Liturgical Ministries

Ordained Celebrant – the priest or bishop who celebrates the mass

Lectors or Readers – entrusted with reading the first reading during daily mass and the first and second readings at Sunday masses and other major feasts

Altar Servers – assist the priest in the celebration of the mass.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion – non-ordained people who help with the distribution of communion

Music Ministers and Cantors – provide music during the mass and other liturgical celebrations and lead the congregation in singing

Arts and Environment – people who ensure the liturgical environment is reverent, attractive and liturgically appropriate

Greeters and ushers – welcome people and help them find a seat


“….the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the fount from which all her power flows”    (Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy [Sacrosanctum Concilium], no. 10, in Vatican Council II: Volume 1: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents, ed. Austin Flannery [Northport, NY: Costello Publishing, 1996]).