Liturgical ministries play an important part in the orderly preparation and celebration of the Mass. When the faithful of our community gather, we become a visible sign of the Body of Christ. During this "sacrament of unity" the whole Body of the Church is involved in many diﬀerent ways. Many of the important liturgical functions of our celebrations are entrusted to the laity, who are drawn from the community, trained by the parish and entrusted with the sincere devotion and decorum expected of them.
By virtue of our baptism each of us is called to minister to the needs of one another and collaborate to create a meaningful environment of worship for all!
Our Lady of Grace is blessed to have many dedicated and faithful men, women and children who generously share the gifts entrusted to them by the Holy Spirit to serve the People of God. When people with particular qualities are matched with the liturgical roles that call for those qualities, the liturgy can speak powerfully to us, moving us to prayer.
Shelly Aebi, Director of Liturgy
MINISTERS OF HOSPITALITY
“To greet, smile, and welcome all is our random act of kindness.” Christine Eastburg
Greeters are the ﬁrst oﬃcial representatives of the community that members of the Assembly meet and, as such, should convey the sense that each person is welcome and essential to the community’s prayer. This ministry is one of genuine joy and care for others; thus, one important quality for a Minister of Hospitality is to be a people‐oriented person. As a greeter, you have the opportunity to oﬀer a gift to each person you meet at church. By oﬀering a word of welcome, especially to visitors and those who may feel uncomfortable for whatever reason, Hospitality Ministers help form the worshiping community. It’s a way for the whole family to serve together!
Time commitment is about 30 minutes before the Mass of your choice.
Ushers help establish a peaceful and welcoming environment by oﬀering greetings or helping members fnd seating.
Ushers are encouraged to arrive early to survey the worship space ensuring that there is no clutter left from the previous service. Ushers also invite people to bring forward the gifts of bread and wine, with an awareness of the diversity of the entire community. Being an Usher is a wonderful way to meet people in our community and is something in which the whole family can participate.
MINISTERS OF THE ALTAR
“Being a Sacristan I feel that I directly serve Jesus in the Eucharist preparing the altar and church for Mass. It is a privilege to serve the Lord in this way.” Cheryl Broich
The Sacristan, always under the general direction of the clergy, undertakes the overall preparation of liturgical celebrations. The Sacristan’s role is altogether supportive, setting an example of quiet recollection, leading others involved in the liturgy to embrace with calm and dignity their roles in the rites that will follow.
The Sacristan arranges the books needed for the celebration and anything else needed for the celebration such as cruets, chalices, ciboria, linens, oils, processional crosses, candles and torches. Once the liturgy has commenced, the Sacristan monitors the proceedings and is prepared to act in case something additional might be required. The schedule for Sacristans is online and rotated based on Mass preferences. Individual training provided.
Altar Servers, by their very nature, support or assist the priest and other ministries. Altar Servers play an important part in supporting the orderly celebration of Mass, knowing the ﬂow and movement of the liturgy well enough to anticipate the needs of the priest or other ministers.
Attentive Servers are alert to unanticipated events during Mass (e.g., a forgot-ten Sacramentary, a blown‐out candle, a dropped cruet). To participate more fully in the Mass and to model appropriate prayer for others in the Assembly, it is desirable that Servers know Mass prayers such as the:
- Confiteor (“I confess to almighty God, …”)
- Profession of Faith
- Orate Fratres (“Pray brethren that my sacrifice and yours be acceptable to God…)
- Lord’s Prayer.
Servers should also be able gracefully to make the various gestures used at Mass (e.g. the Sign of the Cross, the triple signing before the Gospel, and a profound bow.) Altar serving is open to anyone in sixth grade or older. The schedule for serving is online and rotated based on Mass preferences.
“Our goal is to help people to hear God speaking to their head and their hearts so they can leave Mass inspired to live out their faith in the world!” Dan Moran
Lectors proclaim the Word of God at Mass. The love of Sacred Scriptures is “a force reinvigorating and renewing the entire People of God” (Introduction to the Lectionary, #47). Prayer and meditation on the readings and Gospel at Mass allow the voice of God to speak to you and through you.
Lectors are encouraged to read through the entire chapter in which a reading is found in the Bible and to practice the selected reading aloud several times during the week in preparation for their proclamation. Lectors should prepare for all the readings for a Mass, in the event additional Lectors are not available.
Youth who are at least 16 years of age are needed, especially at the 6:00 PM Mass.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
“What a blessing it is for those of us able to regularly attend Mass and receive Holy Communion. Homebound Communion Ministry provides me an opportunity to oﬀer this special gift to those unable to attend Mass. Getting to know the individuals and appreciating their faith in challenging situations is my reward.” Jim Mosakowski
Bishops, priests and deacons, by virtue of their ordination are the Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Laity who are trained and commissioned to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass are called Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC). Extraordinary Ministers are examples of Christian living in faith and conduct, striving to grow in holiness through their love of the Eucharist.
It is especially helpful for Extraordinary Ministers to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to Mass to help with orderly preparation for Mass. EMHCs are the only ministers not scheduled in advance due to the need to assign speciﬁc positions. Current sign‐in procedure prior to Mass provides the needed ﬂexibility. Training is oﬀered every six to eight weeks. Conﬁrmed youth who are 16 years or older are also welcome!
MINISTERS OF MUSIC
“The function of music is ministerial; it must serve and never dominate. Music should assist the assembled believers to
express and share the gift of faith that is within them and to nourish and strengthen their interior commitment of faith. It heightens the texts so that they speak more fully and more eﬀectively. The quality of joy and enthusiasm which music adds to community worship cannot be gained in any other way. It imparts a sense of unity to the Assembly and sets the appropriate tone for a particular celebration." Father A. Kavanaugh
“When you’re singing for God, He takes your gift of song and elevates is to something greater. I’ve become more engaged in our parish, meeting people and feeling like I’m part of something greater than just me on the weekend.” Katie Burke
Lead the assembly at Masses throughout the year, including Lord’s Day Masses, special services, weddings and funerals. Auditions required.
Traditional choir, classical repertoire. Sings at 9:30 AM Sunday Mass, Labor Day to Pentecost. Rehearsals Tuesdays 7:00 PM and Sundays 8:45 AM – 9:15 AM.
Contemporary repertoire. Sings at 11:30 AM Mass. Sunday rehearsals, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM.
Contemporary repertoire with piano, drums and guitar. Sings at 6PM Mass. Sunday rehearsals 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM.
Sings 5-6 times per year. Thursday morning rehearsals from 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM.
Altar Linen Care
“The Altar Linen Care ministry provides the option to share our gifts, away from church. Everyone has something to give, and every gift, big or small is truly a blessing and a thanksgiving to God.” Annette Adelmann
This ministry ensures on a scheduled basis that there are clean and pressed linens for Mass each week.
Our Lady of Grace bas been blessed to provide support to couples on their wedding day for more than 20 years through the Wedding Ministry team of volunteer coordinators. Members of the Wedding Ministry team assist the lead coordinator at the rehearsal and help prepare the Church, coordinate the procession and communicate with ﬂorists, musicians, guest celebrants, photographers, videographers and outside wedding planners on the day of the wedding. Time commitment is approximately three hours on a Friday or Saturday once every four or ﬁve weeks.
We share our gifts with families throughout their preparation, including assisting with the Baptismal garment, setting up for the Baptism service, and providing support during the Baptism Liturgy. Time commitment is approximately 1-2 hours per month.