We encourage our parishioners to engage in the liturgical ministries available at Saint Stanislaus Kostka Parish.
Eucharistic Ministers- The responsibilities of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion include the reverent and secure distribution of Holy Communion. Baptized and Confirmed Catholics, eighteen years of age or older are eligible for this ministry. Candidates should faithfully participate in the Sunday and Holyday Eucharist and with God’s grace, strive to live their faith in every aspect of their lives.
Lectors – The Lector proclaims the Word of God at Mass and in doing so serves as the mouthpiece through which God speaks to the Church. Requirements of serving as a Lector include being a member in good standing of the Roman Catholic faith, as well as active participation in parish life, regular Mass attendance, and a genuine desire to share the Word of God.
Acolytes, Altar Servers – The role of the altar server in liturgical celebrations is one of importance. They assist in the sacred liturgy in work and action. Their performance and behavior are a sign of faith and love of God. We welcome practicing Catholics from the parish to serve in this very special position. Children must have received the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist to participate. Students from elementary and high school are eligible. There MUST be a commitment from the student and parent/guardian to follow the assigned Mass schedule, as we depend on your service.
Ushers – Ushers are usually the first point of access to the church, so it is imperative that they give full attention to the gathering assembly by offering a welcoming gesture, as in a heartfelt, “Good Morning” or “Good Afternoon,” a sincere smile, or a handshake (if appropriate). Ushers are responsible for seating those assembled for the liturgy, attending to the needs of other-abled by holding doors open, assisting those needing to use the chairlift or a wheelchair.
Ushers make sure that the gifts of bread and wine are in their proper places before Mass, and are responsible for asking members of the assembly to bring forth the gifts at the Offertory. They also check the worship space making certain that it is free from clutter.
The ushers are also responsible for the collection of monies and transferring them to the sanctuary at the appropriate time. When the usher(s) take up the collection basket to the altar, they should either bow or genuflect before approaching the altar.
Providing assistance to the other-abled and directing the assembly in receiving Holy Communion are also duties performed by the ushers.
After the completion of the Mass, the ushers offer a parish bulletin to the members as they exit, while also bidding them an appropriate farewell.
Once the majority of the Mass-goers have left the building, the ushers make a sweep of the premises, repositioning kneelers, missalettes, etc., so that the church building is prepared for the next Mass.
Music Ministry – Sunday, 10:00 AM Choir – The 10;00 AM Mass Choir is comprised of men and women who meet seasonally on Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM for rehearsals. Music is chosen based on the readings and gospel for the particular Mass. The choir is open to all who would like to join. We sing for Masses, Holy Days, and Devotions. If you love to sing, we’d love to have you.
Consolation Choir – The Consolation Choir is the group that provides music for funerals. There are no try-outs or rehearsals. We are just people who love to sing. We gather to offer consolation and inspiration by way of song. Members are informed of funeral, date, and time as soon as the information becomes available. Funeral Masses are generally at 10:00 AM and new members are always welcome.