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.
Ministry Contact: Karran Toffelmier
Ministry Contact: Fr. Joseph Squillacioti
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).
Ministry Contact: Rocco Falabella
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.
Lectors bring the Scriptures to life during the Liturgy of the Word at mass. Involvement in this ministry helps members of our community grow in their own appreciation for and understanding of Scripture. By proclaiming God’s word, ministers help the Holy Spirit speak to the hearts of those at mass.
Ministry Contact: Maureen Walker
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.
Ministry Contact: Maria Whelan