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Ministry of the Word–Lector

St. Agnes invites registered members of the parish, adult and youth, who are skilled in public speaking and would like to serve as lector to consider our Ministry of the Word program. Our lectors proclaim the Word of the Lord at daily, Sunday, and Holy Day Masses; read the responsorial Psalm at the 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass; and the General Intercessions at all the Masses. Rotation through all masses allows the lector to become familiar with each congregation. Careful and thoughtful preparation of the assigned readings is essential. The lector must be in the Sacristy at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of Mass. Workshops are scheduled to assist lectors in improving and honing their skills.

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion

The Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the priests by distributing communion at Sunday Masses. Following the 10:30 A.M. Sunday Mass, they rotate taking communion to the sick and homebound, read the day’s scriptures and pray with them. The ministers are appointed by the pastor and attend a diocesan training session, Eucharistic Ministers serve a three year tenure.

Altar Servers

Being an altar server is an activity available to those of St. Agnes Parish beginning in the 3rd grade. The altar servers assist the priests at Sunday Mass, weddings, funerals, Benediction, and the Stations of the Cross. Altar servers must attend a series of training sessions and make a commitment to serve at the times they are scheduled. The training sessions take place in the spring of the fifth grade year. Through serving at the Altar of Jesus Christ, the server participates in the public worship of the Church and learns more about the life and work of the Catholic priest.

Music Ministry

Adult Choir

This choir is open to adults and high school students who would like to lift their voices in praise to God. It is not necessary to have a musical background to sing in our choir. No auditions are required. Adult choir leads sung prayer during 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass and select Holy Days. Volunteer cantors are also needed and will be trained by the music director. Everyone is welcome.

Contemporary Choir

This choir is open to adults and high school students who would like to lift their voices in praise to God. It is not necessary to have a musical background to sing in our choir. No auditions are required. Contemporary choir leads sung prayer during 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass and select Holy Days. Volunteer cantors are also needed and will be trained by the music director. Everyone is welcome.

Resurrection Choir

The Resurrection Choir ministers to families by singing for funerals and memorial Masses throughout the year.  The choir enhances the sung funeral liturgy by supporting the assembly’s singing, adding harmony, and fostering participation.  Open to adults of any age with the availability to provide music during the daytime at parish funerals.  No auditions are required; the ability to read music, while helpful, is not required.  Members will be contacted via e-mail or phone as funerals occur.  The Resurrection Choir, with the Parish Choir, sings for the annual Mass of Remembrance each November.

Children’s Choir

The Children’s Choir is open to those children who are in 4th through 8th grade. This choir rehearses for one hour each week and sings at various Masses. Emphasis is placed on how music enhances our liturgy. Youth Choir is open to all St. Agnes parishioners.

Junior Children’s Choir

The Junior Children’s Choir  is open to those children who are in 1st through 3rd grade. Junior Children’s Choir rehearses for one hour each week and sings at various Masses. Junior Children’s Choir is open to all St. Agnes parishioners.

Handbell Choir

The Handbell Choir is open to anyone who has the desire to work hard and have fun. It is helpful to have some background in music but if you’re willing to learn, you’re welcome to join.

For more information regarding our Music Ministry, click here.  Forms can be dropped off at our parish office.

Ushers

Ushers have a vital role in the celebration of the liturgy. It is their duty to provide a warm welcome and assistance, if needed, to parishioners and visitors to St. Agnes. Ushers main duties include taking up the collection, directing traffic during communion and cleaning up after Mass. Ushers are more than doorkeepers; they are “doors” giving open access to the warmth of holy fellowship in the Spirit of Jesus.