"The word 'liturgy' originally meant a 'public work' or a 'service in the name of/on behalf
of the people.' In Christian tradition it means the participation of the People of God in
'the work of God.' (Jn 17:4) Through the liturgy Christ, our redeemer and high priest,
continues the work of our redemption in, with, and through his Church. " (Catechism of
the Catholic Church, #1069)
Our Liturgies are central to the life of St.John the Baptist. It takes many people to fulfill
the ministries that make our liturgies possible. Getting involved in the liturgy at St.John
the Baptist can be a rewarding experience, offering you a special bond between
yourself and Christ as well as yourself and the SJB Catholic Community. Different ways
to get involved in liturgy are outlined below. If you feel called to any of the ministries
below, please contact the parish office at 763-428-2828 to sign up.
Altar Servers
Altar servers assist the priest and deacon during Mass, and learn about the Eucharist
as they participate in this special way. Altar Servers can be male or female. This service
opportunity is open to fourth grade children who have received their First Eucharist or
older youth as well or adults. Altar servers are scheduled for approximately one Mass
per month. (?). Ministering as an Altar Server allows one to participate closely in the
liturgy and deepen one's faith in God. There is an annual training event as well as
ongoing mentoring as needed..
The Ministry of Lector is rooted in prayer; for the one who proclaims the Word of God
must speak from a heart of faith. Good enunciation, projection and reading skills serve
the community when the Word is proclaimed by someone who himself/herself is seeking
the wisdom of God. We provide materials that help lectors prepare at home to
understand the scriptures as they ready themselves to make God present in their
proclaiming of God's word among our assembly. Lectors serve (?)
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion share Christ with the parish community by
distributing the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass, or to homebound parishioners. This
service opportunity is open to confirmed high school students and adults. A training
session is required. Eucharistic ministers serve at Mass as needed. Ministers of the
Eucharist minister to the assembly the presence God in the Sacrament of the Body and
Blood of Christ.
When approved by the Archbishop, Eucharistic Ministers may also bring the Eucharist
to those who are homebound or in the hospital with illness. Such ministry flows out of a
keen appreciation and devotion of Christ present in the Eucharist. Time spent in prayer
before and after such ministry brings blessings on those who minister and those who
receive this wonderful ministry.
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Hospitality is truly the ministry of every member of our community. We are called to
welcome the stranger in our midst and to make them part of our lives and our
community. During our liturgies, Ministers of Hospitality welcome all to our assembly,
making each person feel welcomed and at home. Liturgical Ministers of Hospitality also
facilitate the liturgy by helping with the collection, collecting orders of worship, handing
out bulletins and straightening up for the next celebration.
Greeters A greeter is a person with a gift for hospitality who greets parishioners and
guests with hand shakes and conversation, is available to direct people to the
restrooms, is interested in learning people's names, invites people to coffeeon a donut
sunday, and makes an effort to introduce new people to others. Greeters will often
assist Ushers in passing out worship aides before Mass and bulletins after Mass.
Ushers An usher is a person with a sense for liturgical prayer and a gift for hospitality.
Ushers greet people warmly as they direct them to a seat. They pass out the Worship
Aides before Mass and Weekly Bulletin Announcements after Mass. They take up the
offering and care for any needs during the liturgy.
Sacristans work behind the scenes preparing items used during our liturgical
celebrations, including hosts, wine, vessels, linens, vestments, etc. A training session is
required. Sacristans serve at least once a month (??). We are also in need of
sacristans for funeral liturgies.
Gift Bearers
Gift bearers represent the community when they bring the gifts of bread and wine to the
altar. This is an opportunity for anyone to participate in the liturgy. Feel free to volunteer
by speaking to the ushers before Mass.
Liturgical Environment
These parishioners decorate the worship space They create an atmosphere of simplicity
and hospitality with attention to the total space from the approach to the building
through the gathering space and to the altar itself.
Music allows the assembly to unite their voices in praise of the God whose presence we
celebrate during the liturgy. Good music makes the presence of God more accessible
and allows us to express our faith and love in a way that words alone cannot express.
Music ministry can be undertaken in several ways. For vocalists the choir provides an
opportunity to assist the assembly, and for some the Ministry of Cantor is another
opportunity. Instrumentalists also gift the community when they enrich the music
chosen or provide music for meditation or reflection.