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Liturgical Ministry

As a worshipping community we are all called to actively participate in our liturgies through song, prayer, silence, and ritual action. Some are called to specific liturgical ministries to serve as greeters, lectors, ministers of communion, liturgical assistants, music ministers, and to assume other roles for the liturgies we celebrate as a parish and University community.

Lectors are called forth from the community to proclaim the Word of God. When we gather together to celebrate mass, we encounter God in the sacraments, in the presider, in one another, and in the proclamation of the Word of God. Students proclaim the Word of God at weekend liturgies and the various daily liturgies each week. A good speaking voice, an ability to read in public, and a willingness to study scripture are necessary. Formation and training are offered in the fall and on an individual basis.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) assist the presider in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ to the faithful during Mass. It is a grace-filled opportunity to minister to the St. John’s/Creighton community. Extraordinary ministers attend formation and training sessions and are scheduled for all weekend and special liturgies. Formation and training are offered in the fall and on an individual basis.

Greeters or Ministers of Hospitality help to create a welcoming environment at Mass for all those who come to worship. Greeters extend a welcome and sense of hospitality by greeting arriving worshipers, distributing mass programs, and attending to other needs that may arise during liturgy.

Liturgical Assistants/Adult Altar Servers assist with the preparation of the liturgy as well as during the Mass. The liturgical assistant assists the sacristan whenever possible while anticipating the needs of each presider and liturgical element. Liturgical Assistants are called upon to serve at the weekend liturgies, holy days and special university liturgies.

Cross/candle/incense Bearers are needed at most weekend masses as well as for many of our University liturgies. 

For more information, or to become involved with any of the ministries mentioned above, please contact Chase Becker.