This ministry has become a cherished activity of many parishioners at St. Aloysius Church. Lay Eucharistic Ministers assist in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ in Holy Communion at all Masses celebrated at our parish.
If you feel called to serve as a Eucharistic Minister, please contact the Liturgical Coordinator, Solveig Heidberg:
Ministry to the Sick and Homebound
Eucharistic ministers bring communion and parish presence to parishioners, confined to home or nursing facility, unable to join us in community worship.
If you are interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister to the homebound, call Shareen for information. Training is provided. Ministers usually visit once a week at times arranged according to the health and circumstances of the homebound individual and the personal schedule needs of the minister. Eucharistic ministry to the homebound offers the opportunity to bring the love and caring of the parish community and to share the Body of Christ with the sick, the suffering, the lonely.
If a home visit is needed on occasional or long-term basis, contact Shareen Elloy:
A Voice of the Word
Here at St. Aloysius Parish, the proclamation of Scripture to the assembly of the faithful is given the dignity and attention it deserves. Lectors are supported and trained to proclaim the Word transparently and clearly, so that the Word itself, not the proclaimer, is in the foreground.
If you feel called to this ministry, contact Solveig Heidberg, the Liturgical Coordinator.
Do you like to sing? Are you proficient at an instrument? Would you like to spend time with people who love to worship through music? Come join the music ministry at St. Aloysius!
Music allows us to express more than we can with words alone. The quotes “The one who sings, prays twice!” and “Singing is for the one who loves.” attributed to St. Augustine, are two of many that encourage singing in the Church. Music Ministry at St. Aloysius fosters the interior and exterior “full, conscious, and active participation” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 14) of the congregation in the Mass through song. To participate in music ministry at St. Aloysius is to become a leader of congregational song.
The musical focuses of our five Mass ensembles span from Taizé to traditional songs/hymns to Praise & Worship music.
Singers need only to be able to match pitch and have a willingness to learn.
Interested vocalists and instrumentalists are encouraged to contact music director Andrea Timm for more information about joining the music ministry!
Serving at the altar is an important and responsible ministry that enhances prayer. Fourth graders and older are welcome to participate in the Eucharistic Liturgy as altar servers. They will be trained to understand the structure and prayers of the Mass. As an Altar Server, one will:
1. Carry the cross, and the candles in the procession
2. Assist the priest by holding the Missal for prayers
3. Set the altar
If you are interested in becoming an altar server at St. Aloysius Parish, please contact the Liturgical Coordinator, Solveig Heidberg.
At St. Aloysius, the ushers are the givers of the “first impression,” and embody the church as a welcoming community to all who choose to attend.
Ushers are responsible for:
- Collecting the offering at Masses
- Assisting parishioners to receive Holy Communion (particularly important for our disabled or elderly parishioner)
- Are alerted to help in any way needed (from finding seats to summoning assistance for someone who is ill)
If you would like to become a part of this essential ministry, please contact the Liturgical Coordinator, Solveig Heidberg.
A Sacristans responsibilities include:
- The initial setting up of the sanctuary for each Mass
- Assisting the priest in distributing communion during Mass
- They take down the set up and clean the dishes after Mass
The sanctuary is a place of peace, where one can go to commune with the Lord. Oftentimes, not much thought is given to the preparation involved in that experience. The role of a Sacristan is to help Mass run as smoothly as possible from “behind the scenes.”
If you are interested in this ministry, it is a stipend position. Contact Solveig Heidberg, the Liturgical Coordinator.