Christians come together in one place for the Eucharistic assembly. . . All have their own active parts to play in the celebration, each in his own way: readers, those who bring up the offerings, those who give Communion, and the whole people whose "Amen" manifests their participation. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1348)
Lay liturgical ministry gives witness to the interdependence of the many members of the Body of Christ, coming together as one in service of the Church. In addition to the full, conscious and active participation asked of all of the members of the worshipping assembly, a lay liturgical minister is called to serve in a particular way at the Eucharistic Liturgy. There are many opportunities to serve St. Peter’s as a lay liturgical minster (see below), and we hope that you would discern if you are being called into this service.
Sacred music is a vital part of the liturgical life of St. Peter’s. An understanding of music’s unique and exalted role in the celebration of the Mass and other liturgies guides our approach to sacred music. Our music program strives to praise the Lord through beautiful music that also speaks to the heart of those who gather to worship. Please visit our Music Ministry page to find out more about music at St. Peter’s.
Readers are those lay people called to serve through the proclamation of the Word of God to the gathered assembly at Mass. Readers should be of high school age or older and can choose to serve at Sunday or weekday Masses.
If you are interested in becoming a Reader, please contact Rosemarie Talorico through the parish office.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
As an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, commonly referred to as a Eucharistic Minister or "EM", lay people can serve by assisting with the distribution of Holy Communion during Mass (on Sundays or weekdays), at our local hospitals or nursing homes, or during visits to homebound parishioners. To become an EM, one must be a parishioner who is fully initiated (having received the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation) and in good standing with the Church.
If you are interested in becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, please contact Barbara Wittreich through the parish office.
The youth of our parish have the opportunity to serve at Mass as Altar Servers. Generally, Altar Servers are in the fifth grade or older, and are scheduled for Sunday Masses on a rotating basis.
If you are interested in becoming an Altar Server, please contact Fr. Peter through the parish office.
At Mass, ushers serve the community by greeting worshippers, assisting anyone who has difficulty seating themselves, taking up the collection, directing the Communion line, and handing out bulletins. There is a need for ushers at all Sunday Masses.
If you are interested in becoming an usher, please contact Fr. Tom through the parish office.
More information about the ministry of Usher/Minister of Hospitality
Liturgical Environment Committee
St. Peter’s Parish is blessed with a beautiful church whose neo-gothic architecture helps to raise minds and hearts to God. To enhance the beauty of this house for the people of God, the Liturgical Environment Committee highlights the liturgical seasons by appropriately decorating the worship space throughout the Church year. Extra assistance is always needed before and after the major Holy Days of Christmas and the Easter Triduum.
If you are interested in assisting the Liturgical Environment Committee, please contact Pat & Anne Gutsick through the parish office.