Liturgical Volunteer Coordinator: Corry Cochol cchocol@aol,com
The celebration of mass requires the help of the whole parish, not only in presence and participation, but also in greeting, leading, and serving before, during, and after we worship. Training is available for each of these roles. Participating in the Sunday mass is an extremely rewarding experience, a way of consciously deepening your worship. Some ways to help:
Greeter - Often the first person you meet walking in the door to our parish churches is a volunteer greeter. This person is responsible for handing out hymnals and for being a welcoming presence to those coming to join us.
Lector - Proclaiming the Word of God is a solemn responsibility entrusted to the people of God. By speaking clearly the Old Testament message prefiguring the coming of our Lord and the New Testament writings reflecting on Christ's life, death, and resurrection, this person makes present the history of God's relationship with His people.
Cantor - One of the principle forms of Christian worship from the very earliest liturgies is song. This practice is inherited from the Jewish tradition of chanting the Psalms in synagogue. Christians have continued the practice and made it their own. Cantors provide an invaluable service to our parish liturgical celebrations.
Eucharistic Minister - As ministers of the Eucharist, lay faithful are able to participate intimately in the celebration of mass, by presenting the body and blood of Christ during the Eucharistic procession.
Server - Men, women, boys, and girls, all have the opportunity to assist the celebrant during the mass. Altar servers help prepare the altar for mass, process in with our priest and deacons, and assist during prayers and consecration.
Usher - Continuing to help people feel welcome, ushers help people requiring assistance find their seats, assist with the collection, and present the gifts to the presider.