“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!