LITURGY & WORSHIP MINISTRIES
Our ministries of Liturgy and Worship support and enhance our Eucharistic celebrations.
The Eucharist has always been at the core of our Catholic faith. Since the time of the Last Supper, all through the centuries, the Church always is centered in on the Eucharist. Catechism and Second Vatican Council says that the Eucharist is the source, and summit of the Christian life.
People come to Mass not only to pray by themselves but to pray in unity with Jesus present on the altar during the Mass. That in, with and through Jesus we come to give our praise, our adoration, our commitment, our sorrow to the Father.
We come to Mass one hour a week, but we leave this building and go outside the walls into our community to live our faith each and every day. It is the most perfect prayer we can say. **
Deacons are ordained clergy who are called to proclaim the Word of God, participate in the Liturgy at Mass and other liturgical services, and to bring Charity outside the walls of the Church. Representing Christ the Servant, they visit the sick, teach the faith, and bring Christ’s message to those most in need of Christ’s Mercy and Love. Deacons can baptize infants, witness marriages, preside at funeral and wake services, and bring Viaticum to the sick and dying. An interesting fact is that only Deacons can receive all seven of the Sacraments including Marriage and Holy Orders.
Our Altar Servers at Holy Family serve God’s church by assisting the priests and Deacons and have a place of honor at Mass. Both boys and girls may serve in this important ministry after receiving their First Holy Communion. Click here for more information and to apply.
MINISTERS OF THE WORD (READERS)
Ministers of the Word, our Readers, proclaim the Scripture to the hearts and minds of a worshipping community. Readers serve the Faith Community by striving to proclaim the Word of God clearly and effectively for the congregation at Mass each Sunday and at daily Mass. If you are interested, fill in an application and submit it to the Church Office. Deacon Larry will get back to you with details on how you can join this ministry, which involves attending three of the Tuesday night practice sessions. CONTACT: Dc. Larry Brockman, (407) 876-2211. Click here for more information and to apply.
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
EMHCs serve the Faith Community by assisting the Priests and Deacons in distribution of the Blessed Sacrament at Mass and by bringing Communion to the sick in the hospital and in their homes. To become an EMHC, you need to fill in an application, available in the Church Office. These applications are reviewed by the Pastor, and then Deacon Larry will contact you about attending Diocesan Training so you can obtain what’s called a Mandate to serve. The training is focused on enriching your appreciation for the Eucharist, and reinforcing your knowledge of the Catholic belief that the Eucharist is the real presence of the Lord and Savior. Most EMHCs are scheduled at Sunday Mass from 2 to 4 times in a six week period. EMHCs meet as a group several times a year to get to know each other, for spiritual enrichment, and to take care of procedures and questions about their ministry. Mandate Renewal is required on the order of every five years, and is accomplished by attendance at a Morning of Reflection. CONTACT: Dc. Larry Brockman, (407) 876-2211. Click here to apply.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD MINISTERS
Children’s Liturgy of the Word ministers invite children in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade to hear God’s Word in an age-appropriate way for their early Catholic education.
LITURGICAL ENVIRONMENT AND PREPARATION MINISTRIES
Our Liturgical Environment and Preparation ministries enhance the beauty and holy serenity of our place of worship.
The beauty and dignity of our sacred music has a profound impact on the celebration of our liturgies. Our talented and dedicated ministers of music offer their voices and instruments in joyous prayer and worship.
Our Youth Choir (age 9 through high school) sings at one weekend Mass per month, September through June. We also sing on Christmas Eve, Palm Sunday and will participate in an annual national choral festival. The choir rehearses every Tuesday evening from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the choir room. We sing a broad range of musical styles from unison to 3 part arrangements.
Our 10:30 Choir sings at the 10:30 a.m. Mass every Sunday, for special liturgical feasts and events including Lessons and Carols, Christmas Midnight Mass, Holy Week, Taize prayer services, and serves as the core choir for special concerts. We rehearse every Thursday evening in the choir room from 7-9 p.m. We sing a broad range of musical styles from chant to classical to traditional to contemporary. The choir is open from high school through adult.
Most Filipinos have a strong devotion to the Sacred Heart. They show their love and devotion through the Celebration of the Eucharist on the First Friday of each month at 7:00PM. The Filipino Choir of Holy Family Catholic Church provide music during the mass in Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines.
Our Contemporary Choir combines their voices and a dynamic rhythm section in musical praise and worship. In addition to Sunday Mass, our 10:30 Choir serve as the core ensemble for special liturgies, solemnities and sacred concerts.
Sunday, 5pm Mass Contemporary Choir: This group is for those of high-school age and older. Those who have a gift for music, vocal or instrumental, and wish to “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!” during the 5pm Mass on Sunday should contact Megan Ramsey after the 6 p.m. Mass or email Lynn Ramsey at email@example.com.
Ignite Band: This group plays at Catholic Youth Ministry’s Ignite events, youth retreats and other occasions. Adults who are part of this ministry will have to meet diocesan requirements for serving youth. Contact the youth office at 407.876.0057 for an audition date.
Our cantors and instrumentalists enrich our liturgies with the necessary skills to proclaim, lead and enhance the music for our worshiping parish community. If you are a trained vocalist or gifted instrumentalist please call the Music Office for an audition.
Lynn Ramsey • 407-876-2211(x241) • firstname.lastname@example.org (5 p.m. Mass, Ignite Band)