LITURGICAL MINISTRIES

We welcome all to consider our liturgical and music ministries.

Have you ever thought about becoming a Lector, Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, Altar Server, Usher, Greeter or Sacristan, but were unsure of exactly what would be expected of you?

If you have questions, contact Pat Chuchla in the Worship Office at pchuchla@saintmike.com or 708-873-4652,  or the coordinator for the ministry in which you are interested.

 

Are you gifted with singing or musical abilities and would like to become a cantor, choir member or musician for our liturgies? Contact Gary Patin in the Musice Office at gpatin@saintmike.com or 708-873-4627.

Extraordinary Ministers

Willingness to serve as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist reflects not only a response to our Baptismal call to serve the people of God, but a commitment to Christ as we share in the preaching, teaching and leading aspects of the church. Only fully initiated members of the faith community can serve as Ministers of the Eucharist.

 

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist recognize the Body of Christ in those to whom they offer Eucharist, and act as the Body of Christ by leading a Christian life, and by fully participating in the life of the parish and the wider community. The minister’s willingness to commit to a quarterly schedule, to serve for special holy days and holidays, to prepare properly for service, and to arrive on time, dressed appropriately, for the assigned Mass, further reflects that commitment. Ministers are mandated by the Archdiocese for service at St. Michael Parish for a period of 3 years. Mandates are renewable.

 

Should you have any questions regarding policies and procedures for this ministry, please see the Extraordinary Minister of Communion Handbook in either English or Spanish.

 

Those who wish to bring Communion to the sick at home, in a nursing home or in a hospital, must undergo a separate six week training and are mandated specifically for this service. ContactSr. Marietta Umlor at 708-873-4635 for more information on bringing Communion to the Sick.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Remember: H1 and C1 will take the trays of ciboria and chalices off of the altar. The Sacristan will carry the ciboria and chalices to the altar.
  • Extraordinary ministers please advise anyone who comes forward in your line with a pyx to see the priest following Communion. Anyone with questions regarding bringing Communion home to a sick family member or friend should call Sr. Marietta Umlor at 708-873-4635.
  • If you are a minister of the chalice and your line is finished and you have any Precious Blood left, please check that other stations have enough Precious Blood to finish distributing to the remaining communicants before you consume the rest of the consecrated wine in your chalice. If another chalice is low; just switch places with that minister.
  • Please remember to arrive at least 10-15 minutes before Mass begins to sign in as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. If you arrive later, the sacristan may have already filled your station.
  • Please remain conscious of your dress as you come to minister. Remember we are to be transparent in our ministry reflecting Christ in our presence at the altar.
  • Sanitizer has been placed on both sides of the Church so that you can use a small amount before you serve as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. Be discreet. Please try to use sanitizer regularly and make sure your hands are dry before you begin to serve.

 

For more information, please contact Pat Chuchla, at (708) 873-4652 or via email at pchuchla@saintmike.com

Lectors

According to the ancient tradition and the teaching of the Church, the readings at Mass other than the Gospel are proclaimed by ministers called Lectors. Lectors bring the living Word of God to the liturgical assembly. In and through them, God speaks to the gathered faithful. The ministry of the Word, therefore, is treated reverently and with great dignity.

The Word of God is not merely read during the liturgy. It is proclaimed. Proclamation is a special ministry which presupposes faith and also rouses faith in those who hear the Word proclaimed. Effective proclamation requires the delivery of the message with clarity, conviction and appropriate pace. It also requires serious study and preparation. The Lector is willing to commit to a quarterly schedule, to prepare properly for service and to arrive on time dressed appropriately for the assigned Mass.

Retreats that meet the continuing formation requirement for our Lectors are held yearly in the Fall. Lector Workbooks for the new liturgical year are distributed at that time.

 

For more information or to join this ministry, please contact Lector coordinators, Carol Gianoli at (708) 349-4092.

Lectors for the Spanish Mass

Interested persons may contact Martha Perez at 708-420-5261 or email at: marthap325@yahoo.com

Child Lectors

All that pertains to adult Lectors also applies to children who wish to serve as Lectors. Our ministry of Child Lectors allows children (those who have recieved their First Eucharist through 8th graders) the opportunity to proclaim the Word of God at our weekly Young Peoples’ Liturgy of the Word, school and religious education liturgies and on other special occasions. Children interested in this ministry commit to one monthly rehearsal (from September through May) at which they receive their assignments.

