Liturgical Ministers

Director of Liturgy

Mychael Jones serves as St. Edward’s Director of Liturgy. She may be contacted by phone at 952-835-7101 x204 or email at mjones@stedwardschurch.org.

Lay Ministers Needed

Liturgical Ministries include Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW), Eucharistic Ministers, Lay Presiders, Lector/Commentators, and Sacristans. A job description is available below for each ministry. New volunteers are initiated through a one-to-one training. After that, yearly meetings are held to update ministers and review procedures.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CL) is worship time for children in first through sixth grades.  During the 10:30am Mass, children are dismissed from the congregation, just before the Liturgy of the Word, to process to their own sacred space to hear the same readings as the adult congregation, but in simpler language.  The children return to the main assembly in time for the offertory.  This is a time of worship for the children.  A Minister of the Word (MW) asks prepared questions regarding the reading and the Gospel to facilitate the children’s absorption of God’s words.  Every Sunday, Children’s Liturgy volunteers are able to witness the powerful connection between children and God.  It is a privilege to participate in this ministry and training is essential to fulfilling this responsibility.

All volunteers are welcome.  Adults serve as MWs and adults and youth (in seventh grade and older) serve as Readers, Assistants and Cantors.  This ministry is performed almost every Sunday of the year; 20-30 minutes during Mass time.  Some additional time is required before and after to set up and takedown the space.  MWs receive preparation materials based on the Lectionary for Masses and Other Celebrations with Children from which they select their reflection questions for the children.  Training is provided by Children’s Liturgy of the Word Trainers within the Archdiocese.  VIRTUS training is also required for this ministry.

For more information please contact Aimee Moen at 952-944-1570.

Eucharistic Minister

communionEucharistic Ministers distribute communion to the parish community at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days. Eucharist ministers serve in a reverent manner, have a love for the Eucharist and a desire to serve God’s people. Volunteers must be Confirmed and accept Catholic Eucharistic theology. Time required: The ministry is performed for one month at a time, four times a year, at the Mass time of the minister’s choice; check-in 10 minutes prior to Mass. Volunteer: Contact Director of Liturgy, Mychael Jones at 952-835-7101 x204.

Lay Presider

Lay Presiders lead the community in Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Communion Services. The Prayer Leader uses the parish Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer resources and prepares a short reflection on God’s Word with a Vatican II theology. Lay ministers are aware of and have responded to their Baptismal call to serve. They are reverent and prayerful. Confirmation is required. Time required: The ministry is performed as needed at the Pastor’s request. Arrive 20 minutes early to set-up and clean up 15 minutes afterwards. Preparation time at home is also required. Volunteer: Contact Fr. Brian at 952-835-7101, ext. 234.

Lay Presider – Eucharistic Exposition Leader

On Sunday evenings, the Lay Presider leads the community in prayer and adoration. The presider prepares the worship space by setting up the Monstrance, lights the candles, turns on the lights, puts out printed prayer helps. The presider leads the opening and closing prayers and keeps track of time for the meditation part of the worship. The leaders have a very special devotion to Eucharistic Adoration. Time required: The ministry is performed on Sunday evenings; arrive 20 minutes early to set-up and clean up 15 minutes afterwards. Volunteer: Contact Jake Lynch at 952-831-1970.

Lay Presider – Monday Night Rosary Devotions

The Rosary leader prepares the chapel space by putting flowers and picture in place, and lighting the candles. The leader invites people into prayer and leads the praying of the Rosary. These ministry volunteers have a very special devotion to the Rosary. Time required: The ministry is performed on Monday evenings (as well as Sunday mornings in May and October); arrive about 15 minutes early to set-up and clean up 15 minutes afterwards. Volunteer: Contact Mike Rouen at 952-831-7873.

Lector/Commentator

Lectors proclaim the first and second scripture readings of the day and Commentators read the Prayers of the Faithful and share announcements about parish activities. Volunteers are willing to commit to prayer and preparation time. Volunteers for this ministry are gifted with competence in proclaiming the Word of God and having the ability to make it come alive in the liturgy. Lectors and Commentators must be Confirmed. Time required: The ministry is performed about once a month on Sundays, Holy Days and special Services on a rotating basis. Home preparation is also necessary. Check-in about 20 minutes prior to Mass/service. Contact Director of Liturgy, Mychael Jones at 952-835-7101 x204 or Rachelle Epley.

Sacristan

Our sacristans work behind the scenes to prepare our worship space for Masses, funerals, Holy Days and weddings.

Weekday Chapel Sacristan

candleFor each weekday liturgy, the Sacristan prepares the worship space, including: lights candles, sets up Eucharistic elements of bread, water and wine, plates and chalices; prepares and places Lectionary and Roman Missal; and puts things away after Mass. Time required: The ministry is performed at weekday Masses; 15 minutes prior to Mass and 15 minutes after Mass may be necessary. Contact Ken & Mary Sommers.

Funeral Sacristan

The Sacristan coordinates funeral liturgies, including: sets up Eucharistic elements of bread and wine, plates and chalices; lights candles, places microphones, prepares incense; and rehearses with family members who have a liturgical role in the funeral. The ability to juggle a variety of demands and to act quickly under pressure is important. Time required: Flexible availability is necessary. The ministry is performed on various days of the week at various times of the day; one hour prior to Mass and 30 minutes after Mass. Contact Deacon Jim Deshane at (952) 835-7101, ext. 220.

Weekend & Holy Day Sacristan

At weekend Masses and Holy Days, the Sacristan works behind the scenes to prepare the worship space, including: lights, microphones, candles and special set-up needs according to the liturgical season. Attentiveness to detail and a willingness to work behind the scenes are necessary. A love of liturgy and all the “smells and bells” that go with it is also a definite plus for this ministry! Ages fourteen through adult are welcome to volunteer. Time required: The ministry is performed at the Weekend Masses as well as Holy Days and other special Services. A rotating schedule of serving for a month, four times a year at the Mass time of your choice; 20 minutes prior to Mass and 15 minutes after Mass may be necessary, depending on the liturgical season. Contact Ken & Mary Sommers.