Liturgical Ministries

Everything we do as Catholics flows from prayer. We come to Mass to praise; to be lifted up; and to be nourished in order to go out and proclaim the Good News. Below are the many opportunities available for liturgical ministry at Saints Peter and Paul Parish.

Art and Environment Team is the group that works hard to make sure the environment of the church changes with the seasons and appropriate feasts. They work extremely hard for special occasions from Christmas to Easter, to the Liturgical seasons of Advent, Lent, and Ordinary Time. For more information, contact Director of Liturgy and Music.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is the regular Sunday Liturgy of the Word adapted for Children, ages 3 to 6. It is offered at the 10:00am Mass on Sundays. Adults work with the children who are dismissed by the Priest to leave the assembly and celebrate the Word in the Gathering Space loft. They return to their families after the general intercessions. For more information, contact the Parish Office.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are the people who help distribute the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ at Masses. They are called “extraordinary” because the priest and deacon are the ordinary ministers of Holy Communion. These people must be approved by the pastoral staff, go to a training session, and be commissioned for this service. This is a very important and serious ministry. For more information, contact Director of Liturgy and Music.

Ecumenical Team members work with other churches in the area to help build Christian unity. Annual events include the “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity” in January and an ecumenical Thanksgiving Prayer service on Thanksgiving Eve with Grace Episcopal Church. For more information, contact the Parish Pastoral Associate.

Greeters are the friendly people who welcome people to weekend liturgies and special occasions. This is a ministry that every member of our church should be involved in. You know how nice it is to be welcomed when you go somewhere–that’s the way we want people to feel when they visit our church. Everyone can help this ministry by being friendly to those around them–particularly visitors! This ministry team stands at the doors of the church to greet. For more information, contact the Parish Pastoral Associate.

Lectors and Commentators have the great honor to proclaim the Word of God and to lead the prayers of the faithful for the parishioners. They must attend a training class and be evaluated. Not everyone that reads has the gifts necessary to proclaim well. For more information, contact Director of Liturgy and Music.

Liturgy Team members study, discuss, and recommend liturgical policies and guidelines. They also evaluate liturgical seasons and particular “big” liturgical celebrations. For more information, contact Director of Liturgy and Music.

Mass Coordinators are extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion who agree to get all of the vessels set up for Mass and make sure that all of the scheduled liturgical positions are covered. They also clean the vessels after Mass. For more information, contact Director of Liturgy and Music.

Music – Adult Choir These dedicated men and women¬†rehearse weekly and normally¬†sing for the 10:00am Mass, for Holy Week, for Christmas, and for other special occasions. This is a very easy group to get along with. Members must be able to match pitch, but do not have to be able to read music–we can work on that. Come try your voice with us! For more information, contact Director of Liturgy and Music.

Music – Cantors lead the singing at weekend Masses, particularly the responsorial psalm. Candidates must be able to read music and lead well. For more information, contact Director of Liturgy and Music.

Music – Musicians If you play a musical instrument that might fit well at Mass, come join us! Musicians are welcome to play at any Mass as long as they are able to play in tune and up to speed. For more information, contact Director of Liturgy and Music.

Music Selection Team meets once a month to study the weekend Scriptures and plan the music for weekend Masses. They don’t simply pick hymns they like, but spend considerable time trying to find music that amplifies what the Scriptures for that particular weekend are saying. This group also checks out which new songs would be good for the parish. For more information, contact Director of Liturgy and Music.

Servers are generally boys and girls who are trained in fifth grade to assist at Mass. We hope they continue on through high school. Adults are also welcome in this ministry. For more information, contact Director of Liturgy and Music.

Ushers are men and women who help to seat people, make them feel welcomed, and take up the collection at weekend and Holy Day Masses. For more information, contact Director of Liturgy and Music.