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Ministry List

Each ministry at St. Francis of Assisi serves a unique purpose and each one offers parishioners many ways to grow spiritually.  Some groups meet weekly, some monthly, and some only at certain times of the year.  Due to the many different groups, people of all ages and interests are sure to find a place they feel called.  We encourage you to pray and ask God where He is calling you to serve and we invite you to become fully immersed in parish life through one of our many ministries. Parish Ministry Leader Contact List

Spend quiet time with Jesus and change your life. Eucharistic Adoration is available throughout the day, Monday through Friday, in our chapel. Consider committing an hour a week to spending quality time with the Lord in prayer.  For more information contact Judy Krus at 314-346-7009 or

We encourage those who are gifted singers and instrumentalists to contribute their talent within our liturgical music program. Traditionally, music and song are among the strongest elements in Catholic worship. Contact Jeremy Boyer

Responsible for coordinating and promoting adult education programs for the parish. Programs are offered during Lent and in the fall of the year through small faith sharing groups.  Contact Tammy Chumley (314) 487-5736 x104.

Visit the Adult Faith Formation page!

Alter Servers Robes committee consists of washing and ironing the altar servers robes. A group rotates this service. For more information, please contact Sharon Ryan at

Each spring, the Annual Catholic Appeal asks Catholics in nearly 200 parishes across he Archdiocese of St. Louis to make pledges to support programs, organizations, and ministries for people of all faith traditions. Spanning ten counties and the City of St. Louis, these programs assist the homeless and hungry, provide pro-life resources, support women and their children, and fund Catholic education and family counseling, among other charitable works. All of the money raised each year through the Annual Catholic Appeal is distributed to the various programs, organizations and ministries that carry out the important work of the Church. For more information please contact Jeanette Froehlich at 314-657-7092 or

This organization provides a safe, organized athletic program based on Christian morals for our parish community. It strives to give proper guidance, leadership and regulation for all athletic activities as well as maintaining parish athletic facilities in good playing condition. Soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball are all part of our program. We also oversee umpiring and refereeing for these various sports.

Visit the Athletic Association page!

Typically held once a year on a Sunday morning and volunteers are needed in various capacities. Contact Dottie Melching at (314) 846-8690 or

Our Boy Scout program encourages older boys to progress through the various levels of boy scouting. It is an active troop that has produced a large number of Eagle Scouts over the years. Contact: Jeffrey Soell | 314.662.7783 |

This ministry encourages those who are gifted singers to use their talent to lead the body of worshipers in song at Mass and other parish liturgical celebrations. Cantors are trained in how to most effectively lead the parish in this aspect of worship. If you have been blessed with the ability to lead song, this is a wonderful opportunity to share your talent with your parish community. Jeremy Boyer

These young voices have added a new dimension to our School Masses and the 11:00am Mass on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month during the school year. This choir is made up of students in grades 3-8. For information, please contact Jeremy Boyer at

The SFA School Community Garden is a volunteer ministry committed to teaching SFA students and parishioners about the process of growing food and other plants.  It will provide an outdoor classroom and hands on learning environment for students, teachers, and other parish organizations within the SFA community.

We partnered with Gateway Greening to install the garden at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.  If you would like to be involved in this ministry, please contact Paula Herries @

This musical group leads the music at the 4:00pm Mass on the first Saturday of each month between September and May.
Contact Larry Bourneuf 724-4482

Our Cub Scout program is for boys age 6-11. Cub Scouting teaches boys the scouting principles of good citizenship and religious beliefs while imparting practical knowledge. Contact: Karyn Dooley-Cubmaster ||  (314) 581-5541

The Enrollment Management Core Team implements well-planned strategies and tactics to shape the enrollment of SFA School and meet established goals.

EM practices include marketing, admission policies, retention programs, and financial aid awarding. Strategies and tactics are informed by collection, analysis, and use of data to project successful outcomes. Activities that produce measurable improvements in yields are continued and/or expanded, while those activities that do not are discontinued or restructured.

Contact Beth Bartolotta for more information.

This committee provides visual accents for liturgical celebrations held in our parish. Among the activities performed by this committee are caring for plants, buying and arranging flowers, making banners and using, maintaining and replacing supplies kept for yearly feasts. Creative ideas are welcome. Contact Chris Auer 894-3636

Special ministers of the Eucharist are trained and commissioned to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ during the Communion Rite of the Mass as well as to the sick and homebound. Contact Tom & Gerrie Meyer 580-2211

The purpose of the Facilities & Maintenance Team is to advise and guide our Pastor and our Director of Operations & Finance to help them better ensure our parish facilities, structures, and plant are operated and maintained in the most efficient and effective way possible. We will also provide skilled coordination and facilitate implementation of solutions when applicable. We will do all we can to help ensure the parish is a good steward of the financial donations of our parishioners in terms of maintenance and improvement costs throughout the campus.  Contact Wally Feld at 894-0437.

