Altar Servers & Thurifers
Altar serving is an excellent way to give your time and talent back to Saint Francis and play a very important role in the Mass. From the processional hymn to the recessional, altar servers help the Presider and the congregation at large celebrate the Mass.
If you are interested in becoming an Altar Server or a Thurifer or you have scheduling questions, please contact Bob and Marie Kaczynski.
CLOW (Children's Liturgy of the Word)
What is Children’s Liturgy of the Word CLOW?
It is a celebration of the Liturgy of the Word that is designed for children ages 4-6 years. It is not catechism class nor is it childcare. It is a liturgical celebration. The priest presider calls the children forward and then they are sent forth to hear the Word of God. The children process to rooms in Anthony Hall where they gather with a trained CLOW lay presider. The same Scripture readings proclaimed to the larger assembly in the Church are read to the children, using the Children’s Lectionary. This lectionary shortens the readings and uses language and vocabulary that is easily understood by children. The lay presider shares the homily and leads the children in a shared discussion and reflection of the readings. The children share their own understanding of what they heard and how to relate it to their everyday lives.
The Church shows special concern for baptized children who have yet to be fully initiated thru sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation. To ensure that the assembly’s children (ages 4-6) experience meaningful, inspirational, and spiritual celebrations of the Liturgy of the Word through careful, reflective planning, and preparation by our lay presiders.
If you would like more info or would like to volunteer in this ministry, please contact Jackie Kelly.
Church Keeping volunteer teams help maintain the worship space, Holy water fonts, altar, linens, vestments, and other liturgical items.
“Before becoming a part of the Church Keeping ministry I did not give much thought to the hours of preparation that go into the weekly masses. Since I have been a part of this ministry I now have an appreciation for all the hard work of the dedicated behind-the-scenes volunteers. It is a joy to be a member of this team!”
Time: Each team member volunteers two to three times during a three month period. Schedules are prepared on a quarterly basis. Hours are flexible and involve only one to two hours for each scheduled time. All are welcome…individuals, couples, families. This is also an excellent way for high school students to earn service hours.
Training: Meet with the coordinator for a brief (30 minute to an hour) training session then you are on your way to helping out with this rewarding behind-the-scenes ministry. To find out more or become involved in this ministry please contact Beverly Saunders.
Being a Cross Bearer is an excellent way to share your time and talent with this community and play a very important role in the Mass, from the processional hymn to the recessional. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Joseph Randazzo.
Environment & Art
Environment ministry dresses the worship space with the representative look and feel of special liturgical celebrations or liturgical seasons and connects parishioners more closely with the message of the gospel.
To find out more or to become involved in this ministry, please contact Theresa Baumgartner at 919-848-3383.
A Eucharistic Minister is a lay person authorized by the Church to administer the consecrated elements of the Eucharist. Lay Eucharistic ministers may be authorized to administer the consecrated bread and wine at any celebration of the Eucharist in the absence of a sufficient number of priests and deacons to assist the celebrant.
They may also be authorized to go from a Sunday Eucharist or other principal celebrations of the Eucharist to share the sacrament with members of the congregation who were unable to be present at the celebration because of illness or infirmity.
This ministry is understood to be an extraordinary ministry, and is not to take the place of the ministry of priests and deacons concerning the administration of the Eucharist.
Contact Mary Lacy Simmons at: stfrancisraleighEMs@gmail.com
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The next Extraordinary Ministers
Watch the bulletin or check back here for next training dates.
Please tell anyone interested in becoming an EM (3) things:
1) All EMs must be members of St Francis
3) Confirmed (and 16 years of age or older)
St. Francis lectors are prepared readers who proclaim the Word of God at weekend, Holy Day, and special liturgies.
Prayer of Lectors:
Dear Jesus, thank You for calling me to be a lector at Your Eucharistic celebrations. Let me take this role seriously and diligently prepare myself for it by studying the sacred texts before mass, and by striving to be a better Catholic Christian. By my physical action of reading, I AM the instrument through whom You become present to the assembly in Your word and through whom You impart Your teachings. Let nothing in my manner disturb Your people or close their hearts to the action of Your spirit. Cleanse my heart and my mind and open my lips that I may worthily proclaim Your word. Amen.
If you would like more information on becoming a Lector, please contact: Mike Wrzesien at 919-624-1592.
Masters of Ceremonies
Master of Ceremonies are responsible for coordinating and over seeing all the different liturgies during mass. They play a very important role in making sure the masses run smoothly. the Master of Ceremonies is trained in all areas of lay ministry at the liturgy and will ensure that all aspects of Christian worship are conducted with hospitality and reverence.
Master of Ceremonies arrive before mass to welcome and sign in the liturgical ministries responsible for the mass: Eucharistic Ministers, Cross Bearers, Lectors, Altar Servers, Thurifers and Ushers.
Master of Ceremonies are responsible for preparing the church for liturgy (lighting candles, turning on lights, fireplace, baptismal font, etc.) and for setting the gift table, preparing the wine cups and bread bowls for communion and setting the altar for communion.
Master of Ceremonies will be formed and trained in the following:
- Theology of the Eucharist and understanding of the Mass
- Theology and spirituality of ministry
- Universal church, Diocesan and Parish guidelines and procedures for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
- MCs will have knowledge of all ministries involved in the liturgy
- MCs participate in ongoing theological and ministerial formation at the Parish and/or Diocesan level at a minimum of one session per year
To find out more information about this ministry, please contact Michael & Julie Ducatte
Parking Ministers welcome all vehicular participants to and from St. Francis property and ensure safe passage to and from their vehicles. Their duties include urging people to back into their parking spaces, directing people to open parking spots, assisting people to cross high density drive-through areas, and managing the necessary traffic cones and signs.
Time: Each team member volunteers 2 hours every 9 weeks on Sunday morning for either the 9:30 am or 11:30 am liturgies working with a team of one or two other ministers. There are also special requests made 3 or 4 times a year for the parking ministry to provide services.
Training: Each new minister receives training prior to their first assignment. In addition, the Parking Ministry offers sessions on the theology of liturgy at least once a year. All ministers are strongly urged to attend.
If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering, please contact Steve Burdette at 845-2714.
Ushers provide a smooth flow to our liturgies by offering assistance and directing the offertory collection, Eucharist procession and bulletin distribution. Ushers serve at both weekend liturgies and other special liturgical celebrations. Ushers serve as visible representatives of St. Francis during mass to promote hospitality and encourage active participation of parishioners and guests and assist with special needs. If you would like more information or to volunteer, please contact John Cuomo at 919-676-8968 or Troy Chaput at 919-845-8186.