Liturgical Ministries

 

Our Liturgical Ministries

“The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the fount [source] from which all the Church’s power flows.”

 # 10 Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy


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One day after the 10:30 am Sunday Mass,

a visitor from Texas approached our Director of Liturgy to express how beautiful the liturgy had been, concluding with the comment that he was “really able to worship during it.”  Beautiful church architecture, music, flowers and ritual, skilled and graceful execution of liturgical ministries, and a welcoming sense of hospitality all came together in an experience of the Church’s liturgy that did not draw attention to itself and its individual components, but rather supported our guest in his participation in the liturgy.  Liturgy that keeps the worshiping assembly focused on Christ, and facilitates that worship in order to build up the Body of Christ, is essential to carrying out the mission of the Church in the world.  Our liturgical ministers play an integral role in the beauty of our liturgies and how the Faithful are “really able to worship” at Saint Thomas More.

If you are interested in any of the ministries listed below, contact Dana McCarthy (Director of Liturgy & Music):  dmccarthy@morecommunity.org or leave a message at 651-227-7669 x 306.

Acolyte Ministry

Serve at the Altar of the Lord
This is a multi-generational ministry – grade 5 through Adult. Interested in the Ministry of Sacristan or Thurifer?
The Acolyte Ministry is where you start.

Ministry Requirements:

  • Baptized
  • Registered member of STM Church
  • Regular worship at STM
  • Participation in initial and ongoing training
  • Commitment to serve 2-4 Masses per bi-monthly ministry schedule

Eucharistic Ministry/Extraordinary Ministers of Communion

Blessed are those called to the Supper of the Lamb
This is a multi-generational ministry – age 16 and above with flexible scheduling according to weekly, monthly and seasonal needs.

Ministry Requirements:

  • Fully Initiated into the Roman Catholic Church (baptized & confirmed)
  • Registered Member of STM Church
  • Regular worship at STM Church
  • Participation in initial and ongoing training
  • Commitment to serve 2-4 Masses per bi-monthly ministry schedule

Lector Ministry

Proclaim the Word of God in the midst of the Assembly
This is a multi-generational ministry – grade 5 through adult.

Ministry Requirements:

  • Baptized
  • Registered Member of STM Church
  • Regular worship at STM Church
  • Participation in initial and ongoing training
  • Skill in Proclamation of the Word
  • Commitment to serve 2-3 Masses per bi-monthly ministry schedule

Usher Ministry

Serving the Liturgy “Behind the Scenes”
All ages are welcome to engage in age appropriate tasks.

We have a variety of straightforward, essential chores that need your help:

  • Hymnal / Pew Maintenance
  • Altar Linens
  • Acolyte Robes
  • Polishing Brass
  • Votive Candles
  • Holy Water Fonts
  • Worship Orders
  • Seasonal Environment
  • Maintenance of Sanctuary Plants & Flowers
  • Heavenly Housekeepers

Ministry Requirements:

  • Regular worship at STM Church
  • Participation in Initial training
  • Coordination/Collaboration with other “Support Team” members
  • Commitment to performing tasks with minimum supervision in adherence to established schedule

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