Liturgical Ministries

Lectors
Lectors are entrusted with the crucial task of making the word of God come alive by proclaiming it for the Christian assembly. Some skills required would be: careful enunciation, sufficient eye contact, appropriate rate of speech, and proper posture and movement.

Also, a lector should possess the ability to gain and keep the attention of the listeners and have the capability to convey enthusiasm and motivate the hearers. Training sessions are offered in the fall and spring. A workbook is provided to help you prepare the readings effectively. One is usually scheduled every 6 to 8 weeks. 

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
Eucharistic ministers are special ministers who assist the priest in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass. You may also be trained to bring Holy Communion to the sick and/or home-bound. A minister of Holy Communion should be one who takes their faith seriously and is a Catholic in good standing. Training sessions are offered in May and November. One is usually scheduled every 3 to 4 weeks.

Minister of Hospitality 
The work of ushers and greeters is truly a ministry. Liturgy flourishes in a climate of hospitality. The greeter is often the first contact a person has when entering the church. Their warmth and friendliness are crucial to that person's experience of the church. Some duties include: greeting people as they arrive, helping people find a seat if it is crowded, finding gift bearers, passing the collection baskets, distributing bulletins as people leave, straightening the worship space so it is ready for the next liturgy. Training sessions are offered in May and November.  A person is usually scheduled to greet every 3 or 4 weeks.

Choir
The Choir is a group of fun and dedicated individuals who use their talents in serving the Lord and the community. High school age and up. We typically sing every other Sunday at the 9:00 a.m. Mass and also other special liturgies. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

11th Hour Music Group 
This Group leads the assembly in music on Sundays during the 11:00 a.m. Mass. High school age and up. Practice is on Sunday mornings.

Altar Server 
To assist the priest at Mass in various ways: A server will carry the cross in the procession, hold the book for the priest at different times during the Mass, help to prepare the altar, assist the priest in the washing of hands, etc. A boy or girl may serve when they are entering the fifth grade. Training sessions are offered in May and November. One is usually scheduled every 4 to 5 weeks
                             
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