Liturgical Ministries

For further information about Liturgical Ministry, please call Sue Gerlach, Music Director/Sacred Heart and Liturgy Coordinator, at (719) 633-8711 ext. 102 or e-mail

Liturgical Ministries

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others.” Romans 12:6, Romans 11:29, 1 Peter 4:10

At our baptism each of us was given certain gifts to use for the building up of God’s kingdom. When particular gifts are matched with liturgical roles that call for those qualities, we do indeed serve others when we joyfully celebrate Mass. Men, women, teens, and children who are registered members of the parish are asked to prayerfully discern if God is calling them to fulfill their baptismal duty by joining one of the liturgical ministries available at Sacred Heart, Holy Rosary or Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Ministry of Proclaimer

“Sing to the LORD, bless his name; declare his salvation day after day. Tell God's glory among the nations; among all peoples, God's marvelous deeds.” Psalm 96:2-3

The proclaimer declares the Scriptures during the Liturgy of the Word. Two proclaimers are necessary for every parish liturgy. “They should be truly qualified and carefully prepared to perform this function, so that the faithful will develop in their hearts a warm and lively love for Sacred Scripture by listening to the readings from the sacred texts.” General Instruction of the Roman Missal no. 101

Young people with the requisite skills are encouraged to serve in this important ministry. No experience is required and training is provided. Proclaimers are expected to attend yearly ministry formation and training sessions.

Ministry of Altar Server

“Serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 10:12

Altar servers assist the priest and deacon; they carry the cross, the candles, the censer, the bread, the wine and the water. Servers should be mature enough to understand their responsibilities and to carry them out well and with appropriate reverence. They should have received Holy Communion for the first time and normally receive the Eucharist whenever they participate in the liturgy. The minimum age requirement is 9 years. Altar servers are expected to attend yearly ministry formation and training sessions.

Ministry of Hospitality

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2

Hospitality is basic to Christians. Hospitality ministers ensure that people are welcomed and assisted, that the collection is carried out in an orderly fashion, and that the bulletins are offered at the end of Mass. This is a wonderful, age-appropriate ministry for families and single people. Training is provided. Hospitality ministers are expected to attend yearly ministry formation and training sessions.

Extra-ordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC)

“You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you.” Psalm 118:28

EMHC assist the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion at all Masses. Parishioners who have received the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation and are at least 16 years of age may serve. No prior experience is needed. Training is provided and yearly ministry formation is mandatory.

Ministry of Music

“I will sing and make music to the Lord.” Psalm 27:6

National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM)

Singing is one of the primary ways that we participate in Liturgy. The choir is composed of volunteers who possess musical skills, commit to weekly rehearsals, liturgies, and ongoing musical formation, and love the sound of the singing assembly. Teens and adults who enjoy singing are invited to participate.

The cantor is both a singer and a leader of congregational song. From within the choir those with exceptional singing skills may be invited to audition for the ministry of cantor.

Instrumentalists add to the beauty of liturgical music. All skilled instrumental musicians are invited to audition.

Ministry of Sacristan

“I have prepared the house and a place for the camels.” Genesis 24:31

While sacristans rarely deal with camels, they do deal with preparing the house of the Lord and the items necessary for every liturgy. Sacristans prepare the bread and wine, set out the vessels and linens used for worship, and make sure everything is ready well before Mass begins, and assist in putting everything away after Mass. No experience is necessary, and training is provided.

Liturgical Vestment Care

“They were dressed in clean, shining linen and wore golden sashes around their chests.” Revelation 15:6

While many liturgical vestments are made of material that must be dry cleaned, some are made of natural material and can be machine washed and dried. The albs worn by altar servers should be cleaned at least monthly. Corporals and purificators are laundered on a weekly basis. This is a new ministry especially for those who enjoy “behind the scenes” service. Three or four people are needed for this ministry.

Church Environment

“Its openings, its portico and its palm tree decorations had the same measurements as those of the gate facing east. Seven steps led up to it, with its portico opposite them.” Ezekiel 40:22

Banners, plants and flowers need people who will iron fabric, climb ladders, and water thirsty roots. The church environment usually changes with each liturgical season – Advent/Christmas, Lent/Easter and Ordinary Time. Volunteers who like to spend time beautifying the entire worship space, as well as those who enjoy a definite beginning and end to an activity, are invited to join this ministry. No experience is necessary – only time and a willingness to help.