Liturgical Ministries

Art and Environment Committee

The Art and Environment Committee seeks to design and prepare an environment in our church and gathering space that is conducive to prayer, celebration, and the spirit of each liturgical season. In particular, people skilled at various crafts and arts are important for the success of this committee. Extra help is always needed, especially prior to and during the Christmas and Easter seasons, to handle the large amount of work necessary to prepare the church for these special times of the year.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

These ministers assist the priests and deacons in distributing the Holy Eucharist at Mass and to the shut-ins of the parish in their homes, nursing homes, and hospitals. Training and approval by the Bishop are necessary before the ministry begins.

Gift Bearers

Gifts Bearers carry the bread, wine, water, and monetary gifts to the altar in the course of our weekend Masses. Normally 2-4 people are needed per Mass for this task.

Greeters

Greeters welcome parishioners and guests to Masses and assist them in any way possible. They also may assist ushers if called upon to do so.

Lectors

Our Lectors are members of the parish who proclaim the Word of God to the faith community at each liturgical celebration. Good communication skills are required for this ministry.

Liturgy Committee

The Liturgy Committee is a group which focuses on the public prayer life of the St. Wendelin Catholic Community. The purpose of this committee is to prepare liturgical celebrations in line with the liturgical documents of the Second Vatican Council and other universal, national, and diocesan liturgical directives; strive to achieve maximum participation in public prayer; and foster a sense of the sacredness of the Church’s liturgical life. Membership is comprised of a cross-section of our community.

Mass Coordinators (Sacristans)

The Mass Coordinators (Sacristans) assist the priests by preparing the vessels and books before the weekend Masses as well as cleaning them after Mass. Specifically, this involves preparing the hosts, water, and wine among other details necessary for the Mass.

Sacristy Helpers

This is a group of people committed to laundering the servers’ albs and the communion linens.

Servers

Servers assist the priest at Mass, as well as at weddings and funerals. It is important to have parental support when a young person decides to become a server. Adult men and women are also invited to join this ministry, and are especially called upon for funerals when children are in school. Training sessions are provided.

Ushers

Hospitality should always be an outstanding characteristic of the Christian community. People need to feel welcome at the local parish level. The ushers render this service by welcoming and seating parishioners and visitors arriving for Mass. They also assist the handicapped, take up the offering of the faithful, and hand out bulletins after Mass.