Liturgical Ministries

Liturgical Ministries

Liturgical ministry is an excellent opportunity to fulfill your baptismal call of service to one another. Our liturgies should utilize the talents and gifts that God has given this community to the fullest extent. Whether participation is through “behind the scenes” preparation and planning, or through a public role of service within the Mass, parishioner contributions help our liturgies to be truly life-giving celebrations. Please prayerfully consider if you are called to a liturgical ministry.

Schedules for each liturgical ministry are released quarterly and updated weekly to account for changes.

If you would like assistance in finding a liturgical ministry role that is right for you, or if you'd like more information about one of the ministries listed below, please contact Gretchen Rillos or Tony Brooks at the parish office.

Gretchen Rillos - PA for Liturgy
206-232-2900 - ext. 101

Tony Brooks - Liturgy Coordinator & PA for Parish Involvement

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC)

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) assist with the distribution of the Eucharist at Mass. These ministers are an important part of our Eucharistic celebrations. All Candidates must be registered at St. Monica, and have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Training is provided. Ministers are scheduled in teams and rotate monthly. 


Lectors boldly proclaim the Word of God at Sunday, daily, and Holy Day liturgies.  A lector workbook and training are provided to prepare the upcoming Scripture readings. All candidates must be registered at St. Monica, have received the Sacrament of Confirmation, and be at least 16 years of age.


Sacristans assist the clergy in preparing the vessels and vestments for the celebration of Mass and special liturgies. The sacristan then cleans and puts away the vessels and vestments, after Mass has been celebrated.



Altar Servers

Altar Servers assist the priest during Sunday, Daily Masses, and other liturgies. Any child 4th grade and up my participate. This ministry is an ideal way for the children of the parish to serve the community as part of the Sacrifice of the Mass. The parish conducts training and refreshers periodically during the year for our Altar Servers. 

Masters of Ceremony

Masters of Ceremony is a ministry served by young men, 8th grade and older, who are dedicated to the Altar Server Ministry. These servers are invited by Father to assist with the training and direction of the younger servers and with over-seeing various details of the liturgy. Only those servers open to a religious calling, and who have demonstrated responsibility, reverence, and maturity, are invited to participate as an MC. 


Ushers provide a welcoming environment at weekend liturgies, greet and seat parishioners and visitors, take up the collection, see that the offertory gifts are brought up to the altar, distribute weekly bulletins, tidy up the church after Mass, and assist with various situations that arise. 

Music Ministers

Lay Cantors are ministers of hospitality who lead the Assembly in the hymns and liturgical music of the Mass. If you enjoy singing and have some musical experience, please consider coming forward to be trained as a cantor for our Parish.

Adult Choir provides music for the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday mornings as well as other special liturgies. Rehearsals are held in the school music room, September through June, at 8:15 a.m., Sunday morning. You might consider joining the choir for one season, either Advent/Christmas or Lent/Easter. 

Men's Schola sings at Mass about once each month enriching the liturgy with the sound of Gregorian chant. Schola members learn to interpret the dynamics and nuances of written chant while singing the melodies of some best-loved hymns. The Men's Schola is always looking for new members. 


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