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Liturgical Ministries

Eucharistic Ministry

Extraordinary Ministers (Ministers of Communion) are commissioned to assist in the distribution of the Holy Eucharist during Mass and also to the homebound and the sick.  Training is provided for any interested parishioner.

For more information, please contact Deacon Jim Briars at (585) 247-2566 x103.

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Eucharistic Minister Procedures:

Please arrive 15 minutes before Mass on your assigned time and day.

If you are not assigned to serve, it will be helpful if you check to see if you are needed because someone may be away or late that day.

Sit anywhere you choose within the congregation. Your most important function is to pray – to be a full member of the assembly, modeling what full, active, participation should look like, for all the assembly.

At the Sign of Peace, offer a handshake to one or two other worshippers near you. Recall the meaning and purpose of this gesture as a preparation for Holy Communion. Then, immediately, walk with reverence to your place for receiving, prior to distribution. If a minister of the Blood of Christ, use the hand sanitizer, and take a purificator as you stand to receive.

Be singing the Lamb of God with the congregation as a good member of the assembly at prayer. Receive the Sacred Host on your open palm, one hand resting on the other. Be sure to respond with a faithful “Amen.” Receive the Blood of Christ when it is offered to you, if you choose, in faith. Recall why the church encourages all to receive from the cup.

When all have received the ciborium or the cup for distribution, proceed to your place reverently. Remember whom it is you carry! While distributing, keep your eyes on Christ and on the person receiving. Try to make a brief eye contact with the recipient before you give the host or cup.

Reverently announce: “The Body of Christ!” or “The Blood of Christ!” to the recipient. Do it with love and faith, in your heart, face, and voice.

When you have finished distributing in your place, look to see if any other place still has lines to the rear of the church. If so, move to assist them. For shorter lines, do not move to assist them.

Return the ciborium to the altar (not the tabernacle), where the priest or deacon will consolidate the left-over sacred hosts. Place chain in the basket at the credence table. Return to your seat as soon as you will not interfere with any communion line still coming forward.

Return cups to the credence table. Please be sure that the Blood of Christ is consumed from each cup. If possible, consume what is left in your cup, or ask another minister to help you do so. Place chain in the basket at the credence table. Return to your seat as soon as you will not interfere with a Communion line still coming forward.

Lastly, please dress appropriately for this ministry, keeping in mind the sacredness of being a Minister of the Holy Eucharist.

Lectors

Through this ministry, God’s living Word continues to be proclaimed to His people. Persons who can speak distinctly and address the Assembly in a convincing manner are eligible to be lectors. Training is provided for any confirmed parishioner.

For more information, please contact the Parish Office at (585) 247-2566.

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Lectoring Procedures

Arrive 15 minutes early, sit in prayer in a rear pew, to prayerfully review the day’s texts, including the Prayers of Petition.

Your most important function is to pray – to be a full member of the assembly, modeling the proper participation for all present.

The Lectionary should be placed on the ambo, open to the proper page, before Mass begins, after you have reviewed it.

If a deacon is participating, you walk in procession with song book, singing, after the servers. As you arrive at the altar platform, bow, and walk to your seat.

If there is no deacon, you process carrying the Gospel Book, with both hands held high, to call the assembly’s attention to the Book, and to honor its special place within our worship.

Arriving at the altar, immediately ascend the platform to the rear side of the altar. Carefully stand the Gospel Book on the altar, slightly opened and upright, toward the rear center of the altar, then make a simple bow to the altar, and go to your seat the shortest way.

As the assembly seats itself after the Opening Prayer of the Mass, move with reverence and grace to the ambo. (Do not bow, going or coming.) Proclaim the first scripture reading loudly and slowly, remembering that the assembly needs to hear your voice, and yet be hearing God’s Word. At the end, announce the acclamation: “The Word of the Lord!” Remain standing in silence after the assembly’s response, meditating on what you have just read and heard. After a brief time, return to your seat without any bowing.

At the end of the Responsorial Psalm, return to the ambo for the second scripture reading with similar reverence. Again, after the concluding acclamation and response, remain standing at the ambo in silence, for a brief time. Then, return to your place, standing for the gospel acclamation.

If no deacon is participating, you will announce the intentions for the Prayer of the Faithful. As the Profession of Faith is ending, proceed to the ambo and be ready, without delay, to begin after the priest’s opening statement, or prayer. Read loudly and slowly, having checked any proper names before Mass. At the end of the petitions, remain at the ambo for the concluding prayer by the priest. Then return to your seat.

Receive Holy Communion as a member of the assembly, not in any special designated spot.

After the closing hymn is announced, you process only with the song book, open, and you singing. As the hymn begins, take your place at the foot of the altar step. Be there before the priest arrives there. Bow with him to the altar. You process out singing, behind the altar servers.

Altar Servers

Altar servers assist the presider during the celebration of the Eucharist at Mass and other special opportunities such as weddings, funerals, and other prayer services. Any parishioner in fifth grade and above may serve at Parish liturgies once training is completed.

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For more information on volunteering to become an altar server, please contact one of the following parishioners:

Carson Emhof:

Phone: 247-4260

Email: [email protected]

Joe Gambino:

Phone: 594-0145

Email: [email protected]

Saint Pius Tenth Altar Server Training Manual

Music Ministry

The Music Ministry leads the assembly in hymns, liturgical song and special anthems which reflect the readings and the season of the church year. There are several ways to share one’s musical talents.

5:00 p.m. SATURDAY

This ensemble is open to parishioners 12 years and older. They sing a mixture of contemporary and traditional music. Participants could be vocalists and/or instrumentalists.

For more information, please contact Bob Schrader at [email protected].

8:30 a.m. SUNDAY

The Folk Group is open to high school youth and adults. They sing a mixture of contemporary and traditional music. Guitars, pianos, violins, trumpets and keyboards are the main instruments used in this ensemble. Participants can be vocalists and/or instrumentalists.

For more information, please contact Bob Schrader at [email protected].

10:30 a.m. SUNDAY

The Choir sings at this Mass. They sing a mixture of contemporary and traditional music. Participants are typically vocalists.

For more information, please contact Bob Schrader at [email protected].

CHILDREN’S CHOIR

The “Works of God” Children’s Choir sings once per month during the school year at various masses and also on Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday. lt is open to children in grades 2 to 8 and they practice weekly.

For more information, please contact Amanda Varrone at [email protected].

PEACE CHOIR
Provides organ and vocal music for funerals.

For more information, please contact Bob Schrader at [email protected].

Ushers

Men and women ushers help build a strong sense of community. They are responsible for greeting people, assisting them in being seated, taking up the collection, distributing parish bulletins, and handling emergencies that may occur during services. Ushers are the official hosts whenever this parish gathers to pray. Ushers greatly assist the Presider in extending the welcoming hand of Christ to ALL who come here.

For more information, please contact our Parish Office at (585) 247-2566.

Fishers of Men

A discipleship of Catholic men dedicated to growing our faith and our relationship with Christ. Men ministering to men in fellowship; men that pray together, but not just a prayer group; men of faith, but not just a faith group; men who offer support, but not a support group.  Men ministering to men.  Men of all faiths are welcome to attend.

To subscribe to our periodic email, please send an email to:

[email protected]  Please tell us something about yourself in the email.

The Fishers of Men meet on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, September through June, from 7:00 am — 8:25 am.  There is a light breakfast, study video, small group discussion.

For more information, please contact Matt Peloquin, Jim Briars, Mike Mazzochetti, Dan Hilsdorf, Sam Ognibene, Len Sroka, David Moore, Todd Esposito or send an email to [email protected].