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.
Communion Ministers At Nursing Home and Care Facilities
For those who participate in this ministry, the commitment and schedule vary depending on where the communion minister distributes holy Communion.
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.
We share our musical talents in the celebration of the liturgy. Singing and musical accompaniment are part of this. For questions about any aspect of parish music ministry, see “Additional Information” at the bottom of this page.
St. Bonaventure Choir (grades 2-8, unchanged voices)
The St. Bonaventure Choir helps young singers learn proper singing technique in a way that strives to also arouse their devotion. Focused learning is balanced with regular choir parties and fellowship. They sing once a month at the 10 a.m. Mass. They also sing on Christmas Eve both at Mass and in a pre-Mass concert. For more information, see the flyer.
Rehearsals: Wednesdays 3:45– 4:45 p.m.
St. Timothy Choir (grades 8-12)
The St. Timothy Choir sings at the 6 p.m. Mass on most Sunday nights during the school year when LIFE TEEN nights are not held. The music is a blend of traditional music and praise & worship music. No experience is necessary.
Rehearsals: 5 p.m. on the Sundays when the choir will sing.
St. Joseph of Arimathea Funeral Choir (anyone)
The St. Joseph of Arimathea Choir sings at funerals and assists in the prayers of the requiem, or funeral, liturgy with appropriate choral literature.
Rehearsals: One hour before a funeral.
St. Francis Borgia Choir (adults and high school students)
The St. Francis Borgia Choir is the primary adult choir in the parish. Open to adults and high school students, this choir sings a variety of sacred choral music from various eras. They sing weekly at the 10 a.m. Mass (except for the first Sunday of the month) and on special liturgies of the year, including Christmas, Holy Week and Easter, Holy Days of Obligation, and Confirmation.
Rehearsals: Thursdays 7 – 8:30 p.m.
St. Hildegard Schola Cantorum
This ensemble specializes in Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony. They chant the Communion antiphons on the weekends when the St. Francis Borgia Choir sings. They also chant at special events such as the Stations of the Cross and other Masses.
Rehearsals: Thursdays 8:30 – 9 p.m.
It is the cantor’s primary role to sing the Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Acclamation at Mass but also to lead the congregation in the sung dialogues and the hymns. Singers with a clear voice who wish to serve in this ministry should contact the Director of Liturgical Music. (See “Additional Information” at the bottom of this page.)
St. Dunstan Handbell Choir (adults and high school students)
The handbell choir is currently inactive because more handbell ringers are needed.
This ensemble will ring our three-octave set of English handbells once a month at the 4:30 p.m. anticipated Mass. Members need to have a strong sense of rhythm, be able to read music, and be able to stand for at least an hour.
Rehearsals: Thursdays 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
St. Cecilia Organ Program (High school students and adults)
Organists perform a vital role in the Roman Catholic Church music, through accompanying the congregation on antiphons, hymns and responses, accompanying the choir on choral repertoire, and also in presenting solo music from the vast repertoire for the instrument.
As St. Francis Borgia is blessed to have an excellent Schantz organ, we are committed to training the next generation of Catholic church organists. High school students and adults with strong piano background are invited to be a part of this exciting program in which they can learn to play the organ in exchange for helping to play for Masses at St. Francis Borgia.
Other special events have included talks by our organ tuner to learn about careers in the field of organ tuning, along with an explanation and tour of the inside of the organ led by our organ tuner. Three neighboring parishes have hired students from this program as substitute organists, always with great reviews of their playing. Space in this program is limited.
Music Ministry Assistance
Seraphim Choral Guild
The Seraphim Choral Guild plays a vital role in the day to day activities of the music program. The Guild works closely with the Director of Liturgical Music to plan and publicize events, fundraisers, and concerts.
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” Liturgical 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.
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