Current Ministers

Schedule for Liturgical Ministers

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Interested In Liturgical Ministry?

Liturgical ministers serve the worshipping assembly in a variety of ways. Musicians, lectors, extraordinary ministers of holy communion, hospitality ministers, ushers and altar servers are always needed for weekend Masses and sacramental celebrations. Artists and decorators are needed to envision and create the environment in which those celebrations take place.

St. Stephen’s has over 700 active liturgical ministers.

Sing in the Summer

Come join us August 25 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass for a fun, stress-free morning of singing. (Please note, this is a time change from previously printed information.) People of all ages are invited and encouraged to bring a friend (or a couple) to this welcoming choir experience! We will gather at 9:00 a.m. in the St. Cecilia Room to enjoy breakfast treats and community building before learning and rehearsing the songs you know and love for Mass. This event is open to youth, teens, and adults, regardless of experience or musical literacy. This joy-filled morning will be a welcoming, commitment-free chance for you to get your voice back in shape and make music with friends, both old and new. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Aaron VanDanacker or call (763) 712-7490.  We look forward to overflowing the choir area with joyful noise and smiling faces!

 

 

Music Ministry Opportunities

 

Cantors
Cantors lead the assembly in sung prayer at weekend and holiday liturgies.  Cantors must be trained in music and be knowledgeable about Catholic tradition or willing to learn.

Please contact Aaron VanDanacker or Mary Newton with any questions or to express interest.

 

Music Ensembles

Youth Choir rehearses every Wednesday, 5:30-6:00 p.m.

Teen Choir rehearses every Wednesday, 6:15-7:15 p.m.

Adult Choir rehearses every Wednesday, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Beginning in October, there will be a pick up choir for a men’s group and a women’s group.  More information to come!

 

Handbell Choir

Handbell Choir will be starting soon…watch for details in the near future.

 

Contact: Music Director, Email   Mary Newton or call 763-712-7435.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist in distributing the body and blood of Christ.  Each minister is part of a team serving at Mass. Communion ministers are commissioned to serve for six years.  Many ministers are required for this large parish and training is provided.

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.

Contact: Worship Associate, Email Amanda Lutes or call 763-712-7458.

Ushers welcome people to the celebration of Mass, encourage participation and reverence through leadership, take up the collection during the Preparation of Gifts, and guide worshippers during the communion procession. Each usher is part of a team serving at Mass.

Contact: Worship Associate, Email Amanda Lutes or call 763-712-7458.

Altar Servers are needed to assist the Presider and the assembly at each liturgy. This ministry is open to all in the parish grade 5 through adults. New servers are trained each year and update training is provided for specific liturgies of the Christmas and Easter seasons. (Adults provide server ministry for parish funerals.)

Contact: Worship Associate, Email Amanda Lutes or call 763-712-7458.

The lector’s role is to proclaim the Word of God in the Sacred Scriptures at Sunday Mass. They also read the pulpit announcements, as well as petitions. When the Word is proclaimed in the Church, it is God who speaks to the people, and it is Christ, present in his Word.

This ministry is open to teenagers and adults. Training and updates are provided as necessary for good proclamation.

Contact: Worship Associate, Email Amanda Lutes or call 763-712-7458.

Baptism Ministers assist the priest or deacon at Baptisms on Sunday afternoon approximately once every six weeks.  They arrive 30 minutes prior to the Baptism to set up items needed and welcome the families whose children are being baptized.  They assist the presider during the Baptism Liturgy with readings, prayers, and lighting candles.

Contact: Worship Associate, Email Amanda Lutes or call 763-712-7458.

Environment & Art and Art Decorating Team
This group is responsible for changing the Worship environment for each of the liturgical seasons during the year.  Meetings are held to create plans and decorate the church.  The group includes crafts people, carpenters, artistic decorators, florists, and seamstresses.

Contact: Worship Associate, Email Amanda Lutes or call 763-712-7458.