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The following comments are based upon Roman Missal Formational Materials provided by the Secretariat for the Liturgy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB); www.usccb.org,  2010

When the Church comes together in the liturgical assembly to celebrate the Mass, we gather in a variety of ministries and roles. Through Baptism we have been given a share in the priesthood of Christ. In fact, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council tells us that participation in the liturgy is the right and duty of all the baptized.  Whether one brings up the gifts at the Presentation, reads the Word of God, assists with the distribution of Communion and brings the Eucharist to those unable to be present at Mass, serves at the altar, provides music that augments the joy, solemnity and festivity of the celebration or serves the assembled community as an usher/greeter, he or she is contributing to the worship of the community and fulfilling the responsibility that comes with Baptism.

The liturgy, then, is about the action of God's own people, each with different offices and roles. Each office and role, from that of bishop and priest to that of usher and musician, is one of service, not of privilege, and reflects Christ who washed the feet of his disciples and instructed his followers to imitate his example of loving service.

Lay Ministries of the Liturgy:

  • Lector - read scripture and prayer petitions at Mass
  • Communion Minister - share the Eucharist, clean vessels after Mass
  • Altar Server - help with setup before Mass and assist the priest in the sanctuary
  • Usher/Greeter - welcome parishioners, help seat people, collect the offering
  • Music Ministry - Pianist/Organist
  • Music Ministry - Cantor/Leader of Song
  • Music Ministry - Choirs (youth & adult), Handbells

If you find one of these ministries a meaningful expression of your faith, please contact the parish office (315-538-8242) or speak with our priest or a staff member after one of the weekend liturgies.

We have training sessions once or twice a year for new ministers.  We are always in need of more ministers and we welcome your service to our community.

View the current Liturgical Minister Schedule here.