Nothing Catholics do is more important than celebrating the liturgy.
Introduction to Liturgical Ministries
Liturgical ministry is an excellent opportunity to fulfill your baptismal call of service to one another. Our liturgies utilize the talents and gifts that God has given this community to the fullest extent.
Whether participation is through “behind the scenes” preparation and planning or through a public role of service within the Mass, Parishioner contributions help our liturgies to be truly life-giving celebrations. Please prayerfully consider joining one of these ministries.
The greatest among you must be your servant
Altar servers have the privilege of assisting the priest in the Sanctuary during the Mass and other liturgical functions.
A perspective altar server must be in or above 5th grade and must be able to receive Communion. They must complete 4 out of 5 training sessions. These sessions are usually held once per year.
There are guidelines to follow which are gone over in the first training session. The guidelines include a dress code and a code of behavior which are read and agreed upon by both server and parents.
A schedule for each server is provided monthly via email. Three servers are scheduled per Mass.
Anyone interested in becoming an altar server may apply by calling Karen Konkolics at 570-441-3459 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Nothing we can do for our children is more important than prayer.
We aim to share the inspired Word of God with children so they can understand and grow to love the scriptures.
We have a small but dedicated group, and you are welcome to attend a Children’s Liturgy of the Word on Sunday mornings to see if God is calling you to this ministry.
Youth Protections Clearances are required for this ministry which is offered during the Sunday morning masses at 8:00 and 10:30am.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
The Eucharist is Jesus who gives himself entirely to us, feeding on Him and abiding in Him through Eucharistic communion – if we do so in faith – transforms our lives into a gift to God and to our brothers and sisters.
Since Vatican II, lay members of the church are asked to serve the body and blood of Jesus to Parishioners attending Mass and the homebound, infirm, and incarcerated.
Parishioners assist with the distribution of the Eucharist (Body and Blood) at weekday, weekend, and Holy Day Masses. You must be 18 years of age, have received the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church, and must be recognized by the Church if married. Training is ongoing.
ATTENTION ALL EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
As we respond to the current impact of the COVID-19 variants in the Commonwealth, Bishop Gainer asks all parishes to make the following adjustments to liturgical protocol until further notice:
• Masks are to be worn for the distribution of Holy Communion by all priests, deacons, and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion during the celebration of Holy Mass and outside the celebration of Holy Mass. This includes visits to the sick and homebound and applies even to those who are vaccinated.
• All those distributing Holy Communion are to sanitize their hands prior to the distribution. It is not necessary to sanitize during the distribution of Holy Communion unless there has been contact with the recipient. It is not necessary to sanitize hands after every person who receives Holy Communion on the tongue.
These protocol are in place to ensure the safety of our parish communities and to prevent the need for further measures that would constrain public worship within the Diocese of Harrisburg. Thank you for your attention to these measures.
In His Heart,
It will be more important now, that if you cannot serve the Mass you are scheduled for, to reach out and get another team to sub for you. PLEASE let Father know you are there and ready to serve so that he is not wondering.
A COUPLE OF NOTES:
• When you are done with your aisle and if Father is still giving communion, check the cafeteria for any parishioners who may not be able to come down front for communion. Then, return your Ciborium to the Altar, sanitize your hands, and return to your seat
Gathering requires that we acknowledge the presence of one another as Christ among us.
Greeters make all feel welcome to our Parish services by greeting them warmly at the doors of our church. It is especially important for greeters to welcome visitors and those new to our church.
GREETER PROGRAM UPDATE
We need greeters for every Mass. Please contact Nancy Edwards if you can join/resume this ministry.
Like with any first impression, greeters can help assure everyone feels they are part of our Parish community.
Greeters are asked to greet at least one time every 4-6 weeks depending on the number of greeters at each Mass.
A greeter is typically assigned to greet at one, and on some occasions, two Masses a month. The only qualification to be a greeter is the ability to provide kind greetings to our parishioners. If you are interested in becoming a greeter, please contact Nancy Edwards.
Greeters’ Schedules for 2021:
The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue, That I might know how to answer the weary a word that will waken them. – Isaiah 50:4
Lectors proclaim the Parish’s General Intentions and the Word of God at Sunday Liturgy from the Lectionary. The Lectionary is an ordered presentation of scripture selections from both the Old and New Testaments and extends across a cycle of three years.
Lectors receive training and a handbook of readings.
Depending on the Mass time preference, Lectors are scheduled 1-2 times a month. Lectors do not have to be confirmed but must be practicing Catholics.
You are welcome, be seated, be comfortable
Ushers assist those who may need help finding a seat, directions to the washrooms, answer any questions they may have or direct them to who can answer their questions.
USHER PROGRAM UPDATE
We need ushers. Please call the office if you can join/resume this ministry.
The ushers help bring the gifts up during Mass and let the Special Ministers of the Eucharist know who needs communion brought to them.
They also take up the collection and gifts during the Mass. If someone gets ill or needs medical care, they do what is needed in those circumstances.