Ministry Guidelines

for

Mother Teresa Mission Parish

February 2017

Contents

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St Michael Altar Server Ministry        4

Altar Linen Ministry        20

Cantor Ministry        34

Children’s Liturgy of the Word        35

Communication        38

Emergency Preparedness        39

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Ministry        39

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Homebound Procedures        47

Norms for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at the Sacred Liturgy of the Mass        50

Food Service Hospitality Ministry        56

Fundraising Policy and Procedures        57

Information Table Ministry Policies & Procedures        59

Information Table - Altar Flower Procedures        64

Information Table - Mass Intention Procedures        67

Information Table - Volunteer Forms Procedure        69

Ministers of Hospitality: Greeters and Ushers        70

Mass Coordinator Ministry        81

Music Ministry        85

Mother Teresa Mission Parish Children’s Choir        87

Pastoral Care Committee        88

Reader Ministry        89

Sacristan Policies & Procedures        92

Setup and Takedown Ministry        103

APPENDIX I – GLOSSARY OF TERMS        107


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St Michael Altar Server Ministry

THE READY-REFERENCE

GUIDE TO

SERVING MASS AT ST. MICHAEL CATHOLIC CHURCH

FOR MOTHER TERESA MISSION

August 2015

  1. WHY WE’RE HERE
  1.  Jesus: What He Has Done For Us
  1. PASCHAL MYSTERY: Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, and their saving significance for us.
  1. The adjective paschal derives from the Hebrew verb pasach, meaning “to pass over,” – it refers to ancient Israel’s rescue from slavery in Egypt in Moses’ time  (Exod. 12:23).
  2.  This is how the Israelite people defined themselves: they are the people whom God has rescued from slavery and led as His very own (Ps. 136).
  1. The Church says that what “we celebrate on Earth is a mysterious participation in the heavenly liturgy” (Pope John Paul II) … the very action of the angels and saints in Heaven!!   (Which is why we sing “Holy, Holy, Holy” in every Mass!)
  2. So, in short, this is a very serious, very important action! And it is a tremendous privilege for us to participate in it!
  1. The Church: Our Brothers and Sisters   (Vatican II, Sacrosanctum Concilium, 10)
  1. “The [Mass] is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows.”
  2. The Mass then helps the members of the Church to be HOLY
  3. It helps the people of God to love Christ and sets them on fire with His love
  4. Grace is poured upon us
  5. God is glorified 

  1. WIDE-VIEW PERSPECTIVE: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

        PART OF MASS                        PEOPLE DO                SERVER DOES

        INTRODUCTORY RITES

  1. Entrance Procession                        stand and sing                process in and sing
  2. Greeting                                        stand                        stand
  3. Penitential Act                                stand                        stand
  4. Gloria                                        stand and sing        stand and sing
  5. Opening Prayer / Collect                        stand                        stand / bring book

        LITURGY OF THE WORD 

  1. First Reading                                sit                        sit
  2. Responsorial Psalm                        sit and sing                sit and sing
  3. Second Reading                                sit                        sit
  4. Gospel                                        stand                        stand
  5. Homily                                        sit                        sit
  6. Profession of Faith (Creed)                stand                        stand
  7. General Intercessions (Petitions)                stand                        stand

        LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST

  1. Preparation of the Gifts                        sit                        set altar / send cross/ get gifts
  2. Preface  (up to “Holy, Holy”)                 stand                        stand
  3. Eucharistic Prayer  (through “Amen”)        stand                        stand / bells

        COMMUNION RITE

  1. Our Father                                        stand                        stand
  2. Sign of Peace                                shake hands                shake hands
  3. Lamb of God                                stand                        stand
  4. Distribution of Communion                stand and sing                go to right aisle, sing
  5. Purification                                sit                        clear altar, put vessels on cart/ light red ciborium candle (8:45 mass, only if it holds consecrated hosts)

        CONCLUDING RITES

  1. Prayer after Communion                        stand                        stand / bring book
  2. Dismissal                                        stand                        stand
  3. Recessional                                stand                        process out

  1. PREPARING FOR MASS: “We’re Already Ready, Already!”
  1. Before You Get to Church
  1. Shower … please.  (And brush your teeth!)
  2. Make sure your hair is combed and away from your face.
  3. Wear “church clothes” – you are an example to the congregation of what it means to be “dressed for church”.
  1. Boys -
  1. DO wear dress pants, a collared shirt, socks, and dress shoes.
  2. DON’T wear jeans, shorts, or T-shirts.
  3. DON’T wear tennis shoes, flip-flops, clogs, or boots

 

  1. Girls -
  1. DO wear dress pants or a skirt that covers the knee, and a dress shirt.
  2. DO wear shoes that have a low (1 inch or less) heel or flats.
  3. DON’T wear jeans, shorts, or tank tops.
  4. DON’T wear flip-flops, clogs, tennis shoes, or boots.
  5. DON’T large jewelry or dangly earrings.
  1. Don’t drink three glasses of juice … please.
  1. Getting to Church
  1. Get to church 15 minutes before the scheduled Mass time, in case there are special instructions like a sprinkling rite.
  2. Put on an alb that fits. … It should come to the top of your shoes when you’re standing straight up.
  3. Leads wear a cross around their neck. You can get the cross from the coordinator or from the bag in the priest’s room where the gifts are kept before mass. Fit the necklace under the hood of the alb.
  4. Make sure the processional cross is ready to go at the back of the auditorium.  The cross is NOT to touch the ground.
  5. Decide who will do what role during Mass.
  1. Book
  2. Cross
  3. Set altar / get gifts
  4. Ring bells
  1. Light the Altar and Ambo candles 10 minutes before the mass. Remember to bow as you approach the Altar.
  2. Wait without talking at the top of the auditorium for Mass to begin.

  1. FIRST THINGS FIRST
  1. You are a team: make sure you walk together and act together.
  2. Pay attention to Father – he may need something when you don’t expect it.
  3. People are watching you as examples of how to act in Mass – please don’t fidget during Mass. Make the responses, and sing the songs! Remember, you are in the presence of God.
  4. When you’re sitting, your feet should be flat on the floor, and hands in your lap palms down resting on your knees.
  5. When you are standing your hands should be folded together in prayer with fingers extended. This includes procession and recession.
  6. When you sign yourself your left hand should be placed across your heart.
  7. Bow whenever you walk to the altar unless you are carrying something.
  8. For procession and recession the rule is if there are consecrated hosts in the ciborium you should genuflect. But, follow what the Father does. If Father bows, bow. If Father genuflects, genuflect. When you genuflect, your right knee should go to the floor.  But when you’re carrying something like a candle or the Cross, you should pause in front of the altar only. Do not bow or genuflect to the Altar when carrying something.

  1. THE MASS, STEP-BY-STEP
  1. Introductory Rites
  1. As the people start to sing, process down the aisle together – like this:

Server

Priest

Server

Cross  

 

Server

Server

Reader/Deacon

Priest

  1. The Cross Server should proceed up the stairs to the right and put the Cross on its stand.  The Reader or Deacon should follow the cross. Then return to the front of the altar.
  2. The other servers wait in a line in front of the stage for the priest to come and bow to the Altar.  It’s best to form a single line with the priest in the middle. If the priest genuflects then genuflect. If he bows, bow. Do what the priest does.
  3. Servers go up the stairs to the right and go to their chairs. The Priest and the Deacon proceed up the left stairs.
  4. The servers stand with hands folded in prayer. Wait for the priest and deacon to proceed across the stage to their chairs. Book Server holds the worship aid in their hands cover facing out resting against the top of their chest.
  5.  (For Fr. Doug) Book Server brings the binder, open to the first page.
  6. During the Penitential Rite and Gloria, respond and sing with the congregation. People are watching you!
  1. Opening Prayer / Collect – As the Gloria finishes (with “Amen”), the Book Server takes the binder to the Priest, open to the page that says, “Opening Prayer.”  (It’s usually the second page.)  
  1. Pay attention to Father – he may direct you to hold the book for the Deacon.
  2. Wait with the book open until the people say “Amen,” or until Father closes the binder.
  3. Book server returns to the chair, and all servers sit down together.
  1. Children’s Liturgy of the Word Dismissal (optional) – The Book Server holds the book for the Priest/Deacon as they read the dismissal prayer.
  2. Liturgy of the Word – It’s important to sit still, with feet on the floor and hands in your lap. Hands should be placed on top of the knees with palms down.
  1. At the Alleluia (or Gospel Acclamation), stand and sing with the congregation.
  2. Be sure to look at the Priest or Deacon during the homily. It sets a good example for the other people at Mass.
  3. After the homily, stand and say the Creed with the rest of the congregation. (Do you know it by heart?)
  4. (For Fr. Doug) As the Priest comes back after the homily, the Book Server comes over to the Priest with the binder, open to the Creed. Then the Book Server waits next to the Priest through the Petitions.
  1. Preparation of the Gifts – right after the Petitions, it’s the Servers’ time to shine.
  1. The Book server takes the binder back to his/her chair.
  2. The Cross server takes the Cross back to receive the gifts. Exit the stage left and proceed around to the back where the gift table is located.
    At the same time, the other 2 servers begin to set the altar. Bring everything from the credence table to the Altar, and EITHER
  1. Hand them to the priest, if he’s waiting for them, OR
  2. Place them on the Altar (if there is no priest at the Altar).
  1. The vessels from the Credence Table come over to the Altar in this order:
  1. FIRST: the Corporal and the main chalice … if the Priest doesn’t take it, unfold it like this:

LEFT, RIGHT, TOP, BOTTOM
corporal-fold

  1. NEXT: Bring the Missal and purificators.
  2. NEXT: the 4 Chalices – to the RIGHT of the Altar. Place the purificators covering the chalices on top of the Missal and leave them on the Credence table.
  3. LAST: the four patens.

The following picture gives an example of how the Altar might look once it is set. Please note each Priest is unique and may set the Altar a little differently one from the other.

GH-altar-setup-diag

  1. Once the vessels are all on the Altar, the 2 servers come down to the floor with the Priest to receive the gifts. The servers stand to the left and right of the Priest.
  2. As soon as the Priest and servers reach the floor, the Cross bearer begins to process down to the front. (Make sure the gift-bearers are ready behind you before you start down!)  
  1. Make sure to watch closely so Father isn’t waiting a long time.
  2. After the Cross Server leads the gift bearers to the Altar, proceed to the right in front of the altar, pause and face the altar, then proceed up the right stairs to the stage and put the Cross back in its stand and then go to the Credence table to get the cruet of water. Remove the cruet’s top and proceed to the right of the Altar to meet the server with the wine.
  1. The other 2 servers receive the bread and wine
  1. The server with the bread goes around to the left of the Altar to hand it to the Father.
  2. The server with the wine proceeds to the right side of the Altar, removes the top of the cruet, and waits with the Cross server holding the water at the right of the Altar. Move as a pair to the Priest so he can mix the wine and water in the chalice. The handles of the cruets FACE THE PRIEST. Always use your right hand to hand something to the priest. You may store the cruet’s top in your left hand holding it underneath the cruet.
  1. After the wine and water are mixed, the servers return to the credence table and place the tops back on the cruets.
  2. While the water and wine are being mixed the other servers bring the finger bowl and towel to the left of the altar, along with the water for the Washing of the Hands. Be sure to move as a pair.  
  3. After the washing of the hands, bow to Father and return to the chairs. Lift your arm a little so it is easy for Father to place the towel back on your arm.
  1. Eucharistic Prayer – be sure to stay still during the Eucharistic Prayer.
  1. After the “Holy, Holy,” prepare to ring the bells.
  2. At the epiclesis Father holds his hands over the bread and wine, the server rings the bells softly one time.
  3. At each elevation Father raises up the Host and the Chalice, ring the bells three times, louder this time, with a short pause in between each ring.
  1. After the Amen, stand up for the Our Father. Keep your hands folded during the prayer.
  2. At the Sign of Peace -
    (Fr. Doug) Wait for Father to come down and greet you.
    ( Visiting Priests) Come up to the Altar and shake hands.
    (Fr. Ryan) Return the bow from where you are standing. Be sure to bow together.

Offer a handshake to the other servers.

  1. Communion - After the Priest has received Communion, wait for the EMHC to arrive at the altar then exit the stage left down the stairs and line up to receive Communion.
  1. After you have received Communion, go out into the hallway to get a breath of air and some water. We don’t want you to pass out during Mass!!
  2. DO NOT hang around in the hallway or talk during this time. (It’s disrespectful to Jesus in the Eucharist.) Once you get back into the auditorium, stand still and PRAY -- thank Jesus for allowing you to receive Him!
  3. In the event the Blood of Christ is spilled cover up the spill with a clean purificator and remove the purificator after mass is over.
  1. Purification – after the Priest has come back to the Altar and placed the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle, come up to the Altar. The Cross Server takes the water cruet to the Priest at the Altar. If there are four altar servers the Book Server helps the Cross Server clear the altar.
  1. NEVER reach onto the Altar to take something away while the Priest is still standing there.  Wait for him to hand it to you.
  2. (Fr. Doug) After the Priest has taken away the Chalice, fold up the corporal  (just the opposite of the diagram above – TOP, BOTTOM, RIGHT, LEFT)
  3. After the Priest has gone to purify the vessels, there should not be anything left on the Altar.  
  4. Once the Altar is clear, go and stand at your chair with folded hands. At the 8:45 mass light the red candle by the Ciborium if there are consecrated hosts there.
  5. As the EMHCs bring the chalices back to the table the Deacon purifies the vessels at the credence table. The other two altar servers help the Deacon by taking the purified vessels, drying them and placing them on the cart backstage.
  6. Once the Altar and Credence table are clear, go and sit at your chair and wait for the prayer.
  7. The Book Server should get ready with the worship aid. Don’t get caught back stage and make the Priest wait.
  1. Prayer after Communion – When the Priest says, “Let us pray,” the Book Server takes the binder to the priest, open to the page that says, “Prayer after Communion.” (It’s usually the last page.)
  1. Wait with the book open until Father closes the binder. (Sometimes there is a special Solemn Blessing at the end of Mass that he needs from the binder.)
  2. Go back to your chair once Father closes the binder.
  1. Dismissal – After the Priest or the Deacon says “Go in Peace,” the Cross Server gets the Cross and the other Servers follow him/her down to the floor stage left.
  1. Line up across the front of the Altar with the Priest in the middle, bow (if you’re carrying something – otherwise, genuflect), and process out.

Server

Priest

Cross

  1. Wait at the front of the auditorium and let the Priest leave first.

  1. After Mass
  1. Take the Cross back to its stand.
  2. At the 8:45 mass put out the Altar and Ambo candles. At the 10:30 mass put out all candles.
  3. If there are extra consecrated hosts in the Ciborium notify the mass coordinator so they can be brought back to the main church. They can be stored in a clean paten covered with a clean purificator.
  4. Take off your alb and hang it up on the right hanger … DON’T leave it on the floor!
  5. Have a great rest of the day, and thank you for serving Mass.

