The Adult/Youth Choir lead the parish in liturgical music at the 10:00am liturgy and special feast days.
Their primary responsibility is to ensure that all who come to parish liturgies feel welcomed. They arrange for presentation of the offertory gifts, take up offertory collection, direct Communion lines and distribute bulletins at weekend Masses.
Lectors proclaim scripture readings during liturgies. They rotate every 8 weeks and also minister at special liturgies.
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
In addition to distributing communion during Mass, these ministers visit homebound paris hioners to administer the Eucharist.
Grade & High School youth assist in the celebration of Mass on weekends. Adults serve at funerals.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY/ “HEARTS AND HANDS”
Shawls are handmade by members of this ministry. The shawls and prayers are provided for individuals in need of comfort and also for individuals in times of joy. The group meets the third Wednesday of the month.
Members provide visits, notes and cards to parishioners who are homebound or in nursing homes.
Burying the dead is one of the Corporal Works of Mercy, and celebrating one’s life and birth into eternal life is important in our faith. Although cremation is permissible, the Catholic Churches encourages families to have a funeral mass with the body of the deceased prior to cremation. More importantly cremains are to be entombed or buried in a formal crypt / graveyard and not left on a mantle or in a closet. Cremains of loved ones are not heirlooms to be passed down through the family. Cremains are not to be spread on the ground, water, etc. as it is fitting to have fixed, permanent and solemn location for memorial purposes.
Sacred Heart has trained people who carry out the ministry of meeting with the family to assist them with funeral service arrangements. This primarily includes selection of scripture readings and music and generally helping the family plan their participation in the liturgy of the funeral. There is no fee for use of the church for funerals, but stipends for the vocalist, accompanist and presider are customary and usually handled through the funeral director.
Although parlor services (funeral service without a mass performed in the funeral home) may be appropriate in some circumstances, the Church wishes to encourage families to have funeral masses in the Church for their loved ones. Even if the surviving family members are no longer connected with the Church we welcome them to be part of the parish family as we celebrate the lives of their loved ones.
The decline in the number of funeral masses and even parlor services is an indication that our culture struggles in dealing with mortality and grief. The Church alternatively believes that our faith helps in this time of sorrow and pain and is a healthy part of the grieving process.
The “Vocation Cross” program is an opportunity for families to pray daily for vocations to the religious life and priesthood in their homes. Is your family interested in participating? If so, please call Rebecca Flynn at the rectory, 456-6256. The Vocation Cross will be presented at the end of Mass. Along with the cross, suggested prayers will be given. After two weeks, the family who takes the cross home returns the cross to the Church and another family will have the opportunity to take the cross home. This program will be on-going.