Worship & Sacraments Ministries

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LITURGICAL MINISTRIES

ALTAR SERVER
Contact: Elizabeth Conner, 513-737-2605, servers@saint-max.org

Anyone grade 6 or older is eligible to serve the community of St. Maximilian Kolbe as an altar server. Servers help facilitate the liturgical prayer of the community by bearing candles and the cross in procession, holding the missal, assisting the presider, and fulfilling other ministerial roles in the liturgy. Training is required and provided. All altar servers in grades 6-8 must be participating in religious education through a Catholic school, RFY, or a parish approved home school program.


ART & ENVIRONMENT
Contact: Katie Keenan and Colleen Dill, ae@saint-max.org

Help make our worship space beautiful! The Art & Environment team enhances the liturgical environment, honoring the liturgical seasons, feasts, and special liturgies. You can help with the care of linens, procuring necessary supplies, arranging and watering flowers, designing and sewing banners and altar linens, care of the bulletin boards, etc. Your gift of time is welcome on a weekly basis, in preparation for major seasons (e.g. Christmas & Easter) or both!


CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
Contact: Debbie Hoffer, 513-860-3854, clow@saint-max.org

Ministry members lead an age-appropriate Liturgy of the Word for children grades K-3 during our Sunday Masses. Preparation materials and a “script” are provided, but creative and energetic leaders are needed. Ministers are scheduled once a month at the Mass time of their choice. Open to adults as leaders and children ages 13 and up as helpers.


EUCHARISTIC ADORATION TEAM
Contact: Debby Kellner, 513-779-7627, adoration@saint-max.org

Responsible for promoting and coordinating coverage of hours of adoration and exposition, communicating with regular adorers as needed, and assisting with planning of special events and/or Eucharistic devotions. Open to ages 13 and up.


EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION (EMHC)
Contact: Sheryl Hudson, 513-212-7536, and Lisa Kaine, 513-777-7987, emhc@saint-max.org

Lay ministers assist with the distribution of Holy Communion in a manner which witnesses our belief in and reverence for the Eucharist. EMHC serve the parish both at Mass and by bringing Holy Communion to the homebound. All EMHC are commissioned for service for the liturgical year. Parishioners can volunteer to be EMHC when they have been baptized, made their First Holy Communion, and have reached the age of 13. They may serve before they have been confirmed.


HOSPITALITY (USHERS & GREETERS)
Contact: David Flanagan, 513-887-6152, ushers@saint-max.org

Hospitality ministers welcome those who come to worship by greeting them and helping them find seats, distributing bulletins, facilitating the monetary collection, and providing other assistance as needed for the smooth flow of the liturgy. Open to children and adults, perfect for a family to do together.


INCLUDE ME! - SPECIAL NEEDS
Contact: Mary Ella Wielgos, 513-777-4322, includeme@saint-max.org

This is a ministry of support for caregivers striving in faith to lead their loved one to be a disciple of Christ, active in the mission of the Church. A sensory-friendlier Mass is simulcast live (on the big screen) weekly at noon in the conference room. Loved ones who have special needs are able to move around and hear the Word while families worship in community. Holy Communion is brought into the room. St. Max also encourages children & adults with special needs to prepare for sacraments. Adapted materials and procedures are available.


LECTORS
Contact: Kay Isacson, 513-942-4414,  lectors@saint-max.org

Lectors proclaim the Word of God to the gathered community.  Through preparation and study of scripture, lectors help facilitate “active listening” to the Word. Open to ages 13 and up.


MUSIC MINISTRY
Contact: Mary Ella Wielgos, 513-777-4322 Ext. 109, mwielgos@saint-max.org, or Holly Saddler, 513-777-4322 Ext. 103, hsaddler@saint-max.org

Music ministers lead the worshiping assembly in sung prayer. Various opportunities exist for involvement:
Adult Choir: open to teens and adults, sings at 10:00AM Mass during the school year, rehearses Wednesdays September - May from 7:30-9:00PM.
Saturday Ensemble: open to teens and adults, sings at 4:30PM Saturday Mass throughout the year, rehearses Wednesdays September - May from 7:30-8:15PM.
Cherub Choir: grades 1-3, sings once a month per a published schedule, rotating among all 4 weekend Masses, rehearses Wednesdays September - May 5:15-6:15PM.
Children’s Choir: grades 4-8, sings every 2-3 weeks per a published schedule, rotating among all four weekend Masses, rehearses Tuesdays September - May 5:15-6:15PM.
Teen Ensemble: grades 8-12, sings once a month at the Noon Mass, rehearses on the Wednesday prior to the Sunday they minister 6:30-7:30pm.
Psalmists/Cantors (by audition): proclaim the responsorial psalm and Gospel acclamation, and may lead other singing at Masses without choir or ensemble; flexibly scheduled according to your availability.
Instrumentalists (by audition): accompany the music at various Masses as available and willing, every Sunday or on occasion when needed.
Handbell Choir: 7th grade and up, rings approximately once a month, per a published schedule, rotating among all 4 weekend Masses, rehearses most Thursdays, 6:45-8:30PM.  Contact: Helen Mondi, 513-315-5113, handbells@saint-max.org 

Check out the music ministry page of the parish website for complete schedules for each group, and/or online registration links, or contact Mary Ella Wielgos or Holly Saddler in the parish office for more information.


