The Liturgical Committee is responsible for working with the Pastor to promote, prepare, and provide for meaningful participation in all liturgical and para-liturgical celebrations.
In conjunction with the Pastor, the committee plans so all members of the parish community may participate intelligently, prayerfully, and actively in liturgical celebrations.
Responsibilities include the following, with designated sub-committees:
- Review and evaluate past liturgical celebrations.
- Provide formation for all liturgical ministers.
- Provide schedules for all ministries.
- Maintain and obtain sacred vessels and all liturgical supplies.
- Work with the Caretaker and Properties Chairperson to maintain all liturgical furnishings.
- Altar Servers
- Altar Linen Cleaning
- Art & Environment
- Children’s Liturgy
- Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
- Extraordinary Ministers of Communion to the Sick/Shut-ins
- Hospitality Ministers (Greeters)
- Lectors (Readers)
- Welcomers (Prayers of the Faithful)
Altar serving is one of the oldest ministries in the Church. It is a great opportunity to grow closer to God and to serve in a very solemn manner at the Mass. This ministry helps to assist the priest throughout Eucharistic celebrations and is for adults and children (Grade 4 and over).
The Altar Servers help to create an atmosphere of reverence and prayer during the Liturgy. Altar Servers not only assist at the altar, but they also assist as leaders of prayer, reciting responses and singing hymns.
Servers also assist at important sacramental moments such as at Baptisms, Confirmation and First Eucharist, Anointing, Marriages, and Funerals.
The highlight of the year is for those who serve during the Easter Paschal Triduum. It is an honour to serve at this time.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Ministers of Holy Communion assist the clergy to serve Holy Communion to our brothers and sisters in Christ at Mass.
To the Sick/Shut-ins
This ministry is an outreach from Sunday Mass, to bring the Body of Christ to the sick and homebound. Extraordinary Communion Ministers to the Sick will perform their duties in a manner and with dignity befitting the Blessed Sacrament.
The hospitality ministers are the people that our parishioners and visitors first meet upon entering the Church. They assist with taking up the collection, direct the flow of parishioners during communion, and tidy up the church, Welcome Area, and the Family Room after Mass.
A lector is the person who proclaims the first or second reading at Mass. The first Lector carries the Book of the Gospels in the entrance procession, and the second Lector carries it in the recessional.
A welcomer is the person who reads the Welcome and announcements prior to mass, and introduces the opening hymn. Also leads the congregation in the Prayers of the Faithful.