As a worshiping community we are ALL called to actively participate in our liturgies through song, prayer, silence, and ritual action. Service in one of the liturgical ministries listed below is an excellent way to fulfill our baptismal call of service to one another. Whether participation is through “behind the scenes” preparation and planning, or through a public role of service within the Mass, parishioner contributions help our liturgies to be truly life-giving celebrations. Please prayerfully consider joining one of these ministries.
Below, you can sign up, get familiar with our scheduling process and browse descriptions of each liturgical ministry.
New Ministry Volunteers
New volunteers are always welcome. Click the button below if you wish to volunteer for one of the Liturgical Ministries on this page.
How We Schedule
We use a service called Ministry Scheduler Pro to coordinate all our liturgical ministries. Click the corresponding button below to view the current complete Ministers’ Schedule, access the Ministry Scheduler website, or view a tutorial on using the Ministry Website.
Altar Servers are members of the assembly who assist the priest during the Eucharist and other liturgical ceremonies so the liturgy can be conducted with grace and reverence. They ensure that all the requisites for the celebration are available at the appropriate time. Boys and girls aspiring to be servers must be rising 5th graders or older. They must be baptized and have received First Holy Communion. Candidates receive mandatory training; service is scheduled on a rotating basis.
Art & Environment
Diana Kaikaris, 615.790.8275
Jean McRedmond, 615.370.2357
Utilizing sewing skills and creativity, this group takes care of the arts and environment for liturgical celebrations. We apply our creative skills to enhance the beauty of the church sanctuary for weekends and special occasions throughout the liturgical year.
Audio/Video Technician Ministry
We are responsible for setup, maintenance, coordination, and use of the church’s audio, visual, and lighting technology used during mass and for other special events. The ministry’s mission is to glorify God by ensuring that his word and our praise and song to him is seen and heard clearly and without distraction or interference within our church.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Mary Steverson, 931.388.4055
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist with the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ during Mass. In a deeper sense, these ministers are called from the community of those gathered to praise the Lord to “feed the Body of Christ to the Body of Christ.” Some ministers take communion to the sick in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, or at home; please see our Ministers of Care ministry for more information. Participation is open to fully initiated, practicing Catholics. Ministers are assigned to the Mass time of their choice. New and continuing ministers receive mandatory spiritual and practical training each fall and periodically throughout the year so they may fulfill their ministry with knowledge and reverence.
Frank Caruso, 615.794.3592
Ministers of hospitality (ushers) welcome parishioners and visitors to St. Philip at every Mass. They provide assistance in seating, collecting and taking up the gifts, directing the communion procession and handing out bulletins. They answer questions about the church (restroom locations, phones, lost and found), provide assistance in emergency situations, and help clean up the church for the next Mass. New and continuing ministers receive mandatory spiritual and practical training each fall and periodically throughout the year.
- Ushers – welcome parishioners and visitors to St. Philip at every Mass. They provide assistance in seating, take-up the collection, direct the communion procession, hand out bulletins and generally attend to the needs and questions of the congregation.
- Greeters – are posted at the doors of the Church at all Masses; they are gifted with a warm smile and pleasant disposition and provide a first welcome to all who enter St. Philip.
Jeanette Teague, 615.975.1701
Lectors proclaim the Word of the Lord to the assembly at Mass and other liturgies. If you have a love for God’s word, and the willingness to learn to proclaim it effectively, please consider volunteering for this ministry. Lectors are assigned to the Mass times of their choosing. Candidates must be 11th grade or older. Mandatory training occurs in the fall for both new and continuing lectors with periodic refresher classes throughout the year.
- Readings (in print) for the day from USCCB
- Audio of readings and psalm for the day from USCCB
- Notes for Lectors
Tom Galantowicz, 615.969.3404
The Liturgy Team works with the clergy to plan and execute all the regular, special and seasonal Liturgies. The Team also coordinates the training and recruiting of all liturgical ministers.
Tom Galantowicz, 615.969.3404
Click here for information about parish choirs, bell choir, children’s choirs, resurrection choir, cantor ministry, instrumental ensembles
The mission of Sacristan is to set up the vessels before Mass. After Mass, the Sacristan takes the vessels to the sacristy where the Priest or Deacon purifies the sacred vessels (ciborium, chalice, cups, carafe and cruet), which contain the body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The Sacristan Ministry is a behind-the-scenes service which can be performed by individuals or couples who wish to perform a needed service, but do not wish to be visible to the congregation.
Pope Francis tells us that every baptized member of the Catholic faith is called to evangelize and to be a missionary disciple.
“In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples (cf. Mt 28:19). All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church, or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of evangelization” Evangelii Gaudiam (Joy of the Gospel) #120.
As part of their training, all Liturgical Ministers at St Philip are asked to reflect on their role as evangelists by viewing the two-part presentation “The Evangelizing Liturgy” by Rev. Frank DeSiano, CSP of the Paulist Evangelization Ministries.