All who are made sons and daughters of God by Baptism and faith should come together to praise God in the midst of His Church and to actively participate with both mind and heart in the Divine Sacrifice of the Mass. True active participation is an interior act of making ourselves fully present at the Sacrifice of the Mass, fully uniting ourselves with Jesus’ Sacrifice, fully offering ourselves to our heavenly Father with His Sacrifice, and being fully open and receptive to the graces which flow from His Sacrifice. What is necessary for everyone, whether sitting in the pews or exercising some liturgical role, is the interior awareness of what is being celebrated in the Mass. Through various liturgical roles we assist our brothers and sisters to enter more effectively into their own “active participation.”
The Worship Council is an advisory committee to the Pastoral Team. Council members are self-selected or personally asked to serve by the Chair or Father. This Council is led by Fr. Bennett, liaison to Liturgy, and Don Flamino, Chair. The Council is composed of persons who lead and direct the following sub-committees:
- Sacristans, Readers, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC)
- Regular Altar Servers, Knights of the Holy Maiden
- 40 hours of Adoration/Nocturnal Adoration
- Coordinator of Liturgical Music
- Art & Environment of the Worship space
- Liturgical Opening of the Word for Children (LOWC)
- Wedding Coordinator, Elijah Cup
The function of this Council is to bring the liturgy participants/groups together to plan our parish liturgical events in three month increments. The Council provides an efficient means for Fr. Bennett to plan out the liturgy with all necessary participants at the quarterly meetings. This allows for more integrated communication, planning, and evaluation of the liturgy.
For all questions regarding music or you would like to join one of our music groups, please contact our Director of Music, Blake Sweet, at 765-864-9964, firstname.lastname@example.org .
The cantors, choirs, and musicians foster the active and conscious participation of the faithful through leading the congregation in singing hymns, psalms, and liturgical responses.
- The Robed Choir sings at the 9:00 am Sunday Mass. They practice Thursday evenings and then again right before Mass. The Robed Choir does not sing at Masses during the summer.
- The Contemporary Choir sings at the 12:00 pm Sunday Mass. They practice Thursday evenings and then again right before Mass. This choir takes the summer off as well.
- The Youth Choir sings at the 4:30 pm Sunday Mass year round. They practice before Mass.
- Cantors sing at the 4:30 pm Saturday Mass and the 7:30 am Sunday Mass. In the summer they also sing at the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Sunday Masses. The cantors arrange their own practices with their accompanist.
- Musicians: The church has an electronic keyboard and many other appropriate instruments are welcome to accompany the liturgical music.
The assistance of the regular servers and the Knights of the Holy Maiden and the Squires of the Holy Maiden help the priest to celebrate the Sacred Liturgy smoothly and elegantly.
- Regular altar servers include boys and girls who have entered the 4th grade through high school. Regular servers are encouraged to participate in at least one training session per year. They can request preferred Mass times. Ryan Hillman is in charge of the regular altar servers, and he can be reached at 765-456-5632 or email@example.com.
- Adults are also welcomed as altar servers. They usually serve at the weekday Masses.
- The Knights of the Holy Maiden is a fraternity of high school age men who serve the Mass and special liturgical events. In addition, the Knights attend two yearly retreats in conjunction with the regional association, the Knights of the Holy Temple. They also gather for social activities and participate in special acts of service. There are also opportunities for leadership experience within the group. The Squires of the Holy Maiden are middle school aged young men who want to serve and learn to do more to assist at the altar. Both of these groups serve at Sunday Masses on a rotating basis and at special liturgical events. Fr. Bennett is the Chaplain for both groups. For more information, please contact Fr. Bennett at 865-9964.
Readers assist the priest and faithful attending the Mass by reading the Scripture passages in a clear and effective manner. Youth and adult readers are welcome for both Sunday and weekday Masses. Readers are asked to attend one training session per year.
