Liturgy & Music

LITURGY & MUSIC: OUR GIFT OF WORSHIP
Grete Ingalls, Pastoral Associate for Music & Worship
Phone: 856-784-3878
Email:  GIngalls@ChurchOfSaintAndrews.org


Altar Servers
Youth (at least 9 years of age) assist the priest during the celebration of Mass. This ministry usually has at least one fun social event each summer. Msgr. Marucci especially encourages all high school students to join this ministry as it assists him tremendously at the altar.

Adult Altar Servers
Specially trained men and women serve in a special capacity as Masters of Ceremony, to assist the priests and deacons. They also serve along with our younger servers providing guidance and direction. For more information about this ministry or training sessions, contact the Parish Office at 856-784-3878.

Art and Environment Committee
This ministry allows volunteers to invoke their inspiration and creativity to assure that the altar, the sanctuary and other sacred spaces represent the spirit of the scripture readings and liturgical seasons. Activities include planning and arranging flowers, decorating and assisting for special occasions, etc. 

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
These ministers assist in the distribution of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Their duties include bringing the Eucharist to those who are unable to come to Mass due to illness. They serve at masses held at area nursing homes. There are special requirements to become an Extraordinary Minister. For more information contact Tom Carter.

Greeters
This ministry offers a spirit of "Welcome and Hospitality" as people enter the Lord’s house. They also provide information for visitors and parishioners. Volunteers typically serve once or twice per month, to assist at the Mass they normally attend. For more information contact Grete Ingalls.  

Holy Hour
Holy Hour is a Catholic devotional tradition that involves spending an hour devoted to prayer, often in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. During this hour, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. People pray silently or quietly remain in the presence of God. At St. Andrew the Apostle, we observe Holy Hour every Wednesday from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the chapel, closing with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome to join us during this time.

Lectors
These ministers proclaim the first two readings of the liturgy. God's Word is voiced through them as they bring the printed Word to life for the congregation. There are special requirements to become a lector.

Sacristans
Sacristans help to make each liturgy a beautiful, meaningful experience for the community. They are responsible for preparing the worship space before each Mass. This includes preparations for the proclamation of Scriptures for the offertory, preparation of the gifts of bread and wine, and preparation for the communion rite. Sacristans also ensure that the lector, ushers, and children's liturgy leader are present for the Mass. 

Ushers
Ushers assist in seating visitors and parishioners as they enter the Sanctuary to celebrate the Mass. They also assist the families that offer the gifts, oversee the offertory collection, direct parishioners at Communion and see to any special needs at Communion. 

 

Music Ministries

Adult Choir:  Community of men and women who enjoy singing and praising God together. Time Commitment:  Rehearsals on Thursday evenings three times per month, and sing every other week at Mass.  Teens are welcome!  Time Commitment:  1-2 times per month

Cantors:  Cantors lead sung prayer at all Masses. Singers who present advanced musical ability and leadership skills are called upon to be cantors. Cantors rehearse every Wednesday at 10:30 am, and on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays. An audition is required. Time Commitment:  1-2 times per month. 

Children’s Choir:  The Children’s Choir is open to boys and girls from grade 3-6. Rehearsing on Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 pm, the choir sings at regularly scheduled parish Masses throughout the year. Time Commitment:  1-2 times per month. (Immediate Need)

Contemporary Ensemble:  Members are a group of vocalists and musicians who play various instruments and sing in a contemporary style.  Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays at 7:30 PM.  Time Committment:  1-2 times per month. 

Hand Bell Choir:  Using the beautiful parish chimes and hand bells, the Hand Bell Choir rehearses regularly and enhances our worship during the Liturgical Year.  Time Commitment:  1-2 times per month. 

Instrumentalists (Piano, Strings, Flute, Brass, Harp, Organ):  Teens or adults who have had instrumental training are welcome to share their gifts at both weekly worship and special celebrations. An audition is required.  Time Commitment:  1-2 times per month. 

Teen Band: Open to singers and musicians from junior high and high school.  The Band  Performs twice per monthly at the 6:00 pm Sunday Mass, as well as special seasonal Masses and prayer events.  Time Commitment:  1-2 times per month.  

 

 

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