The Altar Server ministry offers children and adults an opportunity to be directly involved with the celebration of the liturgy. Altar servers assist the presider during mass, serve the parish family by assisting in the celebration of the liturgy and serve God through worship and prayer. We encourage parents and children to serve together. This is a wonderful way to honor God as a family. Required training is provided.
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” (John 6:15) To administer the Eucharist to the people of God is one of the greatest capacities in which we can serve. Faithful members of our parish are always needed for this very important ministry. Volunteers are also needed to administer the Eucharist in nursing homes and to our homebound parishioners.
The objective of this ministry is to greet everyone as they enter and leave the church, just as we would greet our friends and family as they enter our homes. This is our parish family and we want to welcome one and all. If you would like to become a part of this ministry, no special training or talent is necessary. You only need to be able to smile and say “Good morning or afternoon”, or “Welcome to Sacred Heart.” Children or grandchildren are welcome to greet with you.
The goal of the Hospitality Ministry is to show the love of Christ to our parishioners and guests. Through a personal contact as an usher, greeter or hospitality member our welcome begins a relationship with our community.
An integral part of the sacrifice of the Mass is the Liturgy of the Word. As authorized since Vatican II, we have had an active group of parishioners participating in this ministry. They proclaim the Word of God, and lead the congregation in prayer. Members of the parish are encouraged to serves as lectors. After receiving proper instruction, they are scheduled at regular intervals to carry out this ministry.
Music plays a very important part of our worship at Sacred Heart. Vocal, choral, and instrumental music also enhances our liturgies. All those with musical talents are encouraged to participate in the various music ministries.
The ushers’ responsibilities include seating the congregation, offertory collection, selecting a family for the offertory of the gifts, making sure that the movement of the people during communion is organized and orderly, and to provide for the comfort and convenience of the worshipers. New ushers are always welcome. Participation is not limited to individuals; we encourage families to join as a group.