contact: Linda Cline: 310.539.4106

St. Kat’s Junior Guild is focused on getting women involved for service ages 18- 65 at St. Margaret Mary. St. Katharine Drexel advocated for social justice. She promoted a love of the Eucharist and perspective on the unity of all peoples addressing social inequality among minorities – one hundred years before such concern aroused public interest in the United States. And St. Kateri is the patron saint of the environment and the first Native American to be canonized by the church. Therefore, our guild will focus on promoting unity of all backgrounds at St. Margaret Mary, fundraise for marginal groups and promote stewardship of the environment.

Contact Laura Rodriguez (310) 623-7132 to find out when we meet.

Tuesday Evening Bible Study Group

The Tuesday Evening Bible Study Group meets periodically at the Parish to discuss Sacred Scripture and bring it into conversation with our own life experiences. We decide as a group which book of the Bible we will study, and it is also based on approval by the Father Long. The group discussion is facilitated by the leader who is certified by the L.A. Archdiocese Catholic Bible Institute.

Contact: Cindy Powell – text 310-982-9584; email

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The St. Margaret Mary Prayer Shawl Ministry has distributed over 200 prayer shawls and lap blankets to the elderly, ill or anyone who finds comfort from them, free of charge. We also knit and crochet baby items for the Baptism Ministry and Casa de Los Angelitos, as well as other outreaches such as warm items for the homeless. All handmade items are blessed by a priest or deacon before they are distributed. We meet the 1st Wednesday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Parish Center.

Contact: Cindy Powell—text 310-982-9584; email

Light of Jesus Ministry (LOJ)

Ministry Mission

To make Disciples of Jesus that will create other disciples and breed the next generation of leaders. Disciples that will influence others to appreciate and understand our faith through the teachings in the Light Groups, Feast Video, Live Preaching, and our Catholic Church.


Ministry Information

The Light of Jesus Family is one big family. What makes us big, is our big LOVE for God and for one another. God’s love for us and our love for Him and for one another is actually the Light that we now share with any persons we can reach.

We meet once (1x) a month in our prayer meeting called “The Feast”. The “Feast” is a prayer gathering with live worship and powerful life-changing talk on practical Christian Living.

We start with the 3F’s: food, fun, and fellowship. We then continue to learn about God’s love through worship and God’s word. The Feast is a place of miracles, joy, peace, and blessing. It is open to everyone. Are you ready to come and experience these blessings?


Contact Details
Email Address:
Point of Contact:  
  • Allen Belen (310-972-8464)
  • Raine Belen (310-218-7882)
  • Sheila Abalayan (310-634-5871)
  • Jasmin Salvador (213-618-2626)

The Cornerstone Ministry

The Cornerstone ministry was established in 2012 after having our first annual mens retreat at Saint Margaret Mary. The purpose of the ministry is to offer the retreat to men of our parish community every year. Through the mens participation we seek to spark and strengthen each mans faith. And encourage our men to become more actively involved in their spiritual development by going back to mass on a regular basis and joining other parish ministries. To date, over 200 men have attended the retreat at Saint Margaret Mary. All men of our parish are invited to our annual retreat. After attending the retreat we have monthly faith sharing meetings to give the men who attended the retreat an opportunity to share their faith journey.

Respect Life Ministry