Notre Dame Liturgical + Music Ministry

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Getting Involved with the Liturgy and Music

Assisting with the Liturgy and Service

By its very nature the Christian faith and discipleship, although personal, is never private; it 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 of our salvation and of the other sacramentals, for example, blessings, and the hearing and responding to God’s word.  Parishioners who might serve the liturgy and the parish as:

  • Greeters
  • Sacristans
  • Servers
  • Lectors
  • Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion
  • Decorators
  • Cleaners, etc,

Music at Notre Dame

Psalm 96:1 sings, “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.”  This is the raison d’etre, 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 as a member of our:

  • Choir
  • Cantor
  • Accompanist, or
  • Instrumentalist

Any interested members should contact Kevin Myers for more information at 303-742-2348 or email kmyers@denvernotredame.org.

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Kevin Myers

Ministry Assistant for Liturgy and Music

ALTAR SERVERS — 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.

ACCOMPANIST — An organ/piano accompanist assists 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.

CANTOR — The cantor leads the congregation in the singing of the Mass parts, antiphons, and other hymns.  The cantor sings 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.

INSTRUMENTALIST — If you play a musical instrument proficiently as an amateur or professional and want to participate in our liturgies, you can be accommodated!  An informal “get to know your playing” audition is required.  All instruments are welcome and encouraged!

PARISH CHOIR — The mission of the Notre Dame Parish choir is to enhance to worship of the parish.  The choir is made up of adults (18 or older – exceptions made if someone younger joins with a parent) and 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.

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTER OF HOLY COMMUNION (EMOC)  — Assists at Mass with the distribution of Communion.  EMOC’s must be at least 16 years old, sacramentally confirmed, themselves able to receive communion, and available to minister at Saturday/Sunday Masses.  Training provided.

LECTORS — 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.

GREETERS AND USHERS — Greeters/ushers are 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).

LAUNDERING OF SACRED LINENS — Laundering 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.

LITURGICAL ENVIRONMENT — Ministers assist with decorating the church for the principle 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.

 

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