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Liturgical Service

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild is a liturgical ministry whose volunteer members perform “light housekeeping” duties for the Church.

 

Once a month, usually on a Monday or Friday, members work in teams of two or four people to  wash the holy vessels used at Mass, tidy up the pews, crying room, Marian Chapel and balcony, and take inventory of the church candle and wine supplies. Other members carry out their work at home by washing and ironing the small linens used at Mass and the altar servers’ robes. 

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Ministry Contact: Karran Toffelmier

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Ministry Contact: Fr. Joseph Squillacioti

Altar Servers

Servers should be mature enough to understand their responsibilities and to carry them out well and with appropriate reverence. They should have already received holy communion for the first time and normally receive the Eucharist whenever they participate in the liturgy.

 

With the start of a new school year, we are taking applications for new Altar Servers.  If you are interested in serving, please fill out an application here. Training dates will be announced in the near future.  Training is mandatory for all new servers and optional for returning servers.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EM) exercise the roles of host and servant at the Eucharistic banquet. They distribute communion under both species (the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ) at Mass. Training is provided to fulfill their obligation with dignity and reverence. EMs usually serve on teams every other week with the schedules prepared quarterly. Some Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion deliver the Bread of Life to the sick and homebound (see Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to Sick and Homebound Ministry).

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Ministry Contact: Rocco Falabella 

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Ministry Contact: Elizabeth Meehan

Communion to the Sick and Homebound

Some members of our community are unable to attend holy mass. Often times these people have worshiped within our community and are now unable to physically attend mass due to age or illness. These members of our community are in assisted living facilities or live at home and are grateful to receive communion from our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Sick & Homebound.The time commitment is approximately 1-2 hours per week. 

Lector Ministry

Lectors are people of faith who have a nurtured relationship with God and the unique responsibility as lay ministers to proclaim the Word of God. They are members of the community of faith joining family, friends and strangers gathered together to worship and be sanctified by our God.  As readers of the Word, lectors share in a sacred process as they present the Word to the assembly.

 

Lectors don't just read, they proclaim the Word of God and serve as a bridge between the Scriptures and the faithful. With careful preparation, lectors convey in each reading the depth of the sacred text to all the faithful at Mass.

 

Those serving in this ministry receive training and are given appropriate materials for their preparation to read. Parishioners who wish to become part of this ministry are invited to submit  their names and address for inclusion in the list of candidates awaiting auditions and training as the need arises for replacements.

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Ministry Contact: Maureen Walker

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Music

The Music Ministry’s primary functions are to lead the people of God in sung prayer and thanksgiving and to embellish the sacred liturgy with music from the Church’s tradition as well as music of recent composition.

Ministry Contact: Rick Dellefield

Ushers

Ushers provide hospitality, comfort, and safety at Sunday masses and other special liturgies. Before mass, ushers foster a sense of community by welcoming members of our parish and visitors. Following all weekend masses, ushers distribute the weekly bulletin and then assure that the church is ready for the next liturgy. Generally, the time commitment for an usher is 1-1.5 hours each week. Come celebrate Mass with your family, serve our community and be an example of Christ’s love and witness to our community.

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Ministry Contact: Maria Whelan

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Media

The Media Ministry assists at Mass through the projection of song lyrics and mass parts onto screens, allowing for higher participation in the Liturgy.

Ministry Contact: Connor McLaughlin

Liturgical Enviroment

Liturgical Environment is focused on the preparation of a sacred space to elevate the community’s prayer and worship. The goal of this ministry is to care for all the elements of worship, ensuring that the liturgical environment is appropriate, authentic, beautiful, and accessible. 

 

Liturgical Environment Team is responsible for decorating the church to reflect both the liturgical season and the scriptural reasons for the season. Creativity is key for the success of this ministry.  Those interested in participating in this ministry should have an interest in art, crafts, arranging and the care for plants/flowers, and an eye for beauty.

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Ministry Contact: Gerry Holbert