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Ministries

 
 

As stewards of the many graces God has given to each of us through our baptism, we are all called to serve God and our neighbors. There are many opportunities at St. Louis to respond to that baptismal call whether in the liturgy, teaching, service, or prayer. Please consider making an offering of time to become involved in living out our Christian mission!

 

Liturgical Ministry

Altar Servers

elizabeth.polito@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 213

Altar Servers are the parish youth through high school who serve at the altar during Masses, funerals, and other liturgical services. Training required. Learn More >

Acolytes

elizabeth.polito@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 213

Men who assist the celebrant at the altar, take communion to the homebound and nursing homes, and possibly enter the Diaconate training if called to that ministry. Training required.

Lectors

elizabeth.polito@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 213

Lectors are men, women, and older youth who proclaim the Word of God at the Masses and other liturgical services. Training required.


Homebound Ministry

elizabeth.polito@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 213

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion is a prerequisite for this ministry. Homebound ministers make home visits to parishioners who are no longer able to attend Mass, whether short term, (i.e. someone recovering from surgery) or long term, (i.e. someone who is facing life and health issues).

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

elizabeth.polito@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 213

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are men, women, and older youth who offer the Body and Blood of Christ to worshippers during Masses and/or to the homebound. Training required.

Sisterhood of the Holy Cloth

elizabeth.polito@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 213

Sisterhood of the Holy Cloth is a ministry with no meetings, no dues and you can work from home. Volunteers weekly launder the purificators and corporals used at Mass and work in teams on a rotating schedule. Training is provided on how to launder and iron these sacred linens.


Welcome Ministry

elizabeth.polito@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 213

The Welcome Ministry is available in the Narthex immediately before and after specified Masses, assisting newcomers and visitors with their questions. The time commitment is approximately 30 minutes on assigned weekends, only once or twice a month. Training and resource materials are provided.

Hospitality Ministers

elizabeth.polito@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 213

Hospitality Ministers are men, women, and older youth who welcome and assist worshippers at Masses/liturgies, take up collections, guide Eucharistic processions, and distribute bulletins and other materials as needed. On the job training provided.

Flower Guild

elizabeth.polito@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 213

Parishioner teams that purchase and create floral arrangements that beautify our sanctuary for Sunday Mass, Easter, Christmas, and other special occassions. No special skills required, training provided. 


Rosary Ministry

elizabeth.polito@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 213

English and Spanish teams serve as rosary leaders before designated weekend Masses, after weekday Masses, and for funerals.

Altar Guild

elizabeth.polito@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 213

Men, women, and older youth who prepare the church for weekend Masses and weddings by doing light cleaning, polishing brass, and setting up the sacristy. This is a component group of the Women’s Club.

 

Spiritual Ministries

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Visitors and teams of volunteers pray before the Blessed Sacrament in the parish Adoration Chapel, located on the south end of the narthex. Key pad code is required after hours for security of worshipers. More Info >

Divine Mercy Cenacle

Divine Mercy Cenacle explores the Diary of St. Faustina using Scripture, the Catechism, Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Rich in Mercy, and the Divine Mercy Formation Manual. Meetings are held weekly, September – June.

Prayer Groups

English and Spanish groups meet weekly to share group prayer and offer prayer intentions for individuals and the community.

Music Ministry

 

St. Louis King’s Choir

rick.gabrillo@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 202

Leads worship at our 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass and special liturgies throughout the year. If you have previous classical choral experience and are interested in singing beautiful and challenging music, we invite you to join us. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings, 7:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in school room 120.

Cecilia Singers

rick.gabrillo@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 202

(Family Choir) serves at the 11:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. We sing mostly Gather/Glory & Praise material, with occasional Christian Contemporary/Praise music. People of all skill levels are welcomed, but singers with some experience are offered the opportunity to serve as cantor or song leader as well. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the church. No Audition needed - all are welcome.


Ambrose Ringers

rick.gabrillo@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 202

Takes delight in the ancient practice of ringing bells at Mass. We rehearse a more advanced repertoire, and are thus open to experienced ringers. Opportunities range from playing for weekend Masses to music festivals, weddings, and community events. Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in school room 120.

