Photo provided by Michael Phipps: Liturgical ministers are a necessity of the Catholic Mass at Lewis and in Catholic churches around the world.
Ryan Tadych, Contributor
Every Sunday, Mass is celebrated here at Lewis at 8 p.m. in the Sancta Alberta Chapel. Fr. Dan Torson, university chaplain and assistant professor of theology, is the presider at Mass. If you have ever attended a Mass at Lewis, you many notice many students who help out with readings, singing and distributing Communion among other activities. These students are Liturgical Ministers.
The general term for all of the helpers at Mass is Liturgical Ministers. This role consists of greeters, lectors, Eucharistic ministers and cross bearers. Greeters arrive to Mass early and help distribute hymnals and welcome people as they arrive. Lectors read the first and second readings, as well as petitions, and
Eucharistic ministers assist Fr. Dan with the distribution of Communion. Midway through last semester, we also add a cross bearer. This person processes in with the cross at the start of Mass and processes out of Mass with it at the end.
Bob Seiberlich and I, along with Fr. Dan, are the Liturgical Coordinators. We are in charge of scheduling the liturgical ministers, making sure they arrive on their scheduled day and making sure all the ministers are set for each Mass. Bob and I also write petitions for Mass each week. In addition, we also choose two people to bring up the gifts as well. These people are just selected from the congregation before Mass starts.
So how can you get involved in one of these ministries? It’s simple! If you would like to be a greeter, lector, Eucharistic minister or cross bearer (or any combination of the four), then you can talk to both Bob and I at Mass or send us an email. Scheduling is done on a semester basis so if you want to sign up, we will get you on the schedule for the fall semester. All ministers, both new and returning, are required to attend a train and commissioning session. This is just one evening early in the semester for one hour to train the ministers and officially commission them.
As this semester winds down, we will be looking for new ministers. We have a few graduating seniors so we will need some new people to take their place. If you are interested, you can talk to Bob, Fr. Dan or I, and we will take down your information to get you signed up for next year.
None of these ministries are hard, and it really is great to get involved in the Mass. We currently have over 30 ministers and we would love to see that number continue to grow, so if you are interested in any of the ministries, please let us know. We hope to see you at Mass and as a part of the liturgical ministers next semester.