Wally Feld – Chairman
Thad Pieper – Secretary
Nathan Farrow
Dan Chumley
Rich Hespen – Maintenance Supervisor

The fall festival is an evening of fun and fellowship.  It starts with Mass in the Grass and continues on with free crafts and games, food, music and fun. It is part of the parish stewardship renewal season. It is a parish-wide event and a chance to meet fellow parishioners that you may not normally interact with.  Also, many of our parish ministries staff the many activities at the Fall Festival and it’s a way to learn more about the individual ministries and see if you are called to join. For more information, please contact Megan Maricic at 306-7126 or

The Finance Council works closely with the pastor, who is accountable to the Archbishop for the administration and stewardship of the temporal goods of the parish. The pastor, according to Canon Law, has among his responsibilities the responsibility for parish financial and temporal management. The Parish Finance Council is a consultative body that assists the pastor in meeting these obligations. While the Parish Finance Council does not have decision making authority, consultation is at the heart of the decision-making process – sharing information, listening, contributing to the discussion, and promoting consensus. Parish Finance Council members have a love for the Church and its mission and develop a thorough understanding of the parish’s mission, goals, people and other resources. Contact Tiffany Hunt 618-960-6115

New Member Desired Skills

  • Commitment to attend meetings

  • Respect for confidentiality

  • Committed to the Faith aspect of our parish

  • Finance or Accounting background

Beginning with Ash Wednesday and continuing on each Friday during Lent, our famous fish fries offer an extensive menu including cod, shrimp and Jack Salmon. Volunteers are needed for prep, serving, and clean-up. Volunteer for an hour or two, whichever days you’re available. Contact Sandy Suter (314) 323-7531.

We try to maintain the various garden beds around the parish grounds as well as make recommendations on various landscape issues and grounds maintenance issues that are brought to our attention. Our goal is to work with any organization of the parish on any gardening/landscape ideas that come up.

Contact: Judi Yemm

The Girl Scout program covers troops from Daisies to Seniors and is affiliated with the Girl Scout Council of Greater St. Louis. For more information, please contact Laura Nesbit at 630-0114 or

An Advent tradition in which paper ornaments with requested gifts are placed on trees around the church. Parishioners are invited to take one or two, purchase the requested gift, wrap it with the ornament tag tied to the outside and place it in the sanctuary. The gifts are distributed to a number of charities for Christmas. For more information, please contact Kathy Schaeperkoetter at 846-5381 or

This is an adult folk/guitar music group that leads the singing at the 4:00pm Mass on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month.  Contact: Bob & Joyce Bennett 846.2626

The St. Francis of Assisi Home and School committee works to support the faith development and religious growth of the students at St. Francis. The committee works to promote communication among the parents, teachers and administration. We provide parents with information to aid in education, growth and development of their children. Our main focus is to support St. Francis of Assisi school through hospitality, fundraising, social events and volunteer activities.

The 2020-2021 Committee members are as follows:

Julie Polzin, President
Christina Bianchi, Vice President
Katie Merry, Secretary
Jan Zeuschel, Treasurer

The Hospitality Team exists to meet hospitality needs at Masses and parish events and to welcome new parishioners into our parish community. Contact: Tammy Chumley 314-487-5736 x104

King’s House Retreat and Renewal Center is a welcoming place where all people can find an atmosphere of prayerful solitude, communal worship, and spiritual companionship.  A ministry in the Roman Catholic tradition, King’s House is sponsored and staffed by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.  Contact Annette Kovarik (314) 630-2393

Fraternal non-profit organization sponsors various activities throughout the year, including the Tootsie Roll Drive and Roses for Life. Contact Mike Archer (314) 807-3562
Council 5359 Website

A ministry of the public proclamation of the Scriptures, lectors are trained to read the Scriptures as a part of The Liturgy of the Word during Mass and other special or seasonal liturgical services planned for the parish. Contact Mike Wigand 487.0782

We have two programs offered to the teens of St. Francis. EDGE is a junior high program for 7th & 8th grade students and LIFE TEEN is for all high school teens.

Visit the Youth Ministry webpage!

