Liturgical Ministries

Welcome! Liturgical ministry is an excellent opportunity to fulfill your baptismal call of service to one another. Our liturgies should utilize the talents and gifts that God has given this community to the fullest extent. Whether participation is through “behind the scenes” preparation and planning or through a public role of service within the Mass, parishioner contributions help our liturgies to be truly life-giving celebrations. Please prayerfully consider joining one of these ministries.

Liturgy Coordinator, Heber Dunkle, hdunkle@olmc.org

 
Help Wanted: Immediate Needs
Ministry Area Masses
LectorsSat. 5pm
UshersSat. 5pm & Sun. 8am
  
General Guidelines for Liturgical Ministers at Mass
 
Ministry Schedules
Altar Servers
Eucharistic Ministers
Lector Ministry
Linen Ministry
Mass Coordinators
Sacristans
Wine Ministry

Altar Servers

Altar Servers offer service to God and the community by assisting the priest during Mass. The ministry is open to all adults and youth of the parish who have made their First Communion and whose parents believe they are ready and responsible enough to be trained. Training in the specifics of the ministry is provided throughout the year. Servers are assigned on a rotating schedule.
Coordinator, Stacey Ippolito, stacey.ippolito@verizon.net

Arts & Environment

This team works behind the scenes to transform our worship space for the liturgical seasons.  We need artists, seamstresses, decorators, and other interested people to plan and to work on various projects.
Coordinator, Heber Dunkle, hdunkle@olmc.org

Eucharistic Ministers

This liturgical ministry is responsible for distributing the Body and Blood of Christ at the weekend Masses and other times Mass is celebrated. Training in the specifics of the ministry is provided throughout the year. Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion may serve at any Mass they attend.
Coordinators, Pete Sommer, sommerpete@cox.net & Tammy Waldroup, twaldroup@cox.net

Gift Bearers

Individuals, families, parish groups, you are invited to carry the gifts in the Offertory Processions. Celebrating a memorial, birthday, anniversary, new job, baby, or home? Be a part of the liturgy in thanksgiving representing all of God’s blessings to us. Sign up on the Gift Bearers poster in the Commons for the Mass time and date of your choice or contact the lead usher prior to Mass.

HOPES Team

Helping Other People Express Sorrow (HOPES), The Hopes Team assists with funerals before, during and after the liturgy. They prepare the Worship Center for the funeral, serve during the funeral in whatever capacity is needed (Eucharistic Minister, Usher, Lector, Altar Server, etc.) and arrange a reception in the Commons for those gathered after the funeral (baking, setting up, cleaning etc.).

Hospitality

These ministers invite fellowship to continue after each Sunday morning liturgy. They extend hospitality to the community by providing coffee, donuts, and a smile. There are normally at least two ministers assisting in setup and clean up before and after the 8AM & 10AM Masses. The ministry is a wonderful opportunity for families to minister together.
Coordinator, Heber Dunkle, hdunkle@olmc.org

Intercessory Prayer Writers

Intercessory prayer writers prepare the Prayer of the Faithful for our weekend Masses. Prayers are written following specific guidelines with support from various publications, coordinator and most especially the Holy Spirit. This is an invisible, yet essential, ministry. Writers tend to be those who enjoy prayer, Scripture reflection, and are comfortable putting their thoughts in writing. This ministry is time-flexible and can be performed at home; ideally this would be on a 6 - 8 week rotation.
Coordinator, Eileen Mazary, emazary@olmc.org

Lectors

Lectors proclaim the Word of the Lord during the Liturgy. A lector should have a passion for Scripture, an ability to interpret and understand Scripture, and sufficient public speaking skills to proclaim the Word to the assembly. Training in the specifics of the ministry is provided throughout the year. Lectors are assigned on a rotating schedule.
Coordinator, Jim Ellis, jimellis1206@gmail.com

Linen Ministry

These ministers clean and press the altar linens and purificators used each week in our liturgies. This is another invisible, yet essential ministry. The cloths used at the altar in the Eucharistic celebration are to be treated with the care and respect due to those items being used in the preparation and celebration of the sacred mysteries. Accordingly, guidelines are provided for their cleaning. This ministry is time-flexible and is performed at home; ideally this would be on a 6 - 8 week rotation.
Coordinator, Julie Hill, jhill@olmc-school.com

Mass Coordinators

Mass Coordinators have the unique opportunity to actively participate in making Liturgy flow smoothly from behind the scenes. Their oversight ensures that the Worship Center and the ministers are prepared for the celebration. Training occurs through the shadowing of experienced Mass coordinators as they go about their ministry. Mass Coordinators can expect to serve about once a month. Training is scheduled on an individual basis.
Coordinator, Mia Siochi, ejsiochi@cox.net

Music Ministry

The Music Ministry provides music for all of our weekend liturgies as well as Holy Days, Weddings, Funerals and other special occasions. The music ministry at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel currently includes three choirs, cantors and instrumentalists. Visit the Music Ministry page for more information.

Sacristans

Sacristans work behind the scenes. They prepare the worship spaces for the celebration of the sacraments each week by polishing, light cleaning, and watering plants. Sacristans can expect to work for 1-2 hours, every four to six weeks. They are usually able to work one day that fits their schedule, daytime or evening, on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. Training is scheduled on an individual basis.
Coordinator, Julie Hill, jhill@olmc-school.com

Ushers

Ushers work in teams of at least six serving twice a month, either the first two or the last two weeks of each month. As ministers of hospitality, ushers welcome folks and help them to feel comfortable in the worshipping environment. They open doors, greet, hand out bulletins, assist with communion traffic flow and ensure that Gift Bearers are available. Monetary gifts are collected and food baskets prepared. Assistance is given to folks as needed or during emergencies. Cross Bearers are usually ushers. Adults and high school students are welcome to serve. Training is provided. Watch for information in the bulletin or contact any lead usher to volunteer.
Usher Contact, Dave Mazary, davemazsr@gmail.com
Usher Training, Clem Morrissey, clemedith@gmail.com

Wedding Coordinators

Wedding Coordinators share in a festive day and function in a dynamic liturgical environment to coordinate many different facets of a wedding celebration. Working closely with the bridal couple, they help liturgies flow smoothly, checking that the church and Worship Center are accessible and properly prepared and making the wedding party feel at home. They accommodate any special requirements from the Priest and help with the rehearsal the evening before the wedding.

Wine Ministry

Parishioners in the Wine Ministry provide wine for use in our liturgies. The specified wine is purchased from a local store and delivered to the church each week. The schedule rotates on a quarterly basis, so each member of the ministry provides the wine for four weekends each year.
Coordinator, Heber Dunkle, hdunkle@olmc.org