“Liturgy” is the public prayer of the Church, different from private, individual prayer. “Liturgy” is most accurately described as the public worship that Christ gives to God the Father, and that we also give to God the Father through Christ. The Church is made up of all the baptized; liturgy, then, is the worship of God by the whole Church – Christ the head and we his body.
The seven sacraments and, most especially, the celebration of Eucharist (the Mass) are the primary forms of Catholic liturgy.
Liturgical Ministry refers to all those ways that individuals help the entire community to celebrate liturgy. Liturgical Ministries include those of:
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
Ushers and Greeters
Altar Server – assists the priest at the altar
Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist – assists in distributing Holy Communion; some also have the special ministry of taking Communion to the sick and homebound.
Lector – proclaims readings from Holy Scripture
Sacristan – coordinates the ministers at a given Mass and prepares all the elements that will be needed for the celebration (bread, wine, sacred vessels, etc.)
Ushers and Greeters – assist in the important area of hospitality, ensuring that: all are welcomed and find a seat; people know where to find what they need; seating is arranged for those with special needs, collections are taken and secured, emergencies are responded to, etc. While this role is important in any parish, it is especially important at the Cathedral where people visit regularly from around the diocese and from other places.
Most often, liturgical ministers are fully-initiated members of the community who feel called, by God, to participate in a particular area of liturgical ministry.
Discernment and training for anyone interested in being a liturgical minister is provided by the parish by calling the office at 254-3221.