Worship

The Sunday Eucharist is the essential gathering of the parish community each week.

It is considered the “paradigm for other Eucharistic celebrations”.

Simply put, Worship is the core of our community, and you can help make that happen. 

How We Serve Our Community

SACRISTANS

The term Sacristan comes from the Latin word, sacer, which means sacred. Sacristans are often behind the scenes prayerful volunteers that bring to mind the words of Jesus when He said we should not do good works to gain accolades (Matthew 6:1).  The Sacristan is
charged with the care of the sacristy – especially in preparation of the vessels before and after masses.  The Sacristans are crucial to ensuring vessels are prepared for the Liturgy of the Eucharist therefore enhancing the quality of our community’s liturgical celebrations.  

The chores of the sacristan should be done in a prayerful manner keeping the sacristy a neat, quiet and
meditative space. The Sacristan ministry is vibrant, worthwhile, grace-filled volunteer opportunity which draws us closer to God and our fellow parishioners.  May God bless as you consider participating in this ministry at the service of Our Lord and His People.

 

LECTORS / PROCLAIMERS

Sacred Scripture is an essential element of the mission of the Church.  It is the Word of God that is proclaimed, preached, preserved and guaranteed by the Church and celebrated and made alive in the liturgy. The Lector proclaims the Word in a way that is
respectful, understandable and meaningful to the congregation.

To adequately proclaim the Word a Lector should reflect on the Sunday readings daily, pray frequently and read spiritual materials in order to make the Scripture more meaningful to himself and the congregation. Lectors serve on Sunday and Holy Day liturgies on a rotating basis. Anyone who has received all Sacraments
of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist) is welcome to apply to participate in this very important ministry of the Church.

 

Eucharistic Ministers

(Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Mass) In every celebration of the Eucharist, there should be enough ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner. Bishops, priests and deacons distribute Holy Communion in virtue of their office as ordinary ministers of the Body and Blood of the Lord. (1) When the size of the congregation or the incapacity of the bishop, priest, or deacon requires it, the celebrant may be assisted by other bishops, priests, or deacons. If such ordinary ministers of Holy Communion are not present, "the priest may call upon extraordinary ministers to assist him, i.e., duly instituted acolytes or even other faithful who have been deputed for this purpose.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should receive sufficient spiritual, theological, and practical preparation to fulfill their role with knowledge and reverence. All ministers of Holy Communion should show the greatest reverence for the Most Holy Eucharist by their demeanor, their attire, and the manner in which they handle the consecrated bread or wine.

Choir

Anyone who likes to sing and wishes to praise God with their voice (There is a beautiful statement attributed to St. Augustine that says: “The one who sings prays twice”. I haven’t read all the literature of St. Augustine, but so far, I haven’t come across this phrase. What I did find in one of his Commentaries to the Psalms, specifically Psalm 72, was the following very similar and profound paragraph:

“Whoever sings a praise, not only praises, but only praises with gladness. He that sings praise, not only sings, but also loves him of whom he sings. In praise, there is the speaking forth of one confessing; in singing, the affection of one loving.”)

Contact any of the choir members if you would like to know more.

Ways to Get Involved

Greeters

Greeters are a group of dedicated people who welcome everyone as they enter the church. They are the gatekeepers in the House of the Lord, the envoy of the Lord of the House. Their very presence is the first living impression of the church body.

This welcoming ministry is designed to make all first-time guests and members feel welcome.  This includes but is not limited to warm greetings, assistance with doors, coats, umbrellas in the rain, parking, and sharing information about church activities.

Ushers

Ushers seat people, take up the collections, and assist people in coming up to receive Holy Communion. They are available on special occasions such as First Holy Communion, Confirmation, large church functions, and holiday liturgies to keep everything running smoothly.

If a problem arises, it is usually an usher who is there to see what is needed and to quietly provide it.  They are very special helpers in the vineyard of the Lord. We are always looking for new members to join us. The most important qualification to become an Usher is a desire to help others.

Bread Baking

Baking is the ministry that bakes the bread for our liturgies. As of now once a month, one of the Bakers makes the bread recipe which makes 16 bread rounds per the recipe, and brings the bread to the sacristy by 10:00 am. If we continue to grow, we will need more bakers and greater frequency for the bread. Contact Linda Niehoff for more info.

Chapel Art and Environment

This is the ministry responsible for preparing the altar and environment according to the liturgical seasons, feasts, and other celebrations. Your help is especially needed during the Christmas and Easter seasons to help our members and visitors experience the liturgy through their surroundings.

To get involved with any of these ministries, contact Donna Leddy.