by Amanda Lutes, Worship Associate
The readings of the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time revolve around answering God’s call to service. In the first reading, the call is for Amos to flee to Judah to prophesy. In the Gospel, Jesus summoned the Twelve, and began to send them out two by two. That desire is also present in our Strategic Plan Prayer that we pray before Mass: “Loving God, we desire to serve you as a thriving faith community.” We are called to do extraordinarily important work: to serve.
Each weekend, St. Stephen’s needs at least 176 Liturgical Ministers to make the four English Masses run smoothly. These roles include Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Ushers, and Greeters. These Liturgical Ministers are an essential part of each weekend Mass, and nearly every weekend, we are in need of more ministers to serve in these roles.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:
EMsHC assist in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ. Anyone interested in serving will be put in touch with one of the priests for a meeting. If that person discerns that they are ready to serve after this meeting, one of the priests will have a formal commissioning session for them. This commissioning session usually takes place after one of the weekend Masses. Then the new minister will be paired with an experienced minister for some mentoring and training. This ministry is open to teenagers and adults who have celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation. Teenagers must be 16 years or older.
Ushers welcome people to the celebration of Mass, hand out bulletins before Mass, encourage participation and reverence through leadership, take up the collection during the Preparation of Gifts, and guide worshippers during the communion procession. They also assist when any help is needed during Mass, should an emergency arise.
Greeters welcome parishioners and visitors to the celebration of the Mass, often as the first encounter that people have when they enter the church building. They also assist the assembly in having the most meaningful and prayerful experience possible, leading by example to encourage participation and reverence during Mass.
Join one of these ministries by contacting Amanda Lutes or call 763-712-7458.