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Liturgy is an action of the Christus totus – head and members. It is the eternal liturgy in heaven in which the Spirit and the Church enable us to participate whenever we celebrate the mystery of salvation in the sacraments. (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1138)

It is the whole community – the Body of Christ united with its Head – that celebrates the liturgy. (CCC #1140)

Led by our bishop and by the priests ordained to assist him in representing Christ and leading liturgical worship, the parish community of St. Max joins the Church of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the many Churches of the world in communion with the Church of Rome each time we celebrate the liturgy. For the liturgy to be celebrated well, and so that the People of God may be led to that full, conscious, and active participation that the Second Vatican Council called for, many other liturgical ministers are needed.

To assist the assembly of the faithful in exercising its baptismal priesthood in celebrating the liturgy, liturgical ministers such as lectors, choir, psalmists, extraordinary ministers of holy Communion, ushers, greeters, etc. are needed. Together with the priest and deacon, these and other ministers serve the liturgical assembly.

Each lay liturgical ministry is led by a parishioner coordinator, who together with the Pastoral Associate for Liturgy and Music, form the Liturgical Ministry Coordinators Team. This team provides for the ministerial needs of the parish’s worship and meets quarterly with the Worship Commission for effective collaboration and evaluation of the parish’s liturgical life.


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Art & Environment ministry is responsible for enhancing the church decor with the appropriate liturgical year’s changes with respect to holy days, feast days, special occasions (Confirmation, First Communion) and seasonal colors. Duties include changing altar linens, procuring necessary supplies, purchasing flowers and providing the manpower to make the weekly/monthly/seasonal changes, as well as designing and sewing banners and altar linens.  Contact Christine Guerin at 513.292.2565


Boys and girls, grade 6 or older, are eligible to serve the community of St. Maximilian Kolbe as altar servers.  Training is provided/required.

Contact Vanessa Brown,


Servers' Duties for Sundays & Solemnities - UPDATED 2014 (Handout received at training sessions)

During most Sunday Masses, children in grades 1-4 are invited to gather together outside of the main worship space to pray a Liturgy of the Word on their own level. Led by a lay presider, lector, and catechist, the children hear simplified versions of the scripture readings proclaimed in the main assembly, as well as some reflection, and engage in prayer on their own level. The children return to the main assembly during the Preparation of the Altar and Gifts prior to the Eucharistic Prayer. The children and adults involved in this program still fulfill their Sunday obligation.  Liturgy of the Word with Children leaders are assigned to only one Mass each month. Additional prayer leaders and subs are welcomed for all Masses.

Contact Debbie Hoffer

Greeters welcome people in the gathering space as they arrive for weekend Masses. They arrive 20 minutes before Mass begins, greet people as they enter the church and distribute bulletins when Mass has ended. We currently have a great need for greeters.

Contact Emily Colpi,, 513-779-3221

Lectors serve the parish through proclaiming the Word for weekend Masses and special liturgies.  One or two lectors are needed for each Mass. Training is required. Preparation books are provided.

Contact the Coordinator, Michelle Meyer

Lector Role Description

Sacristans are responsible for the preparation of the altar and liturgical vessels needed for Mass. Being a sacristan offers a tremendous in-sight and appreciation for the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word and Eucharist.  Volunteers are needed at all Masses.

Contact the Sacristan Coordinator, Kevin Feltz
 at 777-4485 for more information or to get involved.

Sound board technicians help to set up equipment as needed and operate the sound mixer to control the overall sound quality during Mass. It is preferred that the sound technician have a technical knowledge and understanding of the sound system, but training is provided. Sound techs are scheduled as they are able and for various liturgical needs. 

Jeremy Helmes at 777-4322, ext. 103

The ushers seat people and helps them feel comfortable as they enter church. Except for the head usher, others are required to remain at their posts until the Gospel and then may sit with their families. The head usher remains at the rear of the church throughout the Mass. Ushers assist with the collection and direct communion. They also are called upon to usher special events for the parish such as Confirmation and holy day Masses.  Men & women, 16 or older, may serve as ushers and choose the Mass they wish to attend.

Contact the Usher Coordinators, David Flanagan

A wedding assistant is needed for each wedding rehearsal and ceremony.  Wedding assistants are responsible for performing the following tasks:  coordinating the rehearsal (either with or without the direction of a deacon or priest); preparing the sanctuary for the wedding; performing sacristan duties as needed; guiding the bridal party before, during and after the wedding; and tidying up the sanctuary and hospitality room after the bridal party departs.  This requires a multi-day, multiple hour commitment usually on a Friday evening for the rehearsal and Saturday morning or evening for the wedding, only once per month.  Training, policies and a small stipend are provided.  Good communication skills and neat appearance are required.

Jeremy Helmes at 777-4322, ext. 103

24-28 extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are needed at each of the four weekend Masses, as well as various holy days of obligation over the course of the year. Ministers are typically scheduled to serve once or twice per month. As well, an EM captain is assigned to coordinate the extraordinary ministers assigned for each Mass.


Contact the Coordinators:
Dave & Mary Ann Ellerbrock


EMHC Ministry Newsletter - July 2016

EMHC Ministry Newsletter - April 2016

EMHC Ministry Newsletter - October 2015

EMHC Ministry Newsletter - July 2015

EMHC Ministry Newsletter - March 2015

Article: Communion from the Altar, Not the Tabernacle

EMHC Procedures for Sundays/Solemnities
Map of Communion Stations

Training Slides

Mass Schedule




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