“The Mass is at the heart of the Catholic Church. It conveys the depth of Catholic theology, especially in the Eucharist, which is at its center. Rich in symbolism, the Mass provides a deeply sacred moment for those who participate in it, and even sometimes for those who merely observe it.”

USCCB, 2018

The Liturgy is the “source and summit” for us to encounter God’s Divine Presence. We rely on several individuals prior to, during, and after the Mass to help create a meaningful environment that encourages full, conscious, and active participation.

At our parishes, our Liturgical Ministries provide an excellent opportunity to fulfill our baptismal call of service to one another. Listed below are the various ministries and descriptions our parishioners can be involved in. Please click on each link for more information regarding each ministry, training, and how to sign up.


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion


Altar Servers


Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Liturgy Volunteer Sign-Up
Liturgy Volunteer Scheduler

The Liturgy Volunteer Scheduler link is ONLY for St. Patrick Church of Merna volunteers. St. Mary Church in Downs volunteers can contact Deacon Gary Koerner at for scheduling purposes.