Supporting the Liturgy

At the Cathedral of St. Thomas More, there are more frequent Liturgical events than in a typical parish, including the Holy Mass as well as devotionals.  In addition, there are a number of Diocesan Liturgies that take place throughout the year, including Deaconate and Priesthood Ordinations, The Rite of Election, Confirmation and other special liturgies celebrated by the Bishop.

Supporting these Liturgies requires the services of a number of Lay Ministers, providing many and frequent opportunities for individuals to serve in these vital roles in the Liturgical Life of the Cathedral Parish.   Individuals bring their special talents, time and dedication to service as they best are able in a variety of ministries, including:

  • Altar Servers
  • Lectors
  • Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
  • Ushers
  • Art and Environment Committee
  • Sanctuary Society
  • Music Ministry

In you are interested in dedicating your talents and abilities to support the Liturgies at the Cathedral, please go to the pages of the various ministries to learn how to become involved.

The Role of Lay Ministers within the Liturgy

The following supporting statement regarding the role of lay ministers within the Liturgy is from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:

"In addition to the ordained ministries there are roles in the liturgy which are exercised by lay people who place their time and talent at the service of the liturgical assembly as acolytes (altar servers), lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, cantors, choir members, instrumentalists, leaders of song and ushers. Others contribute their time and talent to planning and organizing the liturgy, to keeping the church and the vestments, vessels and appointments clean and well-ordered or to providing decorations that reflect the spirit of the liturgical feast or season.

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) makes it very clear that this variety of offices and roles is desirable and should be maintained. In fact it goes so far as to state: "All, therefore, whether ordained ministers or lay Christian faithful, in fulfilling their function or their duty, should carry out solely but totally that which pertains to them" (no. 91). Not only, therefore, is it desirable that individuals function in roles of service at Mass, it is clear from the GIRM that if a deacon, for example, is present, the priest celebrant or a concelebrant should not read the Gospel. And the lector should not also take on the role of server and/or extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. There is a wide variety of services to be performed, and it is desirable that different individuals exercise those services so that the talents and gifts God has placed within the Christian community are fully utilized and these roles of service are not monopolized by a few."