The word “liturgy” originally meant a “public work” or a “service in the name of/on behalf of the people.” In Christian tradition it means the participation of the People of God in “the work of God.” Through the liturgy Christ, our redeemer and high priest, continues the work of our redemption in, with, and through his Church. –Catechism of the Catholic Church 1069
Welcome! Liturgical ministries are an excellent opportunity to fulfill our baptismal call of service to one another. Our liturgies should utilize the talents and gifts that God has given this community to the fullest extent. Whether participation is through “behind the scenes” preparation and planning or through a public role of service within the Mass, parishioner contributions help our liturgies to be truly life-giving celebrations. Please prayerfully consider joining one of these ministries.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
This ministry is open to members of Saint Bernadette Parish who love the Eucharist, have been confirmed, and who strive to show Christ’s love in their daily living. These ministers assist the celebrant in distributing Holy Communion at Mass.
Requirements for an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion:
• A deep respect and reverence for Christ present in the Eucharist
• Arriving 15 minutes before Mass for preparation and prayer
• Presence at assigned liturgies or finding a suitable replacement
“The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as a combination of sacred music and words, it forms a necessary or integral part of solemn liturgy.” –Catechism 1156
Music Ministry at St. Bernadette includes the Adult Choir, Children’s Choir, Cantor and Instrumental Ensembles.
Contact info: Matt Molesworth 571-242-2517
The mission of the Altar Server Ministry is to assist the priest at the altar with reverence, with dignity, and with faith. Candidates for this ministry must have received their First Holy Communion and regularly participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, as well as receive the Eucharist on a regular basis. Candidates for this ministry should be mature enough to understand their responsibilities and to carry them out well and with appropriate reverence.
Typical duties that altar servers are expected to carry out during Mass include: carrying the processional cross, holding missal and/or Book of the Chair, setting up the altar during The Offertory, assisting with the Reception of Gifts, assisting during the Lavabo (Washing of Hands), ringing of bells, and offering assistance to the priest as necessary.
Robert & Nancy Cabello
Individuals, families, parish groups, you are invited to carry the gifts in the Offertory Procession. This is a wonderful way to celebrate a memorial, birthday, anniversary, new job, baby, or home!
Be a part of the liturgy in thanksgiving representing all of God’s blessings to us. Contact the usher coordinator to sign up.
Usher Ministry Coordinator
Chris Craney 919-749-8798
Lectors proclaim the Word of the Lord during the Liturgy. A Reader should have a passion for Scripture and be able to proclaim the Word of God with excellent public speaking skills. Training in the specifics of the ministry is provided throughout the year. Readers are assigned on a rotating schedule.
Coordinator of Lector Ministry:
AJ Young 919-740-2163
Masters of Ceremonies
As all liturgical ministries blend and complement one another, as we give glory to God, it is essential that at least one person be responsible for the preparations of our weekend liturgies. Presently we have a different Liturgical Coordinator assigned to each of our weekend Masses. The role of the MC is to see that everyone and everything is in place before Mass starts. The MC also checks in the other ministries involved in that particular mass to ensure proper coverage.
Master of Ceremonies Ministry Coordinator:
Lori Smith 919-740-6241
As ministers of hospitality, ushers welcome folks and help them to feel comfortable in the worshiping environment. They open doors, greet, hand out bulletins, assist with communion traffic flow and ensure that Gift Bearers are available. Monetary gifts are collected and food baskets prepared. Assistance is given to folks as needed or during emergencies. Adults and high school students are welcome to serve. Training is provided. Watch for information in the bulletin or contact the usher coordinator to volunteer.
Usher Ministry Coordinator:
Chris Craney 919-749-8798
The Liturgy Committee plans the various liturgical celebrations during the year. We do this by coordinating the various ministries involved with all aspects of the Mass to make it a meaningful, spiritual experience for those who attend.
Liturgy Committee Coordinator:
Teresa Cornett 919-714-2919