Ministries in Our Parish
Insights Into Service
Please be aware that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, some temporary retrictions are in place regarding ministry training and participation. Unless other contact details are specified, please call or write to the Parish Office to ask about taking part in these ministries.
The Welcoming Ministry
This ministry is active throughout the entire Mass. The Welcoming ministers are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before Mass begins and their main task is to greet and assist parishioners and visitors as they enter church and to bid them farewell as they leave after Mass. They also hand out the hymnals and bulletins, help people find seating, arrange the collection and offertory gifts, and guide parishioners during communion, as well as other duties.
The only requirement for this ministry is a willingness to serve and a friendly, helpful attitude. If you would like further information, feel free to talk to the any of the ministers. Training will be provided.
The Ministry of the Word
Ministers of the Word, commonly referred to as Readers or Lectors, assume the task of reading the assigned scriptures of the day at Mass, as well as the Prayers of the Faithful.
The Church's mandate for this ministry is articulated in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal by the following two extracts:
"When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people."
Also, noted for those doing the readings at Mass, is that they must be truly suited to carrying out this function and carefully prepared, so that by hearing the readings from the sacred texts, the faithful may conceive in their hearts a sweet and living affection for Sacred Scripture.
To achieve this, training is provided and the explanatory readings are sent to the minister in advance by email. The only requirements for this ministry are a willingness to prepare the reading before coming to Mass, and the ability to speak in public. Readers are assigned on a monthly rota, based on the availability they provide.
The Ministry of Communion
The Ministry of Communion (officially, Extraordinary Ministry of Holy Communion) is comprised of lay people who assist the priest in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ during Mass.
This privilege is not to be taken lightly and ministers are encouraged to arrive early and spiritually prepare for service.
Training is conducted by the Ministry Coordinators and a list of instructions is provided for each minister to ensure the Body and Blood of Christ are handled with respect and dignity.
To serve, ministers must be registered, confirmed members of our parish and have a deep reverence for the Body and Blood.
Ministry of Music
Music enhances the messages of the scriptures and is such an integral part of the liturgy that its importance cannot be overstated. Hymns must be selected with care in order to compliment the readings.
We are blessed in having 2 Music Directors with diverse styles. Under the guidance of Connie Horne, the choir performs with the somewhat contemporary guitars on Saturday evenings as well as for most of our ethnic celebration Masses. On Sundays, under the leadership of Benedikt Milenkovic, we have the more traditional organ, along with the occasional guest musician.
Although the leadership of the choirs is different, the majority of our choir members sing on both days, which is a tremendous commitment.
Although it's helpful, choir members are not required to read music. Attending scheduled practice sessions is necessary; these usually take place before Mass, but other rehearsals are sometimes arranged, especially to prepare for major holidays or other special celebrations.
If you would like further information or are interested in joining either the Saturday or Sunday choir, please contact the respective Music Director.
The Hospitality Ministry
Thanks to the endeavors of the Ministry of Hospitality members, our parishioners and visitors have the opportunity to interact on a social level. The absence of this ministry would have a negative impact on the vibrancy and openness for which our parish is known.
Every weekend, a dedicated team of volunteers prepares the parish hall, sets up the coffee social, and afterwards cleans up and returns the hall to its original condition by washing cups and plates, wiping down tables, and sweeping and mopping the floors. This labor-intensive service means arriving early and staying after all others have gone home in order to accomplish this.
There is always a need for new volunteers so that no one is called upon to serve more than once a month. All that is required to become a member of this ministry is a desire to serve and a willingness to work as part of a team.
Please be aware that, due to restrictions on social gatherings to stem the coronavirus pandemic, all after-Mass coffee hours and other events outside of Mass are suspended until further notice.