Lectors proclaim the Word of God to the assembly. Those in this ministry prepare the readings, giving attention to enunciation and projection of the voice. The Lector has a great love for the Word of God in his/her life and has a desire to bring this Word to those present. Mindful preparation and prayer help the Lector give life to God’s Word, making way for the Word of God to be present in our midst.
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist have a deep love for Jesus in the Eucharist and desire to assist the priest in distributing Holy Communion to the faithful. They must be 18 years of age and have received the sacrament of Confirmation. Many Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist extend their ministry beyond the parish liturgy by taking Holy Communion to the hospitals, nursing homes or to the homebound.
The role of the Mass Coordinator is to assist the priest by preparing the sanctuary for the Liturgy. They are commissioned Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist and also assist during Communion.
Ushers are ministers of hospitality who welcome members of the community as they arrive, helping them find a seat, if necessary. They see Christ in each person present, welcoming Christ in each one. They also assist in taking the collection.
Boys and girls assist the priest at the altar. They may begin serving in the 5th grade and continue as long as they wish. The ministry of Altar Server is not limited to children in St. Peter School. Those home-schooled or in CCD are also encouraged to volunteer for ministry.
St. Peter’s is blessed to have two adult choirs.
The Chorale leads music at the 8:30 a.m. Mass twice a month. They rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in the choir loft. Most members of this choir have sung together for many years and so they are able to work at a faster pace. Music ranges from classical, Latin and traditional to contemporary in style.
The Choir leads music at the 10:00 a.m. Mass twice a month and rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Music ranges from traditional to contemporary in style and the pace is a little slower.
Spirit Alive is an ensemble of musicians and choir. They lead music once a month, rotating between various Mass times. The music is a range of traditional to contemporary praise in style. Voices are needed for the choir and instrumentalists to play in the ensemble.
Spirit Alive singing Christmas Carols at JC Manor Nursing Home
Music is integral in Catholic worship because our Liturgy is a sung liturgy. Cantors are leaders of congregational song, inviting all to participate fully in sung prayer. Their words, gestures and their own prayer assist the assembly so that their song may be prayer from the heart. Their main role is to proclaim the Responsorial Psalm and lead the assembly in responding to the first reading. A Cantor needs to have a pleasant voice with leadership qualities. He/she also needs to be a person of prayer and develop an understanding of music as ministry rather than performance. With a developed understanding of liturgy and music, their ministry is carried out for the glory of God.
Organists and pianists give leadership to congregational song, assisting the sung prayer of the assembly. Music has the ability to touch the hearts of the faithful and therefore must be presented well. Musicians recognize their musical talents and develop them for the glory of God. They prepare well, play with confidence and understand their musical role as ministry and prayer, rather than performance.
There are many people in our parish, of all ages and backgrounds, who play a musical instrument. We appreciate the talents of our parishioners and urge them to use their gifts for the glory of God. Instrumentalists are encouraged to volunteer to play with the organist/pianist for the Sunday liturgies. The addition of a flute, clarinet, oboe, violin, trumpet, etc. adds beauty and solemnity to our liturgy. Instruments are also used in our Advent and Lenten Evening Prayer Services. Your help would truly be appreciated to make these services beautiful and prayerful occasions for the parish.
Occasionally, a need arises for instruments such as harp, drums, banjo, etc. If you have abilities with any instrument and would be willing to play for liturgies and special events, please let us know!