APPENDIX I – HOLY SMOKE!  …  INCENSE IN THE CHURCH

We are using incense at every 10:30 Mass in St Michael Church … but also at some Feast Days

  1. Before Mass –
  1. Check in the working sacristy to make sure that the incense is lit and on the stand in the church, and that there is an incense boat with it!
  2. After you are vested in your alb, get the incense and boat and bring them to the back.
  3. As the announcements are being read, bring the incense to Father to get ready.
  1. Entrance
  1. The Incense goes at the FRONT of the procession.
  2. BOW to the Altar at the beginning of Mass (since you’re carrying something).
  3. After Father kisses the Altar, hand him the incense boat, and then open the thurible for him to put the incense on the coals. He will hand you the boat, and you hand him the thurible.
  4. After Father incenses the Altar, he will give the thurible back to you. Put the incense boat down on the stand first, and then hang the thurible, with the top open.
  1. Gospel – Sometimes incense will be used at the Gospel for major feast days (like Midnight Mass and the Easter Vigil). You will receive instructions for those days.
  2. Offertory
  1. Don’t go down with the other servers to receive the gifts; poke the coals with the incense spoon to get them hot.
  2. When the Priest comes back with the gifts to the Altar, bring him the incense after he offers up the Chalice (before the Washing of the Hands).  Hand him the boat, then the thurible – just like at the beginning of Mass.
  3. While Father is incensing the Altar, put the incense boat back on the stand.
  4. After Father incenses the Altar, he will hand the incense back to you. BOW, then incense him very carefully: once to the left, once to the right, and once to the center.
  5. (If there is no Deacon) After you incense Father, walk to the front of the Altar, BOW to the people, and incense them: once to the left, once to the right, and once to the center.
  6. Then bring the incense back and put it on its stand, with the top open.
  7. Dismissal – After the “Go in Peace,” move with the candle servers to get the incense from its stand. Bring it to the front of the Altar, bow with the other servers, and lead the procession out of church.


APPENDIX I – GLOSSARY OF ALTAR SERVER TERMS

Ablution Cup – covered dish of water on the side of the tabernacle which is used by the priest, deacon or extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist to wash their fingers after distributing Communion.

Altar - The table in the sanctuary at which the bread and wine are prepared and transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ.

Ambo (Lectern/Pulpit) – The platform where the readings and homily take place.

Bells – Rung during the consecration of the Mass.

Book of Gospels – The book which contains the Gospel readings.

Candle lighter and candle snuffer – The long brass apparatus used to light and extinguish the candles.

Chalice - The metal cup (either gold or silver) used to hold the wine that will be consecrated and distributed to the assembly at Mass.

Ciborium - A metal container with a lid used to store consecrated hosts in the tabernacle.

Communion Cups – Goblets used for distribution of Holy Communion.

Corporal – The large, square white cloth which is placed on the altar underneath the chalice and platen.

Credence Table – The table located in front of the Altar Server chairs, used to hold the purificators, chalices, and other items needed for the celebration of Mass.

Cruets – Water and wine containers.

Finger Bowl and Towel – Used to clean the Priest’s hands for the rite before Eucharistic prayer.

Flagon (Pitcher) - The pitcher used to hold the wine which will become the Blood of Christ during the consecration.

Gift Table – The table in the back of the left aisle where the bread and wine are placed before Mass begins.

Lectionary – The book which contains the Scripture readings.

Missal – A liturgical book containing all instructions and texts necessary for the celebration of Mass throughout the year.

Pall – A piece of cardboard or plastic which is covered by linen and used to cover the main chalice.

Paschal Candle – The tall candle which is blessed and used during the Easter season, baptisms, and funerals.

Paten - The plate used to hold the large hosts which will become the consecrated body of Jesus.

Presider’s Chair (Celebrant Chair) – The chair in which the priest sits.

Processional Cross/ Crucifix – The cross carried in and out of the Mass.

Purificator - A long narrow piece of folded linen cloth, which has a small cross sewn on. It is used by the Priest and Eucharistic Minister to wipe the chalice after a person takes a drink from it.

Pyx – The small metal container which is used to hold consecrated host(s) when visiting the sick or homebound. It is also used to hold the gluten-free hosts.

Sacramentary - The book of prayers and instructions used by the Priest during the liturgy.

Sacristy – The room next to the Sanctuary where the priests, altar servers, and other ministers prepare for the Mass.

Sanctuary - The raised area in the front of the church. It is considered a holy and special area because this is where the sacrifice of the Mass is offered and where the word of God is read. It should be approached with great respect.

Tabernacle – The gold “safe” in which the Blessed Sacrament (Consecrated Host) is stored.

Thurifer – The person who carries the censer and incense boat.

Vestments

Vestments are what the priest and altar servers wear during Mass.

Alb - A long white linen robe worn by the priest and altar servers.

Cincture - A cord made of silk or cotton with tassels on the ends. It is used around the waist to secure the alb so that it will not interfere with walking.

Stole - A long strip of cloth worn by the priest around his neck and shoulders.

Chasuble – Colored vestment worn only by the priest.

Incense, Incense Boat, Censer/Thurible - Incense is perfumed grains that are burned during special occasions. An Incense Boat is the container that holds the unburned incense. The Censer/Thurible is a metal container that holds hot coals. It has a top with air vents and a long chain so that it can be carried. Incense is scooped out of the incense boat and sprinkled on the hot coals in the censer. When the incense is burned in makes fragrant smoke.

The Aspergillum and Container - the Aspergillum, or sprinkler, usually looks like a ball on a handle placed in a metal pail. The Aspergillum contains Holy Water and is used for sprinkling rites on special celebrations.


Altar Linen Ministry

INSTRUCTIONS FOR LAUNDERING ALTAR LINENS

1.  INTRODUCTION

1.1 The manner in which we treat sacred things fosters and expresses our openness to the graces God gives to his Church in every celebration of the Eucharist. Thus, by the diligent care of altar linens, the Church expresses her joy at the inestimable gifts she receives from Christ's altar. (*2)

1.2 It is appropriate for those who care for sacred vessels, cloths and other instrumenta of the liturgy to accompany their work with prayer. (*2)

2.  WHAT YOU WILL NEED 

2.1 Supplies needed:

3. WHAT TO COLLECT FROM THE CHURCH 

3.1 Linens that will need to be laundered:

3.2 Where Supplies are kept:

4. SEPARATE AND PRESOAK PURIFICATORS AND CORPORALS 

4.1 Separate the hand towels, dish cloths and dish towels from the purificators and corporals.  The hand towels, dish cloth and towels can be set aside until you’ve finished the next two steps.

4.2 Remember with whom you are working! A good time for prayer!

The linens need to be presoaked to allow all crumbs and remnants of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ to dissolve into the water.  During the presoak and removal of the linens from the presoak water, you need to be very careful not to spill or splash this water around, because it contains the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.  Because this is the True Presence of Christ this water must be handled carefully and disposed of properly.  DO NOT allow this water to spill, splash around or run down any household drain!

4.3 Place the purificators, pall (if needing laundering) and corporals together in your container to presoak.  Fill the container with water, hot, warm or cold, whichever you prefer.  Allow the linens to soak for at least ten minutes.  Wine stains will disappear if the linens are allowed to soak for 90 minutes or more.  If you aren’t able to allow them to soak for this long, you can remove the purple stains at a later step.  After the presoak, remove and wring as much water as possible out of each linen, being very careful to let the water fall back into the container, not run down a drain.   Place the linens into another container.  After all of the linens have been removed from the water, this water must be taken and poured out onto the ground outside.  Regardless of rain, snow, ice or other weather, this water must be poured out onto the ground outside.

4.4 You do not have to be overly scrupulous about the drops of water that will remain in the container or the small amount of water that remains in each of the linens.  Once the Precious Body and Blood of Christ have dissolved into the water and you have taken good care to wring each linen and discard the larger volume of water, your conscience may be clear as to how you might handle the small amounts of water that remain.

5. PRETREAT STAINS ON EACH OF THE PURIFICATORS

5.1 After presoaking, each of the purificators must be examined, by holding it up to good light to look for lipstick or other stains.  If there are no stains, the linen may be set aside.  For this step, place the linens and corporals in one side of the kitchen sink or tub and place each into the other side after it has been examined.  

5.2 If you find stains, apply a bit of laundry soap, Wine Away or Oxi-clean to the stain and rub it in.  A small toothbrush or non-abrasive sponge dedicated for this purpose will work well, dipping it into the soap and using it to rub the soap into each stain.  The corporals should also be examined for any stains or soil.  

5.3 If any of the purificators, the pall or corporals still show purple stains or dark areas from the Precious Blood at this point, you may soak them again in water or spot clean with diluted bleach on a tooth brush, taking care not to get this mixture near the cross.  Rinse area well with water. If you soak again at this step, this water can be allowed to run down the drain of your kitchen or other sink.  The first presoak is important.  After that, you are simply working with laundry that you can handle as you do any of your own laundry.

6. LAUNDERING THE LINENS AND TOWELS

6.1 Once you have completed the presoak and put soap onto any stains, the purificators, pall and corporals can be combined with the hand towels, dish cloths and dish towels.  All of the laundry can then be washed in your washing machine, just as you would do your own laundry, using warm or cold water.

6.2 At the end of the wash cycle, the hand towels, dish cloths and towels are separated from the purificators and corporals. They will be dried second.

6.3 The purificators and corporals are put into the dryer for a brief period of time on high heat (hot) setting.  Dry 1 minute for every 10 purificators / corporals. Remove from dryer and put in a plastic bag (to avoid articles becoming to dry).  Iron immediately while still very damp.

6.4 After drying the purificators / corporals, the hand towels, dish cloths and towels are dried. The priests hand towels are folded into 1/3 like the purificators. They can be placed back into the reusable designated tote bags.

7. IRONING PURIFICATORS AND CORPORALS 

7.1 Ironing Purificators 

7.1.1 Looking at the edge of the purificator, you will see the stitched hem.  Place the purificator flat onto the ironing board so that the hem is visible on top of the fabric, face down.  When the purificator is folded, the hem will be hidden on the inside.

7.1.2 With the purificator flat on the ironing board, face down, iron out all of the wrinkles and creases.  The moisture from washing will provide steam and make this step easier than if the purificator were dry.  If your washer spins out most of the water, you may want to add water to the purificators before ironing.  More moisture makes ironing more effective.  The purificators may also lose moisture as they wait to be ironed. They will iron more easily if you rewet them.  

7.1.3 Once the purificator is ironed flat, fold opposite edges inward lengthwise, folding the linen into equal thirds.  Try to fold so that each edge lines up with the fold that you are making, as shown in the pictures on the next page.  Iron these folds into crisp creases.  Then fold the corporal in half, neatly aligning the ends.  Lightly iron this crease into place.  Set the purificator aside, stacking them in piles as you go, or if you have a drying rack, place the purificator directly onto your drying rack to dry overnight, or for several hours to be sure they are completely dry before bagging. Linen may become moldy if put in a bag while still damp.

7.2 Ironing Corporals: (see illustration)

7.2.1 Looking at the edge of the corporal, place it flat on the ironing board so the seam is hidden below the fabric, face up.  When the corporal is folded, it will appear to be inside out, with the hem visible on the outside.  When the corporal is unfolded again on the altar, the hem will be hidden below the fabric of the corporal as it lies on the altar.

7.2.2 With the corporal flat on the ironing board, face up, iron out all of the wrinkles and creases.  As with the purificators, moisture from washing will provide steam and make this step easier than if the corporal were dry.  Rewet as needed.

7.2.3 Once the corporal is wrinkle free, fold it in thirds, following the diagram below, starting with fold line #1, then crease fold line #2.  

7.2.4 Now fold the corporal in half and make the center crease line. This will mark crease line #5.  Unfold and fold line #3 to meet the center fold line, neatly aligning the edges with creases as you did with the previous folds.  Iron these creases firmly into place.  It helps to partially unfold and iron one crease at a time.  Fold line #4 to meet the center fold line, matching seams. Now fold the rectangle in half to iron in crease line #5.  Try to fold so that each edge lines up with the fold that you are making, as with the purificators above. Iron these folds into crisp creases. The corporals are made of thicker fabric, so be sure to go over these creases several times to iron them in very well.  

7.2.5 This creates 12 squares when the corporal is unfolded.  Purificators have only six squares when unfolded. Set the corporal aside, or if you have a drying rack, place the corporal directly onto your drying rack to dry overnight, or for several hours to be sure they are completely dry before bagging. Linen may become moldy if put in a bag while still damp.

        

7.2.6 Allow plenty of time for the linens to dry completely, so there won’t be any risk of mold once they are placed in the drawer for storage. 

8. RETURNING SUPPLIES TO CHURCH

8.1 Once the linens are dry, they can be placed back into the reusable designated tote bags and brought to church.  

8.2 Linens must be returned to church the following Sunday so they will be on site and available for use the next Sunday.

9. DISPOSAL OF WORN ALTAR LINENS

9.1 Consistent with the disposal of all things blessed for use in the liturgy, it is appropriate that altar linens, which show signs of wear and can no longer be used, should be disposed of either by burial or burning.

9.2 Please inform the Station Coordinator of worn altar linens to ensure proper disposal and also ordering of new linens.  

10. CONCLUSION

10.1 The manner in which we treat sacred things fosters and expresses our openness to the graces God gives to his Church in every celebration of the Eucharist. Thus, by the diligent care of altar linens, the Church expresses her joy at the inestimable gifts she receives from Christ's altar.

        

Descriptions of Altar Clothes (*1)

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THE PURIFICATOR.

Used for drying the holy vessels during the Celebration.

Description. A cloth of fine linen, or absorbent non-fluffy linen material, such as Bird's Eye Diaper.

Size. About 12 or 14 inches square, with fine hem. It may have a small cross embroidered in white thread in one comer.

Laundry. Ironed without starch: folded and creased in three only.

When preparing the holy vessels for the priest to take to the altar, he places the purificator over the mouth of the chalice, as shown in Fig. I. The paten (with priest's wafer) is placed on top of the purificator. Fig. 2.        


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THE PALL.

Used for covering the chalice during the service.

Description. A stiff, fine white linen-covered square, of size 6 inches, or large enough to cover the paten. It consists of an outer case of linen (marked (i) in Fig. 3), containing square folds of linen stuck together and made very stiff with starch (or a square of white cardboard), to keep the case stiff and flat. The top side of the case may be decorated with a linen-thread cross; and on the underside is sewn a piece of fine white linen (marked (2) in Fig. 3), stitched on lightly at the comers.

At the entry the pall is placed on the paten covering the priest's wafer. See Fig. 4.

Laundry. The ornamental cover of the outer case should be removed and washed when soiled. The outer case should be "ironed up wet" (not dried and damped), without starch.


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THE SILK VEIL.

Used for covering the compacted chalice, paten and pall, before and after actual use for the Consecration.

Description. An ornamental silk veil, of the color of the season, lined with silk or other similar good material. It is placed over the compacted vessels, with one side turned up and laid back on top with the lining showing, as in Fig. 5, to allow the priest's hands to reach the chalice.

Size. About 21 or 22 inches square. It may be ornamented with a cross in gold or silk thread, in the centre of one side near the edge. In Fig. 5 the colored silk is indicated by the arrow (I) and the inside lining by arrow (2).

Laundry. The silk veil should be sent to the dry cleaners if necessary.


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THE CORPORAL.

Used to spread on top of the middle of the altar, reaching to—but not overhanging—the front edge. The Consecration of the Elements takes place on the Corporal.

Description. A large fine linen cloth, with about a one inch hem. It may be ornamented with a single, very small linen-thread cross (not raised), close to the hem in the position shewn in Fig. 7, indicating the side which lies nearest to the Celebrant. This cross also helps to indicate the correct way of folding (see below).

Size. About 20 or 22 inches square.

Laundry. The Corporal is starched moderately stiff, and VERY carefully and cleanly ironed. It is folded in nine or twelve, i.e. in three and three again, or in three and then four, as follows (see Fig. 8): (i.) Fold the Corporal into three, by first turning the front portion (bearing the cross) over the middle, then bringing the further portion forward to lie on top. (ii.) The cloth is again folded in three, making a square, first folding the left hand side over the middle, and then turning the right hand side over to lie on top. This method of folding ensures that the best face, which is to lie uppermost when spread on the altar, is folded inside, so that it cannot become soiled before or after actual use at the altar.


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LAVABO TOWEL.

Used for drying the priest's fingers, after he has washed them before the Consecration. When not in use, it is kept with the lavabo dish and jug in the credence cupboard.

Description. The lavabo towel is made of linen, or other smooth, white absorbent material.

Size. About 24 inches long and 12 inches wide.

It is hemmed at both ends, and may have a white thread cross, as shown in Fig. 9.

Laundry. No starch is used, and it should be ironed, folded in three lengthways, and creased, with the cross showing, as in Fig. 10.


