Liturgical Ministry

LITURGICAL VOLUNTEERS

The Mass is the source and summit of our faith. The Eucharist is the center of Benedictine community. Like every parish, we rely on volunteers to help create beautiful liturgies that honor the Lord. Our goal is to be a worshipping community, gathered around the Eucharist, sharing in meaningful friendship with Christ and each other.

 

LECTOR MINISTRY

These volunteers prepare and proclaim the Word of God and the Prayers of the Faithful at all weekday and Sunday Masses. Their mission is to help members of the assembly enter into the power of the Word of God and inspire action (CCC 3.103-105, 1 Thessolonians 2:13).  All new lectors are required to attend a training session. For more information, contact the Chapel Team.

 

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION (EMHC)

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion help distribute the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass and to the sick. EMHC's are scheduled approximately once monthly. Mass choice preferences are given, but Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will be expected on occasion to assist at a Mass other than their first choice. EMHC training is held at the start of each semester. For more information, contact the Chapel Team.

 

SERVER MINISTRY

Servers assist at the altar at Masses and other liturgical celebrations in accordance with the norms of the Church. Service includes assisting the priest at the altar and being a cross, candle, or book bearer. Requirements include a desire to serve the Lord, regular participation in the Mass, a commitment to assignments, and other responsibilities.  New and veteran servers must be trained and re-certified each year. For more information, contact the Chapel Team.

 

USHER MINISTRY

Ushers warmly welcome and seat worshipers at weekend Masses. They also pass out worship aids before Mass, assist the disabled, collect the offering, distribute programs, assist in emergencies, and prepare pews for the next Mass. All new ushers must attend a training session. For more information, contact the Chapel Team.


SACRISTAN MINISTRY

The Sacristan's ministry is to help the priest and community enter into prayer before and during Holy Mass. They do this by setting up all items required for Mass and returning all items to proper storage following Mass. Sacristans must be confirmed, practicing Catholics. Training is provided. For more information contact the Chapel Team.


HOSPITALITY

The hospitality team sets up, distributes, and takes down donuts, juice, and other refreshments after each Sunday and All School Mass. These cheerful volunteers help create fellowship in the worshipping community after Mass. For more information, contact the Chapel Team.


SIGN LANGUAGE LECTOR

These individuals provide interpreting for the deaf and hard of hearing members of the community by regularly providing their services at Sunday Mass as well as retreats and other events by request. “Many signs and wonders were done among the people by the hands of the Apostles.” – Acts 5:12. For more information, contact the Chapel Team or visit the National Catholic Office for the Deaf (NCOD) at: http://www.ncod.org

 

ADORATION

Jesus said, "Keep watch with me" (Matthew 26:40). Make a one hour weekly commitment to adore the Blessed Sacrament in St. Martin's Chapel on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 1 and 9:30 p.m. and on special feasts throughout the year.  For more information, contact the Chapel Team

 

MARTIN'S MAIDS

Use your passion for cleaning to enhance the worship environment of the chapel and church for weekday and Sunday Masses, All School Masses, and special events. For more information, contact the Chapel Team.

 

LITURGICAL MUSIC

Join in one of over nine liturgical choirs to worship the Lord at Mass, on retreat, in adoration, during processions and on special occassions.  We prepare students for parish life using five main instruments:  the human voice, organ, piano, guitar and other classical instrumentation.  We use Gregorian chant, traditional hymns, new songs and praise and worship.  We follow the Church's liturgical norms, especially the General Instruction on the Roman Missal (GIRM).

 

ULTIMA CHOIR

Volunteers follow the choir director and lead the assembly in sung prayer as choir members, organists, pianists, and cantors at the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass.  Auditions and practice times are set each semester. For more information, contact the Music Team.

 

CHRISTOS CHOIR

Volunteers follow the choir director and lead the assembly in sung prayer as choir members, pianists, guitarists, and cantors at the 8:00 p.m. Sunday Mass.  Auditions and practice times are set each semester. For more information, contact the Music Team.

 

CHAPEL CHOIRS

Volunteers follow the choir director and lead the assembly in sung prayer as choir members, guitarists, pianists, and cantors at one of the 9:30 p.m. weeknight Masses. Auditions and practice times are set each semester. For more information, contact the Music Team.


MEMORARE CHOIR

Volunteers follow the choir director and lead the assembly in sung prayer as choir members, pianists, and cantors at special masses for guests, Marian feasts, and game day Masses. For more information, contact the Music Team.


DIVINE PRAISE CHOIR

Volunteers lead the assembly in praise and worship as choir members, pianists, guitarists, and drummers at the monthly Divine Praise, weekly worship nights, retreats, and conferences. For more information, contact the Music Team.

 

SOUND MINISTRY

Ministers serve in setting up and operating the sound system for celebrations in St. Martin's Chapel, the Abbey Church, and other areas. This ministry requires a willing heart and a certain aptitude for electronics. A training session and occasional meetings are required during the semester. For more information, contact the AV Tech Team.