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The liturgy is never a mere meeting of a group of people who make up their own form of celebration…[T]hrough our sharing in Jesus’ appearing before the Father, we stand both as members of the worldwide community of the whole Church and also of the communion of saints. Yes, in a certain sense this is the liturgy of heaven. 

 ~ (Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), God and the World)


Divine worship of Jesus Christ in the celebration of liturgy is the most profound encounter we can experience with Him here on earth. Sunday Mass is a chance to partake in a feast of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And as with the most joyful celebratory feasts, our St. Mary Magdalene community comes together to enjoy the gifts of bread and wine, knowledge, light, music, color, fellowship, and abundant blessings.

 

Our Liturgical Ministries

Extraordinary (Eucharistic) Ministers assist the Presider with the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass.  All parishioners who are practicing confirmed Catholics may become Eucharistic Ministers.  Training is provided for new Ministers and refresher courses are offered.  Eucharistic Ministers are scheduled to serve approximately once a month.

For information in this ministry, please contact the appropriate coordinator for the mass time you would like to volunteer.
 
Saturday 5pm Mass - Susan Grant @ Email 919-362-0715
 
Sunday 9am Mass - Suzanne Ehrenzeller @ Email 919-303-0269
 
Sunday 10:45am Mass - Lisa Westberg @ Email 919-961-1612

The Lector ministry consists of parishioners who proclaim the Word of God at liturgical celebrations. In addition to reading at the Mass for which they are scheduled, lectors usually devote a half-hour of time to preparation each time they are scheduled to read.  Lector workbooks are provided to each lector to assist in preparation.  Lectors are scheduled to read approximately two to three times every three months.

For information about this ministry, please contact: 

Mark Iasiello @ Email 919-363-7631

The Altar Server ministry provides support to the Presider for all parish liturgies. All parish youth who are 5th grade or above are welcome and encouraged to participate.  A brief training session is offered to each aspiring altar server upon his or her request to join the ministry. Altar servers choose to participate in one of the weekly Mass liturgies and are set according to the number of servers on the list for each Mass time.  Typically,  servers are scheduled for one Mass each month.  Opportunities for servers to participate in occasional liturgies are announced in the bulletin with sign-up sheets provided for scheduling.

For information about this ministry, please contact

Andree Genez @ Email 919-677-1776

Music ministers lead the sung prayer of the community of St. Mary Magdalene’s weekend Masses and Feast Days. Rehearsals are held most Monday evenings during the school year. Regular attendance at rehearsals is required and music ministers are expected to arrive at least 15 minutes before Mass.  Singers and instrumentalists of various skill levels are welcome to participate.

For information about this ministry, please contact

KristinWagner, Music Director @ Email 919-636-0114

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is offered at both Sunday Masses during the school year.  Children from age 4 through the 2nd grade are welcome.  Before the First Reading, an adult leader and an assistant accompany the children to the chapel where they hear the First Reading, Responsorial, Alleluia and Gospel read from the Children’s Lectionary.  The leader then helps the children to understand the Gospel message and how it applies to them.  Each volunteer is asked to help with one Mass per month.  The Leaders will need to study, pray and prepare for their assigned week.  The assistants do not need to prepare in advance.  While the time required will vary from person to person, most volunteers spend between 20-40 minutes on this preparation.

For information about this ministry, please contact

Kelley Evenson @ Email 919-363-4244

Ushers provide the necessary organizational support for the liturgies.  Ushers are generally responsible for assisting the seating of parishioners, offering direction during communion and assisting with the collection.  An usher needs to arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the start of Mass. Any parishioner may become an usher. Ushers are scheduled for a particular Mass approximately once a month.

For information about this ministry, please contact

5pm Mass - Mike Barnack, Email
9am Mass - Bertha Smith, Email
10:45am Mass - Paul McGrath, Email

Programs that support the Mass

The Altar Linen Committee washes and irons the Purificators and towelets which are used during Communion.  Each volunteer is responsible for a two or occasionally three week period, usually just one or possibly two times a year.  This is a great way for anyone to help but especially for those who like to help by doing something at home.

For information about this program, please contact: 

Christine Agius @ Email 919-303-5803

Greeters welcome parishioners and guests to the parish at weekend Masses, distribute weekly bulletins and gather bulletins and songbooks left in the worship space after Mass.  Children are invited to help their volunteer parents in this family friendly opportunity.  This committee is a great fit for those with busy weekday and evening schedules as it only requires a few minutes before and after regular weekend Masses.  Volunteers my indicate Mass preference, and are scheduled to serve no more than twice a month as their own schedules permit.

For information about this program, please contact: 

Markus Schneider @ Email 919-335-3316

Extraordinary (Eucharistic) Ministers to the Sick take Holy Communion to those at Rex Healthcare and the Spring Arbor Assisted Living Center who are unable to attend Mass. Eucharistic Ministers are scheduled to serve approximately once a month.

For information about this ministry, please contact either:

Jim Schultz @ Email 954-649-0194

Dennis & Diane Zazem @ Email 919-449-6198