Stewardship is a way of life. Fellowship is one of the building blocks of stewardship. Welcoming our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus and offering to them a sense of community is important in the practice of stewardship.
The overall purpose of the Liturgy Committee is to plan and provide for the spiritual development of each member of the parish through liturgical celebrations on Sundays and major feasts and seasons. Members have a love for and a strong commitment to liturgy and serve on an appointed basis. Spiritual development and the celebration of faith is a continuous process that requires time, effort, and dedication.
Eucharistic ministers assist in the distribution of the precious body and blood of Jesus Christ with reverence and dignity at liturgical celebrations, to the homebound and to individuals in nursing homes, retirement homes or in the hospital. At various times throughout the year, interested parishioners will be invited to an evening of formation and instruction. Interested individuals need to have a deep love for God, believe that the consecrated host and wine are the Body and Blood of Christ and be willing to live as true disciples. Deepen your relationship with God; be a Eucharistic minister.
Our church choir enhances the faith experience of the community through song at liturgical celebrations of the Church. Our choir rehearses Wednesdays at 7:00 pm and leads the music at Holy Day masses and the Sunday 10:30 mass. We embrace a wide range of liturgical music from chant to contemporary hymns and anthems.
We always welcome new members middle-school aged and older. There is no experience needed and no audition necessary. We are especially seeking a few more men. Your family is welcome to sit in the balcony so that you can all worship together at mass. Please consider joining our musical family, serve God through music and leaning more about our liturgical celebrations. For more information call Alain Miller.
This choir leads the music at all funerals in the parish. People who have flexible daytime schedules who are willing to share their musical talents make up the group. We plan on attending all funerals at the church, unless otherwise notified. If you are interested in this ministry, contact the church office.
Greeters are responsible for greeting parishioners and visitors to the parish at their designated mass time. The greeters should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the designated mass. Greeting activities include a brief greeting or hello and distribution of missalettes. Greeting responsibilities conclude just prior to the opening processional. Families with children are encouraged to participate in the greeting activity together.
The ministry of lector involves the duty and privilege of bringing to life the scriptures at liturgy. Lectors proclaim the word of God to the community so that all might more meaningfully share in the Eucharistic celebration. Lectors give voice to God's healing, strengthening and promise-filled word, aiding all of us to be moved closer to Him and bring greater glory to His name.
Sacristans work closely with the priest and deacons and coordinate all aspects of our liturgical celebrations. They set up the sanctuary, organize communion stations, confirm lector and server assignments in preparation for the celebration of the liturgy and assist with countless other tasks to ensure that our worship and prayer is the best possible. If you are organized, able to coordinate people, events and details and effectively execute procedures, we could use your help orchestrating all the details in the liturgies.
Students in grades 4 through high school are invited to be trained to assist the priest and deacon at Mass. Besides assisting at weekend liturgies, servers are asked to serve at funerals, weddings, Stations of the Cross, and other religious services. Older servers are trained to use incense and mentor the younger servers. Training sessions are held in February.
Ushers assist individuals to find seating prior to and during the Eucharistic celebration. Ushers are also responsible for the collection at the preparation of the gifts and facilitate the distribution patterns at the time of communion. Parishioners who enjoy greeting people, offering assistance and have a pleasant disposition will find this ministry very satisfying. This is a wonderful way to give of yourself more fully while attending Mass.
St. Augustine Catholic Church
210 E. Clinton St.
Napoleon, Ohio 43545
Father J. Douglas Garand, Pastor
Office: (419) 592-7656
Parish Fax: (419) 592-6316
Rectory: (419) 592-7665
St. Augustine Catholic School
722 Monroe St.
Napoleon, Ohio 43545
Mr. James George, Principal