Ministries at St. Rita
Ministry of the Sacristan
In the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) at No. 105, is found the many duties of the parish's Sacristan, which states: "The following also exercise a liturgical function: The sacristan, who carefully arranges the liturgical books, the vestments, and other things necessary in the celebration of Mass."
This is further developed in the Ceremonial of Bishops, No. 37, this book spells out that the sacristan, always under the general direction of the clergy, undertakes the overall preparation of liturgical celebrations, including all that is needed for special days such as Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday.
The sacristan thus arranges the books needed for the celebration, marking all of the divisions. He or she lays out the vestments and anything else needed for the celebration, such as cruets, chalices, ciboria, linens, oils, processional crosses, candles and torches. He or she also takes care of the ringing of bells that announce the celebrations. The sacristan should ensure the observance of silence in the sacristy.
The sacristan in harmony with the pastor also makes sure that the vestments, church furnishings, liturgical vessels and decorative objects are kept in good condition and, if necessary, sent for gilding or repair. Other practical indications apart from these official recommendations are that the sacristan ensures that the things necessary for worship are always available. There should be a ready supply of fresh hosts and of duly authorized wine, sufficient clean purificators, corporals, hand towels, incense and coals.
In this context the sacristan is responsible for making sure that those who wash the altar linens do so according to the indications of the missal and that the water for the first wash is poured down the sacrarium or to the earth. The sacristan also takes care of burning old linens and other objects that are no longer suitable for liturgical use. He or she also makes sure that the sanctuary lamp has sufficient oil, that the altar cloths are changed regularly, and that the holy water stoups are clean and replenished frequently.
The pastor may also decide to entrust other responsibilities to the sacristan. This might include coordinating others who help with the general decor of the church, such as cleaners and flower arrangers. The sacristan might also maintain the practical dealings with external agents such as funeral directors and photographers so that proper decorum is maintained at all times.
In order to carry out these duties, the sacristan needs to have a fairly good idea of the content and norms of the principal liturgical books and an understanding of the intricacies of the liturgical calendar. A good sacristan is a boon to any parish and, as the GIRM says, the post fulfills a true liturgical function. As the Ceremonial of Bishops states: "The adornment and decor of a church should be such as to make the church a visible sign of love and reverence toward God" (No. 38).
The Lector Ministry
Lectors (also called Readers or Proclaimers of the Word) are liturgical ministers who proclaim the first and/or second reading at
At weekday Masses, they also lead the Responsorial Psalm. Mass.
Who can be a Lector?
Any man, woman, or young person who is in full communion with the Catholic Church, serious about the practice of their faith and is willing to complete a parish or diocesan formation process can be a Lector
Training and preparation are necessary for those persons wishing to be Lectors. Proclaiming the Sacred Scripture is different from other kinds of public speaking. Not only do Lectors need to be effective communicators, but they need to absorb and express the spirit of the Liturgy as well. Annual training sessions are required for all Lectors.
Talking about Lectors, Vatican II said, "They exercise a genuine liturgical function. They ought, therefore, to discharge their office with the sincere piety and decorum demanded by so exalted a ministry and right expected of them by God's people. Consequently, they must all be trained to perform their functions in a correct and orderly manner... Christ is present in His word since it is He Himself who speaks when the Holy Scriptures are read in the church."
If you are interesting in giving your time to this ministry, please contact the Church office.
Randall “Woody” Woodard
The Ministry of Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist
"Extraordinary ministers may distribute Holy Communion at Eucharistic celebrations only when there are no ordained ministers present or when those ordained ministers present at a liturgical celebration are truly unable to distribute Holy Communion. They may also exercise this function at Eucharistic celebrations where there are particularly large numbers of the faithful and which would be excessively prolonged because of an insufficient number of ordained ministers to distribute Holy Communion." ("Instruction on Certain Questions Regarding the Collaboration of the Non-Ordained Faithful in the Sacred Ministry of Priests")
Extraordinary ministers are also used in order that the sick or homebound may receive communion with the frequency recommended in the revised rite for the "Pastoral Care of the Sick." Any person who regularly takes communion to the sick is to be trained and commissioned. An individual may be commissioned for only this aspect of the ministry or may perform this service within the Eucharistic assembly. To establish the connection between the Sunday assembly and the homebound and sick of the parish, extraordinary ministers ideally are sent from the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist to take communion to them.
Who can be an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist?
Extraordinary ministers are to be fully initiated Catholics, at least 16 years of age, who lead a life in harmony with the undertaking of this ministry including participating in the sacramental life of the Church. The pastoral staff, Liturgy Committee, and/or Parish Council may assist the pastor in discerning parishioners to fulfill this ministry. Persons who themselves express a desire to become an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist should be carefully considered.
If you would like to become an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist, please contact the Church office.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist
Maria L Gonzalez
Dr. Thomas Krizek
Maria Luisa Gonzalez
Ministry of Acolytes
The term acolyte is from the Greek word akolouthos, which translated means attendant. Acolytes have been around for centuries, and their roles have great importance and honor. In general, an acolyte or alter server helps the priest during the celebration of the
Their duties include, but are not only carrying the cross and candles during the procession, holding the book for the priest, preparing the alter, and presenting the bread, wine and water to the priest. Mass.
Who can be an Acolyte or Alter Server?
Any person who has received their first confession and First Holy Communion can become an Acolyte. It is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly and requires commitment. Also, to become an acolyte, one must be familiar with the Mass and be willing to undertake training from the parish priest. With this, it can bring great satisfaction.
To help ease confusion and make those who want to serve our Church in this ministry, we have created an online Acolyte Guide.
If you or your child is interested in serving the Church through this ministry, please contact the Church office.