Children’s Choir

rick.gabrillo@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 202

Children’s Choir meets Wednesdays from 4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. in the church. It is open to children ages 8-14 and sings as part of Mass every 4-6 weeks. Make wonderful new friends while we have fun singing to the Lord!

Vespers

rick.gabrillo@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 202

Vespers, whose name literally means shadows, is the traditional evening prayer of the Catholic Church and is one of the key hours of prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours. All are invited to Vespers. where we will pray the timeless prayers of the Universal Church through this ethereal and ancient rite in the presence of our Lord’s Blessed Sacrament.  At St. Louis we will celebrate Choral Vespers with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament each first Sunday of the month.  Choral Vespers (without Benediction) will be celebrated during the remaining Sundays of the month. 


Coro Nueva Alianza

rick.gabrillo@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 202

Este grupo se compone de niños, jóvenes y adultos que han estado en coros y grupos musicales en sus países de origen. El coro canta en la misa todos los domingos a las 5:30 p.m. Y los ensayos son los jueves de 7:30 p.m. A las 9:30 p.m. En el salón 120 del edificio de la escuela secundaria.

Coro Immanuel

rick.gabrillo@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 202

Ha participado en nuestra misa en español de la 1:30 p.m. por más de 12 años. Este Coro se compone de adolescentes y adultos, quienes se dedican a alabar y glorificar al Señor. Los ensayos son a las 7:30 p.m. Jueves, en el salón 119 del edificio de la escuela secundaria. Vocalistas e instrumentistas son bienvenidos!

Renacer

rick.gabrillo@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 202

Renacer inició en 2003, participa en los retiros en español, bodas, quinceañeras y bautismos, al mismo tiempo participan en otras iglesias catolicas que ofrecin misas en español. También han sustituido a ambos grupos en la misa de 1:30 p.m. y 5:00 p.m.

Social Ministry

Mobile Loaves & Fishes

bea.delarosa@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 265

Mobile Loaves & Fishes is a social outreach ministry to the homeless and working poor. Meals, clothing, blankets, and toiletry items are distributed from the MLF truck to those who live on the streets. “Make Ready” teams are responsible for assembling sandwiches and stocking the truck for the evening’s run (2-2 1/2 hours). The “Crew” teams are responsible for taking the truck on various runs, using the website to create an itinerary and handing out items stocked in the truck (2-2 1/2 hours).

St. Vincent de Paul Society

bea.delarosa@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 265

St. Vincent de Paul Society is a worldwide organization of lay men and women who help those in need of material assistance such as utilities, rent or medicines. Volunteers answer phones and interview clients Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 noon. Other members of the society visit people who have requested assistance. The St. Vincent de Paul Society meets weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed.

Bereavement

bea.delarosa@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 265

Bereavement Teams is an outreach program that provides a source of food and comfort to our registered families grieving the loss of a loved one. Teams serve in rotation, providing the deceased parishioner’s immediate family with a meal in their home either before or after the funeral. A Mass is offered for the deceased if the family does not need a meal. Occasionally, several bereavement teams may coordinate a meal in Wozniak Hall for larger funerals, if space is available.


Food Pantry

bea.delarosa@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 265

Food Pantry provides food assistance to the needy of our community and is the largest church pantry in Austin. Volunteers distribute food on Saturday mornings from 8:30-10:00 a.m. Opportunities for service include data entry, interviewing clients, sacking and distributing food, picking up food orders, and stocking pantry shelves. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed.

St. Louis Farm

annaruthwalsh@gmail.com
512-454-0384 ext. 265

St. Louis Farm cultivates half an acre or more of St. Louis property, raising seasonal vegetables that are given to the St. Louis Food Pantry. This enables the Food Pantry to feed the neediest among us with fresh produce. Volunteers work in teams and are always needed! Green thumbs are not necessary and families are welcome! More Info >

Life, Dignity and Justice

bea.delarosa@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 265

By working together with the Austin Diocese and the Texas Catholic Conference this ministry will be exploring not only Pro-Life and Gabriel Project, but issues on the death penalty, immigration, disabilities ministries, criminal justice and Catholic social teachings, witnessing the wisdom of our faith to those who influence public policies.


