St. Joseph Ellinwood, KS and Immaculate Conceptoin Claflin, KS

Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister

The Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister helps the celebrant at the Mass distribute the Body of Christ and the Precious Blood. This ministry enables individuals to receive the Eucharist in an orderly way. Eucharistic Ministers also take the Eucharist to the home bound, to the hospital, and to the nursing homes.

Contact John Clayton
(620) 564-3668


A lector is a reader of the scriptures and has a very important ministry in the life of the Church. "In Sacred Scripture, the Church constantly finds her nourishment and her strength, for she welcomes it not as a human word, 'but as what it really is, the word of God'" (1 Thessalonians 2:13). Reading is a form of interpretation. Pacing, the words stressed, pauses, volume, tone color, and intensity are all elements that interpret the text. The lectors responsibility is to make sure his/her interpretation upholds the plain sense of the text, the author's clear intent, and that the text will speak to everyone. If you would be interested in the ministry of Lector please call the Church Office.

Contact Leroy Thill
(620) 564-268


Hospitality is not an additional courtesy; it is a central component of the Christian message, attitude and behavior; and therefore is integral to the liturgical celebratiion of the Christian faithful. Ministers of Hospitality have the unique privilege and the responsibility to create this cordial and welcoming environment for our church community. If you wish to be a part of this ministry please call the Church Office.

Contact Fr. Terrance Klein
(620) 564-2534
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Altar Servers

The Altar Server Ministry welcomes any boy or girl who desires to serve at God's altar by assisting the priest during the Mass. You must be a fourth grader or above and be committed and willing to give of your time and talents to serve your parish community when needed. Training is provided.

Contact Fr. Terrance Klein
(620) 564-2534
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Decorating Ministry

The Environment Ministry uses the artistic talents of the group to enhance sacramental worship, within the worship space, by creating a welcoming atmosphere using symbols, shapes, colors and textures to communicate liturgical themes for the various liturgical seasons.

Contact Leon & Linda Sobba
(620) 564-3095

Liturgy Committee

The Liturgy Committee has the important ministry of selecting and suggesting music for the various liturgical seasons. Suggestions are made for the cantors and key board people, thus it makes it much easier for those who are planning music to put it together.

Contact Leon Sobba
(620) 564-3095

Funeral Committee

The Funeral Committee consists of Altar Society members who prepare and serve a meal at the time of a funeral for the family and other guests. This important ministry enables the family who has lost a loved one to be able to visit with all gathered. The Funeral Committee is divided into three different teams.

Contact Angie Hammeke
(620) 564-2290