SACRISTANS
Contact: Bob Gloeckner, 513-755-7588, sacristans@saint-max.org

Sacristans prepare the necessary materials and vessels for the celebration of the liturgy. One sacristan is needed for each Mass. Open to ages 13 and up, but younger children can join an adult from their family and work together.


SOUND BOARD TECHNICIANS
Contact: Mary Ella Wielgos, 513-777-4322 Ext. 109, mwielgos@saint-max.org

Sound technicians help to set up equipment as needed and operate the sound mixer to control the overall sound quality during Mass. It is preferred that the sound technician has a technical knowledge and understanding of the sound system, but training is provided. Sound techs are scheduled as they are able and for various liturgical needs throughout the year.


SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION TEAMS

BAPTISM PREPARATION TEAM
Contact: Dale or Annette Bottoms, 513-896-6802, baptism@saint-max.org

This ministry welcomes families who bring infants for Baptism to the 1:30PM rite on Sunday afternoons, prepares the needed materials, and assists in the rite. Some team members also lead the monthly preparation session for new parents. Open to adults.


CONFIRMATION PREPARATION TEAM
Contact: Robin Burbrink, 513-777-4322 Ext. 124, rburbrink@saint-max.org

Confirmation is offered twice a year, fall and spring, for youth in grade 7 or older. The process includes the following elements: Opening Event Mini-Retreat with sponsor, 4 sessions with sponsor (3 before Confirmation Mass and 1 after), off-site Confirmation retreat, and Confirmation Mass.

Adults and high school youth are needed to help with activities and provide support.  Adult volunteers must remain current with their VIRTUS training.


FIRST PENANCE PREPARATION TEAM
Contact: Robin Burbrink, 513-777-4322 Ext. 124, rburbrink@saint-max.org

Children in second grade and above prepare for this sacrament of healing through our parish process which actively engages parents and children. The process includes the following elements:  a parent meeting, a parent and child retreat, and a parent and child prayer service.  First penance preparation is offered in the fall and spring. The sacrament of penance is celebrated individually at the discretion of the families.  Volunteers are needed to help with activities and provide support.  Adult volunteers must remain current with their VIRTUS training.


FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION TEAM
Contact: Robin Burbrink, 513-777-4322 Ext. 124, rburbrink@saint-max.org

Following completed preparation for First Penance, children in second grade and above are able to prepare to celebrate First Communion through our parish process which actively engages parents and children. The process includes the following elements: a parent meeting, a parent and child retreat and two parent and child prayer services.  The celebration of First Holy Communion takes place twice a year, in the fall and during the Easter season. Volunteers are needed to help with activities and provide support.  Adult volunteers must remain current with their VIRTUS training.


RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA)

Contact: Dave Brunsman, 513-777-4322 Ext. 137, dbrunsman@saint-max.org / RCIA@saint-max.org

RCIA is the process through which adults, and children 7-yrs old and older, become Catholic, culminating in receiving the Sacraments of Baptism (if not previously baptized), Confirmation, and Eucharist.

Volunteers are needed in various capacities: Sponsors, Catechists, Coordination, Set-up and Tear-down.


MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT
Contact: Tammy Silvestri, 513-737-1868, marriageenrichment@saint-max.org

This ministry strives to lift up married couples throughout the various stages of life through fellowship and formation. Our mission statement embraces our desire to present opportunities and events for married couples to grow in the faith and in their relationship with each other. The Marriage Enrichment team meets monthly to plan these events.


MARRIAGE PREPARATION TEAM
Contact: Tammy Silvestri, 513-737-1868, marriageprep@saint-max.org

This is a couple-to-couple program. A mentor couple works with engaged couples in preparation for their marriage and reviews the FOCCUS instrument with them. Meetings are informal and take place in the mentor couple’s home. All couples preparing for the sacrament of marriage, after having contacted the pastor, are also required to participate in a Before We Say I Do session, offered quarterly at St. Max. Contact Tammy with any questions. Training is required for mentor couples and is provided periodically.

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