Contact the rectory at 708-422-8995 for more information about any of the Liturgical ministries.
Parishioners who are in grades 4 though 8 in our School or Religious Education Program, and are baptized Catholic, are eligible to participate in this important ministry. Altar Servers assist the priest during the course of the Mass, as well as setting an important example of faith and service to our Lord for their peers. Participation in at least four training sessions is required.
Lectors proclaim the Scripture readings at Sunday Mass. Since preparation is an essential part of this ministry, each participant is provided with materials to practice for the Mass to which the Lector is assigned. Candidates attend an initial preparation seminar held at St. Bernadette Parish. An annual gathering for prayer and reflection is offered. Proclaimers of the Word are baptized and confirmed Catholics, and members of the Parish.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are mandated to assist in the distribution of Holy Communion to the faithful during the celebration of Mass. Initial training and formation are provided, as well as an annual evening of prayer and reflection. Eucharistic Ministers are baptized, confirmed, practicing Catholics 16 years of age and older, members of the Parish, and, if married, are in a sacramental marriage.
Ministry of Music
Our musical ensembles leads the assembly in Liturgical Song at the weekend Masses, as well as at Christmas, Easter, and other Parish Masses. We have a Children's Choir, Youth Choir, and Adult Choir. All community members who are singers, musicians, or instrumentalists from second grade on up are able to participate in these vibrant groups. It is not necessary that you are baptized Catholic and prior musical experience is not required.
Our Children's Choir will include grades 2-7. Rehearsals are held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the church. The Children's Choir leads our music every other Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. Mass.
Our Youth Choir will include grades 8-college. Rehearsals are held from 6-7 p.m. on Thursdays in the Church. The Youth Choir leads music twice a month and rotates their ministry through all weekend Masses.
Our Adult Choir meets on Thursday evenings from 7-8 p.m. in the church. They rotate through all the weekend Masses.
Ushers are an integral part of the ministerial team. Ushers help with collections and the Communion procession. Ushers are also the first on hand if someone is in need of assistance. Members in this ministry must be practicing Catholics.
Our sacristans are responsible for the care of our altar linens, vestments, sacred vessels and other liturgical supplies. They work quietly behind the scenes ensuring that our liturgies and other church services have all that is needed. To become a sacristan, helping hands and a willing spirit is required of practicing Catholics.