Sing to the LORD, all the earth, announce his salvation, day after day.
Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.
For great is the LORD and highly to be praised; to be feared above all gods.
For the gods of the nations all do nothing, but the LORD made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty go before him; power and rejoicing are in his holy place.
~ I Chronicles 16:23-27
The word liturgy has Greek roots originally meaning, a public duty, or in ancient times a service to the state undertaken by a citizen. Its meaning can be broken down into two parts leitos = public and ergo = to do. This might be a bit academic, so let’s bring it into our church and Mass today. The foundation of our Mass is the Eucharist and the Liturgy are the rites, rituals, and actions we and the priest preform to direct us towards the Eucharist. So what is our public duty at the Mass? Our duty is to be present and participate in the Mass. We can simply participate in our pew or we can truly serve at the Mass and step towards becoming a true citizen of Heaven. Remember the second part of the word liturgy is to do. The beauty of the Liturgy is that we can participate in so many different ways. We can become an altar server, a greeter, an usher, an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a sacristan, a reader, and music minster. So start doing instead of just being at Mass, contact Sari Althoff our Worship Director. Are you wanting to go deeper and understand more the beauty of our Mass and Liturgy, click here and truly dive into the Mass.
Would you like to sing with the angels? We believe at every Mass we join with the Heavenly Hosts of Angels to praise God for His mercy and goodness and His Son’s unconditional love and ultimate sacrifice for each one of us. So come and join us to praise God through song in the Mass; you do not need to sing like an angel.
Music options are provided for each Sunday to assist the music minister in preparing for Mass. Selection are based primarily on the Scriptures of the day, the particular liturgical celebration of the day or season, and the action taking place during the celebration such as the Gathering Rite, Communion Rite, etc.
Ministers of the Word
We believe as Catholics that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. It was written by human hands, but it was the Holy Spirit that spoke through these authors to share the story of Salvation History with us. Let the Spirit inspire you and speak through you when you proclaim His Word at Sunday Mass, become a reader or commentator. And don’t let those hard Bible names scare you.
God of power and might.
Give me the desire to do your will daily.
Help me come to the scriptures
with a heart willing to be refreshed and renewed.
May I be nourished always by your word.
I ask this through Christ our Lord.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
There is nothing more true and beautiful in the Catholic Faith than the Eucharist, the true Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Do you believe and feel this to the very marrow of your bones? Then becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is your calling. An Extraordinary Minister gives the Eucharist during Mass, but you also get the wonderful opportunity to bring the Eucharist to the home bound and sick in our community. To become an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion you must be a confirmed Catholic, and you need to attend a training at our Parish. Contact Terry Bogenhagen to set up at time to be trained.
You are invited to attend if you have never been trained in our parish for this ministry. Youth preparing for Confirmation this Fall are invited to participate, as well as all confirmed parishioners. You must be a certified extraordinary minister of Holy Communion if you wish to bring communion to the homebound or serve in the Sacristan ministry. Please arrange with Terry to go through the 40 minute training.
I thank you for calling me to serve you and your people in this
community as an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Communion.
You know that I could never be worthy of such an exalted honor.
Help me to be less unworthy by remaining free from sin.
Let me nourish your people with the witness of my life as I serve them with the Body of Christ.
Grant your strength and holiness to all your Extraordinary Ministers
and make them worthy to bring Christ to others.
I ask this through Christ our Lord.
Would you like to take a deeper role in service as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, become a sacristan for weekend and/or weekday Masses. Before Mass a sacristan oversees the ministers needed for a Mass and prepares the vessels and clothes needed for Communion. During Mass a sacristan prepares the hosts and wine and brings Jesus from and to the Tabernacle. After Mass the sacristan cleans the vessels and organizes and puts away items for future Masses.
Are you wanting to be in the middle of the action at Mass? There is no better way than becoming an altar server. You are right there holding the missal for Father as he gathers us in prayer. You are right next to the ambo (podium) holding the Light of Christ as the Gospel is proclaimed. Most importantly, you are right there when Jesus becomes present on the altar during consecration. Altar servers are 3rd grade and older, including adults. Severs assist the presider at Mass, including master server and candle bearer. Being a Master Server is open to those in 5th grade and up. Contact Terry Bogenhagen to get trained.
Funeral Altar Servers
Adult altar servers need to be available on weekdays to serve at funeral Masses. Individual training upon request, but funeral altar servers are welcome to attend training for all altar servers.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for calling me to serve at your altar.
Please give me the grace
to serve you and your people well.
Open my mouth to praise you in word and song.
Open my ears to hear your Word.
Open my hands to do your work well.
I give you praise and glory in everything I do now and forever.