Liturgical MinistriesLiturgy at St. Mary Catholic Church
The documents of Vatican II state that “The Eucharistic sacrifice is the source and the summit of the whole of the Church’s worship and of the Christian life.” Here at St. Mary, we strive to always maintain the highest standard of liturgy. Our constant hope is that all who gather in worship will be enlivened and inspired by hearing God’s Word proclaimed, by raising their voices in songs of praise, and by partaking of the Body and Blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
With the Eucharist as the high point of our Christian lives, our Liturgical Ministries seek to actively engage people of all ages in praising God through active service in the Liturgy, so that all feel truly welcome and can fully participate in the Eucharistic Celebration. From Ministers of the Word to Greeters, Ushers, Masters of Ceremonies, Servers, Sacristy Assistants, and Art and Enviroment Coordinators, we seek to have a place for everyone in the Liturgy at St. Mary.
Along with our Liturgical Ministries, our Music Ministries cover the breadth of the musical spectrum and seek to give vocalists and instrumentalists solid opportunities to praise God in song.
We work to find a place for everyone’s personal expression of prayer in the Liturgy. If you’d like to get involved in any of the ministries described below, please contact Steve McCallister, Director of Liturgy, 425-1577 x 208 or the Coordinator as listed.
The Greeters Ministry at St. Mary works to ensure that all who gather in worship will feel welcome in our community. With a smile, a hug, or a handshake, Greeters welcome the Assembly before the liturgy and wish them well as they leave. Greeters also provide necessary information about the church to visitors and others who request it. Through their ministry, the Greeters work to ensure that all feel truly welcome and excited about participating fully in the Eucharistic celebration. If you are interested in becoming a Greeter, please contact Mary Jo Bennett, our Ministry Coordinator, at 812-473-2722.
The Ushers Ministry continues the work of the Greeters Ministry, ensuring that all who gather have a suitable place to sit during the Eucharistic celebration. In addition, Ushers often act as cross bearers and select and coordinate gift bearers at the liturgies. If you are interested in becoming an Usher, please contact Steve McCallister, Director of Liturgy, at 425-1577 ext. 208.
Ministers of the Word/Readers
Ministers of the Word, or Lectors, proclaim God’s Word at the liturgies each week. Lectors can choose to serve at any of our three liturgies. Through ongoing formation and training, our Lectors work to ensure all gathered truly hear God’s voice speaking during liturgy and inspire in prayer all members of the Assembly. If you’re interested in becoming a Lector, please contact Phillip Field, our Ministry Coordinator, at 812-853-5065.
Eucharistic Ministers share the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus with all those who gather at Eucharist. In addition, they assist with preparing the altar for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Through ongoing formation and training, our Eucharistic Ministers strive to present the Body and Blood with the utmost reverence and convey the spirit of the Lord through their ministry. Eucharistic Ministers can choose to serve at any of our three liturgies. If you would like to get involved, please contact Steve McCallister at 812-425-1577 ext. 208.
Masters of Ceremony
Masters of Ceremony coordinate our liturgies from the opening procession to the end of the liturgy. By assisting and directing the Presider and other ministers, MCs work to ensure that liturgies flow “seamlessly” from one moment to the next. MCs also work in close contact with servers, directing them through their role in the liturgy. If you are interested in becoming an MC, please contact Sheryl Lemmer, MC/Server coordinator, at 812-473-8621.
The Altar Servers ministry is open to all people who have completed the sacrament of First Eucharist. Servers work under the guidance of the Master of Ceremony to assist with various tasks throughout the Liturgy. If you are interested in becoming a Server, please contact Sheryl Lemmer, our MC/Server coordinator, at 812-473-8621.
We have a special crew of bakers who prepare the bread that will be used at the weekend and special Liturgies. Bakers prepare the bread and bring the bread to church on their scheduled days.
Click here to view September-December 2012 Bakers Schedule.
If you would like the work of your hands to become our spiritual food please contact Steve McCallister at 425-1577 ext. 208.