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Liturgical Ministries

Liturgical Ministries Schedules

Lectors September 2017 - December 2017

 

Altar Servers

Children in the fifth grade or higher can be trained as Altar Servers. Training and scheduling is provided by Saint Kilian Parish volunteers. Altar servers perform most of the functions of the former minor order of ordained clerics, known as acolytes, from the Greek word akolouthos (attendant). Church writings from the second and third centuries discuss the role of acolytes, giving the office great importance and honor in the history of the Church. Although institution into the ministry of acolyte is reserved to lay men, the Archbishop does permit the liturgical functions of the instituted acolyte to be carried out by altar servers, men and women, boys and girls. Altar servers are not ordained, they are commissioned by their parish priest.

The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy during Mass. This is done through specific actions and by setting an example to the congregation by active participation in the liturgy by their actions, singing of hymns, responses of the people, looking alert and sitting or standing at the appropriate times.

Here are some duties that Altar Servers carry out: servers carry the cross, the processional candle(s), hold the book for the priest celebrant when he is not at the altar, carry the incense and censer, present the bread, wine, and water to the priest or deacon during the preparation of the gifts or assist him when he receives the gifts from the people, wash the hands of the priest, assist the priest celebrant and deacon as necessary.

Altar servers are chosen from among the faithful who display a desire to participate in an intimate way during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is an extreme privilege to be so close to the altar as our loving Savior, Jesus Christ, becomes truly present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity upon the altar.

A server is uniquely joined in the Heavenly Supper of the Lamb of God and serves in the company of myriads of angles eternally singing "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!"

For more information, please contact Brian Collegnon at collegnon@att.net.

 

Eucharistic Ministers

Members of the parish who are 16 years old or older, who have completed the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation, are welcome to become Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. At Mass, these ministers assist the Priest and Deacon in distributing Holy Communion.  With additional training, they may also assist with the distribution of Holy Communion at nursing facilities and the local hospital.  For more information on how to become a Eucharistic Minister, please contact the Parish Office.

Guidelines for Eucharistic Ministers

Before Mass
When mass begins, you will be seated with the congregation in the pews. Please sit throughout the church so that you can be seen coming from the congregation toward the sanctuary. When you are to serve at mass, please dress appropriately.
 

During Mass
After the Sign of Peace, come in to the sanctuary. At the rite of the breaking of the bread, while we sing the Lamb of God. The Sacristan will go to the tabernacle and bring the reserved Blessed Sacrament to the altar. Another minister should pour the Precious Blood into the cups for distribution, setting the purificators from the platter onto the altar next to the platter. Once completed, go to your place at the bottom of the Sanctuary platform.

Remain standing at your place until you receive communion. Once you have received, go to your station to distribute the Eucharist or Precious Blood. If you are distributing the Precious Blood, move far enough away from those distributing the hosts to allow sufficient room for the communion line to move freely. Also, do not continue to offer the Cup should only a small drop be left in the chalice. Please then return it to the sacristy, consuming any precious blood that may be remaining. 

Remember to first offer communion, both Precious Body and Precious Blood, to those seated in the front pews. These sections are reserved for families where a member cannot easily walk to receive communion. 

The ministers distributing the Blood of Christ will consume whatever remains in their cups after they take the vessels to the sacristy. Please consume the remaining Precious Blood in the sacristy.

 

Lectors

As a minister of the Word, you bring forth the Word of God to the congregation. Lectors are needed for every Mass and other liturgical celebration. Confirmed Catholics over the age of 16 are eligible to participate in this ministry.  Younger aged students, Grade 8 and up, are also encouraged to become Lectors as part of their Religious Educaction Service Experience. For more information, please contact the Parish Office.

Guidelines for Lectors:

Preparation for Mass 
Preparation for serving as a lector begins at home. Advance preparation is very important to the proper interpretation of the Word of God. Further preparation also includes the proper attire for Mass. Please arrive in church early enough to go over the readings, the petitions, the announcements (if any), and to check with the priest and organist for any special instructions. The Lectionary, announcements, and petitions will need to be placed on the ambo prior to the start of Mass. These are not to be carried in procession. You should not read from the missalette. One thing to check for is to see if there are any announcements to be made at Mass.                                                                                                                                   

Entrance Procession 
In the entrance procession the lector processes directly behind the altar servers. During the procession, carry the Book of Gospels in front of you, above your head or at least chest high. Upon reaching the front of the sanctuary platform, take the Book of Gospels and place it on the altar.  Then, line up along with the servers at the front of the sactuary platform. The priest will genuflect or bow to the altar; you simply bow your head. You move directly to your place. If a deacon is present, he will carry the Book of Gospels. 

