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Sacramental Life

Lay Ministry

Lay members of the congregation serve in many capacities during worship 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 (or Altar Servers) assist the priest during the celebration of liturgy in a number of ways. Examples include 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.


Parishioners who volunteer in this capacity create a welcoming atmosphere at all services by greeting attendees and passing out bulletins, taking up the weekly donation offering, and directing the congregation toward the altar during communion.

Altar Guild

Members of the altar guild prepare the sanctuary for weekly worship services. This includes caring for flowers, cleaning the vessels, retrieving soiled linens, laundering them at home and returning them cleaned and pressed.