Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
Deacon Pete DePrima
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion have been assisting priests and deacons with the distribution of Holy Communion at liturgical services since 1978. They also bring the Eucharist to the sick and homebound within the parish boundaries, as directed by the Pastor. This ministry is open to Catholic men and women who have been parishioners of Saint James Church for at least one year. Selected and appointed by the Pastor, Eucharistic Ministers are mandated by the Bishop for a period of two years. Attendance at an annual re-commitment meeting is required.
Kathy and Dave McCarthy
All boys and girls in grades 6-12 are invited to be trained as Altar Servers. Serving at Mass gives our young parishioners an opportunity to learn more about their faith through participation in the daily, Sunday, Holy Day, and funeral (optional) liturgies. A trip to Dorney Park and a pizza party are held each year in gratitude for the dedication of our Altar Servers.
Readers proclaim the Word of God, mediating an encounter with God by making the text come alive for the listeners. Accordingly, the Reader spends time preparing by studying commentaries, pronunciation guidelines, background on the Scripture writer and the historical and cultural setting in which the particular passage is found. High School aged and adult men and women are invited to be trained as Readers. Occasional seminars and refresher instruction opportunities are offered.
Kathy Wasilewski (Praise and Worship Group)
Composed of multiple choirs plus cantors, the Music Ministry leads worship services with music and song at all weekend Masses (except 7:30 a.m.). By providing inspirational music that reinforces the Gospel message, the choirs invite more prayerful and active participation in the Liturgy. The Music Ministry performs a complimentary music festival annually.
The Adult Choir’s repertoire includes traditional hymns and liturgical songs, usually with organ or piano accompaniment. This choir meets on Thursday evenings, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Praisers, the children’s choir, is open to boys and girls in grades 4 through 8, meets on Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and sings at the 9:00 a.m. Mass on the first Sunday of the month. The Praise and Worship group sings contemporary sacred music, accompanied by guitar, percussion and piano, once a month at Mass and is open to high school students and adults. The Teen Music Group plays and sings at the monthly teen Masses.
Ushers greet parishioners at Mass, assist with seating, arrange for the Presentation of the Gifts, take up the Offertory collection, distribute the Sunday Bulletin and “direct traffic” during the distribution of Holy Communion. The ministry is open to men, women and teens. Volunteers are assigned to one Mass each weekend and are encouraged to assist on Holy Days of Obligation and at special liturgical events. As the oldest ministry of the Catholic Church, the Ushers are truly the unsung heroes of our parish liturgies.