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Liturgical Ministry

Liturgical Ministry Schedule

 

There are different gifts but the same Spirit; there are different ministries but the same Lord;
there are different works but the same God who accomplishes all of them in everyone.
To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 1 Corinthians 12:4-7

Holy Infant takes seriously the celebration of Sacred Liturgy, especially the Celebration of the Eucharistic Liturgy (Mass)..  Our Liturgical Commission is is made up of the Coordinators for each liturgical ministry, along with the Pastor and the Director of Music and Liturgy.  The goal of the commission is to "enrich and support the faith community of Holy Infant by acknowledging God’s presence in the preparation and celebration of liturgical life in our parish."

Individuals are asked to pray and discern the one Liturgical Ministry in which they will serve the community. This applies to Altar Attendants, Extraordinary Ministers, Greeters, Hosts, Lectors and Music Ministers.  All those serving at liturgy are expected to arrive early for Mass and are expected to dress in an appropriate manner.  Please see the Guidelines for each individual ministry for more information.

Contact Information

To find out information about any of the following ministries please click above and then under "time and talent" click on "contact the chair or coordinator."

Altar Attendant

Altar Attendants prepare the altar for the celebration of liturgy and assist the presider during the liturgy. Anyone nine years of age or older who has celebrated 1st Eucharist is eligible and encouraged to be an Altar Attendant.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Extraordinary Ministers join the presider in distributing the Eucharist during liturgies.

Extraordinary Ministers to the Sick/Homebound

Extraordinary Ministers to the Sick/Homebound take the Eucharist and the Gospel message to the sick and homebound of our community each weekend. Frequency of ministry is dependent upon the number of ministers and the number of homes to be visited.

Greeter

Greeters, as ministers of welcome and hospitality, greet people entering the church, assist visitors, provide hymnals, collect the offertory and facilitate the Presentation of the Gifts. While going about their duties, they seek always to provide a welcoming presence and sense of hospitality.

Host

Hosts help coordinate the liturgy. They welcome the assembly, acknowledge guests, make announcements, and move the liturgy along at its proper pace. Working with the presider, they ensure that all ministers are present and that all is in readiness for the liturgy. Hosts assist the Greeters by welcoming people and assisting wherever needed. They also attend to any special liturgical needs that may arise. This ministry requires strong speaking skills and a welcoming, hospitable presence.

Lector

Lectors proclaim the Word of God to the assembly. New lectors receive training in proclamation techniques, theological and liturgical foundations of the ministry, types of readings, and preparation methods. During special liturgical seasons, Lectors have opportunities to participate in dialogue and other innovative styles of proclamation.

Music Minister

Music Ministers provide music for all parish events requiring musical support, reinforcing and enhancing the sung prayer of the community and the ritual action of the liturgy. The goal of this ministry is to foster and encourage the full, conscious and active participation of the gathered assembly. Serving as a music minister requires a high degree of commitment: regular attendance at weekly rehearsals, service at a weekend liturgy and participation in at least one music workshop a year. For musicians not having the time to commit to weekly music ministry, it is possible to participate on a seasonal basis.

 

Liturgical Support Ministry

There are several ministries that support our Parish Liturgies behind the scenes.  Without these support ministers our liturgies would suffer.

Altar Linen Caretaker

Altar Linen Caretakers wash and iron all linens used at liturgies and Baptisms. All linens must be picked up after the last Sunday liturgy and returned before the next weekend. Instructions are provided for the proper care of the linens. Caretakers work on their own time within limits. Only a few hours of time is required. Scheduling depends on the number of Caretakers.

Altar Bread Baker

Bakers prepare the Eucharistic bread used at weekend and holy day liturgies. A training session is provided, and each baker receives a copy of the parish Eucharistic bread recipe. 

Art and Environment (A&E)

The A&E Committee is responsible for enhancing the visual atmosphere of the church during the liturgical year. Individuals contribute their various talents: sewing and other crafts, gardening, flower arranging, drawing, design, woodworking, lighting and the physical labor to prepare the worship space.

Sacristan

The Sacristan assists the Pastor and the Director with care of the sacristy, the church, and their contents.The sacristan,  prepares the church for Sacred Liturgy and assists with other things necessary for the celebration of Mass.