For more information on how to join any of these ministries, please see Fr. Chester after Mass or at the parish office.
The ministry of lector is one of the most visible roles of service at liturgy. As a proclaimer of the Word, the lector helps facilitate the public prayer of the Church in the Liturgy of the Word. Lectors must have an open heart and be willing to “struggle with God’s Word.” Those engaged in this liturgical role need to be well prepared for this role and know how to carry it out with reverence, dignity and understanding. Training is required for this ministry and a workbook is provided to help in preparation of the readings. Lectors must be registered in St. Bernard’s Parish. You will be scheduled according to your availability. All parishioners meeting these requirements are invited to be a part of this ministry.
All parishioners are invited to be part of this ministry. Boys and girls fourth grade and up and men and women are also encouraged to be part of this ministry. Altar Servers help set up for mass and assist the priest during our liturgical celebrations. A training and formation period must be completed.
Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers
All Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers should show the greatest reverence for the Most Holy Eucharist by their demeanor, their attire, and the manner in which they handle the consecrated bread or wine. EEMs are fully initiated (confirmed) practicing Catholics whose lives witness to their love for Jesus. We are always in need of more EEMs at all weekend Masses. Special training is required to serve in this ministry and yearly refresher training is required. Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers must be registered in St. Bernard’s Parish. If you are available to serve at least once a month, please prayerfully reflect on, not only the blessings it will have for you, but the fact that you are serving your brothers and sisters in Christ. You will be scheduled according to your availability.
The requirements to be a successful cantor must include a strong, singing voice, ability to encourage the people to join in the songs and dedication to the Ministry of Music. The Responsorial Psalm between the Old and New Testament readings, the Gospel Acclamation, and other proclamations, such as parts of the Gloria and various Litanies are other examples of the cantor’s responsibility. A time will be set up to discuss your participation and the expectations of this important position in the Liturgy.