“God has bestowed upon his people the gift of song. God dwells within each human person, in the place where music takes its source. Indeed, God, the giver of song, is present whenever his people sing his praises” (Sing to the Lord, Music in Divine Worship, 2007).
The Adult Choir sings at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Liturgy. Practices are held on Thursday evenings from 7:45 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. All that is required to join the choir is a desire to sing; musical training is provided during rehearsals.
The women’s choir sings every other Saturday. The choir rehearses at 4:00 p.m. and sings at the 5:00 p.m. mass immediately following. Extra rehearsals are scheduled prior to the Christmas concert.
The children's choir rehearses on Sunday morning, from 11:40 a.m. - 12:10 p.m., in room 212 of the parish life center and sings every other week at the 12:15 mass. Children in grades K-6 are welcome.
This group is open to Youth in grades 5 through High School. The Youth choir sings every other Saturday at the 5:00 p.m. mass, and rehearses at 4:00 p.m. on the same day.
The Adult Handbell Choir rehearses every Wednesday evening, from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Choir plays approximately once a month at the 9:00 am mass or at the 12:15 mass. Those interested should be able to read music.
Youth Handbell Choir
The Youth Handbell Choir rehearses every Wednesday evening, from 6:30 p.m. until 7:10 p.m. The Choir is new and will play approximately once a month also. Youth in grades 4 to 12 are welcome. We will teach you how to read music.
The cantor is a singer, a leader of congregational song and also a Psalmist. Although the ministry of the Psalmist is distinct from the role of the cantor, the two ministries are often entrusted to the same person.
The Riderwood Choir sings every other week, once at 9:00 a.m. mass and once at the 4:00 p.m. mass at the Riderwood Chapel. The choir rehearses every Thursday morning from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on the Riderwood Campus.
The Liturgy Committee coordinates long-range planning and assessment of worship in the parish. This committee normally meets once a month. They also assist in decorating the Church for major seasons. New members are always welcome. Meetings are open to all parishioners.
Environment and Art
A small group of parishioners create and maintain the wall hangings that provide an artistic environment for liturgical feasts and seasons. Additional help and support is welcome.
Members of the Parish take responsibility for cleaning the sanctuary area of the Church each week. Washing and preparing the sacred linens linens used in our services. This is normally done on Fridays after the 9:00 a.m. Mass. The Altar Society contact person is Frances Parrack, 301/572-7186.
Adults and high school students who read with dynamism and love for God’s Word proclaim the Word of God at Mass and other liturgical celebrations. Training is provided at least three times a year for all new ministers. Individual instruction can also be arranged at any time. Schedules are distributed regularly for a fixed number of weeks. The Lectors contact person is Jim Ganz, 301-236-9130.
Eucharistic Ministers assist in the distribution of the Eucharist during the liturgical celebration and/or also bring Communion to the sick and homebound of our Parish Community. At least three times a year there is a training session for all new members. Schedules are done on a regular basis to provide an opportunity for as many to participate as possible. This ministry is open to fully initiated persons 18 years of age and older. The Eucharistic Ministers contact person is Tom Sobotka, 301-384-7708.
These ministers of hospitality welcome all who come as Christ himself. Practical duties include distribution of worship aides and hymnals, taking up the collection, and assisting with seating. Training is provided. The Ushers/Greeters contact person is Becky Gredlics, 301-596-2793.
Baby Baptismal Stoles
Baptismal Stoles are used at each of our Baptismal celebrations to signify the clothing in the white garment that is signifying new birth through baptism. Members of the parish sew and embroider these stoles that are presented to the babies and then are kept by the families as a remembrance of the Baptism. Patterns, materials, and help are all provided.
Altar Servers play an important role in our parish services. Altar servers are responsible for assisting the celebrant throughout the service. Two to three servers are needed for each mass during weekends. Both young men and women who have attained the age of ten are eligible to participate in the Altar Server Ministry. Schedules are posted in the upper pastor’s office weekly, and all servers are asked to review the schedule regularly. All necessary training is provided on a regular basis. The Altar Servers contact person is Richard Maltagliati, 301-384-3583.
Children\\\'s Liturgy of the Word
During the 9:00 am Sunday Masses, September through May, children are invited to participate in the Children\\\'s Liturgy of the Word. The Children\\\'s Liturgy of the Word is a special liturgy of the word designed to accommodate them at their age and maturity level. Children’s Liturgy of the Word follows the same format as the Liturgy of the Word in the Mass. No registration is required; no attendance is taken. The children come forward with their catechist when called by the presiding priest. After the children are dismissed, they gather with the presider/catechist in Room #213 of the Parish Life Center. They return to the main worship space for the Offertory Procession. All children are welcome to participate in Children’s Liturgy of the Word.
Full, active, and conscious participation is a goal of parish liturgy and worship. Following the documents of the Second Vatican Council, a high priority is given to the quality of worship in our parish. A Director/Coordinator of Liturgy is hired by the parish in pursuit of this goal, and is responsible for the preparation of all liturgies and the assignment of all liturgical ministers.
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First Friday Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
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First Friday Exposition, Adoration, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament