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