Liturgical Ministries

Altar Servers

Altar Servers offer service to God and the community by assisting the priest and deacon during mass. The ministry is open to all youth of the parish who have made their First Communion and whose parents believe they are ready and responsible enough to be trained. Training in the specifics of the ministry is provided throughout the year. Servers are assigned on a rotating schedule, taking language skills into consideration.


Lectors proclaim the Word of the Lord during the Liturgy, with readings from the Old Testament, Acts of the Apostles, Apostolic letters, and the Book of Revelation, as indicated in the Lectionary. They may also lead the General Intercessions in the absence of a deacon. A lector must have a passion for Scripture; an ability to interpret and understand Scripture; and, sufficient public speaking skills to proclaim the Word to the assembly. Training in the specifics of the ministry is provided throughout the year. Lectors are assigned on a rotating schedule.


Sacristans work behind the scenes. They prepare the worship space for the celebration of the Mass and ensure liturgical items are appropriately stored. Generally sacristans are assigned to specific Masses and may also assist in preparing for the sacrament of Baptism, or other special liturgies. This ministry takes places generally on weekends.


Ushers are ministers of hospitality. As such, their primary responsibility is to welcome folks and help them to feel comfortable in the worshipping environment. They open doors, greet, hand out bulletins, assist with communion traffic flow, ensure that Gift Bearers are available for service and handle the collection of monetary offerings from parishioners. Women, senior youth, young Adults, men, and Confirmation candidates are welcome to serve. Training is provided. Watch for information in the bulletin or contact any lead usher to volunteer.

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