Liturgical Ministries

 

The Liturgical Ministries of the Church are extensions of the ministry of Christ who “came not to be served but to serve others…”  [Matthew 20:28].   All parishioners are invited to consider and present themselves for all liturgical ministries.  The only restriction is that Eucharistic Ministers must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation.

 

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers, along with the priests and deacons, distribute Holy Communion under the forms of both the Body and the Blood of Christ to the people.  Eucharistic Ministers also volunteer to bring Communion to the area healthcare facilities (Fox Hospital, nursing and adult care homes) and to the sick and homebound. 
A commitment of two years is requested which can be renewed. 

Training and preparation are provided.

 

Lectors

The Office of Lector is to feed the people with the Word of God by proclaiming it during the Eucharistic Liturgy, The Liturgy of the Hours and other liturgical services.   A commitment of two years is requested which can be renewed. 

Training and preparation are provided.

 

Servers 

Adult and youth servers assist the presiding priest during liturgical rites.  For example: servers lead processions with incense, cross and candles, hold the Sacramentary for the priest to pray and assist in setting the altar for the liturgy of the Eucharist.  This ministry is not limited to children. 

Training and preparation are provided.

 

 

 

Hospitality/Greeters

The Letter to the Hebrews exhorts, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it”. [Hebrews 13:2]  The passage refers to the story of Abraham and Sarah found in Genesis 18:1-15 when they entertained three strangers who were the presence of God.   The Ministers of Hospitality welcome and assist parishioners and particularly guests who gather for liturgical services.   To ensure a pleasant experience for everyone in the assembly, greeters welcome and assist people in seating, direct them to restrooms or answer other questions.  They are also present as the people depart to open doors and distribute bulletins or other handouts. 

Training and preparation are provided.   

 

 

Ushers

Ushers are other ministers of hospitality who take up the collection which supports the work of our parish and the broader ministry of the Church through national collections and special appeals.  The ushers take a weekly count of the assembly for planning purposes.

Training and preparation are provided.

 

Music

Music is essential to Catholic worship mirroring and joining in with the heavenly choirs.  The Scriptures are filled with hymns such as the Song of Songs, the Book of Psalms, and early Christian hymns included in the letters of Paul and the Book of Revelation.  People gifted with the talents of music are encouraged to offer themselves as cantors, choir members and/or instrumentalists. 

 

Cantors

Cantors lead and encourage the assembly in singing the hymns and responses of the liturgy, fulfilling the call of the Second Vatican Council for full, conscious and active participation of the people which is demanded by the nature of Catholic worship.  The cantor sings the verses to the Psalm response and other hymns.

 

 

 

Choir

The role of the choir is to support and assist the congregation in their sung responses, hymns and acclamations while also providing music for worship from the rich choral tradition of the Catholic Church.


Instrumentalists

The Jerusalem Temple worship included instruments to accompany and praise God in accord with Psalm 150 where trumpets, harps and lyres, timbrels, strings and pipes, and clashing cymbals are called upon to praise the Lord!  They continue to be a part of our worship.

If you wish to share your talent for music for the glory of God and the support of the congregation, please see Don Embling, Music Director and Organist. 

 

Sacristans

Sacristans prepare the church for Sunday worship (Saturday Vigil and Sunday morning).  This includes, lighting, microphones, candles, preparing the credence table for Communion and checking that ministers have arrived for services. A commitment of two years is requested which can be renewed.

Training and preparation are provided.

 

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (Sunday at the 10:30am Eucharist)

Children’s Liturgy of the Word presents the readings and psalms that the adult community hers, but in words adapted to be age appropriate and relevant to children.  The children also gradually learn to put forth their own prayers and needs before God in the Universal Prayers (Intercession).  This simultaneous Liturgy of the Word is led by trained and prepared teams of parishioners.   A commitment of two years is requested which can be renewed. 

Training and preparation, including VIRTUS Training (Child Protection), are provided. 

As a parent, guardian or adult parishioner might you consider leading our children in prayer? 

 

Altar Linens


Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus wrapped the body of Christ in fine linens.  Thus the church also uses fine materials for the Liturgy of the Eucharist to cover the altar on which to place our gifts of bread and wine to God.  Cloths are also used to maintain reverence and cleanliness in the distribution of the Blood of Christ. Linens need to be laundered on a regular basis and all volunteers are welcome for this quiet but important ministry.


Lazarus Ministry (Funeral Ministry)


The Lazarus Ministry, named after the brother of Mary and Martha whom Jesus raised from the dead, offers those who mourn the gift of PRESENCE and TIME at all funeral liturgies. They provide support through the communal prayers and song of the Eucharist; with the priest represent the whole parish at the death of one of our own; minister by receiving the body of our deceased and welcoming the family; as readers, Eucharistic ministers and acolytes.  This ministry offers an opportunity to live out the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy which instruct us to bury the dead and to pray for the living and the departed.  This service is rooted in the very word “comfort” meaning to strengthen and support [Latin: comintesive + fortis = strength and support].   These are the gifts we extend to the families and friends of all parishioners who are confronted by the final mystery and separation of death. 

 

Are you available any mornings during the week? 

 

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