Among the many words we use for what happens on Sunday, we use the term “liturgy,” which means “work of the people.” While every single person who comes through our doors is a part of that work, we also have teams of dedicated people who make worship possible for everyone.
Below are descriptions of each ministry. If you’re ready to serve in one of these important roles, use the form at the bottom of the page to let us know!
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Our Mass Ministries
Be a part of giving God’s gift of Himself.
As Catholic Christians, we believe that Christ is present in the Eucharist, and especially in the bread and wine which we take, bless, break, and share. Our eucharistic ministers get to be a part of that gift, making sure that everyone who gathers has what they need to receive the gift. Those of high school age and older can be part of this ministry. A training session of 90 minutes will be provided that will include a history of this ministry as well as practical how-to information.
God’s word in the Scriptures needs a human voice. Our proclaimers of the word take on the crucial role of helping God’s word be heard.
At Mass, our lectors proclaim the first and second readings. It’s more than just reading, however. Their prayer, preparation, and proclamation are a crucial part of our vibrant liturgies and helping God’s word be heard. We welcome all those in 8th grade or older to consider being a part of this powerful ministry. A one-hour training session is provided, and each lector receives a workbook that can be used at home to better understand the readings and prepare to read them.
Liturgy can be complicated; altar servers make sure everything runs smoothly so God’s people can focus on worship.
The primary responsibility of altar servers is to assist the priest at Mass on weekends, but servers also assist on some holy days, holidays, as well as at weddings and funerals. Volunteering to serve makes it easier for everyone to concentrate on the Mass and allows the server to have a deeper appreciation for what happens at Sunday worship. Training sessions are held at the beginning and end of the school year. Students in grade 5 and older are eligible to participate.
Greeters & Ushers
Every person who walks through the door of Saints JFX parish should feel like they’re at home. Our greeters and ushers help make that happen.
While we all have a role to play in welcoming every person who enters our doors, the greeters and ushers take that role in a special way. They are generally the first person that a parishioner meets upon entering church and set a welcoming tone in church. They are one of the faces of our parish during Mass as they handle the collections, assist during Mass as needed, and thank parishioners for coming at the end of Mass as they distribute church bulletins. Because of this, we are always on the lookout for hospitable, welcoming, friendly people who are willing to go the extra mile to make sure that every person who enters feels welcome, comfortable, and cherished.
We welcome men and women, high school age and older for this ministry.
A well-prepared Mass helps everybody focus on what’s important on Sundays. Our sacristan team makes sure that the details are in order so that everyone can focus on glorifying God.
Sacristans are detail-oriented people who work behind the scenes to make sure all is ready for Mass, both in the sacristy and the sanctuary. With their focus on detail, they are the most important person you never see during Mass. The celebrant relies heavily on the sacristan. Adults are invited to consider this ministry. Training will be provided, and you can sign up as either a substitute or a regular sacristan.
As we continue to be open, we have needs for our Sunday Masses and also for weddings, baptisms, funerals, reconciliation—whenever we gather.
Our COVID-19 volunteers greet attendees, check for face masks, make certain we have the names of those at each service (for possible contact tracing), direct people to appropriate seating, sanitize hands before Communion and help clean/disinfect pews afterwards. We schedule multiple COVID-19 volunteers for each event so that no one is overly burdened when they volunteer!