Liturgical Ministries

Welcome! Liturgical ministry is an excellent opportunity to fulfill your baptismal call of service to one another.  Our liturgies 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.

Art & Environment

Members of the Liturgical Art & Environment Committee help maintain the highest level of reverence and beauty in our liturgical space. Members of this group use their artistic gifts to plan for the different liturgical seasons by decorating the interior and exterior of the church. Planning meetings are held several times a year on weekday evenings. This Ministry is open to all parishioners.

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Nativity’s Altar Servers are young people in 5th – 12th Grade. They serve Our Lord at the altar and assist our priests at weekly Masses, funerals, weddings, feast days and various special liturgical events throughout the year. New server orientation and training sessions are held in the fall. Currently there are 135 Altar Servers at Nativity and there is always room for more.

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Nativity has many talented voices and instrumentalists and has numerous choirs to lead the congregation in its musical expression of prayer.  In addition to Sunday Masses, the choirs sing for Christmas, Holy Week, prayer services, Confirmations, Thanksgiving, and other feasts and special events.  Members of all choirs should be able to make a commitment to attending most of the rehearsals and to singing at Mass most Saturdays or Sundays.

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Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers are Lay people who assist the priests in distributing Holy Communion at Mass.  They may also take communion to home bound parishioners and Catholics in residence at Burke Lake Gardens, Burke Health Care Center, and Heatherwood Retirement Home.  Eucharistic ministers are appointed for a five-year term after attending a diocesan workshop held in the spring.

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Greeters welcome everyone to Mass at the entrance with a smile, song sheets and liturgical handouts. They are truly happy to see you and answer your needs.

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Lectors proclaim the first or second readings at weekday and weekend Mass.  This ministry is open to all parishioners from junior high age up to retirement age.  Training sessions and periodic meetings for both new and existing lectors are held throughout the year.

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Ushers & Collectors

The Ministry of Ushers is the oldest lay ministry in the Catholic Church. Ushers welcome all who come to Mass, attend to their needs, assist with seating, and help with the collection. Each weekend liturgy has a “captain” who coordinates the various duties. This ministry is open to men and women from high school age and older.

The Collectors sit with their families, support the Mass during collection time, then return to their seats.

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