The Apostles' and Disciples' Creed
I believe that we all, young and old, have God-given talents that can be used to benefit our brothers and sisters.
I believe that the pooling of these talents, when properly organized and applied, will enrich the lives of others as well as my own.
I believe that I can make a positive difference especially with the help of other dedicated parish disciples of the Lord.
I believe that I become a stronger person, and we become a stronger organization, parish and citizenry when we work together in harmony for the greater glory of God and the common good of all.
I believe that our motives, goals and objectives must always be Christ-centered, and they will, if we seek God's guidance.
I believe that the success of our mission, which is really Jesus' mission, will be based on our faith in God and in each other. Amen.
Altar servers perform the liturgical function of assisting the priest or deacon by taking responsibility for many of the details in the preparation of the altar and vessels for weekend Masses and other special celebrations of the Church year. They also serve at weddings and funerals as needed. We invite both male and female servers, adults as well as children, to become a part of this ministry. Requirements for a child are that he or she be at least nine years of age, have received Eucharist for the first time and be able to understand and carry out their responsibilities appropriately and with reverence. Additional servers are needed at all weekend liturgies and for funeral and wedding masses. Training will be provided.
Please call the parish office: (360) 377-7674
Christian tradition has always held hospitality in the highest esteem. Throughout the Old and New Testaments hospitality is understood as a basic service that all Christians are obliged to extend to each other. Our parish greeters help to create a climate of hospitality for all of our liturgical celebrations by extending the warmth of welcome and helping all who gather for worship to know that their presence with us is important. Greeters serve the community before every liturgical celebration. Training is provided for this special ministry of welcome.
Ushers have long provided the service of hospitality in our Sunday assemblies and other special liturgical celebrations. In addition to assisting the congregation with seating, taking up the collection, approaching the table of the altar for Holy Communion and taking up the collection the usher is a host who acts on behalf of the community to give directions and render assistance in order to ensure that all are comfortable as we gather together . The role of the usher is one of welcome, hospitality and guidance to all who participate in our worship. Young and older adults, men and women, are invited to share in this ministry of service and care. Training is provided by parishioners already active in this ministry.
One of the most vital and creative of all the liturgical ministries is that of the church environment. Because the assembly gathers in the presence of God, the climate of our liturgical celebrations and our worship as a community is one of mystery, wonder, thanksgiving and praise. Our church decorating should reflect these qualities and strive always to capture that which is most beautiful and that which helps us to more fully and completely enter into prayer. The imagination, creativity and giftedness of many people is essential to creating a worship environment that is both hospitable and prayerful. We have need of creative leaders to help enhance our church environment as well as many helpers who can assist in the creation, putting up and taking down of decorations and banners. All of those who are interested are invited to help in this ministry.
Eucharistic Ministers are trusted with the important duty of distributing Holy Communion to the assembly who gather together for worship at Mass, and of bringing Communion to the sick in the hospital, the homebound, those confined to nursing homes and those in danger of death. The ministry of the Eucharistic Minister is an important one which calls for sensitivity, care and compassion in reaching out to our brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ. Training is provided for those who serve at Mass as well as for those who serve in the outreach ministries to the sick and confined. Prospective Eucharistic Minister candidates must be baptized, confirmed, practicing Catholics, at least sixteen years of age and in good standing in the Church. If married, they must be in a valid marriage celebrated in the presence of a priest or deacon and two witnesses, unless a dispensation has been obtained. All of our weekend liturgies, funeral and wedding liturgies, as well as our outreach ministries, are in need of additional ministers.
The proclamation of the Word in the midst of the People of God when they gather for worship is the ministry that belongs to the Lector. Lectors carry out this vital function during the celebrations of the Eucharist, sacraments and other rites. Training is provided to help lectors be effective proclaimers of the Scriptures. Prospective candidates must be baptized, confirmed, practicing Catholics, at least sixteen years of age and in good standing in the Church. If married, they must be in a valid marriage celebrated in the presence of a priest or deacon and two witnesses, unless a dispensation has been obtained. All our weekend liturgies and funeral and wedding liturgies are in need of additional qualified lectors.
The Sacristan is one who is in charge of the care and maintenance of the sacristy, sacred vessels and furnishings of the church. The sacristan ensures that the altar is prepared with the appropriate seasonal, ceremonial, or feast-day colored cloths, as well as maintains the priests vestments. The sacristan's main function is to ensure that the priest has everything necessary to celebrate mass, weddings & funerals.
Sacristan Coordinators: Val sandell & Judy Balance
Hearing assistance devices are also available for the hearing impaired. Simply ask an usher to procure one for you before the liturgy begins. Personal earpieces are also available to you to be used with the hearing assist devices. Since they are reusable from week to week, we ask that you not discard them and bring them with you each time you come to mass.
Karen Holladay, Parish Office Contact: (360) 377-7674