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.


Adoration

Mission:  To spend time with our Lord in prayer during Adoation

Time:  One hour.  Adoration is everyday between 6:30am and 9am Mass, and Wednesdays from 12noon until Fridays after the 9am Mass.  2 people are required to be with the Lord at all times.  

Coordinator: Contact one of our Schedulers at  adoration@stmaryfred.org


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


Senior Servers for Funerals

Mission: Seniors in the parish created this ministry to serve at the altar for funerals.

Time: As needed, serving in pairs, generally arriving a half hour before a funeral, and leaving after cleaning up the sanctuary.

Talent: A desire to serve God. 

Coordinator: Ann Graf


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 Burbidge, usually annually in May. If you are interested, please contact Fr. Mosimann 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 Burbidge, usually annually in May. If you are interested, please contact Fr. Mosimann 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:  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.
Coordinator: Tom Fish, fishtbrx@gmail.com
Spanish Mass Coordinator: Mario Alas, wingsco5@gmail.com


Lectors

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
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.  Over 120 adults and children participate in one or more of the six choral ensembles, which provide music for weekend liturgies as well as all solemnities and special occasions.  The Music Ministry also provides musical leadership, through our cantors and organists, for all weddings and funerals.

In addition to choral, instrumental and cantor programs, St. Mary continues to foster the performing arts through its’ Concert Series which features internationally renowned solo recitalists and performing ensembles as well as programs presented by the choirs of St. Mary.  Also, monthly, the St. Mary Music Ministry presents Taizé, a contemplative form of ecumenical worship combining sung and chanted prayers, readings and meditation.

 

Parish Choir 

The St. Mary Parish Choir provides music primarily for the 10:30 a.m. Sunday liturgy as well as all solemnities.  In addition, the Parish Choir presents special programs throughout the year as part of the St. Mary Concert Series.  In the past, the Parish Choir has presented programs at other area churches and in 2016, made a performing tour in Italy.  The repertoire of the Parish Choir includes a broad range or choral literature from chant and polyphony through contemporary compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries.  Members of high-school graduate age and above welcome.

Time:  Sunday, 9:45 a.m. warm-up rehearsal with Mass following at 10:30 a.m.  Rehearsal on Thursday, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Choirmaster:  David Uschold, Director of Music and Organist, duschold@stmaryfred.org or 540-373-6491, ext. 217.

Magnificat Choir (Youth)

The Magnificat Choir provides music primarily for the 12:30 p.m. Sunday liturgy and, on occasion, for solemnities and special occasions throughout the year.  The repertoire of the Magnificat Choir ranges from early music of the church through contemporary compositions.  Membership is open to young adults from grade 7-12.

Time:  Sunday, 11:45 warm-up rehearsal with Mass following at 12:30 p.m.  Rehearsal on Tuesday, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Choirmaster:  David Uschold, Director of Music and Organist, duschold@stmaryfred.org or 540-373-6491, ext. 217.

 

St. Cecilia Choir (Children)

The St. Cecilia Choir provides music primarily for the 8:30 a.m. Sunday liturgy and, on occasion, for solemnities and special occasions throughout the church year.  The St. Cecilia choir follows the instructional model set forth by the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM).  The RSCM model implements instruction of proper vocal production, music theory and liturgical aspects.  Membership is open to children grades 2-6.

Time:  Sunday, 8:00 a.m. warm-up rehearsal with Mass following at 8:30 a.m.  Rehearsal on Thursday, 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Choirmaster:  David Uschold, Director of Music and Organist, duschold@stmaryfred.org or 540-373-6491, ext. 217.

 

Contemporary Ensemble

The Contemporary Ensemble is a group of singers and musicians whom provide music of more modern repertoire.  The group provides music for the 5:00 p.m. liturgy on Saturday and participates in special liturgies and events throughout the church year.  Singers and instrumentalist of all abilities are welcome.

Time:  Saturday, 4:00 warm-up rehearsal with Mass following at 5:00 p.m.  Rehearsal on Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Director:  Donna Green, Assistant Director of Music, dgreen@stmaryfred.org or 540-373-6491, ext. 207

 

Spanish Choir

The Spanish Choir is a group of singers and instrumentalists whom provide music for the 2:30 p.m. Spanish liturgy on Sunday and various solemnities and events throughout the church year. Singers who enjoy singing in Spanish and players of appropriate instruments are most welcome to join.

Time:  Sunday, 12:30 warm-up rehearsal with Mass following at 2:30 p.m.  Rehearsal on Friday, 7:00 p.m.

Coordinator:  Balmore Diaz, balmoritodiaz@gmail.com or 540-993-8739

 


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