The altar servers assist the priest at the altar and throughout the Liturgy. The ministry is open to males and females, beginning in the fourth grade, after reception of the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion.
Lectors and readers assist with the proclamation of the Word of God, announcements and the general intercessions. These ministers are called to proclaim the readings, prayers and announcements clearly and effectively to the assembly.
Extraordinary ministers have been essential to the reverent sharing of the Holy Communion, especially when it distribute under both forms to the faithful.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary ministers have been essential to the reverent sharing of the Holy Communion, especially when it distribute under both forms to the faithful. The entire Mass leads up to the distribution of Holy Communion. It is then that the extraordinary ministries perform their service. This point of the Mass is dear to the heart of every Catholic.
To perform this ministry, the extraordinary minister must be the right kind of person: a baptized Catholic in good standing with the Church. The minister will be a person of faith, who believes in God, follows Christ, and trusts in the Holy Spirit. The minister will have a genuine love for the Eucharist, in order to share the joy of the Holy Communion with all who partake. The minister will love the body of Christ in all its forms, and seek to serve people of God in their times of need.
A good sacristan is a truly gift to any Church because fulfills a true liturgical function. The Sacristan ensures that the things necessary for worship are always available
A good sacristan is a truly gift to any Church because fulfills a true liturgical function. The Sacristan ensures that the things necessary for worship are always available, and carefully arranges the liturgical books making all the divisions. He or she lays out the vestments, and other things necessary in the celebration of Mass such as cruets, chalices, ciboria, linens, oils processional crosses, candles and torches. The Sacristan under the general direction of the Clergy undertakes the overall preparation of liturgical celebrations, including all that is needed for special days such as Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday.
Assist in seating, the communion procession, distributing bulletins, maintaining decorum and the handling of any other emergency that might arise at a liturgical function. Volunteers needed at every Mass.