The Vatican II Council tells us a liturgical minister role is not merely functional - it is deeply symbolic. The visible, active ministry of lay people at liturgy is a symbol of their visible, active ministry in the parish and in the Church at large. It is both service to God and to our brothers and sisters. The lay ministries of participating in the liturgy require a deep love and respect for the Mass.
Consider how God is calling you to serve at His altar.
The altar care ministers assist with the setup and care for the altar. Duties include laundering the linens used during liturgies.
Open to all youth who have received their First Communion, Altar Servers are trained to assist the Priest by holding the book of prayers, washing his hands, and responding to the prayers said at Mass. Being an Altar Server means being connected to the Mass in a powerful way.
For additional information, visit the Altar Servers page here
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC)
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) enjoy the privilege of helping Jesus Christ dispense himself sacramentally to his people. They whole-heartedly believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Primarily, the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion make sure the communion rite takes place in a length of time that is not out of proportion to the whole liturgy.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion must be practicing baptized, confirmed Catholics, 18 years or older, whose lives are in union with the Church. They are to be selected and recommended by the Pastor/Parish Director, and receive specific diocesan training for this ministry before they can be Mandated by the Bishop to carry out these responsibilities.
To respond to your Baptismal call to serve God’s people by assisting the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion. Participation in this ministry offers the individual ministers a very special means of participating in the Mass.
Contact: Kevin Dillon
Music Ministry / Choir
As the holy sacrifice of the Mass if fully connected to the Heavenly Liturgy described in the Book of Revelations as where day and night they do not cease to say Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was, who is, and is to come!" music ministers assist the people in their worship of God in song. Theirs is not a performance skill but a service to elevate the prayers of the people.
This ministry is marked by its use of God-given skills and a commitment to practice use of then, be they vocal or instrumental. What better way to show appreciation for these gifts than in the praise of the Giver.
For additional information, see the Music Ministry page here.
Proclaimers of the Word
Gifts desired include a good clear speaking voice, and a willingness to develop your public speaking abilities. For more information, see the Proclaimers page here.
The Sacristan is responsible for ensuring that everything is ready for the celebration of Mass and any special sacraments or liturgical elements that may take place during that Mass. While other volunteers take care of setting up the furniture, the Sacristan handles and takes care of the sacred vessels, the wine and the bread, and the vestments.
Accordingly, a Sacristan must have a great reverence of the Blessed Sacrament, a solid understanding of liturgical norms, and willingness to serve the celebrant and the community in this sum and summit of our Catholic Faith.
Contact: Mary Preston
Those who operate the controls of the sound system serve the parish in worship by ensuring that the word of God, prayers, and liturgical music can be clearly heard during the Mass. To carry out these responsibilities, a person must not only have a knowledge of the sound system, but more importantly they must have a reverence for an and an understanding of the elements of the Mass.
The soundboard is an integral part of our liturgy. The soundboard mister ensures the microphones for the choir, Proclaimers, and our celebrants are 'live' and in good working order for Mass.
Contact: Nate Jones
The gifts desired include a friendly, helpful attitude. Self-direction and willingness to participate assertively in the process. Adult, Senior High youth, and families are welcome to minister.
Contact: Angelo Pinterpe