A cross graphic + next to ministry titles indicates YOUTH participation is welcomed and encouraged.
LITURGY AND WORSHIP
Art and Environment Committee – This committee plans 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 and removing decorations takes place, we welcome your participation. The committee meets seasonally and before holy days. Planning 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 ensure liturgical ministers are in place and 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. The time commitment is approximately 1.5 hours per Mass.
Contacts: Mary Horn – 941-348-9385 or James Wells – 270-683-6525 – [email protected]
Eucharistic Minister+ – Eucharistic Ministers assist in distributing The Body and Blood of Christ at Mass. Training and ongoing formation are provided. Adults, and high school youth who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation, are welcome to serve.
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 to serve.
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. This ministry is open to adults and high school youth. Training is provided. Hospitality Ministers are asked to arrive 20 minutes before their scheduled Mass in order to welcome parishioners as they arrive.
Occasionally, details and elements are added to a liturgy (e.g., during Holy Week) which extend beyond the scope of the regularly scheduled liturgical ministers. Volunteers who enjoy working “behind the scenes” are needed to coordinate and oversee details for these liturgies. The time commitment varies but includes meeting with pastoral staff for planning, as well as approximately 30 minutes before and after the liturgy.
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 the 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. Diocesan Safe Environment certification is required for volunteers age 18 and over.
Contact: Hannah Bland – 270-683-6525 – [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 concerts. DEWs distribute worship aids or event programs and provide information and assistance as needed. The time commitment is approximately 2.5 hours per event, 5-6 times per year.
Baptism Team – Volunteers in this ministry assist the families of children receiving the sacrament of Baptism at Mass. They arrive early to set up the sacramental items needed, greet families when they arrive, speak with parents and godparents briefly to help ensure they are informed regarding the rite, accompany the family during the liturgy when needed, and put sacramental items away after the celebration. The time commitment is less than 2 hours (including Mass). Volunteers will serve on a rotating basis. No prior experience is necessary, just a willingness to be hospitable and helpful to families during this sacred occasion. Training is provided.
Contact: Crissy Stevenson – [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. Diocesan Vulnerable Adult Ministry (VAM) certification is required for volunteers in this ministry. The time commitment is approximately 2-3 hours each week. More volunteers are needed and welcome.
Contact: Fr. Sinoj Pynadath, HGN – 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. Volunteers are not scheduled, but encouraged to serve at any Masses they attend.
Contact: Donna Tarantino – 270-683-6525 – [email protected]