Altar Servers - Katie Clark - 586-909-5247 - Email Katie
Altar Servers are a group of boys and girls (third grade and up who have made their first communion) who assist in the liturgical celebrations of the church.
Altar Servers assist the priest in the celebration of the Mass at the chair and at the altar by lighting candles, carrying the processional cross, holding the books for the priest, and a variety of other tasks during the liturgy.
Training classes (and periodic review classes) are provided at various times during the year.
Catechist - Kim Jacob - Parish Office 586-792-1190 - Email Kim
A Catechist is an adult who shares the love of God with young people by both word and example. Those who volunteer to catechize the children enrolled in the program will be guided by the Director of Religious Education.
Volunteers will be provided materials and curriculum that will give them the tools they need to be successful.
Catechism is in session every scheduled Tuesday, at either 4:30 pm or 6:30 pm.
Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist (EME) - Lynn Hodell - 586-808-4601 - Email Lynn
Eucharistic Ministers assist in the distribution of the "Body and Blood of Christ" at Mass.
At the end of Mass, vessels will be purified at the side table by Father before they are taken to the sacristy by EME's for washing and (a) prepping for the next Mass or (b) putting the vessels away.
EME's are trained and should arrive at least 15 minutes before the Mass they are serving. There is a 2 month schedule with ministers assigned for all Masses. 6 EME’s are needed for each weekend Mass. EME's are asked to be ready to serve at any Mass they attend in case a sub is needed.
Funeral Host - Denise Chopp - Parish Office 586-792-1190 - [email protected]
The Funeral Host acts as the liaison between the Church, the bereaved family and the funeral home on the day of the funeral.
The Host is responsible for giving direction to the funeral home so that they are in compliance with the Church's liturgy and practices. Training will be provided.
Lectors - Sue Schmidt - 586-465-1555 - Email Sue
Lectors are the ministers that bring the Scriptures to life and proclaim the word of the Lord during the Liturgy. Careful preparation, understanding of the readings and clear and precise delivery are of paramount importance. There are usually two lectors at each Mass.
Lectors are assigned on a rotating basis for their preferred Mass times; frequency will depend upon the number of volunteers.
Lectors are trained in the specifics of the Ministry.
Ministers of Communion to the Homebound - Mary Vallier – Parish Office 586-792-1190 - Email Mary
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion serve the community by assisting in the distribution of Communion to the homebound and sick of the parish. Ministers visit those who are unable to attend Mass. Visits can occur on any day of the week.
Training will be provided. Schedules are created based on individual availability and needs of the Church.
Sacristans - Sandi Butler - 586-530-7098 - Email Sandi
Sacristans are responsible for preparing the Holy Eucharist and the church for the celebration of the Mass, as well as the cleaning of all vessels at the end of each Mass.
Weekend Sacristans assist altar servers, coordinate with ushers on who needs communion brought to them and ensures that there are enough Eucharistic ministers to serve at Mass.
Sacristans are trained and are scheduled on a rotating basis. Sacristans are needed for daily and weekend Masses, funeral Masses and First Friday Exposition.
Ushers - Mike St. Onge - 586-914-0190 - Email Mike
Ushers are the ministers of hospitality. They share the love and peace of Christ with others by being friendly, helpful and hospitable at weekend Masses and other special church celebrations.
Ushers are assigned to a team of four at a Mass of their choosing. Ushers are required to attend a training session. Ushers need to arrive 1/2 hour before Mass is scheduled to begin.
Usher duties include: welcoming people before Mass, finding people to take up the gifts, the collection, directing those going to communion and passing out bulletins at the conclusion of Mass. Ushers work with the Sacristans to let them know who needs communion brought to them.
Wake Service Ministry - Parish Office 586-792-1190 - [email protected]
Trained men and women of the Parish who provide the scripture service and/or the rosary in the afternoon/evening service at the funeral home.
Music Ministry - Dr. Andrew Meagher – Parish Office - 586-792-1190 - [email protected]
The Adult Choir sings a wide variety of liturgical music to enhance the liturgy. Their role is to lead the congregation in sung worship
The Choir is made up of parishioners with music ability; however, choir members are not required to read music or audition. Choir provides music at one scheduled weekend mass (4:00 p.m. Saturday, or 8:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. on Sunday) as well as celebrations throughout the church year.
Members of the Adult Choir must be at least high school age.
Choir rehearses every Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. until approximately 8:30 p.m. Choir season runs from September to mid-June.
The Cantor is responsible for singing the "Responsorial Psalm" from the ambo and to lead the congregation in their sung worship during Mass. Cantors are spiritual leaders and should be capable and comfortable in that role.
Rehearsals for weekend liturgies are provided, but Cantors need to be proficient enough to also rehearse on their own.
Cantors must audition and periodically rehearse with the Director of Music Ministry.
The Children's Choir sings at the 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass and the 11:00 a.m. Easter Sunday Mass.
Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 5:50 p.m. until 6:20 p.m., between religious education classes. Some music education is incorporated into the brief and lively rehearsals.
HAND BELL CHOIR
This Choir enlivens worship by ringing hand bells for select weekend Masses and special events. Choir is open to those who have a good sense of rhythm and a desire to work as part of a group.
Members must be at least high school age. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Instrumentalists are welcome to celebrate at liturgies using their primary instrument. All instruments are welcomed; guitars, strings, winds, brass and keyboards. This group plays an "instrumental" role in creating an extraordinary liturgy.
Auditions and rehearsals are to be scheduled by the Director of Music Ministry.
RESURRECTION (FUNERAL) CHOIR
This Choir ministers at funeral liturgies through music. The Choir is an important part of the bereavement ministry and is open to all parishioners who can sing and are available during daytime hours.
Members of the Choir are notified of Funeral Masses through an email or telephone call and participate as able. There are no rehearsals and hymns are mostly standard funeral repertoire.