Liturgy, any form of public worship, is the work of the people. As a people of faith, we are called to serve our sisters and brothers at liturgy through the various liturgical ministries. All liturgical ministers are asked to commit to an initial training and formation session; additional time commitments vary with each ministry. Ministers are scheduled through the Worship office on a master schedule, so that families may serve in various ministries at the same liturgy. With all volunteer ministries, a minimum commitment of one year is requested. Specific time commitments vary with each ministry. To volunteer for a ministry, you need to fill out a Time and Talent Form.
Ministers of Hospitality
Greeters - First to welcome and assist our gathering community. Hand out worship aids, as needed. Great family ministry! Ushers - assist people as we gather for worship, facilitate collecting our gifts of treasure, direct people to Communion, and distribute bulletins. Commitment: Arrive 20 minutes prior to Mass and serve on a rotating schedule.
Proclaim the Scriptures at Mass. Commitment: Serve on a rotating schedule, once a month.
Serving at Mass is a privilege that is open to the youth of our parish, fourth grade through sophomore year of high school. A server is a good Catholic, one who attends Sunday Mass weekly.
Our servers are led by the Altar Server Ministry Team: Pat Meyer and Tom McMahon. They meet as a group for ongoing formation as well as to develop friendship and teamwork. They learn the history of altar service, the meaning of the many symbols in the liturgy, stories of Saints who were servers, and enjoy games and refreshments as well.
Assist with Sunday Mass by checking that all ministers and the necessary vessels are in place before the liturgy begins. Commitment: Arrive 30 minutes before Mass and serve on a rotating schedule.
Assist in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ during Mass. Commitment: Arrive 20 minutes prior to Mass and serve on a rotating schedule, one or two Sundays a month.
Environment And Art
Environment sets the prayer mood for our Church seasons. Assist with planning and/or arranging the environment seasonally or as needed. Seamsters/seamstresses, artists, handymen/handywomen, craftspeople, gardeners, and helping hands are welcome.
Behind the scenes work cleaning the vessels and linens for Eucharist, polishing the altar, and trimming candles, etc. The work is done weekly on a rotating schedule. Commitment: Two hours a month.
Dancers in 6th grade and older add the dimension of movement as prayer to our liturgies. Commitment: Serve at specific liturgies approximately six times annually, with necessary rehearsals.
Minister to grieving families in a behind-the-scene way. Prepare books and vessels for the Mass. Commitment: Arrive one hour before funeral, serve on a rotating basis.