HELPING WITH MASS
“Humbly regard others as more important than yourselves,
each looking out not for his own interests,
but also everyone for those of others.
Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours
in Christ Jesus”
— Philippians 2:3–5
According to the Second Vatican Council, the Holy Mass is the “source and summit of the Christian life.” In addition to our participation in the Mass by means of prayer, singing, and silence, there are various ways to serve those in attendance. These liturgical ministries include being an altar server, lector, or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, as well as laundering the sacred linens. Each role contributes to the beautiful and reverent celebration of the Mass. Liturgical ministers serve every few weeks.
Altar servers assist the priest with the various sacred vessels and books that are used at Mass. Children (boys or girls) must have received Baptism and First Holy Communion, and must regularly attend Sunday Mass and religious education classes (either in a Catholic school, at home, or through the parish’s religious education program).
For more information, contact Ida B. O'Leary (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lectors read the announcements, proclaim the biblical
readings, and announce the intentions of the Universal
Prayer (Prayer of the Faithful) at Mass. Lectors must
have received Baptism and First Holy Communion, be
in at least the eighth grade, and, if married, be in a
marriage recognized by the Catholic Church.
For more information, contact Ida B. O'Leary
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
These ministers assist the priest in distributing Holy Communion at Mass, and also take the Eucharist to the sick. (They are called “extraordinary” ministers because the priest and deacon are understood to be the “ordinary” or primary ministers of Holy Communion.) Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion must have received Baptism and First Holy Communion, be at least 16 years old, and, if married, be in a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church.
For more information, contact Ida O'Leary (email@example.com).
Altar Linen Guild
Those who participate in this ministry launder the sacred linens used at Mass, typically on a six-week rotation. The commitment is to pick up and return the linens in a timely manner.
For more information, contact Madeleine Gorr (firstname.lastname@example.org).