2409 Dixie Highway, Ft. Mitchell, KY, 41017

Ministries/Activities

Catechetical and Liturgical Ministries

Click HERE for the Liturgical Ministries page. 

Click HERE for the Catechetical Ministries for Children page.

Click HERE for the Catechetical Ministries for Adults page.

 

Stewardship and Ministry 

If you are interested in sharing your talents in any of the following ministries, please contact the chairperson.  If none is listed, contact the  parish office: 859-331-4302

Liturgical Ministries

Altar Linens Care - Launder and press altar linens. Contact: Mary Vogelpohl (859-331-4302).

Art and Environment – Help with preparing and maintaining the liturgical environment is needed seasonally. If you can sew banners, lift large potted plants, fountains, or benches, or operate a watering can, you can help with this ministry. Contact: Rosanne Thomas (859-331-4302 ext 22 or [email protected]).

Children’s Liturgy of the Word - Proclaim or assist in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word offered during 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays. VIRTUS-compliant adults and youth, middle school age or older are needed. Contact: Rosanne Thomas (859-331-4302 ext 22 or [email protected]).

Collection Counter – Counters work in teams to count the offertory collection after Sunday Mass. Each team is scheduled once a month. Contact: Parish Office (859-331-4302).

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion - Help with distribution of Communion during weekday Masses, Sunday Liturgies, Holy Days and to parishioners who are home-bound. You will be scheduled for particular days. Ministers must have attended the Diocesan Educational Training Program and be appointed by Bishop Foys. Appointments are for a term of four years. Contact: Fr. Vogelpohl ([email protected]).

Lector - Proclaim one of the readings at Sunday or weekday Mass. You will be scheduled for a particular Mass. Lectors must attend the Diocesan Educational Training Program. Appointment is for a term of four years. Contact: Fr. Vogelpohl ([email protected]).

Server – Server training begins during fifth grade. Servers may not opt out of serving weekday or early masses but will be rotated through all mass times. The schedule is posted online, and servers may try to switch with each other if necessary. Contact: Kathy Woltermann in the Parish Office (859-331-4302, ext 11).

Usher - Volunteer as an usher during weekend liturgies. You will be contacted regarding your Mass time preferences. Contact: Gary Massie (859-356-9883).

Bereavement

  • Liturgy Planning - Meet with the bereaved family soon after the death to help them plan the funeral liturgy. Contact: Bob Meihaus (859-331-1704).
  • Host Receptions - Set-up, serve food, clean-up following a funeral reception. Receptions are held in the Undercroft or the Parish Center. Contact: Parish Office (859-331-4302).

Music Ministry -

  • Blessed Sacrament Chorale - This is the parish's newest and largest choir, open to students in high school and adults. The Chorale rehearses on Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. in the choir loft (7:30PM during Lent). Members receive their own Choral Praise hymnal and may also receive a free voice lesson during the slower summer months. Contact: Matt Spencer ([email protected])
  • Children’s and Youth Choirs are divided into three age groups. Each group sings for school masses, as well as once a month for Sunday Masses at 9:00 a.m. Below is the rehearsal schedule for the different ages. All rehearsals take place in the Blees Center Music Room.

4th Grade                     Wednesday 3:15-4:00 p.m.

5th-6th Grade             Monday 3:15-4:00 p.m.

7th-8th Grade             Tuesday 3:15-4:00 p.m.

Contact: Matt Spencer ([email protected])

  • Bereavement Choir - Composed of those who wish to lead the congregational singing at parish funerals, usually at the 10:00 a.m. Mass, this choir does not have regular rehearsal times. Contact: Matt Spencer ([email protected])
  • String Ensemble - String instrumentalists are encouraged to offer their talents to God. Contact us if you are a violin, viola, cello, or string bass player. Contact: Barb Salzman ([email protected]).
  • Hand Bell Choir - The hand bell choir enhances our liturgies at Easter and Christmas and a few other special occasions throughout the year. Membership is open to anyone in 7th grade or older. Members must be able to read music. Rehearsals are on Sunday’s at 2:00 p.m. a few weeks before their scheduled mass. Contact: Matt Spencer ([email protected])
  • Cantors -Youth and adult cantors lead the assembly in the responsorial psalm, service music, and hymns. In addition, cantors read the announcements before Mass and announce hymns. Cantors are required to be members of a choir. Contact: Matt Spencer ([email protected])
  • Instrumentalists - Volunteer musicians (piano, guitar, brass, woodwinds, etc.) are encouraged to contact the Music Director for information on playing for various Masses.

