Liturgy & Worship

Choir rehearsal

Choir rehearsal

Adult Choir
Adults who have been blessed with the gift of a musical voice are encouraged to share their gift with the parish family by joining the Adult Choir. The choir sings a combination of traditional and contemporary music with organ and instruments at the 10am Mass on Sunday as well as at major feasts throughout the year, such as Christmas. Rehearsals are held on Sunday at 9am.

Adult Faith Formation
Faith formation is ongoing and lifelong.  All are welcome to join our dynamic adult faith formation programs offered regularly at Advent and Lent.  Past offerings have included:

Altar Guild
The Altar Guild is responsible for taking care of the linens, cleaning the altar once a week, and ensuring that the sacred vessels are prepared for Mass.

Altar Servers
The Altar Servers assist the priest at Mass by preparing the altar, carrying the cross and holding the book. This is open to boys and girls from 3rd grade – high school. Adult volunteers are also needed to serve at funerals. Training takes place throughout the year.  To register please access the form here.

Art & Environment Committee
This committee is responsible for decorating the worship spaces in our church to correspond with the liturgical seasons. Artists, sewers, buildings and other crafty and handy parishioners are greatly appreciated as we strive to create a liturgically appropriate environment in our parish family. The Committee meets as needed.

Altar at Christmas Season

Altar at Christmas Season

Baptismal Robe Makers
A small group of ladies have traditionally at St. Mary’s made white baptismal garments for the children baptized at the parish. These are presented as a sign of love and welcome to the newly baptized.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word
During the Liturgy of the Word, children process out of the sanctuary to hear an age-appropriate proclamation of the Scriptures and to participate in an interactive homily. A team of adults lead this fun exploration of God’s Word. The children return to Mass at the offertory to bring the gifts forward. Adult volunteers are welcome.

Eucharistic Ministers
Eucharistic Ministers are entrusted with the special responsibility of assisting in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass.

Festival Children’s Choir
On Christmas and Easter, our Children provide Choral music to brighten the holidays. The choir is open to children grades 3 – 7. Before both performances, four practice sessions are held on Sunday evenings from 6:30 to 7:00pm.

Greeters
The Greeters create a welcoming environment for our liturgies by greeting people they know and welcoming visitors coming to worship with our parish family. The ministry is open to men, women and families.

Instrumentalists
String players, woodwind players, brass players are encouraged to enhance our weekend liturgies by sharing their musical gifts with our parish family.

Lectors

Some of our Lectors

Lectors
Our parish lectors proclaim the Word of God at Mass during The Liturgy of the Word. The only requirements are an ability to read and a willingness to proclaim the Word to the congregation. Training sessions are held as needed.

Spiritual Life and Worship Commission
The Commission is made up of representatives from each lay ministry that is involved in our weekly worship (i.e. Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Altar Guild, Art and Environment Committee and Altar Servers). They meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month.

Ushers
Ushers are responsible for taking up the offertory collection during Mass, assisting parishioners to find seats, and passing out bulletins and inserts.  The ministry is open to men, women and families.

Wedding Rehearsal Teams
This team of parishioners is responsible for leading the rehearsal for weddings in our church. They coordinate the variety of roles and responsibilities of the wedding party during the Liturgy. Most rehearsals are held on Thursday or Friday nights between 6:00 and 7:30pm