Liturgy & Music
Rome Is Encouraging All the Worlds’ Catholics To Be Able to Acclaim Mass Responses in Latin.
In the new Official Church Document “Sing To The Lord: Music In Divine Worship” paragraphs 61-66, our Church asks us to “foster the role of Latin in the Liturgy, particularly in liturgical song”.
For several years now, our parish has been doing a good job singing the Latin Eucharistic responses (“Holy, holy”...Memorial Acclamation...Great Amen...and the Lamb of God) during the season of Lent... so we feel we have gotten a head start on many parishes. But to continue learning and singing more of Latin in our Liturgies, we are planning to add the “Our Father...Pater noster” to our Latin Acclamations during the Lenten season.
The “Pater Noster” can be found in the Breaking Bread Hymnal. To help all learn the “Pater Noster”, here is a link to the Latin Liturgy page, which will take you to a phonetic spelling of the text and a recording of the “Pater Noster”.
"There are different gifts, but the same Spirit; there are different ministries but the same Lord; there are different works but the same God...To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good." (1 Corinthians. 12:4-7)
We invite you to participate as a liturgical minister in the following areas:
(if you have any questions, please contact the parish office 276-669-8200 ext. 31
"Unity in prayer and in the active participation in the celebration of the divine mysteries in the Church's liturgy contributes in an especially effective way to the wealth of Christian life of both the individual and the community." (Pope John XXIII)
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion for liturgy
Extraordinary Ministers assist at Mass in the distribution of the Precious Body and Blood. Training is provided in the fall of the year. To serve in this ministry, you must be a practicing Catholic, age 16 or older, who has been Confirmed, and must presently be in Full Communion with the Catholic Church. We strongly encourage returning Extraordinary Ministers to attend training every year. (NOTE: Due to COVID-19, currently we are not distributing the Precious Blood to the congregation)
Lector (Proclaimer of the Word)
Lectors proclaim the Scripture during parish liturgies. Current and prospective Lectors receive training in how to publicly proclaim the Word of God. Lectors must be practicing Catholics in good standing/Full Communion with the Church. Catholic Teens who are at least age 16+ and have been Confirmed or are currently participating in Confirmation preparation may also serve as Lectors at Mass.
Altar Servers assist the priest at Mass. Catholic Children and Teens (Grade 3 & above, who have made their First Holy Communion) and adults who are practicing Catholics in good standing may train as Servers. ALL Servers, new and returning, are to attend one of the training sessions.
Adults and Teens (Grade 8+) may serve as an Thurifer. Thurifers assist the priest at major liturgies and funerals with the incensation. Thurifers must be practicing Catholics who have received their First Holy Communion. New & Returning Thurifers are asked to attend one of our training sessions.
Mass Coordinators are of vital importance to our liturgical celebrations. They assume responsibility for setting up for the liturgies (getting the vessels in place, etc.), as well as being sure that the other liturgical ministers (EMHC's, Lectors, Servers, etc.) have arrived. Mass Coordinators work closely with the Pastor and the Director of Liturgy & Music. Mass Coordinators need to be familiar with the guidelines and procedures for the other liturgical ministries. Training is provided for those who are willing to volunteer in this capacity.
Altar Server Coordinator
Adults are needed who are willing to assist our young servers before liturgy.
Ushers serve as greeters before Mass, hand out worship aids, assist people find seats when the church is crowded, take up the collection, guide communion lines, and hand out bulletins at the end of Mass.
Choir (Adult/Teen & Children) & Musicians
Music is an integral and essential part of the worship life of our community!
Adult Choir is open to adults and teens in Grade 9-12. For a full schedule of Choir rehearsals and singing schedule, please contact the parish office. (Except in the summer when the choir takes a well-deserved "break"!)
Musicians interested in playing for liturgy are asked to contact Chris Neal, 276-669-8200 ext. 31.
A Children's Choir (Gr. 3-8) sings for Christmas & Easter.
Gift Bearers and Cross Bearer for Liturgy
The Mass Coordinator finds people before each liturgy for these tasks. If you might be interested in bringing up the gifts at the Offertory, or be our Cross Bearer, please let us know!!
Volunteers are needed to help prepare the church space for the different liturgical seasons such as Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter and for special feasts (Pentecost, etc.). If you would be willing to help in this capacity, your help would be appreciated!