The heart of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is the celebration of our Eucharistic liturgy which fires the life of the parish. May this web site be a reference of the parish and of the Lourdes community. You are invited to join us in worship and to join with the people of the parish to make a difference not only within our community but in the world. Everything we do flows from the celebration of our faith!
Fr. Scott Wimsett
The Worship Committee promotes uplifting community prayer, especially the celebration of the sacraments and weekend liturgy. Membership is made up of representatives of each of the following areas of worship. Meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Contact: Gregory DuPont 896-0241 Ext 17
Altar Servers Reverent, conscientious adults, teens and pre-teens to prepare for and assist at Liturgies. Duties include custody and presentation of Book for the priest, preparation of the altar, assistance in receiving the Eucharistic gifts, and preparing the sanctuary environment for the next gathering. Time requirements: advanced training, plus approximately 40 minutes on assigned dates (20 minutes before and after Mass). Contact: Mary Beth Raque 238-4497
Art and Environment This committee is responsible for the decorating of the church. Duties include the planning and coordinating of decorations (i.e., banners, candles, vestments, plants, flowers, etc.) for the current cycle of the liturgical year. Time required: varies based on the season. Contact: Jane Sibler 897-7533
Bereavement Ministry – Compassionate and sensitive persons to support and assist the bereaved. Training provided for all areas. Time required: varies depending on the number of funerals. Most funerals are weekday mornings. Contact: Joni Richter 896-0241 Ext 15
Funeral Altar Server Prepares all necessary items needed for the liturgy and fulfills the duties of cross bearer and server at the liturgy. May also need to fulfill sacristan duties. Contact: Joni Richter 896-0241 Ext 15
Funeral Communion Minister Occasionally needed to minister at liturgy.
Funeral Lector Occasionally needed to minister at liturgy, readings provided.
Funeral Liturgy Planner Meets with family to plan liturgy using provided materials and guidelines.
Funeral Prayer Vigil Team Attends and participates at the vigil to support family and represent parish. Contact: Dottie Schutz 897-3013
Funeral Food Provide food on a rotation basis to families after the funeral. Contact: Marilyn Trier 253-5677
Funeral Reception Assists in setting up, being present and cleaning up at receptions held at the parish on a rotation basis. Contact: Marilyn Trier 253-5677
Choral Groups – Contact: Gregory DuPont 896-0241 Ext 17
Adult Choir – Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM. This is a wonderful stewardship opportunity for those experienced in choral singing or those interested in learning. There is a spirit of camaraderie in the choir with all members united through music, the ministry, and service to the parish and to God. High school age and up.
Angel Choir – Open to ages Kindergarten through grade 2, this choir usually sings at 11:30 AM Mass on the Feast of the Holy Family, and possibly other times of the year.
Men’s Choir – Sings once a month at 9:30 or 11:30 AM Mass. Rehearsal is 45 minutes before the service. Open to all men, including youth, high school, and adults. This is a perfect opportunity for men wishing to sing in a choral setting but are unable to make the weekly commitment to a choir.
Resurrection Choir – This is a special choir that ministers only at funerals and memorial Masses. This is a nice opportunity for retired persons or a stay-at-home parent. Rehearsals are held monthly.
Women’s Choir – Sings once a month at 9:30 or 11:30 AM Mass with rehearsal 45 minutes before the service. This choir welcomes all women including youth, high school, and adults. This is a perfect opportunity for women wishing to sing in a choral setting but are unable to make the weekly commitment to a choir.
Church Linens – Persons who are willing to launder altar cloths and purificators on a rotating basis, usually about once a month. Contact: Mary Ann LaFollette 893-9655
Cross Bearer – Persons to carry the processional cross at the entrance and recessional processions for weekend Liturgies. Time: On a rotating basis according to number of people involved. Contact: Dwayne Campbell 494-5618
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion – These ministers distribute the Body and Blood of Christ during Mass, and by taking the Eucharist to the ill and homebound. The Archdiocese has mandatory formation classes that each minister must attend to receive their mandate from the Archbishop, with additional training provided by the parish. Contact: Peggy Miller 262-9156
Homebound Take Communion to persons weekly and spend some time visiting. Training provided. Contact: George Brinkhaus 896-4014
Hospital Ministers rotate taking Communion daily to Baptist Hospital East patients. Three ministers are assigned each day. Training provided. Time: usually twice a month in the mornings. Contact: Barbara Gorman 895-5372
Nursing Home Conduct Communion services and/or distribute Communion weekly to residents at four neighborhood nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Responsibilities may include helping to transport residents to and from services. Training provided. Contact: George Brinkhaus 896-4014
Gift Bearers – Dedicated families and/or individuals to assist in bringing up the gifts at Offertory. Time required is approximately 10 minutes before Mass on assigned weekend or Holy Day to confirm your presence with Sacristan. Contact: Maryhill Mundt 891-2643
Hospitality Ministers – Outgoing persons to make people feel welcome as we gather for Eucharist and other liturgical celebrations. Duties include greeting people, caring for individual needs, seating people, collection of the offerings, distribution of the parish bulletins and straightening of the pews after Mass. Time required: approximately 40 minutes on assigned week (20 minutes before and after Mass). Training provided. Contact: Kevin Nagel 894-0823
Lectors – Adults with good voice quality who enunciate clearly and with understanding of and reverence for God’s Word. Scheduled on a rotating basis, usually once every six to ten weeks depending on which Mass time is chosen. To ensure the best preparation, workbooks are provided and training is required. Proper sanctuary attire is a must. Prayerful time preparing for assigned liturgy is expected. Contact: Marsha Flores 459-3523
Liturgy Planners – Enthusiastic and creative persons to help plan liturgies for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and selected Feasts and Holidays. Training available. Time required: Seasonal – Approximately 4 times a year. Contact: Gregory DuPont 896-0241 Ext 17
Musicians – Contact: Gregory DuPont 896-0241 Ext 17
Cantors – The ministry of the cantors has been revived as a result of Vatican II with the emphasis on increased participation of the assembly in the singing and prayer of the liturgy. Additionally, the responsorial psalms, written to be sung, have reached greater prominence in the Liturgy of the Word. Cantors are charged with the responsibility of proclaiming the psalms and gospel acclamation as well as leading and encouraging the assembly to participate more fully in the liturgical celebration. Archdiocesan Certification is required for all Cantors and is provided, if necessary.
Instrumentalists – are encouraged to offer their talents to God through the Music Ministry. Opportunities exist for instrumental music at weekend and other Liturgies and certain choir pieces are enhanced by instrumental accompaniment. Open to adults and youth and children.
Sacristan (Mass Coordinator) – Persons to prepare bread and wine, gather and place vessels and elements needed for Mass prior to all parish liturgies/services. Check in lectors, greeters, servers, cross bearers, candle bearers, gift bearers and assist with gathering and offertory processionals. Contact: Lisa Carpenter 495-6763
Super Greeters – Outgoing persons to make people feel welcome as we gather for Eucharist and other liturgical celebrations. Duties include greeting people and handing out programs as necessary. Arrive 20 minutes before liturgy. Contact: Walt McKeever 458-1919
Wedding Coordinators Persons to assist wedding coordinator on a rotating basis for Friday night or Saturday weddings. Training provided. Contact: Peggy Miller 262-9156