Ushers men and women from our Ministry of Hospitality who also assist in welcoming the congregation by assisting them in finding seating at our weekend Masses, as well as all other liturgical celebrations.
In addition, these faithful lay ministers, also take up the monetary collection at each of the Masses and assist in maintaining proper decorum during each of our services.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) are a trained group of parishioners who assist the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass.
Those who have had the specialized training, deliver the Eucharist to patients at the Sands Point Nursing Home, and to the home bound and hospitalized.
Greeters area part of our Ministry of Hospitality. These dedicated men and women offer smiles and welcoming words to parishioners and visiting guests, at the entrance of St. Peter's. They are faithfully there for all our Saturday and Sunday Masses, giving our congregants and visitors a warm reception as they come to partake and celebrate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, sharing in the table of plenty as we glorify our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.
If you are interested in becoming part of this ministry, or for more information, please reach out to one of our volunteer ministers below:
Lectors are faithful parishioners, both men and women, who are trained to proclaim the Word of God at all Masses and other liturgical events.
The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) states that lectors should be “truly suited to carrying out this function,” and that they should be "carefully prepared” (GIRM, 101).
In order for an individual to be regarded as “truly suited” for this role, it is required that the lector be:
At least 14 years old;
A Catholic who has received First Holy Communion and Confirmation, as well as one who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be assumed;
Free from any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared;
Reverential, respectful of his/her faith, and of good moral character;
Possessed of the the necessary ability and talents to proclaim the Word of God in a clear, dignified, and effective manner.
Anyone interested in becoming a lector should contact:
Altar Servers:Boys and girls, from 4th grade and above, who have already received their First Holy Communion.
The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy during Mass. This is done through the carrying out of specific duties, as well as by setting an example to the congregation in actively participating in the liturgy.
Specific duties include: the carrying of the cross, the processional candle(s), hold the book for the priest when he is not at the altar, carry the incense and censer, present the bread, wine, and water to the priest or deacon during the preparation of the gifts or assist him when he receives the gifts from the congregants during the Offertory, as well as provide assistance to the priest in the washing of his hands as he prepares for the consecration and assist the priest and/or deacon on the altar as needed.
Altar servers are chosen from among the faithful who display a desire to participate in an intimate way during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is an extreme privilege to kneel so close to the altar as our loving Savior, Jesus Christ, becomes truly present to us... Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity upon the altar.
"Official Guidelines for Altar Servers" by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) can be found byclicking here.