Altar servers have the important responsibility of assisting the priest and deacon during Mass and other special liturgical events. Potential servers must be in the 5th grade or higher and willing to attend training sessions.
Art & Environment
Leslie Van Kerkhove
This ministry’s objective is to plan a liturgically correct and attractive environment for prayerful liturgies. Members meet monthly to determine needs and set plans to improve the church environment.
The Children’s Choirs including Kids Choir (Grades 1-2), Liturgy Choir (Grades 3-8), and the Liturgy Choir Cantors & Psalmists (Grades 5-8).
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC)
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) are commissioned ministers appointed by the Pastor to distribute the Blessed Sacrament during Mass liturgies. To become an EMHC, one must be a Catholic in good standing.
First Friday Adoration
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be holding First Friday Adoration until further notice. During normal operations, the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place the first Friday of every month after the 8:00 a.m. Mass, ending with Benediction on Saturday morning. Participants may sign up for desired time slots.
The Funeral Ministry assists in planning or pre-planning funeral arrangements.
Homebound Ministers are Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who have been further trained and instituted to bring Holy Communion to the homebound in residential or healthcare facilities and individual homes.
Hospitality Ministers greet those attending Mass with the objective of instilling a sense of belonging. Duties include participating in the offertory, distributing bulletins and straightening the Sanctuary after Mass. Eligible volunteers include men, women and young adults with a warm, welcoming personality.
Patricia M. Smith
Lectors proclaim the Word of God during Mass. New lectors complete a training period and workshops, and other training may be required as liturgical needs merit.
Weddings and Funerals are ministries of the parish, and the Liturgy Guild ministry provides assistance by helping the priest and deacons with weddings, funerals, and other liturgies. We need volunteers to meet with the clergy, the wedding party, and their families for the Nuptial Mass/Wedding Service and rehearsal. For funerals, volunteers are needed to greet the families at the visitation and at the funeral itself and providing logistical support during the funerals.
This group cares for the altar linens in the sanctuary and chapel. Volunteers are needed for a one-month rotation.
Music is an important part of Saint Matthew Church! Our music ministry comprises many people who love God, love to make music and seek to give God glory and praise through contributing music to our parish Masses in a beautiful and liturgical way. Whether you sing, play an instrument, or ring a handbell, there are many opportunities for involvement in our parish.
Our Saturday 5 p.m. Vigil Mass is accompanied by the piano, guitar and bass and features a contemporary (yet still authentically Catholic) sound, and is joined by a group of singers. The Sunday 8:30 a.m. Mass is our most classical, with the organ and several violins as our main instrumentation, and with the addition of a choir. Our 11 a.m. Sunday Mass is rather diverse in style but focuses on many Catholic “standards” from post-Vatican II. The choir for that Mass is accompanied by the piano, guitar and an upright bass.
God is doing great things through our music ministry here at Saint Matthew. If you feel you are being called to check us out, please do so!
Sacristans are Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who have been appointed by the Pastor to assist by preparing the church and chapel for all liturgies.