Liturgical Ministries

Director of Music & Liturgy

John Angotti
(615) 550-2834

As a worshiping community we are all called to actively participate in our liturgies through song, prayer, silence, and ritual action. Service in one of the Liturgical (mass) ministries listed below is an excellent way to fulfill our baptismal call of service to one another. Whether participation is through “behind the scenes” preparation and planning, or through a public role of service within the Mass, parishioner contributions help our liturgies to be truly life-giving celebrations. Please prayerfully consider joining one of these ministries.

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Altar Servers

Fr. Rhodes Bolster

Altar Servers are members of the assembly who assist the priest during the Eucharist and other liturgical ceremonies so the liturgy can be conducted with grace and reverence. They ensure that all the requisites for the celebration are available at the appropriate time. Boys and girls aspiring to be servers must be rising 5th graders or older. They must be baptized and have received First Holy Communion. Candidates receive mandatory training; service is scheduled on a rotating basis. Ministry Description.

Art & Environment

Samantha Santilli

Utilizing sewing skills and creativity, this group takes care of the arts and environment for liturgical celebrations. We apply our creative skills to enhance the beauty of the church sanctuary for weekends and special occasions throughout the liturgical year. Ministry Description.

Audio/Video Ministry

Chris Raleigh

We are responsible for setup, maintenance, coordination, and use of the church’s audio, visual, and lighting technology used during mass and for other special events. The ministry’s mission is to glorify God by ensuring that his word and our praise and song to him is seen and heard clearly and without distraction or interference within our church.

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion

Mary Steverson

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist with the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ during Mass. In a deeper sense, these ministers are called from the community of those gathered to praise the Lord to “feed the Body of Christ to the Body of Christ.” Some ministers take communion to the sick in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, or at home; please see our Ministers of Care ministry for more information. Participation is open to fully initiated, practicing Catholics. Ministers are assigned to the Mass time of their choice. New and continuing ministers receive mandatory spiritual and practical training each fall and periodically throughout the year so they may fulfill their ministry with knowledge and reverence. Ministry Description.

Hospitality Ministers

Mike Retchless

Ministers of hospitality (ushers) welcome parishioners and visitors to St. Philip at every Mass. They provide assistance in seating, collecting and taking up the gifts, directing the communion procession and handing out bulletins. They answer questions about the church (restroom locations, phones, lost and found), provide assistance in emergency situations, and help clean up the church for the next Mass. New and continuing ministers receive mandatory spiritual and practical training each fall and periodically throughout the year. Ministry Description.

  • Ushers – welcome parishioners and visitors to St. Philip at every Mass. They provide assistance in seating, take-up the collection, direct the communion procession, hand out bulletins and generally attend to the needs and questions of the congregation.
  • Greeters – are posted at the doors of the Church at all Masses; they are gifted with a warm smile and pleasant disposition and provide a first welcome to all who enter St. Philip.


Sarah Murphy

Lectors proclaim the Word of the Lord to the assembly at Mass and other liturgies. If you have a love for God’s word, and the willingness to learn to proclaim it effectively, please consider volunteering for this ministry. Lectors are assigned to the Mass times of their choosing. Candidates must be 11th grade or older. Mandatory training occurs in the fall for both new and continuing lectors with periodic refresher classes throughout the year. Ministry Description.

Lector Resources:

  • Readings (in print) for the day from USCCB
  • Audio of readings and psalm for the day from USCCB
  • Notes for Lectors

Music Ministries

John Angotti

Click here for information about parish choirs, bell choir, children’s choirs, resurrection choir, cantor ministry, instrumental ensembles


Mary Steverson

The mission of Sacristan is to set up the vessels before Mass. After Mass, the Sacristan takes the vessels to the sacristy where the Priest or Deacon purifies the sacred vessels (ciborium, chalice, cups, carafe and cruet), which contain the body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The Sacristan Ministry is a behind-the-scenes service which can be performed by individuals or couples who wish to perform a needed service, but do not wish to be visible to the congregation.

Welcoming Table

George Tutaj

Parishioners (of all ages), who are enthusiastic about St. Philip parish, are needed to host the Welcoming Tables (in the Foyer & Narthex) at the Christmas, Easter and Week-end Masses. Their role will be to:

  • Welcome individuals as they enter the sanctuary
  • Answer questions and provide resource materials to help inform newcomers, visitors & parishioners about St. Philip Catholic Church, its’ activities and ministries. Ministry Description.


