Liturgical Ministry

About Liturgical Minstry

“The Church earnestly desires that all the faithful be led to that full, conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations called for by the very nature of the liturgy.  Such participation by the Christian people is their right and duty by reason of their baptism.”
(Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Chapter 1, #14)

Liturgical Ministry at St.Ignatius provides many opportunities for members of our parish family to deepen their faith by serving their community.  Through their example, Liturgical Ministers enhance our liturgical celebrations, support the prayer of the assembly, and bring about greater participation within the whole community.   

Liturgical Ministers are lay people who take  leadership roles in the celebration of our parish liturgies.  All of us are called to examine our particular gifts and use those gifts to their best advantage.  Serving our parish community as a Liturgical Minister is a special calling that enriches not only the assembly, but each person who makes the decision to answer that call.

Qualifications for Ministry

  • Ministers must have the desire to serve their brothers and sisters in Christ.
  • Ministers are encouraged to examine how their gifts and talents can best be shared, as each ministry may require specific skills and preparation.
  • Liturgical Ministers must be registered and active members of the parish. All those who wish to become Liturgical Ministers must also have received the sacrament of Confirmation; the only exception to this is Altar Servers.
  • Attendance at an initial Training Session is required to begin ministry at St.Ignatius. Review and Updating Sessions are held periodically to keep all ministers current with any changes in philosophy or practice.  Sessions for New and Current Ministers in each area of ministry are held several times throughout the year.

If you have recently joined St. Ignatius and have been serving as a Liturgical Minister in another faith community, please contact the Liturgy Office if you wish to join our liturgical team.

Ministry Schedules and Newsletters are sent out three or four times during the year. Ministers are also given the opportunity to volunteer to serve for special liturgies (such as Holy Week and Christmas).

“In the reform and promotion of the liturgy, this full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else.  For it is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian spirit...” 
(Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Chapter 1, #14)

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