“The unity of the Church is not uniformity, but an organic blending of legitimate diversities. It is the reality of many members joined in a single body, the one Body of Christ (cf. 1 Cor 12:12). Therefore the Church of the Third Millennium will need to encourage all the baptized and confirmed to be aware of their active responsibility in the Church’s life. Together with the ordained ministry, other ministries, whether formally instituted or simply recognized, can flourish for the good of the whole community, sustaining it in all its many needs.” (John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte, no. 46)
"The ministries which exist and are at work at this time in the Church are all, even in their variety of forms, a participation in Jesus Christ's own ministry as the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep, the humble servant who gives himself without reserve for the salvation of all." (John Paul II, Christifideles Laici, no. 21)
ltar Servers are entrusted with the care of the priest and the altar. They perform duties such as carrying the cross and the processional candles, holding the book for the priest, carrying the incense and censer, presenting the bread, wine, and water to the priest during the preparation of the gifts or assisting him when he receives the gifts from the people, washing the hands of the priest, and assisting the priest as necessary.
Spirit of Life parishioners, who have received their First Communion, are invited to become Altar Servers.
If you are unable to serve when scheduled, you are encouraged to find a replacement. You may use the alter server schedule to find a replacement by identifying those who attend a similar Mass time.
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion assist in the distribution of Holy Communion. As ministers of Holy Communion, we bring the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist to His people. Serving in this way implies a personal commitment to the Eucharist, which includes weekly attendance at Sunday Mass. This ministry is open to adults and youth who have celebrated Confirmation, who are free of any impediments to participating in the sacramental life of the Church, and who have a deep reverence and love for the Lord’s presence in the Eucharist.
As a Minister of Hospitality, you contribute to the feeling of hospitality for all who attend Mass at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, whether they are long-standing parish members, those on business trips, or visitors/tourists visiting our community.
Our Hospitality Ministry creates a welcoming environment at Mass and handles certain tasks that must be completed. In so doing, Hospitality Ministers help to make Mass a more reverent and prayerful experience. This ministry is open to parishioners in junior high through adulthood. Families are encouraged to serve together. These volunteers greet people before Mass, help them find seating, take up the offertory collection, and distribute bulletins after Mass.
Lectors are instituted to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel. Lectors should have a talent for public speaking and elocution. They should carefully review the Scripture passages and practice reading them aloud before Masses when they are scheduled. Training is provided. Serving in this way implies a personal commitment to the Eucharist which includes weekly attendance at Sunday Mass.
This ministry is open to adults and youth who have celebrated Confirmation, and who are free of any impediments to participating in the sacramental life of the Church.