Liturgy & Worship
the source and summit of Chistian life
. . . the liturgy of the word and the liturgy of the Eucharist are so closely connected with each other that they form a single act of worship.
Sacrosanctum Concilium, 56
Those wishing to deepen their worship experience by serving in a liturgical ministry are invited to explore the possibilities below. If you are interested in becoming a liturgical minister, please contact the Cathedral Office at 815.722.6653 and we will put you in touch with the coordinators of the area(s) in which you would like to serve.
The youth of the Cathedral parish are invited to participate in the Mass by becoming altar servers. Junior high and high school aged youth are invited to to be Ministers of the Altar. Training usually begins near the end of fifth grade. Altar servers are assigned to serve at Mass in one- to two-month intervals. They are also assigned once every three to four months to serve the daily Mass for a week at either 6:30am or 8:00am.
Art and Environment
Have you ever wondered who is responsible for making the Cathedral look so beautiful throughout the year? The Art and Environment group consists of volunteers who help put up, arrange and take down flowers, banners, candles, drapery and Christmas decorations for major liturgies, to help enrich our worship and experience of Mass, and reflect the particular theme of the liturgical season. Many hands are needed to help beautify our church. If you have a few hours you could spare, please consider helping the Art and Environment group.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
The role of the Eucharistic Minister is to minister the Body and Blood of Christ to the assembled faithful. The Extraordinary Minister symbolizes at Mass the service each of us is called to through our Baptism. As lay ministers of Holy Communion, we bring the true presence of Jesus Christ to his people. Eucharistic Ministers assist in the nourishing of God's children with the Body and Blood of Christ. We invite and encourage everyone (baptized and confirmed) in the parish to consider this ministry. The commitment that is asked of a Eucharistic Minister is to serve at scheduled Masses in which on would already be paritcipating. Assisting the priest with distribution of the Holy Body and Precious Blood at Masses held on Sundays, Holy Days, and for diocesan events, Extraordinary Ministers are generally scheduled to serve three times per month. Every effort is made to schedule families together when members serve in other ministries. This ministry is open to adults who have celebrated Confirmation and who are free of any impediments to participating in the sacramental life of the Church. Candidate names are submitted to the Bishop for approval and final appointment. A formal instruction and training program is required before ministers are commissioned.
Lectors play a key role in the celebration of Mass. A lector is a Minister of the Word who proclaims God’s Word to the assembled faith community. Liturgical proclamation of the Word is an formidable responsibility to which one is called and into which one is formed. Being a lector is more than simply reading a reading. This ministry involves studying, preparing, and gaining an understanding of God’s Word that can be transferred to the assembly in a clear and understandable manner. The vital role of the lector is to communicate the depth and importance of the scriptures. Training is provided along with a workbook that enables the lector to practice and prepare prior to Mass. Schedules are distributed months in advance and on average lectors usually minister at Mass about once per month.
Music plays a vital role in the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy. For more information on all of the musical opportunities available at the Cathedral, please click on the Music tab at the top of this page and explore ways to get involved through the possibilities listed in the drop-down menu.
Ushers welcome and assist all visitors to the Cathedral. Ushers represent the Church in a very visible way. Ushers greet and guide those who attend weekend Masses and other liturgical events held at at the Cathedral. They are also responsible for taking up the offertory collection.
Pope Paul VI on Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:
The faithful who are special ministers of Communion must be persons whose good qualities of Christian life, faith and morals recommend them. Let them strive to be worthy of this great office, foster their won devotion to the Eucharist, and show an example to the rest of the faithful by their own devotion and reverence toward the most august sacrament of the altar.
Immensae caritatis, 1973.