Engaging in the Liturgy
The priest is not the only person who is called to participate in the Mass, rather all Catholics are called by their baptism to participate in Mass. Becoming involved in one of the ICSJ Parish Liturgical Ministries, listed below, is a great way to become more actively engaged in the Sunday Liturgy.
Children's Liturgy of the Word
Our Children's Liturgy of the Word helps our young children understand the Sunday scripture stories when they come to church. Children aged 4-7 are dismissed during the Liturgy of the Word and participate in lessons and activities designed to make the day's scriptures more child friendly and bring the word of God to life. For more information, click here.
Altar servers assist the priest during the celebration of Mass. Altar servers carry the cross, hold the book of Prayers, and help prepare the Altar for the celebration of the Eucharist. Altar servers usually serve once per month. See our Altar Server Ministry page for more information on becoming an altar server.
Ushers and Greeters
Ushers and Greeters welcome visitors at the Weekend Masses and help these liturgies to run smoothly.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Communion Ministers distribute Holy Communion (bread and wine) at Mass. Training is required prior to becoming a Communion Minister. Upon completion of training, the person is then commissioned at Mass and given a certificate from the Archdiocese. Communion Ministers usually serve twice per month.
Lectors Proclaim the Word of God at Mass and for Prayer Services. They also offer the Prayers of the Faithful when a deacon is not present. Upon completion of training, the person is commissioned as a lector and usually serves once per month.
Sunday Sacristans help before and after Mass to prepare the liturgical items and vessels used at our Sunday liturgies. Training is provided and Sacristans usually serve at least once per month and some even serve every Sunday.
Wedding Sacristans explain the wedding liturgy and practice the marriage ceremony with the bridal party. Wedding Sacristans also prepare Church for Mass by readying the liturgical items and vessels used at Mass and assist families on the day of the wedding.
Art and Environment
Art and Environment Ministers decorate the Church and gym for Christmas and Easter. These ministers take care of the flowers and other liturgical symbols in Church throughout the year. Art and Environment Ministers can help once per year or many times, there are many opportunities to be involved in the Art and Environment.
Ministers of Care
Ministers of Care are specially trained lay people who take Holy Communion to the sick and homebound.