Liturgical Ministries offered at Holy Family
Assist the priest in the celebration of daily and weekend Masses, weddings, funerals, Solemnities and other special occasions. During the liturgies they assist the celebrant at the chair and at the altar by lighting the candles, dressing the altar, carrying the processional cross, carrying the incense, holding the books and a variety of other tasks. Altar Servers may also assist the priest during other liturgies of worship and prayer.
Youth who have received the sacraments of first communion, reconciliation and confirmation AND adults (mainly for funerals and weekday masses) are invited to become involved in the altar server ministry.
Commitment: Sunday Masses: scheduled once a month (or more frequently if desired); fill-in when needed. Funerals/weekday Masses/Special Liturgies: serve as needed and available. Preparation time: Arrive 15 minutes prior to Sunday Masses and Special Liturgies. May require a rehearsal/practice for Special Liturgies.
Coordinator: Kathy Sherling
Art and Décor
Volunteers, in consultation with our pastor, decorate the worship area during the major church seasons (Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter) and special liturgies/feasts to create an atmosphere which will inspire and enhance the celebration of the mass. Adults and youth are invited to join the Art and Décor group as a ‘Core’ member or as a ‘Helper’ to assist in decorating the church.
Commitment: ‘Core’ member – planning meeting 4 times per year and preparing decorations and supplies. ‘Core’ and ‘Helper’ – decorating for 2 – 4 hours per major church season.
Children’s Liturgy Leaders
Present the liturgy of the word to children ages 4 to 7. The readings are adapted to be made relevant to the lives and experiences of young children. Youth (ages 14+) and adult parishioners are invited to participate in this ministry.
Commitment: Scheduled once every 4 – 6 weeks in a team of 2 leaders. Preparation time: Approximately 1 hour prior to scheduled mass to review and prepare activities.
Coordinator: Chantel McCloy
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Assist the priest with the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass as either a cup minister or a bread minister.
To be an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion you must be a Roman Catholic at least 18 years old, have received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist and live according to the rules of the Catholic catechism.
Commitment: Scheduled once every 2 weeks (depending on the number of current ministers; can be scheduled more often if desired); fill-in when needed. Preparation time: Arrive 15 minutes prior to mass.
Coordinator: Vicky Ripplinger
Shut-in/homebound Eucharistic Ministry – bring Holy Eucharist to those who are in nursing homes, hospitals or prisons.
Coordinator: Patty Gianoli
Proclaim the sacred scripture with clarity, conviction, dignity and understanding during the Liturgy of the Word. Lectors must feel comfortable standing in front of the assembly, have good oral communication skills and the ability to read effectively. Youth and adults are invited to serve as lectors.
Commitment: Scheduled once every 4 weeks (depending on number of current lectors); fill-in when needed. Preparation time: 30 minutes or more prior to scheduled date to practice readings. Arrive 15 minutes prior to mass.
Coordinator: Wes Kotyk (306) 227-4711
Set-up/clean-up liturgical items required to celebrate Mass, ensure all ministry positions for the Mass are filled and recruit gift-bearers from the assembly. Open to parishioners at least 18 years old in good standing with the pastor and parish community.
Commitment: Scheduled once every 2 weeks (depending on the number of current volunteers; can be scheduled more often if desired); fill-in when needed. Preparation time: Arrive 30 minutes prior to mass
Ministers of Hospitality (Ushers and Greeters)
Greeters help to establish a climate of welcoming and acceptance. Primary duty is to greet and welcome parishioners as they enter the church. Youth, single adults, married couples and families are invited to serve as greeters.
Ushers help establish a climate of welcoming, helpfulness and order. They assist the assembly with seating as well as movement during communion; help parishioners as needed; receive collections; and distribute bulletins. Adults and youth are invited to serve as ushers.
Commitment: Scheduled once every 4 – 6 weeks (more often if desired); fill-in when needed. Preparation time: Greeters arrive 30 minutes prior to Mass. Ushers arrive 20 minutes prior to Mass.
Coordinator: Maurice Lazorko
Provide music (sung and instrumental) to encourage active participation of the parishioners in singing and praying during the liturgies. Vocalists must be able to sing in tune (knowing how to read music is not a requirement). Instrumentalist leaders must have advanced musical skills on their instruments.
Commitment: Scheduled for 1 – 2 masses per month. Preparation time: Group leader – approximately 1 hour per scheduled Mass to choose music based on Sunday readings. All members – approximately 1 hour per scheduled Mass to practice, set-up and take down equipment.
Coordinator: James Lipoth
Make the necessary preparations for liturgical activities and assist other liturgical ministries as needed. Their responsibilities include set-up before liturgies such as preparing the altar, bread and wine, linens, vessels, liturgical books, etc. and clean-up after liturgies. The Sacristans may also take care of sacristy needs such as cleaning and maintaining altar vestments, linens, and vessels.
This ministry is open to commissioned Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Training is provided on an individual basis.
Head: Verna Angielski