This group is dedicated to a study of the Liturgy and providing meaningful liturgies on a regular basis. In addition, this group prepares special liturgical celebrations for such occasions as Confirmation, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, etc. In order to assure adequate parish representation, the liturgy committee members include participants from the Lectors, Lay Ministers, Sacristans, Ushers, Adult Choirs, St. Isidore School and Faith Formation Programs. The Pastor and Parochial Vicar are members of the committee.
The sacristans are responsible for the humble but necessary tasks of preparing the altar for the Mass. Sacristans get quiet satisfaction out of making things right for the Celebrant, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors/Commentator and others involved in the liturgy. Their special talents include the ability to come a little early to their regular Mass, and stay a little later. For those few people who can come early and stay late once a month or so, it is one opportunity to "use stewardship" in our parish. Volunteers are trained and scheduled for all Sunday and Holy Day Masses.
This program provides trained and dedicated servers to assist the priest and deacons in the liturgical celebrations of the parish. Boys and girls who enter this program share the privilege of altar service. They also assume a special obligation to the priests, deacons and people to be faithful to their assigned services and to be prayerfully attentive to their duties.
Lectors & Commentators
Lectors proclaim the word of God in the liturgical assembly. Accordingly, it is their ministry to read the lessons from the scripture (but not the Gospel) at Mass and recite the psalm between the readings (if not sung) and the Prayers of Faithful. Commentatorsbegin the Mass withthe opening Parish announcements, give directions and at the end of Mass makes appropriate parish announcements.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (Eucharistic Ministers)
Liturgy of Vatican II, a “suitable person individually chosen as an extraordinary minister for a specific occasion…in some permanent way…is permitted to give the Eucharist to other faithful and to take it to the sick who are confined to their homes”. Those who are chosen to participate in this great privilege are parishioners who distinguish themselves by their Christian life, faith, and morals. They have a devotion to the Holy Eucharist and show themselves as examples to other faithful by their piety and reverence for this most holy sacrament of the altar.
These men and women serve the parish by ushering at regular Masses. Their duties include seating worshippers, guiding communicants in an orderly and reverent manner, taking up the collections and distributing bulletins and envelopes before and after the Masses.
Greeters are a group of volunteers who welcome people, both parishioners and visitors, before Mass. The purpose is to extend a warm welcome to people by demonstrating that we are a loving and friendly parish family. Greeters help with any need that might arise and contribute to the smooth and meaningful implementation of the liturgy.
Our Church Environment Team consists of a few parishioners who are responsible for the changing of the colors of the banners on the Church throughout the Liturgical Calendar. This team also helps to maintain, replace and coordinate the banners used in the Church.
This group is responsible for the beauty, cleanliness and over-all appearance of the altar area, the lobby, sacristy and the surrounding candle areas. This responsibility includes candles and votive lights supply, linens, floral arrangements and the decors for the holy days of the liturgical calendar, particularly Easter and Christmas. Additional volunteers are welcome.
This Parish Ministry launders altar linens used in Liturgical celebrations and the Priests’ albs.
Contacts the engaged couple and helps provide the couple with information about St. Isidore Church (ceremony policies). The coordinator helps the couple find the answers to questions about music, decorations, flowers, photography and program information. The coordinator is present for the rehearsal and an hour before the wedding celebration until pictures are completed. Also the coordinator provides assistance to the priest with preparation and cleans up as needed.
Celebration of Life (Funeral) - Ministry of Consolation
This ministry provides prayerful and loving assistance to parishioners who are mourning the loss of a loved one. Ministry volunteers, in a variety of ways, start assisting bereaved families from the time the parish is notified of the loss, and continue at least until there is no apparent need of assistance or support. In particular, we help plan and prepare for the Vigil Service, Funeral or Memorial Mass, Rite of Committal, and reception, with ministry volunteers providing on site assistance during all services. Individual grief support and counseling is also offered. Through this ministry, people gain a fuller understanding of the significance of the life and death of a Christian, and the special needs of grieving widows, widowers, children and others. In other words, walking in the footsteps of the One who is our peace (Eph. 2:14), we are the companions to those who just lost a loved one, bringing them special comfort, assistance, and hope on behalf of all of their Christian brothers and sisters at St. Isidore Church.
Our parish offers a well-planned pre-baptism program that is most helpful to parents understanding of Baptism and their new spiritual responsibilities. A pre-baptism class is required for parents wishing to have their child receive Baptism. It includes the following topics: Bible Foundation of Baptism, Sacramental Nature, Role of Parents/Godparents, Review of the Rite, and Question/Discussion Period.
We encourage parents to complete the program before the baby arrives. However, if this is not possible, the class session must be completed before the baptism is scheduled. Please plan ahead as these classes fill up quickly. For more information call the parish office, 837-2122.
A small group of sewers create, and deliver the scarves used at parish baptisms. We query the parish office as to how many scarves are needed during each month; hand stitch the crosses on the scarves and then deliver them to the Church.