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
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.
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.
Joe Lee, (919) 389-3940
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:
Marge Mueller, 920-267-0803
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
Under the guidance of the Pastor, 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.