Altar Servers assist presiding priests at daily, weekend and Holy Day Masses. They assist the priest and deacon in the celebration of the Mass so the liturgy can be conducted with grace and reverence. This ministry is open to children in grades 5 and higher and adults. 2 training sessions are required. Servers are asked to commit to one Mass a month at the Mass of your choice and during special liturgical celebrations.
Art & Environment Committee
The art and environment committee helps create a prayerful environment to draw the community into deeper awareness of God through creation. The liturgy director and members plan and coordinate the floral and plant arrangements and other decorations of the church during the different liturgical seasons.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion give the Eucharist to their fellow parishioners at daily and weekend Mass and special liturgical celebrations. One training session is required. Ministers serve once a month at the Mass of their choice but are encouraged to server whenever there is an opening.
Funeral Altar Server
Funeral altar servers accompany the presider as he greets the family and receives the body in the entrance procession and assists the priest during the Mass. Funeral Servers used for funerals are trained specifically for these Masses and are used on an as need basis.
If you like to smile and enjoy meeting new people this is the ministry for you! The hospitality greeter actively and enthusiastically welcomes parishioners and guests coming to Mass and events. This ministry opens doors for people arriving, assists people who struggle getting around, and assists with questions about facility locations and events. Open to all, and is also a great family ministry. Greeters are asked to serve once a month at the Mass of their choice.
Lectors proclaim the word of God to the parishioners so that all may more meaningfully share in the Eucharistic celebration. Lectors should be comfortable speaking in front of people and possess good speaking skills. Ministers serve once a month at the liturgy of their choice.
Media- Screen Technician
Overhead screens are integral to the congregation’s participation in each Mass. We are always in need of individuals who are willing to volunteer their time for this ministry. If you have a gift for technology, we need you. Each media technician assists at 1-2 Masses a month based on personal availability. Computer skills are a recommended, but training in the use of this software is provided.
Media- Sound Technician
Providing balanced music for each liturgical celebration is made possible through the work of our sound technicians. Training is provided for anyone who is interested in providing set-up and monitoring of sound equipment such as, microphones, amplifiers, and the main sound console. Willingness to learn basics of sound mixing is essential. Commitment for this ministry is one to two Masses per month.
Prayers of the Faithful Writer
Writers of the Prayers of the Faithful exercise a most important ministry for the parish community. Through these petitions to God, the writer becomes a voice for the faithful. The writer is assigned a weekend and submits the petitions the week before.
The sacristan assists the presider with whatever details/duties he needs done for the assigned Mass. The sacristan sets up the credence table and altar and makes sure there are enough altar servers,lectors and extraordinary ministers of communion. Training is provided.
Ushers assist in creating a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for the celebration of Masses. This ministry of hospitality helps people find seating as they gather, ushers members to Communion, takes up the collection, secures the offertory, and cleans up after Mass. This ministry is open to all – women and men, individuals and families. Training is provided. Ministers serve once a month at a Mass of their choice.
We believe that music enriches the worship experience and is an integral part of our liturgy. Music provides opportunities for members to be part of the celebration of our Catholic faith and use their talents to a full and active participation in the liturgy. We encourage any member with talents in vocal or instrumental music to participate as a soloist or a member of a group.
St. Bernard Church offers a variety of opportunities for parishioners to be involved in music. Click here for a complete listing of opportunities.
Ever wonder how the various linens that are used during the Masses each week magically appear all clean and folded? Every wonder how everything is all ready and set up for Mass each week? Both of these areas involve a ministry that involves taking care of things needed to be done before liturgy can take place. Sacristans can serve as Liturgy Assistants and/or as Altar Linen cleaners.