Ministries at St. Denis
St. Denis offers many ways for you to participate at Mass and beyond.
Lectors | Eucharistic Ministers | Altar Servers | Collectors/Ushers | Music
Liturgical Dancers | Bereavement | Faith Formation
Catholic Womens's Council | Parish Council
Ministry of Lectors
Lectors are lay persons called to grow in a warm and loving knowledge of scripture, the living word of God. He or she is invited to more deeply enter a relationship with God, the Word that is creative, powerful and effective. The reader strives for a deeper relationship with the text that comes from within, a level of understanding and feeling that makes this ministry a real embodiment of the Word of God. Please contact the Rectory for more information on becoming a Lector.
Eucharistic Ministers are lay persons called to grow in a deep and fierce love of Christ Jesus who is sacramentally present in the Eucharist. He or she is invited to more deeply enter a relationship with Jesus who gave himself on the cross for our salvation and who gives Himself to us as nourishment in the form of bread and wine, the Eucharist. The Eucharistic Minister strives for a deeper relationship with Jesus that is on the one hand exciting and awesome, and on the other tender and familiar; a deep love of the Son of God, the Word made flesh. Please contact the Rectory for more information on becoming a Eucharistic Minister.
Altar Server Ministry
Altar servers are mainly young men and women who assist the priest at the sacrifice of the Mass. They are drawn to be close to the “action” of the Mass where God’s word is proclaimed and His Body and Blood are made present for His people. It is required that altar servers are at least at the beginning of the 4th grade in school. Adult altar servers also assist at morning Masses and at funerals. Anyone interested in serving should contact the Rectory.
The collectors and ushers welcome participants to Mass, assist elderly and others needing assistance on the stairs, distribute bulletins and other information, prepare the church for Mass, pass the baskets during collections, bring gifts to the altar if not previously assigned, and bag, secure and deliver the offerings to the Rectory. Contact the Rectory for more information on serving as an usher or collector.
The St. Denis Music Ministry consists of members of the parish community who are dedicated to leading, supporting and enriching the assembly’s sung prayer. The group is responsible for providing music at Mass. Occasionally, the group is asked to provide music for special liturgies always at the approval of the members. If music is in your heart, what better way to share your talent (voice or instrument) with others for the glory of God. Consider sharing your time and talent as the rewards will be fulfilling. Anyone interested in participating should contact the Rectory. Also, any enthusiastic individual wishing to start additional music groups, such as a youth choir, should also contact the Rectory.
Liturgical dancing is a unique form of prayer, expressed through the art of dance. It consists of youngsters in the 4th grade or older with a desire to express their faith in a reverent and meaningful dance. Liturgical dancers are asked to dance for special occasions with practices necessary 1-2 weeks prior to the occasion. No formal dance experience is required. Call the Rectory for more information on becoming a liturgical dancer.
The St. Denis Bereavement Ministry has been volunteering to help the families of the deceased since All Saints Day, November 1, 1990. The Ministry volunteers support bereaved families by helping them choose hymns, liturgical readings and readers, gift bearers, eulogy formats, etc. Memorial booklets may be created and distributed at the Funeral Mass upon request, providing that all information is received in adequate time for printing. Assistance is also provided to the celebrant at the Mass of Christian Burial. Bakers provide pastry for the collation after the family returns from the cemetery. The Ministry hosts the reception by setting up, serving the refreshments, cleaning up and packing all the remaining food for the family.
Faith Formation Ministry
The catechists who teach our children about our faith are an important part of our parish community. To learn more about becoming a Faith Formation teacher, assistant teacher, substitute teacher, or about assisting the program in other ways, please visit the Religious Education page, or call the Rectory for further information on how to become involved. If you understand the importance of having a personal relationship with Christ, you are qualified to share your faith with others. Support and materials will all be provided.