People of God
When we enter our church for worship, we are united in Christ and join with each other to profess our gratitude to God and proclaim our allegiance to His Kingdom. Members of the People of God, united in the name of Jesus, we lift our minds and hearts to God, we hear God's Word and receive the Eucharist so that we may live more God-centered lives all our days. Thus all participate in the liturgy -- "the work of the people" -- through active presence expressed in gestures of welcome, in reverent and attentive listening, in spoken and sung words of praise and petition, in attitudes of prayerful adoration, and in renewed acceptance of our mission to live faithfully the Gospel of Christ in the works of charity, justice and peace.
Parishioners are further encouraged to assist by engaging in the following additional opportunities for liturgical ministry:
Our Greeters and Ushers welcome parishioners and visitors and assist those who come to Mass on the weekend. This includes distributing worship aids, directing worshippers to open seating, collecting the parish offering, and distributing bulletins. Please contact the Parish Center for information.
Lectors proclaim the readings at the Sunday and weekday Masses. Two lectors are assigned for each Mass. Training is provided.
Altar Servers are an important part of the Mass. They assist the celebrating priest during Mass. This includes leading both processions and preparing the altar for celebration of the Eucharist. Boys and girls may begin serving in the 4th grade after attending the required training sessions, and typically serve through high school. Two servers are assigned for each Mass.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist in the distribution of the Sacrament of Eucharist at Mass and for those who are homebound. Training is required before receiving a mandate from the Archdiocese of Newark. Please visit the Parish Center for information on all of the above ministries.
The Art and Environment Committee at St. Michael’s works to enhance our worship environment. Some of their duties include seasonal decorations for the Church and the parish properties. They also manage the weekly altar floral arrangements. This committee keeps current on Church directives and other materials and offerings enabling them to better serve our parish community in the area of Art and the Environment.
"He who sings, prays twice." -- St. Augustine
All are invited to take part in the Music Ministries at St. Michael’s. We welcome people of every age level and every level of musical ability.
St. Michael’s Adult Choir sings
for the 10:30 a.m. Mass each Sunday, September through May, and rehearses
at 10 a.m. prior to the Mass. This choir also sings for special liturgies such
as the December Service of Lessons and Carols, Christmas and Holy Week Masses.
All are welcome from 9th grade and up. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7:00 to 8:30
p.m. in the church choir loft.
Children’s Choir is open to children grades second grade and up and sings on the third Sunday of each month at the 9:00 a.m. Mass, September through May. This Choir also participates in the Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols and sings for Christmas (5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve) and Easter Sunday (9 a.m.) Masses. Rehearsals are Thursdays, 3:00-3:30 p.m. in the church. Please enter from Miln Street through the Tower entrance.
Youth Contemporary Ensemble, “The Sunday Noon Mass Choir” sings for the Sunday Noon Mass weekly with a rehearsal at 11:30 a.m. The ensemble is open to vocalists of grades eighth through twelve. Instrumentalists of all ages are also welcome. This Choir participates in the Christmas Lessons and Carols Service as well.
The Handbell Choir is open to children in grades two and higher. Some knowledge of reading music is helpful and regular attendance is mandatory. This Choir plays for special liturgies throughout the year, such as Christmas and Easter. Rehearsals are Thursdays 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the church choir loft and rings at the 9 a.m. Mass on the second Sunday of the month, September through May. This is a great parent/child activity and also performs for our Annual Service of Lessons and Carols in early December.
Resurrection Choir sings at all funeral and memorial Masses as well as special events, such as First Holy Communion and Noon Mass on Holy Days.
The Concert Committee plans the music programs for the year and arranges guest performances. This group hosts, serves, and coordinates these events.
Cantors are our singers who lead the congregation in the responses, singing of psalms and the hymns. Cantors are auditioned from the membership within the Adult Choir.
Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) Ministers share their faith with the children of St. Michael’s parish. Dismissed from Mass as the Liturgy of the Word begins, Ministers escort children to the Sarah Black room and share the Scripture readings proclaimed in 'child friendly' terms. For more information, contact the Religious Education office at 276-2050.