The music ministry at St. Philip exists to support and enhance the singing of the whole assembly. Please consider participating in this ministry by joining one of the groups below:

“Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in Psalms and hymns and inspired songs. Sing to the Lord with all your hearts.”
Weekend Choirs
Saturday, 5:30pm Mass

John Angotti

At our Saturday, 5:30pm Mass, cantors and music teams lead the 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturdays of the month while our Couples for Christ Ministry leads music for the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. To be a part of one of the Saturday 5:30pm music teams, contact John Angotti. Ministry Description.

Sunday, 8:30am Mass

John Angotti

Cantors and music teams lead the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of the month for 8:30am Mass (Music for our 1st and 3rd Sundays are led by our Children’s Choir). To be a part of one of the Sunday 8:30am music teams, contact John Angotti.

Sunday, 11:00 Mass, Voices of Faith

Michael Alvey

Voices of Faith, our weekend large group choir, sings weekly from September through June with rehearsals before Mass at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 7pm. Singers from high school age to adults in later life enjoy praising God in a variety of musical styles. The only requirement is the ability to carry a tune. Ministry Description.

Sunday, 1:00pm Hispanic Mass

Carlos Gonzalez
(615) 207-3827

Sings weekly throughout the year with rehearsals 45 minutes before Masses.

Sunday, 5:00pm Mass Choir
(Youth/Young Adult Music)

Brian Connelly

Sings weekly throughout the year with rehearsals before Mass at 4:00 pm. Singers young and old enjoy praising God with more contemporary musical styles. Ministry Description.


John Angotti

Cantors lead the congregation in sung responses, acclamations, hymns and psalms at weekend Masses and other liturgies. Individuals interested in this ministry should have some previous vocal music experience. Participation in one of the parish choirs is encouraged.

Children’s Choir

Margaret Rose MacDougall
(615) 293-6982

The Children’s Choir leads music at 8:30am Mass on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month and on various special occasions throughout the year. Our mission is to keep the children present in the Celebration of the Mass through music and service. Children from 2nd through 8th grade are welcome to participate. Check the church bulletin for rehearsal times, or join us on Flocknote. Parents or others interested in helping with this ministry are welcome. Ministry Description.

Coro Juvenil

Paco Salazar
(615) 491-8449

Coro Juvenil, is the Hispanic extension of our Children’s Choir. We sing the first Sunday of every month at the 1pm Sunday-Spanish mass and on various special occasions throughout the year in addition to the main Children’s Choir. Like the English Children’s choir, our mission is to keep the children present in the Celebration of the Mass through music and service. Children from 2nd through 8th grade are welcome to participate. Rehearsals are weekly on Saturdays, 10:30am, in the choir rehearsal room (Salón de Música). Parents or others interested in helping with this ministry are welcome.

Handbell Choir

John Angotti

This ministry is open to men and women from high school age through senior citizen.  No experience is necessary. Members find it fun, spiritually uplifting and very fulfilling to be part of a handbell music group. We rehearse Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm in the the St. Philip Choir Room (off the Narthex of the Main Church).

Come join us! You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to get started.

Resurrection Choir

John Angotti

This choir sings at funerals, and normally requires availability during the weekday. Rehearsals are 1 hour before a funeral. Participation in one of the parish choirs is encouraged. Ministry Description.

Music Lessons

God is revealed through the beauty of the arts and in truth. St. Philip has created the St. Philip Arts & Liturgy Institute (SPALI) to offer parishioners and the local community the opportunity to explore the artistic gifts God has given them and, explore and learn about the liturgy to expand one’s life in faith and service. Blessed with an abundance of talent, SPALI enables our musicians and artists to serve the Church and help fill the need for musicians, artists, and leaders for the Church now and in the future. Go to our SPALI Page for more information.


Minister Formation

Pope Francis tells us that every baptized member of the Catholic faith is called to evangelize and to be a missionary disciple.

“In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples (cf. Mt 28:19). All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church, or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of evangelization” Evangelii Gaudiam (Joy of the Gospel) #120.

As part of their training, all Liturgical Ministers at St Philip are asked to reflect on their role as evangelists by viewing the two-part presentation “The Evangelizing Liturgy” by Rev. Frank DeSiano, CSP of the Paulist Evangelization Ministries.

Parish Council Member

Patrick Bentley