Ministries and Volunteer Opportunities

Giving of Your Time & Talent in Parish Ministry

“The Christian vocation is essentially a call to be a disciple of Jesus. Stewardship is a part of that. Even more to the point, however, Christians are called to be good stewards of the personal vocations they receive. Each of us must discern, accept, and live out joyfully and generously the commitments, responsibilities, and roles to which God calls him or her” To Be a Christian Steward – US Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Stewardship.

Here at St. Anselm Parish in Northeast Philadelphia, there are numerous opportunities for you to respond to God’s call to stewardship. We will be adding various ministries, organizations, and volunteer opportunities to this page in the months ahead. The information provided will not only include contact information for those wishing to become involved, but also descriptions of the positions and the commitment level for each.

All employees and volunteers involved in a parish ministry that caters to children and youth under 18 years of age are required to abide by the Safe Environment Program of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. These ministries include, but are not limited to those working in the school environment, religious education program (CCD), CYO.  As we add ministry and organization information below, we will note in the description if adherance to the Safe Environment Program is required.

Safe Environment Program Requirements

  • Attendance at the Archdiocesan mandated Safe Environment Training session. This training is provided through the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at various sites during the course of the year. The training session is about two and a half hours long and must be completed by new employees and volunteers who work with children within 90 days of beginning service or employment at St. Anselm Church, unless they have already completed the training during the course of volunteering or employment elsewhere within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. For more information about the location of current Safe Environment Training sites or to register for a training session click here.
  • Completing a PA State Police Criminal Record Check within 30 days of hire or service (fee paid for by the parish). Must be renewed every five years.
  • Completing a PA Child Abuse History Clearance within 30 days of hire or service (fee paid for by the parish) Must be renewed every five years.
  • Those volunteers or employees who reside outside of Pennsylvania or who have resided in Pennsylvania less than two years, must complete a Federal Background Check within 30 days of service or hire (fee paid for by the volunteer and reimbursed by the parish after six months of employment)
  • School employees hired after April 1, 2007 are required by the State of PA to complete a Federal Background Check within 30 days of hire (fee paid for by the volunteer and reimbursed by the parish once the clearance is processed)
  • All volunteers and employees must agree in writing to abide by and uphold the Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries

Here at St. Anselm Parish there are numerous opportunities to share your God given gifts and talents in service to the Lord. Listed below are various volunteer opportunities within the parish. For information on a particular position, please call the contact person listed. Check back often as we continue to update this page with additional volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities:

 Choir Member/Cantor

Responsibilities: As music ministers, Choir Members and Cantors participate in the Celebration of the Mass by praising God and proclaiming His Good News and Love in song, as well as inviting/encouraging the congregation to do the same.

Qualifications: This person should be comfortable singing in a group and/or individually. You need not have a fantastic voice, just a confidence in your voice and a love of God and singing. Musical guidance and training will be provided.

Contact: Diane Leonetti @ 215-632-1888


Responsibilities: Lectors participate in the celebration of Mass by proclaiming the readings from Scripture, as well as leading the community in the prayer of the faithful. Initial training and ongoing formation are provided to help the lector develop the necessary skills and become comfortable proclaiming the readings in front of the assembled community.

Qualifications: This person should be living in accord with the Catholic faith. He or she should also be comfortable speaking in front of a large group and have a good speaking voice. High Schools students are welcome!

Commitment: One year – one or two Sundays a month, plus occasional Holy Days and special liturgies as your schedule allows. Individuals can request to serve at specific masses.

For more information contact: Tom Kligerman@ 215-632-5046

Ushers – Ministers of Hospitality

Responsibilities: Ushers or Ministers of Hospitality are responsible for welcoming/greeting those entering the church for Sunday Mass or special liturgies. In addition, ushers ensure that volunteers are prepared to bring forth the gifts during the Offertory and ushers take up the collection during Mass.

Qualifications: Interested persons must be living in accord with the Catholic faith. He or she should be outgoing and social, capable of providing a sense of welcome for those gathering for worship. High School students are welcome!

Commitment: Currently ushers serve weekly at the Mass they regularly attend.

For Information about being an Usher Contact:  William Dalton @ 215-637-4139