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Altar servers strive to make Catholic worship more reverent, efficient, and beautiful.
At St. John the Baptist, young people are eligible to be trained for service at the altar when they are in 5th grade.
The children’s liturgy of the word (CLOW) works with children in kindergarten through third grade to present the first reading and Gospel in a format that is more age-appropriate and relatable for them. The CLOW leaders prepare a brief homily and petitions allowing the children to add their intentions. Volunteers are required to hold clearances.
Candidates must be at least in their senior year of high school, known for a good Catholic manner of living and for service to the parish and the community. Ordinarily, they should be persons who have resided in their parish of registration for some time and, therefore, are known to the pastor and people of the parish.
Lectors proclaim the Word of the Lord during the Liturgy and, when there is no Deacon present, the General Intercessions. A lector must have a passion for Scripture; an ability to interpret and understand Scripture; and, sufficient public speaking skills to proclaim the Word to the assembly.
Sacristans dress the altar with a cloth, prepare the chalice cup with a purificator, corporals, and pall, place a bowel, towel, and cruet of water for washing the hands of the celebrant priest, places into the ciborium plates and cups, enough bread and wine to be consecrated for all who attend the Mass to be celebrated.
At the end of Mass, the sacristan retrieves the vessels from the credence table, washes them in the sinks provided in the working sacristy, and returns them to their proper place of storage.
Ushers assist at weekend Masses, Holy Day Masses, and other special occasions as needed. The responsibilities of an usher include directing crowd flow and movement, taking up the collection, and assisting those with special needs.
Individuals and families are invited to be gift bearers. "It is a praiseworthy practice for the bread and wine to be presented by the faithful. They are then accepted at an appropriate place by the Priest or the Deacon to be carried to the altar. Even though the faithful no longer bring from their own possessions the bread and wine intended for the liturgy as was once the case, nevertheless the rite of carrying up the offerings still keeps its spiritual significance." - General Instruction of the Roman MissalNo. 73
If you are interested in being a gift bearer, contact the Parish Office or see an usher before Mass.