“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Mt 25:40
Recognizing the Gospel’s call to serve others, St. Louis strives to match the skills and interests of our community to serve the needs of the church in many forms. In addition to the following liturgical ministries, some of our other projects include the Christmas Angel Tree, food bank assistance, and supporting our school ministry.
We welcome all parishioners to participate in our ministries. The following liturgical ministries require an initial training and participation in ongoing and regular formation opportunities.
To be trained as a liturgical minister, please contact Deacon Ron Darschewski in the parish office by phone at 303.666.6401 or by email at Deacon.Ron@stlp.org.
This ministry is such a privilege. As an altar server, one gets to lead the procession into God’s House while lifting and holding the Cross high before all. An altar server gets to assist the priest and deacons, making the priests’s job so much easier and holy.
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion are a group of lay men and women who are trained to assist the Priest and Deacon (ordinary ministers of communion) in distributing the Eucharist at Mass or to the ill and shut-ins. Training takes place once a year after which they are certified, mandated by the archbishop, and then scheduled on a regular basis. Any confirmed and practicing Catholic may apply at the church office.
Individuals, families, and parish groups, are invited to carry the gifts in the Offertory Processions.
As ministers of hospitality, ushers welcome parishioners and help them to feel comfortable in the worshiping environment. They open doors, greet, hand out bulletins, assist with communion traffic flow and ensure that Gift Bearers are available. Adults and high school students are welcome to serve. Training is provided.
The ministry of Lector (Lay Reader) invites and prepares those who feel called to proclaim the Word of God in our liturgies. Information is available to those discerning a call to the ministry. New lectors are invited to meet with our Deacons and Pastor to grow in proclaiming the Word more effectively.
Altar & Rosary
These ministers clean and press the altar linens and purificators used each week in our liturgies. This is another invisible, yet essential ministry. The cloths used at the altar in the Eucharistic celebration are to be treated with the care and respect due to those items being used in the preparation and celebration of the sacred mysteries. Accordingly, guidelines are provided for their cleaning. This ministry is time-flexible and is performed at home. They also prepare the worship spaces for the celebration of the sacraments each week by polishing, light cleaning, and watering plants. Training is scheduled on an individual basis.