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We encourage our parishioners to consider dedicating their time and talent to a liturgical ministry in either parish. Detailed information on each ministry can be found below.​

Ministries​​​​Description
​Altar Servers ​Parishioners who express an interest in serving the parish by serving around the altar for Mass or other liturgies may be trained to assist in this ministry. This ministry is open to children, youth and adults. Altar servers must be older than seven and have received first holy Communion.  Servers prepare the worship area, light candles, hold the books used at Mass and preparation for the consecration.  Individuals must meet special training requirements. A person interested in becoming an altar server is invited to contact the pastor.
​Art and Environment ​Any parishioner interested in helping to enhance the worship space (especially for the liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter) will be invited to help with setting up and putting away of the various liturgical decorations.
​Cantors ​Parishioners who have the talent and express an interest in leading the assembly in song may inquire about becoming a cantor. The ministry is open to youth and adults who manifest the skill and style to lead the assembly in its singing. Rehearsals are scheduled at the convenience of the cantor and organist (sometimes before or after Thursday’s choir practice, or before Mass). A person interested in becoming a cantor is invited to contact the parish Director of Music. 
​Catechist/Youth Ministry ​Catechists (teachers of the faith) assist the Faith Formation Director with religious education of the children. Catechists must meet special training requirements and are subject to required PA Child Services Law background checks.
​Choir ​Parishioners who express an interest in praising God through song (i.e., the one who sings prays twice) may join the choir in order to enhance worship with their singing. Rehearsals are normally scheduled on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m., in the church. A person interested in becoming a member of the choir is invited to contact the parish Director of Music. 
​Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion ​Parishioners who express an interest in distributing Holy Communion during Mass and to the homebound may be trained and commissioned to assist in this ministry. Even as all Catholics should have a deep reverence for our Lord Jesus Christ in the gift of the Eucharist, some parishioners hear that call to present Christ to others through this ministry. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion must be at least 16 years old. A person interested in becoming an extraordinary minister is invited to contact the pastor.
​Lectors/Readers ​Parishioners who express an interest in proclaiming the word of God during Mass or at other liturgies may be trained to assist in this ministry. Even as all Catholics should have a love for our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the word made flesh, some parishioners hear that call to proclaim Christ’s message to others through this ministry. Readers/lectors must be at least 14 years old. A person interested in becoming a reader is invited to contact the pastor.
​Money Counters ​Parishioners who express an interest in counting the weekend collections. If interested, they may contact respective heads of the Finance Council. Money counters work in groups of at least three.
​Ushers ​Parishioners who express an interest in greeting and assisting visitors and parishioners by helping worshipers to get situated, passing out materials, taking up the collection, coordinating gift bearers, and handing out bulletins may assist in this ministry. Ushers also provide assistance in cases of emergencies. Ushers may be youth or adults men and women who are comfortable in working with others. A person interested in becoming an usher.