Liturgy is the central means by which we gather, are strengthened, and are sent back into the world to carry out the mission of the Church. Our weekday and weekend liturgies reach over 1000 faithful.
Our Sacristans perform a very important and essential ministry for our parish. Sacristans help the Priest, Deacons and our Liturgical Ministers prepare for our liturgies. They usually arrive thirty minutes prior to Mass and depart about fifteen minutes afterward. Sacristans ensure that all of the ministers (Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers) are present and prepared to execute their duties for the Mass. They work with the Priest and Deacon to position everything that is needed for the liturgy (hosts, wine, chalices, etc.). Needless to say our Sacristans at St. Joan of Arc and phenomenal we depend upon them! If you are interested in becoming a Sacristan, please contact Deacon Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Altar Server Ministry is open to all students in grades 4 through high school who have a desire to serve the parish community. The purpose of this ministry is to help the congregation worship by assisting the priest and deacon during the liturgy. This presents a wonderful opportunity to prepare young children to realize the importance of becoming actively involved in parish life.Contact: Parish Office 410-272-4535
Cantors are leaders of the congregation in common sacred song and responsorial singing. They serve God and lead the worshiping community in the act of singing the psalms and song texts, especially those drawn from and based on the Scriptures.
To assist the priests and deacons in the distribution of Eucharist at Mass, as well as outside of Mass - to the sick, the homebound, the infirm, the frail elderly. Eucharistic Ministers, who are needed to care for the number of persons present at the liturgy each week, must complete a training program before serving in that role.
To enhance the spirit of Christian community in preparation for a shared experience of the Body of Christ. Greeters are parishioners who welcome those arriving for Mass. They offer a handshake, a smile, and/or hug and often answer questions for visitors or newcomers.
To respond to the Lord's call as a reader of Holy Scripture at Mass. The lector in the celebration of the sacred liturgy has been authorized primarily to do the Scripture readings before the Gospel. He/she also presents the prayer of the worshiping community and reads announcements, as needed.
Choirs are temporarily suspended during the coronavirus pandemic. Please contact Feargal King (Director of Music), 410-272-4535, x114 for more information, or to be added to our contact list for when it is safe to resume choral singing!
To provide a sense of welcome to the faith community with any assistance in seating. Ushers also work with greeters in setting the spiritual mode before Mass and other liturgical services.
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