Liturgical Ministers

Welcome to the Liturgical Minsters’ Portal!

Here you can:

  • Find descriptions of the ministries
  • Learn how you can help serve Our Lord at Mass!

Interested in becoming a Liturgical Minister?

The Didde Center is always looking for people to help serve at the Celebration of the Eucharist. You can volunteer for various liturgical or music ministry positions! Becoming trained in several positions is easy to do and helpful to the Didde Staff.

Liturgical Minsters’ Schedule

We schedule Liturgical Ministers for Sunday Masses only. If you are unable to serve on the day you are scheduled, please find a replacement. At the beginning of each semester, the Didde Center sends out a list of names and contact information of all the Liturgical Minsters. To protect everyone’s privacy, we do not have a link to this list on our website, but if you need it or would like to update your contact information, please Contact Us.

Training Sessions:

The Didde Center holds training sessions for people interested in becoming a liturgical minister at the beginning of each semester. These sessions will be advertised at the center. You may also Contact Us for a private training session if the schedule group session will not work for you, or you are wanting to volunteer in the middle of the semester. Also, if you are available during the summers and are willing to help serve, please let the Didde Center know.

Here is a list of the ministries and a short description:

Usher/Hospitality Minister – Ushers greet people before Mass, help with the Offertory Collection, bring up the Gifts of bread and wine, and hand out bulletins after Mass.

Lector– At Sunday Masses, there are two lectors. One reads the first reading, the second lector reads the second reading and the petitions. At daily Mass, there is one lector who reads the first reading and the Responsorial Psalm. Note: Liturgical Ministers are only scheduled for Sunday Masses. Volunteers serve at daily Mass.

Extraordinary Minsters/Eucharistic Ministers– These minsters help the priest distribute the Host and the Precious Blood during Communion. Following Mass, they help wash the sacred vessels used during Communion.

Altar Server– An altar server helps the priest during the entire Mass. His or her duties include (but are not limited to) carrying the cross during the entrance procession, holding the Roman Missal for the priest to read from, preparing the altar, and ringing the bells during Consecration.

Sacristan– This person’s duty is actually performed before Mass. He or she prepares for Mass by opening the Lectionary to the correct readings, assembling the items used for the Mass, turning on the sound system, and lighting the candles.

Cantor– This person helps lead the congregation in song. He or she sings the songs, the Responsorial Psalm, and any responses that are sung. He or she also works closely with the pianist, practicing before Mass, or another time outside of Mass to prepare.

Pianist– This person works closely with the cantor, accompanying the songs. He or she practices with the cantor outside of Mass.

*If you have other musical abilities and would like to volunteer, please let us know.