Serve in the Parish

There are many opportunities to get involved in parish life here at Holy Family. Below are all of the opportunities to serve within the parish community. 


Pastoral Council

The Pastoral Council represents the whole parish community. They develop parish long-range plans, moniotr the work being done throught the parish, and serve as advisers to the pastor. 

  • Contact: Rodney Simpson (816-721-9112), Carol Anne Hoppins (816-253-9290), Fr. Phil Egan (816-436-9200), [email protected]

Facilities Committee

The Facilities Committee oversees parish buildings and grounds, as well as coordinates all construction and mainenance projects associated with parish facilities.

  • Contact: Bradley Hokanson (816-734-0927), Marie Relic (816-436-9200), [email protected]

Finance Council

The Finance Council monitors the parish's financial position by review of financial statements, assists with budget development, and serves as financial advisers to pastor and business manager.

Stewardship Council

The Stewardship Council educates parishioners to stewardship as a "way of life", encouraging and affirming the sharing of gifts and talents of all parishioners.


Altar Servers

Altar Servers assist the Priest throughout Mass. Altar Servers must be in 5th Grade or 10 years old. New Altar Servers must attend Altar Server Camp, typically held in the summer.

Art & Environment Team

The Art & Environment Team decorates the church throughout the liturgical seasons and feast days.

Children's Liturgy of the Word Volunteers

Children's Liturgy of the Word volunteers lead small group activities and proclain the Word to children in grades Pre-K through Second Grade. These are held during scheduled Masses throughout the school year.

  • Contact: Director of Religious Education (816-436-9200)

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Eucharistic Ministers distribute Communion at Mass. Training is onsite or diocesan training is available.

Gift Families

The Gift Families present the gifts of bread, wine, and collections to the Priest during Mass. If interested, simply take the designated cross at the back of the church before Mass and notify the ushers.

Greeters

Greeters welcome worshipers before Mass and distribute bulletins following Mass.

Lectors

Lectors proclaim the Word of God at Mass and other liturgies. There is parish training and ongoing Scripture study to help prepare.

Liturgy Committee

The Liturgy Committee provides liturgical experiences that actively draw people to celebrate their relationship with God.

Sacristans

Sacristans assist the Priest in preparation for celebration of Mass. They must be an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Communion, and be recommended by the pastor.

Ushers

Ushers greet and seat worshippers, distribute and collect hymnals, and gather the collection. They are required to be attentive to the needs of the assembly at prayer.


Adult Choir

High school-aged and above adults sing at Masses and other special liturgies. Rehearsals are typically Wednesdays from 7:00-8:15pm.

Cantors

Cantors lead the assembly in song at Mass and other liturgies.

Handbell Choir

The Handbell Choir plays at various times throughout the liturgical year at weekend Masses and special liturgies. Any teenagers or adults who are basic music readers may be part of the Handbell Choir.

Instrumental Musicians

Musicians provide instrumental musical leadership at Mass.


Coffee & Doughnuts

Responsibilities include preparing coffee and juice to serve with doughnuts following Sunday Masses.

Money Counters

Those involved with this ministry process the weekly offertory collection.


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Those involved pray and meditate in the presence of the Lord every Thursday from 8:30am-8:00pm

Prayer Chain

Those involved receive prayer requests via emial. You are asked to pray for the prayer request from parishioners.

Rosary

The Rosary is prayed at 7:30am the first Saturday of each month and every sunday in May and October. 

Tuesday Night Prayer Group

This is an informal prayer group that meets each Tuesday at 6:30pm. The group centers around prayer, song and scripture, focusing on the weekend readings and meditations. 


Confirmation Sponsors

Confirmation Sponsors help lead confirmation candidates through the process of confirmation. You must be able to attend sponsor nights once per month.

Parish School of Religion (PSR) Catechists

Catechists guide children grades Pre-K through 8th Grade on their faith journey. On-site orientation is available. 

  • Contact: Director of Religious Education (816-436-9200)

Parish School of Religion (PSR) Aides

Aides assist Catechists in guiding children on their faith journey.

  • Contact: Director of Religious Education (816-436-9200)

Peer Ministry Team

Confirmed high school students assist catechists in leading small groups within the Senior High Youth Night.

Protecting God's Children

Mandatory program for anyone who works with children in the Parish. Participants learn to be aware of how to protect those in their care form child sexual abuse and to provide a safe environment.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) Team

RCIC serve as facilitators and instructors to children in third grade or older going through RCIC.

  • Contact: Director of Religious Education (816-436-9200)

Scouting, Religious Medals

Assists all Scout members in obtaining religious emblems by developing a program, including retreats and other religious services.

Senior High Catechists

Catechists lead a group of senior high teens during Senior High Youth Nights.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) - Activity Leaders, Teachers, Aides

Those involved with VBS coordinate, plan, or assist a week-long theme-based program for grades Pre-K through 5th Grade.


Marriage Preparation Lead Couples

Lead Couples help engaged couples grow in their understanding of marriage. The Diocese offers periodic training for Lead Couples. Each Lead Couple will meet with an engaged couple for three to four sessions of 1.5 to 2 hours each. 

Becoming Catholic Team

There are many opportunities to get involved in the Becoming Catholic Ministry, and help adults discover the Catholic faith. Some of these roles include, Prayer Partners, Hospitality Hosts, Sponsors, Faith Story Tellers, and Catechists. More information on these roles, and more can be found on the Becoming Catholic page.


Bulletin Stuffing and Mailings

This group provides help to the Parish Staff by stuffing bulletins or preparing mailings. The time commitment varies according to the project.

Communications, Photography, and Graphic Design

This ministry gathers and distributes informaiton to members of the Parish through various media including newsletters, brochures, social media, and the parish website. A background in digital photography, graphic design, or writing/editing is helpful, but not neccesary.

Hospitality Committee

The Hospitality Committee organizes and prepares the meal for new member welcome events, plans the annual appreciation dinner for parish volunteers, and helps with other various events throughout the year. Averages two to three Sunday afternoons and Saturday evenings a year, plus time spent planning the events.

Office/Clerical Assistance

This ministry provides support for various projects, such as filing, assembling worship aids, making phone calls, etc. The time commitment varies according to the project.

Parish Maintenance Ministry

Parishioners will provide their time and talent in one of the specialized ways to maintain their beauty and functionality of our parish facility. Possible maintenance crews include:

  • Adopt-a-Landscape Bed: clean and maintain a landscape bed (no planting unless specified by staff)
  • Church Cleaning: clean and maintain the worship space.
  • Classroom Cleaning: clean and maintain the classrooms.
  • HVAC Help: assist in supervised inspection and cleaning of VFR filters (HVAC knowledge required).
  • Parking Lot: sweep debris, pick up trash, and keep parking lot clean.
  • Pond Crew: clean trash and debris around the pond.
  • Tree/Shrub Trimming: trim shrubs and trees as needed, cut down old/dead trees.
  • Water Brigade: water all planters, landscape beds, and trees/shrubs as needed.

Any help in any of these areas is greatly appreciated!

Parish Clean-Up Days

Parishioners perfrom cleaning, grounds keeping, or maintenance tasks as part of a parish-wide clean-up event. These are usually two times per year and average two to four hours per clean-up day.

Sewing & Cutting

This ministry cuts fabric to make baptismal bibs or stoles and performs minor sewing or cutting tasks. The time commitment varies according to the project.