Altar Server - The Altar Server assists the priest by arranging or presenting vessels and other items needed by the celebrant, to celebrate the Mass or other church service. Their assistance allows the celebrant to attend to his main role and help to provide an orderly flow to the service.
This ministry is open to all baptized members of the Catholic Church (male or female) who have received their First Communion. Adult or youth candidates need to possess the necessary skills and demonstrate sufficient maturity to be considered for the ministry. Minimum age and suitability is left to the pastor’s discretion.
Eucharistic Minister - The Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (Eucharistic Minister) assists the ordinary ministers (bishop, priest, deacon) with the distribution of Holy Eucharist Body and Blood.
Eucharistic Ministers may be entrusted with the ministry of taking the sacrament to the sick and absent members of the Church who are at home or in a health care facility. In the case of a special need, the pastor may request a specifically trained Eucharist Minister to present the Blessed Sacrament for adoration or conduct a Communion Service where it will be distributed.
Eucharistic Ministers are appointed by the Bishop, at the request and discretion of the Pastor, and are commissioned to serve within a specific parish or community.
Lector - The Liturgical Reader (Lector) reads the texts of scripture during the Liturgy of the Word at Mass and other liturgical celebrations. The Lector participates fully in the liturgy and is reverent in carrying out their role which include processions and handling of the Book of Gospels.
The Lectors are faithful to their schedule of assignments and are vigilant and helpful in ensuring that all services are adequately served with this ministry.
Lectors need to be a baptized members of the Catholic Church and may be of any age as long as they have the necessary skills and sufficient maturity to perform the ministry. A person’s suitability for this ministry is left to the pastor’s discretion.
Usher - The Minister of Hospitality (Usher and Greeter) welcome the people as they arrive and are attentive to the needs of children, elders and those with special needs. They provide assistance to help ensure that everyone can participate in the liturgy with a minimum of distraction. They also take up the collection, arrange for the Gifts to be taken to the altar at the Offertory, distribute bulletins and ensure that the lines to Communion flow with ease.
An Usher can be any active parishioner who, at the pastor’s discretion, possesses a welcoming spirt with the willingness and readiness to offer appropriate help.