Advent Season

800 W. 5th Avenue

Anchorage, Alaska 99501

(907) 276-3455

Altar Server Schedule


Altar Server Booklet



Sunday Masses

Saturday Vigil: 5:30 pm

Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 12 Noon,

2:00 pm Español,

4:00 pm Dominican Rite (Latin),

6:00 pm


Daily Masses

Monday-Friday: 7:00 am, 12:10 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am



Monday-Friday: 11:30 am-12 Noon

Saturday: 8:30-9:00 am; 4:00-5:00 pm


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Liturgical Ministries

Altar Server Contact   •   Dave Van Tuyl, 561-3520 Dominican Rite: Jason Fouch, 903-7965


The altar server has a privileged place in the Mass, for it is not only a duty but a great honor. They experience very closely at hand that Jesus Christ is present during consecration. No other lay person gets to be that close to Jesus!


Servers assist the priest and deacon during the celebration of the liturgy on Sunday and holy days.  Open to children in the third grade and up.  Training provided.


Time commitment: Beginner one-hour training with periodic follow up classes. Average monthly commitment is 2 hours; more often during the Advent, Christmas, Lenten and Easter seasons.


What is required?


  • You must have received your First Holy Communion if you wish to become an altar server.
  • You must arrive 15 minutes early to the scheduled Mass.
  • You must wear proper attire including shoes which do not distract, and if your hair is shoulder length or longer have it tied back.
  • Above all, the server should reflect the same attitude as the priest in celebrating Mass. That means performing their liturgical duties worthily, attentively and devoutly in body, mind and spirit.


What is required for the Dominican Rite server?


You must attend practices twice a month on Thursdays.

You must be a boy who has received first Holy Communion.

You must be willing to learn Latin responses by heart, eventually.

You must arrive at least 45 minutes beforehand to setup for the Mass.


Art & Environment   •   Contact Florence Ward, 243-3091


The main mission of this ministry is to prepare for the community’s creative and unique environments for liturgical celebrations of the sacraments, providing and enhancing the context for prayer and reflections. Members meet several times a year to plan, prepare, and execute all the activities associated with the rotating liturgical seasons. Please contact the Cathedral Environment team if you wish to become involved in this important ministry.


Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion   •   Contact Bonnie Maffei, 277-4017


The Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EM) assists the priest and deacons with distribution of Holy Communion.  Selection is by application and appointment and is open to confirmed members of our community.  Training is provided.  If you have a deep appreciation and love for the Eucharist and are in good standing with the Catholic Church, please consider this ministry.


Time commitment: A one-hour certification training with periodic follow up classes. Average monthly commitment is 2 hours; more often during the Advent, Christmas, Lenten and Easter seasons.  You may have frequent opportunities to serve with the Archbishop throughout the year as he often celebrates Mass at the Cathedral!


Certification: 3 years


Qualifications for EMs


  • Fully initiated and practicing members of the Catholic Church
  • Attend Mass regularly
  • Give positive witness to the Christian life
  • Knowledgeable of the Order of the Mass
  • Show reverence for the sacredness of the Body and Blood of Christ by their manner of dress and decorum while assisting at liturgy
  • Be fully aware of the manner of preparation, distribution and disposition of the Body and Blood of Christ
  • Participate in training programs
  • Be approved for commissioning by the Archdiocese of Anchorage


Lectors   •   Contact Marianne Berus, 248-4707


Through this ministry, God’s living Word continues to be proclaimed to His people. Persons who can speak distinctly and address the Assembly in a convincing manner are eligible to be lectors. Training sessions and workshops for lectors are provided throughout the year. The Diocese requires a preparation workshop for those interested in this ministry.


Music Ministry   •   Contact Letha Flint, 276-3455


The primary focus of the Cathedral music program is to support the assembly at liturgy in the singing of the hymns and responses, and to lift their hearts and minds through the great tradition and heritage of music that belongs to the Church. Please contact the Cathedral Music Director if you wish to become involved in this important ministry.


Sacristans   •   Contact Dona Boschee, 646-4626


Sacristans are the eyes and ears for the smooth flow of our liturgical celebrations. They assist us with their attentive skill; their flexible nature and their ability to make decisions during liturgy that do not draw attention to themselves. We are grateful for their dedication.


Ushers   •   Contact Parish Office, 276-3455


The main purpose of an usher at Holy Family Cathedral is that of hospitality; greeting, seating, assisting and collections. Ushers provide the service of making parishioners and guests feel welcome and comfortable as we gather for our Eucharistic celebration. Ushers experience the presence of Christ in each person they encounter.


Time commitment: 15 minutes before and after Mass as well as during Mass.


Qualifications: This ministry is open to all parishioners: men and women, senior citizens, parents and teenagers.  Ushers are friendly people who welcome all ages and nationalities.  Their faith enables them to see Christ’s presence in individuals and in the gathered community of believers. Ushers are honest and dependable. They can handle emergency situations with courage and composure. They carry a dignity about themselves even when performing menial tasks.


Those duties include:


  • Greeting parishioners as they enter for worship
  • Selecting a family to make the Offertory presentation
  • Assisting in the seating of parishioners and guests •maintenance of the climate control system during Mass
  • Providing the weekly bulletin to members of the congregation at the end of Mass
  • Taking up the Offertory collection
  • Wishing everyone a good day at the conclusion of the celebration of Mass
  • Cleaning up the church after Mass, collecting excess bulletins and papers left behind in the pews
  • Handling emergency situations with courage and composure
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