Parish Ministry

Will you help me? Will you serve your parish? I am looking for parishioners who have been Confirmed to volunteer for important ministries in the parishes. St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s parish is in need of Lectors and Extra Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Why are these ministries important? Because through these ministries the Word of God is proclaimed and the body of Christ is distributed. Sometimes we can get the notion that for some reason or another we are not worthy or skilled enough for participation in these ministries. However, it is God who is the one calling us to ministry, unworthy as we are, and with training and practice we can become skillful.

To be a Lector means a person is willing to process in with the Book of the Gospels and then read aloud the First and Second Scripture passages plus lead the Prayers of the Faithful at Mass. There are workbooks to help you pronounce any difficult words. I think I am a pretty understanding person towards lectors when there are long scriptures or difficult words.

To be an Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion means a person is willing to assist the priest in distribution of the Eucharist at the time of Holy Communion. You come to the altar after the priest receives communion, you receive communion and then take the Chalice of Precious Blood or the Bowl of Consecrated Hosts to be offered to the faithful at the time of Holy Communion. At St. Mary’s the E.O.M.H.C. on Sunday mornings are also asked to take communion to the four parishioners who are homebound or to the five or six people at Avoca Care Center round 9:30 a.m. So again I ask you. Will you help me? Will you serve your parish? If so, please click here and fill out the form.

Blessings, Father Dooley