Liturgical Ministries

In the celebration of the Holy Mass, particular ministries are available for the lay faithful to exercise their gifts and talents.  Careful preparation and training in these ministries help to enhance the Liturgy with reverence and devotion to the Eucharist.

Altar Servers – Altar servers assist the priest by taking part in processions and by ensuring that all items required for Mass are available at the appropriate moments.

Decorations – Prepares the church environment in a way that signifies the meaning and spirit of the liturgical seasons of the year. Especially important during Christmas and Easter, this ministry identifies the church as a holy and sacred place.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion – These parishioners serve Christ present in the gathered assembly by ministering His Body and Blood to the faithful.  They may also take Holy Communion to those members who are prevented from attending Mass.

Lector – The reader is instituted to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel.  He/she may also announce the intentions for the Prayer of the Faithful when the deacon is not present.

Linens –  This group prepares the linens used for our sacred worship. Once a week we take home any used Mass linens to wash, iron and fold. 

Liturgical Music – Musicians lead the faithful in singing prayerful music, chosen according to the liturgical season, to enhance the liturgy, and to inspire participation of the faithful.

Usher – “Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, to the glory of God.”  Ushers exercise this role by welcoming people at the door.  This is the first ministry many see upon their entrance into the House of God.  Ushers also collect the offering for the church.