The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.
Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1324
All Catholics who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation are invited to consider becoming a liturgical minister. After a short training session, you can serve in one or more of the following roles and serve God in the Mass at the same time you are serving the community.
Ministers generally are scheduled a month at a time, with each minister indicating which weeks and times she or he is available to serve.
Ministers of Hospitality
The ministers of hospitality greet community members as they arrive for Mass. They also find cross and gift bearers, assist with seating when necessary, and assist the Mass Coordinator with the offertory baskets.
Ministers of the Word
These ministers proclaim Sacred Scripture to the community through the first and second readings. They also lead the people in the Prayers of the Faithful.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
These ministers, oftentimes abbreviated as EMs, help distribute the consecrated hosts and precious blood during Holy Communion.
The Mass Coordinator is the person who helps ensure everything is prepared before Mass and that all of the ministers are present. He or she also assists during Mass with the collection, with the hand washing rite (Lavabo), and with various tasks at the conclusion of Mass.