Liturgical Ministries focus on implementing the liturgy in a prayerful, creative and effective fashion. The liturgical ministries include Eucharistic ministers/Tabernacle Ministers, Lectors, Ushers/Hospitality Team, Altar Servers, Choir/Cantors. Every year, the liturgical ministers are commissioned or re-commissioned for their ministry by the parish community. Also at least once a year, there is a training for new liturgical ministers.
To receive training as a liturgical minister, please contact your
If you are already a liturgical minister and want to change how you are scheduled, please contact: Susie DeGrinney for St. Bartholomew parish or
Julie Cannon for St. John & Holy Cross and St. Maximilian Kolbe
/ Tabernacle Ministers
Eucharistic ministers are devoted to Christ in the Eucharist and help distribute communion at Mass. They go through a background check so that they can also bring communion to those who are sick or home bound. They also receive some training and re-training every year in the logistics and spirituality of the Eucharistic minister. The names of Eucharistic ministers are presented to the Bishop for approval and commissioning. A person must be at least 16 years old and fully initiated into the Catholic Church in order to become an Eucharistic minister. Tabernacle Ministers are Eucharistic Ministers who also setup for Mass or any other sacraments that might be occurring at Mass.
Lectors are devoted to Christ, the Word of God, in the Scriptures and read the first two readings and the prayers of the faithful at Mass. A person must at least 14 years old and fully initiated into the Catholic Church in order to become a lector.
Ushers / Hospitality Team
Members of the Hospitality Team are devoted to Christ in the face of others and setup for Mass, welcome and seat parishioners, maintain the prayerful atmosphere, take up the collection, and cleanup after Mass. A person must be at least 12 years old and fully initiated into the Catholic Church in order to become a member of the Hospitality Team.
Choir / Cantors
Music and singing is an essential part of liturgical prayer. We pray with our whole being including our singing voices. The Choir leads the congregation in prayer and worship through song. The Cantor is responsible for intoning the Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Acclamation and singing the verses of the Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Acclamation. For more information, see Music Ministry.
Altar servers are devoted to Christ's image in the priest and help the priest with the Sacramentary, the sacred vessels, and the collection at Mass. Children who are fully initiated in the Catholic Church, usually by the age of 8 years old, are able to train to become altar servers.