Every time we come to church, we are invited not just to show up, but to fully participate in the Mass. For many of us, this is spiritual participation. However, some parishioners feel called to physically participate in the Mass as well. Ushers, lectors, Eucharistic Ministers are all needed to make Mass at St. Francis what it is.
If you feel called to participate more fully in the Mass by offering your time and talent, please review the various ministries below.
If any of these ministries interest you and you would like more information, please contact the Parish Office.
Boys who have made their First Communion are encouraged to become Altar Servers. Altar Servers, 3rd grader or older, assist the priest at Masses.
Cantors serve the music needs of the liturgy at the Saturday Vigil and Sunday Masses.
Confirmed men, women, teens and young adults help distribute the Eucharist at Mass and bring the sacrament to the hospitalized and homebound. Eucharistic Ministers must understand and follow good Catholic liturgical practice concerning the ministry of Communion. They must maintain the spirit of graciousness, hospitality and dignity. For more information, contact Jason Gilliland.
Lectors are adults or Confirmed young adults who proclaim God’s Word in the Sunday Scripture readings to our parish community. Training sessions are available to prepare the lectors for this important ministry. For more information, contact Jason Gilliland.
Men and women who hospitably serve the worshiping community by seating people, by taking up the Offertory collection, organizing the Gift Procession and assisting in a variety of ways.
Men and women with a warm and welcoming personality to welcome parishioners and recognize newcomers as they arrive in the gathering space and enter the church. These people will be handing out bulletins after Masses as well as offering to assist in the most helpful way possible with questions regarding the parish and school.
Sacristan and Assistants
The sacristan in harmony with the pastor makes sure that the vestments, church furnishings, liturgical vessels and decorative objects are kept in good condition. The volunteers assist with care and placement of the Altar Linens.
Men and women from the parish organize the church for weekend worship in between Masses including: putting up kneelers, putting missals away, and gathering left over bulletins.
Altar Candles and Votive Candles
The altar candles, and holders and the area around them are in constant need of attention. We would welcome people to keep them clean and fit for worship and prayer.
Art and Environment
The Art and Environment ministry enhance our worship space with liturgically appropriate decorations. Our volunteers learn how to create floral arrangements to complement events celebrated during the Catholic liturgical calendar. All supplies and instruction are provided. For more information, contact the Parish Office.