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Worship Service Volunteers

Nothing is more fulfilling than to be a part of the Mass. Whether as a greeter, an alter server or a proclaimer, each of these ministries are critically important to the fullness of our celebration.

Altar Servers
Altar servers help the priest and deacon during the liturgy, especially the Mass. They have several supporting duties to carry out, such as carrying the processional cross and candles, carry the incense and thurible, holding the missal for the priest celebrant when he is not at the altar, assisting the priest when he receives the gifts from the people, washing the hands of the priest before the prayer over the gifts, removing items from the altar during communion, and assisting the priest celebrant and the deacon as necessary. Altar servers wear the alb or the surplice during a liturgy. This ministry is available to all boys and girls in the fourth grade or older who demonstrate a willingness to serve. Training is provided.

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are lay people or religious who are selected by the pastor to help distribute the Eucharist at Mass when other ordained ministers are not readily available. Besides assisting at the Mass, these ministers may also bring the Eucharist to the sick or homebound. They are also responsible for cleaning the communion vessels after Mass and preparing them for the next celebration.

Training is necessary and will provide the opportunity for participants to learn the skills necessary for reverent distribution of communion.

Eucharistic Ministers of the Sick
These ministers serve the community by distributing Holy Communion to the Catholic people at Nursing Homes and to the sick and homebound by offering a cheerful visit. Training is also required for this ministry.

Gift Bearers
Being a gift bearer is a beautiful way for families to participate in the Eucharistic liturgy and it makes our Offertory procession more meaningful. No need to sign up, just volunteer your services by picking up the cross on the gifts table at the rear of the church when you arrive for Mass.

Liturgy, Art & Environment
The Eucharist is the central element of our faith, and it is fitting that the sanctuary must be appropriately adorned. The Liturgy, Art & Environment Ministry plans, creates and executes seasonal decorations in the Church. The members also prepare and maintains the altar and sanctuary for the liturgical celebration. Volunteers take care of flower arrangements, provide artifacts and decorations that enhance liturgy by creating visual depictions of the Gospel message for all liturgies. Members work in teams of two or more and instruction is provided "on-the-job".

Minister of the Word
Ministers of the Word are commonly known as Lectors. They proclaim the Word of God to those coming to worship on Sundays, Holy Days of Obligation or Daily Mass. Lectors should be practicing Catholics who have the ability to stand before an assembly and read the Word of God in a clear, articulate and well modulated voice so that it can be heard and understood by those assembled. Anyone of high school age or older, accepting the call to service as a Lector must recognize that service in this Ministry is for the purpose of meeting the needs of the parish community and is a commitment to prepare properly to proclaim at weekend Masses, Holy Days of Obligation and other Masses offered during the Liturgical year.

Ushers and Greeters
"Do not neglect to show hospitality, for by that means some have entertained angels without knowing it." (Hebrews 13:1,2)

Ministers of Hospitality set the tone of welcome and help to create a sense that "something important is happening" as the parish community gathers for worship. Their task is to honor the dignity of each member of the community and encourage a sense of belonging to the parish-at-large. Volunteers are required to smile a lot, greet parishioners, welcome newcomers, help in seating, receive collections, distribute bulletins and provide directions during communion. Two ushers are needed for each Mass. They should arrive 20 minutes before the Mass begins.

Anyone interested in taking part in these important ministries should call the parish office.

 
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