Altar servers help with the many details that contribute toward a smooth flow of the liturgy. Training is provided. An altar server has a sincere desire to serve Jesus and to experience a growth that comes from offering one’s self and one’s gifts and talents for others. Girls and boys from fifth grade on are accepted for this ministry.
A THANK YOU TO OUR ALTAR SERVERS!
Please take a moment to read the names of our Altar Servers who serve our church so faithfully throughout the year. We would like to recognize and give thanks for this glorious group of boys and girls who serve our parish at Sunday Mass each week, serve at the special Masses during Lent and Christmas, and participate in the special celebrations throughout the year such as Confirmation and First Holy Communion. In addition, our veteran Altar Servers who train and mentor our newer and younger servers. We thank each of you for your service and ask all those in our church today to take a moment to say the following prayer in their honor:
Lord Jesus, thank you for the altar servers who serve You during the Holy Mass. In Your Sacred Presence, may their hearts be filled with joy and peace. May Your Spirit always guide them so they may grow in Your love by the grace of the Heavenly Father. Amen.
Luke Busby, Alyssa Ciano, Erik Coleman, Elizabeth Dean, Nicholas DeGiglio, Dan Dolan, Chloe Egan, Mackenzie Ennis, Marc Forchetti, Michaela Greco, Ryan Horigan, Shane Horigan, Brandan Keane, Francis Keating, Liam Keating, James Keolamphu, Cecilia LaMagna, Luke LaMagna,
William Lamb, Katherine Lent, Mia Lopez, Matt Macko, Frank Maher, Kate Mahoney, Abby McAllister, Ciara McCarthy, Emmet McDermott,
Kevin McCarvill, MaryGrace McCarvill, Ryan McGee, Eric Mogrovejo, Charlie Moran, Ryan Nappi, Samantha Nappi, Patrick O’Keefe, Steven Pettus, Kaeleigh Picco, Christa Pomilla, Peter Pueyo, Gannon Traymore, Jack Turner, Patrick Wilson
Church Decoration Committees
The Church Decorations, also know as the Environment Committee, prepares Holy Innocents for the different liturgical seasons and celebrations: Advent, Christmas, Ordinary time, Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, and Memorial Mass. The annual schedule is broken down by dates, so it can be spread among the committee members. You don’t have to assist for every date. Your commitment level is up to you.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
Eucharistic Ministers assist in the distribution of Communion at Mass. Serving the faith community through this ministry is a great privilege and a humble service. There are monthly assignment for regularly scheduled Masses as well for Christmas and Easter.
Some Extraordinary Ministers bring Holy Communion to the sick and homebound members of our parish. They are trained in the theology of the Sacrament of the Eucharist and in the communication skills needed when visiting the sick or homebound.
You must be a fully initiated Catholic (received baptism, first communion, and confirmation) and at least sixteen years old to perform the duties of a Eucharist Minister.
The Family Mass invites children, individuals or whole families to take an active role in the Mass. No previous experience is necessary. The Family Masses are celebrated at the 9:00 am Mass on the first Sunday of the month from October to June. If you or your family would like to participate in a Family Mass, please contact Christine McCarvill at email@example.com.
Hospitality Minister (Ushers)
Ministers of Hospitality greet people at Mass, assist in seating, accept the offerings of the people, and direct the assembly at special gatherings. Anyone who has been confirmed may serve in this ministry.
The first part of the Mass, Liturgy of the Word, focuses on the Scriptures. The lector is the minister who brings to life the words of the Scriptures for all to hear and hopefully take to heart. Since the lector proclaims not just any word, but the word of God, it is essential that he or she has or is willing and able to develop the skills required to communicate God’s message competently. All lectors will be trained and provided the materials to facilitate the process. Any confirmed person who is willing to commit to the role of the lector may become part of this vital ministry.
The Liturgy Committee (consisting of representatives from the Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Decorating, Altar Servers, and Music Ministry) meets with the clergy to plan Liturgical celebrations.
The choir members, cantors and instrumentalists engaged in the Music Ministry lead the congregation in sung prayer for Sunday Mass and other liturgical celebrations.
The Adult choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:15 pm and sings at the 11:00 am liturgy on Sunday.
The Junior choir practices at 6:00 PM on Wednesday and sings at the 9:00 am mass on Sundays.
The Teen Choir includes those in 7th through 12th grades. Rehearsal is on Saturday at 4:30 pm and they lead the Saturday vigil mass at 5:15 pm.
If you would like to participate in this ministry as a singer or musician, please contact the music director, Joe DeSanctis at firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome and anyone is eligible to participate.