Getting Involved with the Liturgy and Music
By its very nature, the Christian faith is never private; our discipleship-relationship with Jesus is always public. The word liturgy means “public work.” The liturgy is the public work of the church’s praise and adoration of God; of the reception of the seven sacraments and of sacramentals, for example, blessings; and the hearing and responding to God’s word. Parishioners might serve the liturgy and the parish as:
- GREETERS AND USHERS – Individuals or families who welcome their fellow Mass-goers coming to Mass and assist with their needs. Greeters/ushers should be of a hospitable disposition and welcoming spirit. They need to be available for Masses (4:00 p.m. Saturday and 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday).
- SACRISTANS – Assist the clergy by preparing for and cleaning up after Mass, setting out and putting away all liturgical objects needed for the liturgy. They must be available for Masses (weekday and weekend) and should arrive at least 30 minutes before Mass to prepare. Training provided.
- ALTAR SERVERS – Assist the priest and deacon at Mass. Servers should be at least in the 5th grade and available to serve Saturday 4:00 p.m. Mass, Sunday Masses at 7:00, 9:00, and 11:00 a.m., some holy days, and occasional funerals and weddings. Training provided.
- LECTORS – Proclaim the sacred scriptures at Mass. Lectors should be at least 16 years old, comfortable with public speaking, and available to lector at the 4 p.m. Saturday and/or the 7, 9, or 11 a.m. Masses on Sunday. An informal “get to know you” audition is required for all new lectors. Training provided.
- EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION (EMOC) – Assist at Mass with the distribution of Communion. EMOCs must be at least 16 years old, sacramentally confirmed, themselves able to receive communion, and available to minister at Saturday/Sunday Masses. Training provided.
- DECORATORS – Assist with decorating the church for the principal liturgical seasons (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week and Easter). Must love the liturgy and work to enhance the liturgical space. Volunteers are called on an as-needed basis.
- CLEANERS – Ensure that the church, narthex, and side chapel remain presentable by dusting, vacuuming, and disinfecting these areas.
- LAUNDERERS – Clean the linens used to purify the sacred vessels at Mass and other altar cloths/linens. One needs to be able to commit, on a rotating basis, to laundering a week’s worth of soiled linens. Training provided.
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Music at Notre Dame
In Psalm 96:1, we are told to “sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.” This is the raison d’être, the reason of the being of the church: “[To] sing to the Lord, bless his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his marvelous deeds” (vss. 2-3). The music program of Notre Dame Parish is designed to support and promote the church’s liturgy and liturgical celebrations. You can serve in music ministry in any of the following ways:
- CHOIR – Enhance the worship of the parish. Made up of adults (18 or older – exceptions made if someone younger joins with a parent), the choir rehearses Monday evenings from 6:30pm until 8:30pm (ending time is sometimes earlier and sometimes later depending on season). Prior singing experience or ability to read music is helpful but not required. NO AUDITION NECESSARY. The choir is a great opportunity for fellowship and selfless service to the parish community!
- CANTORS – Lead the congregation in the singing of the Mass parts, antiphons, and other hymns. Cantors sing with organ and piano accompaniment. A clear and in-tune voice is necessary. Informal audition required. Ability to read music is desired but not required. Training provided if necessary.
- ACCOMPANISTS – Assist in leading the congregation during worship along with the cantor, on an as-needed or regularly scheduled basis. The accompanist should be flexible with sight-reading and improvising and familiar with playing hymns, psalms, Mass settings, and other pieces of sacred music.
- INSTRUMENTALISTS – Enhance the worship of the community by playing a musical instrument along with the piano/organ accompanist, cantor, and choir. An informal “get to know your playing” audition is required. All instruments are welcome and encouraged!
Interested in serving the parish community by contributing to liturgical or music ministries? Contact André Escaleira, Jr. for more information at 303-742-2342 or email email@example.com.