|Altar Server||The role of the altar server is to assist the celebrant and deacon during liturgies and para liturgies, and to assist in the flow of the liturgy. Included would be duties such as: ensuring that prior to the beginning of a liturgy all items are on the altar and that the altar candles are lit; carrying the cross or candles during the procession into the church; moving the vessels used for the Eucharist from the credence table to the altar and clearing the altar during Communion; assisting the priest in receiving the gifts; assisting the priest or deacon with the cleaning of the vessels used in Communion; assisting the priest in the use of incense; and other duties as needed. Training is provided for both adults and young people interested in serving in this capacity. |
|Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC)||The role of the Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist is to assist the celebrant in the distribution of the Eucharist at Mass. The ministry should include a desire to be involved and display a sense of reverence, presence, excitement and enthusiasm.|
|Greeter||Greeters are integral to developing a welcoming atmosphere in our church. Greeters should be open and inviting, cheerful, and smiling. Duties include: stepping out and greeting people as they enter the church; and assisting those with baby carriers, wheelchairs, walkers, etc. Families are especially invited to participate in this ministry.|
The ministry of health and healing is central to the life of the church. Like Jesus, who was devoted to healing the physical, emotional, and spiritual brokenness of His people, we at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish will address these needs among our parishioners. We hope to assist in restoring a sense of wholeness and healing to those in need.
Health Team Activities
The parish health ministry is not a substitute for pastoral care, medical care, community health nursing, or social agencies. Rather, St. Bernard's Health Ministry team works in partnership with these disciplines by undertaking the following activities:
- Leading or arranging educational programs on health-related topics.
- Providing health-wellness information including blood pressure screenings.
- Promoting physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
- Referring parishioners to community resources and assisting them with understanding the resources available.
- Recruiting and coordinating volunteers within the congregation willing to assist others in need.
- Coordinating transportation needs.
- Discussing health concerns with parishioners; making home, hospital and nursing home visits.
The nurses and physicians involved do not generally provide physical care; they focus on health promotion and emotional and spiritual wellness.
Our goal is to coordinate the numerous existing ministries and to offer new ones to meet current needs:
- Blood pressure screenings.
- Health tips to help with wellness. Topics will include dementia management, weight loss, medication management and many more.
- Transportation to Mass and parish sponsored social events.
- Help with medical and insurance forms, as well as appeals.
- Visits to shut-ins and their caregivers.
- Electronic prayer chain.
- Grief recovery group.
To submit a prayer request, please contact the parish office, or a member of the parish health ministry.
|Lector||The lector, or reader, "is instituted to proclaim the readings from Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel. The reader may also announce the intentions for the general intercessions and, in the absence of the psalmist, read the psalm between the readings." (#66 - General Instruction of the Roman Missal). The gifts identified with this ministry include a good voice, good reading ability, and a willingness to prepare for the readings. This ministry should include a desire to be involved and display a sense of presence, excitement and enthusiasm. Orientation is held for new members as well as follow-up service.|
Have you considered lending your musical talents to our parish? We are always looking for talented organists, pianists, cantors, and choir members.
Cantors are always needed.
|Youth Ministry||Youth in grades 6-12 are invited, and encouraged, to join our Youth Ministry Group.|