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Adult Leaders for Children's Liturgy of the Word - agree to prepare and present to children, (ages 4 through having completed their First Communion) a short spiritual presentation.
Altar Flowers - Contact Jessica Fox in the Church office to arrange for flowers as memorials, in honor of someone, the First Communion children, the Confirmation class, etc.
Altar Servers - Boys and girls are eligible after having received First Holy Communion and having attended a training session. Young adults in their teens are also welcomed. *Adult Altar Server - Are trained to serve primarily on weekdays. They may be asked to serve on weekend Masses whenever our younger altar servers are not available presentation during the 8:30a.m. and Noon Masses. Catechist guide book is provided.
Care of Altar Linens - Purificators, corporals, hand towels used during Mass are properly laundered and returned to the Sacristy each week.
Care of Liturgical Environment - This group is responsible for decorating the church and environs, especially before and after major seasons of the liturgical year: Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter.
Care of Liturgical Items - candle stands, chalices, patens, Tabernacle, etc. checked, cleaned or polished twice a year. Altar Servers albs cleaned 2X a year (before Christmas & Easter).
Centering Prayer - Centering Prayer is an approach for those seeking to increase their awareness of God’s presentence in their daily life. Centering Prayer was introduced by Trappist monk, Father Thomas Keating, Abbot at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer Massachusetts during the 1970s. Centering Prayer is offered at St. Anna’s, and welcomes all seeking increase their awareness of Gods presence in their life.
† The Centering Prayer meet every Monday at 7:00pm in the church vestibule.
Children's / Adult Lenten Stations of the Cross - Coordinate the “Way of the Cross” in church for children/adults during Fridays, in Lent. (not Good Friday; possibly replaced by Ultreya Mass).
Eucharistic Adoration - Individuals sign-up to pray during a regular hour of Eucharistic Adoration. Current hours fall between 6 a.m. and Noon every Friday. Please note if you are signing up to be a substitute for someone who cannot fulfill their regular commitment.
*Eucharistic Minister - Eucharistic Ministers distributes the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass. They also take the Eucharist to the sick and homebound. (See: Christian Service: “Eucharistic Ministry”) After being approved by the pastor and trained in our parish Eucharistic Ministers receive Archdiocesan Certification for three years. Eucharistic Ministers must attend a brief training session in order to be recertified every three years.
First Friday Adoration / Mass - occurs the first Friday of each month with one hour in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament beginning at 11:15 followed by Mass at 12:15 with lunch following. Drivers may be needed to pick up and deliver homebound.
First Saturday Rosary - meets at 5:00 PM before 5:30 Mass on First Saturday of each month. Sign-up to lead or participate in the Rosary. It can be offered for special intentions.
Formation / Supervision of Altar Servers - this Coordinator agrees to work with the Pastor in training the Altar Servers, which usually takes place several times a year.
Greeter / Hospitality - Arrive 15 minutes early and greet the people with a handshake, a friendly greeting and a few pleasantries. Greeters stand inside the Church doors (outside if weather permits) and warmly greet all parishioners, newcomers, visitors. Invite newcomers to consider registering with us. Their primary responsibility is to help people feel welcome and comfortable. Invite newcomers/ guests to the Parish Hall for coffee. Please introduce the newcomers to the pastor and other parishioners.
Head Usher - The Head Usher, at every weekend Mass is a key position for the smooth coordination of ministers. They arrive 15 minutes early to check with the Priest about any specifics for the Mass, assure those scheduled are present and obtain fill-ins as needed. Check schedules quarterly prior to distribution. Serves as sacristan as needed.
Lay Carmelites - an association of lay people who, in response to a call from God, freely and willingly, promise to live the Gospel in the spirit of the Carmelite Order and under its guidance. The Lay Carmelite is connected to the Carmelite Order by means of the promise which he or she makes. It is possible, following a very ancient custom, to make private vows of chastity and obedience according to one's state in life in order to be consecrated more closely to God. Lay Carmelites, filled with the spirit of the Order, seek to live their own vocation by silently listening to the Word of God (Lectio Divina). According to the constant tradition of Carmel, they will especially cultivate prayer in all its forms. The members of the Lay Carmelites follow the charism of the Order which takes its inspiration from the figures of Our Lady and the Prophet Elijah. In the midst of their normal family lives, in the work place, in their social commitments and relationships with other people, Lay Carmelite members seek out the hidden image of God. They try to live in the spirit of the Beatitudes, humbly and consistently exercising the virtues of honesty,justice, sincerity, courtesy and fortitude, without which no Christian or human life is possible.
Lay Carmelites Contact: Barbara Ginn
† The Lay Carmelites meet every 3rd Sunday at 2:30pm, at St. Anna's
*Lector - Preparation at home is essential to this important ministry. Two lectors are scheduled for each Mass. Lector #1: welcomes with greeting - special announcements and proclaims the 1st reading. Lector #2: proclaims 2nd reading and leads the Intercessions. A training session is required for new lectors; workbooks provided to all.
Musician Ministry - Singing/music can greatly enhance our worship together. There is a different choir group for each Mass including a Children's Choir during the 8:30am Mass. We need people from the pews who love to sing God’s praises to come forward. Talk to a friend and join those who already enhance our worship!
Parish Lenten Mission Committee - works with pastor to discern who to ask to lead mission, plan and assist in publicizing mission, works with “Parish Meals Together” team during the mission; secure babysitters for each service, etc.
Prayer Partners - At every weekend Mass, we use a “Prayer Intention Sheet” to list those we know who are in need of prayers. This sheet is copied and emailed by coordinator so individuals are prayed for throughout the week. Pray anonymously or you may let them know you are praying for them. List your email to be included.
Sacristans - ensure that the sanctuary is properly prepared for their assigned Mass. Altar‐ corporal; Credence Table: pitcher of water, basin and towel, 1 paten, 2 chalices, 2 purificators, and water cruet; Vestibule: paten with hosts and cruet of wine. Tabernacle: key in place. Sacristans also check to make sure vessels are clean.
Usher - set an example of expected decorum. They warmly welcome others, when announcements begin a shift occurs and they model the attention expected of all. They seat people as necessary up to the opening prayer, take up offertory, and distribute bulletins at the end of Mass. Always hospitable, they have minister’s heart to serve.
*Coordinators work together sharing information