Contact Mike Koloszar, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION (EMHC)
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) assist the Priest in distributing the Most Precious Body and Blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ at Mass and to home bound parishioners. When assisting at Mass, you are asked to arrive 20 minutes before Mass. If you are scheduled for a Mass and cannot attend, you must find your own substitute. One can become an EMHC after receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. The diocesan Bishop commissions EMHC on a yearly basis. They must attend a yearly training session which is offered quarterly and make a weekly commitment to an hour of Eucharistic Adoration at St. Joan of Arc on Thursdays or at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel on St. Patrick’s campus.
Contact Terri Hellmann (765-457-3117) for more information regarding becoming an EMHC.
Sacristans provide genuine liturgical functions by carefully arranging the liturgical books and sacred vessels for each Mass as well as ensuring all the necessary persons are in place prior to the start of Mass, e.g. the reader, musicians, servers, EMHCs. After Mass the sacristan returns all items to their proper place. Teens and adults are welcome to become sacristans and can request their preferred Sunday or weekday Mass. Generally they arrive one hour before Mass and complete their work 15-30 minutes after a Mass.
MINISTRY OF HOSPITALITY (GREETERS AND USHERS)
In the Gospel of Luke, 7:36-50, Jesus teaches us to be hospitable to one another and to our guests just as we would to Him. As an actively growing and vibrant community of Christ’s faithful people, we want to take this opportunity to increase our parish hospitality! We wish to focus on how we greet and attend to the needs of all parishioners and guests! The Ministry of Hospitality will include two distinct roles: Greeters and Ushers.
The role of Greeter involves personally greeting parishioners and visitors at the doors of the parish building both before and after Mass or other parish functions.
The role of Ushers involves assisting parishioners and visitors in finding an accommodating place to sit in the Worship Space, facilitating the Sunday collections, and distributing the parish bulletins.
For more information call Therese Bath at 865-9964 or email@example.com.
Adoration coordinators provide many opportunities for our faith family to adore and grow in love with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
- Monday – Friday before Mass 7:30 am – 8:00 am
- Thursday Adoration from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm. Contact Linda Grady (453-7419) for more information. Adorers are needed.
- First Friday Nocturnal Adoration every month from 9:00 pm until 6:00 am. The hour consists of joining together in praying the Liturgy of the Hours, reading Meditations from the Saints, and personal prayer time. Contact Donna Meyer at 765-628-6303 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating
LITURGY OF THE WORD FOR CHILDREN (LOWC)
LOWC occurs at the 9:00 am Sunday Mass only. Children ages 3 to seven are invited to participate in LOWC from the children’s Lectionary and related activities. Parents are also needed to assist and lead the activity.
LOWC is coordinated by Therese Bath (865-9964).
ELIJAH CUP – Prayer for Vocations
This ministry serves as a focal point of prayer for vocations. Participants can choose which Mass they would like to receive the Elijah Cup and at the end of Mass the Celebrant will call forward the recipient and present them with the chalice that is in a wooden case. After Mass there is a canvas bag that also has a booklet of prayers and a journal for you to write in to share with others your experience of having the Elijah cup in your home that week. The Elijah cup can serve as a reminder of God’s love and mercy and how we need to ask for his help to discern what he wishes of us in our lives and to pray for others that they hear his voice calling them too. At the end of the week the Elijah cup is returned to the sacristy, sometime before the follow Sunday Mass.
ART & ENVIRONMENT
The Art & Environment team, coordinated by Ann O’Connor, ensures that the worship space is decorated in a manner that enhances prayer and worship. Assistance is needed for Christmas and Easter decoration as well as daily and weekly duties to enhance our worship space.
For more information, contact Ann O’Connor at 765-459-8140.
Andi Russeau is the wedding coordinator. Please contact her if you are interested in assisting with weddings at Saint Joan of Arc (765-628-3808). Assistance is needed to prepare the worship space for the wedding ceremony and to return it to its normal arrangement afterward.
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