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Sacramental Life

Lay Ministry

Members of the congregation serve in many Lay capacities during services and in the community. Lay Readers are faith-filled readers who proclaim God's Word during services.  Lay Eucharisitic Ministers assist with the distribution of Holy Communion during services, while Lay Eucharistic Visitors visit and take Holy Communion to those who are sick or homebound. 

Acolytes

Acolytes (or Altar Servers) assist the priest in the celebration of liturgies in a number of ways, including lighting altar candles, carrying the processional cross, and assisting with preparation of Holy Communion.  The preferred age is 10 years old or fifth grade or higher.

Ushers

Parishioners assist in providing a welcoming atmosphere at all services, by greeting attendees and passing out bulletins, taking up the offering, and directing the congregation toward the altar during communion.

Altar Guild

Members of the altar guild set up the sanctuary for services, including caring for flowers, cleaning the vessels, and retrieving soiled linens for laundering at home and returning them cleaned and pressed.