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CREDENCE LINEN.

The top of the credence cupboard may be covered first with a piece of coloured rep, or billiard cloth, cut to the size of the top. Next is placed a white fine linen cloth, laid over so as to hang down a few inches at the ends, and slightly over the front and the back.

Laundry. The fine linen cloth should be "ironed up wet" (not dried and damped), without starch. They should not be creased.


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ALTAR LINEN.

In addition to the frontal of silk, which hangs on hooks on the front face of the altar, there are four cloths which belong to the top. They will be described in the order in which they are placed, as shown in Fig. 12.

(1) Waxed Cloth. This is a sheet of specially prepared cloth, of the size of the altar top. One of the objects of its use is to prevent condensation moisture from damping the linen cloths. It is laid directly on the stone or wooden top of the altar. It cannot be washed. It can be obtained by sending the exact measurement of the altar to to any of the church furnishing shops.

(2) Frontlet Cloth. This is a thick linen cloth, the size of the altar top. To it is stitched the silk ornamental frontlet (about 7 inches deep), which hangs over the front to hide the rod on which the frontal hangs.

Laundry. The linen must be unstitched from the frontlet, and ironed without starch.

(3) Plain Linen Cloth. This is a plain fine linen cloth, of the size of the altar top. Laundry. This cloth should be lightly starched, and carefully ironed. It should on no account be creased, either when ironing, or through careless carrying.

(4) Fair Linen Cloth. This is a long cloth of very fine linen. It is of the width of the Altar, and long enough to reach to within a few inches of the ground each side. It may have white thread crosses to mark the center and corners of the Altar, as shown in Fig. 12. At the ends it may be ornamented with drawn thread work, or a linen fringe, or deeply hemmed, as desired.

Laundry. The fair linen cloth should be "ironed up wet" (not dried and damped), without starch, and most carefully ironed so as to be spotless and without crease. It can best be preserved after ironing by carrying it on a roller, on which it is rolled up as it is being ironed. No altar cloths should EVER be creased by folding.


Resources:

1. Project Canterbury, Altar Linen: Its Care and Use. By the Rev. Warren Richards. Preface by the Rev. Paul Elwin Millard, C.R. Drawings by D. G. Kirkman. London: The Faith Press, 1932.

2. The Catholic Liturgical Library: Care and Cleansing of Altar Linens [1] (U.S.) (Prot. 0) March 19, 2001 Author: Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy (U.S.)

3. www.icstmary.org/.../LinenSchedule/AltarLinenInstructions.pdf


Cantor Ministry

Mother Teresa Mission Parish Instruction for Cantors

  1. Introduction

Cantor duties and responsibilities combine the duties and expertise of the Music Ministry Minister along with the preparation and respect for the Word of a Reader.  The Cantor is in effect a Minister of the Word much as the Reader.  In the same way the Cantor proclaims the Word, making it accessible to the congregation.

  1. Guidelines
  1. Weekly Rehearsal

The choir director usually chooses the Cantor for the week during the weekly rehearsal. In choosing the Cantor, the choir director looks for someone who can sing the psalm competently and who has demonstrated the commitment to pray and practice the psalm over the course of the week.  At Mother Teresa Mission Parish, the Cantor’s duty is to lead the psalm.  They do not intone the gospel acclamation or the response at the Prayers of the Faithful.  When the Cantor has been selected, they will rehearse the Psalm during the weekly rehearsal.  Over the course of the week between practice and Sunday Mass the Cantor practices as necessary.  Occasionally, a minister who has agreed to lead the psalm will be unable to do so on Sunday morning.  In this instance the Cantor must contact the choir director as soon as possible so a replacement can be selected. 

  1. Sunday Mass

On Sunday morning, the Cantor should show up no later than 30 minutes before Mass begins, prepared to rehearse the Psalm before Mass.  In selecting a place to stand with the choir, the Cantor should stand in a place that allows them to leave easily.  The psalmist approaches the ambo (lectern) as soon as the first reader steps away from the altar.  Before they direct attention to the ambo, (usually several steps away from it, but still several steps from their place with the choir) the Cantor bows towards the altar, in acknowledgement of the sacrifice that will take place there later in the Mass.  The Cantor then proclaims the Psalm with the support of the choir.  When the music concludes, the psalmist bows to the altar again and returns to his or her position in the choir.

As with all ministers who work on the altar, the Cantor is asked to wear clothing that is modest and unassuming.  Men should wear slacks and shoes as well as a collared shirt.  A sports coat is appropriate.  Ladies should wear skirts/slacks/dresses/blouses of a modest cut.  Skirts should be no shorter than two inches above the knee.  Shoulders should be covered.  Heels on shoes should not be excessive.


Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Ministry Plan

Mother Teresa Mission Church

                                                   

1. Introduction:  

Mother Teresa Mission offers the ministry of Children’s Liturgy of the Word to support young families in our community.  Excerpts from the

BRISBANE GUIDELINES FOR CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD follow.

1.1 Why it is celebrated

In 1973, the Congregation for Divine Worship in Rome issued the document Directory for Masses with Children. This document offers principles and guidelines for adapting the liturgy for children to enable them to take a more conscious and active part in liturgical celebrations.

The Directory states:
Sometimes..., if the place itself and the nature of the community permit, it will be appropriate to celebrate the liturgy of the word, including a homily, with the children in a separate, but not too distant, room. Then, before the Eucharistic liturgy begins, the children are led to the place where the adults have meanwhile celebrated their own liturgy of the word (DMC #17).

This statement is the rationale for many parishes offering Children's Liturgy of the Word as a parish ministry.

1.2 What is Central

Two key principles need always to be kept in mind when preparing and celebrating Children's Liturgy of the Word. Firstly, Children's Liturgy of the Word is liturgy, ritual prayer, and not catechesis (religious instruction) or child minding. Its purpose is not to give the children coloring-in-type activities to keep them busy so the adults can listen to the homily in peace! Because it is a liturgical celebration, all the principles of good liturgy (active participation, clear symbols, etc) apply.

Secondly, it is liturgy of the word, so it is ritual centered on the proclamation and breaking open of the scriptures. The children do what the rest of the community is doing at this point of the Mass. They listen to the scriptures proclaimed and applied to contemporary life and respond in various ways. It is an experience of prayer, of dialogue with God.

2. Scope of Program:

2.2 Location:  Children’s Liturgy is offered at the Mother Teresa Mission Parish Sunday Masses.  A “prayer” area is set up with an altar cloth, candles, statue, crucifix or other items of Mass celebration that are appropriate for children.  Children gather in front of prayer area for worship.  At the 10:30AM Mass or when the group of children is large it is optional to divide into two groups according to age, children ages 4-6 (Pre-K and Kindergarten) in one group and ages 7-9 (Grades 1-3) in another group.  

2.3 Time:  See church bulletin for times offered. Children and their catechists are called forward following the opening prayer of the Mass, blessed and dismissed to celebrate Children’s Liturgy and return to Mass during the offertory.  

2.4 Ages:  Children ages 4 through third grade are invited to participate.  Parents are welcome to attend with their child(ren). Sometimes children need to have the comfort of a parent for the first few times.

3. Curriculum Resources:  

Lectionary for Masses with Children (appropriate year cycle)

Children’s Liturgy of the Word A Weekly Resource (LTP)

Children Celebrate Liturgy of the Word with Children (Pflaum)

The Children’s Bulletin

4. Objectives:

To introduce children to the structure of liturgical worship and the experience of worship through Scripture readings and an interactive homily in an age appropriate language.

For children to participate in Mass along with their peers and create a sense of community.

For the children of our community to foster a closer relationship with God.

5. Staffing Needs:  

5.1 Volunteer positions:

        Coordinators: 1 or 2 people to organize program

           

Leaders:  24 lead CLOW catechists rotate leading the program once every 2 months.

Assistants: 36 assistant CLOW catechists to assist the lead catechist.  Two to three assistants help per Mass, once every two months.

5.2 The program operates like a parent co-op with parents being required to volunteer for children to participate.  This is operated on the honor system and sign up sheets to volunteer will be available on a routine basis.   In order to full fill their Sunday obligation of Mass attendance, catechist should make it a practice to read the First and Second Readings, the Gospel and be present for the Liturgy of the Eucharist when teaching.  

5.3 Volunteer requirements:  All volunteers are required to have Safe Environment Training and a background check as indicated by the Diocese of Raleigh and St. Michael Safe Environment Program.  

        

 

6. Order of the Liturgy:

6.1 Procession:  After the opening prayer of Mass, the priest invites the children who would like to participate and the catechists to come forward and gather at the front.  The lead catechist hands the candles to children and takes the children’s lectionary from the altar and holds it up.  The priest blesses the children.  The children follow the lead catechist as they reverently leave Mass and process quietly to the designated area.  At the 10:30 Mass children gather into 2 groups according to age, ages 4-6 in one group and ages 7-9 in another group as a guideline, but siblings and friends may stay together.  

(Example of a blessing taken from Gather the Children resource guide:  Priest: “Catechist, receive the word of God.  Proclaim it to our young people as we shall have it proclaimed to us.  Children, may the Lord be with you there.”  The children respond:  “Amen.” Or make the sign of the cross depending on the blessing.

Example of a blessing taken from Brisbane Guidelines for Children’s Liturgy of the Word: Priest: “My dear children, you will go now to hear God's word, to praise God in song and to reflect on the wonderful things God has done for us. We will await your return so that together we may celebrate the Eucharist”)

6.2 Centering / Gathering:  “We great one another” (“the Lord be with you”), make the sign of the cross, “we talk to God” (Opening prayer)

6.3 Proclamation / First Reading: “we remember God’s Word” (The lesson)

6.4 Responsorial Psalm

6.5 Acclamation / Allelulia

6.6 Proclamation / Gospel

         

6.7 Homily: A simple homily is offered to the children using a question and answer format, using the Celebrating the Lectionary resource.  This has specific tailored questions and comments about the week’s readings.  A homily may also include flannel board stories or “acting out” of the Bible lesson with visual aids in a way that invites children to place themselves in the story and wonder about it.   

6.8 Profession of Faith: Nicene Creed

6.9 Prayer of the Faithful

6.10 Dismissal / Blessing:  Say “Thank You prayer”.  Children say goodbye to each other, shake hands/give peace.  Hand out children’s bulletins as kids are standing in line.  

***Youth may sign up before Mass to help with the Readings, the Responsorial Psalm, Prayers of the Faithful and to hand out children’s bulletins.

7. Program Information / Advertisement:

Children's Liturgy of the Word is offered during designated Sunday Mass times at Mother Teresa Mission with the exception of liturgical holidays and the summer months.  Children's Liturgy of the Word is open to all children ages 4 through third grade. At the beginning of Mass, the children are invited forward after the Opening Prayer and dismissed to a designated area to worship. The children will then return to Mass during the Offertory to celebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  Parents are welcome to attend with their children.  Sometimes children need to have the comfort of a parent for the first few times.

The program is operated as a parent co-op with the expectation that parents volunteer to be a lead catechist or assistant once every 2 months for children to participate. Sign-up sheets to volunteer will be available on a routine basis.

What Occurs During Children's Liturgy of the Word?
The goal of Children's Liturgy is to introduce children to both the structure of liturgical worship and the experience of worship so they grow in understanding and love of God.  The Scripture readings are presented to the children at an age appropriate level, along with an interactive homily. The homily is based on the readings (and relevant to the lives and experiences of young children) and is presented in a question and answer format. A Children’s Bulletin will be distributed at the end of the session as a take home activity.  As a parent, you can ask your child what he/she talked about or listened to at children's liturgy, using the handout as an aid.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word follows a strict schedule of Mass using the Lectionary for Masses with Children and the Celebrating the Lectionary  (resource guide), and should not be confused with Sunday School or religious education class.

 Submitted for approval: June 2007                                                                            Revised: January 2017


Communication

If you have information to be posted / advertised / updated, need volunteers for your ministry, are offering training for your ministry,  or are the head of an event that you would like to advertise in the MTM flier, on the website, on the parish app or in the electronic newsletter you will now email the information to:  mtcc@stmcary.org  Please copy the Mission Coordinator on submissions in order for events and activities on site can be implemented smoothly.  

Bulletin submissions are due by Tuesday to be put in the bulletin the following Sunday.   Everything must be submitted through the mtcc@stmcary.org  email as one point of collection for communications. 

Emergency Preparedness

Please refer to the Emergency Preparedness Manual for information and instruction on emergency situations.

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Ministry

Please reference the DIOCESE OF RALEIGH : NORMS FOR  EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION AT THE SACRED LITURGY OF THE MASS that is included in this document.

The following procedures outline how we serve Christ as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC).

After the exchange of greetings for the Sign of Peace, the EMHC should proceed to line up on the right side of the auditorium. (Note that the numbers below refer to the order in which you sign in and line up.)

  1. After the Priest (and Deacon) partakes of the Blood of Christ, the EMHC should proceed onto the stage and line up behind the altar.

  1. The Priest will then distribute the Body of Christ to each EMHC. Then the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th EMHC step forward to receive the Chalice and drink of the Blood of Christ. They then offer the Blood of Christ to the EMHC to their left.

  1. Then EMHC 2, 4, and 6 step forward to receive the patens containing the Body of Christ. (Note that if there is a Deacon assisting at the Mass, the Deacon will fill the position of EMHC 6.)

  1. After the priest has completed distributing the patens, the EMHCs proceed to their respective distribution locations – see attached “Green Hope Auditorium EMHC Positions.”
  1. The Priest (Pr) and C1 and P2 and C3 will proceed to serve the center section of the auditorium.
  2.  P4 and C5 will serve the area titled “center left,” with the Body of Christ being distributed on the aisle closest to the “center left” section. C5, distributing the Blood of Christ, will stand at the top left side of the stairs.
  3. P6 (or Deacon) and C7 will serve the area titled “center right”, with the Body of Christ being distributed on the aisle closest to the “center right” section. C7, distributing the Blood of Christ, will stand at the top right side of the stairs.

  1. When the center communion distribution is almost complete P2 and C3 should go with the Usher to the back of the auditorium to distribute to those with limited mobility.

  1.  General notes:
  1.  No EMHC should fraction (break) hosts except the EMHC distributing from the last vessel, which is usually to the Choir. There are usually enough hosts, just not always in the position where needed. If you need more hosts, go to the Priest for more.
  2. Use the Purificator in a manner that wipes the Chalice without using the same spot twice. We have been instructed by our pastor not to open the Purificator but to intentionally keep it folded as you wipe down one panel of the Purificator, turn it and wipe down the next panel, and then the final panel.  If necessary the Purificator can be turned around to use the other side. It is not to look like a “dish towel” so you should keep it folded, but make a point of turning it over carefully and discreetly. You should also turn the chalice 1/4 of a turn after each person partakes of the Precious Blood.

  1. After the first EMHCs have completed distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ they will proceed to the choir for distribution. Should you have insufficient Body or Blood please indicate that to the other returning EMHC so that they can also assist in distributing the Eucharist to the choir members. Serve what Body or Blood you have to the choir, then step aside and let another EMHC continue serving.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT pour the Blood of Christ from one Chalice into another.

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8:45

10:30

At the conclusion of the distribution

of the Body and Blood of Christ (including choir and immobile population), the EMHCs return to the Altar with their Patens if there is Eucharist and Precious Blood remaining in their Chalice. If the Paten or Chalice is empty, they should return their vessels to the Credence Table.

An Altar Server will have placed the Ciborium on the Purificator on the Altar. The Celebrant will take the Paten from the EMHC and place the Eucharist in the Ciborium and then return the Paten to the EMHC who will take it and place it on the Credence Table.