Contact: Matt Spencer ([email protected])

 

Prayer Ministries

Eucharistic Exposition – Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to Benediction at 6:15 p.m. Volunteers are needed to make sure someone is present at all times. Contact: Mary Anne Gronotte (859-341-6214).

Mary Mondays – This is a women's prayer ministry that gathers on the 2nd Monday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Church Undercroft to offer intentions and pray the rosary. Please consider starting your week with us as we bring our intentions to our Blessed Mother.  Even if you can’t come every time, you will be welcome when you do. Open to ALL women of ALL ages from Blessed Sacrament and our surrounding community. During the summer months, Mary Mondays takes a hiatus and will resume on Monday, September 9th. The babysitting room will be open for little ones. Contact: Anita Wagner (513-324-9144 or [email protected]).

Ministry of Praise – This is a group of individuals, either over the age of 55 or home-bound, who minister to the community by making a commitment to pray for the needs of the parish every day. Members who sign up receive the monthly Reflections mailing to assist them in their prayers. Contact: Mary Margaret Cole (859-341-1536) or the parish office: (859-331-4302).  For the current edition of Reflections, click HERE.

Mustard Seed Community – a Charismatic Prayer Group – This diocesan group meets monthly in the BSC Parish Center on the third Tuesday, 7:00 – 8:45 p.m. Contact: Blaine Comfort (859-578-0133).

Prayer Hotline – Emergency prayer requests are sent via email to parishioners who agree to pray for these intentions. Call the Parish Office to add your intentions or to be included in the email list. (859-331-4302).

Rosary – The rosary is prayed at 9:30 a.m. before every 10 a.m. weekday Mass, unless there is a funeral. Rosary is also prayed on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. in church. During the months of May and October, there is an evening rosary on the lawn. See bulletin for time and location.

 

Sacramental Prep

Infant Baptism – Please call the Parish Office to schedule a Baptism.  Baptisms are celebrated on the first and third Sundays following the 11:30 a.m. Mass or by request during a regularly scheduled Mass.  Parents must be registered in the parish and are required to attend Baptism preparation classes, preferably prior to the birth of the child.  (See Baptism preparation class information below).  Contact: Parish Office (859-331-4302).

Baptism Preparation – Meet with new or expectant parents to teach them about the sacrament of Baptism. Classes are held on the first Tuesday of every month in the Blees Center at 7:30 p.m.  Instruction and materials are provided.  Contact: Jessica and Bill Purtell (859-781-5085).

Holy Matrimony – To be married at Blessed Sacrament Church, at least one party must be a registered parishioner. Couples are required to meet with a parish priest or deacon to discuss marriage preparation requirements. Please call the parish office at least nine to twelve months in advance to reserve the church. Music Director, Matt Spencer, is available to help plan your ceremony’s music and should be contacted separately to make arrangements. Contact: Parish Office (859-331-4302); Music Ministry (859-331-4302 Ext. 35).

Children’s Sacramental Preparation – Catechesis in preparation for Children's Sacramental Celebrations is generally done through the parish school or Parish School of Religion. Homeschoolers are asked to contact the Office of Faith Formation to make arrangements for inclusion in these celebrations. As per diocesan regulations, children are required to have at least one full year of religious instruction prior to the year in which they expect to celebrate sacraments. Contact: Rosanne Thomas (859-331-4302, ex 22 or [email protected]).

 

Adult Formation

Cursillo – Cursillo is a Spanish word meaning "short course." The Diocese of Covington offers these "short courses” in Christianity. These courses are spiritual retreats with talks and activities designed to draw participants deeper into an intimate and long-lasting relationship with Jesus Christ. Contact: Blaine Comfort (859-578-0133).

Formed – Blessed Sacrament Parish provides our parishioners with access to some of the finest online Catholic videos, audio presentations, and e-books for adults and teens. Family movies and children’s films are also available. Register at FORMED.org, and enter the parish code: 150485. You will need Internet Explorer 9 or greater, Firefox 25 or greater, Safari 7 or greater, Google Chrome 30 or greater.  

High Tea (Held In God’s Hand – Transformation, Enlightenment, Apostleship) – This is an annual late winter or early spring event for women and teenage girls. Each table needs two hostesses who provide tea pots, cups and saucers, water glasses, and other tableware for their table. A separate team prepares finger foods and deserts. Two speakers are booked for each event, and casual discussion takes place over the delicacies provided.   Contact: Lisa Bayne ([email protected]).

