“There are different gifts but the same Spirit,
there are different ministries but the same Lord …
To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” -1 Corinthians, 12:4-7
Every person is called to contribute to the liturgy in a way that best utilizes their talents. It takes the help of many people serving in a variety of different liturgical ministries to help the liturgy flow smoothly and enable the participation of the assembly.
Liturgical ministries are ways to live out your faith, give to the parish, and answer God’s call to serve our neighbors.
Training: Hands-on training is provided to help you get started in all of the listed ministries. Training is set-up based on your availability, that way you can get started in your ministry right away. Otherwise there are workshops in the parish that provide training that all liturgical ministers should attend.
Scheduling: Scheduling is done via Ministry Scheduler Pro which schedules you at the Mass time of you and your family’s preference. Liturgical Ministers are asked to arrive 20 minutes before their scheduled Mass begins.
Contact: Contact Jason Prigge for more information about any of the following ministries and to find out when training will be held. Contact Jason by email or by phone 320.356.0763.
“Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve…” -Matthew 20:28
Servers assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy by arranging vessels, the preparation of the Altar, and in prayer during Mass. Servers model good liturgical participation by participating in song, responses, and sitting or standing at the appropriate times.
Server training can take place at any time of the year. Server training is usually completed with an experienced server, the coordinator of liturgy, and/or the priest. New servers are scheduled with experienced servers for the first few months to make an easy transition into the ministry. Servers need to have received first communion (typically 3rd grade is the best to begin serving). Training takes about 20-30 minutes.
“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life,
and I will raise him up on the last day.” –John 6:54
Eucharistic Ministers distribute Communion at Mass. There is great joy and satisfaction to participate in this opportunity to minister to God’s people.
- Must have a love and care for the Eucharist and for all those who share in the Body and Blood of Christ
- Must have received the sacrament of Confirmation
You’ll meet with the coordinator of liturgy or priest to become a Eucharistic Minister. Guidelines for the ministry will be provided. Training takes about 20-30 minutes.
“I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” –Matthew 25:35
Here at the Church of St. Benedict, we strive to provide a welcoming atmosphere for everyone which is after the Benedictine principle of welcoming others as it were Christ Himself. Greeters are often the first people that parishioners see when arriving at Mass. Greeters provide a warm welcome to both current members of the church as well as newcomers and visitors. At least 6 greeters are needed for every Mass, as there is no such thing as over-greeting. The primary responsibilities include:
- Welcoming people as they enter the church
- Find families to bring up the gifts
- Take up the collection
- Answer questions
- Show visitors or newcomers around to ensure people know where restrooms are and where other rooms are located, etc.
- Pass out bulletins at the end of Mass
- Prepare the worship space for the next liturgy (pick up trash, move chairs, etc.)
This ministry is open to anyone. This ministry is especially favorable for families who can serve in this ministry together. There is no age restriction on this ministry.
Training to become a greeter can be held at any time of the year and takes 20-30 minutes.
“They speak of your glorious splendor and I will meditate on your wonderful works.” -Psalm 145:5
Lectors don’t just read the word of God, they proclaim it. At Mass the lector will proclaim from the Old Testament (first reading), the New Testament (second reading) and the petitions/prayers of the faithful.
- Must have confidence in reading
- Must read with inflection and tone
- Study and practice readings prior to Mass
Lector training can take place anytime during the year. You’ll meet with the coordinator of liturgy and will receive a lector workbook. Training for this ministry will take around 15-20 minutes.
“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.” -Psalm 96:1
There are many different ways that you can participate in the music ministry. Since there are many different opportunities, click here to find out where you can use your musical gifts.
- Requirements are different based on your role in the music ministry.
Training for music ministry is for anyone that is in seventh grade to adult to senior citizen. You will initially meet with the music director, Jason Prigge and will set up rehearsals and training.
“How beautiful are the hands and feet that bring good news.” -Romans 10:14-15
Projectionists control and operate the A/V system for Sunday liturgies, weddings, funerals and or special occasions. This includes starting up and shutting down equipment. This ministry gives the opportunity for the assembly to participate fully in the liturgy.
- Needs to be a dedicated and punctual
- Must pay attention to what is going on during liturgy
- Needs to be able to multi-task well
- It is best if you have some knowledge in Microsoft PowerPoint and how to operate a computer, but is not necessary
- Must be sixth grade or older
Training to be the projectionist takes about 40-60 minutes. You will meet with the liturgy coordinator in setting up a time which is convenient for you. Training can take place anytime during the year.