Liturgical Ministries

The Liturgical Ministries of the Church are extensions of the ministry of Christ who “came not to be served but to serve others…”  [Matthew 20:28].   All parishioners are invited to consider and present themselves for all liturgical ministries.  The only restriction is that Eucharistic Ministers must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation.

To inquire about any of these ministries, please speak to one of our Sacristans or call the main office of the Church at 607.432.3920

Eucharistic Ministers, along with the priests and deacons, distribute Holy Communion under the forms of both the Body and the Blood of Christ to the people.  Eucharistic Ministers also volunteer to bring Communion to the area healthcare facilities (Fox Hospital, nursing and adult care homes) and to the sick and homebound.  A commitment of two years is requested which can be renewed.  Training and preparation are provided.

Lectors: The Office of Lector is to feed the people with the Word of God by proclaiming it during the Eucharistic Liturgy, The Liturgy of the Hours and other liturgical services.   A commitment of two years is requested which can be renewed.  Training and preparation are provided.

Altar Servers: Adult and youth servers assist the presiding priest during liturgical rites.  For example: servers lead processions with incense, cross and candles, hold the Sacramentary for the priest to pray and assist in setting the altar for the liturgy of the Eucharist.  This ministry is not limited to children.  Training and preparation are provided.

Greeters: The Letter to the Hebrews exhorts, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it”. [Hebrews 13:2]  The passage refers to the story of Abraham and Sarah found in Genesis 18:1-15 when they entertained three strangers who were the presence of God.   The Ministers of Hospitality welcome and assist parishioners and particularly guests who gather for liturgical services.   To ensure a pleasant experience for everyone in the assembly, greeters welcome and assist people in seating, direct them to restrooms or answer other questions.  They are also present as the people depart to open doors and distribute bulletins or other handouts. 

Ushers are other ministers of hospitality who take up the collection which supports the work of our parish and the broader ministry of the Church through national collections and special appeals.  The ushers take a weekly count of the assembly for planning purposes.

Sacristans prepare the church for Sunday worship (Saturday Vigil and Sunday morning).  This includes, lighting, microphones, candles, preparing the credence table for Communion and checking that ministers have arrived for services. A commitment of two years is requested which can be renewed.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (Sunday at the 10:30am Eucharist):  Children’s Liturgy of the Word presents the readings and psalms that the adult community hers, but in words adapted to be age appropriate and relevant to children.  The children also gradually learn to put forth their own prayers and needs before God in the Universal Prayers (Intercession).  This simultaneous Liturgy of the Word is led by trained and prepared teams of parishioners.   A commitment of two years is requested which can be renewed. Training and preparation, including VIRTUS Training (Child Protection), are provided. 

As a parent, guardian or adult parishioner might you consider leading our children in prayer? 

Prayer and Worship Committee: The Prayer and Worship Committee sets the vision for the liturgical life of the parish.   This is accomplished though planning liturgical services such as Evening Prayer, Parish Retreats and other prayer experiences.  To ensure the integrity of the liturgy and active participation of the people the committee is also responsible the formation and training of liturgical ministers.

Do you have a background in music, environment, or design?  Please prayerfully consider requesting to be on this committee.