R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) - This is the Church’s outreach to adults seeking answers about the Catholic faith, those wishing to become Catholic, or Catholics who want a refresher on Church teaching. (Children over the age of 7 who have not been baptized and/or have not received formal religious instruction are also assisted through the RCIA Office. More information is listed under Children’s Formation, Parish School of Religion). Fully initiated Catholics may volunteer to sponsor a prospective new Catholic, join the team of those facilitating the process for initiating new members, or simply attend sessions to grow in faith and understanding of the teachings of the Catholic Church. This group meets Wednesday evenings, 7-8:30 p.m. Contact: Deacon Jim Fortner (859-331-4302 or [email protected]).

That Man is You! – This is an interactive men’s program focused on the development of Christian men in the modern world. It combines the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of authentic men capable of transforming themselves, their families and the greater society. The program is divided into two 13-week sessions. The First session emphasizes the development of the Scriptural vision of man, especially in his relationship to his family and society, while the Second session emphasizes the practical means of becoming that man. Independent research from the Gallup Polls reveals “That Man is You!” to be one of the most life-transforming programs.   Contact: Deacon Jim Fortner (859-462-9277).

Walking With Purpose – This is a faith formation process for women consisting of weekly gatherings (mornings or evenings) for prayer, study, and small group discussion. (Each series stands on its own and runs for a different number of weeks). The challenges of modern women are timeless and so is God’s wisdom revealed in the scriptures and Church teaching. Walking With Purpose helps women develop a deep, close relationship with Jesus Christ through study, discussion, and fellowship with other women. Contact: Connie Combs (859-380-2466, [email protected]).

Wednesday With the Word (Bible Study) – Wednesday With the Word (WWW) meets in the Blees Center on Wednesday mornings, 10:00 - noon. This is an in-depth, Catholic study, focusing on one book of the bible at a time and breaking it open verse by verse. Each session begins with Lectio Divina and shared reflection on one of the psalms. The pace of each session is determined by the group, with questions and faith-sharing welcome. WWW is facilitated by Rosanne Thomas who has an MA in Pastoral Ministry from the Athenaeum of Ohio, teaches catechist certification courses in the Diocese of Covington, and has written books on breaking open the Sunday readings for Liturgy Training Publications, Archdiocese of Chicago. Contact: Rosanne Thomas (859-331-4302 ext 22 or [email protected]).

We Welcome Help With Events and Speakers – Speakers, programs, retreats, and other formational opportunities for adults are scheduled from time to time. Ideas and suggestions are always welcome, and help with advertising, set up, and clean-up is always needed. Contact: Rosanne Thomas (859-331-4302 ext 22 or [email protected])

 

Children/Youth Formation

Blessed Sacrament School – Our parish school is comprised of kindergarten through 8th grade, offering full or half-day kindergarten. In addition to the regular academic and religious curriculum, the school employs specialists in enrichment, art, technology, library, Spanish, music, and physical education, as well as a math specialist, a reading specialist, an academic support specialist, and a counselor. All teachers are fully certified and the majority hold a master’s degree. Our award winning school has been named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence 3 times in 1994, 2007, and 2015. Not only are students challenged academically, but they also develop spiritually and gain personal responsibility through prayer, study, and service to others. Standardized test scores place our school in the top 15th percentile nationally. The school charges tuition and fees, and the parish supports the school through Sunday offertory contributions. In addition, the school Development Committee raises money to offset costs, providing specialist salaries, our entire technology budget, and building upgrade funds. More information on registration or supporting our school may be found on the school website: school.bssky.org. Contact: School Office (859-331-3062).  

Girls’ Challenge Club– For girls 5th through 8th grades. High school girls may apply to be team leaders. Challenge is designed to instill virtue, develop character, and encourage spiritual growth, all in a fun atmosphere of activities and apostolic service projects. Parent and parish involvement is needed to continue this program. Contact: [email protected]

Parish School of Religion – PSR provides Religious Education for youth, grades 1-8, who are in public schools. Children over the age of 7 who have not been baptized and/or not had formal religious instruction are placed in a special, small class that meets at the same time as PSR and is run by our RCIA Office. (If necessary, they can be tutored at a different time).  PSR meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month, August through May, 6-8 p.m. We begin each session with a communion service led by one of our deacons. We have a professional teacher, proficient in modern teaching methods and disciplinary procedures, in each classroom. Our Parent Club coordinates a group service project each year and organizes the children to host the annual parish Advent Fair and lead the Living Stations of the Cross one Friday in Lent. PSR offers support for parents in their role as the primary catechists of their children. Registration forms are on the parish website: bscky.org. Contact: Rosanne Thomas (331-4302, ext. 22 or [email protected]).