The EMHCs of the Chalice of the Precious Blood should consume the Precious Blood or ask another minister or the Celebrant or the Deacon, if available, to assist the EMHC with consumption of the Precious Blood.  The EMHCs will then take their Chalices and place the EMHC on the Credence Table.  EMHCs should remain at the Credence Table until all the Precious Blood has been consumed and it is apparent that the Celebrant no longer needs assistance. The Celebrant will then place the Ciborium with the reserved Eucharist on the small table on the choir side of the altar.  An Altar Server will light the candle to light the location of the Eucharist for everyone present.

At the conclusion of the distribution

of the Body and Blood of Christ (including choir and immobile population), the EMHCs return to the altar with their patens if there is Eucharist and  Precious Blood remaining in their cups. If the paten or cup is empty, they should return their vessels to the Credence Table.

        

An Altar Server will have placed the Ciborium on the Purificator on the Altar.  One of 2 things will occure 1.) The Celebrant will take the Paten from the EMHC and place the Eucharist in the Ciborium and then return their Paten to the EMHC who will take it and place it on the Credence Table. Or 2.) Celebrant will ask EMHC to consume remaining host.  Please consume near the Credence Table, and do not self communicate.

The EMHCs of the Chalice of the Precious Blood should consume the Precious Blood or ask another minister or the Celebrant or the Deacon, if available, to assist the EMHC with consumption of the Precious Blood.  The EMHCs will then take their Chalices and place the EMHC on the Credence Table.  EMHCs should remain at the Credence Table until all the Eucharist and the Precious Blood has been consumed and it is apparent that the Celebrant no longer needs assistance. The Sacristan will take the Ciborium from the Celebrant and place it on the Credence Table.

The Celebrant will cleanse and purify the Chalice, assemble the Chalice, Purificator(s), Corporal and Paten into one unit at the altar. An Altar Server will transfer it to the Credence Table.  

The Celebrant with the assistance of the Sacristan will cleanse and purify the cups and patens used by the EMHC during Holy Communion.

 

The Celebrant will cleanse and purify the Chalice, assemble the Chalice, Purificator(s), Corporal and Paten into one unit at the altar. An Altar Server will transfer it to the Credence Table.

The Celebrant will go to the Credence Table and distributes any remaining Eucharist to the Ministers, Sacristan and/or Altar Servers. The EMHCs may then return to their seats in the congregation.  The Celebrant will then, with the assistance of the Sacristan, cleanse and purify the Chalices and Patens used by the EMHCs during Holy Communion.

Upon leaving the altar you will clean your fingers in the plastic fingertip bowl that is located on the ledge where the EMHCs line up. The EMHC will dip their fingers in the fingertip bowl to wash off any particles of the Body of Christ and dry your fingers on the towel next to the bowl.  After Mass this bowl of water will be poured outside into the earth, out of traffic areas, preferably on a plant.

Upon leaving the altar you will clean your fingers in the plastic fingertip bowl that is located on the ledge where the EMHCs line up. The EMHC will dip their fingers in the fingertip bowl to wash off any particles of the Body of Christ and dry your fingers on the towel next to the bowl.  After Mass this bowl of water will be poured outside into the earth, out of traffic areas, preferably on a plant.

 

The Lead EMHC for the Mass should

stay behind for a moment to ensure that the

Priest has folded and removed the Corporal

(altar cloth) from the altar. If the priest does

not fold it and give it to an altar server with

the vessels from the altar, he may direct that

an attending altar server fold and remove it.

If the corporal still remains on the altar, it

should be folded and removed by the Lead

EM.*

The Lead EMHC for the Mass should

stay behind for a moment to ensure that the

Priest has folded and removed the Corporal

(altar cloth) from the altar. If the priest does

not fold it and give it to an altar server with

the vessels from the altar, he may direct that

an attending altar server fold and remove it.

If the corporal still remains on the altar, it

should be folded and removed by the Lead

EM.*

At the end of Mass, the Lead EMHC,

and the assistant, must return to the stage of the auditorium to gather up everything used for the distribution of the Body and Blood of

Christ and place it on the cart to side of

the Altar, if it is not already on the cart. Everything is then taken to room 222 to be washed or buckets of soapy water can be used to clean vessels on stage.  Once clean place vessels into felt bags and then into transport suit cased to be returned to St Michael's Property.

Above all, be flexible. Note that each Celebrant may have a slightly different way of doing things and we need to be adaptable to ensure the proper reverence for the Most Holy Eucharist.

* Each EMHC should know how to fold the Corporal. Training on how to fold the Corporal can be provided by a Sacristan or Mass Coordinator. There is a very strict protocol for folding the Corporal because it likely contains fragments of the Body of Christ. No one should attempt to fold the Corporal unless properly trained.

WASHING THE COMMUNION VESSELS!

  1. Do not submerge vessels - water gets inside stem of chalices.
  2. Limit the soap! Dilute the soap with water on the dishcloth please. 
  3. Use the striped white dishcloths for washing and the large white hand towels for drying. Please do not use paper towels as they scratch.
  4. Each vessels is placed in a cloth storage bag and put in the plastic bin.
  5. Used purificators will be put in a plastic bag in the reusable tote bag (and if the coporal or pall cover is dirty it will be in the bag as well).
  6. Put dish cloth and cleaning cloths in the bag to be laundered with the other linens.
  7. Someone from the Altar Linen Ministry will pick up the bag.
  8. The vessels are put in felt bags and packed in transport suitcase to be taken back to St. Michael's Property.

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion FAQ

Special Situations:

Blessing for crossed arms:  

When a parishioner (child and/or adult) approaches you with their arms deliberately crossed at their chest, this is their way of informing you they would not like to receive the body or blood, but request a blessing.  Blessings offered by EMHC’s are "May God bless you" or " May God continue the good work in you".

Host placement:

Host may be placed in out stretched cupped hands, on the tongue or in a "pyx".  Self service and grasping host between the fingers is to be avoided.

Pyx:

A small usually metallic colored, round container used to transport consecrated host.  Place one host in pyx unless more are requested (usually by up held fingers to quietly show how many hosts they need).

Gluten Free:  

Direct those requesting gluten free hosts to the priest, he will distribute gluten free hosts.

Dropped host:

Discreetly bend down to pick up dropped host/s and place the dropped host between the palm of your hand and the paten and serve the communicant a new host from the paten.  Once you are done serving the dropped host is to be consumed by the EMHC’s.  If host is inconsumable it may be buried outdoors.  See Deacon or Mass Coordinator for assistance as needed.  Do not place dropped host in the trash or down a drain.

Spilt Wine:

Place purificator over area where wine has been spilled and absorb as much of the wine as possible.  Leave a purificator on floor over spill until the end of Mass when we can tend to the spill again, as needed.  If your chalice still has wine to be served retrieve a new purificator from the altar and continue serving.  If your chalice is empty direct parishioners to another chalice if in your general area.

Intinction:

Intinction is the Eucharistic practice of partly dipping the consecrated bread, or host, into the consecrated wine before consumption by the communicant.  This practice is discouraged in our Diocese.  Discreetly encourage direct consumption if possible, but if intinction occurs or is unavoidable approach communicant after Mass to explain our Diocese practice.

Unconsumed Host:

Return any unconsumed host in the paten to the Altar.  These hosts may be used to serve the choir or placed in the Ciborium to be returned to St. Michaels' tabernacle or the priest may ask EMHC's to consume the remaining Host.  Avoid self communication at this point and never place unconsumed host in the trash or down a drain.

Unconsumed Precious Blood:

Return unconsumed wine in the chalice to the Altar.  The wine may be used to serve the choir or will be consumed by the EMHC’s before the purification process can occur.  Do not pour unconsumed wine into another chalice or down a standard drain.

Running out of Precious Blood:

If you run out of wine simply place your purificator over the chalice and direct communicants to another chalice if in your general area.  Do not pour wine from one chalice to another.

Running out of Host:  

Even distribution of hosts in patens is difficulty. The Mass Coordinator will monitor EMHC’s supply of hosts and assist you as necessary.  If they are unavailable return to the Altar to see if there is additional hosts in the Ciborium or you may seek additional host from other EMHC stations.  Using hands move additional host from one paten to another.  Do not attempt to pour hosts from paten to paten, this increases odds of spilling.  Do not break hosts in half to allow for service of more communicates unless there is not enough hosts available.  

Parishioners with limited mobility:

Ushers will direct you to parishioners with limited mobility as needed.  Both chalice and paten EMHC's should go as a team to serve these communicants.

Christmas and Easter:

A special events EMHC procedure will be in place.  This procedure will be communicated to the EMHC team before Mass.  Procedure will often include a larger EMHC team with coded and labeled EMHC positions.  Please be sure to arrive to these specialty Masses early to become familiar with your new positions.

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion  Training

Process:


  1. Parishioner expresses interest in EMHC role.
  2. Interest is communicated to EMHC Training Team.
  3. Training Team sends the Parishioner the EMHC video to watch and training schedule. (training held once a quarter)
  4. Training is conducted, Volunteer Form and Diocese EMHC Eligibility Forms are collected.
  1. Volunteer Form is photo copied and passed to Mass Coordinator for filing.
  2. Diocese EMHC Eligibility Form is copied, one copy goes to Parish Office for processing. Second copy to the EMHC training team for Mother Teresa Mission Parish EMHC record keeping.
  1. Parish office submits Diocese EMHC Eligibility Form to Diocese.
  2. Diocese approves new EMHC’s and sends back EMHC certifications.
  3. Once EMHC certification is received from the Diocese, commissioning is scheduled.
  4. Station Coordinator schedules commissioning with Parish Administrator  and Liturgical Director Assistant.
  1. The Pastor does the Commissioning when scheduled at Mother Teresa Mission Parish which is typically the first Sunday of each month.
  2. Certificates are distributed to EMHC’s at commissioning.
  1. Once trained and Commissioned  EMHC training team update Google Drive - EMHC Roster with new EMHC’s information.
  2. Training team then informs EMHC leads of the new EMHC’s ready status.
  3. EMHC Leads schedule new volunteer.


        


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Homebound Procedures

1. SUPPLIES

1.1 You will need the following items to bring Holy Communion to the homebound:

2. RECEIVING THE BODY OF CHRIST

 

2.1 Bring a pyx with you to Communion for the priest to load first, then you will receive the Body of Christ. You should have a bursa to "wear" the pyx around your neck (rather than putting Jesus in your pocket or purse).  

2.2 You should deliver the host to the recipient as soon as possible directly after the Mass. You shouldn't stop and have conversation with others.

3. DISTRIBUTING THE BODY OF CHRIST

3.1 You may consider bringing some holy water to use first for the person (washes away venial sins) and to purify the room.  Holy Water may be obtained by bring a small bottle/jar to the baptismal font at church or taking some from the large bowl at Mother Teresa Mission Parish.

3.2 The following format maybe used when bringing the Body of Christ to those who are homebound.  The prayers will depend on the circumstances and on the person’s abilities.  You will want to tailor the prayers to meet their needs.

.

  1. You may want to put holy water in a small dish.
  2. Make the Sign of Cross.
  3. Read the Gospel for the day.
  4. Take a moment or two of quietly settling in and moving emotionally away from the environment and centering on Jesus.  Concentrate on Jesus, not the goings on around you.  
  5. Recite the “Our Father”. This should always be said.
  6. Read the Prayer before Communion.
  7. Have recipient say Act of Contrition to themselves.
  8. Distribute the body of Christ. Present and give Jesus in the usual way: "The body of Christ".  
  9. Make the Sign of Cross.
  10.  Bid farewell as you leave or “peace be with you”.
  11. Pour extra holy water on a plant outside or inside, as it is blessed.

4. PRAYERS

Prayer Before Communion

Father in heaven, you have made us for yourself; our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Fulfill this longing through Jesus, the bread of life, so that we may witness to him who alone satisfies the hungers of the human family. By the power of your Spirit lead us to the heavenly table where we may feast on the vision of your glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life.


Norms for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at the Sacred Liturgy of the Mass

  1. INTRODUCTION

  1. “The Eucharist is the source of holiness and spiritual nourishment for our mission in the world: ‘this supreme gift and mystery’ manifests and communicates to us the fullness of God’s love” (Homily of Pope Benedict XVI at the Mass for the conclusion of the Year of the Eucharist, October 2005).

  1. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion have constituted an important ministry in the parishes, missions, stations, and campus ministries of the Diocese of Raleigh. This ministry compliments and extends that of the Ordinary Minister.

1.3 To this end, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are commissioned to assist

in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass. This function is supplementary and extraordinary and must be exercised in accordance with the norm of law (cf. canon 230, §3, Ecclesiae de mysterio, 8).

  1. The Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are Bishops, Priests and Deacons (Norms for the Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion under Both Kinds in the Dioceses of the United States, Part II, Norms for the Distribution of Holy Communion under Both Kinds, 26). There should always be an appropriate and sufficient number of ministers to facilitate the distribution of Holy Communion. However, if “there is a truly large number of communicants, the Priest may call upon Extraordinary Ministers to assist him, that is, duly instituted acolytes or even other faithful who have been duly deputed for this purpose” (GIRM, 162).

  1. MINISTRY ELIGIBILITY

  1. Men and women sixteen years or older and having received the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) are eligible for this ministry. They are to be Catholics in good standing who sincerely try to live the Gospel message in accordance with the teachings of the Church. They are to participate regularly in the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist and the practice their Catholic faith. They are to be registered members of the parish in which they are commissioned.

 

  1. MINISTRY REQUIREMENTS

3.1 Upon the recommendation of the pastor or pastoral administrator, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are appointed by the Diocesan Bishop before they serve. There is a term limit of five years with an option of renewal for an additional five years. Renewal is not automatic. As a result, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion must be reappointed by the Diocesan Bishop before they continue their service. If an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion has served for a total of two terms (10 years) and there is a serious pastoral reason for an exception to the norm for maximum service, a request may be made to the Diocesan Bishop for an extension of the term for each individual. Once approved by the Diocesan Bishop, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion must be commissioned at a parish Mass using the approved liturgical ritual provided in the Book of Blessings (See Appendix).

3.2 While the norm is to have Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion function only in their parish/mission of domicile and active participation, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion may be appointed, upon the request of the Campus Minister (University, College, Catholic School) or Hospital Chaplain for service only at their respective locations, following the same procedure as those appointed for parish/mission ministry.

3.3 Furthermore, there may be times when, at the request of the Priest Celebrant, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, who are appointed for service in the Diocese of Raleigh, may be asked to function at liturgical celebrations outside the parish/mission (e.g., at retreats, deanery and diocesan celebrations).

3.4 If there is a dearth of Ministers of Holy Communion at a particular Eucharistic celebration, the Priest may depute suitable faithful to serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for this single occasion (GIRM, 162).

In such a case, a Priest who has received the faculty from the Diocesan Bishop to do so, Appendix III of the GIRM, Rite of Deputing a Minister to Distribute Holy Communion on a Single Occasion, is followed:

After the Priest Celebrant himself has received the Sacrament in the usual way, the Extraordinary Minister comes to the altar and stands before the Celebrant, who blesses him or her with these words:

May the Lord bless you,

so that at this Mass you may minister

the Body and Blood of Christ

to your brothers and sisters.

And he or she replies: Amen.

 

3.5 An individual should participate in only one liturgical ministry (e.g. Reader, Cantor, or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion). This is meant to encourage greater participation of the members of the parish community as an expression of their responsibility in the liturgical life of the parish. However, in those circumstances where there is a dearth of ministers, an individual may perform another ministry.

3.6 Prior to their commissioning by the Diocesan Bishop for appointment, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion must be prepared for ministry by participation in formation either on the parish or Diocesan level. The Office of Divine Worship welcomes the opportunity to provide training for parishes.

In addition, Ministry Training will be provided annually at the Diocesan Convocation.

3.7 Parishes should provide regular opportunities for continued formation and renewal. The Office of Divine Worship has resources available to assist in this endeavor.  

3.8 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are to demonstrate the greatest respect for the most Holy Eucharist by their demeanor, their attire, and the manner in which they handle the consecrated species, distributing Holy Communion with dignity and reverence.  

