Liturgical Ministries

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist | Altar Servers | Readers | Music Ministry | Ushers


Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Deacon Pete DePrima
848-248-1235 (cell)

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.



Mass Schedule – August

Assumption 2018

Fellowship Village Schedule – August


Summary of New Procedures and Reminders (as of May 2018)

Policies & Procedures Manual (as of May 2018)

Policies, Procedures, and Reminders for Ministers to the Homebound (as of May 2018)

Station Map and Assisting Instructions – Weekend Masses – CHURCH

Station Map – Daily Masses – CHAPEL

Station Map and Assisting Instructions – Holy Days – CHAPEL



Altar Servers

Sr. Esther Falzone, S.C.C.
908-766-0888, ext. 238

Altar BoysAll boys and girls in grades 5-12 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.

Altar Server Registration 2018-2019

Guidelines for Altar Servers

An Altar Server’s Prayer


Sunday and Holy Day Mass Schedule – June 30 through September 9

Daily Mass Schedule – July 2 through September 8


 Jeremiah attended St. James School and has served at the Lord’s Holy Altar since he was in the fourth grade. He is graduating from high school and will be attending the University of Scranton, PA beginning September 2018. Jeremiah served for the final time at the 10:30 am Mass on Pentecost Sunday. The parish family sent him forward with a blessing and a gift as he begins the next chapter of his academic career. We will all miss him, but he promises to check in at the sacristy before Mass whenever he’s home from college. Jeremiah, may the Lord continue to guide and protect you.






Jack McArtney
908-285-1852 (cell)

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 opportunities are offered.

Service Schedule for August

Music Ministry

Karen Sutherland (Choir Director)
908-766-9680 (home)
Kathy Wasilewski (Praise and Worship Group)
908-256-3437 (cell)

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.

Music for August



Tony Laferrera
908-419-0729 (cell)

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.

Usher Application

Guidelines for Ushers

New Procedures for Ushers (REVISED: September 2017)