Prayer is a basic ingredient for the wellness of our soul as food is a requirement to ensure a healthy body. It is through prayer that we nurture our personal relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As a family, we gather together to worship and praise God in the Mass. Nourished by the Word of God and the Eucharist, we are strengthened as a parish family to go and to serve the Lord. Reflect on how you can assist your parish in making prayer a greater priority.
Altar servers have the privilege of assisting the priest during Mass. Boys from third grade and up may serve. Men are also welcome to assist when youth are not available. Men or women are also needed to motivate, recruit and train and to help organize fun events and get-togethers for the servers.
The choir supports the assembly for the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass and other major liturgical celebrations such as Holy Week and Christmas. Some choir members (volunteers) sing the Responsorial Psalm and some Mass parts. These Cantors are scheduled on a monthly basis. Membership in the choir includes students going into 7th grade through adults. Anyone who likes to sing is encouraged to join. Choir members rehearse each week for one hour before Sunday Mass. The choir season runs from September through May.
"The word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12) With these words, the author of the Letter to the Hebrews speaks of the power of the word of God. The word is the communication of God's will. As lectors, you share in the tradition of proclaiming the word to the community at Mass. This is not a responsibility to be taken lightly. God has called you to this mission. The Spirit has given you the gift of being able to present the word to the community and, even more important, the gift of being able to discern its meaning for yourself. They are responsible for becoming familiar with the readings at Mass and they convey a high regard for the Liturgy of the Word. Lectors must prepare delivering the Word of God orally: noting pronunciation, delivery speed, audibility, proper emphasis of words and phrases. The lector also leads the congregation in prayers of the faithful. They are scheduled on a rotating basis. Readings and petitions are mailed to you the week before the Sunday assigned to you. If a lector cannot make their obligation, they are responsible for arranging a substitute from the list of trained lectors in the parish.
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Families or individuals are scheduled to bring up the Offertory Gifts at the weekend Masses and Holy Days. You should find replacements if you cannot be at Mass the day you are scheduled.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
With the approval of the priest, individuals may receive diocesan training and be commissioned as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. All ministers of Holy Communion should show the greatest reverence for the Most Holy Eucharist by their demeanor, their attire and the manner in which they handle the consecrated bread or wine. They are also scheduled on a rotating basis.
Pope John Paul II said, "Your faith will help you to realize that it is Jesus Himself who is present in the Blessed Sacrament, waiting for you and calling you to spend one special specific hour with Him each week." Jesus is the greatest treasure given to us on our sojourn on earth. Jesus, through the Church He started, gives himself to us in the Eucharist at Mass. We also have the grace of Eucharistic Adoration, where Our Lord, in the veiled presence of the Blessed Sacrament, gently invites us to spend time with Him, and draw close to His mercy and His love, to love Him more dearly, to see Him more clearly and to follow Him more nearly. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at St. Paul. Because Jesus cannot be left alone in the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the monstrance, scheduled adorers are guardians and their presence is necessary. Ideally, there should be at least two adorers each hour. Several hours have only one. Consider spending one hour with Jesus.
Under the general direction of the priest, the sacristan undertakes the overall preparation of liturgical celebrations by arranging the books needed for the celebration, laying out the vestments and anything else needed such as cruets, chalices, ciboria, linens, oils and candles. The sacristan also makes sure that vestments, liturgical vessels, etc. are in good condition or in need of repair. He makes sure there is a ready supply of fresh hosts and wine, clean purificators, corporals, hand towels, incense and coals. Following Mass they put things away. Other duties include linen cleaning, metal polishing and washing glass candle holders. Training is necessary and sacristans need to have an eye for detail.
Rosary Leaders are needed before daily and weekend Masses. They should be willing to come early and begin the rosary at least 20 minutes before Mass.