For more information or to volunteer for service in one of these ministries, please contact the Parish Office at (916) 481-5115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When the Church comes together to celebrate the liturgy, there is a need for dedicated ministers to take charge of certain responsibilities so that the celebrant can focus his attention on leading the assembly in prayer. Servers light candles, hold the books, handle the vessels, and arrange the cloths. They help the entire community celebrate by their humble service. The best altar servers look for ways to be helpful every day.
Girls and boys, 5th grade and older, are invited to participate as servers at the altar.
Your love for Christ draws you to the Eucharist. Your love for the Church draws you to liturgical service. As an extraordinary minister, you are integral to the sacramental sharing that is the highlight of the Mass. You assist the priest and deacon (the Ordinary Ministers) in the distribution of Holy Communion. Good extraordinary ministers take their spiritual growth seriously. They have a rich prayer life and a deep reverence for the Blessed Sacrament.
Men and women (at least 16 years of age) who are fully initiated Catholics (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) are invited to participate as lectors for the community.
~A clarification and reminder for EMCs: After the end of the recessional song, all EMCs should assist the Altar Servers in removing vessels and linens from the credence table. Even though one person is responsible for purifying the vessels, all ministers can assist and clean purified vessels. It can get crowded in the sacristy at times, and only one additional person may be needed to assist the person purifying. However, please always be available and check in just in case your assistance is required.
~At weekend Masses, you may now notice that there are one or more picture frames on the gifts table in the church. Pictures of recently deceased parishioners (if their families choose to do this) will be displayed on the gifts table on a weekly basis. The pictures will be set up by the Bereavement Committee, and sometimes a second table will be set up if more room is needed for pictures of multiple parishioners. The pictures are to be left on the gifts table for all Masses. Please do not remove them. The 7:30 pm Sunday Mass Captains are responsible for putting the pictures away. Further questions can be directed to Kate Walsh or any Bereavement Committee member.
A lector is a lay minister who reads from the Lectionary at Mass or other liturgical celebrations. When the scriptures are read, it is as if the book disappears. The lector becomes the mouthpiece of God. God uses the voice of the lector to say something modern, something new, something that applies to the world today. Yes, the words are old, but their proclamation is always new. Good lectors have a rich prayer life based on the Word of God.
Men and women who are fully initiated Catholics (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) are invited to participate as lectors for the community.
Lectors, please see pages 244-246 in the 2016 Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word for each weekend's readings.
~Here is a link to the video reflections for the daily Mass readings that are on the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) website. http://www.usccb.org/bible/reflections Click on the link, and then go to the list for August dates and select the date for this Sunday's readings.
~Each week there is a new homily for the Sunday readings on the Word on Fire website by Bishop Robert Barron. Please check out this link, http://www.wordonfire.org/resources/homily/, for a homily for this Sunday's readings. The homilies are usually available by Thursday or Friday of each week for the Sunday readings.
Some people have a natural gift for hospitality. They love the company of others. They brighten up when you enter the room. They want you to visit their home, and they give you their full attention when you do. They want you to feel at home.
People come to church hungry for the bread of life and the cup of salvation. Nothing will feed them like the Eucharist. But something else happens before they begin to worship: You receive them. You sense their physical and spiritual needs. People are looking for a way to live a better life, not just to worship. Sometimes all they need is a welcome, some human contact, some attention that they are worth something.
When you greet people at church, you are greeting each one as a child of God. Jesus emphasized the importance of giving welcome. He knew that those who were not welcomed might feel excluded. So he taught his followers to include others, especially those who don’t often receive welcome. Greeters help people to feel at home, helping them to meet others so they can develop a connection in the community.
Ushers help people participate at Mass. They help worshipers find seats, they help take up the collection, they coordinate the presentation of the gifts and they give visitors necessary information. They contribute to the flow of all weekend and holyday Masses and various liturgical and sacramental services.
Men, Women and Families are invited to serve as Ushers and Greeters.
Music ministers offer their musical gifts to the glory of God. They are filled with life, filled with song, and filled with discipleship. Our Lady of the Assumption parish is blessed with a dedicated team of music ministers (high school-age and above) who serve the entire community. While there are 5 weekend Masses, the music ministry team rehearses together each week to maintain a common vision and spirit.
We also have a special music ministry program for the youth of our parish. Our OLA Youth Choir and Ensemble is part of our parish effort to offer musical and liturgical education for young people grades 3-12. Participants learn about the various liturgical seasons, the structure and sequence of the Mass, liturgical participation and leadership, and basic vocal technique and musicianship. This group has three sessions: Fall Ordinary Time, Advent and Christmas, and Lent and Easter. If students participate in all three sessions, they will sing/play for at least ten Masses throughout the year and will experience participating in Masses during all of the liturgical seasons. We also have special events that children can sing for, such as First Eucharist and Confirmation.