Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion serve our parish as they assist the Ordinary Ministers of Communion (priests, deacons, bishops, and installed acolytes) in the distribution of the precious Body and Blood of Jesus Christ at the Mass. The Second Vatican Council stated that Catholics could receive Christ under both species. Obviously, priests needed help in accomplishing this; thus Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion came to be.
The lector is instituted to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel. He may also announce the intentions for the Universal Prayer and, in the absence of a psalmist, recite the Psalm between the readings.
In the celebration of the Eucharist, the lector has his own proper function (cf. nos. 194-198), which he himself must carry out. (GIRM, no. 99)
Many of the Sacristan’s duties are related to taking care of the Sacristy and the sacred items in the Sacristy. This is the secure area of the church which serves as a holding room for the sacred items used in the Holy Mass. It is usually a small room off to the side of the altar. In the sacristy, there is a standing observation of silence.
Ushers & Greeters
Ushers and Greeters are called to be Ministers of Hospitality. They are entrusted with promoting a sense of welcoming and belonging to all the faithful assembled for worship. They are the first point of contact for the communal celebration of the Liturgy and because of this, should take special steps in being living representatives of the Parish Mission Statement.