3.9 Apparel appropriate for ministry is business attire. Apparel not proper for ministry includes casual, scant, and unsuitable clothing: sneakers/athletic shoes, flip-flops, jeans, t-shirts, sweat/jogging suits, any clothing with logos (e.g., sport teams), as well as anything promoting personal causes (e.g., politics).


3.10 Persons appointed to this ministry may be called upon to serve even though they have not been previously scheduled to do so. Therefore, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should come to Mass prepared and dressed appropriately. If, for any reason, one is not prepared or properly attired, s/he should graciously decline the invitation to assist at that time.

3.11 As with all liturgical ministers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are first and foremost members of the worshipping assembly. Therefore, they should endeavor to model a respectful and reverent attitude (e.g., by arriving on time and participating fully in the Mass by listening, singing and responding from their place in the assembly).

3.12 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion do not participate in the entrance procession or recession. They should sit in the assembly with no designated place set aside for them. No liturgical vesture should be worn.

  1. HOLY COMMUNION UNDER BOTH SPECIES

  1. “Holy Communion has a fuller sign when it takes place under both kinds. For in this form the sign of the Eucharistic banquet is more clearly evident and clearer expression is given to the divine will by which the new and eternal Covenant is ratified in the Blood of the Lord, as also the connection between the Eucharistic banquet and the eschatological banquet in the Kingdom of the Father” (GIRM, 281).

  1. However, “Above all, they (pastors) should instruct the faithful that the Catholic faith teaches that Christ, whole and entire, and the true Sacrament, is received under only one species and hence that as regards the resulting fruits, those who receive under only one species are not deprived of any grace that is necessary for salvation” (see GIRM, 282).

  1. “The diocesan Bishop may establish norms for Communion under both kinds for his diocese. The diocesan Bishop is also given the faculty to permit Communion under both kinds whenever it seems appropriate to the priest to whom the community has been entrusted as its own shepherd” (GIRM, 283). This norm thus applies to pastors as well as chaplains.

4.4 The Bishop of Raleigh regards Holy Communion under both species as an admirable practice and accordingly grants permission for Communion under both kinds in the parishes, missions, stations and campus ministries of the Diocese of Raleigh at all celebrations of the Holy Mass celebrated according to the Roman Missal, Third Typical Edition.

4.5 Any change in a either a parish or mission’s current practice of distribution of Holy Communion is to involve consultation with the Office of Divine Worship and the Pastoral Council to insure proper catechesis for the faithful.                                                                                                                  


4.6 Distribution of Holy Communion under both species is to be suspended when the Sacred Liturgy of the Mass is celebrated in non-sacred places which are not ordinarily associated within the normal course of a parish or school liturgical life, such as gymnasiums, convention centers, hotel ballrooms, etc., unless permission has been granted by the Diocesan Bishop through the Office of Divine Worship (Redemptionis Sacramentum, 108).

4.7 Additionally, consideration should be given to suspending the distribution of Holy Communion under both species when the possibility of the Rite becomes “difficult because of the large number of participants”, such as Christmas or Easter (see GIRM, 283).

  1. THE DISTRIBUTION OF HOLY COMMUNION

  1. After the Priest Celebrant has received Holy Communion, the Extraordinary Ministers approach the altar and bow to the altar (see GIRM, 162).

  1. The Extraordinary Ministers receive Holy Communion in the usual manner. They must never self communicate. They receive Communion from the Priest Celebrant, or a concelebrating Priest, or the Deacon.

5.3 Extraordinary Ministers are always to receive the vessel (ciborium or chalice) containing the Holy Eucharist for distribution to the faithful (GIRM, 162) from the Priest Celebrant, a concelebrating Priest or a Deacon. Utmost care and respect regarding the sacred species should be taken by the minister while traveling to and from the station to administer Holy Communion to the faithful. Specifically, the purificator is to be used to cover the chalice, so that two hands are used to hold the chalice.

5.4 As the communicant approaches the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, the minister says, “the Body of Christ” or “the Blood of Christ”, as prescribed in the Roman Missal.

No other invitation, such as using the name of the communicant or “this is the Body of Christ…” is to be used. After the communicant responds “Amen”, the minister then gives Holy Communion to the communicant. The host or the chalice is not to be elevated in any manner.

5.5 Those ministering the Precious Blood wipe the rim of the chalice both inside and outside after each communicant receives. The minister then turns the chalice a quarter turn in preparation for the next communicant (see GIRM, 286).

5.6 Although it has been a common pastoral practice in the Diocese of Raleigh for Ministers of Communion to impart a blessing to those who come forward with hands crossed in the communion procession and who are not receiving Holy Communion, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are commissioned only to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ to the faithful. The Extraordinary Minister may offer a brief prayer for those in the Assembly who come forward in the communion procession and who are not receiving  Holy Communion, such as “May God bless you” or “May God continue the good work in you.” This prayer is to be offered audibly and may not be accompanied by the gesture associated with a blessing, e.g., the raising of the hand or the sign of the cross.

5.7 The distribution of Holy Communion is also not the occasion for any greeting or conversation by the Minister with the faithful in the communion procession.

5.8 As health concerns dictate that Ordinary and Extraordinary Ministers of Communion not use their hand to touch the head of the communicant and then distribute the Body of Christ to another among the faithful, so Ministers of the Sacred Body of Christ are also to exercise great care of this sacred species by limiting their corporal contact with the faithful to the administration of the Blessed Sacrament.

5.9 The norm established for the Dioceses of the United States of America is that Holy Communion is to be received standing, unless an individual member of the faithful wishes to receive Communion while kneeling (Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum, 25 March 2004, 91; GIRM, 160).

When receiving Holy Communion, the communicant bows his or her head before the Sacrament as gesture of reverence and receives the Body of the Lord from the minister. The consecrated host may be received either on the tongue or in the hand, at the discretion of each communicant. When Holy Communion is received under both kinds, the sign of reverence is also is also made before receiving the Precious Blood (GIRM, 160).

5.10 After the distribution of Communion is completed, the ministers return their vessels to the altar and return to their place in the assembly in a reverent and prayerful manner.

5.11 The Deacon, or in the absence of the Deacon, the Priest Celebrant or a concelebrating Priest will consume the remaining consecrated wine and gather any remaining consecrated hosts for reservation in the tabernacle (GIRM, 163; 284b).

If any of the Precious Blood remains after the last communicant, the Bishop of Raleigh has given permission for the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to consume it from their chalice of distribution. This is to be carried out standing at the altar (see Part II, Norms for the Distribution of Holy Communion under Both Kinds, 52).

N.B. Care should be taken regarding the amount of wine prepared for consecration lest a large amount of the consecrated species remains to be consumed once the distribution of Holy Communion has been completed.

5.12 The purification of the vessels is carried out by 1) the Priest Celebrant at the altar, 2) a Deacon or instituted acolyte at the credence table, or 3) immediately after Mass at the credence table or in the sacristy by the Priest, Deacon or instituted acolyte. In this last case, the vessels are to be covered by a corporal after the distribution of Communion is completed. (see GIRM, 163; 183; and 284b).

  1. CONCLUSION

6.1 These Norms for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion have as their goal the proper and prayerful celebration of Holy Communion at the Sacred Liturgy of the Mass. In addition, their purpose is to foster celebrations that glorify God and deepen the faith, hope, and charity of the faithful who are gathered for worship.

6.2 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, who have received sufficient spiritual, theological, pastoral and practical preparation to fulfill their role with knowledge and reverence, exercise in a distinct way their baptismal call, especially in the mission of bringing Christ to others.

Approved by the Bishop on 22nd day of October, 2012


Food Service Hospitality Ministry

Food Service Setup Procedures

Your assistance with setup is greatly appreciated!

Please find the following list of tasks a guide to help with consistency among volunteers so setup goes as easily as possible.  We have the use of room 222. Please use the paper towels in our bins, along with the trash cans. Take out anything you bring in to the room.

  1. Fill the coffee pots with the appropriate amount of water for each pot (enough for 40 cups of decaf in the smaller pot and 40 cups of regular in the larger pot). Water for tea in the one marked for tea.
  2. For each 10 cups of water, use 1 scoop of coffee (scoop is kept in the bin)
  3. Fill both coolers (1 red and 1 blue) with water
  1. Water cooler fill to ¾ full
  2. Lemonade cooler fill to ¼ full and then add lemonade mix, stir until dissolved, then add remaining water to ¾ full
  1. Use power strip (in the container) for the decaf pot and small coffee maker used to heat water for tea  
  2. Put trays on the floor under all the liquid containers
  3. Set up cups, sugars, stirrers and creamers near the coffee pots
  4. Place boxes of donuts on the dining tables unopened until time to serve
  5. Put out napkins around the tables
  6. Put out collection baskets near the signs for donations
  7. Fill clean-up bucket with warm, soapy water and place on cold beverage table along with dish cloths
  8. Before the next serving period of the day:
  1. Refill whatever pots and/or coolers that need it
  2. Clean up the beverage areas and dining tables

Food Service Clean Up Procedures

Please find this list of tasks a guide to help with consistency among volunteers so equipment is stored properly and easily found.   Your assistance with clean-up is greatly appreciated!  

  1. Put all paper and coffee supplies back in marked plastic bins.
  2. Bring coffee pots, dishes and pans to washing area in classroom 222.
  3. Throw away all plastic table cloths if used.
  4. Money is given to the Mission or Ministry Coordinator to be put in labeled collection bag. Two non-related people are required to be present when handling money.
  5. Return collection baskets to the blue storage bin in auditorium.
  6. Wipe tables with soapy water provided in buckets.
  7. Clean up spills on the floor with paper towels.
  8. Move tables back - coffee & beverage tables & any others.
  9. Wash & dry coffee pots & beverage coolers.  Put electrical cords inside coffee pots and LEAVE THE LIDS OFF on top of pot. Lids must be off to avoid condensation and mildew.
  10. Wash & dry dishes and pans.  
  11. Be sure kitchen washing area is left clean and dry. Remove all garbage from room.
  12. Wet cleaning and dish cloths are put in a plastic bucket and given to the Mission coordinator to be laundered.
  13. Transport supplies back to Conference Center Room IV. (Get key to storage from Mission Coordinator.)  Store beverage coolers OPEN and plastic bins on shelves that are labeled.

Dec. 2016

Fundraising Policy and Procedures

Mother Teresa Mission Parish Fundraising Guidelines

The Fundraising Policies of Mother Teresa Catholic Church (MTCC) shall be applied consistently.

                

All request for fundraisers shall be presented to the pastor for approval or denial.  Each fundraiser will be considered with priority being granted according to the following tiers (Tier 1 will be approved automatically):

Fundraising Tiers:

1-BAA, Priest Retirement, Diocese 2nd Collections, National 2nd Collection

2-For benefit of MTCC and St. Matia Malumba

3-Parishioner associated group (i.e. Scouts, Knights of Columbus)

4-Outside agency (i.e. Carying Place)

The fundraising goal determines whether the pastor has the sole discretion to approve or deny the fundraiser. Fundraisers expected to raise $500 or less will be approved or denied by the pastor. Fundraisers expected to raise in excess of $500 will be presented to the Finance Council for approval or denial.

Calendar planning will be conducted annually where the ministries and parish sponsored groups will be encouraged to submit fundraising requests.

No fundraising is allowed to take place on campus during parish sanctioned capital campaigns and during the BAA.

Fundraisers shall not overlap and we will strive to not have more than two fundraisers per month.

Diocesan Policies regarding fundraising and handling of money will be followed without exception, giving special consideration to funds raised through the sale of scrip or gift cards (see attached).

1. INTRODUCTION

1.1 Special consideration needs to be taken when raising funds through the sale of script or gift cards in which companies donate a percentage of the profit to the ministry.

1.2 Each parish has the autonomy to decide if they wish to participate in this type of program or fundraising but must adhere to the following fundraising requirements of the Diocese of Raleigh.  

2. DIOCESAN FUNDRAISING REQUIREMENTS  

2.1 The following internal controls need to be in place when fundraising:

  1. Inventory bought must be purchased by the parish – not individual people.
  2. An on-going log of all inventory (coupons /gift cards) with a numbering system or other tracking must be kept.
  3. The inventory (coupons /gift cards) needs to be stored on site and locked up.
  4. The inventory (coupons /gift cards) needs to be reconciled on a monthly basis with the inventory log.

3. PROCEDURES WHEN HANDING MONEY

3.1 The following procedures will be followed when handling money or fundraising:

  1. Two people (not related) will be present when all money is collected and secured in the safe.
  2. All money will be put in security collection bags, labeled and sealed after the event.  The person sealing the bag will initial the seal on the bag.
  3. Money will be locked in the safe on site until it is transported to the main campus.  
  4. Money will be deposited in the church safe after each event.
  5. Money will be counted by the Mother Teresa Mission money counters team.
  6. Money will be deposited in the appropriate financial account by finance staff.

Information Table Ministry Policies & Procedures

The Information Table Ministry serves the Mother Teresa Mission Parish community by greeting and providing information to parishioners.  The ministry supports the organization of parish events, programs, Mass Intentions, Mass Flower Sponsorships and other sign-ups, also assisting in the distribution of information.

INTRODUCTION

1.1 Ministers of Hospitality serve a very important role in the church by welcoming people into their church family through hospitality, courtesy, and educating visitors. When you come to church you are coming first to worship and then to serve. You will be helping others to worship also and are setting the tone for every parishioner’s personal experience with the church.

1.2 "For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst."   (Mtw. 18:20).  Christ is really present in the very liturgical assembly gathered in his name. We greet Christ in one another long before we receive him in the sacrament of Communion.

1.3 Volunteers offer a warm and inviting greeting, answer questions and offer helpful information.

ARRIVAL / SET UP        

2.1 Volunteers should arrive 30 minutes before the start of the 8:45AM Mass for set up which includes:

Laptops

to access the file.

Information Table

Prayer Intention Table

                       Example:                     Oct. 9          Lord, hear our prayer for:

(You can look back at the one from the previous week to see what has been done)

2.2 Volunteers may wish to preview the weekly bulletin to familiarize themselves with happenings in the parish to be prepared when parishioners arrive.

2.3 All volunteers should sign in using the computer sign-in to track their time and talent.  Please wear your name tag and return it to the storage bin when finished.

2.4 Volunteers should be present 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after Mass time.  After the 10:30AM Mass volunteers should put all display materials back in supply bins and in the supply closet.

2.5 Please direct all volunteers to sign in at the computer to record their service hours and assist them as necessary.

PROCEDURES

  1. Altar Flowers: See Complete Altar Flower Sponsorship Procedure and Information below.

  1. Electronic Communications distribution list:
  1. Ask new parishioners if they would like to be added to the Mother Teresa Mission Parish email distribution list to receive emails with information regarding events and Mass changes.    
  2. Give email distribution list to Mission Coordinator after 10:30AM Mass.

  1. Mass Intentions – See Complete Mass Intention Procedure and Information below.

  1. Special event sign-ups
  1. Throughout the year sign-ups for various events will be located at the Information Table, such as volunteer sign-ups for special events.
  2.  Please give sign-up sheets at the end of Mass to the Mission Coordinator.

  1. Community greeting cards for pastoral care
  1. Community greeting cards for parishioners to sign may be available at the Information Table.
  2. Please leave cards at table for designated person to pick up after 10:30 Mass or give to Mission Coordinator.

  1. Mother Teresa Mission Parish Volunteer Form
  1. Encourage current and new volunteers to complete a Volunteer Form.
  2. After form is completed review the form and sign off on the bottom of form that you received the form.
  3. Give the new volunteer the name and email of the Ministry Leader for desired ministry.  
  4.   Give the Volunteer Form to the Mission Coordinator to process.
  5.  If the Ministry Leader is present introduce the individual to them.

        

  1. Questions about St. Michael
  1. Direct person to the correct Ministry Leader if available or Mission Coordinator if you are unsure of information.
  2.  Use the bulletin as a resource or ask another Ministry Leader.

