Liturgical Ministries

Lectors

The Lector Ministry provides a service to the parish community by proclaiming the Word of God through the readings at Mass. The Lector can do much to enhance the celebration of the liturgy through careful and prayerful proclamation of the Word, which can touch and move the assembly. Lectors also offer petitions. This ministry is open to all practicing Catholics. Training is available to help individuals become familiar with the procedures, as well as to provide hints on proper delivery, pacing, and emphasis. Involvement in this ministry helps members of our community grow in their appreciation for and understanding of Scripture. By proclaiming God's Word, ministers help the Holy Spirit speak to the hearts of those at Mass. For more information Mary Caputo at 342-8861 or E-mail at stteresaschedule@yahoo.com 

Cantors

Lead the people of God in sung prayer and thanksgiving. To embellish the weekend masses and other celebrations associated with the Church year St. Teresa Church offers a song leader program for the weekend masses on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:00a.m. Opportunities are open throughout the year for all members of St. Teresa as young as fifth grade to our more mature parish members. For more information please contact Joan Gould at 937-399-8494 or E-mail at jkgould@sbcglobal.net  

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers exercise the roles of host and servant at the Eucharistic banquet. They distribute the Body and the Blood of Jesus Christ at Mass. Eucharistic Ministers serve on teams and are scheduled in advance for Masses. They provide a service to the parish community by distributing communion at weekend Masses. This ministry is open to all practicing Catholics. Training is available to help individuals become familiar with the procedures and fulfill their obligation with dignity and reverence.All Masses need your help. For more information please contact Mary Caputo at 342-8861 if you are interested in being a Eucharistic Minister.

Altar Servers

The Altar Servers' ministry is an important part in the celebration of Mass. Their role is to serve God, the Priests and the people of God by assisting them at weekday and Sunday Masses. Altar Servers participate fully in the Liturgy through prayers, song and action.  Servers are trained and instructed in the parts of the Liturgy, the order of the Mass, proper decorum, and care for sacred articles and garments. Training is available to anyone in 4th grade or older.  We especially welcome parents willing to serve with their children and retired and/or former servers. For more information contact Mary Caputo at 342-8861 or E-mail at mary.caputo@bizwoh.rr.com

Ushers

Ushers provide hospitality, comfort, and safety at Sunday Masses and other special Liturgies. Before Mass, ushers foster a sense of community by welcoming members of our Parish and visitors. During Mass ushers conduct the collections. Following all weekend Masses, ushers distribute the weekly bulletin then ensure the Church is ready for the next Mass. For more information contact Larry Sewell at 322-9203 or E-mail at lsewell001@bizwoh.rr.com

Sacristans

Sacristans perform many acts of preparation and cleaning to ensure an appropriate and beautiful worship environment for our Liturgical celebrations. Their activities include preparation for Baptisms, Funerals, and Weddings. This group cleans the Church, washes and irons altar linens, washes and refills Holy Water bowls, orders necessities and performs other acts of cleaning and preparation. For more information contact Joann Wright at 390-0877 or E-mail at stteresa.church@bizwoh.rr.com

Offertory Families

This ministry provides families or individuals the opportunity to actively participate at Mass by presenting the bread and wine during the offering of the gifts that begins the Liturgy of the Eucharist portion of the Mass. To be scheduled contact Mary Caputo at 342-8861. 

Hispanic Ministries

We provide a Liturgy in Spanish for area residents every Sunday at 5:00 pm. Father Ariel Pico Rincon and Father David Vincent preside at the Sunday Mass and also hear confessions. The Parish also prepares candidates, parents, and sponsors for the reception of sacraments. Baptism and Holy Communion preparation is by appointment.and as scheduled for the group.

Annual special celebrations of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Las Posadas are held in December. Las Mananitas, the morning prayer for December 12th, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass is celebrated on December 12th. Las Posadas, preparation for Christmas, is scheduled on the closest Sunday. Quincaneras are celebrated for those young ladies turning 15. 

Spanish/English Missalettes and Bibles are available for participants. Roberto Alcantar and Orlando Martinez lead the Mass Choir. 

All are welcome!

It is our mission to offer the opportunity for our local Catholic Hispanics to practice their faith, to be integrated into the larger Catholic community, and to help them become participants in the larger community. We also offer assistance to local residents with translations, as needed, and assistance in negotiating necessary paperwork and with other difficult situations.

For more information contact Mary Alice Ordonez at 342-8861 Ext. 14 or E-mail at mary.alice.ordonez@bizwoh.rr.com