Liturgical Ministry

"God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has freed you from sin, given you a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and welcomed you into his holy people. He now anoints you with the chrism of salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of his body, sharing everlasting life."   
​                                                                                 Excerpt from the Rite of Baptism

Who me?  Serve at the Mass?

Through our baptism, all of us are called to share in the Priesthood of Christ. This means that we are actually able to share in the one, true worship of God that Jesus fulfilled in his sacrafice on the Cross.  Jesus is the One High Priest.  He alone offers the perfect sacrafice to the Father.  But Jesus has given us the Mass, as the way his one, perfect sacrafice is made present throughout time and space. By joining in the celebration of the Mass, the Chursh teaches that we share in the sacrafice of Christ. We are all able to share in his priesthood in a special way.  Some are called to the ordained, "ministerial" priesthood, like our parish pastors.  But the laity also participate though through what the Church calls the "Common Priesthood of the Faithful" and able to share in the true worship of the Father, through the Son, in the power of the Holy Spirit. 

​There are a variety of ways to share in the celebration of the Mass - as lectors, eucharistic ministers, greeters, cantors, choir members, ushers.  Many Knights serve in these ministries as a way to grow in their faith. They realize they don't have to be perfect before they serve; they serve to help them on that path to perfection - humbly, faithfully, joyfull.
What does the Catechism say about the Laity and the Mass?

There are many ways to serve in the Mass. 

There are many different ministries that are part of the celebration of the mass.  Each ministry calls forth certain gifts and talents. Consider what ministry interests you and then talk with your parish's liturgical coordnator. They will be able to give you more information and discuss what is involved to get trained prooperly.  We have also listed a Knight who is involved in that ministry. They are available to answer any questions about what the specific ministry involves. 

Lectors

"When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his word, proclaims the Gospel. Therefore, the readings from the Word of God are to be listened to reverently by everyone, for they are an element of the greatest importance in the Liturgy." (General Instruction on the Roman Missal). Proclaiming the Word of God is a profoundly important and rewarding ministry. 


Want to learn more? Talk to a Knight:   
Sean Sylvester  248-631-8829

Eucharistic Ministers

As Catholics, we believe that Jesus is truly present, Body and Blood, in the Eucharist. In every celebration of the Eucharist, the liturgical guidelines say that there should be a sufficient number of ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner. Helping to serve the Body and Blood of is a beautiful ministry that allow one to grow in one's own appreciation of the gift of the Eucharist.


Want to learn more? Talk to a Knight:   
Matt Fuhrman 

Ushers

We are called to celebrate the mass with beauty, dignity and a simple order that allows us to truly experience the presence of the Sacred among us.  This is easier said than done. Ushers serve a critical role in directing and guiding the assembly - in the collection, in the presentation of the gifts, and at communion time, so that things move smoothly and gracefully.  This is a great ministry that in many ways requires little, but offers much in rewards. 

Want to learn more? Talk to a Knight:   
Herb Stacer

Greeters

We all know the power of first impressions.  Greeters serve a vital function of welcoming everyone who walks through the door to the celebration of the Eucharist.  It is hard to overestimate the power of a simple smile and handshake to open hearts and minds to knowing God's love.


Want to learn more? Talk to a Knight:   
Mike Merlot

Cantors and Choir Members

St.Augustine said "He who sings prays twice." Lending our voice to the celebration of the mass can give us a powerful new experience of what prayer can be and what the mass can be.  Choir isn't for everyone, but for those of us gifted with a voice it can be a perfect fit. 


Want to learn more? Talk to a Knight:   
Jayson Graves

Communion to the Sick

We believe that after the Consecration, Jesus remains truly present in the host. Because Jesus remains, we are able to carry Him to those who are sick and homebound.  This is a powerful ministry that allows us to make a profound difference in the lives of the sick of our parishes. It breaks down the walls of loneliness and separation that can too easily drain the hope from those who cannot come to Church on Sunday. 


Want to learn more? Talk to a Knight:   
Matt Fuhrman
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 "Hence the laity, dedicated as they are to Christ and anointed by the Holy Spirit, are marvelously called and prepared so that even richer fruits of the Spirit maybe produced in them. For all their works, prayers, and apostolic undertakings, family and married life, daily work, relaxation of mind and body, if they are accomplished in the Spirit - indeed even the hardships of life if patiently born - all these become spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. In the celebration of the Eucharist these may most fittingly be offered to the Father along with the body of the Lord. And so, worshipping everywhere by their holy actions, the laity consecrate the world itself to God, everywhere offering worship by the holiness of their lives."

Lumen Gentium 34