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Volunteer Opportunities

Below is a comprehensive list of the various community groups and call for volunteers. 

Faith Formation

Catechumenate Sponsor

Sponsors serve as a friend and mentor on the faith journey for those who are preparing for initiation into the Catholic church. Sponsors are present during the entire formation process. Sessions begin in September and continue through May.

Contact: Ben Bongers, 816.741.2800 x223 or 


Marriage Preparation

As a mentor couple, you and your spouse will work with engaged couples preparing for the sacrament of marriage.  You should be an actively practicing Catholic in good standing who has been married for five years or longer.

Contact: Deacon Scott McKellar at 826.741.2800, ext 213 or email at 

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Assist in the CGS Atrium on weekday mornings. This can be weekly, monthly, as substitute, or when available.

Contact: Nancy Janasz at

Parish Schools of Religion Catechist

Prepare and teach religious instruction to children grades K-5. RE meets on Wednesdays from 6:00 - 7:15 pm, beginning the second Wednesday after Labor Day and continues through May.

Contact: Stephanie Andrade 816.741.5400, ext. 219 or

High School Confirmation Team

Team members serve as mentors/table leaders for high school students preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Contact: Sam Ford 816.741.5400, ext. 119 or

Young Church Core Team

Adults are needed to work with middle school and high school youth during Young Church, our youth ministry style religious education program for 6th-12th Grade students of all backgrounds.  Young Church meets Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and follows the Parish Schools of Religion calendar.

Contact: Sam Ford 816.741.5400, ext. 119 or

Liturgical Ministries

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Assist in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ. Training required. Must be actively practicing your faith at Church.

Contact: Deacon Doug Warrens, 816.741.2800, ext 212,



Lectors proclaim the Word of God at Sunday Masses and special celebrations. Must be actively practicing your faith at Church. Training required.

Time Commitment: Mass assignments

Contact: Deacon Doug Warrens 816.741.2800, ext. 212 or

Greeters / Ushers

Our Greeters welcome visitors and parishioners before and after Masses and help distribute bulletin. Our Ushers greet, welcome and assist visitors with seating. They also assist with the weekly collection plate.

Time Commitment: Mass assignments 

Contact: Donna Patti 816.741.2800, ext. 211 or

Altar Servers

Altar Servers assist the priest in celebrating Mass. Open to teens and youth, 4th grade and older, who are currently practicing their faith. Training required.

Contact: Deacon Doug Warrens 816.741.2800, ext. 212 or

Other Ways to Serve

Adoration Chapel

Eucharistic Adoration in the Adoration Chapel for silent prayer. Sign up for a weekly Holy Hour or to be a substitute. ALL are welcome during daytime hours.

M/F 9am-10pm; Sat 9am-12:00pm

Time Commitment: Your choice


First Sunday Adoration

Assist with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the First Sunday of the Month after 5:00pm Mass (approx. 6:30-7:30pm) with the youth group every other month.

Time Commitment: 1 hour on the first Sunday of the Month unless that is a holiday and then we move to the second Sunday

Contact: Deacon Doug Warrens, 816.741.2800, ext. 212

Art & Environment

Assist in decorating the worship space at the beginning of each liturgical season.

Contact: Jennifer Davis, 816.741.5400, ext. 107

Baptismal Preparation Classes

Teach Baptismal Prep class to new parents having their children baptized.

Training required: Yes

Time Commitment: Classes are the second Monday of every month except December- you would be assigned a class

Contact: Scott McKellar, 741.2800, ext. 213

Wedding Coordinators

Assist engaged couples and coordinate use of the parish facilities for preparation for Nuptial Mass.

Training Required: Yes

Time Commitment: Assignments

Contact: Scott McKellar, 741.2800, ext. 213

Funeral Hospitality

Our Funeral Hospitality ministers welcome visitors, distribute funeral programs, and assist in helping to prepare the gathering space and/or church for visitations and funerals as needed.

Music Ministries

Adult Choir

Sing with the choir at 10:00 am Mass on Sundays as well as special Masses and Celebrations. Choir rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

Time Commitment: average 4 hours per week.


Cantors lead the congregation in song during Mass and special celebrations. This is a solo voice ministry. Audition is required. Must be able to read music.

Time Commitment: Assigned Masses

Treble Choir - Students in 3rd grade & beyond

Come sing with us at school masses and at weekend liturgies throughout the school year as well as special celebrations both within and outside our community. Rehearsals are weekly on Wednesdays from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm during the school year.

Training required: Desire to Sing

Time Commitment: 1 hour weekly rehearsal

Divine Mercy Chaplet in Song

We sing the Chaplet of divine mercy every Friday evening at 7:00pm in the Church. Come sing with us, harmonize, if you wish, or just pray it along with us in your heart.


