Lay Ministry

​A Lay Eucharistic Minister assists the priest in administering the sacrament of holy communion. Licensed by the Diocese of New Jersey for a three year period, they help to set the altar and offer the wine chalice at Eucharist. They read the Lessons and Psalms when there is no Lay Reader. The Prayers of the People are read by the Eucharistic Minister.

A Eucharistic Minister may also be licensed to administer the Eucharist to members of the parish who are home-bound or otherwise unable to attend services in the church.
 

Lay Readers participate in the service by reading the lessons and psalms.

Acolyte responsibilities include carrying torches in procession at the beginning of worship, while crucifers carry the cross.  An acolyte may assist the priest with setting the table for communion by offering the vessels of wine and water.  Thurifers are acolytes who carry and swing the thurible in which incense is burned at special liturgies.

Ushers and Greeters assist at each worship service, handing out worship bulletins, and offering seating suggestions. Ushers collect the offering, prepare the altar rail area and guide worshipers as they proceed to the altar to receive Eucharist.
All are welcomed as they enter the church for worship by a friendly greeter. Greeters can answer any questions visitors may have about St. Mary's and help the ushers.