Communion Ministers (Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion)
Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are lay members of the parish who assist in the distribution of Holy Communion. (A lay person is any member of the church who is not among the ordained clergy and not a member of a religious order.) Some extraordinary ministers assist with Communion at Mass; others take the Eucharist to area nursing home and care facilities.
Communion Ministers At Mass
This ministry is for high school juniors through adult who have been confirmed. For those who participate in this ministry, we ask for a commitment of at least one weekend Mass per month. Scheduling can be flexible to accommodate availability and for those who travel seasonally. Training and mentoring are provided. We request that those participating in this ministry attend 1-2 formation opportunities of their choice each year. This is a wonderful way to “Share Christ with your fellow parishioners. For more details and contact information for both youth and adults, see the Volunteer Flyer for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Mass.
Communion Ministers At Nursing Home and Care Facilities
For those who participate in this ministry, the commitment varies depending on where the communion minister distributes holy Communion.
At Lasata Care Center: 1st and 3rd Sundays each month and the four 5th Sundays per year. We ask for a commitment of just one Sunday per month or to be on the substitute list. The hours are 8:30-9:30 a.m.
At Cedar Springs or Cedar Gardens: We serve these care centers every Sunday. We ask for a commitment of just one Sunday per month or to be on the substitute list. The hours are 9-10:30 a.m.
At Harrison Home: We distribute Communion once a week to about six residents, usually on Wednesdays. We ask for a commitment of once per month. The time involved is about one hour during the day.
At Ivy Manor: We distribute Communion on Sunday mornings to about 10 residents. Commitments are for particular Sundays or as a substitute. The time involved is about 30 minutes.
Funeral Mass Ministry
Funeral ministers are parish adults who function as altar servers at Masses of Christian Burial. They set up for funerals, assist the priest at Mass and serve as ministers of holy Communion. They carry the incense and the cross. Funeral ministers are called upon approximately twice per month. By their loving service and demeanor, our ministers add distinction and dignity to the liturgy of the church. This ministry may include Saturday assistance, as participant schedules allow.
Greeters welcome parishioners and visitors to Mass. On special occasions, greeters may be asked to provide additional service. Greeters should be middle school or older. Younger children may participate with a parent. Greeters arrive 20-25 minutes before Mass. Scheduling is done through a sign up sheet in the gathering space (on the Ushers’ Room door).
Ushers assist with seating when needed, take up the collection, help with procession to Communion, distribute the bulletin after Mass, and help in other ways as needed. Ushers arrive about 15 minutes before Mass and stay about 10 minutes after Mass. The frequency of assignments depends on the number of available volunteers.
The mission of the lector ministry is to proclaim the Scriptures at Mass. Those participating in this ministry should be motivated by spiritual reasons: desire to proclaim the Word of God so that people listen and understand. Lectors prepare before each assignment. Helpful skills include public speaking ability and a willingness to respond to suggestions for improvement. Adults and high school youth are welcome. Training and mentoring are provided. For more details and contact information for both youth and adults, see the Volunteer Flyer for Lectors.
We share our musical talents in the celebration of the liturgy. Singing and musical accompaniment are part of this ministry.
This choir sings weekly during the school year, usually at the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Rehearsals are held on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. at SFB-North. Adults and high school students are welcome.
The youth choir includes boys and girls in grades 2-8. This choir periodically sings at weekend Masses and some special liturgies. Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from 3:45-4:45 in the music room at the Education & Activity Center (E&AC). A snack is provided at the beginning of the rehearsal.
Cantors serve at all liturgies, including weddings and funerals, assisting the community’s participation in the sung liturgy. All cantors must belong to the parish adult choir and have a strong choral background.
The handbell choir periodically provides additional musical accompaniment to our liturgies. Members must have prior music experience, preferably keyboard based. Rehearsals are on Monday nights at 6:00 p.m. Qualified musicians beginning at middle school level are invited to participate.
We are always in need of qualified instrumentalists with a firm musical foundation. Besides the traditional organ and piano, instruments used in our liturgies have included woodwinds, brass, strings, guitars and percussion.
Mass Servers (Grades 4 and up)
Mass servers assist the priest at the altar: light candles, join in procession, hold the Roman Missal for the priest, greet people with the sign of peace, and give other help that is needed. All youth in our parish, grade four and above, are invited to become servers. They must have received first Eucharist. There is no upper age limit for servers. Usually servers are scheduled once every 4-6 weeks.
“Behind the Scenes” Ministries
High School and older. We launder and iron the purificators used to wipe the chalices during Mass. The time commitment is about three hours, usually two or three times each year.
Church dusters keep our churches dust-free and looking good year-round. No heavy cleaning is required. Dusters are adults; youth may assist their parents. The total time commitment depends on how many teams have volunteered and which church you are dusting. The goal is to have each team scheduled just 2-3 times per year. The schedule is flexible, and dusting can be done at the volunteers’ convenience.
Lasata Monday Mass Volunteers
Our mission is to provide assistance at the Lasata Nursing Home so that residents can attend Mass and receive Communion. Masses are on the second Monday each month at 2:00 p.m. Volunteers help from about 1:15-3:00 p.m. and can choose how often they would like to help.
Liturgical Environment (Flowers, decorations, etc.)
Adult volunteers help provide an inspirational setting for our Eucharistic celebrations and liturgical seasons with flowers, banners, etc. You can choose to help maintain the plants and décor on a rotating schedule which would involve about 2 hours per week. You can also choose to decorate for the major church seasons. This takes about 6 hours, 3 times per year. Volunteers are needed at both the North and South churches.
The sacristy assistants do weekly light cleaning in the sacristy, care for liturgical garments and articles, and clean items in the sacristy and sanctuary. The time commitment is approximately one hour per week, with slightly more time required during the Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter seasons.
For more information, contact the Stewardship Office at 262-377-1070, ext. 227 or send an e-mail.