Below are the different ministries that members of Sacred Heart can participate in to enrich and deepen their spiritual lives and to make those liturgies and devotions relevant and meaningful to them.
Being an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion involves more than a few minutes during Mass helping to distribute Communion. We hope that Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will take their spiritual growth seriously. Fr. Reynolds will invite parishioners to become Extraordinary Ministers. A two hour formation session will be required for those that are willing to accept appointment as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. This training, which Bishop Amos requires, will provide spiritual, theological and practical preparation to fulfill the role with knowledge and reverence. Additionally, there may be ongoing formation requirements over the three year term of the appointment.
The ministry of the Word is an important part of our liturgical life. The Word of God in our midst is Jesus. Lectors are supported in this ministry through encouragement, assistance in preparation and with our prayers. If you are interested in serving in this important ministry, please contact the Stewardship office.
Boys and girls in 4th grade or older may be trained to be Altar Servers. Please contact the Stewardship office.
The Hospitality ministry involves greeting and welcoming people as they arrive for Mass, helping with the offertory collection, and a few other simple tasks. If you are interested in the Hospitality Ministry, please contact the Stewardship office.
The Choir sings at a Sunday morning Mass and for special parish liturgies. Choir practice is held Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Fall through Spring. All are welcome to join.
Music is an important part of our liturgical life. Song leaders and Cantors are necessary for creating a climate of prayer by leading the assembly in joyfully proclaiming the praise of God with music and song. If you are interested in being a song leader for either Mass, please contact the Stewardship office.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Experiencing God’s Word is important for all ages. Children between the age of 4 years old and third grade are invited to participate in Children’s Liturgy of the Word during Mass. Right after the Opening Prayer the children are called to the front of the church by the presider and dismissed. The Children’s Liturgy ministers lead the children to the chapel where they hear and celebrate God’s Word in a way that is appropriate for their ages.
The Children’s Liturgy minister proclaims the Sunday scripture in words that children understand. A Children’s Lectionary approved by the United States Bishops is used. A brief reflection on the readings is given, many times in a dialogue format, and then the children share in their own Prayers of the Faithful. Children return to sit with their family at for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
Adults and youth in fifth grade and older are welcome to serve as Children’s Liturgy ministers. Call the parish stewardship office if you are interested in being a Children’s Liturgy of the Word minister.
A nursery is provided during Sunday morning Mass for families with small children. Nursery personnel have been trained in childcare, CPR and other emergency procedures.
Parents are required to fill out a registration form before using the nursery service. Forms are available in the nursery in McCann Center.