Gabriel Project

bea.delarosa@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 265

Gabriel Project is a lay ministry that provides support to women in crisis pregnancies. Gabriel project Angels are trained volunteers who help mothers by maintaining contact with them throughout their pregnancy. An Angel offers love, care, spiritual, and material support to the mother. All Angels receive training and helpful resources from the Diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities and Chaste Living.

Breakfast Ministry

bea.delarosa@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 265

Breakfast Ministry prepares and offers a buffet-style breakfast and fellowship every Saturday morning from 7:30-9:30 a.m. to families who live in low-income apartment complexes and whose lives have been changed drastically due to a life threatening illness.

Jail and Prison Ministry

bea.delarosa@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 265

Jail and Prison Ministry volunteers offer one-on-one spiritual companionship to our young incarcerated brothers and sisters. Teens at the juvenile justice center are provided a weekly prayer and praise service at the facility. Volunteers share reflections on the Gospel and prayer as a preparation for ministry.

Schools

St. Louis Catholic School

rosalie.dowling@slcsaustin.org
jessica.chaffee@slcsaustin.org
512-614-6622

The mission of St. Louis Catholic School is to prepare the leaders of tomorrow with the light of Christ as their guide. 

  • Pre-K4 through 8th Grade as well as Montessori ages 3-5, with a comprehensive curriculum rooted in Catholic Values
  • Weekly all school Mass and Devotionals
  • Enhanced academic experience that includes Art, Music, Integrated Classroom Technology, Spanish, and Physical Education
  • Home and School Association
  • Athletics for grades 5-8
  • Music program that includes Band, Choir, Strings, and Rock Band
  • Extended-Day program on campus
  • Private School Interscholastic Association
  • Student Council and National Junior Honor Society
  • Retreats
  • Accredited by TCCED and AdvancED

St. Louis Catholic School is dedicated to forming the whole child in wisdom and holiness. Our school inspires students in faith, knowledge, and leadership. With dedicated faculty/staff and a supportive parish, St. Louis is a very diverse school community that continues to thrive. More Info >

Early Childhood Development Center

margaret.englishknipp@st-louis.org
angelica.cordova@st-louis.org
512-614-6551

St. Louis Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) has been around for more than 35 years and serves children 8 months to 3 years old. Our Mission at St. Louis ECDC is to provide a safe, loving, faith-filled environment for young children; to provide the highest quality, research-based care and education for the whole child’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical development; to partner with and support families in a loving, faith-filled community; and to connect families with St. Louis King of France Catholic Church & School.

Our program practices a variety of teaching methods and is licensed by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services and is accredited with the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC) and Texas Rising Star.

Sunday Nursery is a service for children 6 weeks to 4 years old. Offered each Sunday at the 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Masses. Trained, salaried babysitters monitor children in a safe play environment while parents attend Mass. Children may be dropped off at the Early Childhood Development Center 15 minutes prior to Mass. More Info >

Lifelong Christian Formation

 

Childhood Ministry

beatriz.franceschi@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 221

Our Religious Education program prepares our children for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation. The program also offers basic religious knowledge and continuing faith formation for children in grades Pre-K through 8th grade. More Info >

Youth Ministry

alissa.molina@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 219

St. Louis Youth Ministry seeks to empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.  Together we seek to intentionally live lives of deep, authentic, and fruitful faith. This ministry serves 6th through 12th gradeMore Info >

Young Adult Ministry

tom.carani@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 220

We are a ministry which bridges the gap between college and professional life through Catholic faith. We want to get Young Adults active in parish life by getting them excited about St. Louis. SLYA primarily serves ages 20's - 30's, single, married and those with kids are welcomed too. More Info >


Adult Formation & Evangelization

tom.carani@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 220

Adult Formation & Evangelization ministry works to cultivate a parish community of joyful disciples by introducing all people to Jesus Christ through the sacraments, catechesis, and spiritual formation. More Info >

