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Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors & Ushers

Eucharistic Ministers

Please call the Parish Office at (562) 431-0721 if you are interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister.

  • Eucharistic Ministers serve as extraordinary ministers in the celebration of the Eucharistic by assisting the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion.
  • To be a Eucharistic Minister one must believe in the actual physical presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist and present within the family of believers gathered in worship.
  • The duties of a Eucharistic Minister include a willingness to serve once or twice a month at the weekend mass time of  one’s choice, finding a replacement if unable to serve when scheduled, attending periodic training sessions. Please arrive at Mass 15 minutes beforehand, and dressing appropriately.
  • The requirements to serve as a Eucharistic Minister are being a fully initiated Catholic, having celebrated the sacraments of Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation and be at least 25 years of age.

Lectors

Please call the Parish Office at (562) 431-0721 if you are interested in becoming a Lector.

  • The role of a Lector is to awaken the faith of the assembly and inspire them to discipleship by proclaiming the Word of the Lord with clarity and conviction.
  • The Lector Ministry makes a truly satisfying and meaningful contribution to Eucharistic celebrations.
  • The duties of a Lector include willingness to serve once or twice a month at the weekend mass of one's choice, finding a replacement if you are unable to serve when scheduled, attending periodic training session. Please arrive at Mass 15 minutes beforehand, and dressing appropriately.
  • The requirements to serve as a Lector are to prayerfully pre-read and prepare your readings, learning the proper pronunciation of unfamiliar words, and reading at a pace that encourages thoughtful reflection to ensure an effective presentation.

Ushers

Please contact the Parish Office at (562) 431-0721 if you are interested in becoming an Usher.

  • The specific responsibilities of an usher vary, but the duties usually include greeting people as they arrive for the service, assisting people with special needs, and collecting the offering.
  • Before mass, the ushers make sure the missals are placed correctly. As the parishioners arrive, the ushers act as doorkeepers, greeting each person with a smile and shaking hands. They are also available to answer visitors’ questions and extend extra help in seating those who need the assistance.
  • During mass, the ushers are responsible to take up the church offering and make sure it is put in the proper place. Ushers have a goal of minimizing distractions during mass. Ushers stand ready to assist anyone in the congregation who might need help, to aid latecomers in finding a seat, and to inform those in the sanctuary of any urgent matters.
  • Church ushers are well versed in emergency procedures. In case of an emergency, the ushers have access to first aid supplies and will take the lead in getting people to safety in an orderly manner.
  • In many ways, ushers are the “face” of the church, the first ones that people see when they arrive. It is important that an usher be friendly, honest, and willing to serve. It is an honorable position in the church, requiring integrity, cordiality, and wisdom.