Ministries ~ Liturgy

 

liturgy

The Liturgy Committee assists our Parish in keeping the Mass as the center of our worshipping community. All those who volunteer for liturgical ministries witness to the presence of Christ in our midst and strengthen us as a community centered on Jesus present in the Eucharist and in his Living Word.

Within our liturgical ministries, we rely upon the gifts of the presider to lead us in worship, and the gifts of God’s people to sing his praises, proclaim his Word, serve at his altar, welcome his people, care for his altar and his house, and assist in the distribution of Holy Communion, at Mass and to the homebound. There are many ministries and many gifts needed to support the liturgy of our parish.

We continue to encourage all members of St. Mary to participate actively in our liturgical worship and the life of our parish.

Below are some of the opportunities at St. Mary. The Parish Council Liturgy Committee Chair is Sister Susan Louise, OSFS, principal@holycrossweb.com


Altar Servers

Mission: A unique ministry by which boys and girls 5th grade and older can help to spread the word and the love of Christ through their actions and words by assisting the principal celebrant during Mass. To be an Altar Server is a special honor and a great privilege. Opportunities are available for other liturgies as well such as weddings, funerals, benediction, etc.
Time: Generally two Masses per month. Arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of Mass. Initial training and formation sessions. Schedule is flexible and finding a substitute if needed is required.
Talent: A desire to serve God. Attentiveness and reverence at Mass. Must be dependable.
Coordinators: Jack and Vicky Kopcak, test08vic265@gmail.com


Altar Society

Mission: To clean the sanctuary and sacred vessels, take home used vestments, altar cloths, purificators and towels to be cleaned, pressed or repaired.
Time: Every Friday, approximately 1-2 hours. Cleaning of linens, monthly.
Talent: A caring eye for detail.
Coordinator: Sr. Miriam Elizabeth, OSFS, aviatcare@holycrossweb.com


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Mission: To assist in the distribution of the Holy Eucharist on Sundays, Holy Days and/or daily Mass, and to share ministry with the homebound and institutionalized.
Time: Weekly commitment (if possible). Schedule is flexible and finding a substitute is required. Formation and training sessions also required.
Talent: Love and reverence for the Holy Eucharist; ease in public settings, Catholic in good standing who has received the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation). Must be invited to serve by the Pastor and formally mandated by Bishop Loverde, usually annually in May. If you are interested, please contact Fr. Don directly for an appointment.
CoordinatorsFr. John Mosimann, frmosimann@stmaryfred.org.

Ministry to the Homebound/Sick

Mission: To bring the Holy Eucharist, pray and visit with those who are homebound or institutionalized.
Time: Weekly commitment (if possible). 1-2 hours weekly. Annual Training.
Talent: Love and reverence for the Holy Eucharist; friendly and compassionate with the ability to comfort. Catholic in good standing who has received the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation). Must be invited to serve by the Pastor and formally mandated by Bishop Loverde, usually annually in May. If you are interested, please contact Fr. Don directly for an appointment.
Coordinators: Chris Lanzarone, clanzarone@stmaryfred.org , Fr. John Mosimann, frmosimann@stmaryfred.org.


Hospitality: Greeters

The role of a greeter is different from an usher, who works inside the church helping people to find seats and facilitate the flow of the collection(s) and Communion procession. The greeter is at the door, helping people in, giving them liturgy sheets. To date, we have not had much response to this ministry, which could be the most effective of all, giving welcome to people who come to Mass on Sundays and other special liturgies.
Mission: Welcome all parishioners and visitors to Mass with a warm smile and friendly greeting. Some greeters will be asked to stand outside and assist people who need assistance from their cars to their pew. Distribute liturgy sheets and assist ushers as needed. Adults and teens welcome.
Time: Weekly commitment desired, not required (arrive 15 minutes prior to Mass). Schedule is flexible and finding a substitute is required. Initial training and annual meeting.
Talent: An ability to help people be aware they belong; a deep sense of Christ in all people.
Coordinator: Katherine Pereira, katyp111@hotmail.com and Pat Fish, patfish53@gmail.com


Hospitality: Ushers

Mission: To provide assistance to our fellow parishioners during regular Masses, Holy Days and also during special liturgical events. This assistance includes a variety of tasks such as extending greeting to all those that enter, seating people, assisting at Communion time, taking up the collection and distributing the church bulletin at the conclusion of Mass.
Time: Weekly commitment (arrive 15 minutes prior to Mass). Initial training.
Talent: An ability to help people be aware they belong; a deep sense of Christ in all people.
CoordinatorJoe Cralle, jacralle@gmail.com
Spanish Mass Coordinator: Mario Alas, wingsco5@gmail.com