  • PSR Catechist – Professional teachers (current or retired) are needed to teach or team teach regularly or to be on a sub list. Training and materials are provided, and a standard tutor stipend is offered.
  • PSR Teacher Aide – Assist in a classroom once, twice, or all year if you like. VIRTUS-compliant adults, high school students, and middle school Catholic School students are always needed to help with PSR.
  • PSR Parent Club - The parent club was formed by parents interested in providing enrichment activities for PSR children - service, special events, social occasions, etc. It is open to PSR parents and grandparents.

Vacation Bible School – VBS is held from 9-11:30 a.m. the last full week of June each year for children ages 4-10. VIRTUS compliant adults are needed to lead small groups and coordinate each activity area (games, crafts, snack, etc.) and youth ages 12 and up are needed to assist. Those who wish to be more involved are invited to be part of the planning team, beginning in early spring. Contact: Rosanne Thomas (331-4302, ext. 22 or [email protected]).

Youth Ministry – While we do not have a formal youth ministry, activities are provided throughout the year to build youth community and to help integrate and involve parish teens in the ministries and life of the parish. Activities include faith, social, and service opportunities. VIRTUS-compliant parents and young adults are needed to help facilitate activities. Contact the Formation Office if you wish to be added to our email list for notifications. Contact: Michele Garvey (859-331-4302 ext 33 or [email protected])

Youth and Young Adults in College – Contact the Formation Office to add your email address to our outreach list and receive the parish monthly newsletter and other information that may help you maintain and grow your faith life throughout your college experience. A blessing is offered for college students at one of the masses in early August. Contact: Rosanne Thomas (859-331-4302 or [email protected]).

 

Ministries/Activities

Athletic Boosters – The Boosters are parents and community volunteers who coordinate and organize sports for more than 750 area children each year. Thousands of hours are given by these dedicated adults to provide our young people with a safe and healthy experience in team sports. With an emphasis on good sportsmanship and participation, all children are welcome to participate in Booster sports. Teams are made up of Blessed Sacrament and Beechwood school students, as well as other students from the community. We support baseball, basketball, cross country, flag football, golf, soccer, tennis and volleyball. Contact: http://www.bssboosters.com/about-us/contacts or Jeff Epplen (859-445-5422).

Board of Total Catholic Education – This is an education advisory board for our school and parish. Interest in this board should be expressed to the pastor. Contact: Fr. Vogelpohl ([email protected]).

Christmas Giving Tree Project – Volunteers are needed prior to Advent to cut out paper ornaments, write on them the requests given us by area social service agencies, and decorate the trees to be placed near the church entrances. Volunteers also gather donations as they arrive, move them to a safe location on the parish grounds, sort, and deliver them to the local agencies. This is a large project, requiring the assistance of many volunteers from mid November to mid December. Contact: Karen Kleman (859-394-2159 or [email protected]).

Coffee & Donuts – Serve coffee and donuts in the Undercroft after the 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Masses on Sundays, except during the summer or major holidays. Volunteers choose from openings in Sign-up Genius http://bit.ly/donuts20. Contact: Kevin Esmeier (859-620-3632 or [email protected]).

Family Promise – This ministry serves homeless families in NKY. Blessed Sacrament provides volunteers to prepare and serve meals, do housekeeping, act as evening activity hosts, van drivers and overnight hosts at St. Agnes Church. We serve one day approximately every 10 weeks. Even children can help by playing games with Family Promise guest children. Contact Karen Kleman (859-394-2159 or [email protected]).

Finance Committee – Work with the pastor in an advisory capacity on financial issues of the parish. Interest in this committee should be expressed to the pastor. Contact: Fr. Vogelpohl ([email protected]).

Gift of the Month – Each month, we collect items needed by one of the local social service agencies. The Gift of the Month is announced in the parish bulletin, and donations are placed in blue bins near the church doors. At the end of each month, someone needs to pick up the donations from the Parish Office and deliver them to the appropriate agency. Most average size cars are large enough; vans and trucks aren’t needed. If you’d like to be added to the driver list, contact the Parish Office: (859-331-4302).

