Altar Linen Group, assists the parish by providing freshly laundered and pressed Altar linens, purificators, finger towels, small table cloths, corporals and towels. The group of volunteers assures that the items are ready in sufficient number for all Masses. Large Altar linens are also maintained and changed according to the liturgical season.
Altar Server,is a male or female member of the assembly who assists the priest and deacon during the Eucharist and other liturgical ceremonies so the liturgy can be conducted with grace and reverence. Altar Servers should be active and full participants in the celebration with the understanding that they are leaders of the assembly. The altar server models the activity of the assembly and by singing, praying and keeping silence can enhance the worship of the assembly. To serve at Saint Paul you must be at least entering into the 5th grade. For more information click here
Children's Liturgy of the Word, is a ministry that allows children to experience the Liturgy of the Word during Mass in a way that is more appropriate for their age and helps them understand the readings and teachings more.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, will serve in the absence of a priest or deacon or because of the size of the congregation or a particular difficulty in which a celebrant finds himself. You assist regularly at all Masses in our Parish. Invited by the priests, these individuals are specifically trained for their role and mandated by the Bishop for a specific term of 5 years with required refresher training every year.
Funeral Sacristans, assists prior to and during each Funeral Mass, by setting up the Sacristy and church with the necessary items for the celebration of the Funeral Mass, welcomes the bereaved family members to the church and assists them as necessary with special requests. They are hospitality ministers as well for each funeral. They work with the funeral home representatives to make the occasion proceed as smoothly and solemnly as possible. There are occasions when the Funeral Sacristan will proclaim the readings for the family, assist the celebrant in administering the Body and Blood of Christ, and perform other duties as requested.
“To sing is to pray twice” is a statement attributed to St. Augustine. The holy Bishop of Hippo meant that singing adds to our praise and worship of God—that our voices are gifts, with which we can make music to the Lord. Sung prayer expresses the joy of the heart, the happiness resulting from one who has encountered Jesus Christ and experienced His love. The Music Ministry of St. Paul seeks to enhance corporate worship by providing music for all weekend Masses, Holy Days, special occasions, funerals, and weddings. Parishioners are invited to join the choir to LEARN the music of the church and participate in leading others in worship through music. The Music Ministry is involved in Music for some Weekday Masses, Holy Hours, all Weekend Masses, Holy Day Masses, Wedding, and Funeral Liturgies.
Readers,The ministry of reader calls us to be servants of the Living Word of God. In proclaiming the readings at liturgy, the reader does more than simply read. This is a sacred task of a high order into which only those who are sufficiently qualified are permitted to read. A reader’s spirituality must include an understanding of Holy Scripture as God’s Living Word made present to mankind throughout history, but most fully present in the person of Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh.
Sacristans, This very rewarding ministry is comprised of individuals who assist, prior to each Mass, by setting up the Sacristy with the necessary items for the celebration of the Mass.
Some responsibilities would include opening the church by unlocking the doors for all the faithful to come in and praise the Lord, checking the church for neatness and cleanliness, opening the tabernacle, preparing the water, wine, bread, sacred vessels and linens for the Mass, and checking for the necessary lectors and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist needed for the celebration of the Mass. Other responsibilities would be cleaning and filling the Holy water fonts, making sure the sacred vessels have been purified and properly stored after the Mass, and closing down the church. It is a great privilege and honor to serve the Lord and the church in this ministry.