"Servers exercise a genuine liturgical function. they ought to discharge their office, "therefore, with sincere devotion and decorum..." (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy #29)
Art and Environment
"As common prayer and ecclesial experience, liturgy flourishes in a climate of hospitality; a situation in which people are comfortable with one another, either knowing or being introduced to one another; a space in which people are seated together, with mobility, in view of one another as well as the focal points of the rite, involved as participants and not as spectators." (Environment & Art in Catholic Worship #11) To support the ritual activity of the liturgy through the artistic expression of color, form and texture.
"The people of God, that is, the Church, made present by the local community, has an important part to play in the baptism of both children and adults. Before and after the celebration of the sacrament, the child has a right to the love and help of the community." (Rite of Baptism for Children #4)
Children's Liturgy of the Word
A separate Liturgy of the Word for Children allows the young people of our community to listen to God's word and ponder it meaning in a way suited to their abilities and their interests. As stated in the Directory or Masses with Children: "great care" needs to be taken so that "children do not feel neglected because of their inability to participate or to understand what happens and what is proclaimed in the celebration." (#17)
Christian Worship Commission
The Christian Worship Commission consists of ministry chairpersons, a liaison to Parish Council, and the Director of Worship. Together, this group oversees worship in the parish through ongoing evaluation of present practices and implementation of improvements.
To assist the presider in the distribution of the Eucharist to the assembly in order to maintain the unity (communion) of the moment. Extraordinary ministers are permitted when "the number of the faithful requesting Holy Communion is such that the celebration of the Mass or the distribution of the Eucharist outside Mass would be unduly prolonged." (Instruction on Facilitating Sacramental Communion in Particular Circumstances)
"Readers exercise a genuine liturgical function. They ought, therefore, to discharge their office with sincere piety and decorum demanded by so exalted a ministry and rightly expected by God's people. Consequently, they must all be imbued with the spirit of the liturgy...and they must be trained to preform their functions in a correct and orderly manner." (Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy #29)
Liturgy planners prepare the liturgical seasons so the assembly will deepen their faith and go forth "to love and serve the Lord." These ministers make seasonal decisions for the environment and movement, as well as some music and prayers. These decisions are always rooted in Sacred Scripture.
Ministers of Hospitality (Ushers)
As we read in Paul's letter to the Hebrews: "Do not neglect to show hospitality, for by that means some have entertained angels without knowing it." (13:1-2)
In carrying compassion and communion to the sick, the homebound and the hospitalized, ministers of care unite those people to the parish at large. In addition, pastoral care ministers provide quality time and companionship to those who most need it.
Contact the Liturgy Office ext. 217.
"The beauty and utility of a place of worship can be sustained only by an ongoing, careful attention to its upkeep through regular maintenance." (Built of Living Stones #219)
The Sewing Ministry responds to the needs of the parish for altar linens, vestments, and banners. These projects encompass both basic and advanced sewing skills.