Contact for Liturgical Ministries: Ed Talsness (520) 568-4605
Our Lady of Grace Parish invites its young people to serve at the altar of the Lord as an Altar Server. Altar Servers help facilitate our Eucharistic liturgies in a reverent manner. Serving at the Altar is a special privilege. Altar Servers carry the cross and carry the light of Christ as the Gospel is proclaimed. Our Altar Servers wear the robe of baptism (the alb), which is a sign of their position in the community as baptized people. They hold the book of prayers (the Roman Missal), and they help the priest at that altar. This ministry is open to anyone young person who has already received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion and may continuing serving well into their high school years. Training held twice a year.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Our Lady of Grace Parish invites its adults to serve at the altar of the Lord as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EM). EM’s assist the priest and deacons in administering the distribution of Holy Communion within Mass. To serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, persons must: (a) be practicing Catholic, distinguished in their Christian life, faith and morals; (b) be at least 18 years old; (c) have received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist; (d) demonstrate a deep reverence for the devotion to the Holy Eucharist; (e) possess the requisite abilities and temperament to carry out their assigned duties. Training is held twice a year.
Our Lady of Grace Parish invites its adults to serve as an arm of the church to minister Holy Communion and to the spiritual needs of our elderly or sick homebound members. To serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, persons must: (a) be practicing Catholic, distinguished in their Christian life, faith and morals; (b) be at least 18 years old; (c) have received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist; (d) demonstrate a deep reverence for the devotion to the Holy Eucharist; (e) possess the requisite abilities and temperament to carry out their assigned duties. Training held twice a year.
Our Lady of Grace Parish invites its adults to serve as Lectors to rouse the faith of the assembly and inspire them to discipleship by proclaiming the Word of the Lord with clarity and conviction. The role of the Lector is to proclaim the Word to the people of God. When one answers the call to become a Lector, one enters a deeper relationship with the Word of God as revealed in Sacred Scripture. The Lector takes upon themselves the duty and privilege of bringing the Word of God to life – making it flesh. A Lector is expected to attend coaching sessions, pre-read and prepare readings, learn the proper pronunciation of unfamiliar words, and read at a pace that encourages thoughtful reflection of the Word and its’s meaning as it related to our contemporary lives. Training is held twice a year.
Liturgical Arts and Environment
Our Lady of Grace Parish invites its adults to serve in this beautiful ministry. In every church building, art, architecture and the liturgical environment become the joint work of the Holy Spirit and the community. They come together in order to prepare a place to receive God’s Word in Scripture and Eucharist. The mission of the Liturgical Arts and Environment Committee is the designing and implementing of liturgical themes for the Sanctuary, Atrium, and Chapel areas for the liturgical “seasons” of the year: Advent, Ordinary Time, Christmas, Lent, the Triduum, Easter, and Pentecost.
Our Lady of Grace Parish invites its adults to serve during Sunday Mass as well as other liturgical celebrations. Ushers are called to be Ministers of Hospitality. They are entrusted with promoting a sense of welcoming and belonging to all the faithful assembled for worship. They are the first point of contact for the communal celebration of the Liturgy. By freeing each person of their own personal impediments to the Mass through a welcoming atmosphere, ministers of hospitality take an active role in enabling each person to come to a freer expression of God in the Liturgy. In general, ushers carry the responsibility for the following: (1) Seating those assembled for Liturgy and especially taking special efforts to seat the faithful during the natural breaks in the Mass. (2) Attending to the needs of the disabled through such things as holding doors open, or locating non sloped areas places for wheelchairs and walkers. (3) Making sure that the gifts of bread and wine are in their proper places before Mass and asking members of the assembly to bring forth the gifts at the Offertory. (4) Assisting the handicapped in receiving Holy Communion as well as facilitating the Communion process. (5) Offering the parish bulletin to the faithful as they exit the church.
Music Ministry – Mass Choirs
Our Lady of Grace Parish invites its young people and Adults to serve singers and musicians to enhance the experience of worship by heightening the Word of God with music and provide a beauty to the liturgy through music. Through strong musical leadership, music ministers strive to enable the song of the assembly to encourage full, active and conscious participation. Cantors, choirs and musicians minister to the assembly by providing music which allows and encourages spiritual reflection.
4:00 p.m. Mass - English (Choir Leader: Frank Nagy)
8:00 a.m. Mass - English (Choir Leader: Charlie West)
10:00 a.m. Mass - English (Lifeteen Mass Choir Leader: Ann Maidman)
12:00 p.m. Mass - Spanish (Choir Leader: Francisca Gralian/Irma Galvan/Deacon Memo Castro/Silvia Castro)
CONTACT for Choirs: Ann Maidman