Altar servers are chosen from among the faithful who display a desire to serve in a more intimate way during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The primary duty of the altar server is to assist the
priests and deacons at the Mass.
Altar servers carry the cross, the processional candles, hold the book for the priest celebrant when he is not at the altar, carry the incense and censer, present the bread, wine, and water to the priest or deacon during the preparation of the gifts or assists the priest when he receives the gifts from the people, washes the hands of the priest, assists the priest celebrant and deacon as necessary.
Servers respond to the prayers and dialogues of the priest along with the congregation. They also join in singing the hymns and other chants of the liturgy.
Extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist
In 1971, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist were first permitted in the United States in response to a request of the American bishops to allow laypersons to assist priests and deacons in giving Holy Communion.
Extraordinary ministers are also used in order that the sick or homebound may receive communion.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion receive sufficient spiritual, theological, and practical preparation to fulfill their role with knowledge and reverence.
To learn more about this ministry, contact Shannon Kincer at 419-389-0032.
The greeter welcomes regular members and visitors with a smile, hug or handshake as they arrive in the doors and direct the flow of traffic inside the church. Newcomers will need to know where restrooms and other facilities are located.
Church greeters should open doors for incoming members and visitors. At the end of service they should open doors again to allow churchgoers to leave with a hug, handshake or goodbye.
To learn more about this ministry, contact Ken Yeager at 419-389-0570.
The lector is trained and instituted to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel. They may also announce the intentions for the Universal Prayer and, in the absence of a psalmist, recite the Psalm between the readings.
The lector has to be truly suited to carrying out their function and carefully prepared, so that by their hearing the readings from the sacred texts, the faithful may conceive in their hearts a sweet and living affection for Sacred Scripture.
To learn more about this ministry contact Mary O'Keefe at 419-385-0369.
Before Mass starts, the ushers are available to answer visitors’ questions and extend extra help in seating those who need assistance.
During Mass ushers are responsible to take up the church offering and make sure it is put in the proper place. Ushers have a goal of minimizing distractions during Mass and standing ready to assist anyone in the congregation who might need help, to aid latecomers in finding a seat, and to inform those in the sanctuary of any urgent matters.
To learn more about this ministry contact Don Davis at 419-893-0787.
Listed below are music ministry and choir opportunities of our parish. For more information on any of them, or to get into contact with the leaders of these groups, please contact our parish Director of Liturgy & Music, Ron Prebe at 419-381-7251 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Liturgical Choir: St. Patrick's main parish choir and is open to all parishioners of High School age and over. This choir leads the singing at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass and for special occasions from September through May. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. There is no audition required but a commitment to making rehearsals is necessary.
Funeral Choir: The Resurrection Choir serves the needs of the parish by providing liturgical music for all Funeral Liturgies in our parish. Singers are typically available during the morning and often with little notice. No audition is necessary.
Adult Handbell Choir: Plays once a month at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass as well as special occasions from September through May. This group is made up of volunteers but some degree of musicality is necessary. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and a strong commitment to attendance is vital.
Cantors: Lead the assembly's sung prayer during the Responsorial Psalm and throughout the liturgy. Audition is required and rehearsals are mandatory.
Instrumentalists: Provide music throughout the year as soloists, in ensemble, or as accompaniment to the singing of the choirs, cantors and assembly. Auditions are required and rehearsals are mandatory.