Purpose: Liturgical ministers are volunteers who, together with
Father Terry and the music ministers, help to ensure that our liturgies are joyful, prayerful, and welcoming. Every Mass uses a variety of ministers, all exercising their own gifts for the good of the community.
You need God but God also needs you. He needs you to continue the work of Jesus; you and I are the hands and voice. If His work is to be done then it is up to people like you and me to do it. Here at St. Michael we are in need of more ministers in all areas, but especially our liturgical ministries need more volunteers. We are in need of altar servers, Eucharistic ministers, lectors, greeters, ushers, and coordinators. Ideally we should have enough volunteers so that you would only be needed once a month at the Mass of your choosing,. Right now we are nowhere near that goal.
The Eucharist takes on a whole new meaning when you are actively involved. Please give us a call so we discuss this further.
Fr. Terry Hazel
Each Mass has a Mass coordinator, who arrives early to set up, stays late to clean up, makes sure all the assigned ministers have arrived (and finds volunteers to fill in any open slots), and makes sure everyone knows their job. Coordinators usually have some experience in other liturgical ministries before they become coordinators.
Greeters and Ushers
Greeters and Ushers are some of the most important of our ministries because these are the first people that newcomers and visitors to our parish meet. They offer a warm welcome to all those who enter our church. As with all our ministries, they are scheduled at the Mass of their choosing approximately once a month.
Greeters: Greeters arrive approximately 15 minutes before Mass begins, and stand at one of the church doors, saying hello and welcoming everyone who enters. Once Mass begins, the job is done! This ministry is open to all ages; entire families can greet together (it’s a great way to introduce children to service).
Ushers: Ushers also greet parishioners as they arrive; they also find a family to bring up the gifts, take up the collection, and direct the communion procession. Ushers are the people who answer questions, assist visitors looking for a restroom, and help people to find seats. This ministry is open to all adults, and young people middle school and up.
One of the most visible ministries is that of altar server. Any young person, fourth grade and up, can become an altar server. Servers assist Fr. Terry and Deacon Tom during the Mass, holding the book for prayers, carrying the bread and wine to the altar, and helping Fr. Terry to wash his hands, among other duties. By doing their job well, servers really help us all to pray. We are always in need of more servers!
Lectors are the ministers who proclaim the Word of God and read the Prayers of the Faithful during Mass. To be a lector, you need to be a good reader, and you need to speak clearly and project your voice so that all can hear the Scriptures. As with all our ministries, you would be scheduled at the Mass of your choosing approximately once a month. If you do a lot of public speaking, or if you are a young person involved in speech and debate, or if you just have a particular love for the Scriptures, this might be the ministry for you! This ministry is open to all confirmed Catholics, eighth grade and up.
Eucharistic Ministers are those people who assist the priest and deacon in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ to the faithful at communion time. If you have a special devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, this is the ministry for you! To share the Body of Christ with each parishioner is incredibly rewarding! This ministry is open to all confirmed Catholics aged sixteen and up.
If you think you are being called to any of these ministries, please contact Maureen Hall at the parish office. Phone: 330-533-6839, Ext. 12; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Maxine Gordon email@example.com