The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the fount from which all the Church’s power flows. For the aim and object of apostolic works is that all who are made children of God by faith and baptism should come together to praise God in the midst of his Church, to take part in the sacrifice, and to eat the Lord’s Supper.
(Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, No. 10)
Holy Spirit Altar Servers are respectful, reverent and responsible youth who are called to serve the Lord by looking after “the service of the altar and to assist the deacon and priest” (CB no 28) during liturgical services, especially the Mass. This ministry is open to all who have received the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are appointed, with the Pastor’s approval, to assist the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion. Devotion to the presence of Christ in the Eucharistic species is evident by their demeanor and the manner in which they handle the consecrated bread and wine. Additional training is available for those ministers who take Communion to the Sick and the shut-ins.
The Lector Ministry consists of women and men who, through their study, prayer, skills and preparation, proclaim the Word of God to the liturgical assembly. Holy Spirit Lectors have public speaking skills and a love of sacred scripture. They are willing to spend whatever time is required in order to properly prepare for each proclamation.
Musicians belong to the assembly of the baptized faithful; they are worshipers above all else. Music Ministers share the faith, serve the community, and express the love of God and neighbor through music. Singers, instrumentalists, choir directors and cantors meet weekly to prepare for weekend masses, weddings, funerals, special liturgies and concerts during the year. Our trilingual liturgies give us the opportunity to learn from and appreciate the cultures that make up our parish family!
Hospitality / Usher
“All are welcome in this place!” Our ushers are often the very important “first impression” of Holy Spirit Parish for all who arrive at our doors. Those who serve as Ushers each week – smiling and greeting everyone, handing out worship aids, helping those who require assistance, giving directions, etc – are an extension of our mission to serve. Men, women, youth and entire families are invited to serve.