Ministries at Saint Andrew the Apostle

Altar Servers

 Our Altar Servers help the priest reverently celebrate the Mass with and for our parish family.  Our Servers help prepare the sanctuary, lead the procession, help prepare the gifts for communion and attend to other duties needed for the celebration of our liturgical services.  We welcome any boy or girl, in the third grade or higher, who has received their First Communion, to join us in this important ministry.  Servers are encouraged to continue serving as long the Lord blesses them with this role in our community. Please contact the parish office for more information about how you can participate in the Mass along side our Lord in this very special way. 

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

 These men and women are chosen by Fr. Murphy to serve our brothers and sisters at Mass by distributing Holy Communion. This is not a program for which one can volunteer and one must be of consistent and deep faith as well as having a strong moral standing in our parish community to serve.  After completing the training program for this office, ministers are commissioned by Fr. Murphy, usually on the Feast of Corpus Christi, for a period of three years, renewable by Fr. Murphy and with your consent.

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist to the Sick

 In addition to distributing the Eucharist during the celebration of Mass, some ministers also make Communion available to our homebound brothers and sisters and those in the hospital and nursing homes.  Due to the very sensitive nature of these duties, ministers are chosen by Fr. Murphy and are specially trained for this ministry.   If you are already an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, and you feel the call of the Holy Spirit to serve our brothers and sisters in this special way, you are encouraged to let Fr. Murphy know you would like to be considered to bring Jesus to those who are suffering from various infirmities.


Our Lectors are the men and women of our parish community who proclaim the Word of God during Mass and other liturgical celebrations.  Lectors should read well and be able to proclaim the Old and New Testament readings with enthusiasm and clarity. Speak to Fr. Murphy if you would like to serve our community in this way and if you are a young person who has received your Confirmation, you too are most welcome to join this ministry and help our community fully participate in all our celebrations.

Music Ministries

Our parish community is blessed with a very active music ministry consisting of both adult and youth choirs. Music is such an important component of our worship experience, and singing accompanies all our weekend liturgies as well as our special sacramental and seasonal liturgies including our Confirmation, Christmas and Easter celebrations.  Our youth choir (third grade and up) sings at one or two liturgies per month, usually scheduled around our Faith Formation Masses as well as a special concert on Christmas Eve.  If you would be interested in helping to forge a strong sense of the sacred to our liturgies through your gift of music and song, please contact the parish office at (508) 824-5577 and we'll put you in touch with one of our music ministers for more information.

Church Environment Ministry

 If you have shared in one of our Masses lately, you know how beautifully and tastefully decorated our sanctuary and church is. The images on our home page too, give you a hint of the wonderful work of our dedicated and talented Church Environment Team.  If you are interested in lending a hand and sharing your gift of creativity to enhance the visual beauty of our place of worship, please contact the parish office at (508) 824-5577 and a member of the committee will be in touch with you.

Finance Council

Advises the Pastor on financial matters of the parish and school. Responsible for monitoring all income and expenses, and approving the annual budgets.

Parish Pastoral Council

The PPC is involved in most activities and programs effecting the liturgical and spiritual life of St. Andrew the Apostle.







 Our greeters, collectors and ushers form the backbone of our hospitality by welcoming parishioners as they come to Mass, distributing the weekly bulletin, collecting our weekly sacrificial offering, and helping folks find a seat, especially during our holiday and sacramental liturgies.  

Women of Faith

 The Women of Faith are a group of parishioners who regularly get together to celebrate a common spirituality and foster a spirit of friendship and unity.  Any woman, eighteen years of age or older who is registered in the parish, is welcomed to join this ministry to advance the spiritual, cultural and social interests of our parish community. Some of their activities include plantings around the entrances of the church; hosting sales of carnations for Mother's Day and poinsettias for Christmas; an Annual Ladies Tea and the sponsoring of an educational scholarship to a parishioner attending a Catholic Middle School. If you think you might be interested in joining our Women of Faith, contact the parish office at (508) 824-5577 and a member will be in touch with you.  

Saint Martha's Guild

 Like Martha from the Gospel of Saint Luke, the members of our Saint Martha's Guild attend to the needs of the church by keeping it clean and tidy so we can all focus on worshipping God in the great liturgy of the Mass. Members meet every other week, praying as they go about vacuuming and dusting the sanctuary and pews.

Knights of Columbus

  The Knights of Columbus is an international fraternal organization of Catholic men.  Here at Saint Andrew the  Apostle, Council #11914 sponsors various fundraising, social and spiritual activities throughout the year to support our parish community.   If you think you might be interested in joining in the work of the Knights, contact the parish office at (508) 824-5577 and a member will be in touch with you to answer all your questions. More information about the Knights of Columbus organization can be found here. And if you are interested in joining the Knights and Council 11914, you can fill out your application on-line here.  Our Council of the Knights of Columbus, #11914, annually awards financial scholarships to high school seniors who are members of our parish community.    

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

                       "None of us can think we are exempt from concern for the poor and for social justice."   Pope Francis @ Pontifex

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul was founded 170 years ago on a simple premise; "We help people."  Our members, known as "Vincentians," are men and women from our parish community who strive to grow closer to Christ by offering a person-to-person ministry to individuals and families who find themselves in need. We are young and old alike, from all manner of backgrounds who believe that we have been blessed by God and in turn, we must use our blessings of time, talent and treasure to help all of our brothers and sisters regardless of their faith or the life situation they find themselves in. Thanks to the generosity of Fr. Murphy and the members of our parish family, all Holy Day Collections are donated to us to support all of our charitable works, which benefit most, our neighbors in our local community. If you would like to find out how you can help, or if you find yourself in need of food, clothing, fuel assistance, etc., please call our hot line at (508) 880-1583. All information is kept strictly confidential.

Members of the Society help provide dinners to local families in need of a helping hand throughout the year.  This is made possible only through the generosity of our parishioners who contribute to the Society through our Holy Day collections and donate all manner of food stuffs when the call goes out to refill our pantries.  On behalf of all those we serve, thank you for your continued generosity.  And remember, if you need some assistance, or know of someone who needs help, you are not alone.  Call our hotline and we'll see what we can do to help you.

Offertory Counters

A group that counts the funds collected at Mass each week. 








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