Instrumental Musicians / Organists / Pianists - Come, Share Your Skill!

Join us to enhance our weekend liturgies and special celebrations with your talent.

Audition required.

Time Commitment: Assigned Masses

For All Music Ministries:

Contact Karen Engebretson at

816.741.2800, ext. 258 or

Parish Organizations

Altar & Rosary

All women of the parish over 18 years of age are automatically part of Altar &  Rosary. Providing care and support for the altar, as well as fundraising events throughout the year which have included the Holiday Mart, Garage Sale, the Princess Tea, Cinnamon Bread Bake, etc.

Contact: Kelly Johnson, President -


Welcome 2.0 / Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP)

The Welcome Experience is an opportunity for parishioners to build meaningful and lasting relationships. The process consists of a retreat weekend and  formation, conducted by fellow parishioners. Participants may sign up by going to our website.

Contact: Call the Parish office at 816.741.2800


Finance Council

Assist the Pastor in matters pertaining to parish finances and properties. May offer information or guidance or review of annual budget. They may inform parishioners of the financial status of the parish. 

Time Commitment: Once a month morning meeting

Contact: Jonathan Rhodes at 816.741.2800, ext. 217

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

This social ministry offers parishioners a chance to meet and become better acquainted with fellow members of our faith community. Dinners are held the 1st Saturday of each month from October to May. Diners are placed at pot-luck dinners for 6-12 people and asked to provide either a salad, vegetable, or dessert. Hosts provide entree and drinks. Participation is open to all adult members of the parish, married or single, and regular monthly attendance is NOT required.

Contact: Gloria Sigler at 816.437.8626 or


Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization open to all Catholic men of the parish. Fundraisers held throughout the year provide funding for parish needs. They conduct programs for the youth, elderly, and those in the community with special needs.

Knights of Columbus website

Time Commitment: Various

Contact: Rob Perschau at 816.516.9693


Library Committee

The Library Committee oversee, maintain, and develop the resources of our Parish Library. The Committee meets weekly on Wednesday morning from October through May.

Time Commitment: 3-4 hours each week

Contact: Mary Jane Potts at

Marriage Retrouvaille

Peer group ministry assisting couples in troubled marriages offered through the Archdiocese. This program offers the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse, and a loving relationship in your marriage.

Contact: 816.505.0510 or visit

Natural Family Planning

Adult education regarding marriage and children.

Contact: Fertility Care of Kansas City,

The Couple to Couple League,


Over 50 Gang!

A quarterly gathering potluck luncheon is held for parishioners "over 50" on a Wednesday in March, June, September, and December. We have short programs consisting of a guest speaker, entertainment, or a group activity. All seniors of the parish are invited.

Contact: Berenice Hale at 816.746.1345 or

Pastoral Council

Developed according to Canon Law to serve in an advisory role to the Pastor. This is a three-year commitment with new members cycling off and on each year.

Time Commitment: Meets monthly on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Contact: Tressa Collins, 816.741.2800, ext 212,


Respect Life Ministry

Assist with various projects and activities such as the Baby Bottle Drive, the Spiritual Adoption program, the Advent Angel Tree, or Mothers Day Baby Shower. 

Contact: Mary Pat DeStefano at​​


SCRIP Merchant Card Program

Parish program which sells Merchant Cards Through the SCRIP Organization at the Welcome Center after all weekend Masses. A percentage of every card contributes back to the parish.

Contact: Kim McConnell, 816.741.5400, ext. 100

Bible discussion group

Pastoral Care

Communion to the Homebound

For information, contact Doug Warrens at 816.741.2800, ext. 212 or


Funeral Luncheons

Altar & Rosary members coordinate funeral luncheons for members of our parish. Volunteers prepare a dish as directed or help serve and clean up.

Contact: Emma Green, Chair, at or Mary Sorrentino, Co-Chair, at


Prayer Shawl Ministry

Knit one, purl two, love one, comfort two . . . This ministry combines compassion and a love of knitting/crocheting. The group meets in the Birkel Meeting Room the 3rd Thur day of each month at 6:30pm.

Contact: Doug Warrens at 816.741.2800, ext. 212 or 


St. Mary’s Food Kitchen/Meatloaf Sunday

Help serve at the St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen in Kansas City, KS one Sunday a month or provide meatloaf for St. Mary’s Kitchen. 

Contact: Mary Pat or John DeStefano at


St. Vincent de Paul

Various volunteer opportunities are available to help serve those in need who visit the food pantry. We need volunteers to assist in with office and administration, reception, telephone, stocking of food, serving clients with grocery item, home visits, bagging, etc.


Other Opportunities

Coffee and Donut Volunteers

Coffee & Donuts volunteers serve following the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. Masses on Sunday mornings.

Contact: Donna Patti at 816.741.2800, ext. 211 or

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