Get Involved with Parish Ministries
Do you feel called to participate more fully in the Mass? There are roles that are exercised by lay people who place their time and talent at the service of the liturgical assembly. Others contribute to planning and organizing the liturgy, to keeping the church, vestments and vessels clean and well ordered, or to providing decorations that reflect the spirit of the liturgical feast or season.
We welcome new participants in any of our liturgical ministries.
Altar servers are privileged to assist the priest at the altar during the Mass and other liturgical services. They carry the cross in the opening and closing processions, hold the book for the priest and assist in setting the altar during the presentation of the gifts. School and religious education students in grades 4 through 8 are invited to volunteer to serve at weekend Masses.
High school students and adults who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation also may train to serve at weekday Masses, funerals, and other occasions when children who attend school are unavailable. If your child would like to be trained as an altar server, please contact the Parish Office at 708-771-8250 or by email below.
Lectors stand before the congregation and deliver the first two Scripture readings during the Liturgy of the Word. A confirmed parishioner of at least high school age can serve as a lector. Training is provided and a special lector’s edition of the Liturgy of the Word serves as an additional aid to understanding each week’s readings. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact the Parish Office at 708-771-8250.
These volunteers work behind the scenes to maintain the interiors of our worship sites and make the necessary preparations for each liturgy. They care for the liturgical vestments, altar server albs, altar linens and sacred vessels used at the Mass. They help polish, dust, and perform other light maintenance associated with the upkeep of our churches. New volunteers are always welcome and needed. If you would like to serve as a sacristan, please contact the Parish Office at 708-771-8250.
Children's Liturgy of the Word
Adult catechists lead the children in age-appropriate prayer, readings, and reflections at the same time adults are listening to the homily at Mass. The two age groups (3-5 years and 6-8 years) celebrate this separate liturgy during the 9:30 Mass on Sunday morning. Catechists receive all necessary training and planning aids.
VIRTUS training, provided by the Archdiocese, is also required for all catechists and volunteers working with children. If you would like to train as a catechist, please contact Liz Jeep at firstname.lastname@example.org.