 

For more information, please contact one of the adult child lector team members:

  • Sue Castline-Noonan at (708) 403-9912 or
  • Pam Domico  at (708)-448-8887

Altar Servers

Boys and girls in grades 5 through 8 may serve in this ministry. Servers carry the cross and candles in procession, serve as book bearer for the priest/deacon and assist with others duties at the altar.

 

We would like to thank all of our altar servers for the fabulous job that they are doing. We have received many compliments on the respect, reverence and enthusiasm shown by our servers.

 

Your willingness and desire to serve God and the people of St. Michael Parish is an inspiration, and your holy presence is felt and greatly appreciated!

 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The most current Altar Server manual can be viewed or downloaded from this page. This contains procedures for serving funerals and weddings.
  • The manual also explains the job for one of the candle bearers at the 9 AM and 10:30 Am Masses when Young People’s Liturgy of the Word is celebrated.
  • Please remember that if you are unable to serve a scheduled Mass, it is your responsibility to find a substitute.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled Mass time.
  • When dressed, go to the area by the cross and candles to await instructions from the priest or sacristan
  • For the sake of safety, FLIP-FLOPS, or SANDALS WITHOUT BACKS are not suitable when serving at the table of the Lord.
  • Remember not to wear bright or dark colors, or shirts with messages on them. These can be seen through your white robes and are distracting.

If you have any questions on the liturgy schedule, please contact Susan O’Connell at (708) 873-4672, or via email her atsoconnell@saintmike.com.

Sacristans

Dedicated individuals who tend to and care for the physical needs of liturgy, especially preparations for the celebration of the Eucharist. Procedures for sacristans are contained in this newly revised Sacristan Handbook.

 

We are currently in need of more individuals to help us as Funeral Sacristans. Funeral Sacristans are called usually 1-2 days before needed to set up and minister at parish funerals. There are sometimes two or even three funerals in one morning (Mondays through Saturdays). If you would like more information, please call Rosanne Cesaro at 708-460-3345 or email her at rcesaro@palos118.org.

Ushers/Greeters

Ushers

Ministers of hospitality who welcome the Assembly into the house of the Church. Ushers are also servants of the assembly who assist in finding seats, directing the flow of processions, facilitating the collections, and attending to other physical needs of our Mass-goers. If you would like to serve as an usher, contact Usher Coordinator, Mike McGinty at (708) 460-2107.

Greeters

Greeters are the face of Christ for those who join us at worship! Increased hospitality at our worship is one of the many ways we can build a deeper level of community and provide welcome for the faithful who attend each week. It is especially important as we welcome those who are coming home to the Church, or are new to our Parish or to the Catholic faith.

 

We invite anyone who may be interested to serve in this new endeavor to share Christ with one another with a smile, a warm welcome and maybe a handshake as parishioners and guests come to worship.

 

Families are welcome and encouraged to participate together. WE ARE STILL IN NEED OF MANY MORE GREETERS! PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING THIS MINISTRY OF HOSPITALITY. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SAY HELLO!

 

Greeters minister before Mass at all the entrances. Though Ushers may also be involved, those serving as Greeters do not need to serve as Ushers. Before Mass begins, greeters will go to their seats to participate in Mass.

  • Greeters are scheduled. Some may wish to serve at the same Mass each week while others may wish to be more flexible or to serve part time. As this moves forward, we will strive to meet scheduling needs to ensure a happy group of Greeters, while still meeting the needs of the Parish.
  • If you are interested in joining this new ministry download and complete the greeter information form and return it to the Worship Office, or you may contact: Jeanne Waliczek at 708-364-7518, or email her at iamtwilo@ameritech.net:

ST. MICHAEL PARISH

St. Michael Parish is a gathering of Catholic people who believe in God's love for us, manifested by His Son Jesus. We commit ourselves to live an invitation of the Lord and struggle through fulfilling His mission here on earth.

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