Liturgical celebrations are not private affairs; they are celebrations of the entire Church. The entire people of God who are present at a liturgy don’t just observe the liturgy – they participate in it.
Some functions within a liturgy are performed by lay members of the Church. This is especially true of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Members are called to perform these functions according to their talents and to the working of the Holy Spirit. As St. Paul said, “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord.” Those who are called to perform a particular function in the liturgy serve their fellow members, and through them, serve Christ Himself.
Volunteers launder and press altar linens which are collected on Mondays and Fridays. To volunteer call Hilda Mary Graham at 302-539-9475.
Adult Altar Servers
Adult Altar Servers assist the presider at daily and Sunday Masses and other Liturgical services. New Adult Altar Servers are prepared, as they express interest in volunteering. Adult Altar Servers meet as necessary. Call Sister Loretta Primus at 302-829-8183 or email her here if you would like to minister in this capacity.
Youth Altar Servers
School-age altar servers meet as needed. These trained young people assist the presider at daily and Sunday Masses and at functions, as requested. Call Fr. Martin on 302-539-6449 for more information about training or email him here.
The Adult Choir rehearses Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM in the Church of St. Ann. From September to June, the choir sings on Sundays at either 10:30 AM Mass at St. Ann or 9 AM Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe and at other special liturgical celebrations during the year. For information, contact the Director of Pastoral Music, Ed Shipley, email him here or call 302-539-6449 ext 107.
The Handbell Choir rehearses every Wednesday afternoon at 2 PM in the Church of St. Ann and celebrates at various liturgical functions at St. Ann as well as Our Lady of Guadalupe. For information, contact the Director of Pastoral Music, Ed Shipley, email him here or call 302-539-6449 ext 107.
Contemporary Music Ensemble
The Contemporary Music Ensemble (CME) is a mix of vocalists and instrumentalists focusing on upbeat contemporary music. The CME at any given time may consist of piano, guitars, electric bass, woodwinds, strings and percussion to accompany the singers in the post-Folk Mass world of Contemporary music in the modern church.
The mission of CME is to:
*create a grace-filled worship environment
*support the sung prayer of the Catholic Liturgy
*reinforce the message of the Gospels
*lead the congregation into deeper communion with God through both Traditional Catholic Hymns and Contemporary Praise and Worship style music.
CME leads song and prayer principally at the Saturday 5:30pm liturgies at Our Lady of Guadalupe on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Saturdays of the month September to May, and every Saturday, June to August. They serve as well, occasionally, at other special liturgical celebrations and at external events which include music at the Bethany Beach “Meet Me at The Manger” and support of the Celebration of the Mass at Brandywine Senior Living.
Rehearsals are held in member homes on Monday evenings prior to scheduled Masses, typically, at 7:00 p.m. For information, contact Bernie Busby at 302-539-7292.
These volunteers enhance the Church by changing the decor of the altar and the surrounding areas for the appropriate liturgical season. Flowers are also ordered. In addition, one of the members participates each month at the Liturgy Committee meeting. For information call Regina Cavalluzzo 302-539-0919 or email her here or Hilda Mary Graham 302-539-9475.
Volunteers are trained to proclaim the Word of God at all Liturgies, as a Lector. Preparation for this ministry occurs as new Lectors become available. For information call Sister Loretta Primus 302-829-8183 (Email her here).
Special Ministers of Holy Communion
Special Ministers of the Eucharist have the privilege of serving the Eucharist at Mass and to the sick in their homes. Preparation for becoming a Special Minister of the Eucharist will be provided as new volunteers express their interest. For information about Special Ministers of Holy Communion for the Sick and Homebound call Deacon Jack Freebery at 302-829-8165. For information on Special Ministers for the Eucharist within the Mass call Sister Loretta Primus at 302-829-8183.
The ministry of ushering is a crucial part of worship because it is one of the most visible ministries in the Church; above all, it is a ministry of Hospitality. Some of the duties undertaken by an usher include:
- Greeting newcomers
- Seating guests
- Collecting the offering.
- Distributing bulletins and service programs.
- Assisting with special needs
- Being available to answer questions
- Assisting with medical needs or emergencies
If you would like to serve the parish in this capacity, please contact Sister Loretta Primus 302-829-8183 (Email her here).
The Liturgy committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month from September through June at 5:15 PM in the Parish Office. Call Sister Loretta Primus at 302-829-8183 or email her here for additional information.