Our Liturgical & Music Ministries are vital at St. Margaret Mary. Our lectors, greeters, musicians, cantors, and choirs enrich our experience of the Mass, to draw us more deeply into a “fully conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations

Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy

Liturgical Ministries

Altar Server

Altar servers are critical in helping our Sunday Masses run smoothly and reverently. Any boy or girl in 4th grade or above can be an altar server, and a 1 hour training is required. Teens, adults and families can also act as alter servers. The servers process in with the cross and candles, assist with the Missal, the setting of the altar, receiving the gifts and processing out with the cross and candles. Training sessions are scheduled in the fall, winter and spring, and are announced in the bulletin and the pre-Mass announcements. Contact Deacon Ken Miles through the parish office for more information and to schedule a training session or email altarservers@smmp.com.

Eucharistic Minister

Eucharistic Ministry is a profoundly spiritual calling and a direct service to our faith community. Eucharistic Ministers may serve weekly at the Mass of their choice and should serve at least once every 3 weeks.

Regular training is provided along with a comprehensive written guide to the details of the ministry. The time commitment outside of serving a Mass is 4-6 hours a year. Internet-based sign up schedules are issued well in advance and correspond to seasons of the liturgical year. Ministers frequently serve for many years; we ask for a minimum 3 year commitment, understanding that life events can interfere with the commitment. Contact eucharisticministers@smmp.com.

Gift Bearer Signup

Did you want to be a gift bearer?  Sign up for a Mass by clicking here, or call the parish office at 630-369-0777. If you change your mind, you can easily delete your name or call the parish office a few days before the weekend. Groups should be between 3-5 people. Singles and couples are also encouraged to sign up. Check in with an usher before Mass and sit wherever you like in Church. When the collection begins, simply head to back of Church and follow usher instructions. Being a gift bearer is a great way to more actively participate in Mass. Please consider signing up!

Greeter

The greeter ministry is the perfect ministry for friendly people. Greeters arrive at mass a few minutes early to welcome parishioners and guests to our church. They help people find seats, assist those who bring up the gifts at the offertory, guide the priest to those who need communion brought to them and help insure an orderly flow for communion. After mass they they hand out bulletins and insure the pews are clean.  Throughout mass greeters watch for any emergencies and seek help if one occurs. 

The time commitment varies from serving at 1-2 masses a month to 4 masses a month, depending on the mass, plus the occasional need to serve on holy days or at special masses. For more information contact greeters@smmp.com.

Lector

Lectors proclaim the first and second readings at Mass, and lead to assembly in the Universal Prayers. We try to use three different lectors at each Mass in order to give to maximum opportunity for people to participate in this ministry. High School students can participate at the teen Masses hosted by Chosen groups, and anyone Confirmed can be a regularly scheduled lector. To find out more, contact the Lector Coordinator, Felice Chellemi through the parish office or at lectors@smmp.com.

Sacristan

Sacristans prepare the Eucharistic gifts and vessels before each Mass and clean them after the Mass. This less visible ministry takes place behind the scenes, but is critical to each Mass. Training is provided and there is usually a particular need at the 12 noon Mass, but help is always welcomed at each of our Masses. To find out more about the ministry and training, contact Barb Ryan through the parish office or at sacristans@smmp.com.

Music Ministries

Lumen Christi Choir (8:00 AM Sunday Mass)

Singers and instrumentalists are invited to join the Lumen Christi choir. The choir repertoire bridges traditional and contemporary liturgical music genres. The choir sings weekend liturgies throughout the year except for the summer months (June-Aug). The choir does accept limited commitment members who join the choir during the Christmas and Easter seasons. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 pm in the church. Contact John Schlaman, Director of Music Ministries, via the Parish Office or at lumenchristichoir@smmp.com

Contemporary Choir (10:00 AM Sunday Mass)

The Contemporary Choir leads the congregation in song, enhancing the liturgical celebration with music. Weekly practices are held from fall through spring. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings. Contact Brian Pelz, Contemporary Choir director, via the Parish Office or at contemporarychoir@smmp.com.

Funeral Choir

Open to all who would like to be part of the ministry.  The choir practices 1/2 hour before each funeral. Members commit to come as often as possible with the understanding that no one person is able to attend all funeral liturgies. Contact John Schlaman, Director of Music Ministries, via the Parish Office.

Other Ministries

Art & Environment

As common prayer and ecclesial experience, liturgy flourishes in a climate of hospitality and beauty. The environment in Catholic worship should support the ritual activity of the liturgy through the artistic expression of color, form and texture. Our ultimate goal is to provide the kind of environment that will draw people into prayer, an environment that will enhance, support and illumine the liturgical action that is taking place.

Activities include: evaluating our worship space, planning for the liturgical seasons and decorating with the future in mind. In doing the above, we are always mindful of the church’s directives regarding the environment and continually strive to keep the assembly in mind. While God can never be totally contained in any art form, the decorations should give us an avenue of approach and help us experience God’s presence. All members participate in preparing for Christmas and Easter seasons. Smaller groups take turns setting up and taking down other seasons or parish events. Contact Jill Mizen at arts&environment@smmp.com.

Baptism Assistant

The Parish conducts Baptisms Sundays after the 12:00pm mass. Parishioners who volunteer to assist at the Baptisms greet the Baptism families before the noon mass and coordinate family seating and the family procession to the altar before mass. The volunteers assist the Deacons after mass with the actual Baptism ceremony which lasts 30 to 45 minutes depending on the number of Baptisms.  Volunteers for this ministry typically assist about eight times per year on Sundays of their choice. For more information, contact baptismassistants@smmp.com.

Bread Baker

Bread Bakers bake the substantial bread used for Eucharist at our 10:00 a.m. Sunday mass. Bakers  prepare the bread at home and bring it to the church at their convenience prior to Sunday’s liturgy. Training is provided. Time commitment is approximately 90 minutes once every six weeks. For more information, contact breadbakers@smmp.com.

Linen Launderer

Linen Launderers take care of the washing and ironing of purificators, corporals and towels used during Mass. Also the care of towels used during Baptisms.  Linens must be picked up by Tuesday the latest and returned before Saturday 5 p.m. Mass.  We are not responsible for the beautiful altar cloths which must be dry cleaned. For more information, contact linenlaunderers@smmp.com.

Christian Worship Commission

The purpose of the CWC is to promote and develop the continuing spiritual and liturgical life of the parish. It provides for the formation of liturgical minister roles in worship, including Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers, Greeters, Singers/Musicians, Liturgical Dancers, Artists/Decorators, Liturgy Planners, Baptism Ministers, Sacristans, Linen Launderers and Bread Makers.