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For information about participating in any of the following liturgical ministries, please contact the parish center at 303-442-6158.

Ushers:

"All in the assembly gathered for Mass have an individual right and duty to contribute their participation in ways differing according to the diversity of their order and liturgical function."(GI #58) Ushering for Sunday Mass is an excellent way to serve the parish. Duties include welcoming fellow parishioners as they arrive for mass, taking the collection, seating people, and straightening pews after mass. Men, women, and teens are welcome.

Lectors:

"In the readings . . . God is speaking to his people, opening up to them the mystery of redemption and salvation, and nourishing their spirit; Christ is present to the faithful through his own word."(GI #33) Our lectors are invested with the responsibility of proclaiming God's Word to those gathered at mass and other services. They take care in their preparation so as to proclaim the Word with dignity, clarity, and understanding.

Sacristans:

"All concerned should work together in the effective preparation of each liturgical celebration as to its rites and pastoral services." (GI 73)  The sacristan works behind the scenes to make sure that all books, vessels, bread, wine, microphones, chairs, bells, etc are ready for the Celebration of the Eucharist.  The sacristan is also responsible for the order of the sacristy, the cleanliness of the altar and sanctuary, and the care of sacred vessels and books. Click here for Sacristan Duties.

Church Environment Committee:

"An important part of contemporary Church renewal is the awareness of the community's recognition of the sacred. Environment and art are to foster this awareness." (EAW #18)  The Church Environment Committee has the responsibility of preparing our worship space for Sunday mass, feasts, and liturgical seasons.  Many volunteers are needed to plan, prepare materials, and decorate the church.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:

"In Holy Communion the faithful are joined to Christ and to one another in the reception of the Body and Blood of the Lord." (HLS #6)  Extraordinary Ministers assist with the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ at Sunday and Weekday masses here at Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Many of our ministers also take the Eucharist to our sisters and brothers who are sick or homebound. Click here for General Guidelines for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

Music:

"Music should assist the assembled believers to express and share the gift of faith that is within them and to nourish and strengthen their interior commitment of faith." (MCW #23)  Musicians, cantors, and choir members lead the assembly in hymns, psalms, and inspired songs to express, renew, and deepen their faith.

Altar Servers:

"The altar server occupies a privileged place in the liturgical celebration (and has) not only a duty, but a great honor, a genuine holy service." (Pope John Paul II)  The call to serving at the altar goes out to all, but particularly to those in the 4th through 12th grades.  Servers assist the priest, the deacon, and the assembly to worship and to pray by carrying candles, holding books, handling holy vessels, and being aware of the needs of others.

The Liturgical Assembly:

Among the symbols with which liturgy deals, none is more important than the assembly of believers.  The celebration of the Eucharist is the action of the whole Church.  The assembly is called to offer God the prayers of the entire human family, a people giving thanks in Christ for the mystery of salvation by offering his sacrifice.  Finally, they are a people growing together into unity by sharing in Christ's body and blood.  These people are holy by their origin, but becoming ever more holy by conscious, active, and fruitful participation in the mystery of the Eucharist.  Like the Word and the Eucharist, the assembly, too, must be broken open to bring others what they embrace and what they are becoming - the Body of Christ. (EAW #28-32)

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