Grounds & Facilities – Help with upkeep of the gardens, grounds, and facilities is needed April through November. One crew volunteers each Friday morning, and another crew volunteers each Monday morning during the warm months. Individuals, families, or small groups also may “adopt a plot” and maintain one garden area on the campus at a time of their choosing. This is a one season commitment and is renewable annually. Students, with adult supervision, can earn Christian Service credit hours. Contact: Jay Thamann ([email protected])

Home-bound – Call the Parish Office to be added to the volunteer call list: 859-331-4302

  • Chores/Visits – Visit with parishioners who are home-bound. Just chat or help with household chores.
  • Meals – Prepare and deliver a meal for a parishioner/family that is in a crisis situation or prepare meals on a regular scheduled rotation for a parishioner who is home-bound.
  • Transportation – Drive a parishioner who is home-bound to the grocery, doctor, etc. You can specify which days/times you are available for this ministry.

Housing Opportunities of Northern Kentucky (HONK) – HONK reclaims dilapidated houses, assists the working poor with credit and budget counseling, and provides lease-purchase opportunities that help families afford homes, providing hope, reversing neighborhood blight, and encouraging economic stability. Parishioners from Blessed Sacrament meet on the second Saturday morning of each month at a designated site to clean, repair, paint, and restore houses as part of this community effort. To have your name placed on the e-mail list for monthly information and locations, contact Rosanne Thomas: (859-331-4302 or [email protected]).

Parish Office Help: Occasionally the Parish Office needs help getting out a mailing, stuffing packets for sacramental parent meetings, or assisting with other projects that require many hands for an hour or two. It helps to have a call list of parishioners who may be available on an as-needed basis. Contact: Kathy Woltermann (859-331-4302).

Parish Pastoral Council – This council acts as an advisory committee to the pastor in any area requested by him. Interest in this council should be expressed to the pastor. Contact: Fr. Vogelpohl ([email protected]).

Respect Life: This ministry’s goal is to change our culture of abortion, euthanasia and capital punishment into a culture that values all human life.  Members pray and coordinate activities such as the cemetery of white crosses, participation in 40 DAYS FOR LIFE, and “Cross the Bridge for Life.”  Evening meetings are monthly on the 2nd Monday.  Contact: Kathy Thamann ([email protected]) or Pat Bethell (859-341-8405).

St. Vincent de Paul – Our home visitors assist 20 - 40 local needy families per month with food, rent, utility bills, clothing or furniture. A separate team delivers a birthday card and gift each year to formerly homeless children residing in Catholic Charities' Elsmere apartments, and also to elderly priests and nuns in nearby nursing homes. The spiritual element of our visits distinguishes us from other agencies. Members grow in faith through prayer, fellowship, and interaction with the "neighbors" we serve. Contact: Dave Kleier (513-325-7279).

Santa Sacks for McKee – Gift bags with gift suggestions and packing instructions are made available in church in late November. Parishioners are asked to take a bag, fill it for a child in our twinning community in McKee, KY, and return it to the church. Volunteers are needed to help prepare the Santa Sacks as well as collect them from the back of church and move them to a safe location on the parish grounds until they are ready to be delivered to McKee in early December. Contact: Jay Thamann ([email protected]) or Kathy Thamann ([email protected])

Scouting – We have both Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts.  Older scouts are part of a regional program that meets elsewhere.  Girls interested in learning more about Girl Scouts may contact Jill Crossen (859-240-9292).  Boys or girls interested in learning more about Cub Scouts may contact Liz Adair (859-816-6094).

Seniors 55+ – The 55+ Seniors group meets each month on the fourth Monday (times vary) for social interaction. They play cards and bingo.  Call the parish office for information: (859-331-4302).

Stewardship Committee - The Stewardship Committee assists the parish staff and clergy in guiding stewardship initiatives for the parish.  Committee members are committed to practicing stewardship and becoming better educated about stewardship in order to be credible witnesses to others.  They promote stewardship within the parish through retreats, Ministry Fair, our annual stewardship campaign and other projects.  In addition to committee members, volunteers are needed for various projects. Contact: Rosanne Thomas (859-331-4302 or [email protected]).

Urban Mission – BSC joins with Housing Opportunities of Northern KY (HONK) to develop an annual week-long Urban Mission Project of rehabbing a damaged or neglected house into a home for a family in need. HONK works with families who just need a little help to achieve the American Dream of owning a home. All skill levels are needed, and even middle schoolers can help with adult supervision, earning Christian Service credit hours. Participants meet for a light breakfast and prayer each morning before setting out. Volunteers may work one day or all week. All work is performed locally in Northern Kentucky. Contact: Jay Thamann ([email protected]).