Altar serving is an excellent way for young people to become actively involved in the Mass. As an altar server, you provide an essential service to the Presider, as well as serve as an example for the entire Good Shepherd community. Altar servers must be 10 yrs old or in the 4th grade and must be enrolled in CFF or a Catholic School. This ministry meets for quarterly training sessions that are mandatory for aspiring alter servers and highly recommended for current altar servers. Training dates will be posted in the bulletin. For more information contact AltarServers@gscceg.org.
ART & ENVIRONMENT
Men and women, who appreciate art, design and flowers, are encouraged to share their talents to create an environment in our worship space that enhances the liturgy. The Parish supplies all needed resources. For more information contact Terry DeFrates at Art-Environment@gscceg.org
Baptism Ministers help the families preparing for the Sacrament of Baptism. Additionally, ministers set-up for the celebration of the sacrament in group baptisms and assist at the liturgy when the sacrament is celebrated at mass. This is a very rewarding experience for a married couple. Alternatively, you could be paired with another minister as an individual. For more information email Baptism@gscceg.org
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a ministry designed to accommodate children in first through fourth grades at the 9am, 11am and 5pm Masses. The children are dismissed from Mass before the first reading so that they can hear the Word of God in age appropriate language. They then participate in discussions about what they are reading and return to Mass after the Homily. For more information contact Chris Kusuma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTRY TO THE HOMEBOUND
The Homebound Ministry involves taking the Eucharist/Communion to people who are ill and cannot attend Mass. In addition, the Eucharist is delivered to people in Assisted Living Facilities and to the incarcerated. For more information, or to sign up as a Eucharist Minister to the Homebound, please contact Pat Viduya at HomeboundMinistry@gscceg.org.
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
Eucharistic Ministers assist the Presider in the distribution of communion at Mass or other special events such as special Liturgical events, funerals, and/or weddings. Ministers must be a Catholic in good standing, registered in the parish and over the age of 18 years. For more information email EMHC@gscceg.org.
Lazarus Ministry works with the Presider and the family to prepare for the funeral liturgy. The team will work with the Presider to become familiar with the requirements of the Funeral Mass and interface with the grieving families. For more information contact Liz Ponce at Bereavement@gscceg.org
Lectors proclaim God's Word to the assembled faith community. Three lectors are scheduled to read at each Sunday Mass. Training sessions are held several times a year and workbooks are provided for each lector to help them prepare for and understand their readings in order to properly proclaim God’s word. For more information contact Chris Faull at Lectors@gscceg.org
The Liturgy Board is a small group that strives to continually monitor, organize, and improve our worship experience. The group is composed of the two Priests and two Deacons, and a small number of parishioners. For more information contact Gary Watson at LiturgyBoard@gscceg.org.
Mass Coordinators are responsible for the smooth flow of liturgy at Good Shepherd. The coordinator is monitoring the work of others more than he or she is actually carrying out activities. In essence, the Mass Coordinator will make sure the church is ready for liturgy, ensure presence of all scheduled participants, respond to emergencies during liturgy, and close up church after liturgy. For more information contact Gary Watson at MassCoordinator@gscceg.org.
Ministers of Music help the congregation praise God through the singing of hymns, psalms, acclamations, and praise songs. The choir members of Good Shepherd share their musical talents and hope to encourage and help others share their gifts and talents. The choir encourages the congregation to sing in full participation and is always open to new members. Click here to find out more about the choir and music for upcoming masses.
The Usher Ministry is a great opportunity to meet parishioners of Good Shepherd Church while serving a vital service in the performance of the Mass. The hospitality that Ushers show in helping people find a seat, in collecting the gifts of money or in guiding the Communion procession must reflect the idea that the Church is our home. Any parishioner at least 12 years in age or older may be an Usher. Children under age 12 must be assisted by an adult during the collection. For more information contact Edwin Camerino at email@example.com.