Children and adults assist the clergy in the liturgies of the Church. Acolytes carry the cross and torches in procession and serve at the Altar during the Holy Eucharist. Acolytes may also assist at weddings and funerals. The Acolyte Master provides introductory training for new recruits.
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The Altar Guild is a ministry of parish women and men who care for the Altar with its communion vessels, linens, and vestments. Guild members serve on teams with a rotating schedule of service duties such as ironing, polishing, preparing candles, and setting up the sanctuary for the Liturgy.
Those who serve in this ministry give our guests that first and lasting impression of St. Alban’s. Greeters are stationed at the entrances to the Church at each Sunday liturgy to offer a warm welcome to visitors and parishioners, to answer questions, and to assist in other needs.
As an integral part of our worship, these men and women read the lessons during the Sunday liturgy and administer the Precious Blood from the chalice during Holy Communion. Training is provided. You must be confirmed and demonstrate the ability to read the Word with clear distinction and a strong, reverential voice.
Ushers arrive early to welcome parishioners, distribute bulletins, and provide assistance in seating. During the liturgy, Ushers take up the offering and guide congregants to the communion rail. Ushers assist the clergy and prepare the facilities for worship. Ushers work in teams under a team leader. Oblationers bring forward the gifts of bread and wine in procession during the Liturgy.