Parish Associations
The Parish Pastoral Council
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Comprised of members, subdivided into three committees; the Liturgical Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Maintenance Committee.  Meetings are held once in two months and on special occasions, as the need arises.

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St. Vincent de Paul Society
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The Society was inaugurated in the late 1940’s to bring relief to those in need. The society’s activities involve giving financial assistance to the old, the sick and the poor. Dry rations are provided once a month to those in need.

On the feast of St. Vincent de Paul and at Christmas, monetary donations, clothes and hampers are given to the less fortunate.  Two major fund raising events are organized each year; The Baked Food Sale and the Jumble Sale

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The Legion of Mary
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This Ladies Presidia is almost 70 years old.  Actively involved in the spiritual growth of the parish, its 16 members meet every Friday, with weekly assignments of visiting the home-bound, the sick, and the elderly.  As a rule the Legion of Mary is not allowed to handle money and thus involves itself in service to the Parish in numerous other ways.

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The Altar Servers Association
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An altar server's commitment is not only a duty but a great honour.  The altar servers of the Parish are supported and trained by the parish priests.  This Union aims to instill in boys,certain qualities that make them stand out in Society, making them followers and witnesses of Christ.
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Youth Association
Intercessory prayer group
St. Mary’s Parish Choir

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St. Mary’s Choral Group (SMCG)
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The present St. Mary’s Choral Group began as the Youth Choir of St. Mary’s Church in 1973 when Redemptorist Priests Gino Henriques & Shanti Abeysingha conducted a youth program at St Mary's and introduced a more vibrant style of music to the Mass. The parish priest at that time was Fr. Basil Weeratunge, and his Assistant was Fr. Reginald Saparamadhu.

It was in many ways an off-shoot of the St. Mary's Choral Group and Youth Choir begun by the Rome-ordained Rev. Fr. Claver Perera when he was Assistant Parish Priest, in 1967. (see:  Centenary Souvenir  page 27-28 for more). Their initial selection comprised songs such as; My Sweet Lord, I’d like to teach the world to sing, and selections from the off-Broadway musical Godspell.
 
 
The choir grew informally by word of mouth, the average age being 19. Soon the choir was singing at the 8.30am Sunday mass, calling themselves the Youth Choir. Though it initially began with guitars, there was the addition of an organ which accompanied a mixture of modern songs and ballads such as He ain’t heavy he’s my brother and songs by the Beatles, Bread, Blood Sweat and Tears and Queen.
 
 
More instruments such as bass and electric guitars, saxophone, piano, clarinet and flute were added in 1978.
In 1980 Fr. Claver, the new parish priest guided the Youth Choir and introduced serious mixed voice choral harmonies. He further shared his experience in Italy. Fr. Claver built up the Choir’s repertoire in Choral music and plainchant.
 
 
The Parish invested in a Viscount Domus 8 organ for the church, further enriching the standard of the choir. In 1986 the choir under the direction of Fr. Claver, released its first cassette entitled Pass it On which was popular and widely sought.  The choir went on to perform at concert venues, hotels in Colombo, Choral festivals and at the National Seminary in Ampitiya.
 
 
A major milestone was its participation in the Mozart Death Bicentenary Choral Festival held at the Anglican Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour by the late Kalasuri Lylie Godridge. In June 2007 the choir changed its name back to St. Mary’s Choral Group or SMCG, a name dating from Fr. Claver's original male voice choir of 1967. The choir still sings at the 8.30am Sunday Eucharistic Celebration which is its primary function. 
 
 
They also sing for the Church Feast, selected other major Feasts of the Church, the annual Carol Service, Easter Tridium services and Christmas Midnight Mass. Most of its current members are non-parishioners, and are young school going and working professionals, giving of their time and talent. It could be said that the secret of its continuity and success in singing comes from a common love of music and good camaraderie.
 
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