To learn more ways to be a part of youth ministry at St. Francis contact our youth minister:

The committee responsible for oversight of various elements of parish liturgical celebrations including music, decorations, extraordinary ministers, servers, ushers, cantors and lectors. The role of this committee is to coordinate these various aspects of worship, mindful of current Church teachings and doctrine regarding these elements. Contact Jeremy Boyer

This program leads school age children to worship. The children’s celebration is an extension of the adult assembly and gives the children an opportunity to prayerfully hear and reflect on the Word of God at a level they can understand. Children’s Liturgy takes place at the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses during the school year. Training and materials are provided for adults who lead this element of the children’s worship. Catechists are scheduled once each month at the Mass of their choice. For more information, please contact Mary Robin Lohaus 636-484-2936.

Volunteers are formed into teams to show support and care at the time of a parishioner’s funeral. Services include preparing a post-funeral luncheon for the family and friends of those buried from St. Francis of Assisi Parish. Contact Dottie Melching (314) 846-8690. NOTE: This group is looking for a new chairperson whose duties would include getting the name of the family’s contact person, checking availability of facilities (RMR or KC hall), checking supplies, calling the family for the number of people expected to attend the luncheon, contacting team members and the set-up crew, calling the co-chair for supplies needed, helping with set-up, preparing food, serving, and cleaning up. Also records expenses and donations, and periodically verifies accounting with parish office. A new Co-chair is also needed, who would fill in when the Chair is not available.

This group of Mothers meets weekly to pray for parish school children and the intentions of the parish school. All moms welcome! Contact Karen Young | |  (314) 487-0972

This program pairs senior adults with students in need of being tutored in reading and writing. The one-on-one tutoring lasts 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the age of the student. Training available through the OASIS program. Volunteers are required to attend Protecting God’s Children workshop through the Archdiocese. Contact Chris Mora (314) 487-5736 x134

Our Parish Council serves in an advisory capacity to the Pastor and parish staff to provide leadership, direction, education, resources and encouragement in accordance with the constant and continuing goals of the parish, the Archdiocese and the Universal Church. Parish Council is composed of up to nine members, who serve staggered three year terms. Parish Council members are persons who are known and respected within the parish community and are willing to make a commitment of time and service to parish life.

Rev. Paul Hamilton, Parochial Administrator
Rev. George Staley, Associate Pastor
Tammy Chumley, Director of Evangelization and Faith Formation
Karen Higgins, Business Manager
Jeremy Loscheider, President
Annette Kovarik, Vice President
Steven Iverson, Secretary

Members at Large:

Kathy Cammarata
Elizabeth Cummings
Steven Iverson
Janet Sokolich

New Member Desired Skills

  • Prayerful person

  • Seeks to serve/offer guidance to Pastor for parish

  • Offers insight/vision to work of the PC

  • Willing to give time

  • Share talents/skills

A volunteer staff keeps the parish library open most Saturdays after 4:00 p.m. Mass, Sundays after 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Masses, and Monday from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. during the school year or by appointment. More than 1400 books and DVDs are available for parishioners.

For more information contact Jean Ameduri at 314-487-2216 or

Parish Library Catalog 

The annual picnic is held the second Saturday of May. This major fund-raising event is one of our best community building activities, bringing together all organizations. Many opportunities to participate. For more information, please contact Abby LeCroy at (314) 369-1051.

New Member Desired Skills

  • Commitment to attend meetings
  • Commitment to meet deadlines
  • Event planning experience a plus
  • Comfortable soliciting from vendors in community
  • Assertive with project leadership
  • Ability to plan, organize, problem solve, & prioritize
  • Ability to network with ministry leaders
  • Schedule management and cash handling a plus

At St. Francis of Assisi, the Catechumenate Program is designed to initiate and welcome adult members into the Catholic Church and our parish community. The emphasis is on prayer, scripture, study and sharing the experience of our faith. Adult initiation into the Catholic church normally takes place each year during the Easter Vigil. Members of the parish are invited to participate as catechists and sponsors.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops describes the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults as a process in which participants “undergo…conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments…The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism.”

Likewise, the language used in the RCIA process is that of the early Church formation programs. Catechumens are those people who are seeking full initiation into the Catholic Church through all of the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. Candidates are people who have been baptized in a Christian tradition but are seeking initiation into the Catholic Church through Eucharist and Confirmation.

All are Welcome!
RCIA is a process of study, exploration, faith-sharing, and faith formation with specific liturgical rites for seekers and inquirers. Seekers and inquirers are non-baptized adults who desire to be fully initiated into the Roman Catholic Church and/or baptized adult Christians who desire full communion in the Roman Catholic Church.

