Eucharistic Adoration involves “the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us”. In other words, it is adoring Jesus Christ, who is truly present under the appearance of bread and wine, as the Holy Eucharist.
Adoration is every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.
If committed Adorers have foreseen conflicts, or unforeseen conflicts due to emergencies, there are procedures for securing substitutes. Those who cannot commit to a regular time of Eucharistic Adoration are invited to drop-in to pray before and worship the Lord at any time Adoration is open.
This person assists the pastor with the ceremony of the celebration of Mass and special liturgical events. Any parishioner, 4th-12th grade may be trained. This person should know about the various items and procedures that are used in the celebration of the Mass and also understand the meaning of the liturgical sections of the Mass. Respectful clothing should be worn, even if the cassock will cover their clothes.
The parish has music coordinators to oversee recruitment and training, and to coordinate liturgical needs. St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music and our parish sees this as a focal point. The Church desires that all of the faithful be involved in a full and active participation during the Celebration of the Mass as well as special events. The parish maintains choirs to meet the varied gifts of our parishioners: a traditional choir, youth choir, and contemporary choir are examples. The parish also develops special event choirs. Cantors and instrumentalists are not limited to an individual or single instrument. Many forms of musical expression praising God are welcome in our Liturgy. Ages: middle school and up.
Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Communion at Mass assist the Celebrant in distributing Communion. A devotion to the Eucharist is essential. EHMCs are appointed by the Pastor. Diocesan and parish training and commissioning are required.
Gift Bearers represent the congregation by bringing forward the gifts of bread and wine for the Offertory at each Mass. Gift Bearers must be comfortable with processing down the main aisle of the church and commit to serving as assigned by the church office, which is typically once per month.
Any parishioner can participate in this ministry. The function of this ministry is to greet parishioners upon entering the Church for the Celebration of Mass, often opening the door as they enter. This person should be available at least 15-20 minutes before Mass begins. This ministry is encouraged to visit with those who enter the vestibule and be especially attentive to visitors. This is a great opportunity for all family members to participate at the same time in the same ministry.
Members proclaim the Word of God during the celebration of the Mass. Volunteers must convey a high regard for the Liturgy of the Word and be comfortable speaking in public. Ages: middle school and up. Training is mandatory.
This list is available in advance, monthly, for the liturgical assignments. The person who develops and maintains this list gets the information from the annual stewardship forms. The ministries are for a yearly commitment. This person develops lists of all parishioners who volunteer for each ministry and maintains a rotation. The lists are available to the participants from the leaders of each ministry. It is up to the parishioner to arrange for changes or substitutions. This person also develops ministry lists for special events.
Members pray daily for those who are ill, grieving or suffering in any way. Prayer partners are notified of particular prayer requests by email or phone. We presently have 4 different prayer lines. When a prayer request is called in, it is called out to the first person on each prayer line. They, in turn, call the person directly under their name and on down the line.
Rosary Group in Homes
This is a group of parishioners that meet on Friday at 9:00 a.m. at a host family residence to recite the rosary, pray for special intentions, and conduct spiritual activities. The time commitment is approximately one hour.
Rosary Before Mass
Rosary is prayed before all weekend Masses for the intention of vocations. Rosary Leaders need to begin the Rosary 20 minutes before the start of Mass.
This person assists the pastor to get the sacred vessels of the Church ready for each sacramental celebration. Time commitment is 15-30 minutes before and/or after each Mass.
Ushers maintain decorum and dignity during the celebration of the Mass, seat parishioners and visitors, take up the collection, put out bulletins, and check pews and commons areas after Masses.