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Since the sweeping changes in the Church brought about by the Vatican II Council, Catholic liturgy has undergone considerable change. The emphasis now is on the needs of Catholic Christians as they come together as the assembly of God's people to worship. These needs can best be voiced by members of the assembly. See the General Directory link above for contact persons for each group.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS, men and women, serve the Body and Blood of Christ in the form of bread and wine at Communion time. Some of them are trained to bring the Holy Eucharist to the sick and homebound of the parish (see Pastoral Visits under Service Groups if you need Eucharist brought to an ill person at home); others are committed to bringing the Eucharist to Catholic residents of Westgate Convalescent Home and spending a few minutes visiting and praying with each one.

LECTORS are the men and women who share the Good News with the assembly by reading God's Word from Scriptures at liturgical services.

ALTAR SERVERS are boys and girls who have been trained to assist the priest at Mass. They participate along with the Eucharistic Ministers.

USHERS greet and welcome the congregation before Mass. They also take up the collection at Mass, circulate timely envelopes or seasonal materials, and can assist with seating the congregation. They also serve the parish on special Masses (Easter, Christmas, and other holidays).

THE MUSIC MINISTRIES are a feature of Sunday Masses. The different music groups, each with its own style of liturgical music, serve us well. The groups, whether choir or guitar groups, provide "singable" and well-performed songs, and lead the assembly in this alternative form of prayer. There are currently four music groups: 5 pm Saturday, 9 am Sunday, 11 am Sunday, and 5 pm Sunday.

SACRISTANS are a little-known ministry, whose members are trained to set up the church for Mass. These men and women are to be found before every Mass, weekdays and weekends, setting up the altar, along with other miscellaneous duties, and then doing the clean-up following the Mass.

THE ALTAR SOCIETY is another almost invisible ministry. This is a group of ladies and men who devote time once a month to care for the altar and church. A few of their duties are to dust and change altar cloths when needed, fill the holy water dishes, remove wax from brass candle holders, wash and iron purificators, dust the Sacristy, change flowers, etc.

THE ROSARY GROUP consists of men and women who are devoted to Our Blessed Mother. They usually attend daily Mass and then stay after the 9 am Mass to recite the rosary for peace and the conversion of sinners. They also pray for all friends who are ill in the parish and any others whose names are given them. A list is kept of all who need prayers and/or are mentioned for special intentions. The group feels it has helped a number of people through the prayers to Our Lady. Also, an evening prayer and rosary group meets Thursday evening at 7:30 pm in Room A in Ascension Church.