Adults or older children who have not been baptized and desire to join the Church are invited into the ancient celebration of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. During this process, which is marked by regular ritual acts, participants are introduced to the liturgy, the teachings, and the life of the Catholic Church.

Adults or older children who were baptized in another Christian denomination prepare in a similar way for the sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist during their reception into the Catholic Church.

RCIA is a Journey……………………………………………
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a process that proceeds over weeks and months. It has several steps:

1. Pre-Catechumenate
This is the earliest phase in the process; it is also known as the Period of Inquiry. Catechumens and Candidates acknowledge that Christ is calling them into the Church through the movement of the Holy Spirit. This is a time for seeking and reflection.
2. Rite of Initiation
The first Rite in the RCIA process, the Rite of Initiation accepts new members into the worshipping community.
3. Catechumenate
The longest part of the process, the Catechumenate is a time of learning and formation in the traditions and doctrine of the Catholic Church. This is a time for sharing stories, reading scripture, and studying the Church customs, traditions and doctrine. Participants also participate in worship services and various Church rituals.
4. Rite of Election
Catechumens and Candidates are chosen to be received by the bishop and the community and to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at Easter.
5. Sacraments of Initiation
At the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday), all newly elected members of the community who have been journeying through the RCIA process are welcomed formally into the community of believers through receiving the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.
6. Mystagogy
This is a time of reflection and celebration after the formal reception into the Catholic Church. Mystagogia means “leading into the mystery” and it is a time to explore the deep mystery of our faith and go forth to help build the reign of God on Earth as new members of the faithful.

The RCIA Team………………………………………………..
People journeying through the RCIA process need sponsors and community support to help them grow in faith. The RCIA team of sponsors help guide, support and instruct those discerning whether to become members of our Catholic community. Team members share their faith with inquiring adults who are seeking more information about the Catholic Church, many of whom seek to celebrate one or more of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.

For more information, please contact Linda Pudlowski at 314-799-9744.

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) is for older children who have not received baptism or have not received religious instruction in our Church. These children are fully initiated through a catechumenate process. The program is designed especially for children and members of the parish are encouraged to participate in the welcoming of these children and their families. For more information, please contact Lynn Crecelius at 314-288-8876.

SFA Respect Life Ministry Vision Statement: “To foster in our parish an awareness and understanding of the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.”

Concerned about strengthening the value of human life within our society? This committee coordinates and promotes various parish and Archdiocesan respect life activities throughout the year. Contact Michelle Breihan at (314) 894-1672.

Pro-Life Resources

Missouri Right to Life Birthright Counseling St. Louis Missouri
2525 South Brentwood Blvd, Suite 102
St. Louis, Missouri 63144
Birthright 24/7: 800.550.4900
Missouri Right to Life 24/7: 800.395.HELP
Respect Life Apostolate
Rigali Center
20 Archbishop May Drive, 63119
St. Louis Archdiocese Media Center
Catholic Education Office
4445 Lindell, 63108
Coalition for Life
4311 Lindell
1340 Partridge Avenue
St. Louis, Mo 63130
24 –Hour Intake: 314.560.6703
Help with Healing after Abortion
Trustworthy caring persons will answer your call.  We make every effort to ensure that you will be comfortable with those serving you.

Our Resurrection Choir sings at funerals as needed. Members are notified via email and advised of the time and date they are needed to lead the singing for Mass. Contact Jeremy Boyer,

There are three Sacristans for our parish and with the help of many other parish volunteers we are able to provide our priests all the necessities needed to celebrate Mass. This includes laundering, ironing, changing the altar linens and candles, ordering all items that are needed for Mass and keeping our Church nice and clean. For more information please contact Mrs. Sharon Ryan
at 892-3629 or

School board is an advisory board that provides input on school policies and procedures to Father Yates and Mrs. Bartolotta who ultimately make the final decisions. School board also acts a liaison between school families and the administration by bringing potential concerns or suggestions forward. Meetings are typically held the second Wednesday of the month. The first 30 minutes are held for open session when parishioners or parents can bring forth a topic. That must be communicated to the school board president one week in advance of the meeting.

