Ready to Get Involved? Our parish relies on your gifts of time and talent to help our faith community continue to grow. Learn more about the ministry and service opportunities available in our parish. Once you’ve found the opportunities that seem right for you, complete the Time and Talent Form or contact the parish office for more information.
Altar Server: Assist the priest during Mass. Training is provided. Youth, grade 4 and older, and adults.
Reader: Proclaim one of two readings that precede the Gospel at Mass. Personal preparation prior to Mass is necessary. High school youth and adults.
General Intercessor: Present the Prayers of the Faithful (intercessions) at Mass. High school youth and adults.
Presenter of Gifts: Individuals or families present the Offertory gifts at Mass. Those carrying the gifts must be grade 5 and older. Younger family members may accompany the family to the altar.
Extraordinary Minister of Communion: Assist in the distribution of Communion at Mass. Instruction is provided. Confirmed youth and adults.
Usher/Greeter: Welcome and seat people, take up collection, assist with presentation of offertory gifts and communion, distribute bulletins. Lead usher serves as coordinator of the scheduled team at Mass. Youth, grade 5 and older, and adults.
Mass Facilitator: Ensure assigned liturgical ministers are present before Mass starts. Locate substitutes. Adults.
Sacristan: Prepare worship space for Mass by lighting candles, placing sacramental objects in their respectful places, cleaning the sacred vessels after Mass. Confirmed youth and adults.
Choir Member: Spread God’s love through music at Mass and social celebrations. A commitment to attend practices is important. Training and assistance provided. High school youth and adults.
Musician: Provide accompaniment for music at Masses and other parish celebrations under leadership of parish music director. High school youth and adults.
Liturgical Laundry: Launder and press liturgical items needed for Mass. Adults.
Children’s Liturgy Leader and Assistant: Lead a brief lesson for children grades 1 to 3 during Sunday Mass. Children dismiss from sanctuary to a separate room. Curriculum provided. Leaders: high school youth and adults. Assistants: youth, grade 5 and older, and adults.
Catechist: Share faith experiences with children pre-K through high school. Prepare lesson plans with curriculum provided. Classes are held after Mass on Sunday, September to May. Catechist meetings held twice a year. Virtus training (Diocese’s safe environment program) is required. Adults.
Catechist Assistant: Assist adult catechists each Sunday. Virtus training (Diocese’s safe environment program) is required. Confirmed youth and adults.
Catechist Substitute: Fill in for adult catechists, as needed. Virtus training (Diocese’s safe environment program) is required. Adults.
RCIA Sponsor: Share the faith journey of a Candidate (baptized adults) or Catechumen (unbaptized adults). Encouraged to attend classes, retreats, and prayer and Penance services. Training provided. Adults.
RCIA Team Member: Facilitate RCIA meetings, sharing faith experiences with Candidates and Catechumens as they learn about the Catholic faith. Not required to attend all meetings. Training provided. Adults.
Welcoming Team: Help welcome new parish members.
Prayer Network: Pray for those in need by receiving prayer requests emailed from parish office.
Prayer Shawl/Blanket Ministry: Knit or crochet prayer shawls, baby blankets or lap blankets to be blessed and given to those who are sick or in the hospital/nursing home. Work on your own time or meet monthly for fellowship.
Ava Maria Rosary Guild: Make rosaries for overseas missions. Instruction provided. Guild coordinator mails rosaries and teaches new members. Meetings only as needed. Youth, grade 5 and older, and adults.
Loving Stitches Quilters: Create patchwork comforters and quilts for donating to local charities. Prior quilting or sewing knowledge not necessary.
Ministers of Care: Distribute Communion to parishioners and other Catholics who are sick and homebound or living in nursing homes. Training provided. Confirmed youth and adults.
Youth Ministry Coordinators for High School, Junior High or Grades 4-6: Plan and implement age appropriate social, spiritual and service opportunities for selected age group, working with adult volunteer team. Training and resource tools provided. Virtus training (Diocese’s safe environment program) is required. Adults.
Youth Ministry Teams for High School, Junior High or Grades 4-6: Assist coordinators at youth group programs and meetings. Training provided. Virtus training (Diocese’s safe environment program) is required. Adults.
Parish Events Coordinator: Oversee planning of parish events (Parish Anniversary, St. Francis Feast Day, Easter Egg Hunt, etc.), working with individuals who may help chair separate events. Help build fellowship in our parish and Nixa community. Adults.
Parish Events Team: Help plan or work at a parish event or program such as the Parish Anniversary, St. Francis Feast Day, etc. High school youth and adults.
Photography Team: Shoot photos at Parish events for use on website, Facebook and in printed materials.
Money Counting Team: Work with Finance Council to count offertory collections after Sunday Mass. Teams alternate and count about every 4 to 6 weeks. Training provided. Adults.
Rosary Leader: One leader needed each week as parishioners gather to pray the Rosary before Sunday Mass.
Eucharistic Adoration Participant: Sign up for a recurring 30 to 60-minute monthly adoration commitment. Adoration is held the third Wednesday after evening Mass.
Sunday Coffee Coordinator: Provide support for coffee team, recruit if needed, notify buyer of supplies needed and oversee cleaning of community room on assigned Sunday. Adults.
Sunday Coffee Team: Make, serve and clean up coffee after 9:30 a.m. Mass. High school youth and adults.
Sunday Donut Hero: Pick up donuts for Sunday coffee and donuts gathering.
Funeral Dinner Coordinator: Work with family to determine meal, time, size. Contact team members to facilitate and provide food. Adults.
Funeral Dinner Team: Set up, serve and clean up funeral dinners.
Funeral Dinner Food: Prepare food to be served at a funeral meal.
Penance Dinner Coordinator: Provide meal for visiting priests. Schedule team members to help and people to bring food. Adults.
Penance Dinner Team: Set up, serve and clean up penance dinner for priests.
Penance Dinner Food: Prepare food for penance meal.
Receptions/Special Events Coordinator: Work with team to plan receptions or special events such as First Communion, celebrations for priests, etc. Schedule team members to help. Adults.
Receptions/Special Events Team: Set up, serve, and clean up for receptions or special events such as First Communion, celebrations for priests, etc.
Liturgical Decorating Coordinator: Develop the look of our worship and gathering spaces during the seasons of the Church year (Christmas, Easter, Ordinary Time). Coordinators oversee a team that decorates with appropriate materials and plants, and tends plants throughout the season. Adults.
Liturgical Decorating Team: Help decorate our worship and gathering spaces during the seasons of the Church year.
Cleaning Coordinator: Schedule cleaning teams and purchase supplies. Adults.
Cleaning Team: Join a team to clean the church once every 6 to 8 weeks. Duties include dusting and vacuuming, changing holy water, etc.
Indoor Maintenance Coordinator: Schedule and oversee volunteer teams who maintain interior church and rectory facilities per code, conduct general repairs and provide a safe environment. Can be shared by two adults.
Indoor Maintenance Team: Maintain interior of church and rectory facilities, and conduct general repairs to provide a safe environment.
Outdoor Maintenance Coordinator: Schedule and oversee volunteer teams who maintain church and rectory exterior and grounds to meet city codes and ensure a safe environment. Can be shared by two adults.
Outdoor Maintenance Team: Maintain church and rectory exterior and grounds to meet city codes and ensure a safe environment. Duties include weeding gardens, mowing, trimming trees and shrubs, outside building repairs, etc.
Councils of the Parish
Three Advisory Councils act as consultative bodies to our pastor. Members are elected or appointed by the pastor. More information contact the respective Council Chair or the parish office if you are interested in becoming involved in one of these Councils.