God has always called young people to service. The scriptures are filled with inspiring stories about the young being called by name to accomplish a task given to them by God.
Altar Severs assist the priest at Mass and by serving at the altar they give honor and glory to Jesus who is present in the Eucharist. Alar serving is open to all in the 6th grade or older and parish training is provided.
If interested in altar serving, please contact Colette Gurin at [email protected].
Liturgical Environment Committee
Just as the seasons change so do the liturgical seasons of Church. Each liturgical season focuses on a part of salvation history. As creation changes through the seasons, so does the environment in the Church change with the liturgical seasons.
The Art & Environment Committee, along with the pastor, plan and prepares the Church’s environment in accordance with the liturgical seasons and special parish events. All that is required is a willingness to serve and put your talents to good use.
If interested in being part of the Art & Environment committee, please contact Maureen Nitsche at [email protected] or Fr. Steve at [email protected].
Children's Liturgy of the Word
Our faith tells us that the Word of God is alive and transforms our hearts. We hear the Word of God read at each Mass and in the homily the presider brings the Word to us. The Children’s Liturgy of the Word bring the Scriptures alive. During the 9:00AM Mass, children between Kindergarten and Grade 2 are sent forth from Mass to review and study the readings at a level that they can understand. The children return to Mass for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
All that is required is some patience and understanding of small children. Training is provided and Archdiocesan Virtus training is required.
If interested in being part of the Children’s Liturgy of the Word, please contact Katie Ludwig at [email protected].
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More information can be provided by calling the Parish Center at 773-474-7800
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion
The greatest gift Jesus left us was the gift of himself in the Eucharist. St Luke tells us, “he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it and gave it to them saying, ‘This is my body, which will be given for you; do this is memory of me.’ And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.’” (Luke 22:19-20)
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion are responding to their Baptismal Call to serve God’s people by assisting with the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass. The Extraordinary Minister shares the Bread of Life and the Chalice of Salvation with those gathered and by their presence and ministry make the outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit visible within the life of our parish family.
If you are interested in being and Extraordinary Minister of Communion, please contact Tammy Stockover at [email protected].edu Training will be provided.
The Ministry of Lector is rooted in the power of the word of God. Isaiah tells us, “So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
Prayerful proclamation of the Scripture makes the presence of God alive in our midst, enlivens our hearts, challenge us, comforts us in our sorrow and empowers all of us to work for the Kingdom of God. The Lector carefully prepares themselves to proclaim the Word and making themselves instruments in bringing the centuries old truths and enlightenment to life for those assembled.
If you are interested in being a lector, please contact Mike Hayes @ [email protected]. Training will be provided.
Ushers and Greeters
The Ushers and Greeters are Ministers of Hospitality. They are commissioned with creating a friendly and welcoming environment to those who enter the doors of the Church. They are often the first and the last face you see at Sunday Mass – they are called to be the face of Christ in welcoming not only our parishioners but also the stranger. The ushers also assist with taking up the collection and distributing the bulletin after Mass.
If you are interested in being an Usher or a Greeter, please contact Deacon Joe at [email protected]. This ministry is open to all and is a great way for an entire family to get involved.
The Welcome Ministry is a ministry that is forming in response to the Parish Transformation Initiative. Those involved will act as greeters during our weekend Masses and as neighborhood contacts for new or returning parishioners. We are looking for volunteers to begin this ministry. All that is required is a friendly personality and one that is willing serve the people of God by being the face of Christ to others.
If you are interested in being part of the Welcome Ministry, please contact Jack Reedy at [email protected].