Sacristan - Basilica
This minister prepares the Sacristy and sanctuary for Mass, assists with Holy Communion as an EMHC (see requirements for EMHCs), ensures all items used in the distribution of the Eucharist are cleaned and put away following Mass, and finds additional volunteers as needed for those positions that are unfilled.
Sacristan – Nursing Homes
This minister prepares the chapel for Mass at the nursing homes and assists the priest as needed.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is a great honor, and one must be a practicing Catholic striving to live in accordance with the Church's teachings to be considered for this role. These ministers are trained by Monsignor Wald and commissioned by Bishop Folda to serve in this capacity. Once commissioned, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHCs) assist the priest in distributing Holy Communion to the faithful during Mass.
Those persons who have the gift of good voice projection, are comfortable speaking in front of people, and are attentive to details (such as proper pronunciation) are invited to share their gifts in this ministry. Proclaimers have the distinct honor of proclaiming the Word of God to the congregation during the Liturgy of the Word. Because of this, it is important that those participating in this ministry be a practicing Catholic striving to live in accordance with the Church's teachings. Those who are interested will be required to attend two training sessions prior to their first assigned Mass.
Altar servers assist the priest at liturgies with a sense of reverence. They are responsible for scheduled attendance and are required to participate in a training program. Altar servers attend two gatherings a year, one for training and one for fun activities. This ministry is open to those in grades four and up. Training is held in the fall of the year.
The ushers are responsible for maintaining the comfort and order of the congregation. They assist churchgoers with finding seats, giving directions, assisting the elderly and disabled, and cleaning up/organizing the church following Mass. Ushers are prepared for their role by the head usher at the Mass they are ushering.
Greeters convey the sense of welcome at the Liturgy. Greeters meet the worshipers at the door, welcome visitors, and assist with answering questions or directing people to the appropriate resource.
To represent the congregation during the Preparation of Gifts, a couple, a family, or two persons bring the gifts to the altar.
If you would like more information about any of these ministries, please contact Kristen Lynch in the parish office (252.0119).