Ushers & Greeters - Ministers of Hospitality

Ushers provide welcome and dignified order to the celebration of the Mass, helping to seat people, answer questions, keep a watchful eye on those who may need extra help. Other duties include taking up the weekly collection, and ensuring that a family is available to bring forward the gifts of bread and wine at the Offertory. If you would like to become an usher at Mass, please contact the parish office for direction.
Mass begins with the Introductory Rites. These start with the entrance of the ministers and end just before the readings. The assembly is invited to stand throughout the Introductory Rites. Ushers and Greeters both work toward this goal even before Mass begins. From the moment people arrive at church, they are to "come together as one," "establish communion," and "dispose themselves to listen" to the readings. You are in a unique position to help. When you greet people with a friendly face, you are already helping establish the communion that is so essential for the first part of the Mass. As people enter, you will do more than welcome them. You may help them with other needs - be ready to receive donations for the soup kitchen,help someone up the steps, or direct people to the restrooms. All these actions form community. If you would like to be a Greeter at any of our Sunday Masses, please call Louise Bluhm, 208-773-8751.

Music Ministry

The role of music within the liturgy is to lead the congregation in prayer through music, to invite the congregation to pray and enhance what is going on at the altar. While bringing the congregation together as a community, the focus remains as it should be, on the altar and on the Eucharist. Interested in joining the choir? Contact Sally Klumpe, 208-664-9259.

Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharistic 

 "Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion" is the formal title of laypeople who distribute the Eucharist during Mass. As the title implies, there are also "ordinary ministers" - those who are literally "ordained" to the ministry namely bishops, priests, and deacons. In most places, especially when Communion is offered under the forms of both bread and wine, there are rarely enough "ordinary" ministers for the timely distribution of Communion. Ministers of Communion Communion receive spiritual, theological, and practical preparation to fulfill their role with knowledge and reverence. If you are interested in joining this ministry, please contact the Parish Office 208-664-9259.


St. Thomas lectors unite faith and skill in proclaiming Holy Scripture. As Ministers of the Word, lectors convey the word of God to the people of the parish. In keeping with the highest standards of our ministry, lectors must be truly suited to speak before a large audience with poise and effectiveness. Lectors meet when necessary to review the protocol and key oral reading skills. We welcome qualified Catholics who share our mission to join our ministry. An orientation at the church where prospective lectors review the lector protocol and read at the microphone is required. Contact Andy Finney for more information, 208-660-3797.



Altar Server

The unique role of the Altar Server (Acolyte) is an integral part of the normal celebration of Holy Mass.  Other than Priests and Deacons, no one else is allowed to so closely participate in the preparation of the Eucharist. At St. Thomas Apostle, Servers are chosen from among the youth (ages 7-18) who display a willingness and desire to learn about this Ministry, while committing themselves to gain and comprehend a sense of its purpose. There are two main functions performed by Altar Servers.
The primary function of the Altar Server is to help the Priest during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, e.g., arrive early, monitor and prepare credence table, light and extinguish all necessary candles, carry processional Crucifix and processional candles, hold Sacramentary, set up Altar, deliver ciborium(s) and decanter to Altar, hold lavabo and towel, ring bells, retrieve cups, clear Altar, prepare thurible (censor) and serve as Thurifer or Boat Boy, carry aspergillum, and take proper care of server vestments, etc.
For more information about our Altar Server Program, please go back to the main page of this website, and under the Education tab, please click Altar Servers. 

Religious Education/RCIA

Contact Anita Dahmen, 208-664-9259 x.5, if you'd like to become a Catechist in our youth Religious Education Program for grades Pre-Grade 12, or John Kastelic, 208-664-9259 x.6, to help with the RCIA prgram (Rite of Christian Initiation) in the preparation of adult candidates for Catholic sacraments.

Social & Hospitality 

Volunteers who coordinate social activities and gatherings of parishioners during the year. 


The Outreach Committee mission is to build and strengthen the community of St. Thomas Church by serving the holistic needs of our parishioners with compassion and understanding to ensure all parishioners know they are cared for, valued and important members of our St. Thomas community.
Outreach Committee Meeting Minutes

St. Thomas Community Kitchen

Serving nutritious meals to the needy of our area each Tuesday afternoon from 4:30 - 5:30 pm, year round. Please call Norm Ridge or Kathy Perez any Tuesday after the noon hour, 208-664-9259 ask to be transferred to the Parish Kitchen, if you'd like to volunteer.

Human Life and Dignity