Liturgical Ministries

“There are different gifts but the same Spirit,
there are different ministries but the same Lord …
To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”

-1 Corinthians 12:4-7

Each member of the Body of Christ is called to contribute to the liturgy in a way that best utilizes their talents.  It takes the work of many people serving in a variety of different liturgical roles to help the liturgy flow smoothly and to enable the participation of the assembly.

Liturgical ministries are ways to live out your faith, offer support to the parish community, and answer God’s call to serve others.

Training:  Hands-on training is provided to help you feel confident in using your gifts in the ministries listed below. Group workshops for training are arranged periodically. We can also set up individual training with you to accommodate your schedule.

Scheduling:  Scheduling is done via Ministry Scheduler Pro which schedules you at the Mass time you prefer. Liturgical Ministers are asked to arrive 20-30 minutes before their scheduled Mass begins, depending on their role in the liturgy.

ContactFor more information about any of the following ministries and to find out when training will be held, contact Abbey Dupuy, Director of Music and Liturgy, by email or by phone (320.356.0113).


Altar Servers

“Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve…”   -Matthew 20:28

Description:

Servers assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy by arranging vessels, preparing the Altar, and in prayer during Mass.  Servers model good liturgical participation by participating in songs, responses, and sitting or standing at the appropriate times.

Requirements:

  • Have received First Communion
  • Be in at least the third grade

Training:

Server training takes place on an as-needed basis. New servers are trained by the priest and the sacristans, and the Director of Music and Liturgy. New servers will be scheduled with experienced servers for the first few months to make an easy transition into the ministry.

 


Eucharistic Ministers

“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life,
and I will raise him up on the last day.”  –
John 6:54

Description:

Eucharistic Ministers distribute Communion at Mass.  There is great joy and satisfaction to participate in this opportunity to minister to God’s people.

Requirements:

  • Have a love and care for the Eucharist and for all those who share in the Body and Blood of Christ
  • Have received the sacrament of Confirmation

Training:

Eucharistic Ministers meet with the sacristan or the Director of Music and Liturgy for training. Guidelines for the ministry will be provided. Training takes about 30 minutes.


Greeters

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” –Matthew 25:35

Description:

Greeters provide a warm welcome to parish members, newcomers, and visitors in keeping with the rich tradition of Benedictine hospitality. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Welcome people as they enter the church
  • Find families to bring up the gifts
  • Take up the collection
  • Answer questions
  • Show visitors or newcomers around to ensure people know where restrooms are and where other rooms are located, etc.
  • Pass out bulletins at the end of Mass
  • Prepare the worship space for the next liturgy (pick up trash, move chairs, etc.)

Requirements:

  • Have a desire to help people feel welcomed and create an atmosphere of hospitality
  • Families are welcome to serve together in this ministry; there is no age restriction to serve.

Training:

Training to become a greeter can take place at any time of the year and takes 20-30 minutes. Training will take place with the sacristan, the Director of Music and Liturgy, or an experienced greeter.


Lectors

“They speak of your glorious splendor and I will meditate on your wonderful works.”   -Psalm 145:5

Description:

Lectors don’t just read the Word of God, they proclaim it. At Mass, Lectors proclaim from the Old Testament (first reading), the New Testament (second reading) and the petitions/prayers of the faithful.

Requirements:

  • Confidence, clarity, and expression in reading
  • Love for Scripture and a desire to share it with God’s people
  • Time to study and practice readings prior to Mass

Training:

Lector training can take place any time during the year. You’ll meet with the Director of Music and Liturgy and will receive a lector workbook. Training for this ministry will take about 30 minutes. Additionally, we offer a monthly Lector Formation session (in-person and online options) that all Lectors are invited to attend.


Musicians

“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.”   -Psalm 96:1

Description:

There are many different ways that you can participate in the music ministry. Click here to find out more about our musical opportunities and where you can use your musical gifts.

Requirements:

  • Requirements differ based on your role in the music ministry.

Training:

We have music opportunities available for all ages, from children up to senior citizens. Training is provided on an ongoing basis and regular rehearsals take place throughout the year.


Projectionists

“How beautiful are the hands and feet that bring good news.”   -Romans 10:14-15

Description:

Projectionists operate the A/V system for Sunday liturgies, weddings, funerals and or special occasions. This includes starting up and shutting down equipment. This ministry gives the opportunity for the assembly to participate fully in the liturgy.

Requirements:

  • Must pay attention to what is going on during liturgy
  • Needs to be able to multi-task well
  • Knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint and computer skills are helpful
  • Must be sixth grade or older

Training:

Training to be the projectionist takes about 40-60 minutes. You will meet with the Director of Music and Liturgy at a time which is convenient for you. Training can take place anytime during the year.

 

For more information on any of these ministries or to request training, please contact Abbey Dupuy, Director of Music and Liturgy, by email or by phone (320.356.0113).