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Liturgical Ministry


The General Instruction of the Roman Missal defines the acolyte's role as “to serve at the altar and to assist the priest and deacon. In particular it is … to prepare the altar and the vessels.” An acolyte plays an intimate role in the celebration of the Eucharist. We experience a humility that can only come from a profound reminder that we are God's servants and a joy that comes from praying not just in words, but in actions as well.

For more information, please contact Lynda Palazzolo at 314-977-7305 or

Art and Environment

The Art and Environment committee prepares the worship space for liturgies at the College Church. For more information, please contact Beth Pilarski c/o Joe Milner at 314-977-7305 or

Children’s Choir

All children from grades 2-12 are invited to participate in the Children's Choir for the Christmas Eve Family Mass, held at 4:30 p.m. on December 24. Instrumentalists from grades 6-12 are also invited to participate. Rehearsals are held on the two Sundays prior to Christmas Eve. Please contact Sue Martin, Director of Music, at 314-977-7313 or if your child would like to participate.

Liturgy of the Word for Children

Liturgy of the Word for Children provides an opportunity for children in grades Kindergarten through seven to experience God's presence in the proclamation of the Word during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Liturgy. The children are called forward after the Opening Prayer. After the Presider greets the children they process to the Parish Center where they are divided up into four groups according to their grade level. The children return to the congregation following the Prayers of the Faithful.

Any child of school age is welcome to attend; no registration is required. With few exceptions, Liturgy of the Word is held every Sunday. There is no Liturgy of the Word for Children during the month of August.

The leaders of Liturgy of the Word with Children are parishioners who serve on a rotational basis. For more information, please contact Angie Doerr at 314-977-7302 or

College Church Choir

Please see Music Ministry.

Cross Bearers

The ministry of Cross Bearer is one of bearing Christ on the cross in the procession of ministers at Mass and other Sacramental functions. The Cross Bearer leads the procession in and out of the congregation, always keeping the sign of salvation, the cross, as the focal point of the procession.

For more information, please contact Lynda Palazzolo at 314-977-7305 or

Eucharistic Ministers

A Eucharistic Minister distributes the Body and Blood of Christ during the Masses (Saturday, Sunday, and Holy Days).

For more information, please contact Ann Padberg at 314-631-5571 or at


Readers at Saint Francis Xavier College Church are an integral part of every Liturgy of the Word. They provide a reflective, prayerful, and intelligible proclamation of the Hebrew and New Testament scriptures.

For more information, please contact Lynda Palazzolo at 314-977-7305 or


The most important job of a greeter is welcoming everyone into God's house. The other duties of the greeter are taking the collection, assisting people with special needs, and tidying the pews after Mass.

Please contact Kathy and John Seibel (10:30 a.m. Liturgy) 314-849-6184.

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