We offer many different ways to get involved with Mass through the different Liturgical Ministries. The Mass is the ultimate form of prayer for us as Catholics, and ministering at the Masses is a great way to serve God and the community. Training for these ministries are usually at the beginning of the semester, but if you are interested in any of these ministries, contact our Liturgy Coordinator Manny Guzman at firstname.lastname@example.org
A community’s strength begins with our commitment to be a welcoming environment to anyone who walks through the doors at the Newman Center. Hospitality Ministers greet our parishioners for Mass, assist with the collection and help to distribute Bulletins after Mass.
Our Church has centuries of richness in using music to bring God’s grace and love to the liturgy. If you are interested in serving as a musician for any of the Masses, please contact our Music Director Tom Booth by emailing Tom@UACatholic.org with the Subject Line: “Music Ministry”
Sacristans (or Mass Coordinators) organize and prepare the liturgical books, vessels, and anything else that is needed for the Mass. They are also responsible for recruiting volunteers for the procession of the gifts and offertory collection.
Altar Servers (or acolytes) assist the priest throughout the Mass including the procession, holding the Roman Missal during specific prayers, and assisting the preparation of the gifts. The Altar Server position at the Newman Center is reserved for college students only. They serve at the 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Masses. This ministry is recommended if you have a love and reverence for the Liturgy. See the USCCB’s Guidelines for Altar Servers.
Lectors proclaim the scriptures during the Liturgy of the Word. They also prepare for the Mass by studying the readings together during the week prior to Mass. This ministry is recommended if you have a clear speaking voice and a love for the Word of God. For more information on Lectoring, see the USCCB’s Resource for Lectors.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the priests (who are the ordinary ministers of Holy Communion) in the distribution of Holy Communion during Mass. This ministry is recommended if you have a love and reverence for the Eucharist. We also provide training for ministers who would be willing to take Communion to our elders who are in Nursing Homes, Assisted-Living Centers, Hospitals, Hospice or are Homebound.
This prayerful service is available to our parishioners who would like to assist with the laundering, starching and folding of sacred linens used for Mass. This includes the corporals, purificators, lavabos and drying cloths in the Sacristy.