Ministry Opportunities

Altar and Sanctuary Society

This group maintains altar cloths, altar linens, etc., which includes washing and ironing, for the worship service.
Time Commitment: Every five weeks-approximately one hour of ironing.

Contact: Debbie Bragg (359-2296)/[email protected]

Altar Servers

Acolytes function at Mass in a variety of ways. They carry the processional cross and candles, they assist with incense, and, most importantly, they prepare the altar and gifts for the Eucharistic offering. Servers are asked to function at least once each month and to participate in training sessions and special preparation meetings for major celebrations. Training will be provided to new Acolytes and to all servers as changes arise.
Time commitment: At least once a month at designated Mass; substitute if necessary.
Contact: Deacon John Tucker (804) 329-0473/[email protected]

Children’s Formation (PreK-8th Grade)

We celebrate God’s presence among us by creating a Christian learning environment through the cooperative efforts of catechists, parents and students. Realizing that parents are the primary religious educators of children, volunteer catechists and aides work to build a community of faith in which each student can better see and understand the action of God in our community through faith-sharing, prayer and liturgy.  This is a great opportunity for adults and middle school/high school youth to share their faith with the children of our parish.  All volunteers are screened and must comply with the Diocesan Safe Environment Regulations.

Time Commitment: The Formation calendar year runs from mid-September through the end of April.  Children meet for 25 sessions.                             Contact: Marisa Cupps, Pastoral Associate for Liturgy (804) 329-0473/[email protected]

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Children ages four through 5th grade are invited to participate in Children’s Liturgy of the Word every Sunday during the 11:00 a.m. liturgy.  Leaders proclaim and explain the Sunday readings in a way young children can understand and help them respond to God’s word in age appropriate ways.  Children return to their parents for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  Children need not register; they are welcome whenever they come to the 11:00 a.m. Sunday liturgy.  This is a great opportunity for adults and middle school/high school youth to help these children of our parish understand the Word of the Lord.  All volunteers are screened and must comply with the Diocesan Safe Environment Regulations.

Time Commitment: About two hours preparation for each assigned Sunday.                                                                                                                       Contact: Marisa Cupps, Pastoral Associate for Liturgy (804) 329-0473/[email protected]

Community Life Committee

This committee serves the life of the parish by planning gatherings, social events, receptions, and other events that strengthen our parish and community life. The committee promotes the atmosphere of Christian hospitality. Members perform such activities as food and beverage preparation and table setting and arrangement.
Time commitment: As needed.
Contact: Doris Bates (329-6191)

Confirmation Team

Confirmed and practicing Catholics are needed to work with youth preparing for Confirmation.  Compliance with Diocesan Safe Environment Regulations is required.
Time commitment: Twelve class sessions, planning meetings, overnight retreats, and
attendance at a Deacon John Tucker (804) 329-0473 [email protected] w liturgical ceremonies from October to June.
Contact: Deacon John Tucker (804) 329-0473 [email protected]


Cursillo is a “short course” in Christianity sponsored by the Diocese of Richmond. The Cursillo movement is both a movement and a method. The purpose of the movement is to create small groups of Christians that will evangelize their environments with the gospel spirit. The purpose of the method is to help persons live what is fundamental for being a Christian by committing themselves to the spiritual aids the church offers in order to grow in holiness, formation and evangelization.
Time Commitment: Two weekends a year (Thursday at 7:00 pm to Sunday at 6:00 pm), approximately every six months

Contact: Joe & Becky Scalone (282-2133)

Eucharistic Ministers

Ministers at St. Paul’s assist with the distribution of communion under both species at the liturgy and also take the Eucharist to patients at the hospital or in their homes. Generally, Eucharistic Ministers serve at the Mass time most convenient for them and are required to register fifteen minutes early on the scheduled day to meet in the sacristy for a brief prayer. Training will be provided to new Eucharistic Ministers and to all ministers as changes arise. Eucharistic Ministers are commissioned by the Pastor for a term of service and at St.   Paul’s one may nominate oneself or another parishioner for this appointment.
Time commitment: At least once a month at designated Mass; substitute if necessary.
Contact:  Marisa Cupps, Pastoral Associate for Liturgy (804) 329-0473/[email protected]

Pastoral Care Team

Parishioners responding to the call to serve as a Eucharistic Minister to the sick and homebound of our parish community offer a vital pastoral link between the Parish and the parishioner who is unable to attend weekly liturgy. St. Paul’s Catholic Church provides pastoral visitation, not only to the homebound, but to those who are in nursing homes as well.  Family members of a homebound parishioner may be trained specifically to bring Eucharist on a weekly basis to a loved one. Time commitment:  Once a month.  Sundays after the 8:30 Mass or anytime during the week. 

Contact:  Deacon John Tucker (804) 329-0473/[email protected]

Prayer Shawl Ministry (PSM)

There are various ways in which ministers of care can extend their prayerful presence with the sick and elderly.  In addition to the Eucharistic Ministry to the sick, the PSM, composed of committed people with a love of knitting and crocheting, comes together on the second Saturday of the month to make shawls and/or lap coverlets. These articles are then distributed to the chronically ill, seriously ill or grieving parishioners of our parish community as well as nursing homes and cancer treatment centers.

Time commitment: Meetings once a month.

