Serving in a liturgical ministry supports the priest's role as presider and the prayer of the congregation as the Mystical Body of Christ. There are many opportunities to serve in a ministry either behind the scenes or during the Mass.
Click on the liturgical volunteer opportunities below to learn more.
Lectors & Commentators
The Lector proclaims the Scripture readings to the congregation with the intent of bringing the Word of God to life. Certain innate abilities are necessary, including: an adequate vocal instrument, poise, self-confidence, maturity and sensitivity to the diversity in the gathered assembly. The commentator announces the opening welcome for the Mass, gives voice to the Prayer of the Faithful, and delivers announcements.
Scheduling: Audrey Klingele at 608-316-5970
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC)
Ministers are needed on weekends and Holy Days to help distribute Holy Communion at Mass. Special training is required. Qualifications to be an extraordinary minister are having been confirmed in the Catholic Church, a practicing Catholic, and if married, the marriage has been blessed within the Catholic Church.
Two-part Training: Attend the Diocesan workshop and then a hands-on training at our parish with Sr. Denise. Register for an upcoming training at madisondiocese.org/emhc. After attending the workshop, contact Sr. Denise to set up a time for your hands-on training and for information on scheduling.
Scheduling: Fern Reilly at 608-220-6213
Ushers welcome people arriving for Mass and distribute the worship aids. They take the count of how many are attending Mass and take the collection. After Mass, they straighten up the pews and check that the church is in order for the next Mass. Ushers also assist with any emergencies that may occur.
Contact: Sr. Denise Herrmann at 608-268-2960
The sacristan sees to the preparation and set-up of all liturgical items needed for Mass and to their proper care after the Mass. The sacristan also sees to it that the servers and all other ministers have arrived and are ready for the celebration of the Mass.
Contact: Sr. Denise Herrmann at 608-268-2960 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The altar server assists the priest during the Eucharistic celebration. Servers, both boys and girls, are accepted for training at fifth grade; however, older students also may ask to be trained to serve. Servers are encouraged to serve through high school. Adults are also encouraged to volunteer to serve, especially for funerals and special occasions.
Training: Fr. Scott Emerson
Sanctuary Cleaning and Watering Plants: Volunteers help with dusting in the sanctuary and around the baptism font, along with cleaning and refilling the holy water fonts. Volunteers are welcome to be scheduled to water the green plants in the church and the vestibule. For sanctuary cleaning and watering the green plants, contact Sr. Denise Herrmann at 608-268-2960 or email@example.com.
Altar Linens: Volunteers wash and iron the altar linens used at each Mass. They do so for a month at a time. For more information or to be scheduled, contact Nora Statsick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Trees: At Christmas time, many hands are needed with the setting up the Christmas trees and stringing the lights on the trees. After Christmas, help is needed in removing the lights and hauling the trees out of the church. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, see Christmas Tree Help.
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In gratitude for God’s generosity, we dedicate a sacrificial portion of our gifts of time, talent, and treasure to serve Christ and His Church by supporting the needs of our parish.