  1. Complaints or concerns
  1. Listen and take notes or have person write their concern on an index card. If they want a reply, ask them to leave an email address or phone number.  If they want anonymity give them an index card and envelope to put their complaint in.  
  2. Pass this information on to Mission Coordinator.  

  1. General Information

Baptism

Communion to the homebound

Faith Formation

Sacramental Preparation - First Communion, First Reconciliation, Confirmation, RCIA

Pastoral Care Desk

Information Table - Altar Flower Procedures

  1. Have sponsor select an available date.
  2. Check the Mass Intention and Flower Print-Out Calendar to confirm the availability.  
  3. Have sponsor complete both the donation envelope and flower form (below) with type of flowers requested. Complete one envelope and flower form per flower donation, even if they use 1 payment for multiple dates.
  4. A Donation of $40 is requested. Please make all checks out to Mother Teresa Mission and put a note in the memo line: MTM Altar Flowers and date.
  5. Record information on the Mass Intention and Flower Print-Out Calendar. Record who flowers are in honor or memory of, occasion and sponsors name (ie:  In honor of Barb & Tom Brown for __________ by Mary Smith.)
  6. On the Mass Intention and Flower Print-Out Calendar write date it was paid for and your initials.
  7. Put money along with Sponsor Form in a ‘Flower Donation” envelope.
  8.  All flower donation envelopes will be bundled and put in a business envelope which gets put in a security collection bag labeled Mother Teresa Mission Parish Miscellaneous Collections.  All miscellaneous collections of the day (flowers, Mass Intentions, fundraising money) will be bundled separately and put into the same security collection bag and sealed after the 10:30 Mass. The bag will be labeled Mother Teresa Mission Parish Bag #3 with the date, contents, and signature of who sealed it. All sealed security bags go to the main campus and are put in the safe.  The Mother Teresa Mission Parish Money Counters count and record the donations and give the forms and envelopes to the appropriate parties.  
  9.  Add the completed Flower Sponsorship information into the Google Doc spreadsheet via the computer provided; include name of person, who flowers are for – living or deceased (LIV OR RIP), who requested, and paid on date.
  10. We may accept 2 flower sponsors per Sunday.  
  11. The sponsor donating flowers is welcome to pick up the arrangement after the 10:30AM Mass.  They should make arrangements for pick up of flowers and also to return the vase.
  12. The Altar Flower Ministry Leader will collect the Flower Sponsor forms from the finance office to arrange for the flowers.

        

Altar Flower Sponsor Form:

        Mother Teresa Mission

Altar Flower Sponsorship

               Procedures and Request Form

Thank you for your sponsorship of altar flowers!

 We hope the following procedures will help you to easily arrange your sponsorship.

We urge you to submit this form at least two weeks prior to the date on which you would like to sponsor flowers so that we have adequate time to submit the information for inclusion in the church bulletin on the Sunday when you are the altar flower sponsor.

This form is available from the Information Table Ministry on Sundays at Mother Teresa Mission Parish or you may request that it be emailed to you by Spring Nguyen (springng05@yahoo.com).  

Please submit the completed form along with a check for $40.00 per vase at the Mother Teresa Mission Parish Welcome Table on Sundays.  Checks should be made payable to St. Michael Church.  Remember to write “GH Altar Flowers” in the memo section of the check.  Your request for sponsorship of altar flowers will be entered on the “Flower Board” at the Welcome Table and be put in the St. Michael Bulletin the week of your sponsorship.

A member of the Altar Flower Ministry may contact you to review the information that you have provided in terms of flower availability as well as size and appropriateness of arrangement.  If there is a time and/or a phone number at which you prefer to be contacted, please indicate that clearly on the form.

The flower arrangement(s) will be delivered to Mother Teresa Mission prior to the beginning of the 8:45 AM Mass on the Sunday that you requested sponsorship.  After the 10:30 AM Mass the sponsor(s) may take the arrangement(s) with them to enjoy at home, or deliver them to a friend, nursing home, or to the hospital. Please return the vase the following Sunday.  If you do not pick up your arrangement, the arrangement(s) will be given to other members of the community or delivered to a nursing home or hospital.

 

General Information:

Your Name__________________________________

Address_____________________________________

City __________________    ZIP Code ____________

Telephone__________ Email address_____________

Occasion(s) commemorated:____________________

Person(s) Commemorated:______________________

Date requested: Sunday, _______________________

Floral and Arrangement Information:

General Flower Arrangement___ yes___ no   If no, please provide information below:

Flower type(s) desired_____________________________

Color(s) desired_________________ Your Vase__ yes __no

Please bring back the vase or container the following week and put it by the Flower Board in the cafeteria. Thank you!

We accept flower vase donations.

Additional Notes:__________________________________

Please make a check for $40.00 payable to St. Michael Church with memo: GH altar flowers

Thank you for your sponsorship of flowers at the Masses at Mother Teresa Mission Parish.

   

Information Table - Mass Intention Procedures

  1. Have sponsor select an available date.
  2. Check the Mass Intention and Flowers Print Out Calendar to confirm the availability.  
  3. Have sponsor complete Mass Intention envelope. Complete one envelope per Mass Intention even if they use 1 payment for multiple dates.
  4. A Donation of $10 is requested /typical. Please make all checks payable to Mother Teresa Mission and put a note in the memo line: MTM Mass Intention and date.
  5. Record information on the Mass Intention and Flower Print-Out Calendar. Record who Mass Intention is for and (LIV) if person is living or (RIP) if person is deceased. Record sponsors name.  (Example: For Betty Jones (LIV) by Mary Smith or For Mike Jones (RIP) by Mary Smith.)
  6. On the Mass Intention and Flower Print-Out Calendar write phonetic pronunciation of name if it is not a common name (for the lectors), date it was paid for and your initials.
  7. Write a receipt and give top copy to purchaser.
  8. Offer sponsor a Mass card that is in the binder to send to Mass recipient if applicable.
  9. All Mass Intention donation envelopes will be bundled and put in a business envelope which gets put in a security collection bag labeled Mother Teresa Mission Parish Miscellaneous Collections.  All miscellaneous collections of the day (flowers, Mass Intentions, fundraising money) will be bundled separately and put into the same security collection bag and sealed after the 10:30 Mass. The bag will be labeled Mother Teresa Mission Parish Bag #3 with the date, contents, and signature of who sealed it. All sealed security bags go to the main campus where they are put in the safe until processed.
  10.  Add the completed Mass Intention information into the Google Doc spreadsheet via the computer provided; include name of person Mass is for, (LIV) for living or (RIP) for deceased, who requested Mass, paid on date and your initials.
  11.  One Mass every Sunday and holiday at each parish must be scheduled for the intentions of parishioners known as “Pro Populo” (For the People) as required by Canon Law and diocesan statute.  This Mass must be said by the Pastor. No stipend is given for this Mass. The St. Michael office will schedule these Mass in advance with the Welcome Table Ministry Leader.
  12.  We may only take one Mass Intention per Mass and collect only 1 stipend per Mass per Cannon Law – Canon 946.
  13.  Mass Intentions will be available for a 3 month period of time and will be opened for booking a month prior to the 3 month cycle.

Mass Intention Information

Mass is the highest form of Catholic prayer. When Mass is offered for a particular person/intention, the unified prayers of the priest and congregation are devoted to that request. Masses are typically requested for a departed soul, healing for the sick, personal intentions and in thanksgiving. In recent years it has become more popular to celebrate Masses for birthdays, graduations, anniversaries and other special occasions.  (Ref: cathed.org)

A novena is a series of prayers said for 9 days, usually as a prayer of petition but sometimes as a prayer of thanksgiving. The nine days recall the time the Apostles and the Blessed Mother spent in prayer after the Ascension. (Ref:Catholicism.about.com)

Because we have only 2 Masses each Sunday, the Masses at Mother Teresa Mission Parish book quickly. Our Welcome Table Ministry volunteers manage all Mass Intention requests for Mother Teresa Mission Parish. Some of you might wish your family, or a special intention, be prayed for monthly at a Mass. This too can be arranged.

Mass cards will be available for you to send on to a recipient. Mass Intentions for Mother Teresa Mission Parish are not be available at the parish office. You may call the Welcome Table Ministry Leader with questions or to arrange a Mass. Their contact information is in the Mother Teresa Mission Parish section of the bulletin.

Information Table - Volunteer Forms Procedure

  1. Please have Volunteer Forms available at the Information Table each week.
  2. Review completed forms and sign form at the bottom.
  3. Give the form to the Mission Coordinator.
  4. The Mission Coordinator will review the volunteer information and process the form by adding the information into the Volunteer Database. Ministry Leaders will then be informed of new volunteers.
  5. Completed Volunteer Forms are kept by the Mission Coordinator in the Volunteer Binder.

Ministers of Hospitality: Greeters and Ushers

1.  INTRODUCTION

1.1 Ministers of Hospitality serve a very important role in the church by welcoming people into their church family through hospitality, courtesy, and educating visitors. When you come to church you are coming first to worship and then to serve. You will be helping others to worship also and are setting the tone for every parishioner’s personal experience with the church. (*p.8)

1.2 "For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst."   (Mtw. 18:20).  Christ is really present in the very liturgical assembly gathered in his name. We greet Christ in one another long before we receive him in the sacrament of Communion.

1.3 As Ministers of Hospitality, think about the spiritual nature of the service you offer. “All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Mtw. 25:35).”  - Rule of Saint Benedict (*p.7)

1.5 Ministers of Hospitality form community through not just welcoming all people but helping people with their needs.  You will be ministering to the entire community. Greet not only your friends, but the stranger to build up the entire body of Christ. You make each worshipper feel a part of the whole body by showing the concern of Christ to each member of the flock. By helping people meet people, receiving donations, helping guide wheelchairs, assisting with parishioner’s safety, and directing people to restrooms you are forming community.  (*p.9)

2.  MINISTRY ELIGIBILITY 

2.1 Men, women and families are eligible for this ministry. They are to be Catholics in good standing who sincerely try to live the Gospel message in accordance with the teachings of the Church.  Those who are not Catholic are welcome to serve in this ministry with approval of the Ministry Leader or Pastor.  It is desirable that volunteers are baptized Christians. They are to participate regularly in the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist and the practice their Catholic faith.  They are to be registered members of the parish.

3.  MINISTRY REQUIREMENTS  

3.1 You must be attentive to the needs of the members of the assembly and to the actions of the liturgy by:

3.2 Effective communication skills

3.3 Ministers of Hospitality should dress professionally, but comfortable and conservatively in a manner respectful of being in church.

3.2 Ministers of Hospitality must have knowledge of how to move reverently throughout the sacred space of the church. You are a model of reverent behavior for the assembly. There are two sacred places that require special attention: the altar and the tabernacle. (*p.32)

4.  SAFETY PROCEDURES

4.1 Ministers of Hospitality are responsible for:                          

4.2 Refer to the map of the school building (inserted at the end of the Ministers of Hospitality Procedures) for location of the automated external defibrillator (AED), fire extinguishers, fire pull boxes and exits.


GREETERS

1. INTRODUCATION

1.1 Hospitality meant something to Jesus! Hospitality shows respect for the visitor. Hospitality means learning people’s names and professions, taking care of their simplest needs and thinking well of them in order to receive every visitor as you would receive Christ. (*p.ix)

1.2 Jesus was frequently a guest. So were his disciples.  Jesus is still a guest. He is present in the community that gathers for worship. (*p.1)

2. ARRIVAL / SET UP

2.1 Lead Greeters should arrive 45 minutes before the start of Mass for set up which includes:

2.2 Greeters should arrive at least 20 minutes before Mass begins to familiarize themselves with special instructions or activities of the day and be prepared when parishioners arrive.

2.3 All volunteers should sign in to track their time and talent.  Please wear your name tag and return it to the storage bin when finished.

3. GREETING

3.1 When you are a greeter, you are the face of Christ, and you are receiving each guest as if he or she were Christ. You are the face of Christ, and your welcome will evangelize. (*p.7)

3.1 Greet parishioners with a warm welcome and smile, handing them a book along with any other information.  Please distribute pamphlets and special collection envelopes on top of the book.  (Avoid putting them inside the book as they will be overlooked.)

3.2 If you discover that a parishioner is a visitor or new parishioner, ask if you can assist them in any way. Make introductions between new visitors and regular church members if possible.

3.3 Be watchful of the needs of parishioners – such as receiving donations, helping guide wheelchairs, assisting with parishioner’s safety, and directing people to restrooms.  

4. AFTER THE LITURGY

4.1 No bulletins will be handed out prior to the Mass. After the liturgy ensure that youth or others are available to distribute the parish bulletin. Bulletins are stored in the auditorium side room.

4.2 Collect books from parishioners, communicating with them to wish them a good day or good week.

4.3 After the 8:45 Mass prepare the books for the 10:30 Mass.  After the 10:30 Mass,  put the books back in the storage boxes on the cart, collect the reserved seating signs and place all Greeters supplies in the storage boxes (first aid kit & book, hospitality sign-in binder, reserved seating signs, and nametags).

5.  CONCLUSION

8.1 As an usher and a greeter, you have work to do. Making people feel at home at church is not easy.  It requires a lot of time and attention. Your work is important to the whole church. But something else is even more important: the time you take with Jesus. Your prayer and participation is also necessary. Take the time to celebrate Mass and be present with the Lord. It is a balance of service and worship. (*p.23)

Prayer of Preparation*

Heavenly Father,

you sent your Son as a model for hospitality and ministry.

May I have the courage to walk in his ways and serve your people.

Prepare my heart to love all who come through the door today.

Give me eyes to see their needs and their gifts,

and grace to respond wisely to each situation.

I ask this through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.


USHERS

1. INTRODUCTION

1.1 Ushers provide welcome and dignified order to the celebration of Mass.

You will be welcoming people to worship, tending their needs, helping them find a place to sit, gathering their gifts during collection, and bidding them farewell when the Mass concludes.  

1.2 Ushers are a model of reverent behavior for the assembly during the Mass. Ushers represent the church in a very visible way and assist with the smooth operation of Mass.

1.3 Ushers should avoid long conversations with people and other ushers and keep movement to a minimum especially during the liturgy. (*p.3)

2. ARRIVAL / SET UP

2.1 Ushers should arrive at least 20 minutes before Mass begins to familiarize themselves with special instructions or activities of the day.

2.2 All volunteers should sign in to track their time and talent.  Please wear your name tag and return it to the storage bin when finished.

2.3 Ushers prepare the environment by:

3. USHERING

3.1 Be attentive to the needs of parishioners, escorting and directing people to empty seats and helping those who need special seating or accommodations. Watch for pregnant women and the elderly to assure they have a seat.

3.2 Check with those who have limited mobility and ask if they wish to have the Eucharistic Ministers come to them for communion. Remember who they are and be certain that they are taken care of.

3.3 Assist with keeping individuals and items out of the aisles to allow easy traffic flow and conform to fire safety codes.

3.4 When Children’s Liturgy of the Word is in session please be aware:

4. SEATING LATECOMERS

4.1 Seat latecomers between readings and the psalm so as to not disturb those listening to the Word of God. Please demonstrate and model appropriate action: observe silence as much as possible and focus your attention on the word of God to show respect for God and the people who are hearing the divine word.

5. MASS COUNT

5.1 Ushers will assist the Mass Coordinator in completing the Mass count. A total head count is done during the homily using the Mass Count slip to determine how many hosts will need to be brought forward with the gifts and to track Mother Teresa Mission Parish attendance.  The Mass count slip is below.

6. THE OFFERATORY  

6.1 Through the offertory we give all our gifts as a sign of our sacrifice, and the Holy Spirit responds with the greatest gift of all, Communion in Christ. In offering their gifts, people are offering themselves.

6.2 During collection walk down the aisle, stop at the front, bow to show reverence to the altar and then start collection. Ushers should NEVER take collection baskets alone to collect money from those outside of the worship space, two Ushers should attend to this.

