A liturgical ministry is simply being involved with or assisting with the Mass. While the priest is the presider and main guide for the movement of the liturgy, it is a community effort to complete the Mass. Below are listed several ways you can use your gifts and talents to bring more beauty to the Mass.
"...so the word that goes forth from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do."
Lectors proclaim the readings of scripture during the celebration of the Mass, and read the general intercessions.
Eucharistic ministers of Holy Communion:
"...you are told: 'the body of Christ,' and you reply, 'Amen.' be a member of the body of Christ and let your 'Amen' be true."
Eucharistic ministers, since the early centuries of the Church, have taken Holy Communion to the sick and other shut-ins. They now join with the presiding priest to help distribute the body and blood of Christ to the assembly. Some of them still serve as ministers to the sick and shut-ins of our community.
"go and tell all nations,' says the Lord; 'I am with you always, until the end of the world.'"
Lay presiders preside and preach at Word and Communion celebrations, and also lead funeral vigils, Stations of the Cross, and celebrations of morning and evening prayer.
Cantors and musicians:
"sing to the Lord a new song; skillfully play with joyful chant."
Cantors serve as the song leaders during the celebration of the eucharist, and, most importantly, proclaim the psalm during Mass. Musicians, both vocalists and instrumentalists are involved in many ways in the liturgical life of St. Rose Church. We have a twenty to thirty person choir here at our parish who sing regularly at the 9am Sunday Mass and on holy days and other special occasions. Other assemblies lead and support the music of other Masses.
"...established then in their position of trust. Thus they and their sons kept guard over the gates of the house of the Lord..."
Ushers do much more than just seat people, take up the collection, and stand watch in case of emergency. They are the "open doors" to fellow worshipers; they welcome each new arrival and point them towards Christ.
"let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
Altar servers must be in the 5th grade or above to serve at our parish. These young people serve at weekend Masses, reconciliation services, and other liturgical celebrations, such as Stations of the Cross. Adults usually serve daily morning Mass. So, this is the one ministry that is open to persons of all ages!
Sound system operators:
"anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear."
Our latest ministry, sound system operation, has been a necessary and active ministry at St. Rose Church since Christmas Eve of 1999. They are needed at each and every liturgical celebration held in our Church.
If you would like to get involved with a liturgical ministry or if you have any further questions regarding our liturgical ministries, please feel free to contact us at the parish office or you may contact Jeri Kay Lesneski, our pastoral assistant for liturgy and music, directly via email.