Children in fourth grade through high school who have made their First Communion are eligible to assist the priest and deacon as altar servers during liturgical celebrations. Training classes for young servers are held in the church during November.
Adult Altar Servers
Adult servers assist at funerals and Masses during the week. Training for adult servers is on an as-needed basis.
Children in grades two through eight are invited to join the Children’s Choir. The choir sings six times per year at various Mass times. Rehearsals are on Thursdays in the church, with two rehearsals prior to each Mass.
Children in fifth grade through eighth grade are invited to become youth lectors for the Children’s Liturgy, presented six times each year at various Mass times. Music is provided by the Children’s Choir.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Each week at the 9 a.m. Mass (September – June), children age four through 10 are dismissed from Mass to a separate area to hear the readings from the Children’s Lectionary. Volunteers are welcome to help unfold the Scripture readings in a child-friendly format.
The call to serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (Eucharistic Minister) is an honor and a responsibility offered to confirmed men and women. In addition to serving at Mass, Eucharistic Ministers also bring communion to the sick, the homebound or those in health care facilities.
The ministry of lector is fulfilled at each of the weekend Masses by two individuals. In addition to weekend liturgies, lectors are sometimes asked to fulfill their ministry at special celebrations such as Penance Services. Lectors should be high school age or older and comfortable with public speaking.
The Liturgy Committee plans liturgies around the various seasons of the liturgical year and coordinates various liturgies and services including penance services, All Soul’s Day Mass, Stations of the Cross, Holy Week and Easter Vigil and May Crowning. Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 11 a.m. in the rectory.
St. Mary’s Church is blessed to have many different music groups, each with their own style, to enhance the liturgy and enable the assembly to pray. The goal of each of these groups is to support, encourage, and nurture active participation of the assembly. Membership for all music groups (except the Children’s Choir) is open to adults and young adults of high school age. Previous musical and/or choral training is a plus, but not necessary.
Caritas Choir provides musical leadership at the 11:15 a.m. Mass on Sundays from September through June and sings at the Midnight Mass for Christmas. Musical selections are both traditional and contemporary. This choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 7– 8:30 p.m. in the church.
St. Mary’s Band leads the music at the 6 p.m. Mass on Sundays from September through June, singing primarily contemporary music. The band rehearses on Tuesdays from 7 – 8 p.m. in church.
Voices of Faith Choir provides musical leadership at the 9 a.m. Mass on Sundays throughout the year. This ensemble sings both contemporary and traditional music, generally in four-part harmony. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7:30 – 9 p.m. in church.
The Handbell Choir plays once a month October through May at 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Masses. Rehearsals are Thursdays at 6 p.m
Ushers serve the worshiping community by greeting and seating people, taking up the offertory collection, distributing bulletins and assisting with the needs of the assembly.