Liturgical Ministries

Saint Francis de Sales Parish is a vibrant community offering opportunities for growing closer to Jesus Christ through prayer, service, and fellowship.

The liturgical ministries are directly related to daily, weekly, and holiday liturgies.

Altar Servers

Pope Francis says serving at the altar, is a privileged way to draw closer to Jesus, which in turn “enables you to open yourselves to others, to journey together, to set demanding goals, and to find the strength to achieve them.”

The closer you are to the altar, the more you will remember to speak with Jesus in daily prayer; the more you will be nourished by the word and the body of the Lord, the better able you will be to go out to others, bringing them the gift that you have received, giving in turn with enthusiasm the joy you have received.

The Altar Server assists the priest and deacon at the Mass, offering the responses to the prayers and dialogues, and participate in the singing and chants of the liturgy.  They carry such responsibilities as

  • Lead all required processions for the Mass.
  • Provide service by assisting the Priest/Deacon with their duties during Mass.
  • Providing an example to the congregation on appropriate actions during the Mass.
  • Prepare and retire any material needed for the appropriate service
  • Assume an appropriate attitude of prayer

For information regarding service to the Church as an Altar Server or scheduling, please contact:
Kathleen Ott
330.644-2225
MrsOtt@stfparishschool.org

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Music Ministry

The St. Francis de Sales Music Ministry serves the parish sharing their vocal and/or instrumental talents to Glorify God!  Through musical prayer we enhance the Liturgies as instrumentalists, choir and cantors striving to bring all present to deeper worship.  Music Ministry’s primary purpose is to encourage all parishioners to full, active, and conscious participation.  We have been blessed to be “the parish that sings” and pray that all allow the Holy Spirit to work through them to continue to Praise and Worship God by lifting up our voice.

Traditional Choir

The Traditional Choir is blessed to bring the Word of God to the parish through Music.  This choir is comprised of all ages ranging from fourteen to ninety.  They humbly share their talent at the 11:00am Sunday Mass.  Practices are regularly held in the church on Wednesdays 7:00pm-9:00pm September-May.  The choir members commitment is shown in attendance of additional practices to prepare for special Liturgies and Liturgical Seasons when needed. We welcome interested individuals to join us in serving the parish.

Youth Choir

Children of the parish in grades two through eight are invited to join the Youth Choir.  This choir of young music minsters serves the assembly once a month at the 9:00am Sunday Mass.  Practice is held usually the Friday prior to assigned Mass in the Mobile Music Room.  Practice begins at 4:50pm and ends at 5:40pm. The youth in this choir humbly serve lifting all hearts to be closer to God.

Children’s Christmas Choir

The Children’s Christmas Choir invites all parish youth in grades two-eighth to join.  This choir prepares during Advent and has 3-4 practices on Friday evenings 5:00-6:00pm to prepare for Christ’s Birth. The children sing at the 4:00pm Christmas Eve Mass. The Children’s Christmas Choir is separate commitment from the Youth Choir.  Join us as we Glorify Emmanuel-God With Us!

High School/College Choir

This choir invites voices that range from eighth grade, current high school and college aged young adults to be part of this ministry.  The commitment meets their schedules and practice occurs at 10:00am the assigned Sunday.    This choir then ministers at the 11:00am Sunday Mass that same day. 

Cantors

Cantors are Individuals that are called to lead the assembly in the absence of a choir.  They humbly and prayerfully serve encouraging the voice of the assembly to Praise God.  Cantors must prepare for Liturgies in advance as well as be comfortable learning and teaching new music.  They need to be available and willing to practice collectively when needed.

Instrumentalists

Individuals that have been blessed with the proficient talent in playing an instrument are humbly asked to serve the parish.  Instrumentalists should be prepared to solo, accompany piano, organ as well as the traditional choir. Interested individuals can contact the Director of Music for consideration to serve in this capacity Glorifying God.

For additional information regarding serving Saint Francis de Sales through Music Ministry please contact:

Colleen McVicker
330-644-2225
MrsmcVicker@stfparishschool.org

Lectors (Readers)

Lectors proclaim God’s word at each liturgy when they read Scripture from the Old and New Testaments. Lectors also read Sunday announcements and lead the congregation during the prayers of the faithful. Besides the weekend liturgies, lectors are also scheduled for seasonal and holy day liturgies, daily liturgies and other faith-related liturgies.

Qualities of a Good Lector

  • Knowledge, appreciation and love for the Scriptures
  • The maturity and ability to proclaim the scriptures with poise and confidence
  • An understanding of the role of scripture in daily life, the Liturgy, the Sacraments, and the Liturgical Seasons
  • Good public speaking skills
  • Ability to convey warmth, to gain and keep the assembly’s attention, and to motivate others through speech
  • A commitment to live the message of the Scriptures that are proclaimed.

For information regarding service to the Church as a Lector or scheduling, please contact:
Kathleen Ott
330.644-2225
MrsOtt@stfparishschool.org

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Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

The opportunity to receive Christ in both Body and Blood strengthens the bond we have with Jesus.  The Eucharist is the source and center of our spiritual life. The Extraordinary Ministry of the Eucharist was formed to assist the celebrant, other priests and deacons with the distribution of communion.  Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist also assist in bringing the Eucharist to our infirm as well as area nursing and group homes. Any confirmed Catholic parishioner 16 years or older, having a strong and active faith, and willing to commit to regular service, is welcome to serve.

Qualities of an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion are:

  • An appreciation and love of the Eucharist
  • Ability to serve at scheduled masses or arrange for a substitute if unable to fulfill an assignment
  • At least 16 years old

.For information regarding service to the Church as an extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion or scheduling, please contact:
Kathleen Ott
330.644-2225
MrsOtt@stfparishschool.org

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