Liturgical Volunteer Supporters

Mass Coordinators/Sacristans

Contact: Betty Lou Rowe, blrowe21@gmail.comand and Kris Chaney, kchaney@stjudeindy.org

Boys or girls high school-aged or above are invited to serve as Sacristans, also known as Assistant Mass Coordinators. The Sacristan helps prepare the church and ensure readiness for the celebration of the Mass; tasks include, but are not limited to, placing the Chalice, Paten, Ciborium, Purificators, etc. on the credence table, assuring the lights are on and doors unlocked, tracking the lay ministers to ensure all spots are filled, assisting with cleaning up after Mass, and other important “behind the scene” tasks. Comprehensive training is provided, and once trained, you will start as an Assistant Mass Coordinator, working under the guidance of an adult Mass Coordinator until you are confident and comfortable working on your own. Bil Danner and Betty Lou Rowe coordinate the training for Mass Coordinators. 12

 

Extraordinary Ministers

Contact: Linda Blanchard, lindablanch@sbcglobal.net and Kris Chaney, kchaney@stjudeindy.org

An extraordinary minister will help with preparation for, and distribution of, the Precious Body of Blood of Jesus Christ during Eucharistic Celebrations and proper handling of elements and vessels after celebrations. Those who wish to help distribute the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass are given a short training session and are commissioned before serving. A schedule is made out, which usually spans three months at a time. It is open to all adult Catholics in full communion with the Church, including those high school students who have been confirmed. The number of times you will minister will depend on what Mass you prefer and how many ministers are available for that time. Orientation/training is required to serve as an extraordinary minister. You will need to call to find out the schedule. It is open to all adult Catholics who are in full communion with the Church, including high school students that have been confirmed.

 

Lectors

Contact: Joyce Catalino, catalino135@comcast.net and Kris Chaney, kchaney@stjudeindy.org

The lector ministry is responsible for the Old and New Testament readings' proclamation during the Liturgy of the Word. This ministry calls forth those who will prepare and proclaim God's Word in a manner that is inspiring and meaningful to these participating in the Liturgy. For those who are interested in sharing God's word and making the readings come alive for the congregation, this ministry is for you. The lector coordinators will provide the instructions and materials and will schedule readers for the Mass time that you prefer.

 

Servers/Lead Servers

Contact: Deacon Dave Henn, dmhenn@gmail.com and Kris Chaney, kchaney@stjudeindy.org

Servers have the privilege of assisting the priest during the Mass. Boys and girls are trained as early as 6th grade at St. Jude and may continue to serve for as long as they want. Although we usually see our grade school students serving, we encourage our servers to continue through high school. Lead Servers are more experienced servers which are expected to be especially familiar with the ordinary ceremonies of the Mass, as well as any special requirements that may arise from time to time, handling incense when it is used, and arranging the sacred vessels on the altar for the Liturgy of the Eucharist when the Deacon is not present. Bil Danner and the deacon coordinate training for Lead Servers.

 

Masters of Ceremonies

Contact: Deacon Dave Henn, dmhenn@gmail.com and Kris Chaney, kchaney@stjudeindy.org

A Master of Ceremonies assists the celebrant, concelebrating priests, and deacons to encourage the faithful to more fully undertake an active participation in the liturgy. An MC facilitates this purpose at all stages of the liturgy, beginning with planning and carrying through the performance and conclusion of the rite. In doing so, an MC must be familiar not only with the rite itself, but must have a firm command of the roles of all ministers participating in the liturgy so as to best be able to coordinate and guide the course of the liturgy from its beginning through its completion.

 

Gift Bearers

Contact: Kris Chaney, kchaney@stjudeindy.org

Represent the parish community gathered by carrying forward the bread and wine at the Offertory and helping the ushers distribute bulletins after Mass. This ministry is available to all families, single parishioners, couples, and parish groups. Scheduling is done by your Mass preference and for special occasions.

 

Environment

Contact: Father Peter Marshall, pmarshall@stjudeindy.org

We are enhancing worship with banners and artwork, maintaining plants and flowers, and rotating Liturgical linens. This ministry is primarily devoted to creating an environment that emphasizes the 13 particular Church season and special liturgy celebrations. This ministry also strives to provide a clean and inviting environment where we can come together to worship and praise God.

 

Mass Greeters

Contact: Kris Chaney, kchaney@stjudeindy.org

Greeters offer a warm welcome as people enter the doors to celebrate the Eucharist. For some people, this could be the first smile and only smile of the day. Scheduling is done by your Mass preference and for special occasions.

 

Ushers

Contact: Bill Kidwell, bkidwell@stjudeindy.org and Kris Chaney, kchaney@stjudeindy.org

The ushers assist with seating, collecting offerings, and assuring the smooth flow of people who receive communion. They also distribute the bulletins after Mass and tend to any other details that may need attention at our liturgy celebrations and are on hand for emergencies. Scheduling is arranged by Mass preference and commitment time depends on the number of ushers available.

 

Music Ministry

Contact: Father Peter Marshall, pmarshall@stjudeindy.org

Music is a special form of prayer. It sets the mood of the liturgy celebration and provides an inviting call to the parish to participate. The goal of our music ministry is to promote the full, active, and conscious participation of all the faithful into the prayer that is liturgy. This ministry is always looking for additional people who love to praise our Lord in song through singing or playing an instrument. Traditional, as well as Contemporary Christian music is used during our liturgies. There are various opportunities of involvement for all ages such as cantors, choirs, ensembles, and instrumentalists.