Liturgy and Worship

A cross graphic + next to ministry titles indicates YOUTH participation is welcomed and encouraged.


Art and Environment Committee – This committee meets to plan the design, setup, and removal of seasonal decorations, and provides care of flowers or plants in the worship area. If you have an eye for design or flower arranging and can assist on days when decorating or removing decorations takes place, we welcome your participation. The committee meets seasonally and before holy days. Meetings generally last approximately 1 hour; the time commitment varies depending on the season.

Contact:  Mike Bogdan – 270-852-8327 – [email protected]


Sacristan – Sacristans work to ensure that preparations are in place for each liturgy including preparing the vessels and altar. They provide oversight to ensure liturgical ministers are in place, and ensure that the sacristy is in order after the liturgy. Training and ongoing formation are provided. This is a great ministry for those who are detail oriented and enjoy working “behind the scenes.” More sacristans are needed for all weekend Masses and other liturgies throughout the year. Time commitment is approximately 1.5 hours per Mass.

Contact:  Mary Horn – 270-314-8485


Eucharistic Minister+ – Eucharistic Ministers assist in distributing Communion at Mass. Training and ongoing formation are provided. Adults and high school youth who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation are welcome.

Contacts:  Tom & Amy Payne – 270-686-7739 – [email protected] or  Sister Monica Seaton – 270 702-0232 – [email protected]


Lector+ – Lectors proclaim the appointed Scripture Readings at Mass. Training and ongoing formation are provided. Adults and high school youth who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation are welcome.

Contact:  Jennifer Welch – 270-685-5257 – [email protected]


Altar Server+ – Altar Servers serve for weekend Masses, holy days, and other liturgies. This is a great way to be involved and to learn more about the liturgy. Training and ongoing formation are provided. Open to all youth who are 2nd semester of third grade and older. Adult servers are also needed and welcome. Altar Servers are asked to arrive 15-20 minutes before their scheduled Mass.

Contact:  Ross Leigh – 270-316-4091 – [email protected]


Hospitality Minister+ – Hospitality Ministers welcome everyone arriving for liturgies. They distribute worship aids and bulletins, assist with seating, recruit Gift Bearers, conduct the Offertory collection, and maintain awareness for anyone needing assistance. Adults and high school youth are welcome; younger volunteers welcome with adult supervision. Training is provided.

Contacts: Janice Walker (5:00 pm Mass) – 502-373-0098 – [email protected] ; LaWanna Brand (7:00 am Mass) – 270-570-3583 – [email protected] ; Mary Helen Nash (9:00 am Mass) – 270-929-2551 – [email protected] ; Bo Ivey (11:00 am Mass) – 270-314-5421 – [email protected]


Liturgy Coordinators – Occasionally, special elements are added to a liturgy that cannot be facilitated by scheduled ministers (e.g., Holy Week liturgies). Volunteers who enjoy working “behind the scenes” are needed to coordinate and oversee details for these liturgies. The time commitment is occasional and includes meeting with pastoral staff and arriving approximately 30 minutes before Mass is scheduled to begin.

Contact:  James Wells – 270-683-6525 – [email protected]


Children’s Liturgy of the Word+ – Adult leaders (age 18 and over) and assistants (middle-school age and over) are needed for this program, offered during 9:00 am Sunday Mass. Children ages 4-8 are guided through scripture, apart from the adult assembly, so that the Word of God can come alive for them at their level. Training and materials are provided. Safe Environment certification and background check are required for volunteers age 18 and over.

Contact:  Mary Beth Hurley – 270-316-4587 – [email protected]


Diocesan Event Welcomer (DEWs) – DEWs represent our parish and diocese by welcoming all who attend diocesan-sponsored Masses or events, as well as Arts at the Cathedral events. They distribute worship aids or programs and provide information and assistance as needed. The time commitment is approximately 2.5 hours per event, 5-6 times per year.

Contact: Donna Tarantino – [email protected] or James Wells – [email protected] – 270-683-6525


Ministers of Care – Ministers of Care visit and take Communion to parishioners who are homebound or in nursing homes. Home visits take place on Friday mornings; nursing home visits usually take place on Sundays. Volunteers must complete Vulnerable Adult Ministry (VAM) training and complete a diocesan background check. The time commitment is approximately 2-3 hours each week. More volunteers are needed and welcome.

Contact:  Fr. Sinoj Pynadath – 270-683-6525 – [email protected]


Ministry of Praise – This ministry is perfect for those who are no longer able to be as involved as much as they would like due to the challenges of aging or declining health. Volunteers are commissioned by a priest and receive an olive wood cross and a prayer book, then spend time in regular prayer for a variety of intentions.

Contact:  George & Margaret Frey – 270-683-7627 – [email protected]


Pew Police+  – These volunteers keep our worship space looking beautiful by ensuring that the pews are orderly for the next Mass. This includes organizing the hymnals and picking up worship aids, trash, or items left in the pews. These volunteers are not scheduled, but encouraged to serve at any Masses they attend.

Contact: Donna Tarantino – 270-683-6525 – [email protected]


Music Ministries+ – Our Saint Stephen Cathedral music program provides quality sacred music leadership at Masses and liturgical events. There is always a need for cantors, instrumentalists, and substitute organists/pianists, as well as for the adult choir, funeral choir, and youth choir (ages 7-17). Rehearsals are generally scheduled for once per week and last approximately 1 hour.

Contact:  James Wells – 270-683-6525 – [email protected]