St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish . Madison, Wisconsin
We, the faith community of Saint Thomas Aquinas, united with the Church throughout the world, are called by God to bring the Good News of the Gospel into the life of our community.
We strive to serve each other in a spirit of compassion and love, and to enhance justice, peace and healing in our midst.
We strive also, through our common prayer and worship with the Lord who nourishes us, to enable the gifts of the Spirit to emerge from each one of us and become more fully the disciples of Christ.
Please note that most ministries require some level of Safe Environment training and clearance.

Liturgical Ministries

Liturgical Ministers

Liturgical Ministers help with our the celebration of Mass. They include: sacristans, lectors, commentators, servers, extraordinary ministers, gift presenters, and ministers of hospitality. The description of each ministry is listed below. For more information about becoming a helping as a Liturgical Minister, contact Holly at 833-2600 or


Sacristans assist in the getting everything ready for Mass. They put unconsecrated hosts and wine on the gift presenter’s table. Sacristans set and organize the server’s table with empty ciboria, cruet of water, lavabo and towel, chalice, and Roman Missal. Hands on learning and written instructions are provided. The sacristan schedule is made according to your schedule.


Lectors have the privilege of proclaiming God’s Word at Mass each weekend and at daily Mass. Each lector has training and is provided with lector’s workbook. The lectors schedule is made according to your schedule.


Commentators begin the holy Mass with welcoming the congregation and introducing the lector, director of music and the priest. The commentator also read the intercessions. Training is provided. The commentator’s schedule is made according to your schedule.


Servers assist Father during Mass. Anyone in fifth grade or above can be trained in as a server. Adults are welcome to be servers. Training and written instructions are provided. Serving is a great way to serve God.

Extraordinary Ministers

Extraordinary Ministers have the honor to distribute Holy Communion to our parish family. Training is provided and attendance to a one time diocesan workshop for Extraordinary Ministers is encouraged. The extraordinary ministers schedule is made according to your schedule.

Gift Presenters

Everyone is welcome to be gift presents. This is a great way to get your children involved! The gift presenter schedule is made according to your schedule.

Minister of Hospitality

Ministers of Hospitality are key to the welcoming environment of St. Thomas Aquinas. They assist people in finding seating, take up the collection, and tidy the church for the next Mass. Ministers of Hospitality serve at the Mass they normally attend for one month three times a year.