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Liturgical Ministries

Church Decorating

Much of what we do is based on tradition and preference. There are, however, two church documents that offer guidance on the subject of church decor. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) provides direction on how the Mass should be celebrated. It is very specific about aspects of the liturgy that are to be the same everywhere but more general about other areas, leaving it to local bishops to provide guidelines. Church decorating is one of those latter areas.

The bishops of the United States have published guidelines for church art and architecture that also touch on seasonal decoration, Built of Living Stones. It says that seasonal decorations should "draw people to the true nature of the mystery being celebrated rather than being ends in themselves." They should also "enhance the primary liturgical points of focus," that is, the altar, lectern, and presider's chair. (Enhance, not overwhelm!) And it gives a few specifics: Living flowers and plants are preferred to artificial greenery; seasonal decorations should remain throughout the whole season; traditional objects such as Advent wreaths and Christmas cribs should be proportional to the space; banners are most effective when they do not carry words (including joy, hope, and peace).

Our church has beauty in its simplicity and we try to keep the crucifix as the main focus. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Fr. Reggie Norman.

 

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion

 An ordinary minister (priest, foreground) and extraordinary minister (layman, background) distribute Holy Communion.

An extraordinary minister of Holy Communion in the Catholic Church is, under the Code of Canon Law, "an acolyte, or another of Christ's faithful deputed", in certain circumstances, to distribute Holy Communion. The term "extraordinary" distinguishes such a person from the ordinary (normal, regular) minister of Holy Communion, namely a bishop, priest or deacon.[1]

Canon law permits that "[w]here the needs of the Church require and ministers are not available, lay people, even though they are not lectors or acolytes, can supply certain of their functions, that is, exercise the ministry of the word, preside over liturgical prayers, confer baptism and distribute Holy Communion, in accordance with the provisions of the law."[2] The term "lay people" does not distinguish between men and women.

For more information on this ministry, please contact Arlene Parks for English or Elba Rodriguez for Spanish.

Lector

A lector is someone who proclaims the first and second readings during Catholic mass. Becoming a lector is a serious decision and commitment to your faith and parish, since you are sharing your time and energy to the service of the church. Prepare to become a lector by asking God for His blessing and going to confession. There are several steps to complete before becoming a lector but once you become installed as a liturgical minister, you may then lead a life of service to the church and grow more in your faith.

For more information on this ministry, please contact Pauline Foreman for English or Elba Rodriguez for Spanish.

 

Linens

Our linens team cleans, irons and prepares all the liturgical linens for mass. In the sacristy you will find the sacrarium -- a special sink with a pipe that bypasses the sewer, unlike an ordinary sink, but instead goes straight into the earth. This sink is made thus to preserve the dignity of sacred things which can no longer be used. For ex., the sacred vessels are rinsed there so that no particle of the consecrated Host or no drop of the Precious Blood will end up in the sewer. The first rinse used to clean Altar linens, old baptismal water, sacred oils, blessed ashes, etc., all these are disposed of in the sacrarium, returning those substances to the earth. For information on this ministry, please contact Anne Finley.


Sick & Shut In Ministry
Our ministry brings the Blessed Sacrament to those who are sick or unable to attend Mass. We make monthly visits to the homebound; we visit Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities weekly; we visit Hospitals. This is a very rewarding ministry that spiritually enriches those we visit and the volunteers who serve.

To serve this ministry, we ask that members:

  1. Are Practicing Catholics
  2. Desire to visit, pray and administer the Blessed Sacrament
  3. Are willing and able to follow a regular schedule.

 For more information on this ministry, please contact Michelle Moore.

USHERS

The ministry of ushers is the oldest lay ministry in the Catholic Church. The ushers of today have descended from a long line of people of God who have gone before them. During the time of Christ, the doorkeepers of the temple numbered in the hundreds and were the forerunners of today's ushers.

The more immediate predecessor of today's usher can be found in the clerical order of porter, instituted in the 3rd Century A.D. During those times, it was the duty of the porters or ushers to guard the door of the church against any intruders who might disturb the service. The porter duties were so important that they came to be included in the rite of ordination, where they were specified as: "to ring the bells, open the church and sacristy, to open the book for the preacher." In 1972 Pope Paul VI abolished the order of porter and this important task was given over to the laity.

While today's ushers don't ring bells or open the church, their primary duties and responsibilities include greeting and welcoming parishioners as they enter the church, help them to find seats, taking up the collection and wishing everyone a good day at the conclusion of the Eucharistic Celebration.

For more information on this ministry, please contact John Soares for English and Victor Mercado for Spanish.

 

 

 

 

 

At baptism, each of us is commissioned with the role of priest, prophet, and king and imprinted with the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit . As priest, prophet, and king we initiated into the Catholic Community and into a new life in Christ. Given special attention by the Bishops at Vatican II, the document Lumen Gentium, Chapter IV speaks of the laity…

…by Baptism are constituted into Christ
…made sharers in the priestly, prophetic,
and kingly office of Christ
…play their part in carrying out the mission
…in the church and in the world.

Discerning Your Gifts & Your Call...

…To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit…

I Corinthians 12:7

People sometimes say that they would share their gifts if only they knew what God was calling them to do. You may hear the Spirit knocking but be unsure of how to answer. We can help you discern your gifts and God’s call. There are many opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Call to set up an appointment with one of our Pastoral staff.