These ministries assist in the Liturgical life of our Parish
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) assist our clergy in the distribution of the Body of Christ and the Precious Blood during the Celebration of Mass. EMHC's make a once a month commitment according to a published schedule. If desired, ministers may also choose to bring Communion to the homebound.
To be an EMHC one must be in good standing with the Church as a registered member of St. Rose Parish, attend Mass on a weekly basis, and if married, married within the Catholic Church. Training is about 3 hours long.
If you are unable to attend Mass and would like to receive Holy Communion at home from a lay minister, please call Sister Mary Ellen (203)-426-2572,
Altar Servers assist our clergy throughout the Mass. Altar Servers are asked to serve once a month, according to a published schedule. Servers may be trained once they have reached the end of third grade through adults. Most servers are 4th - 12th grade students. Training is required and regular performance of duties will enhance both the servers performance as well as help to keep our Liturgies beautiful and reverent.
To be an Altar Server one must be in good standing with the Church, have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and First Holy Communion and attend Mass on a weekly basis. Initial training requires three 2-hour sessions. Annual refresher training requires two 2-hour sessions.
The reader (formerly known as the lector) is the person at Mass who proclaims the First and Second Readings, and the Responsorial Psalm. The reader also reads the Prayers of the Faithful. At St. Rose of Lima Parish, the reader also does the introductions and announces the Entrance Hymn and the Closing Hymn. Training is provided, and the schedule is done six months at a time.
To be a reader one must be at least 16 years old, a practicing Catholic of good moral character demonstrating reverence for Sacred Scripture. If married, being in a valid marriage according to Canon Law and must be Virtus trained
Responsibilities include picking up altar linens in church approximately once a month as assigned on either Sunday or Wednesday. Wash and iron linens (corporals, purificators, and towels) and return the linens to the Church within 3-5 days. Amount of linens varies between 20-40 items. Must be Virtus trained.