Lay Ministry

Lay Ministry for Liturgies

We have a need for Lay Ministers for our liturgies as Lectors, Eucharistic Minister, Ushers, and Mass Servers. Training sessions are held periodically for Lay Ministers.

Contact: Bridget Brass     Phone: 276-7589     Email: bridgetb@stmarysdsm.org

Readers: Our readers proclaim the Word of God in our parish liturgies so that all may hear and respond to God’s message of love. Two readers are assigned to each weekend/holiday liturgy.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: These ministers are trained members of the parish who distribute Holy Communion at the weekend Masses. Anyone who has been Confirmed can be an Extraordinary Minister of Communion.

Ushers: Ushers help by welcoming those who come to worship, assisting them to be seated, receiving the offering of monetary support, directing communicants to the altar, distributing the parish bulletin, and being available to deal with emergencies which may arise during Mass.

Greeters: Greeters simply welcome parishioners and visitors as they arrive.  A handshake and/or a “Welcome to St. Mary’s” is all you need to do. Greeters also welcome visitors to our parish and point them to the Welcome Center on the south end of the Gathering Area where they will find all kinds of helpful information about our parish. Greeters will open the doors for the elderly and offer to hang up their coat and direct people to the Ushers for seating assistance.

Mass Servers: Boys and girls may sign up to be a Mass Server after they have received the Sacrament of First Communion. Servers should choose a Mass time convenient of the family.

Master of Ceremonies: The MC guides and directs the Liturgy assuring that all ministers carry out their assigned functions. They assist the priest(s) and deacon(s) allowing them to focus on prayer. Larry Carl schedules the MC’s, contact Larry at 255-4749 if you wish to volunteer.

Music Ministry: Essential to good liturgy is good and appropriate music. Any contribution to the liturgy and the spirituality of each Mass is always welcomed and encouraged. New members are always welcome as well as individuals wishing to contribute to the ministry serving a cantors, soloists, and instrumentalists. Each of our Masses offers different types of music.

Cantors: The 5:00 PM  Mass is usually led by a Cantor with a lot of parishioner participation.

St Mary’s Choir has a long-standing tradition in the parish. The choir participates primarily from September 1 to June 1 and sings at the 9:00 AM Mass and all major feast days of the church year. The adult choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 5:45 PM in the mansion meeting room for approximately one hour and you need not be a professional musician to participate. We are always looking for new and energetic members.

Choir Director: Kathy Dunn Kubovich    Phone: 986-5144    Choir Website: www.stmaryschoirdsm.info

Guitar/Instrumental Group: At the 11:00 AM Mass throughout the year we have a guitar and instrumental group. They also encourage newcomers to this group who can contribute vocally or instrumentally.

Contact: Donna Britt    Phone: 276-2591

What You Need To Know About Being A Lay Minister

  • A new schedule is prepared monthly.
  • The schedule is emailed to volunteers unless a request is made for snail mail.
  • Volunteers are typically assigned to serve one day a month, or if you prefer, we can schedule you one entire month at a time.
  • If there is a time of year that you are unable to serve, not a problem. Just let the Faith Formation know in advance.
  • Holiday and Holy Day Masses will have a separate sign up that will be in the Gathering Area a few weeks before the Mass.
  • Since there are many different ways to volunteer, adults, high school, middle school and elementary kids are encourage to volunteer.