Worship Ministry Leadership Team includes the parish Music Director, a Parish Council member, and an at-large representative. These people provide leadership and vision, planning and coordination of activities within the ministry, and maintains communication with the other five ministry areas of the parish. They are the leadership team for the Worship Ministries Team, which includes the heads of all the other worship areas --
Susan Reese, liturgical arts, Chris Billing, ushers, Mary Ann Luedkte, mass set up/sacristans, Mary Karten, Eucharistic Ministers, Kathy Cimakasky, lectors, and Cord and Katie Schroeder, servers. The ministry seeks to create an inspiring and prayerful liturgical environment for all parishioners.
Worship Ministries Team
In all its work the team seeks to plan for and foster parish liturgies that are inspiring, beautiful, and consistent with our faith tradition. The Worship Ministries Team recruits, trains, and schedules volunteers who serve the parish as lectors, sacristans, artists, Eucharistic ministers, servers, ushers, musicians, and those who prepare what is needed for each Mass. The team, which meets nine months of the year on the third Tuesday of the month, also provides opportunities for continuing education and spiritual renewal. All parishioners are welcome and encouraged to participate.
Franklin Gallo, firstname.lastname@example.org, 531-7003
Adult Servers for Funerals
Adult servers prepare the church for the celebration of the funeral Mass and assist the presider in preparing the altar for the Eucharistic sacrifice. Written procedures are provided for reference, augmented by on-the-job training. Mary Karten, email@example.com, 898-0938
Altar servers assist the presider in a variety of ways during the Mass, carrying articles to be used, assisting with the presider’s book of prayers, offering incense, and preparing the altar for the Eucharistic sacrifice. Training takes place in the church for volunteers in 5th grade and above, and includes a review of procedures during Mass and practice in handling the book of prayers, processional cross and candles, and incense and censer. Alan Schuele, firstname.lastname@example.org, 469-7941
At Children’s Liturgy our younger children sit in the sanctuary and actively participate as a group at the 10:30 Mass on the first two Sundays of the month during the school year. Volunteers are needed to sit with the children in the sanctuary.
Jon McCoy, email@example.com, 367-2665
Eucharistic ministers (Extraordinary Ministers of Communion) serve the meal at our Eucharistic banquet, sharing the Body and Blood of the Lord with all who come. Training is offered throughout the year and includes the procedures for distribution of Communion and care of the Eucharist and communion cup. Eucharistic Ministers are then commissioned by the Diocese to serve at parish liturgies, and are scheduled annually to serve at their Mass time of preference.
Mary Karten, firstname.lastname@example.org, 898-0938
In proclaiming the Word of the Lord, the lector shares the story of God’s love for us. This story defines our Catholic faith. Formation and training for this ministry take place in the church. Training includes practice with the microphone using a reading from the Sunday Mass, and procedures to be followed before, during, and after the Mass. Those for whom English is a second language but who can read and speak English are encouraged to consider this ministry. Kathy Cimakasky, email@example.com, 384-5363
Art & Environment Team
Liturgical artists seek to fashion an environment that helps people pray together. They collaborate in the preparation and arrangement of materials designed to serve the community’s prayer, carrying out the themes of our worship services through the use of lighting, arrangements of objects, and banners. Assistance in designing, sewing, crafting, arranging is needed most especially for the liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. Susan Reese, firstname.lastname@example.org, 344-3414,
Mass setup ministry enables the priest to prepare for the community’s worship service, secure in the knowledge that the bread and wine, chalice, communion cups, and any other special vessels or materials required are in place and ready for use. The setup needs for each Mass are listed for reference, with training provided by the Mass setup coordinator. The volunteer sets up once or twice a month for the Mass time chosen. Mary Lou Menches, email@example.com, 344-1125
Sacristan assistants prepare the gathering space and materials used in our parish liturgies. Care for the condition of the worship space where liturgy is celebrated, as well as for the vestments, vessels, candles, bread and wine, is essential to establishing an environment that is hospitable, welcoming, clean—one that fosters prayer. It is the work of caring people. Mary Ann Luedtke, 328-1143
All parishioners share in the parish’s music ministry through their full and active participation in parish liturgies. The parish music program welcomes all who desire to guide and support the sung prayer and praise of the assembly.
Franklin Gallo, firstname.lastname@example.org, 531-7003
· The 10:00 choir has a repertoire that ranges from Gregorian chant to traditional choral classics to contemporary choral music. Some music-reading experience is desirable. Rehearsal on Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
· The funeral schola provides music at parish funeral liturgies, usually on weekday mornings. Rehearsal on second and fourth Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
· The children’s choir offers a chance for young people to sing, pray, and have fun! The choir welcomes all children from second grade and up; music reading skills are not necessary. The group sings at about one Mass per month and on special occasions. Rehearsal on Wednesdays, 5:15-6:00 p.m.
· The children’s liturgy ensemble is a group of adults and children who lead music at children’s liturgies and on special occasions. The group focuses on music that helps young children to recognize God’s love for them and to make a joyful response in song and in gesture. Rehearsal before each children’s liturgy and as announced. Teresa Rund, 721-0949
· The praise band is made up of teens, guided by adults; it provides music for teen liturgies, CREW events, and other special occasions. The music is contemporary, accompanied by keyboard, percussion, guitar, and other instruments. Rehearsal as announced.
· Cantors lead the assembly in song at weekend parish liturgies. This includes singing the Responsorial Psalm, leading responses, and announcing the music.
· Skilled instrumentalists of all ages are welcome at any Mass.
· The bell choir rings for Masses occasionally during the year. Rehearsals as announced.
· Saint Patrick’s Youth Orchestra is open to any student from grades 7-12. The group is student-led and provides a welcoming and positive atmosphere for young musicians in the Champaign-Urbana area. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Teen liturgies are offered five or six times a year on Sunday evenings. Members of CREW serve as musicians, lectors, servers, and gift-bearers. All teenagers are especially welcome at these liturgies. Franklin Gallo, firstname.lastname@example.org, 531-7003
Ushers, our ministers of hospitality, greet us on our arrival and help us to find adequate seating before the service begins. They distribute materials needed by the assembly for Mass, take up a collection of our offerings for the maintenance of our house of worship and the continuance of our mission as a parish, help to maintain good order during the Communion procession, and distribute parish bulletins as we leave the church. On-the-job training is facilitated by guidance from one’s peers. Lynn Black, email@example.com