Liturgical Ministry - St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church

Liturgical Ministry

What is Liturgical Ministry?

Liturgy is an action of the Christus totus – head and members.
It is the whole community – the Body of Christ united with its Head – that celebrates the liturgy (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1140). Liturgical ministry is an excellent opportunity to fulfill your baptismal call of service to one another. Our liturgies should utilize the talents and gifts that God has given this community to the fullest extent. Whether participation is through “behind the scenes” preparation and planning or through a public role of service within the Mass, parishioner contributions help our liturgies to be truly life-giving celebrations. Please prayerfully consider joining one of these ministries.

Liturgical Ministers

Altar Servers

Youth Servers

The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy during Mass. Parishioners who are in the fifth grade or older are eligible to serve during weekday and weekend Mass. Please call Deacon Dave Steinwert in the parish office 921-9200, ext. 125 for more information including the training schedule.

Adult Servers

Adult servers exercise their ministry at 7am Mass on Sunday and during the week. Adults are also called on for special services such as the Corpus Christi Procession, the Midnight Christmas and the Easter Vigil Masses. Please contact Deacon Gregg Rose in the parish office 921-9200, ext. 117 for more information.

Lectors

Lectors are individuals who proclaim the Word of God at Mass. Anyone of high school age or older is welcome to join and become a Lector. Commissioning and periodic training are held as needed.

Eucharistic Ministers

Parishioners who are commissioned by the pastor can distribute Holy Communion at Mass. Membership is open to all persons high school age or older. Commissioning and periodic training are scheduled as needed. If you have skills and expertise that you think could benefit this group, please contact Deacon Gregg Rose in the parish office 921-9200, ext. 117 if you are interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister.

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Each Sunday during 11:30 Mass, children are invited to participate in a special reading of sacred scripture in an age appropriate form under the direction of a youth minister. Children are called by the Celebrant to process together to the undercroft for their instruction and return to the main assembly during the Preparation of the Altar and Gifts prior to the Eucharistic Prayer. The children and adults involved in this program still fulfill their Sunday obligation.

Greeters

Greeters welcome people in the gathering space as they arrive for weekend Masses. They arrive 20 minutes before Mass begins, greet people as they enter the church and distribute bulletins when Mass has ended. Please contact the parish office 921-9200 if you are interested in becoming a Greeter.

Sacristans

Sacristans are responsible for the preparation of the altar and liturgical vessels needed for Mass. Being a sacristan offers a tremendous in-sight and appreciation for the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word and Eucharist. Volunteers are needed at all Masses. Please contact the parish office 921-9200 if you are interested in becoming a Sacristan.

Ushers

Teams of men and women assist the congregation during the Sunday Masses by welcoming visitors, helping with seatings and various special needs that present themselves during the celebration. Please contact the parish office 921-9200 for more information or if you are interested in becoming an Usher.

Wedding Assistants

Our parish makes available a team of two wedding facilitators to anyone who is married at the Church. They will contact the bride and/or groom about two weeks prior to the wedding to see if they have any questions, remind them of the items needed to bring to the rehearsal like programs and/or unity candle, discuss any special decorations and obtain the names of the photographer and florist. The wedding facilitators attend the rehearsal, work with the celebrant to line everyone up, send them down the aisle as needed, and troubleshoots so the family can relax knowing that they will be taken care of on the big day. At the wedding, they arrive at the church about 1 hour in advance, attach bows to pews, set up flowers, set up the church, and handle any other arrangements, as needed. At the end of the service, they collect any programs from the pews, reset the church, store the unity candle, and put all the items needed to be removed from the church in one place for the family to take when they leave. This ministry is a wonderful experience for both the families they serve as well as very rewarding for the facilitators knowing they are helping to eliminate stress for the happy couple and their families. If you would be interested in becoming one of our Wedding Facilitators, please contact the parish office at 921-9200.

Gift Bearers

Individuals, families, parish groups, you are invited to carry the gifts in the Offertory Processions. Celebrating a memorial, birthday, anniversary, new job, baby, or home? Be a part of the liturgy in thanksgiving representing all of God’s blessings to us. At the beginning of Mass you may take the flower kept on the offertory table to signal that you will be carry the gifts. Replace the flower when you come forward to process. You may also contact the lead usher prior to Mass for assistance.

Liturgical Music/Choir

The mission of these choirs is to encourage people to join in song and enhance worship and participation in the liturgy. Membership is by appointment. If you wish to join any of these choirs, please contact Rick Davis at the rectory, 513.921.9200 or use the contact form to inquire by email.

Adult Choir

The adult choir sings at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Masses, and at various other special masses.

The Contemporary Music Group

The Contemporary Music Group sings at the 11:30 a.m. Sunday Masses.

Liturgy Choirs

The Liturgy Choirs are open to students in grades 4 - 6. They sing at the Friday 8:15 a.m. school masses.

Joyful Noise Choir

The St. Teresa Joyful Noise Choir is our parish children's liturgical choir. The Joyful Noise leads the music ministry for a monthly mass with contemporary praise and worship. All parish children in grades K-8 are invited to participate. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.. For more information contact Robyn Tierney at stteresajoyfulnoise@gmail.com.

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