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Ministries: Prayer & Worship

Welcome! Celebrate with Us

 

It was the mission of Jesus to welcome the poor, the lonely, the sick, the grieving, and all of us! Now, as ministers of Prayer & Worship at Divine Mercy, our main ministry is to WELCOME all who come to celebrate with us.

Divine Mercy Parish offers numerous opportunities to become a minister during any of our masses. Enrollment is simple and scheduling preferences are managed by you. We make it easy for you to be a minister with the parish so that you can help welcome fellow parishoners in the celebration. Join now!

Join a Ministry

 
Learn more about the many of the Prayer & Worship ministries below to find one or more that call to you.

If you have any questions, contact the Parish Office to get connected to a leader who can help.

Sacristans

sacristan is an officer charged with care of the sacristy, the church, and their contents. The sacristy is a room in a church where a priest prepares for a service, and where vestments and other things used in worship are kept.

Sacristans have the honor of preparing the Church and the sacred vessels used during the consecration of each mass. 
  • Before mass, the Sacristan unlocks the Church doors before the 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. masses.
  • We turn on the church lights.
  • We are responsible to have everything in its place which the priest will need during the mass.
  • We place the unconsecrated hosts in the vessel used by the priest to distribute communion and pour the  wine into the cups used by parishioners to drink the precious blood.
  • We lock the doors after the 4:00 p.m.and 11:00 a.m. masses.  

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Minister, or more properly Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM), is used to denote a lay person who assists the priest in administering the sacrament of Holy Communion, the consecrated bread and wine. They may also take the sacraments to those who are ill, or otherwise unable to attend Mass.

Lectors

 
Lectors bring the Word of God to life in our midst during mass.  Lectors should possess confident speaking abilities.  
 
There are usually two lectors at mass:
  • The first lector proclaims the first reading, which is usually from the Old Testament
  • The second lector proclaims a reading from the New Testament.  
  • The first lector also proclaims the petitions at mass.

Catholic Calendar & Bible Readings: This link to the US Bishop's liturgical calendar features links to daily readings and daily reflections.  Great for lectors!

Sunday Reflections from the Center for Liturgy: A great set of reflections for every Sunday of the year!  Look at the readings from many perspectives.

Catholic Lectionary Resources: In depth information about the Catholic Lectionary

More links can be found here.

Servers

Service and Worship are the two most important acts we perform as Catholics.  Being a server means more than just helping the priest at mass.  By becoming a server, you are entering into a life of service in the Church.  Many adults who are ministers today started by becoming a server when they were young.  Servers serve the assembly, assist the priest and deacon, and serve God.
 
At Divine Mercy, servers generally start in 4th grade from both our day school and Christian Formation program, if willing.  Servers meet 15 minutes before mass to get dressed, light candles, and pray with other ministers.  During mass, servers carry items used during worship such as candles, crosses, books, and sacred vessels.  

Greeters

Greeters welcome parishoners and guests at the doors to the sanctuary.

Here are the procedures for how to be a greeter:

1.  Arrive at your scheduled mass 30 minutes before mass begins.  

2.  Greeter ID tags are kept in the usher's room.  Please wear your Greeter badge so that you will be recognized as a minister to all who enter.

3.  Stand by the doors of the main entrance and welcome all who enter.

4.  The greeter coordinator will be there to assist you the first time.  You will probably be scheduled for a Sunday 9:00 am mass the first time you are a greeter.

Ushers

An usher, different from a church greeter, is responsible for seating guests and maintaining the order and security of services. 

Environment

The Environment Ministry’s mission is to create an inspirational and prayerful worship environment that encourages a closer relationship with God using the resources of fabric, flowers, and symbols. The goal is to reflect the focus of each liturgical season and create a spiritual atmosphere to draw the community into participation of the celebration of the Eucharist.  

The level of commitment for this ministry is very flexible.  You can volunteer for:

  • Helping with the initial design phase
  • Occasional carpentry
  • Helping with set up and take down during the Christmas & Easter seasons
  • Working behind the scenes with sewing seasonal banners and altar cloths, making bows, wreaths, or more
  • All the above!
  1. Use the Enrollment form to express your interest in the Environment Ministry.
  2. The coordinator will contact you when help is needed for the activities you indicate.

Music

Music is a value part of worship at Divine Mercy Parish.

We have a strong tradition of making music for God.  We have an adult choir and a number of organists, cantors, and instrumentalists who give of themselves in song.  

  • If you are interested in becoming a choir member, click on the "Choirs" page for information.
  • If you are interested in becoming an organist/pianist, cantor (song leader), or other instrumentalists, please contact the Parish Office.

We would love to have you as a part of our ministry!

All are welcome to join us!  No auditions required.  

The adult choir rehearses on Wednesday nights from 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. Rehearsals begin the Wednesday after Labor Day and end in late May.

9:30 MASS ADULT CHOIR
Sings at the 9:30 a.m. mass every Sunday from Labor Day weekend through Pentecost.  This ministry of musicians lead our congregation in sung prayer, as well as beautiful sacred choral music.  
 
Some of this choir's favorite sacred works to perform are:
  • With a Voice of Singing
  • Fairest Lord Jesus
  • Moses Hogan's "Hear My Prayer"
  • Ola Gjello's "Ubi caritas"

If you would like more information, contact the Parish Office.

Meet the Ministry Coordinators

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    Jeanne Grady

    Sacristan Coordinator I love this ministry because it is a “quiet” minis ...
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    Carol Bzdawka

    Eucharistic Ministry Coordinator
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    Dan Reszel

    Lector coordinator Lectors bring the Word of God to life in our midst ...
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    Nancy Schmitt

    Greeter Coordinator I personally believe that greeting is an important ...
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    John Possing

    Usher President What I love best about the Usher Ministry is the o ...
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    Laurie Duellman

    Environment Coordinator The goal of the Environment Ministry is to reflect ...