Liturgical Ministries

There are several ways to serve the Liturgy of the parish. Training for individual ministries is provided annually according to the needs of the community and promoted in advance of any formational program. Scheduling assignments are done by the preference of the ministers and completed in two month (seasonal) segments. Contact Dave Wiseman at the Music & Liturgy Office, 393-3030 x230 for more information or email him at wisemand@ihmlansing.org

Adult Choir

Adult Only (18 Years and older)
Current Need:  Not Limited
Commitment: Bi-annually (Christmas/Easter seasons)

The choir is encouraged by Church documents to foster active participation of the faithful.  At IHM an adult choir is assembled to enrich the sea sons of Christmas and Easter and other celebrations as needed.  Choir members attend designated rehearsals and prepare to the best of their ability the music chosen for a given celebration.  Choir members ARE able to sing a basic tune or melody and collaborate in an ensemble setting, and attend mandatory rehearsals and performances.  The choir sings at IHM church Christmas Eve (Midnight Mass), Epiphany, Holy Thursday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday.

A general invitation for any choir event is posted on the worship page of the Sunday bulletin with specific dates and times included.  Rehearsal and Mass attendance is mandatory. Individual time with rehearsal compact disc recording is also expected. Watch the bulletin for dates.

Children's Youth Choir

Grade Levels 2 through 8
Current Need:  Not Limited
Commitment: 2-3 sessions annually (may choose any or all sessions)

A Children’s Youth Choir exists in collaboration of both Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Casimir Parishes. The ensemble is open to students grades 2-8 attending public schools, IHM-St. Casimir School, or are home-schooled. Typically, there are three (3) sessions throughout the year (October-May) and students may participate in any or all of these sessions.

Rehearsals and schedules are posted in the bulletin promoting each session with contact information listed for those who wish to participate. Michael & Karen Taylor are IHM parishioners directing this effort. The choir sings at both parishes throughout the year, some school liturgies, and Christmas Eve when possible.

Altar Server (Acolyte)                          

Youth / Young Adult – (4th grade through High School and Adults may serve at weekday and weekend masses)
Current Need:  Not limited
Commitment: Varies

The role of Altar Server (or Acolyte) is instituted to assist the priest or deacon at the altar. Boys and girls 4th grade through high school are invited to assist at the Eucharistic table.  IHM also invites adults to serve at weekday Masses and funerals.  Ministers must be mature, responsible and dependable.  Ministers serve at Saturday/Sunday weekend Masses, other Holy Days, weekday Masses or as needed. Training and formation is offered annually including sessions for school and faith formation students (or others).  Students are scheduled (or sign up) for any preferred weekend, weekday or Holy Day Mass time.

Art & Environment           

Committee of Adult / Young Adult - (Post-High School and Older)
Current Need:  Not Limited
Commitment: Bi-Annually

The church documents call for the implementation of worshipful art and artistry within the liturgical environment.  How we perceive what is around us can affect our participation and attitude toward what is being celebrated.  This committee gathers twice or so a year to assess our liturgical space and plan for the various seasons of the Church year.  Meetings are normally held at the convenience of members.  However, participation is expected during Christmas and Easter set-up and take-down.  Ministers must be able to commit to meeting times and are available during Christmas and Easter.  Meetings are held at a meeting space in the in the parish office, rectory or school, specific times and dates are agreed upon in advance. 

Cantor / Instrumentalist                

Adult / Young Adult - (High School and Older)
Current Need:  Not Limited
Commitment: Varies

A cantor leads the gathered assembly in the sung prayers and responses of the liturgy.  An instrumentalist assists in building up the assembly’s participation in this action.  Cantors will help lead assembly parts & solo verses for a given liturgy. An Instrumentalist will work closely with the Director of Music to compliment the existing accompaniment in the most effective way possible.  Ministers will possess some musical training and are able to perform in public.  Ministers serve at IHM church during Masses on Sat / Sun / Holy Days or as needed.  Director of Music will contact you to schedule an informal presentation of skills and request other materials; Director will determine how best to incorporate gifts and talents with current and future programs, including the newer “praise and worship” element.

