Liturgical Ministry

Liturgy at St. Thomas the Apostle

A Call to Ministry

Please consider becoming more richly involved in our corporate life of prayer and call to service by participating actively as a liturgical minister. It is through the celebration of the Eucharist that we are transformed in Christ’s presence in the World. As St. Augustine tells us: “Be what you see, receive what you are.” We are the Body of Christ!

For more information and involvement, please read the procedures below and contact Nick Coffman, Director of Liturgy and Adult Education:

Altar Server
All people gather to give thanks to God in the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist, but the ministry of Altar Server lives out the Mass’ call to service in a concrete and immediate way. Being an Altar Server is a way to express your love for God by helping the whole community of faith to pray. Consider becoming an Altar Server; all ages are welcome–one is never too old to serve the Lord in this way!

Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist
As Catholics, we believe that Jesus intended us to do what he did. We gather to eat and drink a sacred meal, the sacrifice of his own body and blood. All baptized Catholics in good standing with the Church are called to participate in the Supper of the Lord. If you have a special love for the Eucharist, consider sharing the Joy of Holy Communion with all who partake.

We are called to imitate Christ by participating in His thanksgiving celebration. One of the most important ways we can show the love of Christ to others is by welcoming them with genuine care, learning names, sharing stories, and blessing each other for the week to come. Share in this special ministry for our community and live out the welcoming presence of Jesus for others.

Liturgy Coordinator
Each Sunday Mass has twenty or more liturgical ministers, and can be filled with special rites, baptisms, processions, blessings, questions and last minute needs. Persons with attention to detail, a kind manner, and an eye for the big picture contribute to a smooth celebration that lets the light of God shine forth unimpeded. This ministry requires a steadfast commitment for ongoing mentorship with good communication skills and flexibility.

Proclaimer of the Word
When the Sacred Scriptures are proclaimed in the Church, God speaks to his people. The Proclaimer (lector) is the mouthpiece through which God speaks to the Church, so participating in this ministry means so much more than reading text–it means bringing to life the Glory of God’s Word for all to hear. We come to the “table of the Word” for insight, inspiration and invitation into the “table of the Eucharist.”

Sacristans are priceless–the Eucharist cannot be celebrated without preparation. The special care of preparing for the Mass is not unlike preparing for beloved guests at a grand dinner party. Quiet and behind the scenes, God blesses those who ready the way for the people to celebrate.

Often unsung but nonetheless an essential liturgical ministry, Ushers help all to feel welcome, find their place, seek assistance with questions/needs, and bring our gifts as offering to the table of the Lord. This ministry of hospitality is central to living out the Eucharist, and is always in need of volunteers.


Liturgical Vocabulary Lexicon

Altar Server Procedures

Extraordinary Minister Procedures

Communion Diagram

Post Communion Diagram

Greeter Minister Procedures

        Greeter Diagram

Liturgy Coordinator Procedures

Proclaimer Procedures

Proclaiming the Word – Essentials

Lent Procession Diagram

Sacristan Procedures

Usher Procedures

Collection Diagram


Ministry Scheduler Pro – Log in

Liturgical Ministry Schedule December 2017 – February 2018

Liturgical Ministry Schedule March – May 2018


Daily Scripture/Mass Reading (link)

Liturgical Calendar (link)

Daily Saints (link)