Parish Volunteer Ministries

On this page you will find information about the various ministry opportunities available at Holy rosary parish and school. The involvement of our parishioners, parents and youth is the heart of our community.

Thank you for giving prayerful consideration to the areas in which God is calling you to serve.

Liturgical Ministries

To volunteer for Liturgical ministries please contact April Spaeth; 218-247-1393 or

Sacristan: Organize and instruct Liturgical ministers before Mass, finding subs as needed. Keep the sacristy quiet and prepare the credence table for the Eucharistic celebration.

Greeter/ Usher: Greet those arriving for Mass, help seat people as needed, assist with weekly collections and straighten up the church and common areas after Mass.

Altar Server: Youth Grade 3 and older who have received their First Holy communion are welcome to serve at the altar for weekend and special Liturgies.

Lector/ Reader: Proclaim the Word and Intercessions at weekend and special Liturgies.

Minister of Holy Communion: Assist in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ to the congregation during Holy Communion.

Media: Advance the screens that display songs and prayers during weekend and special Liturgies. Start and end the live stream for Saturday Mass and special occasions.

Funeral Assistant: Assist in the flow of funeral Masses. Help seat attendees as needed, prepare incense for Final Commendation, and straighten up the church after the Mass.

Music Ministries

To volunteer for Music Ministries please contact April Spaeth; 218-247-1393 or

Cantor: Lead the congregation in song at weekend or special Liturgies.

Accompanist: Musicians who play piano, organ, guitar, winds, brass, strings or percussion during Masses with the Cantor(s).

Choir: Choirs will be assembled again in the coming months. Please look in the bulletin for when we are recruiting.

Youth Faith Formation

To volunteer for Youth Faith Formation opportunities please contact Kathy Olson; 218-847-1393 x109 or

Elementary Faith Formation

PK – 6th Grade Catechist: Teach weekly faith formation classes to a group of 10-15 students in a classroom setting from mid- September through the end of April. Must be 18 years or older.

PK – 6th Grade Substitute Catechist: Fill in for a catechist when they are unable to teach. Must be 18 years or older.

PK – 6th Grade Classroom Aide: Assist the Catechist in the classroom.

Outside Monitor: Be with children outside or in the Welcoming Center after Faith Formation classes to ensure safety as children are picked up.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Catechist: The catechist proclaims the Liturgy of the word during 9:00 am Mass on Sunday to children ages 4- Grade 2 in the Parish Living Room. Children are returned to church during the Offertory. Time commitment is one or two Sundays per month. Lesson plan, materials, and instruction are provided. Must be 18 years or older.

Aide: Assist the catechist with managing the children who attend Children’s Liturgy of the Word during 9:00 am Mass on Sunday. Time commitment is one or two Sundays per month. Must be 6th grade or older.

Vacation Bible School

Crew Leader: Accompany a group of 4-5 children to various stations and participate with them as they learn about the daily VBS theme. Must be 6th grade or older.

Station Leader: Teach a group of 10-15 children about the daily VBS theme. Station include craft, snack, faith (Bible Story), games and music. Lessons and materials are provided. Must be 9th grade or older.

Middle & High School Faith Formation

7th – 8th Grade Small Group Leaders: Lead a group of 5-8 students weekly in discussion and activities as directed by the catechist mid-September through the end of April. Open to confirmed high school students and adults.

9th – 11th Grade Catechist: Teach You: Life, Love and the Theology of the Body, Chosen, and bible studies. This program has videos with each lesson to present the content. Lead a group of girls or boys through discussion, questions, reading and activities. Is usually done as a team with another adult. This program has great catechist support material. Must be an adult who has been Confirmed.

Feeding the Faith: Teen LOVE to eat! Help feed the kids before Faith Formation on Wednesday nights, either by donating snacks and supplies or cooking and serving a meal.

Youth Events

Chaperones For Events: A variety of events require extra adult help throughout the year. Chaperones are responsible for assisting in the well-being of the youth throughout an event. Duties include monitoring the behavior of youth while on trips, directing a small group, or assisting the director in whatever arises.

Drivers for Events: Sometimes events require youth to travel away from Holy Rosary. Drivers are needed to provide safe and responsible transportation of our youth to and from the event.

Faith Formation Class Speaker: Sharing our experiences is one way God calls us to serve on another. Periodically we call on people to give a talk to our youth during their class time. We provide an outline of what we are looking or in the talk and help the speaker prepare. Most talks are 10-15 minutes in length.

Youth Ministry Committee: Bringing Jesus to our youth is one of the most important things we are called to do. The Youth Ministry Committee meets bi-monthly for September through May to discuss various topics regarding the youth ministry program at Holy Rosary. Members of the group will bring hope, excitement and inspiration as they assist in planning and collaboration of different events and activities for our middle and high school students.

Parish Outreach

Adoration: Spend some time in prayer with Jesus on Tuesdays. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed after the 8:30 am Mass until 7 pm. For the safety of the Blessed Sacrament, we require someone to be present during adoration times. We currently have 1 hour shift in which people can volunteer to make sure nothing happens to The Blessed Sacrament.

Emmaus Ministry: Deliver communion and spend time with the homebound who are unable to attend Mass. You will be trained on how to properly handle the eucharist during delivery.

Collection Counter: Help count the weekend collection. There are four teams that count on a rotating basis. Money counters meet on Mondays when the parish office is open. Training can be made available if needed.

Helping Hands Ministries

Service Lead: Provide leadership and direction to teams serving meals for funerals and other events. Training provided.

Serve Meals: Sign up to work on a team to prep food and tables, serve and clean up for funeral luncheons and other events.

Baker: Prepare desserts for funeral luncheons and other events.

Facility and Maintenance Needs

Dust the Church: Dust the church and parish living room. Cleaning supplies will be provided.

Wash Windows: Was the windows throughout the church, the Welcoming Center, and Washington Ave entrances. Cleaning supplies will be provided.

Assist the Custodial Staff: We can all use an extra hand from time to time… our custodial staff included. Requests will be made on an as-needed basis.

Gardening Angels: All our gardening needs will go through our gardening committee. If you would like to participate in the garden upkeep. Please contact Mary Hager.

Linen Ministry: Launder and iron corporals/ purificators and hand towels used during Mass.

Water and Tend to Indoor Plants: Help to maintain plants and flowers inside the church. Trim overgrown/dead parts and water 2 times a week.

Voluntary workers are “among the most precious things the Church has” who express the “most noble desires of the human heart, making a suffering person feel loved,”

Pope Francis