Every parish community exists to serve: its members, its friends, and the community at large.
While worship services are a major part of that commitment, we provide many additional opportunities to serve others throughout the year. We invite you to participate in the following events or to volunteer your time to make them possible.
Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers
The ministry of lector consists in proclaiming the first readings of the Liturgy of the Word and announcing the prayer intentions of the Universal Prayer. Eucharistic ministers help in preparing the bread and wine for consecration and distributing communion.
Members of the parish serve as lay lectors and Eucharistic ministers. They assist the priest during all Masses in the church and the chapel including on Sundays, Holy Days and weekdays. If you are interesting in being trained as a lector and Eucharistic minister, contact the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.224.3379.
Ushers provide seating assistance and take up collections at each weekend Mass. Volunteers generally serve at the Mass they attend, so there is no need to change your schedule. If you wish to volunteer, contact the parish office at email@example.com or 651.224.3379.
We’re always looking for girls and boys to be altar servers. If you are in third grade or higher, you are welcome to help fill this important ministry. Contact the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.224.3379.
The Tarcisius Group brings Holy Communion to people who are homebound or hospitalized. Training is provided. If you’d like to volunteer or request this service, please contact the parish office at email@example.com or 651.224.3379.
Throughout the year, volunteers help assemble holiday cards, invitations and other special mailings. If you’d like to be called when volunteers are needed, please contact the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.224.3379.
SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY EVENTS
The St. Louis Shawl Knitters have been making beautiful shawls and lap robes and giving them to individuals and donating them to hospitals, cancer centers, hospices and nursing homes since 2005.
A shawl is available free of charge to any parishioner, Friend of St. Louis or anyone who would enjoy its warmth and comfort. Contact the parish office at email@example.com or 651.224.3379.
The knitters meet the first Wednesday of every month in the parish hall. If you are interested in making a shawl (or two), come the first Wednesday between 1:00 and 3:00. Bring knitting needles or crochet hook. Yarn is provided as is good conversation. If you want to help by making a gift of yarn, we welcome that. A call or e-mail to the church office will put you in contact with someone who can tell you more about the yarn the knitters prefer.
Coffee and Donut Sunday
After the first three Masses on the second Sunday of every month, join fellow parishioners and friends in the parish hall for Coffee & Donut Sunday. You can help in a number of ways – and none of it involves baking. Contact the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.224.3379.
Annual Parish Dinner
The Annual Parish Dinner is an opportunity for parishioners and friends to share a meal and enjoy an evening of entertainment while raising money to support church operations or special projects.
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Lenten Food Drive
Each Lent, the parish conducts a food drive. Gifts of food and hygiene supplies can be brought to the St. Joseph’s Altar in the main church or to the grotto in the Winter Chapel any day during Lent. Those gifts are distributed by the Franciscan Brothers of Peace in St. Paul to homeless.
Holiday Bake Sale
Each year the bakers at St. Louis come together to present a bake sale of extraordinary proportions. Shoppers are as important, too. With everything from Christmas cookies, candy, cakes and breads to ethnic specialties and even a few canned goods, the sale offers an easy answer to some holiday baking.
The sale is accompanied by coffee and donuts, so shoppers can enjoy a treat and conversation while making their selections.
Proceeds are shared with a local charity and a special need of the parish community. There are volunteer opportunities beyond baking. Contact the parish office at email@example.com or 651.224.3379.