For the purpose of assisting the work of the common priesthood of the faithful, other particular ministries also exist, not consecrated by the sacrament of Holy Orders; their functions are determined by the bishops, in accord with liturgical traditions and pastoral needs. ” Servers, readers, commentators, and members of the choir also exercise a genuine liturgical function.”
In the celebration of the sacraments it is thus the whole assembly that is leitourgos, each according to his function, but in the “unity of the Spirit” who acts in all. “In liturgical celebrations each person, minister or layman, who has an office to perform, should carry out all and only those parts which pertain to his office by the nature of the rite and the norms of the liturgy.”
– Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1143 – 1144
As members of the faith-filled community of Saint Charles Borromeo, the Altar Servers answer the call to service that we all receive. Annually, the servers log over 800 hours of community service and demonstrate what it means to be good stewards of our Father and His Church.
The members of the Ministry of Altar Servers assist in the celebration of the sacred liturgy through the sharing of their talents and contribute to the spirit of prayer through the reverent way they perform their tasks. Service to the parish community is a way to live out the life Jesus promised us in the sacrament of baptism.
A bereavement minister provides ongoing support through telephone calls and written messages and meets with families who have lost a loved one to help prepare the funeral liturgy. Diocesan training is required.
Care of Church Linens
Individuals launder and press the altar linens according to instructions provided; this can be scheduled on a rotating basis.
Environment and Art
Members plan, prepare, and set up the environment in the church according to the liturgical season on an “as needed” basis. The members of this ministry assist in preparing items needed for each season, such as sewing banners, floral arranging, and carpentry. They set up and assist with the physical placement of objects in the church seasonally and care for the plants in the nursery and in the church. This ministry is open to all members of the family. No formal training is needed.
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion
With the Pastor’s approval, a Minister of Holy Communion receives Diocesan training (a three-hour session). Two year mandates are issued from the Bishop’s office. Ministers are scheduled to serve at Mass once or twice a month. Parish in-house training is also required and quarterly meetings are held during the liturgical year.
Ministry to the Sick and Homebound
A minister to the sick and shut-ins offers services to those people who are hospitalized, in nursing homes, or confined to private homes. The purpose of this ministry is to provide the sick or shut-ins with an experience of the care and concern of their faith community and to provide an opportunity to pray with other, receive the Eucharist, and to experience the love of Christ. Training is provided by the Diocesan Lay Ministry Office and by the parish coordinator.
Ministers of Hospitality | Ushers
The Ministry of Hospitality (Ushers & Greeters) is a wonderful way to become further involved in your parish. Activities include greeting parishioners and visitors before Mass, helping with the collection, and distributing bulletins after Mass. Each of our Masses could greatly use your assistance. Never underestimate the power of a simple smile or handshake, which greets our parishioners, guests, or even a visitor to our parish. No formal training is required, just a willingness to help. However, ushers meet seasonally during the liturgical year for schedules and informational updates.The Ministry of Hospitality is open to all; even the entire family can become involved. If you are interested, please see an usher at any of our Masses or contact the Parish office.
A reader reflects on the Sunday scriptures and proclaims the scriptures at Mass once or twice a month. Readers meet regularly for reflection and practice skills. This ministry is open to all those who are fully initiated (baptized, confirmed, and received their First Communion).
A sacristan is responsible for setting out the vessels and ritual books for each weekend Mass. He/She oversees any necessary set-up before a liturgical celebration. Sacristans also serve at weekday Masses, funerals, weddings, Evening Prayer, and Stations of the Cross. Training is provided by the parish and quarterly meetings are held to receive the calendar. Wedding sacristans assist at a rehearsal and set up for a wedding celebration.