“The heavens open and multitudes of angels come to assist in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.” -Saint Gregory

“Through the liturgy the inner man is rooted and grounded in “the great love with which the Father loved us” in his beloved son.” –Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph no. 1073

Did you know in a given year we celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass over 970 times at St Thomas? Each week, over 60 volunteers are a part of this incredible endeavor.  For more information about any of our liturgical ministries, or to inquire about joining the team, connect with our Liturgy Coordinator, Maureen Galloway

Lay Minister Schedule

Ministry Schedule

Thank you, Liturgical Ministers!

In order to ensure the monthly schedule is reaching you, please email Maureen (mgalloway@sta2.org) if you are not already receiving the monthly distribution email.

We are not posting liturgical ministry schedules at this time.

Music Ministries

“Sing to the LORD, bless his name; proclaim his salvation day after day!”

The Catholic Church has always affirmed the importance of Sacred Music and we welcome all to our vibrant ministry. If you are interested in serving with your musical gifts or volunteering to assist with music technology, the music library, or other support behind the scenes, please contact Jeanne Marie Gerig, Interim Director of Music.

St. Thomas Parish Choir

Please note that due to Covid-19, this music ministry has been suspended and will return as soon as it is safe for all.

Cantor Ministry

A cantor assists us at every weekend and Holy Day Mass by leading the hymns, psalms, and Mass parts. Cantors do not need to be professional musicians, but should possess a desire to serve the parish, a clear voice with good diction, basic music reading skills and knowledge of the flow of the liturgy. Cantors must audition, and they are scheduled in advance. Participation in the choir is not required to serve as cantor, though preparation is required.

Extraordinary Form Mass

Cantor and Schola musicians for this Mass are by audition only.

Instrumentalists/ Accompanists/Volunteers

We welcome skilled instrumentalists to assist our music ministry! If you play a band or orchestra instrument at a high school level, there are opportunities to play prelude music, enhance the hymns at Mass, or form small ensembles. Pianists and organists will be considered as substitutes for Mass and accompanists for parish groups. Guitarists are invited to consider serving at our Sunday 6pm Mass or additional prayer services.

Sunday Evening Ministries

Our current schedule on Sunday evening includes Mass at 6 pm, a Holy Hour at 7 pm, and a Student Mass at 8:30 pm. Our small ensembles for these ministries include piano, guitar, and cantors. The music is primarily contemporary.

Children’s Choir

Please note that due to Covid-19, this music ministry has been suspended and will return as soon as it is safe for all.

Serving at Mass

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Parishioners who assist in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass. Women and men 16 years and older who are fully initiated, active participants in the sacramental life of the Church are welcome. Training sessions are held periodically, and formation is ongoing.

Lectors

Ministers carefully prepare Scriptures for proclamation, utilizing an understanding of the Liturgy and basic knowledge of Scripture. Volunteers must be fully initiated, active participants in the Sacramental life of the Church, men and women who are willing to enter into initial and on-going formation.

Ushers

Men and women are invited to assist in this ministry of hospitality. Ushers arrive early to assist in the preparation of a comfortable environment. They recruit volunteers for the presentation of the gifts, carry the collection baskets to the assembly, and are especially attentive to the needs of the elderly, the disabled and families with small children.

Hospitality Ministers

Parishioners who step forward to welcome everyone to Sunday Mass, striving to bring into reality the challenge of Pope Francis, “The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.”

Altar Servers

Servers assist the presider in prayer and in action at Mass and other liturgies. This ministry is open to boys and girls age 10 and in 5th grade and up.

Sacristans

Persons who provide the vital service of sanctuary preparation and care at daily and week-end Masses.

Linen Care

Volunteers take linens home for laundering and ironing. This may include purificators, corporals, hand towels, albs and/or altar cloths.

Friday Adoration

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament occurs each Friday after the 7:00 a.m. Mass. We are in need of committed adorers who sign up to ensure the Blessed Sacrament is not left unattended.

Divine Mercy Sunday

The Sunday after Easter has been designated by Pope John Paul II as Divine Mercy Sunday in accordance with our Lord’s request made to St. Faustina Kowalska. On Divine Mercy Sunday, St. Thomas offers Mass in the afternoon. Priests are present to hear confessions, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and the chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited. There is normally an information session several weeks before the celebration in which literature is distributed and the devotion is explained.

Maureen Galloway

Liturgical & Marriage Prep Coordinator

734.761.8606 x2801

St. Thomas the Apostle Church