Liturgical Ministries

altar serversAssisting the Priest in the Celebration of Mass

senior altar serversLeadership Positions among Altar Servers

children's liturgyBringing the Word to Younger Children During Mass

eucharistic ministersAssisting in the Distribution of Holy Communion

interpretersInterpreters for the Deaf

lectorsBringing the Word to the Congregation

ushers & greetersAssisting Parishioners at Mass


Altar Servers and Senior Altar Servers

Young people (entering Fourth Grade or older) are welcome as Altar Servers at Saint Kilian Parish. Training sessions for this ministry are scheduled for either Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 9 am to 10 am  or Tuesday, August 13, 2019  from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Church. You only need to attend one of these sessions which will last about one hour. Sign up is required prior to attending the training. Please contact Deacon Ralph at 724.625.1665 x2103 for more information or to register.

Altar Servers
Children in the fourth grade or higher can act as Altar Servers. Training and scheduling is provided by Saint Kilian Parish staff. Altar servers perform most of the functions of the former minor order of ordained clerics known as acolytes from the Greek word akolouthos (attendant). Church writings from the second and third centuries discuss the role of acolytes, giving the office great importance and honor in the history of the Church. Although institution into the ministry of acolyte is reserved to lay men, the diocesan bishop may permit the liturgical functions of the instituted acolyte to be carried out by altar servers, men and women, boys and girls. Altar servers are not ordained, they are commissioned by their parish priest.

The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy during Mass. This is done through specific actions and by setting an example to the congregation by active participation in the liturgy by their actions, singing of hymns, responses of the people, looking alert and sitting or standing at the appropriate times.

Servers carry the cross, the processional candle(s), hold the book for the priest celebrant when he is not at the altar, carry the incense and censer, present the bread, wine, and water to the priest or deacon during the preparation of the gifts or assist him when he receives the gifts from the people, wash the hands of the priest, assist the priest celebrant and deacon as necessary.

Altar servers are chosen from among the faithful who display a desire to participate in an intimate way during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is an extreme privilege to kneel so close to the altar as our loving Savior, Jesus Christ, becomes truly present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity upon the altar.

A server is uniquely joined in the Heavenly Supper of the Lamb of God and serves in the company of myriads of angles eternally singing "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!"

For more information, please contact Deacon Ralph Bachner.

Senior Altar Servers
Senior servers are young men and women in Grades 8 and higher who are willing and able to assume a leadership position among the altar servers.  After a special orientation, they are assigned to weekend Masses to assist the other servers and the priest and deacon preparing for Mass and during Mass. For more information, please contact Father Bober.

Children's Liturgy of the Word

At the 10:00am Mass each Sunday, preschool and first grade children are invited to participate in a special Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Younger children may attend if accompanied by an adult (or with an older sibling). The Children’s Liturgy of the Word begins with singing a simple Bible song or reciting a poem or prayer after which the Gospel reading is proclaimed from the Children’s Lectionary.  An adult leader discusses with the children the basic meaning of the Gospel and explains in simple terms its foundation to our Catholic faith. Intercessory prayers and the Creed follow and if time permits a closing song precedes dismissal back to the general congregation (usually during the offertory collection).  Adults are welcome to assist with this ministry. High school students are welcome to assist as junior helpers to assist the younger children.  For more information, please please contact

Eucharistic Ministers

Members of the parish who are 18 years old or older, who have completed the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation, and who are also compliant with the Parish Safe Environment Policy (clearances) are welcome to become Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion. At Mass, these ministers assist the Priest and Deacon in distributing Holy Communion.  With additional training, they may also assist with the distribution of Holy Communion at nursing facilities and the local hospital.  For more information on how to become a Eucharistic Minister, please contact Deacon Ralph Bachner.

Guidelines for Eucharistic Ministers

Interpreters for the Deaf

There is a deaf community which attends Mass each weekend here at Saint Kilian Parish. Interpreters are those willing and able to interpret for the deaf community. If you would like to serve in this capacity, please contact


As a minister of the Word, you bring forth the Word of God to the congregation. Lectors are needed for every Mass and other liturgical celebration. Confirmed Catholics over the age of 16 are eligible to participate in this ministry. For more information, please contact Deacon Ralph Bachner.

Guidelines for Lectors:

Ushers and Greeters

Ushers and greeters are men and women who assist parishioners as they enter for Mass and in taking up the collection during Mass.  For more information, please contact Father Bober.