Parish liturgical ministers play an important role in the life of the parish community. Liturgical ministers help make our worship prayerful and reverent. You are encouraged to reflect upon the God-given gifts you possess and use these gifts for the benefit of the whole community. All ministers should remember that they undertake a visible role in the faith community. Therefore, their lives should give witness to the values we hold as a Catholic people. For all liturgical ministers, modest and appropriate attire is essential. If you are interested in serving the parish through any of the following ministries, please contact the parish office.
Servers can be either boys or girls. In the Spanish-speaking community, children have begun serving after making their First Communion. In English Masses, servers begin in the fifth grade. Periodic trainings take place to keep the servers informed as changes occur in the Mass Rites.
Eucharist Ministers are a very large portion of our ministry needs for masses. Many are also sharing the Eucharist with those in the hospital, homebound, and those in nursing homes. It takes approximately sixty-five Eucharistic Ministers each weekend. We also need ministers for daily masses, funerals, and Sacred Heart School masses.
The greeters are asked to be at mass 30 minutes before, to stand at the entrance to welcome and greet parishioners and guests. It is their job to make our service welcoming to those who enter. The also have the responsibility of selecting someone to be the gift bearer for the mass. This is an important ministry because it serves to welcome people to our community and our worship.
There are two lectors scheduled for each weekend mass. The lector is provided with the scripture readings to prepare to share the Word of God at the mass. People who love the Scriptures and who can proclaim the Word of God are encouraged to undertake this ministry.
The sacristan prepares for the celebration of mass by setting out the sacred vessels, the linens and the liturgical books. They also assure that all ministry positions are filled.
The ushers are responsible to guide individuals to available seating and assist elderly or handicapped individuals. They also help with the circulation of the collections baskets. Following mass they help circulate bulletins and place the collection in locked bags.