Lectors

September 2015 Lector Schedule

Mission: To proclaim the Scripture readings at Masses, Holy Days and at other special liturgical events with reverence and understanding. This requires spending time with the Word before your assigned Mass, prayerful contemplation and an openness to letting the Holy Spirit Lead. Adults and teens eligible.
Time: Usually one Mass every two weeks, with one annual formation session. Schedule is flexible and finding a substitute is required.
Talent: A love for God’s word. A clear speaking voice and ease speaking in front of people. Appropriate dress is required.
Coordinators: Christi Greenwell, greenwell1956@cox.net and Fr. Keith Cummings, frcummings@stmaryfred.org
Spanish Mass Coordinator: Alvin Romero, alvinromero@hotmail.com


Music Ministry

The music ministry welcomes singers and instrumentalists who want to share their gifts to help foster the sung prayer of our parish. We have five choirs that sing at Sunday (or Saturday evening) Mass and for special occasions. Below are the rehearsal and Mass times for each choir. If you enjoy singing or play an appropriate instrument and would like to contribute your talents to the parish liturgies in this special way, please contact us- we would love to have you join us!

Over 120 adults and children participated in the St. Mary music ministry this past year, leading music and fostering our people’s singing at Masses and other parish celebrations. In addition to Sunday Mass, our five parish choirs led music at the liturgies of the Easter Triduum, Masses for Holy Days of Obligation, Ash Wednesday and All Souls Day, Confirmation and First Communion Masses and the procession for Corpus Christi. The Music Ministry also provided musical leadership, through our cantors and organists, for more than 50 funerals and more than 35 weddings, for First Reconciliation liturgies for our young people and two anointing Masses.

The St. Mary Pipe Organ

Talent: Love of music and wanting to share your musical talents in prayer

Adult Choir

Sings for the Sunday 10:30am Mass from September to June, as well as Christmas midnight Mass and the main liturgies of the Easter Triduum. Repertoire includes the broad range of excellent Catholic liturgical music including chant, polyphony, classical and contemporary styles.
Time: Sunday 9:45am warm-up, Mass at 10:30am. Rehearsal Thursdays 7:30 – 9:15pm.
Coordinator: Donna Green dgreen@stmaryfred.org or 540-373-6491.

Adult Choir Details

Adult Choir Photo Gallery

Support the Choir Pilgrimage to Rome

Folk Choir

Sings for the Saturday 5pm Mass September to June and for Christmas, Easter and other special feast days. Players of appropriate instruments are also encouraged to join.
Time: Saturdays, 4pm warm-up, Mass at 5pm. Rehearsals (September to June), Wednesdays 7 – 8:30pm.
Director: Donna Green, donnagreen90@yahoo.com

Spanish Choir/Coro Hispano

Sings/plays for the Sunday 2pm Mass throughout the year and for Christmas, Easter and other parish celebrations. Singers who enjoy singing in Spanish and players of appropriate instruments are most welcome to join.
Time: Sunday 12:15pm warm-up, Mass at 2pm. Rehearsals are Fridays at 7pm.
Contact: Domingo Bautista, domingobautista@hotmail.com

Children’s Choir (Grades 2-6)

Sings every other Sunday at 8:30am Mass September to June and for Christmas Vigil Mass and Easter Sunday.
Time: Sunday 8am rehearsal for Mass at 8:30am. Rehearsals Thursdays 4:45 – 6pm.
Coordinator: Donna Green, dgreen@stmaryfred.org or 540-373-6491 ext. 217

Youth Choir (Grades 7-12)

Sing or play appropriate instruments for Sunday 5pm Mass from September to June and for Christmas Vigil Mass, Good Friday Tre Ore and the Easter Sunday.
Time: Sunday 3:45pm rehearsal for Mass at 5pm. Rehearsals Tuesdays 7 – 8:30pm.
Coordinator: Donna Green, dgreen@stmaryfred.org or 540-373-6491 ext. 217


Seasonal Decorators

Mission: To prepare the church for primary liturgical seasons, creating designs that lead those aending Mass to enter more deeply into the Mysteries we celebrate.
Time: Usually the Saturday before a major feast day. Other dates as needed throughout the year.
Talent: An eye for design, able to lift, use ladders.
Coordinators: Sister Susan Louise, OSFS, principal@holycrossweb.net