Liturgy & Music
The celebration of the Eucharist is at the heart of what truly makes our Nativity of Mary faith community Catholic. Our time spent at Mass deepens our relationships with God and one another. Receiving Christ in the Eucharist strengthens us and gives us the necessary graces to live the spirit-filled life to which we called by God.
We invite you to to consider where God might be calling you to be of service. Please explore the different liturgy ministries below:
Lectors - Proclaim the Scriptures at Mass in a way "that by their hearing the readings from the sacred texts the faithful may conceive in the hearts a sweet and living affection for Sacred Scripture" (General Instruction of the Roman Missal). In the absence of a Deacon, read the Prayer of the Faithful. Confirmed Catholics 16 years and older may participate. Please contact Nicole Millner, Director of Liturgy and Music.
Altar Server - Youth in grades 4 and up assist the Priest at weekend Mass and special liturgies on a rotating basis. Please contact Nicole Millner, Director of Liturgy and Music.
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC) - Assist the Priests and Deacons—the Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion—in distributing Holy Communion at weekend Masses and special liturgies. Members of this ministry must be baptized and confirmed Catholics who are at least 16 years and older. Please contact Nicole Millner, Director of Liturgy and Music.
Sacristans - Sacristans help prepare for Mass by preparing the church and the gifts of bread and wine for Mass, as well as setting out the liturgical books. Sacristans also serve as lead EMHCs at Mass, so it is helpful for a Sacristan to already have prior experience as an EMHC. Please contact Nicole Millner, Director of Liturgy and Music.
Ushers - Greet, host, take up the collection and provide any other necessary service to those attending liturgies. Please contact Jon Gross.
Adoration - Have you experienced Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the peace and grace that can be given in surrendering one hour in prayer before Him? 8:30am to 12:00pm every Friday morning in the Chapel. Please contact Janet Uhlir at (952)835-4406.
Liturgy Committee - Promotes growth in faith through worship. Helps parishioners exercise liturgical ministries, implements pastoral liturgical practices and plans liturgical celebrations of the community. Please contact Nicole Millner, Director of Liturgy and Music.
Environment Committee (The Green Angels) - Enhance the church and gathering space by arranging plants, flowers, banners, and other suitable decorations The committee meets on a seasonal basis and individual members are scheduled to work on projects as needed. Please contact Nicole Millner, Director of Liturgy and Music.
Sunday Hospitality - Create an atmosphere of hospitality and serve coffee and donuts following Sunday morning Masses. Please contact Chris Caple.
Voice of the Good Shepherd (Children's Liturgy of the Word) - Children (ages 3-6 who have not yet received their First Communion) will be called before the Liturgy of the Word at the 10:30am Sunday Mass to go encounter the Good Shepherd through a special presentation of the Liturgy of the Word, grounded in the principles of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Offered most weekends of the year. Please see our page for Voice of the Good Shepherd for more information. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Nicole Millner, Director of Liturgy and Music.
If you are interested in volunteering for any of these ministries, please contact the lead volunteer listed above or email Nicole Millner, Director of Liturgy and Music.