The Basilica community provides a wide range of services to the City of Boston and relies heavily on volunteers in assisting with these ministries. Opportunities are available to help weekly within our liturgies or on an as needed basis. We encourage you to explore the many opportunities available and contact the appropriate coordinator for more information.
All volunteers are required to complete training as well as an annual CORI background check as administered through Archdiocesan policy.
St. Vincent DePaul Society
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide organization, which is deeply rooted in Christian love and teaching to serve the poor and needy. In March of 2012, a conference was established at the Basilica to serve the poor of Boston. Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year and support is given on an as needed basis in areas of housing, heat, meals and tuition.
Healing and Restoration Ministry
Founded by Fr. Edward Mcdonough, C.Ss.R., the Healing and Restoration ministry provides support to the sick, handicapped and terminally ill. A healing service is held the last Sunday of every month at 2:00pm in the Basilica and is led by Fr. Robert Lennon, C.Ss.R. The service consists of a sermon, music, and individual blessings by Fr. Lennon. The church is handicapped accessible.
OLPH Prayer Group
A prayer group meets weekly to come together and share in scripture, prayer, and song. All are encouraged to attend.
The foundation of the church is educating children and those converting to the faith about the aspects of Catholicism through the sacraments and Church teaching. Religious Education classes are conducted each Sunday morning through the Fall and Spring. Volunteer teacher opportunities are available to those who are knowledgeable practicing Catholics and enjoy sharing the faith with others.
Email Religious Education Coordinator
Boys and girls ages 7 and up assist the priest during Mass, the vital duties of a server ensure that all liturgical items are present and accessible during the Mass. Servers may also assist during the liturgies of Holy Week, weddings and funerals.
The most visible role of Eucharistic ministers in the parish is during communion at Masses. These individuals help to distribute the body and blood of Christ to the people. Eucharistic ministers also have an extended role outside the parish, by visiting the sick at hospitals or assisted living facilities and the homebound. They distribute communion to the people and are trained in how to prepare the elements before Mass.
Email Fr. Collins
The choir sings during the 9:00 am Mass on Sundays from Mid-September through Pentecost. The choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. (or as needed) in the choir rehearsal room above the sacristy. New members are always welcomed, no experience needed.
The greeter’s primary role is to welcome all to the celebration, handout music programs and disseminate any relevant materials/information. Greeters may also assist with the collection. Women, men and youth who are welcoming and caring of others would find this a rewarding ministry. Some couples or families may like to serve together as greeters.
Email Fr. Dabney
This is a ministry that welcomes all those who have an interest in scripture and are comfortable reading to a large congregation. Training is provided in order to become acclimated with the readings. The lector schedule is flexible and prepared in advance to coordinate assigned duties.
Liturgy Planning Committee
This committee focuses on worship, the most important element of parish life. Members help plan many aspects of parish celebrations, though the greatest focus is on Advent, Lent, the Triduum, and other major feasts. Members also spend time learning about liturgy.
Coffee Hour Social
A coffee hour social is held every Sunday following the 9:00am, 11:00am and 12:30pm Mass. This time provides a great opportunity to meet members of the parish. Volunteers are needed to assist in the set up, operation, and clean up of the Music Room each Sunday.
Sundays 10:00am – 2:00pm