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: Mary Ella Wielgos, 513-777-4322 Ext. 109, 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!


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: Dennis Blake, 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.


Family Faith & The Mass
Contact: Mary Ella Wielgos, 513-777-4322, ex.109, mwielgos@saint-max.org

Every Sunday, from 9:30 AM-9:50 AM, come to the St. Patrick’s Conference Room for an opportunity to learn more about the Mass and the treasures of our faith from one of our priests. With a focus on young children, the entire family is welcome to participate together. Our time frame is a brief 20 minutes, from 9:30 AM - 9:50 AM. Consider staying with your family just after attending the 8:00 AM Mass, or coming at 9:30 AM then staying for the 10:00 AM Mass.


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.

 


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: Ron Miller, 513-777-4322 Ext. 108, rmiller@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.
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, 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 Ron Miller in the parish office for more information.


SACRISTANS
Contact: Tom O'Rourke, 513-816-3658, 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, 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 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 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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