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Altar Servers

June 17, 2007

Altar Servers

Altar Servers

Mission Statement
Holy Family, a Eucharistic community, invites its young people and adults to serve at the table of the Lord.  Altar Servers help facilitate our Eucharistic liturgies in a regular and reverent manner.

About the Ministry
Serving the people of God while we worship in the church is a way of growing closer to God. We cannot see God. But when we do something for God’s people, we give worship and honor to God and encounter the living God.
Serving at the Altar is a special privilege.  Altar Servers are close to the altar as they serve the priest, they carry the cross, they carry the light of Christ as the Gospel is proclaimed.  Our young altar servers wear the robe of baptism (the alb),which is a sign of their position in the community as baptized people.  They hold the book of the prayers (the Roman Missal), and they help the priest at the altar.  How wonderful this is!

This ministry is open to anyone who has entered the fifth grade or older. Being an Altar Server is a liturgical function, therefore one must be a baptized and Eucharistic Catholic.  It is out of one’s baptism into the Body of Christ that they are called to this ministry. Some Holy Family Altar Servers have served well into their high school careers.
Once one has been trained, Altar Servers work with a team of five or six servers.  As a team each server chooses which function they will do at the given Eucharistic Celebration.  There are 23 teams for our Sunday Masses—this allows each team to serve every mass once during a three month season.  Of course one may volunteer to serve more often!

Training:  Training for Altar Servers is two initial 60 minute training sessions. Other sessions may be held throughout the year, generally held Sunday afternoon or at the availability of the coordinator.

Highlights
Each year, our very best altar servers are invited to the Altar Server Luncheon, and each year we have a special outing for our best servers.

Volunteer Ministry Opportunity
Purpose of the Altar Server
To assist the priest/presider during the Mass/Liturgy

Responsibilities

  • Be willing to serve about once a month and rotate through all the Sunday Masses/Liturgies.
  • Arrive about 15 minutes before Mass/Liturgy to put on alb and agree to various assignments.
  • Help clean up for about ten minutes after Mass/Liturgy.
  • Willing to be flexible during special masses/liturgies, and special requests from the priest/presider.

Requirements and Skills Needed

  • Youth who have entered the fifth grade or older.
  • Altar servers are always reverent and prayerful, and are encouraged to sing!

Amount of Time Required
Altar servers should plan on spending 90 minutes each time they serve.

When Ministry is Performed
Altar servers serve approximately once a month. Each server is assigned to a team and the teams rotate through the Sunday Mass schedule (which includes the Saturday, 5:00 p.m. Mass).
Scheduled services are for our Sunday liturgies. However, students at Holy Family School serve at the 8am daily Mass.
Some altar servers with additional training serve at funerals, weddings and other special liturgies.
A four month schedule is e-mailed three times a year. Weekly emails remind servers of their assignments. The Worship Office makes a special effort to schedule family members to serve together.

Length of Commitment
One year or several years.
Training
Training for Altar Servers are two initial 60 minute training sessions.  Other sessions may be held throughout the year, generally held Sunday afternoons or at the availability of the coordinator.

Contact
Frank Ponnet,  Director of Worship
(626) 403-6116
fponnet@holyfamily.org

To express your interest in becoming an Altar Server, please complete and submit the Altar Server Volunteer Form 2011 .

Altar Server Schedule      
Please refer to your Altar Server Ministry Schedule for your assigned Mass. If a change needs to be made, please find a replacement and contact Erin Lima in the Pastoral Center.  In compliance with Safeguarding the Children, we do not post the schedule on line to protect our young people.

Regrading the Schedule Contact
Erin Lima
Worship Office Assistant
(626) 403-6143
elima@holyfamily.org
Erin is available during the week. On weekends, please contact the front desk, (626) 799-8908.

Regarding the Ministry Contact
Frank Ponnet
Director of Worship
(626) 403-6116
fponnet@holyfamily.org

Eucharistic Ministers

June 17, 2007

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers

Mission Statement

Eucharistic Ministers prayerfully serve the people of Holy Family by distributing the Body and Blood of Christ during Eucharistic celebrations.

