altar_ministries_header_700x250Altar Flowers

Parishioners have the opportunity to make a $100 donation for altar flowers to memorialize a loved one or to celebrate a special anniversary or event. Interested parishioners may call the parish office, (717) 697-2614, for a list of available weekends.

Altar Linens

Volunteers wash and iron linens in their own homes, paying special attention to the removal of stains. Each individual volunteer usually performs this service two to four times a year, as scheduled.

Altar Servers

In addition to assisting at Masses, altar servers may be asked to help at other events such as weddings, funerals, evening prayers, or benediction. Altar servers should be in at least the fourth grade, and many serve through their high school years. Meetings and training sessions are held as needed. Servers regularly receive schedules for serving weekend liturgies.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

In every celebration of the Eucharist, there should be a sufficient number of ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner. Bishops, priests and deacons distribute Holy Communion in virtue of their office as ordinary ministers of the Body and Blood of the Lord. When the size of the congregation or the incapacity of the bishop, priest, or deacon requires it, the celebrant may be assisted by other bishops, priests, or deacons. If such ordinary ministers of Holy Communion are not present, “the priest may call upon extraordinary ministers to assist him, i.e., duly instituted acolytes or even other faithful who have been deputed for this purpose. In case of necessity, the priest may also depute suitable faithful for this single occasion.”

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should receive sufficient spiritual, theological, and practical preparation to fulfill their role with knowledge and reverence.

(From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Lectors

Lectors are members of the parish who have the ability and desire to read at liturgies. Lectors read at about one service a month. A workbook containing the readings for the year is given to each lector to allow for advance preparation. Workshops and meetings are scheduled as needed.