Holy Cross Catholic Church

Liturgical Ministries

Altar Servers

Ministry Leaders - Ana Carrera & Romulo Castillo

Altar servers assist the priests and deacons in their liturgical actions when the community of Holy Cross assembles to give praise and thanksgiving to God.  Altar servers are called to help the people of God enter into a deeper form of prayer and worship. Training for both youth and adult servers is done at 11:00 am on the third Saturday of each month, except where noted.  General meetings are called as needed.


Eucharistic Ministers

Ministry Leaders - Kathy Harkins & Norberto Vidro

Eucharistic Ministers are called to personal involvement in the celebration of the mass by assisting the priests as extraordinary ministers of holy communion. To be involved in this ministry, a person should be ever mindful of Christ’s life, and should use His life as a guide to one’s own life, developed through prayer and good works. Diocesan guidelines for extraordinary ministers are carefully followed.

Before a person serves as a eucharistic minister, a training session is provided which emphasizes the importance of this ministry and the responsibility involved. There is a workshop once or twice a year for continuing education.

Anyone who has completed the sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation and first holy communion), is attempting to lead a life according to the ten commandments and who attends mass regularly is eligible to be a eucharistic minister.


Lectors

Ministry Leaders - Alejandra Pedilla & Joan Terrell

Our mission is to give praise and glory to the name of God through the scripture readings during the mass.  Any member of the community who has received the sacraments of initiation, who tries to lead a life faithful to the commandments and has the gift of good reading and speaking abilities is encouraged to become a lector.

The proclamation of the word of God is entrusted to the entire community. Each member, in response to baptism, is summoned to be a servant of the word. Lectors must see themselves as bearing a responsibility for the congregation's growth in faith through hearing the word. In publicly reading the text, one places oneself in the service of God. Another part of this ministry is keeping the parish family informed of upcoming events by conveying that information through reading the announcements.

Schedules are published periodically and masses are assigned according to your availability. Readers usually lector once or twice a month. An initial training session is provided, as well as a workshop once or twice a year. Research and study materials are available upon request.


Liturgy Committee

Committee Chair - Bunny Harmon

Sacred liturgy is the most important way that the Catholic Church and its members give glory, praise and honor to God.  The members of the liturgy committee endeavor to use their gifts and talents to assist the clergy in providing inspirational, educational, challenging and meaningful liturgies to the whole assembly. The liturgy committee comprises mainly the heads of spiritual ministries.


Sacristan

Contact - Michele Williams

Sacristans at Holy Cross play a vital role in the preparations for the holy mass. Sacristans are need for all daily & Sunday masses.


Ushers

Ministry Leaders - Merlita Jones & Bertha Mendoza

Our ushers are the welcoming face of the parish. They greet parishioners and visitors at the doors to the church, assist in seating families, select individuals to present the gifts at the altar and take up the offertory collections. Ushers have a great responsibility to provide hospitality to parishioners and visitors.


Worship Ministry

Ministry Leaders - Bunny Harmon or Vincent Vazquez

This ministry facilitates the members of our parish family into the musical aspect of worship, that we may truly sense we are all part of the Body of Christ.  Further participation is offered through adult and youth choirs.  The only requirement to join any of the choirs is a desire to praise God in song.  Accomplished instrumentalists are encouraged to come forth and share their talent.  This ministry enhances many of the celebrations throughout the year (Easter, Christmas, etc). 

Someone once said music is the universal language of love.  Our goal is to support the mission of Holy Cross church by lifting the hearts of our parish family in songs of praise and glory to God.  The aim of liturgical music is to strengthen our love for God and others.  Please phone for rehearsal times.  New members who wish to use their musical talents are always welcome and needed.