Senior Ministry

seniors@st-louis.org
512-454-0384

St. Louis Senior Ministry serves ages 50 and over through spiritual growth, emotional and mental growth and physical growth. The ability to recreate gives people the chance to re-create themselves at this stage of their lives. Laughter, fun, humor, and play are all vital ingredients for our well-being as we get older. More Info >

Ministerios Hispanos

sumayah.abullarade@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 216

Por gracia de Dios en Nuestra Parroquia la Comunidad Hispana crece y se fortalece en la vivencia de la fe mediante la práctica de los sacramentos, la oración, la liturgia y la convivencia diaria en donde comparten incluso sus dificultades pero ante todo la ayuda mutua, la cual se ofrece a través de los distintos ministerios parroquiales. More Info >

 

Fellowship

Knights of Columbus Council

austinkofc5967@gmail.com

Knights of Columbus Council 5967 is a Catholic fraternal organization for men that emphasizes church, community, council, family, and youth activities. Founded on the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism, men who are 18 years or older are welcome. KC’s sponsor Sunday breakfasts, Lenten fish fry dinners and other activities to fund their charitable donations to parish ministries and other community causes. The pastor serves as the chaplain and gives spiritual direction to the council. If you are Brother Knight the meetings are the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. More Info >

Ladies Auxiliary

Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus members are any ladies over 18 years of age, Catholic or non-Catholic, whose husband, father, or son is a member in good standing of a Knights of Columbus Council or any widow or daughter of a deceased member. The group encourages its members to enrich their spiritual life, promotes a spirit of friendship, and sponsors its own charitable projects and contributions to the parish. Meetings are held monthly in the evening.

Women’s Club

St. Louis Women’s Club is an organization for all parish women, hosting five socials and programs of interest to women each year. The club’s service committees include the Altar Guild, Baptismal Mementos, Chrismon Committee, St. Michael’s Thrift Shoppe volunteers, and representatives to the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. Additional standing committees assist the club in communications, hospitality, reception rentals, and other projects. All club projects are funded through the generous donations of its active membership, solicited annually each summer. More Info >


Scouting Programs

Girl Scouts - friesenhahn@ymail.com
Cub Scouts - austin89.mypack.us 
Boy Scouts - contact@troop89austin.org

Scouting Programs provide a fun and safe environment to teach skills and reinforce values while raising awareness to the world around us. These programs are sponsored by St. Louis School and Parish. Religious scout awards are awarded annually during weekend Masses. 

Naomi’s Circle

eileen.rosipal@st-louis.org
512-454-0384 ext. 204

Naomi’s Circle is a support group for parish ladies who have lost their husbands through death. They meet on the third Tuesday of each month at the church or various other locations for an evening of food, fellowship, games, or various projects.

Prayer Blanket Ministry

Prayer Blanket Ministry meets on the third Monday monthly, in members’ homes, to sew special blankets that are then blessed and sold through the parish. Proceeds benefit parish projects. These blankets make great gifts for those who are sick and dying or for loved ones celebrating special occasions. Newcomers with sewing talents are welcome!

Leadership

Pastoral Council

Established in 1979, the Pastoral Council consists of discerned, ex-officio, and appointed parishioners who serve in staggered three-year terms. On Pentecost Sunday each year, the parish is asked to prayerfully discern who they believe God is calling forth as leaders in this faith community. Persons may put their own name or the name of someone else whom they believe God is calling to serve. Those called forth will be invited to a discernment session where they prayerfully reflect on whether God is calling them to serve the St. Louis community as a member of the Pastoral Council, meeting regularly, is an advisory board to the pastor on parish policies and guidelines.

Finance Council

The Finance Council oversees the budget of the parish and advises the pastor in financial matters. The pastor appoints members with experience in accounting, budgeting, finance, and legal or business professions. Quarterly meetings (January, April, July and October) review the parish financial reports and discuss pertinent topics. Ex-officio members include the Pastor, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of Accounting.