“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.”

1 Corinthians 12:4-6

In the Body of Christ there exists a wonderful variety of ministries, which are especially evident when we gather around the altar to worship God. By virtue of our baptism in Christ we are called to serve.  Please contact the parish office to begin volunteering with any of the opportunities below, unless stated otherwise within the description.

Adult Choir

The adult choir serves to encourage the congregation to join in the celebration of the Mass. Practices are typically Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM for approximately 1 hour.  The choir sings approximately one weekend a month.

Art and Environment

The art and environment group works directly with the liturgy committee and is responsible for providing the environment for the liturgical seasons and feast days.

Cantors & Accompanists

Those who are blessed with the gift of a musical voice or an ability to play an instrument are encouraged to share that gift with our parish family. Our role is to help enhance the liturgy. The cantor leads the assembly in hymns and also proclaims the responsorial psalm as a psalmist.

 

Care of Linens

Volunteers are needed to launder Altar Server/Presider Robes: Call 437-4537 .

Funeral Hospitality

Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve, and clean-up for funeral luncheons.  Volunteers are also needed in advance of the luncheons to bake a cake and bring to the parish in time for the funeral luncheons.

Homebound Ministry

The presence, prayer and encouragement of our parish are made present to those who are hospitalized or homebound through commissioned communion ministers who bring the Eucharist to those who are hospitalized or homebound. Weekday or Sunday rotation schedules are available.

Liturgy Committee

The liturgy committee is comprised of members from St. Augustine and St. Edward parishes under the direction of the pastor. The committee meets regularly to prepare for the liturgical seasons and to deepen our understanding of the liturgy.

Martha Ministry

Martha Ministry at St. Edward: Men, women, children, families—all are invited to help with light housekeeping duties to keep the Family Room, sacristy and church clean. Duties include: dusting, cleaning glass in doors and balcony, polishing pews, cleaning the kitchen in the Family Room, and vacuuming when necessary.

Martha Ministry at St. Augustine: Men, women, youth, families—are invited to help with dusting, washing windows, and cleaning the church entrances.

 

Money Counters

St. Augustine and St. Edward parishioners work in teams of three (3) to count and record money from offertory collections. Teams meet on Sunday mornings after the last Mass to count the offertory collections.

Sacristan

The St. Augustine / St. Edward Weekday Sacristans clean the sanctuary and sacristies weekly on a rotating
schedule. This includes care of holy water fonts.

The St. Augustine / St. Edward Weekend Sacristans prepare the sanctuary by setting out vessels and linens for one of the weekend liturgies. After the liturgy they clean and put away the vessels.

 

Youth Choir

Any youth grades 2-12 interested in joining youth choir, please stop by the gathering space after 4:30 mass August 31 and after 10:30 mass September 1.

We will have an additional sign up after 4:30 mass September 7 and after 10:30 mass September 8th.

Youth Choir will kick off the year with a pizza party on Wednesday, September 18th at 5:45 at St. Augustine in Jennings Hall. Rehearsals will be held on Wednesday evenings from 5:45-6:15 in Jennings Hall. The choir will sing at several masses throughout the school year.

Please join us for an exciting year of music and fellowship!

Please contact Katy Bisanti with any questions 515-210-4397.

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion

The Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion shares in the distribution of the Eucharist at our parish liturgies with reverence and respect. Training is provided before installation into this ministry.

Current volunteers, please view the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Schedule here.

Reader

Readers proclaim the Word of God to the worshiping assembly. Training is provided and a workbook assists the reader in preparation for the Sunday scripture readings.

Current volunteers, please view the Reader Schedule here.

Altar Servers

Altar Servers assist the presider and deacon at liturgy. Altar Servers give their attention to various tasks including assisting with the book of prayers, setting and clearing the altar, and taking care of the candles, incense and processional cross. Altar servers know the order of liturgy and serve with grace and reverence. Altar Servers are boys and girls 5th grade and older who assist at Mass. Training is provided.

Current volunteers, please view the Altar Server Schedule here.

Hospitality / Usher

Greeters and ushers help to set the tone for the liturgy as they greet arriving worshipers. The ushers and greeters are the first faces arriving worshipers see.  Of course, a greeter or an usher needs the gift of hospitality, so that he or she is comfortable welcoming our regular worshipers and our visitors. Also helpful is a sense of liturgical prayer. As he or she distributes worship aids, assists with seating, gives attention to someone who may not feel well, or gathers the collection, there should be an awareness that Mass is not a spectator sport. It requires the full, active participation of all present. As the usher attends to the special needs of the day, he or she helps the liturgy run smoothly and contributes to the overall sense of worship.

Current volunteers, please view the Hospitality/Usher Schedule here.