In a symbol of our common
priesthood, altar servers are given the responsibility for carrying the
cross, candles, and incense in procession, and assisting the celebrant at
our liturgies. The actions of these individuals highlight the ceremony and
ritual that are so much a part of the liturgy we celebrate.
All students from 4th
through 8th grade are invited to serve at the altar. They may be from the
St. Al's/St. Pat's school or from the RE program. Servers will minister
principally at weekend or holy day Masses, but an occasional wedding or
funeral may be required. Training is provided and responsibility is
required from both students and parents.
These ministers assist the
priest in distributing the Eucharist at the Sunday liturgies. Distribution
of the Eucharist occurs in both forms (bread and wine). After an initial
training session and approval by the pastor, ministers are specially
commissioned and fit into the regular liturgical schedule.
Lectors proclaim the
Scriptures. They are our storytellers on our journey through Scripture.
They must be able to proclaim in a way that allows the meaning and
significance of the Word of God to be recognized by the assembly. A
training session is required, and lectors are expected to prepare and
proclaim when scheduled.
LITURGICAL PLANNING TEAM
The parish volunteers who
serve on the liturgy team, along with the pastor, make the basic decisions
about all weekend and special liturgies. The purpose of planning is to
provide the best possible liturgical experience so that the assembly will
be moved to love and serve the Lord. Ministers serving on the Liturgical
Planning Team become familiar with the symbolic and ritual aspects of
liturgy as well as the seasons and the cycles of the liturgical year. The
Liturgical Planning Team can be also divided into different specialized
groups that focus on particular services.
Sacristans serve the
assembly and the ministers by preparing all the physical elements needed
for the Mass. They prepare the vessels and linens for the Eucharist, put
out an appropriate quantity of bread and wine, ensure
the Lectionary and Sacramentary are properly placed, clean the vessels
used for Communion, and restore the vessels and utensils to their proper
place. Sacristan training is provided. The time commitment is minimal:
approximate 20 minutes before Mass and 10 minutes after Mass.
SENIOR ALTAR SERVERS
Senior Altar Servers are
those servers who have demonstrated a faithful commitment to serving and
have graduated their 8th grade year. These servers decide to continue
serving at Mass throughout high school. They take on a leadership role in
the ministry, acting as Master of Ceremonies for weekend and special
Masses, serving weddings, funerals, Stations of the Cross, and
Benedictions. They may also assist in the training of new altar servers.
Advanced training is provided and responsibility is required.
USHERS & GREETERS
The women and men within
the assembly who serve in this ministry are much more than collection
takers and distributors of worship guides and bulletins. They are
representatives of a caring community. They welcome visitors, assist new
members, and help the disabled experience an accessible environment.
Ushers need to arrive 20 minutes before Mass.
The Worship Commission
develops the spiritual life of the parish community. Their responsibility
is to prepare the liturgy and the art & environment for the seasons.
The commission is concerned with the liturgical calendar as well as
special celebrations. The commission is also
responsible for the recruitment, scheduling, and training of liturgical
ministers (Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Sacristans,
The parish choirs work in
conjunction with the Worship Commission and coordinate their efforts to
enhance the liturgical celebrations.
In cooperation with the
other Catholic Communities of Lemont, representatives of the Worship
Commission join in the preparation of the Lemont Catholic Community
Reconciliation Service for Advent and Lent, as well as the yearly Lemont Catholic
You are invited to attend
the monthly meetings of the Worship Commission to develop a feel for its
needs and where your special talents fit in. Extra hands are always
welcome to decorate the Church for Christmas and Easter and to remove the
decorations at the end of the season. You also may serve as a liturgical
minister or help plan special liturgical celebrations. The music ministry
has room for anyone interested in music.
The Worship Commission