Altar Servers assist the priest at Mass and other liturgical and devotional celebrations throughout the year. Servers are scheduled for weekend liturgies as well as weddings, funerals, and daily Mass. Male and female students in grades 4 through 12 are welcome to serve. New altar server training is offered in May / June before the end of the school year.
Catechists are volunteers who instruct children and adults on the teachings of the Catholic Faith with age-appropriate materials. Children are taught at our Sunday morning Religious Education Classes from 10:00 - 11:15 AM, September through May. Adults are instructed at RCIA from 7:00 - 8:30 PM on Thursdays, September through June. If you would like to find out more about being a catechist or if you are feeling called to this ministry, please contact: Fr. Richard J. Smith at 610-272-0402.
The role of a Catechist is to echo Christ. Catechists are instructors who work with the Pastor, the Religious Education Moderator, and parents to help educate, form, and enlighten the youth of St. Francis of Assisi in faith, morals and charity, as well as to foster the Gospel teachings in a safe environment for all children.
Who can be a catechist?
Because the role of a catechist is a ministry in which one teaches by example as well as knowledge, a catechist must be an active participating member of the church community and living a sacramental life according to the church norms. Ongoing formation is a must, and is provided through the Archdiocese, so a catechist must be someone who desires to learn and grow personally in faith.
All catechists will need to take Safe Environment classes and have background checks for the safety of all children.
CHOIR AND CANTORS
Ministers of music lead the congregation in song, either by singing as a cantor or in a choir. Cantors lead the congregation during Mass. Practices are usually once a week. Musical proficiency is required, but a person need not be a virtuoso or a professional.
Contact: Michael Maresca 610-539-7597
CHOIR - ADULT
Raise your voices in praise by joining our Adult Choir. The Choir meets weekly for practice, and participates in Sunday Masses and other liturgies. Please contact Michael Maresca for more information at 610-539-7597.
There are several volunteers for collection counters who count the collection on Monday from 9:00 AM until approximately 11:00 AM. Contact: 610-272-0402
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) are parishioners who are given the privilege of assisting the priest during Mass by serving communion to their fellow parishioners, and also by going out into the community to take Holy Communion to those who cannot attend Sunday Mass because they are in the hospital, nursing homes, or are home-bound. This ministry helps you to nourish your own faith and deepen your relationship with Christ and His Church. If you feel called to this ministry, please contact the Rectory at 610-272-0402.
Ministers of God’s Word proclaim the two readings before the Gospel as well as the Intercessions at weekend Masses and on other important occasions. Lectors prepare for the readings ahead of time and should arrive fifteen minutes prior to Mass. You may choose your Mass time and commitment as long as you desire. Anyone from high school age and older who is fully initiated in the Catholic Church may participate.
Contact: Mary Anders 610-635-9476
The Liturgy Committee meets on the four times a year to plan and organize liturgical celebrations throughout the year; especially and not limited to Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, and 40 hours. For more information, please contact Fr. Smith at 610-272-0402.
Volunteers provide a welcoming spirit at weekend liturgies as they welcome parishioners and visitors to St. Francis of Assisi Church before weekend and holyday Masses. Greeters are asked to arrive about 20 minutes before the beginning of Mass. All parishioners are welcome to join.
Contact: John Bilella 610-272-1058
If you or someone you know plays an instrument that could assist in the beauty of worship, please contact Michael Maresca 610-539-7597.
The organist plays at Mass, weddings, and funerals and accompanies the cantor or choir.
Contact: Michael Maresca 610-539-7597
Ministers of hospitality, also known as Ushers, assist people with special needs and direct people to seats available in the Church. Their duties also include the collections, facilitating the communion procession, and distributing the parish bulletins. Ushers arrive 20 minutes prior to Mass and remain after Mass to assist with the distribution of the bulletins.
Contact: John Bilella 610-279-1058