Ministries at Mass

Servers

Servers assist the priest at mass and help to make the liturgy more beautiful. Any person who has received first communion may serve at mass. Normally servers stop after high school but this is not a hard and fast rule. Servers are scheduled for weekend masses but they are welcome to ask to serve at any mass including week day masses. They also help on Holy Days of Obligation and serve at funerals, weddings, and adoration every Wednesday. If you interested in finding out more about this ministry please see that attached server booklet. The pastor trains new servers about every six months. Feel free to contact him for more information. rsummers9027@gmail.com

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Server Manual

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (Eucharistic Ministers)

Eucharistic ministers assist in the distribution of Holy Communion. They are trained ministers who are scheduled for the various masses. To serve as a Eucharistic minister you must have received the sacraments of first communion and confirmation and also be a member of the Catholic Church in good standing. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry or being trained as a minister please contact Michelle Aston maston19833@comcast.net who is our Eucharistic minister coordinator.

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion

Readers

At a weekend mass we generally have 4 readings (including the sung psalm). The Gospel is proclaimed by the deacon or priest but the other two readings are read by someone from the parish. Readers are normally someone who has been confirmed in the Catholic Church and are in good standing. Because it is a public ministry, readers need to be trained. Carol Vanover is our Reader coordinator, please contact her mcvanover@aol.com for training or if you have any questions. Once you are trained you are scheduled for our masses.

Instructions for Readers

Ushers

At each mass we have an Usher who acts as the head greeter as well as help assist in making the mass run smoother. They also assist in an emergency or if someone is simply sick and needs assistance. Because there is a little more responsibility associated with the ministry of the usher they need to be a confirmed Catholic in good standing and also need to be trained. Joe Black is our coordinator for ushers. Please contact him at jetblack_1962@yahoo.com  for more information or training.

Duty of the Ushers and Greeters

Greeters

To welcome and help people attending masses we have greeters stationed at each door. Sometimes this ministry is carried out by families, sometimes is performed by a collection of parishioners. If you or your family is interested in serving as a greeter please contact the parish office to be placed on the list. There are no specific requirements for this ministry other than the person needs to be mature enough to genuinely help and greet people when they enter and leave the church. Please see the attachment for further details on the duties of a Greeter. Once you have contacted the parish office you will placed on the ministry schedule.

Music

Music plays a vital role in the mass. Through its beauty in words and sound we are drawn deeper into the mystery of God. Obviously this ministry requires some familiarity and skill with music. If you are interested in severing in this ministry please contact our music director Michael Lienesch   mike.l@stteresab.org