Contact: Mrs. Abby LeCroy  369-1051

New Member Desired Skills

  • Establish an effective and efficient structure
  • Provide support to the Principal
  • Ensure accountability
  • Provide community leadership as advocates for St. Francis of Assisi School and the students
  • Able to attend meetings
  • Give tours for Open Houses

Volunteers are needed to help in many ways at St. Francis of Assisi school.  Contact Beth Bartolotta at (314) 487-5736 x121

Second Saturday is a program for the ladies of the parish to get together in the meeting room in the rectory basement while enjoying a light breakfast and listening to a speaker on a variety of topics.  Contact Sue Trokey (314) 570-0934,

Local Secular Franciscan Fraternity (OFF) is part of an international union of Franciscan fraternities in which the men and women, while continuing to live and work in the world, pledge themselves to strive for holiness in keeping with the vision and charism of St. Francis of Assisi. Contact Patrick Smith (573) 310-3472,

This group of seniors meets the 1st Thursday each month from October through May from 10am-1pm in the rectory downstairs meeting room (no meeting in November 2018).  There is a spiritual presentation from 10-11am.  Lunch is provided at 11am & they play games from noon-1pm.  All seniors are welcome! Contact Marge Lechner 314-845-6177.

This ministry is for any boy or girl in the parish from grades 6-8. These young people are trained to assist the Priest and other liturgical ministers with the preparation and celebration of the Mass and other services. Please contact Rev. George Staley at 487-5736 or

Stewardship Committee……
This committee promotes education about stewardship as a way of life and encourages ongoing commitment of our time, talent and treasure to thank God for our many blessings. Contact Tony Jaskiewicz at (314) 803-4687

Summertime Collections:  Summertime collections often drop significantly because of vacations, sports events, and other activities that cause parishioners to attend Mass elsewhere. Please keep in mind that we need ongoing weekly contributions of all our parishioners to keep the parish solvent. Use Online Contribution, a simple, safe, and secure program, to make your weekly contributions.

Year-End Recap: As you review the returns you’ve made to God over the year, you may find you’re able to give something more to help the school, tuition assistance fund, or general operating fund. Please contact the parish office if you need help with determining how to donate gifts of cash or other assets that are to be earmarked for special use.

  • Fr. Yates – Pastor
  • Tony Jaskiewicz – Chairperson
  • Tammy Chumley – Welcoming & Appreciation

New Member Desired Skills

  • Spiritually motivated
  • Willing to be actively involved in the parish
  • Exemplifying Stewardship by their own gifts of time, talent and treasure
  • Good communication & organizational skills
  • Accountable
  • Works well in groups & building consensus
  • Willing to share their faith with others

The cheer squad is open to girls and boys in grades 1-8. It teaches our children routines in dance, poms, baton, flags, ribbons drum and bugle. In doing so, it improves their self-confidence and coordination along with developing their ability to work as a team. The St. Francis of Assisi cheer squad performs in community parades and local competitions as well as participating in the SFA parade and school assemblies. Contact: Katie Williams 487-3294

Open to ladies of the parish, the sodality unites women in service, prayer and fellowship. It has generously contributed to the parish throughout its long history and is a fine example of what working together can accomplish. Contact: Ginny Hake 892-0871,  Video

Ministering to those in need within our parish boundaries, regardless of religious affiliation, SVdP addresses both the physical and spiritual needs of those less fortunate. Group members support each other through spiritual reflection and teamwork. To volunteer, contact the parish office (314) 487-5736. If you need assistance and live within St. Francis of Assisi Parish boundaries, call (314) 289-6101, ext. 2232 and leave a message. A volunteer will return your call.

Ushers help worshipers to be comfortable in our church by providing assistance and information before, during and after services. Often the first person to be met as people arrive, the usher’s attitude of welcoming is vitally important for setting the tone for worship. Our ushers also play an important role during the Offertory and Communion Rites of the Eucharist. For more information, please contact Michael Rohrbacker at 324-3112 or

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a specialized form of religious education which focuses on children. This is a week-long event held during the summer. Contact: Chrissie Piotrowski (314) 753-8719 and Lisa Sampson (314) 681-8721

The wedding coordinator helps the bride on her big day at SFA. If you have any questions please call Tammy Chumley at (314) 487-5736 x104 or

Allelu! is a new early childhood Sunday School program with innovations that engage every child and build his/her faith. Children learn how they individually relate to God and explore the context within our parish family. Contact: Nicole Cammann,, 314-809-6932.

Since 1922, White House has been offering 3 day preached retreats throughout the year on our beautiful 80 acre campus located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. On each retreat four or five priests are available for private conferences and the celebration of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick.  People of all faiths are welcome at White House!  SFA Men have two weekend retreats annually. Contact: Mr. Mike Wigand | 487-0782 |

St. Francis of Assisi coordinates with several other parishes in South County to provide a young adult ministry called “Abide.” This ministry is open to all young adults in their 20s and 30s and meets on Thursday evenings from 7-8 P.M. at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in the Parish Hall. For more information, please visit Abide’s website (​) or contact Fr. Staley (