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Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion   
 
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, or Lay Eucharistic Ministers, share the the Body and the Blood of Christ at Mass, hospitals, nursing homes and to those who are home bound.   

Code of Cannon Law states the extraordinary minister is called extraordinary in order to be distinguished from the ordinary minister of the Eucharist, who is a bishop, priest, or deacon.

"In this ministry, you must be examples of Christian living in faith and conduct; you must strive to grow in holiness through this sacrament of unity and love. Remember that, though many, we are one body because we share the one bread and one cup. As ministers of Holy Communion be, therefore, especially observant of the Lord's command to love your neighbor. For when he gave his body as food to his disciples, he said to them: 'This is my commandment, that you should love one another as I have loved you.'" (Book of Blessings #1875).


Lectors

To be a proclaimer of the Word is an awesome responsibility.  A lector or reader, is the person who proclaims the first and second readings at Mass. Lectors also may read the Prayers of the Faithful.

Prayer of a Minister of the Word - From the lectors of Our Lady, Star of the Sea Parish, Singapore

Lord, invest me with your power as I prepare to proclaim the marvel of your message I have prepared my reading;
I have tried to take within me the meaning of what I am about to proclaim. Help me to proclaim, not just with my lips,
but with my whole heart and soul. Lord, make me a hollow reed so that your voice will be heard by all who hear me.
Free me of excessive concern over my performance. Convert my feeling of nervousness
and turn all my apprehension into an energy for proclaiming your word with power and authority.

May your Spirit live in me and fill the holy word that I proclaim. 

Altar Servers
 
Altar Servers are dedicated young men and women who assist our Priests and Deacon during Mass. Alert and attuned, they perform a number of tasks: carrying the cross and candles, holding the book for the priest, presenting the water and wine, assisting with the gifts and hand washing, and cleaning the altar after communion. Altar Servers are positive role models within our Parish. While assisting our clergy, they also help parishioners by setting an example of active participation in the liturgy.  

Ushers
 
Ushers are ministers of hospitality!  Our dedicated team of Ushers works before, during and after Mass each weekend to accomplish a number of tasks: meet and greet, seat suggestion, headcount, donation collection, donation counting and more.  Ushers help to create a warm, welcoming environment for our parishioners. 

Ushers should be active and faithful members of the Church and should be comfortable meeting and greeting others. 


Altar Linens
 
Altar linens add to the beauty and dignity of the altar, in much the same way that vestments solemnly ornament our priests.  We are blessed to have a faithful group of volunteers who care for our linens with great reverence.  Though they work behind the scenes, those who care for these linens significantly contribute to our worship experience.  

Choir

With joyful voices raised in song, our devoted choir members fervently lead parishioners in praise of God.  Their smiling faces and loving manner beautifully welcome us at the beginning of each Mass.  The choir strengthens our feeling of togetherness as we prepare to celebrate the miracle of the Eucharist.  They do more than sing...they pray our hymns and inspire us to join in and lift our voices to God. 
 
 
   
 
 
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