6.3 Ushers assist the Mass or Mission Coordinator in putting the collection in a secure money bag, which the Mass or Mission Coordinator is responsible for putting in a secure location.  The offertory is not brought forward to the altar in our church.

6.4 Second Collections: Usually second collections take place immediately after the first collection as the spiritual significance of this offering is easier to grasp at this time.

7. PRESENTATION OF THE GIFTS

 7.1 To express a communal offering more fully, a family or several people from the assembly are invited to bring the gifts of bread and wine forward.

7.2 The Mass Coordinator will choose people to carry the gifts before Mass begins and assists them in lining up behind the cross bearer for the procession to the altar. Only older children (suggested age of 10) or adults should carry the bread and wine.

8. HOLY COMMUNION PROCESSION

8.1 Ushers will assist parishioners in lining up for communion after the priest has handed the chalices to the EMHC’s on the altar.


8.2 Map for EMHC Stations and direction of traffic flow.

 


8.3 During celebrations that are extremely crowded such as Christmas, Palm Sunday, and Easter when there are likely to be visitors who are unfamiliar with the worship space and the communion procession, you will need to be more attentive and provide more guidance. At these Masses you will be provided with a current map for EMHC stations and traffic flow.

8.4 Before communion put parish bulletins at the doors. (Bulletins are not distributed prior to Mass.) Put empty missal boxes on the table for book collection after Mass. After communion, find and assist children as needed who will be passing out bulletins.

10. AFTER THE LITURGY

10.1 Assist the presider as necessary in leaving the worship space. Assist those with limited mobility in leaving and with their needs.

10.2 When you bid people goodbye you are helping them make the transition from worship into service. You send them forth renewed in Christ, looking for ways to bring Christ to a waiting world. You are an extension of Jesus welcoming people to share in spreading the ‘Good News.’

10.3 Be knowledgeable about what is going on in the parish, and ready to share this information with others.

10.4 Put folding chairs away on carts and store.

10.5 Assist with take down and putting away altar and Mass supplies if you have time. Your help and spirit of team work is appreciated!

8.  CONCLUSION

8.1 As an usher and a greeter, you have work to do. Making people feel at home at church is not easy.  It requires a lot of time and attention. Your work is important to the whole church. But something else is even more important: the time you take with Jesus. Your prayer and participation is also necessary. Take the time to celebrate Mass and be present with the Lord. It is a balance of service and worship. (*p.23)

Prayer of Preparation*

Heavenly Father,

you sent your Son as a model for hospitality and ministry.

May I have the courage to walk in his ways and serve your people.

Prepare my heart to love all who come through the door today.

Give me eyes to see their needs and their gifts,

and grace to respond wisely to each situation.

I ask this through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Resource: Ferrell, Karie and Paul Turner. Guide for Ushers and Greeters, The Liturgical Ministry Series. 2008 Liturgy Training Publications, Chicago. Print.

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MASS COUNT  Date:__________

Right (altar servers also)    ______________

Center                      ______________

Left                               ______________

CLOW 4-6 yrs.              ______________

CLOW 7-9yrs.              ______________

Total CLOW Adults______________

_________________________________

TOTAL ATTENDANCE____________

Host on altar               (-)    ____________

Priest host                  (-)                20         

Subtract 20 – 30 (Kids)         ______________

NEEDED IN PATEN         ____________

Total hosts used:

MASS COUNT  Date:__________

Right (altar servers also)    ______________

Center                      ______________

Left                               ______________

CLOW 4-6 yrs.              ______________

CLOW 7-9yrs.              ______________

Total CLOW Adults______________

_________________________________

TOTAL ATTENDANCE____________

Host on altar               (-)    ____________

Priest host                  (-)                20         

Subtract 20 – 30 (Kids)         ______________

NEEDED IN PATEN         ____________

Total hosts used:

Mass Coordinator Ministry

The Mass Coordinator ensures that all the needed roles for the Mass have someone fulfilling those positions.  Along with the rest of the congregation, the Mass Coordinator should be present and attending Mass so that all form the body of Christ.

Description of the Functions

I.   Day prior to Mass

 1.      From the main church secure the following items or ensure someone has been assigned to pick them up:

**Supplies must be at Mother Teresa Mission Parish by 7:45-8:00 AM Sunday. Thank you!


II.       Pre-Mass Duties  

  1. While the Mass is in progress the Mass Coordinator (MC) is responsible for ensuring that everything runs smoothly, covering or obtaining coverage for any ministry that does not have sufficient ministers available for service.
  2. The MC will be available to cover any open ministry that is not sufficiently staffed, but will not serve in any ministry role if there are a sufficient number of available ministers present.  Diocesan policy states that an individual should participate in only one ministry per Mass, but it is acceptable if a MC needs to provide coverage (e.g. Reader, Cantor, or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion) in the event that there are no ministers from these ministries attending the Mass and suitably attired to serve. This is meant to encourage greater participation of the members of the parish community as an expression of their responsibility in the liturgical life of the parish. However, in those circumstances where there is a dearth of ministers, the MC may request that an individual serve in another ministry. 
  3. Monitor the HVAC  (air conditioning/heat) situation, which may require that the rolling “garage door” behind the stage be opened to quickly cool off the auditorium.

III.     Duties during Mass  

  1. During the Offertory, the MC coordinates with the ushers and assists the Mother Teresa Mission Coordinator with collecting, bagging, signing and sealing the collection bags.
  2. The MC helps with potential problems that may occur during the Mass.  These could be specific to the Mass, including attending to the needs of the celebrant, handling any emergency situation, responding to questions from members of the congregation, working with the school janitorial staff, or a situation involving someone in the congregation.

         a.      Problems specific with the Mass:

    b. Potential problems that could occur during Mass

  1. Assist Ushers making host count for communion –
  1. If a baptism occurs during the Mass, please note special set-up and supplies are required.

         IV.    SAFETY PROCEDURES

  1. Mass Coordinators along with the Ushers are responsible for:                          
  1. Refer to the map of the school building (inserted at the end of the Ministers of Hospitality Procedures) for location of the automated external defibrillator (AED), fire extinguishers, fire pull boxes and exits.

V. Duties after Mass

  1. Ensure the removal of all items from the stage and returned to storage.    
  2. Ensure that EMHC leads have washed all vessels and they are stored properly. The cart is then returned to the cafeteria and placed by the door of the janitor’s closet.  
  3. Gather all other items that need to go back to the church:
  1. On occasion assist Mother Teresa Mission Parish Coordinator in returning items to main campus if needed.

a. Return ciborium with extra Eucharist to working sacristy if hosts were not consumed.  

b. Put consecrated hosts in tabernacle if possible.  If Mass is in progress, place the Ciborium on a Purificator and place a lighted candle next to the Purificator.  Purificators are located in the top, left small drawer at the far end from the back entry door on the right side.  A candle may be sitting on the counter or in the 5th upper cabinet from the back door.

        c. Deposit collection bags in designated safe.

        d. Return extra bulletins to storage closet.


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Music Ministry

Mother Teresa Mission Parish Instruction for Choir Members

  1.  Introduction
  1. The Music Ministry provides an opportunity for instrumentalists and singers to share their musical gifts and faith in liturgy.  The ministry is comprised of volunteers who setup and take down sound equipment, choir members who lead the congregation in singing, instrumentalists who accompany the choir, and directors who choose music, organize rehearsals, and oversee the groups.  
  2. Through our weekly preparation and service during Mass we improve our skills, expand our repertoire, deepen our faith, and inspire others at Mass to sing and share their own faith with God.

  1. Weekly Rehearsal
  1.  Choir members attend a weekly rehearsal to learn new songs and practice familiar ones.
  2.   The song list is available on a web site, and choir members should bring to the rehearsal the song list, books, and any needed handouts.  During rehearsal, choir members warm up, practice singing melodies or harmonies, and focus on dynamics and blending together as a group.  
  3. Choir members should supplement this rehearsal with their own additional practice at home as needed to learn the songs.

  1. Before Mass
  1. At Mother Teresa Mission Parish, the choir sings on the stage, and all the equipment must be completely setup and put away each week.  Volunteers setup the keyboard, music stands, microphones, speakers, mixer, and required cables to connect the equipment together. Choir members and instrumentalists assist with equipment setup.
  2. Choir members should arrive no later than 30 minutes before Mass begins.  
  3. As with all ministers who work on the altar, the Cantor is asked to wear clothing that is modest and unassuming.  Men should wear slacks and closed shoes as well as a collared shirt.  A sports coat is appropriate.  Ladies should wear skirts/slacks/dresses/blouses of a modest cut.  Skirts should be no shorter than two inches above the knee.  Shoulders should be covered.  Heels on shoes should not be excessive.  
  4. Once equipment is ready, the choir may sing a few songs in order to warm up, to allow the director to properly set volume levels on the mixer, and to make sure any details of the singing are worked out (e.g. solos or harmonies).  This is not a time to be learning the songs.  Ideally, there should be 5-10 minutes of silence before Mass begins.

  1. During Mass
  1. Choir members are part of the assembly and should be a model of worship while leading others in song.
  2. At the beginning of the Gathering, Preparation, Communion, and Recessional Hymns, one choir member (usually the director) announces the number of the song in the book and invites the assembly to sing.  When singing, choir members should listen to the sound and try to blend their voices together.  Any one singer should take care not to be so loud that their voice is louder than the others.  Choir members should sing prayerfully and joyfully, without calling attention to themselves through gestures or movements.  
  3. During the Psalm or other responsorial songs, choir members in the front row should invite the congregation to sing by raising their right arm.
  4. When not singing, choir members should act as every other member of the assembly, participating in communal prayers (but not loudly through the sound system), bowing when appropriate (e.g. during consecration), and being careful to minimize any extra sounds or movements.  Choir members can bring water with them and take drinks between songs, but this must be done with minimal disruption.  Choir members should take care not to rustle papers between songs as this can be a distraction.
  5. After the Gospel is read, choir members walk down the stairs and sit with their families to hear the homily.  They respectfully return to the stage during the Nicene Creed and should be in place in time for the General Intercessions.  
  6. The choir begins singing communion songs as soon as Eucharistic Ministers begin receiving communion themselves.  Singing will conclude when the Eucharistic Ministers return to the stage, at which point the choir will then receive communion.  Since the timing is not always perfect, the choir should keep singing their song until it concludes at a natural place (i.e. the end of a refrain) and then receive communion together, even if Eucharistic Ministers have to wait for a brief period of time.  A moment of silence should always follow the communion songs before the priest concludes with a prayer.

  1. After Mass
  1. Choir members after the 10:30 Mass assist with cleaning up the equipment: returning music stands, winding microphone cables, and preparing all equipment for storage.

Mother Teresa Mission Parish Children’s Choir

  1. Introduction
  1. The Mother Teresa Mission Parish Children’s Choir welcomes all youth ages 4 through 8th grade to join the choir.
  2. The choir sings at Mass 4 times a year, including the Christmas Eve Children’s Mass along with the Christmas Pageant. 

  1. Rehearsals
  1. Rehearsals are 6:15pm-7pm Mondays in the choir room at the main church from Sept. through May.  Even if you have a few scheduling conflicts, your child is welcome to join the Children’s Choir.
  2. Contact the Mother Teresa Mission Parish Music Director for more information.  


Pastoral Care Committee

  1. Introduction
  1.  The mission of the Catholic Church is to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to all people and to minister to all people in his name.  This is the responsibility of all the baptized.  
  2.  In John 13:34:35 it is stated : "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."  
  3.  Mother Teresa Mission Parish is a community that truly cares about and for one another. Mother Teresa Mission Parish’s Pastoral Care Committee can assist in many ways with our mandate to ‘love one another’.

  1. Contact Us
  1.  Please let us know of those from our community in need of pastoral care or prayers by contacting the Mother Teresa Mission Parish Pastoral Care Committee by emailing: smtccary@gmail.com  
  2.  Please submit a brief message with the person’s name and the need, along with a contact name and number of the person or person’s family member.

  1. Ways the committee can assist you:
  1. Names of the sick or deceased can be included in the Prayer of the Faithful at Mother Teresa Mission Parish Masses.
  2. The rosary prayer group can be asked to include the name in the weekly rosary.
  3. Anointing of the Sick can be arranged before or after Mass at Mother Teresa Mission Parish.
  4. Get well or sympathy cards can be provided for the congregation to sign.
  5. Referral to St. Michael Pastoral Care Desk at St. Michael.

Reader Ministry

Since Readers are the channels through which the Word is made present to the faithful, their proclamation needs to be well prepared, thoughtful, audible and clear. Readers should prepare their assigned reading for at least one week before they are scheduled to proclaim it. When practicing, read the passage aloud. It is different than reading it silently to one's self. It is also beneficial to have someone else listen to the reading as it is proclaimed or to record it for evaluation purposes.

  1. Background Information
  1. All Readers at Mother Teresa Mission Parish should plan to read only at Mother Teresa Mission Parish so there will not be conflicting schedules.  They need to pick one place and one preferred Mass to serve.  Subbing for a different Mass will be no problem, but all readers affected should be notified.
  2. Readers should try to find someone to switch with them if they know several weeks prior to the date.  If no one will switch, then they should find a substitute.  The Reader Ministry Leaders need to know about changes, or the Reader should make the changes on the Sign Up Genius site so that others can verify who is reading.  To be polite, the Reader should email anyone effected by the switch.  The Reader Ministry Leader may send the weekly message about Mass the day before Mass, and will send them to the Readers listed on the Sign Up Genius site.
  3. If a Reader does not show up to Mass or no substitute is found:
       
     20 minutes or more prior to mass:  Ask a reliable, regular reader to fill in.  Make sure they have access to the Practice book prior to Mass to prepare as best possible.
       
     less than 20 minutes prior to mass:  Reader should read all the readings.  If no Deacon is present, the Reader needs to ask someone to bring the book to the altar.   Mass Coordinator would be an appropriate person to bring up the book.
  1. First Reader
  1. The First Reader is responsible for reading the First Reading and the Prayers of the Faithful if a Deacon is not present.  The First Reader also carries the Book of Gospels in the opening procession if there is no Deacon present.

  1. Second Reader
  1. The Second Reader is responsible for reading the Second Reading.
  2. The Second Reader is also responsible for reading the Sequence during the weeks when there is a Sequence.   The ministry leader will inform you if there is a Sequence for your week and whether it needs to be read.
  3. The Sequence may be sung.  If this is the case, the Cantor will sing the Sequence.

  1. Two to Three Days Prior to Mass
  1. Spend time reading and reflecting on the assigned reading, as well as scanning the other readings of the day to familiarize yourself with the theme of the readings.
  2. If there are verbal announcements that are sent via email, read these as well to familiarize yourself with things that might be happening at the mass.

  1. The Day of Mass
  1. PLEASE ARRIVE 20-30 MINUTES PRIOR TO MASS.
  2.  Sign in at the computer in the cafeteria using the Volunteer Sign in Google Doc.  Also sign in on the Mass Volunteers sheet in the auditorium so the Mass Coordinator can sure that all the roles are filled for Mass.
  3.  Confirm that the books/binders needed for the readings and Prayers of the Faithful are present and set to the correct page.  Also confirm that the Book of Gospels carried in during the procession is present in the rear of the auditorium.  If there is more than one version of the Readings in the lectionary, check with the Celebrant as to which version should be read.  
  4.  Review the Readings again prior to Mass.
  5.  If the First Reader is reading the Prayers of the Faithful, check with the Choir/Cantor if any part of the prayer (such as “Let us pray to the Lord”) is being sung.
  6.  If there is a Deacon present, the Deacon carries in the Book of Gospels and reads the Prayers of the Faithful.

