Liturgical Ministries are an enriching opportunity to answer our Baptismal call to serve one another and be active participants in the Liturgy. There are many roles that help to enhance the worship experience for our parish from Altar Care to Ushering. Please prayerfully consider joining one of the ministries listed below:
How you can participate in the Liturgy
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Lay Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are mandated by the pastor, with the approval of the Archbishop, as distributors of the Holy Communion at Masses and to the home-bound within the parish, as well as to the local hospitals and prisons. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion show a reverence for the Eucharist, reflected in their full, conscious, and active participation at Mass; their appearance; and the manner in which they handle the Blessed Sacrament. An Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is considered a very special and privileged role contributing to the worship of the community and fulfilling the responsibility that comes with Baptism.
A Lector is a proclaimer of God’s Word during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It involves giving witness to God in His Sacred Word. Lectors are needed for weekday and weekend Masses. Proclaiming the Word of God is a ministry in which the Lector help others feel the presence of Jesus Christ. The Lector must proclaim Scripture with faith, clarity, and conviction.
Altar Serving is a wonderful opportunity for our youth to learn about and participate in the Mass. Open to boys and girls in fourth grade or higher, who have received their First Eucharist, Servers assist at both weekday and weekend Masses. Servers carry the cross and processional candles, hold the book for the priest, carry the incense and censer, assist the priest when he receives the gifts of bread and wine from the people, wash the hands of the priest, and assist the priest celebrant and deacon as necessary. Servers respond to the prayers and dialogues of the priest along with the congregation. They also join in singing the hymns of the liturgy.
Every Mass a family, group, or individuals carry our gifts of bread and wine in the Offertory Procession. While we usually choose Gift Bearers before Mass begins, you can request to be a Gift Bearer as well. As we like many parishioners as possible to have the opportunity to participate in this ministry, it is usually a one-time commitment instead of an on going commitment.
Greeters serve the parish at each weekend Mass. They meet the people of God at the door, welcoming them into our Father’s House and into the Catholic community. We encourage entire families to minister together as Greeters at one weekend Mass.
Ushers serve the parish at each weekend Mass. They help anyone needing assistance, assist with seating, collect the offertory, and pass out the bulletins.
Altar Care and Cleaning
Each week, individuals volunteer to clean the Altar area of the church and decorate for the Liturgical Seasons. This reverent caring of the Altar space provides an opportunity for prayerful meditation and is an important part of preparing our church for Mass and other celebrations.
Parishioners volunteer to clean and press small linens for Communion, albs, Altar Server robes, and altar linens. This reverent care of the Eucharistic linens is an essential part of preparing our church for Mass and other celebrations.