Parish members are encouraged to join in the celebration of the liturgy in a special way by becoming part of the Worship Ministry. Adults and High School youth are welcome to participate as Altar Assistants, Readers (Lectors), Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Greeters, and Ushers. Children in grades 5 and older are welcome to become Altar Servers and are encouraged to continue serving throughout Middle School and High School. If you are interested in joining one of these ministries, please fill out the corresponding form below. Training dates will be posted in the Forum, our weekly Parish bulletin.
Liturgical Ministers Schedules
An online, web-based scheduling system (Ministry Scheduler Pro) has been implemented. Liturgical ministers may access the system by clicking here.
Help prepare the way of the Lord by setting out the items needed for the weekend, weekday, school, and/or funeral masses. Assist the Ministers of Holy Communion during distribution of the Sacred Body and Precious Blood, and purify and wash the vessels at the end of Mass. Candidates must have received all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation) and must already be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.
Greeting the assembly and the proclamation of the scared scriptures are essential parts of each Sunday’s worship. Those who proclaim the Word assume a task that entails a personal time commitment for study and prayerful preparation. Candidates must have received all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation). Reader Formation Workshops are held every two years, but we welcome you to join this ministry at any time.
Spanish Readers (Lectors)
Is Spanish your native language, or do you speak it fluently? Spanish Readers proclaim the Word at our Sunday 5:00pm bilingual (Spanish-English) Masses. This entails a personal time commitment for study and prayerful preparation. Candidates must have received all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation). Please consider joining this vibrant and growing ministry.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
The Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is entrusted by the bishop with “administering the Eucharist, with taking communion to the sick, and with it as viaticum to the dying.”1 Candidates must have received all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation) and must complete the formation process leading to Commissioning. Extraordinary Ministers are formally commissioned every two years; however, you may join this ministry at any time. Extraordinary Ministers also serve as Greeters at all of the weekend Masses.
1Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Book of Blessings.
All baptized Catholics in 5th grade and older who have received their first Holy Communion are welcome to serve at Mass. This is a great privilege, and your desire to help is a great encouragement to our whole St. Francis family. The next training dates in 2017 are Sunday, Oct. 22 1:45-3:30pm, Wednesday, Oct. 25 4:00-6:10pm (pizza served after), Saturday, Nov. 11 10:00am-12:00pm. All training takes place in the church.
If you are interested in becoming an Altar Server, then you are invited to join us in the fall for one of our three training sessions. Please contact Fr. Shaun Lowery at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-821-2100 if you have questions.
We look forward to having you help, by your good example, to lead our community in prayer and worship.
Altar Servers Guide to — Preparing-to-Serve-Mass
Altar Server — Step-by-Step
Welcoming the Body of Christ as we enter the Church is an important first impression. A warm welcome and pleasant smile can set the tone for the whole celebration. If you are a “people person,” this is the perfect ministry for you. Be the face of Christ to others.
St. Francis ushers “open the door” to the experience of fellowship with our Church community. Ushers are parishioners who assist with seating, select gift bearers, gather our gifts during Offertory, help direct members during communion, and are especially attentive to the needs of the elderly, those with disabilities, and families with small children.
Forms and Resources
Adult Altar Assistants Inquiry
Altar Servers: More information – (See the data from this page is below here…)Lector Inquiry