I Want To Serve: Ministry


We are a community of believers motivated by love for Christ to serve each other and those who turn to us for assistance – each of us applying his or her unique gifts and talents. A listing of various ministerial activities follows in order to assist you in discerning where God is calling you to serve. 

Administrative Ministries

Finance Council

Advises the pastor on matters relating to the financial management of the Parish. Membership is by appointment. 

Pastoral Council

Assists the pastoral team by planning and implementing Parish ministries and events. Contact: Mary Kay Zahn

Rectory Assistants

Assists the pastoral team by providing various administrative, household and plant upkeep functions. Contact: Julie Vanderbrook, 504.442-2622

St. Matthew Guild

Counts collections and prepares bank deposits. Contact: Business Manager,  504.529.1477 x 223

Community Life Ministries

Coffee and Donuts Team

Prepares weekly hospitality after each Sunday morning Eucharist. Contact: John Barker, 504.715.4302


Conduct monthly guided tours of the church. Contact: Lynne Combe, 504.834.7984

Sunday Evening Socials Team

Coordinates socials that follow the 7:30pm Sunday Eucharist. Contact: Fr. David Paternostro, SJ, 504.529.1477 x 222

St. Joseph Altar

Plans annual celebration held on or near St. Joseph’s Day.


Faith Information Ministries

Baptismal Preparation Team

Facilitates, for parents and sponsors, seminars on the sacrament of Baptism and assists priest with baptism details. Contact the parish office 504.529.1477, ext. 224

Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Accompanies adults seeking to become Catholic. Contact: the Parish office, Fr. Stephen Kramer, SJ,  504.529.1477, ext. 222

First Friday Adoration Group

Coordinates adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each First Friday from 8am-11:50am. Contact: Volunteer Needed, Contact Fr. Kramer, SJ, 504.529.1477 x 222

Parish School of Religion Faculty

Provides religious instruction for children who do not attend Catholic schools. Contact: Veronica Davis, parish assistant, 504.529.1477, ext. 224

Rosary Society

Leads the rosary before the 9:30am and 7:30pm Masses each Sunday. Contact: Cathy Espenan, 504.344.2116

Vocation Promotion Team

Coordinates Parish efforts to increase awareness of and the support of vocations to religious life, the diaconate and the priesthood. Contact: Fr.Stephen Kramer, SJ, 504.529.1477

Liturgical Ministries

Altar Servers

Adults and children assisting at weekday and weekend Eucharist, scheduled in advance. Contact: Deb Ordoyne, ordoyne@cox.net

Altar Society

Maintains the cleanliness and beauty of the sanctuary; plans and decorates church for liturgical seasons and holy days. Contact: Mary Kay Zahn, bzip@cox.net

Liturgical Ministers

By delegation of the Archbishop, serve at weekday and Sunday Eucharist in the capacities of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Lectors, scheduled in advance. Contact: the Parish office 504-529-1477, ex 224.

Hospitality Ministers

Assist weekday and Sunday Eucharist by serving as greeters and by taking up the collections. Contact: John Barker, 504.715.4302 or Joe Taranto, 504.832.4997

Christian Service Ministries 

Bereavement Ministers

Support families through the initial stages of grief following the death of a loved one. Contact:  the parish office 504.529.1477, ext. 224

Homebound Ministers

Visit and bring communion to homebound and hospitalized Parishioners. Contact: the Parish Office: 504.529.1477, ext. 224. 

Ministry to the Poor

Visits and helps those requesting financial assistance from the Parish. Contact: Madeline Engel, 504.485.6919