Our Parish offers many opportunities for parishioners to participate in the celebration of the Mass.   We provide training in all liturgical ministries so you need not have any prior experience.  We do ask that you commit to one year of service but you may easily book off a weekend or two, vacation time, or an extended winter getaway when you will not be available to serve.  Below are listed our liturgical and other worship related ministries. Please click on a ministry to read more about it.

Due to COVID-19, interuption to these ministries applies.

Altar Servers assist the celebrant at the altar.  They process at the beginning and the closing of the Mass carrying the candles and the cross.  They remain in the sanctuary during the Mass and prepare the altar for Communion.  Anyone aged 8 and up is allowed to serve.  Altar servers are usually arranged in teams of three and every effort is made to arrange siblings on the same team.  No experience is needed.  Training is provided.  Facilitator – Richard Small

Children’s Liturgy provides prayer liturgy for those children aged 3 to 7 with age appropriate activities related to the Sunday liturgy.  This is an activity held during the Mass but everyone is back in time for the liturgy of the Eucharist.  A presider and assistant(s) lead the sessions.  Lesson plans and activity materials are provided for the leaders.

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion distribute the Precious Body and Blood at Communion.  These volunteers work as a team and approach the altar during the Lamb of God during the Mass.  They position themselves along the front of the church proper and distribute Body and Blood for each of the communal lines as they process up the aisles.  Participation in this ministry is very important and presumes a reverent, respectful mindset within the Mass.  Facilitators – Ken and Diana Nordick

At St. philip Neri Parish, Eucharistic Adoration is offered every week on Mondays from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm in our beautiful Chapel.  On every second Thursday of the month, Eucharistic Adoration is offered from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm in the Chapel with musical adoration from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Facilitator – Mondays:  Kerry Williams                   Faciliator- Thursdays:  Elaine Baribeau

On the first weekend of every month we offer refreshments/dainties and fellowship in our Welcome area after each Mass.  Our Hospitality ministry is responsible for preparing the refreshments, etc.  and having tables and chairs ready for our parishioners and visitors at the end of Mass.  Hospitality is usually arranged in teams of two but families can sign up as a team to serve in the monthly rotation.

Lectors proclaim the Old and New Testament readings from the ambo during the Mass.  We always have two lectors assigned for each Mass.   They are also responsible for reading announcements at the beginning of Mass along with the Prayers of the Faithful after the Creed.  Facilitators – Marty and Clare Schneider

We have a number of different choirs at St Philip Neri.   The weekend Mass choirs sing on a rotational basis for our Saturday and Sunday Masses.  We also have many talented parishioners who play piano along with other instruments to accompany the choirs. New musicians are always welcome to join any of the choirs.  Some of our community offer their voices for our Resurrection choir which is often invited to sing at the Church’s funerals. You may also be interested in being a Cantor to sing at weddings or funerals.  Facilitator – Joanne Lysyshyn

We also offer a Youth choir for children aged 8 to 15.  This choir sings several times throughout the year at Masses and other events.  Practice is typically held on Mondays after school for an hour.  Facilitator – Shirley Hyshka

Our sacramental preparation teams assist the co-ordinators as candidates explore, learn and prepare for their sacrament.  Perhaps you would be interested in assisting with the intiation sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion or Confirmation.  These are typically 4 or 5 preparation classes offered as after school and/or evening classes in the fall for Reconciliation and then 4 or 5 preparation classes in the spring for First Communion and Confirmation.

Those considering marriage, journey with their partner to learn about this sacrament and to gather tools to help them live a faith-filled marriage.  Volunteers are needed to journey with participants through the marriage preparation course.  Facilitator – Shirley Hyshka

At the time of the wedding, our wedding rehearsal team assists the celebrant as he prepares the wedding party for the marriage rite.   Facilitators: Clare Schneider, Fran Clark, Rita Lemay

For adults considering the rite of Christian initiation, a year of preparation is required.  Volunteers are needed to journey with candidates as a prayer partner or sponsor.  Facilitator – Shirley Hyshka

Sacristans are the lifeblood of the Masses.  They are the people who work behind the scenes preparing all of the church vessels, hosts and wine, lighting candles, double checking that all Mass ministries are filled, and of course, opening and locking the Church doors.  Usually two people are assigned for each Mass and need to be at the Church a half hour before Mass to complete all of their tasks.  Facilitators – Jim and Adele Longstaff

Our welcomers/ushers greet our parishioners and visitors as they arrive at our Church for Mass.  They usher those visitors needing assistance to a seat, oversee the collection of gifts, usher the procession at Communion, distribute bulletins, and carry out other duties as needed.  Welcomers/ushers are usually arranged in teams of 4 to 6 and are typically scheduled to serve once per month.  Facilitator – Bill Hricz

More information coming about our Youth Ministry.