Ministries of Worship
Altar Servers are a group of dedicated young boys and girls who serve at the “Table of the Lord,” as well as at other liturgical celebrations. All of our servers have been baptized and have received First Eucharist in the Catholic Church. Anyone who is in the fourth grade or higher may be an altar sever.
Holy Spirit Choir
Holy Spirit Choir is a mixed choir (Sopranos, Altos, Tenor, Bass) that assists the congregation in prayerful song during the major feasts of the church year (Midnight Mass and Holy Week Services) and at the 10:30 a.m. Liturgy on Sundays from September to June. If you have a willing spirit, a love of music, and a desire to minister, you are welcome. Instrumentalists are also welcome to join. Rehearsals are held in the school music room on Sundays at 9:15 a.m..
The Liturgy Committee plans and implements several special liturgies each year during the various liturgical seasons. They may include a mass for those involved in ministry; an Epiphany liturgy; Lenten liturgies; and a special celebration for Pentecost, the feast day of our church and parish. The committee addresses the various parts of the Mass, the music, and the environment of our church.
Sharing the Eucharist at liturgy is only one of the functions of this Ministry. In addition, Ministers are asked, if possible, to bring Eucharist to those individuals who are homebound. This Ministry requires training before beginning. Eucharistic Ministers usually sign up for a particular Mass based on desire and need.
Lectors & Commentators
Lectors proclaim the Word of God in the First and Second Readings of the Mass. The commentator reads the announcements before the liturgy opens and offers the Prayer of the Faithful. Schedules are arranged to fit their desired Mass, as well as the need to fill all time slots. Future lectors are asked to try out. Continued inspiration is given through a yearly Evening of Recollection and an excellent Workbook for Lectors, which suggests ways of approaching the readings.
These liturgies are held throughout the school year at the 9 o’clock Mass. They are centered on the children. At the opening procession, a banner, representing the theme of the Mass, is carried to the altar. Each banner is completed by children in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade of Holy Spirit School and Religious Education classes.
The readings, which are in a language familiar to children, are taken from a children’s lectionary and read by a member of the CYO. The children are then invited to sit around the altar and the homilist speaks to them directly.
Four children from grades 4 through 6 write and read their own petitions and a parish family brings up the gifts in the Offertory procession. If time permits, the children are invited to stand around the altar for the Our Father and encouraged to bring the sign of peace back to their families. A small gift, symbolic of the theme of the Mass, is presented to each child at the end of Mass.
Liturgy of the Word with Children
Liturgy of the Word with Children is a ministry in which children ages 4 and over are brought together in the Parish Hall for the celebration of God’s Word. Following the Gospel reading, the children listen to an explanation, participate in song, and have an opportunity to ask any questions they may have. The children enjoy partaking in a small hands-on craft relating to the message they have learned. They join together again with the congregation in church at the offertory. The older children of the parish have also enjoyed the opportunity to participate in this program by performing a skit, helping with crafts, or sitting among the younger children.