Purpose: Enrich the spiritual environment at sacred gatherings, through music and song.
Responsibilities: Lead the congregation in song and music that supports the liturgical calendar, presented respectfully (i.e. not a performance).
Helpful Attributes: Commitment to rehearsal schedules; musical training desirable but not a must; respect for the role of music in the liturgy. Cantor Ministry is open to any individual who wishes to lead congregational singing, with approval of the Music Minister.
Ministers of the Word (Readers):
Purpose: Proclaim the Word of God at liturgical services.
Responsibilities: Prepare to serve by reviewing and reflecting on the readings to be proclaimed; practice proclaiming the Word prior to service.
Helpful Attributes: Candidates must be practicing Catholics in good standing, at least 18 years old and dependable. Should have a deep understanding and respect for the Word.
Time: Ministers can expect to serve approximately once a month.
Training: Attend a short, local training session. Demonstrate reading of the Word.
Training Schedule: 2-3 times a year, as needed.
Contact: Gregorio Reyes (Spanish), 828-698-6430 or 828-489-8347
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:
Purpose: Assist priest in the distribution of Holy Communion at Masses.
Responsibilities: Distribute The Precious Body and The Precious Blood during the liturgy of the Eucharist; distribute Ashes after Mass on Ash Wednesday; and give the blessing of the throat with the blessed candles after Mass on the Feast of St. Blaise.
Helpful Attributes: Practicing Catholics in good standing, at least 18 years old and committed to serve. Should have a deep understanding and respect for the sacrament of the Eucharist.
Time: Ministers can expect to serve twice monthly at their normally scheduled Mass and be willing to serve on Holy Days of Obligation and special Masses. Spend personal time in spiritual development and study available materials on the Liturgy of the Eucharist with special attention to reverence.
Training: All new candidates must attend a local parish 2 ½ hour training session before they can serve; all current ministers must attend a refresher training at least once every 3 years in order to maintain their active status. New and current ministers are required to complete and/or maintain their status. Training sessions are held 3 to 4 times a year as announced in the Bulletin.
Contact Javier Diaz, 458-3734, Co-Chair Spanish EMHC Schedule Coordinator
Welcoming Ministry (Ushers):
Purpose: Create and maintain a climate of hospitality.
Responsibilities: To verify/prepare the church for worship, and welcome parishioners and visitors. Prepare the offertory procession; collect the congregation’s gifts; assist in seating as required.
Helpful Attributes: Members must be at least 18 years old, dependable, kind, friendly and reverent.
Time: Arrive at church early in order to check the church and welcome parishioners and visitors to the celebration of Mass. Training sessions scheduled as needed.
Purpose: Ensure the attractiveness of the altar and sanctuary.
Responsibilities: Fit and hem new altar cloths; keep altar linens clean and fresh; change altar cloths in keeping with the liturgical calendar; arrange and maintain altar flowers.
Altar Contact: Sandra Fey, 693-0096
Flowers Contact: Jan Spicka, 891-1606
Flowers Contact: Jean Schoendorfer, 458-0582
Linens Contact: Doris Canavan, 692-8267
Art and Environment:
Purpose: To ensure that the church is suitable for sacred celebrations, dignified and beautiful, and that the religious artwork and decoration both inspire and reflect the prayer of the community. Volunteers are welcome.
Time: Banners are changed seasonally and for special celebrations. Flowers are attended to weekly. Decorating for Christmas and Easter will typically take 1/2 to 1 full day. Special projects are on an as required basis.
Purpose: To care for the sacred vessels, altar linens, and vestments used in the liturgy and to ensure that all is properly prepared for the celebration of the Mass.
Responsibilities: Set up for Mass, ensuring that all the sacred vessels, linens, and vestments are clean, in good repair and laid out appropriately for the celebration of the Mass. Ensure that a sufficient amount of wine and the correct amount of unconsecrated hosts have been set out for the Mass. Ensure that there is a ready supply of fresh hosts and of duly authorized wine, sufficient clean purificators, corporals, hand towels, incense, charcoals & candles.
Helpful Attributes: Members must be at least 18 years old with a real love of the Mass and the Eucharist, an understanding of the flow and nuances of the Church’s liturgical year, a willingness to learn proper procedures to follow and the ability to follow those procedures carefully and with reverence. Attention to detail is a must.
Time: Sacristans will typically need thirty minutes before Mass to set up and 15 minutes after an assigned Mass to purify (if required) the sacred vessels, store them away, and to ensure that the linens are properly dealt with and that the sacristy is in good order for the next Mass.
Training: Training sessions are typically one-on-one or for a small group and take as long as the new member needs to understand the duties and responsibilities of a sacristan. Follow up training will be given as needed. Volunteers are welcome for all sacristan groups, including: altar care, linens, and vestments.