Church Cleaning                                     

Adult / Young Adult - (High School and Older)
Current Need:  Not Limited
Commitment: Varies

Although our professional maintenance staff oversees the general condition of our facility, many hands are needed to maintain the routine cleaning and dusting of our worship and gathering spaces. Those interested will help maintain the general cleanliness of the church, including dusting, light cleaning, windows, etc. Ministers need to be able to work a flexible schedule and have a willingness to do a thorough job. Ministers serve at IHM church on a rotating schedule which can be weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or seasonal

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion            

Adult Only (18 Years and Older) with minimum sacraments
Current Need:  Not Limited
Commitment: Scheduled Liturgy, Training, Evening of Reflection

The Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion exists to assist the ordained ministers (priest/deacon) with the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass.  Parishioners who have received Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist are asked to serve in two ways -- some as ministers of the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass, while others take the Eucharist (Holy Communion) to those who are sick and/or homebound.  Commissioned ministers are encouraged to do both. Ministers will be comfortable in a public setting and looking people directly in their eyes. Ministers serve at IHM church during Masses on Sat / Sun / Weekdays / Holy Days / Funerals / Weddings. Ministry Contact will coordinate formal training (once annually).

Minister of Hospitality (Usher or Greeter)  

Adult / Young Adult - (High School and Older)
Current Need:  Not Limited
Commitment: Scheduled Liturgy, Training, Evening of Reflection
Ministry Contact: Steve Gauss; Phone – (517) 882-3941

Greeters and Ushers play a vital role in our parish liturgies - welcoming, seating people, collecting the offerings, assisting those with special needs, etc. Being hospitable is the foundation for being a good steward. Ministers will greet people at the doors before Mass, assist those in wheelchairs, be on guard for emergency situations, and execute the procession at Offertory including the collection and at Communion time. Ministers need to be comfortable in a public setting and have a strong desire to serve and help others, especially those with physical limitations. Ministers serve at IHM church Masses on Sat / Sun / Weekdays / Holy Days. Ministry Contact will coordinate your informal training.

Plant Care – in Church                                             

Family (Adult Supervision Required)
Current Need:  Not Limited
Commitment: Varies

Having a warm and inviting space is vital to the ongoing life of the parish community.  Plants and flowers in particular add a unique dimension to our liturgical environment.    Those interested will monitor plant life in the church, chapel, and gathering spaces.  Ministers need to be able to work a flexible schedule and have a strong knowledge of plant maintenance. This is an ongoing ministry, but is particularly needed during the Christmas and Easter seasons.

Reader                                                          

Adult / Young Adult - (High School and Older)
Current Need:  Not Limited
Commitment: Scheduled Liturgy, Training, Evening of Reflection

The ministry of Reader exists in accordance with the Church’s invitation to actively involve the laity in the celebration of the Mass.  This ministry enables the commissioned minister to not only open the Word of God more fully in his/her heart, but the hearts of others as well. Ministers must have a strong voice and be comfortable speaking in public. Ministers serve at IHM church during Masses on Sat / Sun / Weekdays / Holy Days / Funerals / Weddings. Ministry Contact will coordinate formal training (once annually).

Sanctuary Care (Sacristan)                                

Adult Only (18 Years and Older)
Current Need:  Not Limited
Commitment: Weekends

Setting up before any liturgy is essential.  A Deacon when present sometimes does this, however, other times require the assistance of laity. Ministers will work with the Priest in preparing the hosts, wine, vessels, etc. for a given Mass.  Time is expected after Mass as well to wash and put everything away in its proper place. Ministers have a willingness to serve others and are punctual and dependable.  Ministers serve at IHM church during Masses on Sat / Sun / Weekdays / Holy Days / Funerals / Weddings or as needed. Ministry Contact will coordinate your formal training.

Wedding Host/Hostess

Adult Only (ears and Older)
Current Need:  Not Limited (however, due to the decreasing numbers of parish weddings, this ministry is not in immediate need for hostesses.)
Commitment: Varies

Weddings are one of the greatest opportunities we have to welcome others from varying faiths and backgrounds.  It may well be the first experience people have encountering our parish or even a Catholic community.  The Wedding Host/Hostess will contact the bride (groom) in preparation of the wedding, help set up and clean up the church, monitor the wedding party before and after both rehearsal and ceremony and, in general, uphold IHM wedding guidelines.  Ministers are able to deal with strong personalities and have a willingness to serve others.  Ministers serve at IHM church Friday nights/ Saturday morning and afternoons as scheduled. Ministry Contact or seasoned hostess will contact you to pair you up with an existing hostess; scheduling is done at that time.

 

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Ministry Schedule
 

 

LETTER TO LITURGICAL MINISTERS