Contact: Janet Reiner 559-8098/[email protected]

Greeters and Ushers

At St. Paul’s greeters and ushers drawn from parishioners serve at the liturgies to foster a sense of welcome and hospitality and to assure the good order of prayer by assisting with the collection and presentation of the gifts.
Time commitment: At least once a month at designated Mass; substitute if necessary.
Contact: Deacon John Tucker (804) 329-0473/[email protected]

Knights of Columbus

St. Paul’s hosts a local chapter of the Knights of Columbus. The Knights of Columbus are Catholic men committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism, and defense of the priesthood. It is firmly committed to the protection of human life, from conception to natural death, and to the preservation and defense of the family.

Time commitment:  One meeting per month; events as your schedule allows.  Great opportunity for service and leadership.

Contact: Sidney Bragg (804) 359-2296/[email protected]

Ladies Sodality

Ladies Sodality is a group of ladies from St. Paul’s and other parishes who meet September through June for Mass, prayer, personal support, socializing, and to discuss service projects. The Sodality has a special devotion to Mary the Mother of God. Membership is open to adult women.
Time commitment: Meetings are first Tuesdays of each month, 11:00 a.m.
Contact: Becky Scalone (804) 282-2133


As ministers of the Word, lectors proclaim the scriptures other than the Gospel, as well as the prayer of the faithful at Mass, and thus play an important role in building up faith among the people of God. Lectors choose the liturgy at which they would like to read. Schedules for lectors are arranged on a quarterly basis.

Time commitment: Scheduled once every two months at designated Mass; substitute if necessary.
Contact: Marisa Cupps, Pastoral Associate for Liturgy (804) 329-0473/[email protected]

Men’s Prayer Breakfast Group

This is a group of men from St. Paul’s and their guests who meet year-round on the first Saturday of each month in the Church Commons for prayer, and fellowship, Membership is open to all men of the parish.
Time commitment: Meetings are first Saturday of each month, 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Deacon John Tucker (804) 329-0473 [email protected]




This choir provides music at regular Liturgies for nine months of the year, including all special Liturgies such as Holy Week, Easter, and Christmas. No audition is necessary, just a desire to make “a joyful noise unto the Lord.”
Time commitment: Rehearsal and Liturgy are once a week, rehearsals being held on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m.

Contact: Jan Dowdell [email protected]/804-329-0473


Cantors lead the congregation in the singing of the Mass parts. A prerequisite is two years experience in the choir before becoming a Cantor.
Time commitment: Weekly rehearsal and assigned Liturgies.
Contact: Jan Dowdell (329-0473) or jdowdell@saintpaulscc.com.


Other instruments are desired to add beauty and solemnity to the Liturgical Celebrations. They are used either in solo work or with choral works.
Time commitment: As needed.
Contact: Jan Dowdell (329-0473) or [email protected]

Additional Assistance to Music Ministry

In addition to musical support, the Music Ministry at St. Paul’s welcomes donations of time and talent to assist with the logistical aspect of the musical program.
Contact: Jan Dowdell (329-0473) or [email protected]

Social Justice Ministry Committee

The Social Justice Committee plans and coordinates the various outreach activities for the parish in collaboration with other churches and agencies.  The goal of the committee is to promote Catholic social teachings and put into practice the command to love our neighbor as our self by serving the needs of the community.  The activities of the committee are broad and most members serve on one or more (but not all) of the following subgroups, according to their interests.
Time commitment: Meetings of the Social Justice General Committee are scheduled quarterly.  The group is made up of a variety of subcommittees (listed below) which meet on their own time table.   Participation is encouraged in other community and parish-wide events and activities planned by the committee. Youth stewards are welcome.
Contact: Kathy McCoy ([email protected])

Food Pantry
Stewards participate in food distribution from the parish food pantry. This ministry involves assembling and distributing food.
Time commitment: Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. — One Tuesday a month
Contact: Mary T. Wallmeyer (746-5592) 


Home Again 

This ministry meets on the fourth Friday of each month when a meal is prepared and served to 20-30 men.

  Time commitment: 4 hours a month.

Contact:  Johne Bandino (908-4296)/[email protected]


Prison Ministry

 Involved with Bible Study at Richmond Justice Center and Henrico County Jail.  Also involved with Kairos Ministry, an ecumenical faith based ministry which addresses the spiritual needs of incarcerated men throughout the state of Virginia.

Time commitment: Justice Center – one hour a week; County Jail – 3 hours on the first, second and fourth Tuesday of each month; Kairos Ministry – 3 full days a year at Buckingham Corrective Center.

Contact: Johne Bandino    (908-4296/[email protected])

Youth Ministry

St. Paul’s youth ministry consists of students in grades 6-12. The ministry focuses on engaging our parish youth in activities which include social/recreational events, Christian youth retreats, special Masses, fundraising, community outreach, and more. These activities are planned with the youth taking interactive roles to ensure that they are continuously exposed to the challenges and fulfillment of Christian life. Any and all faith-filled adults with a love for God and a sincere interest in youth are welcome to provide guidance and hands-on involvement in scheduled activities.  Compliance with Diocesan Safe Environment Regulations is required.
Time commitment: Attendance at 12 activities a year, plus planning meetings as needed.
Contact:  Deacon John Tucker (804) 329-0473 [email protected]


Church Van Drivers

St. Paul’s provides van transportation for the 5:15 Mass on Saturday and the 11:00 Mass on Sunday.  This is about a two hour commitment once a month.  There is no special license needed and this is an easy van to drive.

Contact: Deacon John Tucker (804) 329-0473 [email protected]