Altar Servers support and assist the priest and deacon in the celebration of the Eucharist. Servers carry the cross, light the candles, and carry the incense, among other tasks. Each member usually serves at least once per month and sometimes more depending on scheduling and availability. Altar servers will be trained and must commit to being on time and responsible.
Fr. Stephen Hughes
An Annulment (or Declaration of Nullity) is a declaration by a Church tribunal (a Catholic church court) that a marriage thought to be valid according to Church law actually fell short of at least one of the essential elements required for a binding union.
Though often misunderstood, the annulment process can, in fact, be a source of healing after a broken marriage.
– From the Archdiocese of Cincinnati website
What are the Church Teachings regarding Annulments? How long is the process? If a marriage is declared null, does it mean that the marriage never existed? Get the facts to these questions and more at For Your Marriage, an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Deacon Mike Muse
Arts & Environment
The Arts and Environment Ministry plans and implements an environment centered on the liturgical seasons, to enhance prayer and the worship of God through the liturgy by creating a beautiful, simple and reverent worship space. Ministers of Arts and Environment work to create an inviting and prayerful environment as an avenue of evangelization and welcoming anyone who ventures our way.
Bereavement and Funeral Ministry
The Bereavement and Funeral Ministry responds to families who are grieving the death of a loved one. Bereavement Team members listen to the needs of the family and help them plan the Mass of Christian Burial so that the liturgy reflects the wishes and needs of the family. The Bereavement Minister will be present at the funeral to be a supportive presence for the family.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the Ordinary Ministers, Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Our Lord when the Priest requires assistance.
All ministers of Holy Communion should receive sufficient spiritual, theological, and practical preparation to fulfill their role with knowledge and show the greatest reverence for the Most Holy Eucharist by their demeanor, their attire, and the manner in which they handle the consecrated bread or wine.
Ken & Sue Ann Klaber
Lectors proclaim the Scriptures during Eucharistic celebrations.
Lectors are ministers of the Word and play a key role in the celebration of Mass. This ministry involves studying, preparing, and gaining an understanding of God's Word that can be transferred to the assembly in a clear and understandable manner. The vital role of the lector is to proclaim the scripture.
The Music Ministry’s goal is to serve God, to give back as an offering of the gifts He has so graciously bestowed to us, and to engage the assembly through sung prayer. The choir provides music for Sunday Masses during the year and rehearses on Tuesday evenings.
Sacristans & Mass Coordinators
Sacristans train Mass Coordinators, clean liturgical vessels, and order the hosts and wine used to celebrate the Eucharist. Mass Coordinators are responsible for making sure liturgical ministers roles are covered for the celebration of Mass and finding replacements for the no shows.
The Technology Team assures that audio and visual media is effectively used at liturgical celebrations and occasional events. This team currently livestreams the weekly Sunday Mass, funerals Masses when requested, Masses conferring the Sacraments, Parish Mission, and some sacramental parent meetings. Responsibilities include adjusting the soundboard so the assembly can clearly hear what is spoken or sung, audio recordings, announcement reels, and worship lyrics.
Ushers welcome all worship and assist them through greeting, helping people find a place to sit, collecting the offertory collection and assisting with the preparation of the gifts and communion procession.