  1. Processing into Mass- First Reader if Deacon not present        
  1. Hold the Book of Gospels facing the Altar.  The Reader stands between the Altar Servers and the Celebrant.  When the Reader reaches the stage he / she will put the Book of Gospels on the altar while the Celebrant and Altar Servers stop before the altar. The Reader should bow to the altar (8:45) or tabernacle – Ciborium at GH (10:30). The Reader returns to below the stage and genuflects with the presider and altar servers. The Reader will join the procession but will not go to the altar but return to his / her seat.

  1. Readings
  1. The Readers should approach the front of the auditorium and wait on the wings of the Altar before the congregation is seated.
  2. The First Reader will stop and bow to the Altar before reaching the ambo.  The book will need to be taken out from the shelf and opened.  The Reader should adjust the microphone before speaking, and remember to pause before saying “The Word of the Lord.”  The Reader will turn to the altar and bow before exiting the stage.
  3. The Responsorial Psalm is generally sung by a member of the Choir or by a Cantor.
  4. The Second Reader needs to repeat the same process as the First Reader.  After the Second Reading is complete, the Second Reader should move the Lectionary back to the shelf.

  1. Prayers of the Faithful
  1.  If there is no Deacon, the first reader will read the Prayers of the Faithful.
  2.  The first reader should be standing at the wings of the altar by the end of the Nicene Creed.
  3.  The first reader will stop and bow when approaching the ambo.  The reader reads each petition clearly, especially so that the choir can know when to begin singing.
  4. When the petitions are complete, the reader should face slightly toward the priest to help indicate there are no more petitions to read.
  5. The reader turns toward the altar and bows before exiting the stage and returns to his/her seat in the congregation.

Sacristan Policies & Procedures

  1. Role  of the Sacristan (To be expanded at a later date)
  1. Pope John Paul II referred to the Mass as the Heavenly Banquet on Earth.  So, in essence, the Sacristan is the busser for the Heavenly Banquet.
  2. General responsibilities
  1. Ensure the colors are correct for the mass
  2. Ensure all candles and vessels are correctly prepared for mass
  3. Lastly, mark all liturgical books for the mass
  1. Spiritual Aspects
  1. At Mass the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ.
  2. They transform us into a more unified Church.
  3. When we gather, we come as the body of Christ to:
  1. Listen to the word of God
  2. To give thanks
  3. To share Holy Communion
  4. And to be sent forth.  
  1. All this happens because Christ is truly present in our midst.
  2. If Eucharist is going to be celebrated, somebody has to prepare it.  If a meal at home is going to be eaten, somebody has to get it ready.  
  1. Preparing for Weekly Mass

The sacristan sets up the sacristy for weekly Mass. The setup includes but is not limited to the credence table, vessels, linens, and books. Ensure all vessels and linens are absolutely clean.

  1. Credence Table Setup

The order in which the credence table is setup is in accordance with the order the article is used in the mass.

  1. Prepare the vessels
  1. Arrange the main chalice, purificators, pall, and large corporal.
  2. Fill the patens with bread. 100 for the 8:45 mass and 200 for the 10:30 mass.
  3. Fill the four chalices with wine and place purificators on top
  4. Place a towel in the lavabo
  5. Fill the cruet and pitcher with water
  1. Place the bells on top of the red ornamental doily cloth.
  2. Set the Roman Missal. The gold ribbon should be set to the liturgical week. The priest will set the rest of the missal.
  3. Check priest’s binder for accuracy and place against the back of the first altar server chair.
  4. Place the lighter on the altar server’s table along with hand soap and four worship aids.

The final credence table setup should look like the following:        

        

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  1. Setting up the Ciborium Table
  1. Set the small corporal on the ciborium table and place the ciborium on the table.  For the 8:45 Mass the top of the ciborium should be placed on the corporal. Curtained wall pictured here may not be in use in most Mass Celebrations.

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  1. Setting up the Ambo
  1. Set Lectionary to the first reading for the liturgical week and place under the Ambo.
  2. Place the reader aid open facing up on the ambo.

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  1. Adjust the presider chair so that the presider and deacon are visible to the audience. Place the cross behind the presider’s chair as such. The cross should be in a less predominate location (back and away or down below the altar / stage when Mass is in the gym) when the crucifix is present:

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  1. Set Book of the Gospels to the gospel reading for the week and place in back of the auditorium where the procession starts.

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  1. Prepare the Gifts

The bread and wine for the gifts are placed in the priest’s room along with the water to be blessed by the priest or deacon.

  1. Place a large host in the large paten.
  2. Fill the wine cruet with wine.
  3. Fill the pyx with gluten-free hosts. Leave the pyx open.  The Ushers will confirm that it is filled and shut before the gifts are brought forward.
  4. Place water in the large bowl.

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  1. Record the count of hosts

At the back of the church is the ministry signup sheet for the 8:45am and 10:30am Masses. Record the count of hosts at the top of the page as shown in the picture. For the 10:30am Mass the number of consecrated hosts left in the ciborium should be added to the totals.

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  1. Candle Guidelines
  1. The two small processional candles are placed one on each side of altar.
  2. Place red candle next to table that holds ciborium.
  3. Place one large candle next to ambo.
  4. Clean candle sticks and glass chimneys when needed.
  5. Replace candles when brass follower nears bottom.
  1. Ensure candles are clean and ready for special events such as Easter, Advent and Christmas.
  1. Eucharistic Minister Washing Station
  1. Place lavabo with water and towel for the EMHC’s to cleanse /dip their fingers in after communion distribution to remove any particles of the Eucharist on the railing stage right.
  2. Place hand sanitizer on railing by EMHC sign in sheet.
  1. Vestments
  1. The priest’s robes should be brought to the priest’s room and hung up.
  1. During the Mass
  1. Ensure proper purification of vessels.
  2. Reserve hosts when needed.
  3. Coordinate with Mass Coordinator to monitor EMHC’s that run out of consecrated hosts.
  4. Monitor altar servers to ensure altar is clear and every item is returned to the credence table.
  1. After the Mass
  1. Ensure proper disposal of:
  1. Holy water – to be poured out over a bush or green grass out of pathways.
  2. Blessed Sacrament and precious blood should be consumed.
  1. In the event of a large number of unconsumed consecrated hosts, they should be placed in the ciborium and returned to St. Michael following the steps below – see item VII.
  1. Oils - if necessary consult the priest for direction on proper burial or burning.
  2. Corporal – shake out under green bush and fold for the next Mass or bag with purificators if no more Masses that day.
  3. Any other linen where precious blood is found should be laundered.
  1. Monitor Cleanup
  1. Cleaning and drying the vessels.
  2. Storing away in the travel cases provided.
  3. Ensure stage is clear of all items.
  4. Ensure items that go back to St. Michaels do so after Mass:
  1. Extra consecrated hosts
  2. Extra bulletins
  3. Collections
  1. Bag all dirty linens for washing. The Altar Linen Ministry will collect the bag.  Clean linens go in the suitcase.
  1. Items for Special Masses

The following is a partial list of items to be prepared for special Masses.

  1. Ashes for Ash Wednesday
  2. Incense, on occasion
  3. Palms for Palm Sunday
  4. Aspergillum for sprinkling rites (common in the Easter season)
  5. Liturgical use of oils
  1. The Oil of Catechumens is used in connection with the sacrament of baptism.
  2. The Oil of the Infirm is used in the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
  3. The Holy Chrism is used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders.
  1. Transporting the ciborium to the main campus

Consecrated hosts need to be transported with care to the main campus immediately after Mass.

  1. Place the ciborium in the felt bag found in the priests dressing room in the unconsecrated hosts bag.
  2. Carry it in the red bag to the main campus.
  3. Deliver our Lord to the tabernacle.*
  4. Purify the ciborium.
  5. Place ciborium back in the felt bag and put it in the red bag.
  6. Put the red bag in the priest sacristy for the Mission Coordinator to take back to Mother Teresa Mission Parish.

*In the event that there is Mass in the church you would not be able to place the Eucharist in the tabernacle.  Set the ciborium on a purificator in the sacristy and light a candle next to it.    


 

Setup and Takedown Ministry

Mother Teresa Mission Set-Up Procedures

                                                                        Revised 1-28-2017

  1. Tables

Retrieve 3 plastic banquet tables from the Green Hope High School storage closet to be used for:

  1. Altar
  2. Credence Table
  3. Work table (placed off stage)

  1. Altar
  1. Use 1 table for the altar in the center of the stage.  
  2. Add leg extenders to the table legs that are in the supply suitcases.
  3. Place altar frontal and linins on altar (color appropriate)

  1. Altar Candles
  1. Two glass altar candles are used.
  2. Place on the top of the right and left sides of the altar. Put in votive candles.

  1. Ambo (lectern)
  1. Place to the left of the altar in front of the choir.
  2. Position and tape ambo banner (color appropriate) to the ambo.

  1. Pascal Candle (for Baptisms and Easter Season)
  1. Position Brass Pascal Candle stand. (see diagram)
  2. Remove the Pascal Candle from its box (when on the stage), install its brass follower and install the candle on Pascal Candle stand.

  1. Advent Wreath (during Advent)
  1. Place Advent Wreath on 5-candle stand.
  2. Position stand. (see diagram)
  3. Install 3 violet candles and 1 rose candle around the perimeter of the stand. (position of candles to be instructed by the Sacristan)
  4. Add brass followers.

  1. Christmas Wreath (Christmas Season)
  1. Place Christmas Wreath on 4-candle stand.
  2. Position stand.
  3. Install 4 white candles around the perimeter and 1 larger white candle in the center.
  4. Add brass followers.

  1. Sanctuary Lamp and Stand
  1. Position stand.
  2. Place vigil light on the stand.

  1. Chairs
  1. Retrieve 2 black chairs from rear of auditorium for celebrant and deacon’s chair.  
  2. A wood chair maybe brought over from storage for Msgr. Doug to use on weekend’s Msgr. is presiding.
  3. Retrieve Altar Server’s Chairs (black folding chairs) from rear of the auditorium.
  4. Parishioner extra seating chairs.
  1.  Retrieve black plastic chairs from the rear of the auditorium and set up at the rear of the auditorium as shown in the diagram.

  1.  Side Plants (Used only seasonally- usually at Christmas and Easter)
  1. Retrieve Plants from main lobby entrance.
  2. Position on sides of stage.

2017 Mother Teresa Mission Take-Down Procedures

  1. Altar
  1. Neatly fold altar linens.
  2. Give candles, cross and linens to Sacristan to store.
  3. Take table to GHHS storage closet.

  1. Pascal Candle (for Baptisms and Easter Season)/ Candles / Candle Wreath (Advent / Easter Season) if used.  
  1. Remove any glass chimneys & put in box.  
  2. Put candles and brass followers in box. Give to Richard. (warning: wait until wax confined by the brass follower has had time to solidify before removing the candle from the candle stand or molten wax may drip down on the candle and the handler)
  3. Return the Pascal Candle and its follower to the Pascal Candle box and storage at back of auditorium above the seats.
  4. Store candle stand at back left corner of GHHS Stage.  
  5. Store greenery / wreath is used in storage case and put in storage at back of auditorium above the seats.

  1. Ambo (lectern)
  1. Remove and fold ambo banner.
  2. Give to Sacristan to store.

  1. Sanctuary Light and Stand
  1. Give Sanctuary Light to Sacristan to store.
  2. Put stand in storage at back of auditorium above the seats.

  1. Chairs
  1. Return all chairs on the stage to the carts at the back of the auditorium.
  2. If the wood chair is brought over from storage for Msgr. Doug to use return to Mission Coordinator to take to storage.
  3. Remove the white covers from the chairs and give to Richard to store.
  4. Put away parishioner extra seating chairs at the rear of the auditorium if the Ushers have not done so, stack them on carts and return the carts hall to the rear of the auditorium

  1. Side Plants (Used only seasonally- usually at Christmas and Easter)
  1. Remove side plants from the sides of the stage.
  2. Return the plants to the window areas on the sides of the school’s main entrance doors. Please water the plants once they are in place in their plastic trays

  1. Remove door stops from the 4 doors on the left side of the stage when facing it and store. (they will disappear during the week if left at the stage doors)

  1. Collection of items to be returned to the main Church (place on table in school cafeteria for transport by a Mother Teresa volunteer):
  1. Surplus Church Bulletins
  2. Undistributed consecrated hosts (to be transported only by a Priest or Eucharistic Minister)

  1. Collection of items for recycling (place on table in school cafeteria for transport by a Mother Teresa volunteer):
  1. Mass Aids
  2. Plastic bags

APPENDIX I – GLOSSARY OF TERMS

Ablution Cup – covered dish of water on the side of the tabernacle which is used by the priest, deacon or extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist to wash their fingers after distributing Communion.

Altar - The table in the sanctuary at which the bread and wine are prepared and transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ.

Ambo (Lectern/Pulpit) – The platform where the readings and homily take place.

The Aspergillum and Container - the Aspergillum, or sprinkler, usually looks like a ball on a handle placed in a metal pail. The Aspergillum contains Holy Water and is used for sprinkling rites on special celebrations.

Bells – Rung during the consecration of the Mass.

Book of Gospels – The book which contains the Gospel readings.

Candle lighter and candle snuffer – The long brass apparatus used to light and extinguish the candles.

Chalice - The metal cup (either gold or silver) used to hold the wine that will be consecrated and distributed to the assembly at Mass.

Ciborium - A metal container with a lid used to store consecrated hosts in the tabernacle.

Communion Cups – Goblets used for distribution of Holy Communion.

Corporal – The large, square white cloth which is placed on the altar underneath the chalice and platen.

Credence Table – The table located in front of the Altar Server chairs, used to hold the purificators, chalices, and other items needed for the celebration of Mass.

Cruets – Water and wine containers.

Flagon (Pitcher) - The pitcher used to hold the wine which will become the Blood of Christ during the consecration.

Gift Table – The table in the back of the left aisle where the bread and wine are placed before Mass begins.

Incense, Incense Boat, Censer/Thurible - Incense is perfumed grains that are burned during special occasions. An Incense Boat is the container that holds the unburned incense. The Censer/Thurible is a metal container that holds hot coals. It has a top with air vents and a long chain so that it can be carried. Incense is scooped out of the incense boat and sprinkled on the hot coals in the censer. When the incense is burned in makes fragrant smoke.

Lavabo and Towel – Used to clean the Priest’s hands for the rite before Eucharistic prayer.

Lectionary – The book which contains the Scripture readings.

Missal – A liturgical book containing all instructions and texts necessary for the celebration of Mass throughout the year.

Pall – A piece of cardboard or plastic which is covered by linen and used to cover the main chalice.

Paschal Candle – The tall candle which is blessed and used during the Easter season, baptisms, and funerals.

Paten - The plate used to hold the large hosts which will become the consecrated body of Jesus.

Presider’s Chair (Celebrant Chair) – The chair in which the priest sits.

Processional Cross/ Crucifix – The cross carried in and out of the Mass.

Purificator - A long narrow piece of folded linen cloth, which has a small cross sewn on. It is used by the Priest and Eucharistic Minister to wipe the chalice after a person takes a drink from it.

Pyx – The small metal container which is used to hold consecrated host(s) when visiting the sick or homebound. It is also used to hold the gluten-free hosts.

Sacramentary - The book of prayers and instructions used by the Priest during the liturgy.

Sacristy – The room next to the Sanctuary where the priests, altar servers, and other ministers prepare for the Mass.

Sanctuary - The raised area in the front of the church. It is considered a holy and special area because this is where the sacrifice of the Mass is offered and where the word of God is read. It should be approached with great respect.

Tabernacle – The gold “safe” in which the Blessed Sacrament (Consecrated Host) is stored.

Thurifer – The person who carries the censer and incense boat.

Vestments

Vestments are what the priest and altar servers wear during Mass.

Alb - A long white linen robe worn by the priest and altar servers.

Cincture - A cord made of silk or cotton with tassels on the ends. It is used around the waist to secure the alb so that it will not interfere with walking.

Stole - A long strip of cloth worn by the priest around his neck and shoulders.

Chasuble – Colored vestment worn only by the priest.

        

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