Early Christians called the Eucharist "the breaking of the bread." When Pope John Paul II declared the Year of the Eucharist, he called the Eucharist "the Soul and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church."
Ministers of the Eucharist are called to serve the very life of the Church, the loving Body and Blood of Christ, by bringing the Eucharist to their fellow parishioners at daily and weekend Masses. Eucharistic Ministers serve the parish community by sharing with them the mystery that makes us one.
If you have questions about being a Eucharistic Minister or if you know that you are interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister, please contact the Parish Office at 718-625-1161.
Some of our Eucharistic Ministers bring the Eucharist to our homebound parishioners who are unable to attend Mass.
Lectors are called to proclaim the Word of God at Mass. A lector is called to speak the words of salvation. This ministry requires above all a strong belief in and devotion to the truth proclaimed in the Scripture.
Lectors need a loud, clear voice and should be comfortable speaking to large groups. New lectors attend a training/information session, held at various times throughout the year.
Ushers/Ministers of Hospitality
Ushers are first and foremost ministers of hospitality, and are entrusted with fostering a sense of welcoming and belonging among those assembled for Mass. Ushers are challenged to see the face of Christ in each person as they enter the church for our community prayer.
What a privilege! Ushers gree and seat assembly members as they arrive, take up the collection, direct the assembly at communion time, and greet people as they leave the church. In this ministry of service, ushers are also involved with any special happenings at liturgies, and in assisting those with special needs. Ushers usually serve at the same Mass each weekend.
If you have interest in this ministry, please contact the Parish Office at 718-625-1161.
Altar servers share in a ministry that has a long history in the Church. Servers assist the priest/presider and the assembly in carrying out the ministry of our Eucharistic celebration. Servers must be in the 4th grade or older and are welcome to continue with their ministry into high school. the program is open to both boys and girls, and training is provided.
Prayerfulness, dependability, and willingness to learn are the only requirements. Being an altar server is a great way to serve the parish.
If you have questions about being an Altar Server or if you know that you are interested in becoming an Altar Server, please contact the Parish Office at 718-625-1161.