Parish Ministries

Opportunities for getting involved in the parish vary widely from parish to parish. Check your parish Web site or contact the parish office for a listing of opportunities.

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Here is a sampling of available ministries in parishes:


Liturgical Ministries

  • Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion -- Help distribute the consecrated bread and wine during Communion at Mass.
  • Lector -- Proclaim the readings from Scripture at Mass.
  • Acolyte -- Servers of all ages are needed at Masses and parish devotions.
  • Usher or Greeter -- Help to be the face of welcome for those who come to Mass.
  • Sacristan -- Help make sure that everything is organized, set up, set out, and ready for Mass.
  • Art & Environment -- Help decorate the church for Christmas, major feasts and the liturgical seasons throughout the year.
  • Music -- If you play a musical instrument or a good singing voice join the choir, be a cantor or learn about other musical opportunities.


Service Ministries

  • Pastoral Care -- Help visit sick and homebound parishioners.
  • Parish Nursing -- Parishes need nurse eager to share their gifts and talents in this special ministry.


Educational Ministries

  • Catechist -- Yes, with some training and the support of parish staff you can help to teach others our faith.
  • Youth Ministry -- Help young people experience the meaning of Christianity in their lives.
  • Adult Faith Formation -- Our need to learn and grow in our faith continues throughout our lives.
  • School Volunteers -- Catholic schools always need people to help in wide variety of areas.


Parish Miscellaneous

  • Receptionists -- If you’ve got some free time and would be willing to help answer phone and help around the parish office you are needed.
  • Money Counters -- Almost every Monday a rotating set of volunteers counts the weekend collections. If you've got some free time on Mondays and are willing to help contact your parish office to volunteer.