As Christians we are called to gather around the table of the Lord and to memorialize Christ's sacrifice on the Cross in the celebration of the Mass. Some are called to special service through volunteer liturgical ministries including extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, lector, altar server, usher and greeter, altar guild, and the spiritual life committee. Visit our Sacraments section, for more information on the Eucharist and the Mass. For the ministries below without specific contact information, please contact the parish.
Holy Communion is offered under both species (forms) of bread and wine at all of our weekend liturgies. Eucharistic ministers assist the priest and deacon in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass. Training is provided. Scheduling is based on need and availability.
Lectors proclaim the Word of God at weekend Masses and special celebrations. Two different lectors are scheduled for each liturgy. Skills required are an ability to read in public, and an ability to proclaim the Word with enthusiasm, strength, and conviction. You must be confirmed to fulfill this ministry. Ongoing training and spiritual development is provided.
Open to boys and girls of all ages after completing the 3rd grade. Altar servers are scheduled on a rotating basis in groups of two or three to serve the worshipping community at Saturday evening and Sunday morning Mass as well as for special feasts and seasons in the liturgical year. They may also serve at weddings and other special celebrations on a rotating basis. Training is provided, and new servers are mentored by experienced volunteers.
Ushers are responsible for taking up the collection at all weekend Masses. Ushers need only be honest, responsible, and either male or female.
Greeters welcome people at the doors of the church as they arrive for Mass, and are available to answer questions or provide directions.
The Altar Guild is responsible for the maintenance and beautification of the altar, the sacristy, linens, and vestments. Volunteers work in teams of two or three and rotate preparation and clean-up duties from week to week.
The Spiritual Life Committee was formed many years ago to meet people where they were at on their spiritual journey and to help them deepen their relationship with God. At present the Spiritual Life Committee takes the initiative in planning the Mass of Anointing, at which those who are ill or advanced in years are anointed; the Mass of Remembrance, at which loved ones who have died within the past year are specifically remembered in the reading of their name but all who have died are remembered in prayer; and the Memorial Day Mass at St. Francis Cemetery, the parish cemetery. The committee also sponsors mornings of reflection held at the Church.
Recently a sub committee was formed and is in the process of developing a retreat program in which people would actually go off campus for a day or a weekend to deepen their relationship with God.
The committee welcomes new members.