The Second Vatican Council called the whole Church to reflect on the role of the laity in the Church. It reminded us that all Christians, by virtue of their baptism, are called to spread the gospel, to continue the work of building the Kingdom of God and to offer worship. Children, women and men are invited and encouraged to share their talents and interests with the parish of St. John the Evangelist by becoming involved in a liturgical ministry. By answering the call to serve and offering a particular quality in a liturgical role, the liturgy can speak powerfully to all, by moving us to prayer.
Lay ministers will receive liturgical training, theological education and spiritual formation pertaining specifically to the ministry in which they are involved. Training is offered periodically throughout the year.
Please consider giving of your time in service to God by becoming a part of a liturgical ministry.
Altar Servers are boys and girls of the parish who assist the priest during Mass and other liturgical services. The various tasks of a server usually include assisting with the book of prayers, set the table during the preparation of the altar and gifts, and carrying various objects in procession such as a thurible, cross and candles. The main task of the server is to model liturgical prayer with grace and reverence and full participation in the prayer. Men and women are invited to serve for daily Mass. Those wishing to be altar servers must be in the 4th grade or above and have received First Communion. Schedules are mailed monthly. Altar servers arrive 15 minutes before and check in with the Liturgy Coordinator for any special instructions.
Eucharistic Ministers are men and women of the parish who serve at liturgy by assisting the priest in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ to the gathered community. They are responsible for purifying and cleaning the sacred vessels used during Communion after Mass in the sacristy. Some Eucharistic Ministers may take communion to the sick or others who are unable to participate in Mass. Those who are called to this ministry must know how to be truly present to others. Eucharistic Ministers check-in with the Coordinator of Liturgy to sign-up to serve before Mass begins. There is no formal schedule, however training is required. Both adults and confirmed youth are welcome.
The function of the Lector is to effectively proclaim the scriptures and the Prayers of the Faithful during liturgical celebrations. A lector strives to proclaim the Word of God with clarity and distinction so that it is not just read, but fully understood by the listening parish community. Lectors are called from the assembly and minister to and with the assembly. They must feel comfortable standing in front of those gathered for liturgy and have good oral communication skills and the ability to read effectively. Lectors must prepare to read the text before the liturgy to be clear about the scripture's meaning. Both adults and confirmed high school youth are welcome. Lectors are scheduled to read on a rotating basis, most lectors are scheduled once-a-month. They report to the Liturgy Coordinator upon arrival to Mass for any special instructions.
The greeter is often the first representative of the parish encountered by Mass attenders. They serve the parish community by being a visible sign of welcome to parishioners and visitors. Greeters serve an important role as ministers of hospitality. They greet people in the name of the parish and help to make them feel at home. This ministry is our Gospel mandate to welcome one another. The ushers assist with the weekly collection and help to find available seats. At the end of Mass, the ushers distribute the bulletins to parishioners as they leave the Church.
Sacristans are responsible for the proper physical environment of the liturgy, cleaning the linens, vessels and other liturgical items used for Mass, ordering flowers, decorating the church and ordering liturgical supplies. They take care of the priests' vestments and altar server albs. They most often work behind the scenes but their work is visible and appreciated by all those who gather for liturgy. They plan seasonal decorations in such a way that they reinforce and communicate the liturgical tone of the season.