The pastor and Liturgy Committee have entrusted the youth of OLA with a great responsibility - ministering at the Sunday evening Mass. Youth of all ages are invited to join in this service to our parish family!
To be an usher or gift bearer, all you have to do is show up early to Mass and check in with Andrew or Joseph at the table in the Narthex and we'll sign you up.
"The dynamic of hearing the Scriptures as they are read aloud, or proclaimed, in church in the context of the Mass, is the means by which Christ becomes present. Therefore, how you proclaim the Scriptures is vitally important to the quality of the experience for the entire congregation." - Mitch Finley, The Joy of Being a Lector (2000)
Lectors will be scheduled to proclaim the 1st Reading, 2nd Reading, or Prayers of the Faithful. Lectors should read over and practice their readings before the Mass (find Sunday readings here, Prayers of the Faithful will be sent out when we receive them).
Training is usually held in August. An additional training may take place later in the school year depending on interest.
“The faithful who are special ministers of communion must be persons whose good qualities of Christian life, faith, and morals recommend them. Let them strive to be worthy of this great office, foster their own devotion to the Eucharist, and show an example to the rest of the faithful by their own devotion and reverence toward the most august sacrament of the altar. No one is to be chosen whose appointment the faithful might find disquieting.” - Immensae Caritatis
To be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EM), a teen must:
Be a Catholic in good standing with the Church
Have received the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation
Be 16 years of age or older
Exhibit a strong faith and positive attitude
Actively participate in the Mass
Extraordinary Ministers will be scheduled to serve at 5:30 PM Mass throughout the year. Once trained, teens may serve at any Mass at OLA, so you should always check in no matter what Mass you attend!
Training is usually held in August. An additional training may take place after Confirmation in November depending on interest.
St. Augustine once proclaimed that singing is praying twice. In the Teen Choir, we demonstrate our love of God by sharing our gifts of music through song, voice, and instruments! Music enhances our worship experience – whether it’s contemporary or traditional liturgical music – bringing joy and feeding minds, spirits, and hearts.
The OLA Teen Choir typically serves at two Sunday 5:30 PM Masses per month. The dates are based around the school calendars and other parish events. The calendar is announced at the beginning of the school year. Rehearsals take place in the Choir Room (2nd floor of the church) and start at 4 PM on the day the Teen Choir is singing at Mass. Rehearsal usually lasts an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes; choristers than have a few minutes to prepare themselves for Mass.