The word “liturgy” comes from the Greek word leitourgia which means “work of the people.” As Catholics, we use the word “liturgy” to refer to the celebration of the Mass, the center of our faith life. Together, as a church family, we are all called to participate in the liturgy through our prayer, song and spoken responses at Mass. Some of us also feel called to serve at Mass as liturgical ministers. Our liturgies at Blessed Sacrament couldn’t be successful without our wonderful group of liturgical ministers sharing their time and talent with our parish community!
Do you feel called to participate more fully in the Mass as a liturgical minister? We always welcome new disciples to serve Christ and our parish in this vital ministry!
All training is provided. All liturgical ministers 18 and over must complete VIRTUS training.
Altar Servers assist the priest during Sunday Mass, Holy Day Mass, weddings, funerals, Stations of the Cross and Benediction. Altar servers need to be fourth grade or older and have made their First Communion.
Adult Altar Servers assist the priest during Funerals that occur when student altar servers are not available. Adult Altar Servers must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. If married, the marriage must be recognized by the Catholic Church.
Lectors proclaim the Word of God clearly and understandably at Sunday Mass, Holy Day Mass, Funerals and Daily Mass. Lectors must be 16 years of age and have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. If married, the marriage needs to be recognized by the Catholic Church.
Extraordinary Ministers Distribute Eucharist at Mass. Provide service twice per month. Confirmed Catholics at least 16 years old may serve as Eucharistic Ministers.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) Members present the Sunday readings to children on a level that they can understand – Our Lady of Grace is looking for someone to take the lead in this wonderful ministry – interested? Contact Meg Knarr at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ushers are sometimes referred to as Greeters. Being a welcoming community is very important. Ushers are the first face of the parish. They greet those coming into our church, offer assistance to those in need, distribute parish bulletins, take up the collection, and distribute other materials as needed. Ushers are needed at Sunday Mass, Holy Day Masses and Funerals. Ushers must be 16 years of age and have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. If married, the marriage needs to be recognized by the Catholic Church.
Gift Bearers carry bread and wine to the altar during the Offertory Procession at Mass. Families, groups, or individuals are welcome to volunteer to serve as gift bearers.
Sacristans make sure the sacramental supplies (hosts, wine, chalices, linens, etc.) are in place before Mass. There is also an opportunity to assist with washing and ironing linens; cleaning water fonts and refilling holy water, and dusting the main altar, the day chapel and the sacristy.
Media Ministry live stream our Masses and on occasion help record or stream weddings, funerals, and other events held in the church.
The Arts and Environment Committee is responsible for planning and decorating the church for all liturgical seasons, including but not limited to Lent, Christmas, Easter and Ordinary Time.
Altar Society Perform light cleaning of sanctuary and preparation of candles and other liturgical items. Contact: Elaine Hagner – email@example.com