Altar Servers, Youth

Youth Ministers of the Altar serve the parish by assisting the Pastor at the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Sunday Masses, weddings and other special liturgies as required. They take part in the opening and closing processions, assist the Presider by holding his book of prayers during certain parts of the liturgy, and assist in preparing for the celebration of the Eucharist. They also assist during the Christmas and Holy Week liturgies for children and Confirmations.

Training is provided and is generally conducted as part of either 9:00 am or 11:00 am Sunday Mass, with positive critique usually following. Direct contact is made with volunteers’ families for support, cooperation and scheduling. Upon successful completion of training, altar servers’ contact information is provided to the Parish Office for scheduling purposes. Altar servers have access to the Ministry Scheduler to define their availability and to request swap dates with others.

Contact:   – – Currently not running – –

Altar Servers, Adult

Adult Ministers of the Altar serve the parish by assisting the Pastor at the 5:00 pm Saturday Mass, special liturgies, Christmas and Holy Week liturgies and at parish funerals. They take part in the opening and closing processions, assist the Presider by holding his book of prayers during certain parts of the liturgy, and assist in preparing for the celebration of the Eucharist. Adult servers are scheduled on a rotating basis and as needed for funerals. They have access to the Ministry Scheduler to define their availability and request swap dates with others. Training of approximately 1-2 hours is required and is conducted in the church.

Contact:   Judi Kingry    [email protected]

Children’s Liturgy

The Children’s Liturgy program is provided during the 11:00 am Sunday Masses to children from Kindergarten to Grade 3. The program is a special age-appropriate Liturgy of the Word. No registration is required for children. Following the opening prayer, they are led to the chapel where ministers present a simplified version of that day’s readings and prayers. The children return to their parents for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Children’s Liturgy usually runs from October through May.

Volunteer Ministers of Children’s Liturgy are required to obtain a criminal record check and complete the Vulnerable Sector screening form. Volunteer training is provided. For details of the program, click here.

Contact:   Please contact the parish office. We would like to start Children’s Liturgy again and are looking for volunteers.

Eucharistic Ministers

Ministers of the Eucharist assist the pastor at each Mass, distributing the Body and Blood of Christ to the faithful. New ministers are trained in the duties and the profound significance of this service. They are then placed on schedules to serve at their preferred Mass. Eucharistic ministers have access to the Ministry Scheduler to define their availability and request swap dates with others.

Contact:   The Parish Office

Lectors

Ministers of the Word (lectors) serve the parish by proclaiming the Word of God from the lectionary. Prior to Mass, they prepare and prayerfully contemplate the scheduled readings. Youth lectors serve at the 9:00 am and other special youth-oriented celebrations. Adult lectors are needed at all weekday and weekend Masses.

All lectors receive a workbook to help in their preparation, as well as training. Lectors read 1 to 4 times per month or when scheduled and have access to the Ministry Scheduler to define availability and request swap dates with others.

Contact:   The Parish Office

Music Ministries

Youth Choir

The Youth Choir contributes to the Lord’s Day, Sunday Mass at 9:00 am from September to Pentecost and also on special occasions such as Christmas Eve, Good Friday Children’s service and Easter Sunday. Rehearsals take place each Wednesday evening from 7-8 pm in the church and on Sunday morning at 8:30 am, prior to Mass in PC-4. Children from Grade 2 and up may participate in the choir. No auditions necessary but a willingness to serve the Lord in song and a commitment to regular attendance. Adult volunteers are welcome to assist with the choir. Vulnerable sector screening is required.

Contact:   Dylan D’Costa   [email protected]

Adult Choir

The Adult Choir sings at the 11:00 am Mass each Sunday from September (the first weekend after Labour Day) through to the end of June. This choir also sings at Midnight Mass on Christmas, at the Easter Triduum celebrations and at some special Masses throughout the year. All adults and students in Grade 3 or higher are welcome to the choir. You do not need to read music to be a part of this choir; just bring your love of singing and a willingness to learn. There are opportunities to learn harmonies and to develop skills as a cantor to lead the psalm. This ministry involves about 3.25 hours commitment per week. Rehearsals are Thursday evening 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm in the church. Sunday morning warm-up starts at 10:30 am in PC-4.

Instrumentalists (violin, flute, piano, etc.) are welcome as well, particularly for Christmas and Easter Triduum celebrations.

Contact:   The parish office

Sacristans

A sacristan is an individual who prepares the altar, books, vessels and candles in anticipation for the Holy Mass. This is done in advance of each Mass, whether on weekdays, Sundays, holy days, special celebrations, weddings and funerals. Prior to weekend Masses, this individual secures and/or confirms necessary ministers for the liturgy. After Mass, the sacristan also performs various tasks. Sacristans for selected Masses may also open the church before the liturgy and lockup afterwards. Training is provided for all new volunteers. Sacristans are scheduled on a rotating basis and have access to the Ministry Scheduler to define their availability and request to swap dates with others.

Contact:   Judi Kingry      [email protected]

Sacristy Team

a.k.a. SWAT (Sacristy, Wipe and Tidy) Team, a name given the group by the late Rev. Msgr. Roger Formosi

On a weekly basis, team members wash sacred vessels; launder altar linens and altar server’s albs; replenish candle oil; dust and tidy the chapel, sacristy, sanctuary, vestry and church. We clean interior windows throughout the church and narthex entrances and clean the floor of the sanctuary. Members also re-organize materials in hymnal pockets; clean and refill Holy Water receptacles and tidy existing church decorations. Designated plant lovers tend and water all flowers and plants throughout the church and parish centre. The commitment is Wednesdays throughout the year, for about 1 hour following the 8:30 am Mass.

Contact:   Judi Kingry   [email protected]

Ushers

Ushers warmly greet parishioners and visitors arriving at Mass. We answer questions and help those who need to find a seat. We help organize the collection and distribute the bulletin after Mass. This is an essential ministry that creates a loving and welcoming community family. It’s a great way to meet people too! Ushers are scheduled 1 to 3 times per month and have access to the Ministry Scheduler to define their availability and request swap dates with others. If you would like to join the team, you are most welcome. We welcome recruits of all ages.

Contact Person:   Judi Kingry      [email protected]