Liturgy and Worship is the focal point of our Catholic Faith, where we come together as Catholics to celebrate the fundamental beliefs of our Faith. These religious experiences are enriched by the ministries listed below that are available to lay members of the parish; they provide many opportunities for the sharing of our time and talent and for giving back the gifts God has given us.
Stewardship opportunity: To introduce the liturgy, offer petitions, and make special announcements
to the assembled community during Mass.
Talent/Gift to offer: A clear speaking voice, and the ability to convey information in a natural manner.
Time commitment: Commentators undergo a brief training session prior to starting the ministry.
After training, they read prepared notes at liturgies approximately once every two months. To
properly prepare for scheduled liturgies, the commentators should arrive at church at least 20
minutes prior to the liturgy to familiarize themselves with what they need to read.
Treasure/Blessing received: An opportunity to actively participate in the liturgy by introducing the
theme of the Mass, by giving the congregation voice through the petitions, and by informing the
parish of news and announcements.
Stewardship opportunity: To proclaim the word of God to the assembled community, to read in such
a way that they truly hear the Word that is to change their lives.
Talent/Gift to offer: A clear speaking voice with the ability to understand the main points of the
readings for each liturgy and to express them clearly to the congregation.
Time commitment: Lectors undergo a brief training session prior to starting the ministry. After
training, they read the first scripture readings for each mass approximately every two months.
Lectors will receive a workbook of all the readings throughout the year to help them prepare for the
ministry. Also, the lectors should arrive at church at least 20 minutes prior to the liturgy to familiarize
themselves with the lectionary’s version of the readings.
Treasure/Blessing received: Satisfaction of taking part in the liturgy by proclaiming God’s message to
His people and by helping the people to understand and pray the Word.
Stewardship opportunity: To assist the celebrant at Sunday and/or daily Mass in the distribution of
Communion and the Cup.
Talent/Gift to offer: An attitude of reverence toward the Sacrament and a willingness to help the
people of God share in full communion.
Time commitment: Eucharistic Ministers undergo a brief training session prior to starting the
ministry. After training, they serve approximately once a month at a scheduled liturgy. At each
liturgy, one or two ministers also purify the communion vessels in the priests’ sacristy after Mass.
Treasure/Blessing received: An opportunity to participate in offering the true presence of the
Body and Blood of Jesus Christ as well as fostering a reverence for the graces received in the
Altar Server (Youth & Adult)
Stewardship opportunity: To serve God and His people at the holy sacrifice of the Mass by helping
the priest and the worshipers to praise God. Youth are trained for their duties as altar servers
beginning in the fifth grade.
Talent/Gift to offer: Dependability. Reverence and an appreciation for the solemnity of the liturgy.
Time commitment: Youth are scheduled to serve at weekend Masses. Those who are able also
become part of the weekday Mass schedule. Adult servers volunteer their time at funeral Masses
and weekday Masses on a rotating basis.
Treasure/Blessing received: To grow closer to the Lord through the liturgy. “Serving at the
Eucharistic table and at various liturgical celebrations, you draw directly from ‘the wells of
salvation’ the strength necessary to live well today and then also face your future more
energetically.” (John Paul II to servers, 1980)
Stewardship opportunity: To represent the faith community sharing gifts and talents by
presenting gifts of bread, wine and treasure at the Sunday Eucharist, Holy Days and Special
Talent/Gift to offer: Willingness to express faith in action.
Time commitment: On a rotating basis, three or four times a year.
Treasure/Blessing received: Active participation in the Eucharist that includes the whole family.
Stewardship opportunity: To help worshipers gather in such a way as to show respect for the
Christian assembly. Ushers provide assistance to those with disabilities and to the elderly, as
needed, take up the weekly offering, and hand out the bulletin to people as they depart.
Talent/Gift to offer: An ability to welcome people, put people at ease, to work with others, and
Time commitment: A parish training session. Ushers serve approximately once every three
months. They serve for a month at a time rotating between the four weekend masses. They
should arrive 15 minutes before the liturgy begins.
Treasure/Blessing received: To represent the Lord in making His people feel welcome and at home
in the church.
Confirmed High School students also serve as Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Commentator, or Usher.
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