Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. ~1 Corinthians 12:4-7
God works in different ways in different people. Not everyone is given the same abilities, but to everyone is given an ability. It is for the common good that we have these different gifts – so that we can work together, creating a harmonious care for each other. Membership isn’t enough – we must become involved with Christ and with one another. This page will lead you to a variety of gifts and services in the area of Liturgical Ministry. Click on the liturgical area to learn more, and then connect with us get started!
Do you not know that those who perform sacred services eat the food of the temple, and those who attend regularly to the altar have their share from the altar?
~ 1 Corinthians 9:13
Altar servers help the entire community in their prayer and worship of God by assisting the priest at Mass. The care and attention Servers show to their ministry adds to the reverence and beauty of our liturgies. According to Pope Francis, "Serving at the altar is a privileged way to draw closer to Jesus."
Any young person or adult who is interested in assisting the Presider during Mass. Recommended age is grade 4 or older, and have received the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist. An altar server must be presentto the Eucharist by making the Sign of the Cross, praying aloud, and responding appropriately during Mass. For members who are available, servers are also welcomed for funerals, weddings, daily Mass, and otherspecial occasions.
Initial training and information is provided. To inquire or sign up, just let us know you are interested!By email, please contact Joan Howe-Pullis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, please call the parish office at 952-941-3150.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
~ 1 Peter 2:24
Cross Bearers represent our faith community in liturgical worship by carrying the cross as a reminder of Jesus’ passion, death, and triumph. The Cross Bearer carries the processional crucifix (cross) at the beginning and end of the Mass.
Anyone who has the ability to walk slowly while carrying the raised Cross and lifting the Cross to place in the holder on the predella.
To inquire or sign up, just let us know you are interested!By email, please contact Joan Howe-Pullis at email@example.com, or by phone, please call the parish office at 952-941-3150.
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
~ 1 Corinthians 11:26
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion (Eucharistic Ministers) serve the community by assisting the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion to the assembly during the celebration of Mass. Extraordinary Ministers of Communion recognize the Body of Christ in those to whom they offer the Eucharist.
Any Confirmed practicing Catholic of faith and prayer who has a love and devotion for the Eucharist. Eucharistic Ministers also have the gift of hospitality.
Do not neglect hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.
~ Hebrews 13:2
Greeters are the first reception into the community celebration, particularly for those who are guests and visitors. Greeters are warm, hospitable people with positive attitudes and compassionate expressions that help people connect to the larger community.
Greeters can be any family, young couple, or single person who has the gift of hospitality. Greeters share themselves with others in a way that expresses God’s love through Christ to help set the tone of the upcoming worship service. Greeters also assist in gathering the collection during Mass.
We’re telling you the good news: What God promised our ancestors
~ Acts 13:32
Lectors are people of faith who have nurtured a relationship with God and have formed their lives based on the Gospel. The Lector’s mission is to share and proclaim the Word of God to the gathered assembly.
People with a deep respect for Sacred Scripture and are serious about the practice of their faith. Lectors have skill in public reading and/or a desire to learn.
The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?
~ 1 Corinthians 10:16
With deep love and reverence for the Holy Eucharist, the Linen Care Ministry cares for the sacred linens on a rotating schedule. Training is provided on how to care for these special linens that contain the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. This ministry is made up of team members who, behind the scenes in their own homes, reverently launder and care for the purificators and corporals used on the altar at Mass.
High school age to adult with washer/dryer and ironing access and capability.
An altar of earth you
shall make for me... In every place where I cause my name to be remembered I will come to you and bless you.
~ Exodus 20:24
Liturgical environment people are the creative and industrious “busy bees” responsible for all the behind-the-scenes details that visually create a worship space reflecting the themes of each liturgical season through the use of color, fabric, flowers/plants, banners, lighting, statuary, sacred images, and many other signs and symbols.
Ministers of all ages are welcome. Artists, cleaning crews, plant caretakers, seamstresses, floral arrangers, organizers, writers, those who can lift heavy (and not so heavy) items, carpenters, designers, and anyone of any age who would like to help decorate and maintain the church. People willing to learn about the liturgical seasons and feast days and collaborate with committee members to create a welcome, artistic, and inspiring environment.
If your gift is serving, devote yourself to serving others. If it is teaching, devote yourself to teaching others. If it is encouraging, devote yourself to encouraging others. If it is sharing, share generously. If it is leading, lead enthusiastically. If it is helping, help cheerfully.
~ Romans 12:7-8
A Mass Coordinator is the “behind the scenes” minister for the Liturgy. Mass Coordinators need to be attentive to the details of setting up for Mass and assisting everyone with set-up and clean-up. They also make certain that all liturgical ministers are present and ready to serve at Mass, recruiting ministers if needed. Duties and responsibilities can vary from Mass to Mass based on the needs of the Presider and the parishioners attending the Mass.
Mass Coordinators/Sacristans should be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and have an understanding and appreciation of the Liturgy. Mass Coordinators will learn about the sacristy and use of the sacred objects/books.
... be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your hearts to the Lord;
~ Ephesians 5:18-19
Music is a vital part of all celebrations at Pax Christi. Through vocal and instrumental music, this ministry of adults and young people supports and strengthens the community’s sung prayer. Choirs composed of children, teens, and adults are supported by accompanists, bell ringers, and instrumentalists. Cantors proclaim the Word of God in the singing of the Responsorial Psalm and help lead the hymn singing.
Volunteers of all ages who have a desire to express and share faith through the empowering nature of music are welcome.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
~ Psalm 23:5
Set-up ministers assist the Mass Coordinator/Sacristan by preparing the Eucharistic vessels on the Credence Table prior to Mass and then cleaning the vessels after Mass once they have been purified.
Volunteers of all ages are welcome, but at least one adult is required for each set-up ministry team.
... you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
~ Acts 1:9
The Pax Christi video technician ministry is a vital part of all celebrations at Pax Christi. In addition to managing video information on the screens within the Sanctuary, video technicians set up and operate the video equipment during Mass, including live streaming for those unable to attend in person. Tasks include camera operation, camera direction, presentation of song lyrics, and media playback.
Adults and young people with a technical aptitude to learn how to use the equipment. They should be able to communicate effectively and have the ability to work well under pressure. Technicians need to be flexible to adapt to rapidly changing priorities and demands and have a positive attitude.