Thank you for volunteering to be part of the liturgy in our parishes. We continue to appreciate the way each of you carries out your responsibilities and especially the dignity that you bring in your dress and deportment as you minister to those who are worshipping.

An updated list of phone numbers for all lay ministers is available from the Parish Office. We do not normally publish phone numbers or email addresses on our web site.

If you cannot fulfil your duties at a Mass we appreciate you contacting another person to stand in for you. In the event you cannot reach anyone, please let the Sacristan at that Mass know. We understand that things happen at the last minute and thank you for your efforts.

May God continue to richly bless you for your service in His name.

The following schedules are available for lay ministers:

  • St. Francis
  • Readers
  • Extraordinary Ministers
  • Acolytes
  • Counters
  • Seasonal
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A reminder to all readers of the importance of silence before and after the reading. Please do not begin the First Reading until after the sound of everyone being seated has come to an end. Pause momentarily before saying “The Word of the Lord” and then we are asking for 20 or more seconds of silence before you leave the Ambo or begin the next reading. There is a shorter period of silence after the singing of the Responsorial Psalm.

In St. Francis it is particularly important to slow down and enunciate clearly due to the echo in the sanctuary. Use the microphone properly and speak clearly, allowing the sound time to cease its reverberation.

There is an excellent video on the Ministry of Reader that you may be interested in viewing. It is produced by the San Fernando Pastoral Region and contains many useful insights into the spirituality of the ministry.

Many readers have found this site beneficial when it comes to pronouncing many of the difficult names and places within the text. Visit this link for an online guide with audio examples.

A reminder to all extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion that you should come forward to the sanctuary as soon as the celebrant begins receiving communion. Move immediately after we say the phrase, “… but only say the words and my soul shall be healed.” Please stand to the side of the altar. After communion all chalices normally return to the credence table. The ciborium and patens normally return to the main altar and are placed on the side corporal. One emHC may be asked to return the ciborium and low-gluten pyx to the tabernacle. If in doubt, return everything to the side corporal on the main altar.

Please note the instruction not to give “blessings” to people coming forward to receive holy communion. Saying “Peace be with you” or a similar phrase is appropriate.

The term “Eucharistic Minister” applies only to the celebrant(s) of the Mass. Please use the proper term “extraordinary minister of Holy Communion.”

Anyone who is serving at the Altar is asked to be present and dressed in the Sacristy at least fifteen (15) minutes before the service. There are numerous tasks to perform in order to be properly prepared for the celebration of the Mass. The senior server should do a check to make certain everything is ready, including making certain that the altar candles are all lit.

If you are in attendance at Mass, but not serving, please check in the sacristy to see if enough servers are present. Normally we require three acolytes for each weekend Mass. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Our current acolytes may enjoy watching these training videos. There are some things that do not apply to our parish … still they are an excellent example of serving at the Altar:

Each week a team of volunteers count, record and verify the offerings collected during the services. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Parish Office.

Throughout the year there are needs for individuals to fill minister positions at special times. .

  • Blessed Sacrament
  • Readers
  • Extraordinary Ministers
  • Acolytes
Select a tab for schedules and notices for Blessed Sacrament
A reminder to all readers of the importance of silence before and after the reading. Please do not begin the First Reading until after the sound of everyone being seated has come to an end. Pause momentarily before saying “The Word of the Lord” and then we are asking for 20 or more seconds of silence before you leave the Ambo or begin the next reading. There is a shorter period of silence after the singing of the Responsorial Psalm.

At this time Blessed Sacrament has not submitted schedules for their ministries.

There is an excellent video on the Ministry of Reader that you may be interested in viewing. It is produced by the San Fernando Pastoral Region and contains many useful insights into the spirituality of the ministry.

Many readers have found this site beneficial when it comes to pronouncing many of the difficult names and places within the text. Visit this link for an online guide with audio examples.

A reminder to all extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion that you should only come forward to the sanctuary as the celebrant is receiving communion and stand to the side of the altar.

Please note the instruction not to give “blessings” to people coming forward to receive holy communion. Saying “Peace be with you” or a similar phrase is appropriate.

The term “Eucharistic Minister” applies only to the celebrant(s) of the Mass. Please use the proper term “extraordinary minister of Holy Communion.”

At this time Blessed Sacrament has not submitted schedules for their ministries.

Anyone who is serving at the Altar is asked to be present and dressed in the Sacristy at least fifteen (15) minutes before the service. There are numerous tasks to perform in order to be properly prepared for the celebration of the Mass.

Our current acolytes may enjoy watching these training videos. There are some things that do not apply to our parish … still they are an excellent example of serving at the Altar:

A note for extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion

communionIf you are assisting with the distribution of Holy Communion at a Mass, please come forward as the celebrant is receiving communion. Do not come to the altar during the Sign of Peace or the chanting of the Lamb of God.

The Bishop, the Priest and the Deacon are the ordinary ministers of Holy Communion and will distribute communion when they are present and serving on the altar. Occasionally it may occur that your services as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion are not required even though you are scheduled for a specific Mass. The opposite may also be true and we may need additional help. Please determine this before the Mass starts. Your cooperation in not coming forward, or coming forward when needed, is appreciated.

Everything returns to the main altar and is placed on the side corporal (if the Priest or Deacon is not there to receive it from you.) Only a Priest, Deacon or Instituted Acolyte may purify the vessels.