About Eucharistic Minister Ministry
“It is a gift to be a Eucharistic Minister – to share the Body and Blood of Christ with another,” said one Eucharistic Minister reflecting on her experience at Holy Family. The moment of communion is one that should be seized by both the minister and the communicant.  This moment is unique because it is both personal and much bigger than the two people.

Those called to this ministry have, or soon acquire the grace in movement and reverence in touch.  Reverence in touch is especially important for Eucharistic Ministers since their whole work involves taking in hand the vessels of the Body of Christ and of the Blood of Christ and sharing them with everyone.

The eyes of the minister should meet the eyes of the communicant.  The minister says words of the formula “the Body of Christ” directly to the person.  When placing the consecrated host into the hand of the communicant there should be a slight and brief touch.  The same is true of the cup, eye contact, the words “the Blood of Christ” and touching!  All are in communion with the person of our Lord.  Cardinal Mahony says in his document Gather Faithfully Together: A Pastoral Letter on Liturgy: “What does it mean when the Body of Christ comes forward to receive the Body of Christ?”  It is the Body of Christ giving the Body of Christ to the Body of Christ.  We have communion with our living, loving, and nourishing God. This means that there can be no rush.  One can minister communion with reverence and dignity and personal attention and still keep the process moving steadily.

Likewise for our non communicants, special care is necessary when composing prayers of blessing over the people who come forward for a blessing.  Eye contact, words of welcome and blessing, and of course the kind and gentle touch of the Body of Christ touching the Body of Christ.

Why Eucharistic Ministry?
Eucharistic Ministers make the communion rite take place in a timely fashion.  This is not a matter of efficiency, but recognition that its meaning cannot be separated from our experience of it in the ritual.  When “going to communion” takes a long time, and we are not sharing a meal with our brothers and sisters, then the communion rite loses its association with the Eucharistic prayer and the breaking of the bread.  The number of Eucharistic ministers is based on the number of communicants at Mass.

Volunteer Ministry Opportunity

Purpose of Position
To distribute the Body and Blood of Christ to those who come forward during the eucharistic celebration. Those who choose not to receive the Eucharist are welcomed with a blessing.

Responsibilities

  • Assist the presider in distributing Eucharist at Mass. The minister looks each person in the eye and says, without rushing, “The Body of Christ,” “The Blood of Christ.” Each person has time to respond, “Amen.” The minister, again without hurrying, then places the Body of Christ in the hand or on the tongue and gives over the Blood of Christ.
  • Find your own replacement if you are unable to serve when scheduled.
  • Offer to minister on Holy Days and other special feasts.
  • Offer to minister even when you are not scheduled.
  • Join the other ministers in the sacristy before the liturgy begins for a short prayer.
  • Join in the blessing of the recommitment to service at the liturgy of your choice in late fall.
  • Be willing to serve at the Saturday, 5:00 p.m., Sunday, 6:30 a.m., and Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Masses until there is a sufficient number of ministers in place to serve at these liturgies.
  • Attend the annual Liturgy Reflection Day, usually held a Saturday morning in the fall.

Requirements

  • To be a Eucharistic Minister is to be intent on the work of liturgy caught up in singing, procession and even silence. To be a Eucharistic Minister is to know deeply that we are the Body and Blood of Christ. To be with the praying community is to learn how to be in this world with reverence, with a love of God that is incarnate in how we speak to others, how we move amidst the holiness of matter and of time.
  • A fully initiated Catholic, having celebrated the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and First Eucharist.

Amount of Time Required
Approximately 90 minutes on each occasion.

When Ministry is Performed
Generally twice a month. A ministry schedule is mailed out once a quarter. Weekly assignments are listed in the Sunday Bulletin and on the parish website.

What to Wear
Lectors dress in a manner that is tasteful, dignified, and respectful of their liturgical role. See the Dress Code for Liturgical Ministers

Length of Commitment
One year at a time.

Training
Provided through our own Liturgy Office.

Recommendations
Consider attending the liturgy conference held annually in the fall and the Los Angeles Archdioceses Religious Education Congress held annually in the winter.

To express your interest in becoming a Eucharistic Minister, please complete and submit the Eucharistic Minister Volunteer Interest Form

Contact
Frank Ponnet
Director of Liturgy
(626) 403-6116
fponnet@holyfamily.org

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