Lay Ministers, trained in bereavement counseling, are available to help those who mourn the death of a loved one. They assist with the arrangement of the funeral prayers and are part of the team who, with the family, celebrate the vigil service at wakes. Also, Father Pius Kokose is a certified hospital chaplain.
MINISTRIES AVAILABLE TO LAY PEOPLE
• Ushers greet and assist those who come to celebrate Eucharist
on weekends and holy days.
• Altar Servers assist the priest celebrant at liturgies.
• Proclaimers of the Word proclaim the First and Second Readings at
• Commentators make announcements and lead general intercessions
when no deacon is present.
• Extraordinary Ministers of Communion help distribute Communion
• Ministers of Care take Communion to shut-ins or those in the hospital.
• Leaders of Song, those who play musical instruments, and
choir members lead the assembly in song.
• Coro Nino, Children’s Choir, sings at the 12:15 p.m. Mass on the last
Sunday of each month. They also proclaim the First and
• Catechists assist parents in teaching what the Catholic Church
professes; they nurture the faith of their students, guide them in
prayer, especially participation in the Eucharist, and encourage
them to serve others.
• Charismatic Prayer Leaders lead the prayer meetings, provide music,
lead the hymns, and arrange events.
• Bereavement Ministers listen, console, and pray with those who mourn.
They assist bereaved families with funeral arrangements and are part of
the team that prays with the family and friends at the vigil (wake)
• Sacristans clean the sacred vessels, altar cloths, towels, albs, etc.
• Art and Environment people arrange and decorate the worship area to
enhance the sacred celebrations according to the seasons of the
liturgical year or the needs of special occasions.
PLAYS, PRODUCTIONS, PAGEANTS
• Juan Diego-Guadalupe Production
(scenery, music, costumes, participants)
• Via Crucis (scenery, music, costumes, participants)
• May Crowning
(Outdoor crowning of the statue of Mary, on the first Sunday of May,
after the 12:15 p.m. Mass.) This event includes prayer and a procession
led by children, the Altar and Rosary Society, and other ministers
in the parish.
(includes snacks and treats for the children)
• Christmas Pageant (English)
(prior to 10:30 a.m. Epiphany Mass)
• Christmas Pageant (Spanish)
(prior to 12:15 p.m. Epiphany Mass)