We are in need of more volunteers to serve as Liturgical Ministers. Please help if you can. A Liturgical Minister is simply being involved with or assisting with the Mass. While the Priest is the presider and main guide for the movement of the liturgy, it is a community effort to complete the Mass, and to do so in a safe, dignified and reverent manner.
If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Celina Santos at email@example.com.
Below are several ways you can use your gifts and talents to bring more beauty to the Mass.
"Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
Altar Servers must be in the 5th Grade or above to serve. These young people serve at weekend Masses, reconciliation services, and other liturgical celebrations such as Stations of the Cross. Adults typically serve during the daily Masses. So, this is one of the ministries that is open to persons of ALL ages!
AUDIO/VISUAL SYSTEM OPERATORS
"Anyone who has eyes to see ought to see... anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear."
Audio/Visual system operators help with livestreaming our Mass and other services for those who can with those who cannot be present with us either because they are homebound, sick in the hospital or away or far from the parish. They also management our powerpoint slides to aide the congregation follow the prayers and songs during celebrations.
"... you are told: 'The body of Christ,' and you reply, 'Amen.' Be a member of the body of Christ and let your 'Amen' be true."
Communion Ministers join the Priest to help distribute the body and blood of Christ to the assembly. Some of them likewise serve as ministers to the sick and homebound of our community.
"... so the word that goes forth from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do."
Lectors proclaim the readings from the Scriptures during the celebration of the Mass and other liturgies, and read the pulpit announcements and prayers of the faithful.
"One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life."
Sacristans are “humble servants” of Christ who serve by preparing the altar and sanctuary for Mass, and arranging and managing the liturgical books, sacred vessels, bread, and wine.
USHERS & GREETERS
"... established then in their position of trust. Thus they ad their sons kept guard over the gates of the house of the Lord..."
Ushers and greeters do much more than just seat people, take up the collection, stand watch in case of emergency, and greet people. They are the "Open Doors" to fellow worshipers, and hence serve as the face of the Church! They welcome each new arrival, make them feel at home, and point them towards Christ.
CANTORS AND MUSICIANS
"Sing to the Lord a new song; skillfully play with joyful chant."
Cantors serve as the song leaders during the celebration of the Mass, and most importantly, proclaim the psalm and general sung responses. Musicians, both vocalists and instrumentalists, are involved in may ways in the liturgical life of Saint Raymond's.