Liturgical Ministries

"There are different gifts but the same Spirit, 

there are different ministries but the same Lord . . .

To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good."

1 Corintheans 12: 4-7

Altar Server

"Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve..." Matthew 20:28

The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy during Mass.  This involves presenting or arranging vessels and other items used in the celebrations.  As members of the assembly who are often visible to all, the altar servers also model good liturgical participation by actively joining in the hymns, prayers and responses of the liturgy, and by sitting, standing, or kneeling at the appropriate times.

  • Must be in the 4th-12th grade and regularly attend Mass.

  • Must be a baptized member of the Catholic Church and have already received First Eucharist.

  • Must be willing to participate fully as a member of the liturgical assembly.

  • Must have parental permission to serve.

Altar Server Training available soon!                          

Contact Margaret Rasmussen
margaret.rasmussen@stbernardstsrf.com  |  Tel: (218)-681-3571

Art & Environment Team

"For everything there is a season..." Ecclesiastes 3:1

This team works behind the scenes to transform our Worship environment to heighten the awareness of the festive, solemn, or penitential nature of the different liturgical seasons.  Their quiet presence is often unnoticed, yet the results of their labors are visible to all the parish community.  A variety of helpers are needed to prepare a prayerful atmosphere in the worship space throughout the liturgical year.  This includes: 

Seasonal Decorating Crew: People are needed to arrange flowers and plants, to iron and hang banners, and to place other items appropriate for the liturgical season or special liturgy in the church, the social hall, and the entrances of the church prior to major feasts and seasons such as Christmas and Easter.  Seasonal decorating assistance is also necessary at the end of the major season to remove the decor and properly store it for the next year.   

 

Linens Crew: People are needed every month to launder and iron the linens used at Mass.  Linens are typically taken home on Sunday to be laundered, ironed, folded and returned by Wednesday.  Each person is scheduled approximately one month a year.  Please contact Misty Mehrkens at (218) 681-3571 or misty.mehrkens@stbernardstrf.com for more information.

Contact Parish Office
Tel: (218) 681-3571

Contact Misty Mehrkens
misty.mehrkens@stbernardstrf.com  |  Tel: (218) 681-3571

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion

Contact Parish Office
Tel: (218) 681-3571

"Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day." 

John 6:54

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the priests in distributing Communion at Mass.  There is great joy and satisfaction to participate in this wonderful gift to God's people.  Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are needed at weekend Masses held at St. Bernard's. 

  • Must have a special love and care for the Eucharist and for all those who share in the Body and Blood of the Lord.

  • Must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation

  • Must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church.  

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are expected to show the greatest reverence for the Most Holy Eucharist by their demeanor, their attire, and the manner in which they handle the consecrated bread and wine.

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Training Coming Soon!

 

Greeter/Usher

"I was a stranger and you welcomed me." Matthew 25:35

Greeters and ushers provide a welcoming atmosphere at St. Bernard's Catholic Church.  The Christian hospitality shown to those who arrive at Mass draws people together and opens them to participation.  The greeters and ushers host with warmth, friendship, respect and a true attitude of service.   They set the tone for the liturgy by welcoming both friends and newcomers to be at home as they enter the church and assemble for prayer.  At least two greeters and four ushers are needed for every weekend or holy day Mass held at St. Bernard's. 

 

The primary responsibilities of greeters include

  • Welcoming people as they enter the Church

  • Finding individuals or a family to present the gifts

  • Answering questions

The primary responsibilities of ushers include:

  • Helping seat assembly members as they arrive

  • Taking up the collection

  • Assisting gift bearers

  • Guiding the communion procession

  • Distributing bulletins after Mass

The ministry is open to all - women, men, young and old.  Couples and families are encouraged to join this ministry.

                           

Contact Parish Office

Tel: (218)-681-3571

Lector/Commentator

"The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue,

that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them." Isaiah 50:4

Lectors strive to make the Liturgy of the Word as meaningful as possible for the worshiping assembly by speaking God's Word as storyteller, telling how God has acted and is acting in our lives.  Lectors must proclaim God's Word in a clear and compelling manner so that the worshiping assembly will be inspired to ponder and meditate on God's words in their daily lives.  Commentators raise the prayers of the faithful to God on behalf of the assembly.  Lectors and commentators are also needed for Holy Day Masses. 

  • Must have a clear, steady voice and be comfortable reading in public.

  • Must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church

  • Must be willing to study the Scripture passage and take time to practice proclaiming the reading before each liturgical assignment to achieve effective liturgical proclamation.

Lectors and commentators are expected to dress in a modest and respectful manner. 

Lector and Commentator Training Coming Soon!          

Contact Parish Office
Tel: (218)-681-3571

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