The first document published by Vatican II Sacrosanctum Concilium - The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy challenges us to "...full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else; for it is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian spirit;...."

While this speaks to the active participation of the whole assembly there are members of the assembly who come forward in various ministries of service as Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers, Ushers and Greeters and members of the Choir who take an more active role in the various liturgical celebrations.

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion assist in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ to the faithful during Mass. It is a grace-filled opportunity to minister to the family of faith gathered in prayer. Eucharistic ministers attend occasional formation workshops and are scheduled for weekend and special liturgies throughout the Church year.

Lectors

Lectors are called forth from the community to proclaim the Word of God. When we gather together to celebrate Mass, we encounter God in the sacraments, in the presider, in one another, and in the proclamation of the Word of God. Lectors proclaim the Word of God at weekend Masses and various Liturgical celebrations throughout the Church year. A willing heart, a good speaking voice and an ability to read in public are all that is necessary. Workshops will be provided on an occasional basis to help in preparation and proclaiming the Word of God.

Ushers and Greeters

Ushers and Greeters of Hospitality volunteer their time to the assembled community of faith at weekend Masses and special liturgical celebrations throughout the Church year. They help to create a welcoming environment at Mass for all who come to worship. Greeters extend a welcome and sense of hospitality by greeting arriving worshipers, distributing weekly bulletins and attending to other needs that may arise during the liturgical celebration. They also assist in passing the collection basket and provide a little housekeeping in arranging the hymnals in the pews after Mass.

Altar Servers

Altar Servers assist the priest and deacon at the altar in holding the Book of Prayer and helping to prepare the altar for the celebration of the Eucharist. Boys and girls in the third grade and beyond are welcome to volunteer their time in this most important ministry at the altar. Altar servers will be trained in the various tasks needed at the altar and will always be guided by the priest or deacon should they ever feel unsure of what they may be required to do at any given time.

Choir

Members of the Choir provide an important ministry to the Church in leading the congregation in singing at the 10:30am Mass as well as other liturgical celebrations throughout the year. The choir meets for rehearsal on Wednesday at 6:30pm. If you have an interest and would like more information, contact the Director of Music, Joseph Vitti.

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