Readings
The first reading comes immediately after the Opening Prayer. When everyone sits down, proceed to the ambo. Do not carry a missalette or anything with you. 
Proclaim the readings in the following manner. Begin by reading the introductory declaration exactly as written, such as, "A reading from the first letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians". Take a brief pause and then proclaim the reading itself. Read slowly and distinctly, and be careful to look at the congregation. After another brief pause at the end, conclude the reading by saying, "The Word of the Lord."  Then return to your place and join the congregation in singing the Psalm.

Before proclaiming the second reading there should be about a 10-15 second pause, after the Psalm. At the end of the second reading you need to move the Lectionary so the priest/deacon can place the Book of Gospels on the ambo.  There is a table for the Lectionary behind the sanctuary platform, place the Lectionary book there. The Gospel Acclamation (the Alleluia) is not to be lead by the Lector. 
 

General Intercessions 
After the Profession of Faith, move to the ambo to read the General Intercessions. The priest will not wait until you are in place to begin the opening prayer. You first give the response to the people, and then read each petition. At the end of each petition, pause for the people to respond, responding along with them. When you are finished reading the petitions, turn slightly to face the priest as he will conclude with a prayer. Do not leave the pulpit until Father has finished with this concluding prayer. 
If you are reading at a Mass at which a Deacon is assisting, the Decon will read the General Intercessions. 
 

Announcements 
If there are any announcements, you will make them before the Prayer after Communion. Return to your place when you finish and wait for the recession. 
 

Recession
When Father begins to leave the sanctuary platform, go to the ambo and retrieve the Book of the Gospels. You will stand near the niche of the Sanctuary platform holding the Book at chest height. When the priest bows or genuflects, you know that they are going to then process out.  You will join the procession after the altar servers, but before the Priest, holding the Book of the Gospels in front of you, above your head, or at least chest high, as you did in the procession.

 

 

Greeters

A Church Greeter is one of the most important laity roles in the Church! Greeters are the first people that parishioners and visitors see. It is vitally important to be welcoming – not only to people we know or recognize, but especially to our visiting guests! The greeter may assist, and care for the needs of, those entering for worship. Following the example of Jesus who welcomes everyone to the Table, we too are called to offer hospitality and welcome to everyone in the name of the Lord. One can see the importance of having children, youth, and adults experience serving and being Christ to others through the service of hospitality and greeting other parish family members. We are a faith that values community!

We would like parish families and individuals to be part of the Greeters Ministry. What do we mean by family? A courting couple, newly engaged couple, a husband and wife, families with small children, elementary, middle, and/or high school students, a couple who have been married for a “number of years.” Even friends, grown siblings, or extended families should sign-up! You don’t have family in town anymore? Sign-up to be greeters with friends, fellow widows, widowers; or sign-up as an individual and you will placed with other singles or family groups!

A greeter’s role at the parish liturgy is to greet people as they come into the church and welcome them into the celebration about to take place. Great greeters are those who can put others at ease and convey countless good wishes for those they greet with a simple smile and “hello,” “welcome”, or “glad you are here.” The primary role of the Greeters Ministry is to help people feel welcome as they gather for Mass. An open door and the warm smile of greeters help to set the tone for the Eucharistic celebration, offering hospitality in the name of the Lord.

There are a few basic responsibilities of greeters:

1) Arrive at the church doors chosen about 20 minutes before Mass starts.

2) Be available before Mass to open doors and welcome and assist both regular members and visitors with a smile. Be attentive, especially to elderly, offer assistance with wheelchairs or walkers.

3) Provide directions to the restrooms, sacristy, Gathering Space kitchen, ushers, etc. as needed.

4) Be present at the end of Mass to open doors and assist people as they leave, wishing them a good week.

At the Last Supper Jesus provided the example of hospitality as service when he washed the feet of the Apostles. When you offer your service as a greeter, you are responding to Christ's example. View your ministry as an act of prayer, an attempt to witness to the living Christ. In so doing you will begin to see the face of Christ in the faces of those whom you serve. The Greeter Ministry perpetuates the essence of Jesus’ own ministry and mission. He welcomed the least and the littlest; extended love, patience, tolerance and acceptance to all.

Click here to sign-up, choose your dates, and which entrance you would like to be at! For more information, please contact the Director of Religious Education (DRE).

 

 

Ushers

Ushers are men, women, and children who assist parishioners as they enter for Mass.  They answer any questions that parishioners or visitors may have, or know who to go to to get correct answers.  They help the congregation have an orderly procession during communion, and they take up the collection during Mass.  The Ushers also distribute bulletins at the conclusion of Mass.  For more information, please contact the Parish Office.