Liturgy is the “source and summit” of renewal in the Church, because it is “through which the work of our redemption is accomplished” – Sacrosanctum Concilium No. 2, 10
There have only been 21 ecumenical councils in the history of the Catholic Church, and the last one held was Vatican II in the 1960’s. It is appropriate that the first of sixteen documents published by Vatican II was the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium), because the liturgy has always held primacy of place.
The Council fathers of Vatican II knew that if they wanted to start a renewal in the Church, it would begin by bringing people to a richer experience of the liturgy. Therefore, they made revisions to the liturgy and ritual books in order to promote the active and conscious participation of the faithful in Mass.
There are many ways to participate more fully in Mass as a lay person. Please view the descriptions of each volunteer position below. If you are interested to serve in one or more of the following roles, please contact the parish office to register.
Individuals serve the parish by helping the priest distribute Communion to the congregation during the Masses. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion also serve the parish by taking Communion to parishioners who are sick, homebound, or in area nursing homes. For more information, see “Nursing Home Ministry.”
Volunteers: Those wishing to serve the parish in this way are required to attend a special training session provided by the Diocese. Training sessions are normally scheduled once or twice per year.
Individuals may serve the parish by proclaiming the scripture readings at the Masses on weekends and weekdays.
Volunteers: Those wishing to serve the parish as Lectors are required to attend a special training session provided by the Diocese. Training sessions are normally scheduled once or twice per year.
Weekend Masses: Volunteer lectors are scheduled for the weekend Masses on a rotating basis throughout the year.
Weekday Masses: Trained lectors in attendance at any given weekday Mass can volunteer to proclaim the readings. There is no assigned schedule.
Holy Days of Obligation: Sign up sheets are placed in the gathering space of the church approximately one week before the Holy Day.
Parishioners greet and welcome people as they arrive for the weekend masses. This ministry of hospitality helps parishioners and visitors feel at home at St. Gregory.
Volunteers: Greeters are scheduled to serve at a weekend Mass of their preference. Everyone is welcome to be a greeter.
Being a Server is one way that younger parishioners can be active in the parish. Servers assist the Priest during the Mass by doing such duties as carrying the cross, holding the sacramentary book for the priest, and presenting the bread, wine, and water to the priest. Being a server is a wonderful way for youth to learn more about their faith, to become an active parishioner, and to learn responsibility.
Training: Once the student has informed the parish that he/she would like to be a server, a short training session is scheduled. If needed, the server can receive additional support until he/she feels comfortable with the duties.
Volunteers: Youth—both males and females—in grades 3-12 serve at weekend Masses on a rotating basis.
Ushers assist at weekend Masses. Their duties include setting up reserved pews, seating the congregation, coordinating the gifts to the altar, collecting the offering, counting the number of people in attendance, distributing the bulletin and other materials as needed, and assisting in emergencies.
Volunteers: Those wishing to serve as an usher should sign up in the Parish Office. Although there is no special training, new ushers do receive instructions and guidance from veteran ushers.
The Music Ministry helps to enhance the sacred liturgy. Those serving in the Music Ministry include accompanists and cantors, who lead the congregation in singing. In addition, St. Gregory Barbarigo has an adult choir that rehearses weekly and sings at Mass about once a month and during Christmas and Easter. Instrumentalists also play at Mass or with the choir.
Parishioners have begun to form a praise and worship style group that will sing at Mass once or twice a month. Another goal is to reinstate a youth/children’s choir.
Meetings: If you are interested in joining the adult choir, contact the music director in the parish office.
Volunteers: The Music Ministry is always in need of volunteers. Choir practice is generally on Wednesdays from 7 – 8:30pm.
Needed: Instrumentalists are also always welcome to participate in either the choir or at weekly Masses. There is a particular need for guitarists and a percussionist for the praise and worship band.
This committee’s main function is to create an atmosphere in the church appropriate for the liturgical season being celebrated. They strive to use innovative ways to decorate the church in order to enhance the parishioners’ faith experience.
Meetings: The group meets on the first Thursday of each month in the Church.
Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to help generate ideas and to help decorate, especially during the seasons of Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter.