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Liturgical Ministries

Liturgical ministers participate in the service of Santa Maria de la Paz during the Mass and also through "behind the scenes" preparation and planning for the Mass or other Liturgical celebrations.  The word "liturgy" comes from a Greek word, liturgia, meaning "the work of the people".  The work of the people and contributions of liturgical ministers enrich our celebrations and assist us in our prayer.  Serving in one of the Liturgical Ministries is an excellent opportunity to fulfill your baptismal call of service to our Lord and to one another.

                                          ---Brenda Weimer, Director of Music/Liturgy

At Santa Maria de la Paz, Liturgical Ministries include:

Alb Cleaning

The Alb Cleaning Ministry is a group of dedicated volunteers who launder the Albs (full-length white vestment worn by the Altar Servers and Cross Bearers) and keep them presentable as they are worn at the altar of our Lord. This ministry is time-flexible and is performed at home; ideally this would be on a 6 - 10 week rotation. Click here for more information or contact Michael Garcia at (505) 473-4200.

Altar Servers & Cross Bearers

Altar Servers and Cross-Bearers offer service to God and the community by assisting the priest during Mass.  The ministry is open to youth of the parish who have made their First Communion and whose parents believe they are ready and responsible enough to be trained.  Training in the specifics of the ministry is provided.  Servers are assigned on a rotating schedule. Click here for more information or contact Angela Flores at (505) 699-0592.

Art and Environment

This team works behind the scenes to transform and bring beauty to our worship space for the liturgical seasons by decorating the church, San Jose Chapel and the gathering space. Click here for more information or contact Lillie Sandoval at (505) 438-0426 or Pearl Bransford at (505) 471-2871.

Cookie Ministry

The Cookie Ministry provides delicious “home-made” cookies for various special occasions and celebrations including the RCIA reception and the annual anniversary reception. Click here for more information or contact Trish Dimas at tmilli@dealerselectrical.com.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are the laity in the church who assist with the distribution of The Blessed Sacrament. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion may serve at any Mass they attend and are assigned on a rotating schedule. Training in the specifics of the ministry is provided. Click here for more information or contact Lydia Romero at (505) 473-4200.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Homebound

Share our pastoral outreach to those who are sick and homebound, bringing them communion. Click here for more information or contact Deacon Eloy Gallegos at (505) 471-8812.

Lectors

Lectors proclaim the Word of the Lord during the Liturgy. A lector should have a passion for Scripture and sufficient public speaking skills to proclaim the Word to the assembly. Training in the specifics of the ministry is provided. Lectors are assigned on a rotating schedule.  Click here for more information or contact Stephanie Roybal at (505) 629-8848.

Liturgical Linen Care

Wash and iron the sacred linens used for the celebration of the Mass and Eucharistic services. Click here for more information or contact Valerie Alarid at (505) 660-6481.

Liturgical Dancers

The Liturgical Dance Ministry is used to promote deeper understanding of worship, of the Word, and of the Divine. Sacred dance is used in various liturgies throughout the different seasons of the church year, such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, feast days, and holy days.   Click here for more information or contact Lisa Bronowicz at (505) 820-6008 or Denise Novitske at (505) 474-5530.

Mass Coordinators

Mass Coordinators have the unique opportunity to actively participate in making the Liturgy flow smoothly from behind the scenes. Mass Coordinators aid the Liturgical ministries for each Mass so that the faithful may celebrate the coming together of the living body of Christ.   Their oversight ensures that the Church and the ministers are prepared for the celebration. Training occurs through the shadowing of experienced Mass coordinators as they go about their ministry. Click here for more information or contact Andy Fambro at (505) 424-8895.

Mayordomos

In keeping with the Northern New Mexico tradition, this ministry prepares the church for Liturgical celebrations (such as setting the altar, credence table, and offertory table, lighting candles, etc.).  They also ensure that the hymnals and missalettes are neatly placed in the pew racks before and after Mass.  Ministers are assigned on a rotating schedule. Click here for more information or contact Linda M. Kehoe at (505) 471-7017 or at (505) 699-1043.

Ministers of Hospitality

These ministers welcome the community with a friendly face and smile as they greet each person and help them feel comfortable in the worshipping environment. They offer a joyous invitation to those who come to join us for the celebration of the Mass. They open doors, usher people to available seats, collect the monetary gifts, assist with communion traffic flow and hand out bulletins. They also provide assistance to those with special needs. Adults and families are welcome to serve. Training is provided. Ministers are assigned on a rotating schedule for the Mass they usually attend. Click here for more information or contact Gary Cascio at (505) 473-4200.

Music Ministers

The Music Ministry provides music for all of our weekend liturgies. At Santa Maria de la Paz, we have several seasonal choirs in addition to our Bilingual & Spanish Sunday Choirs. We welcome singers and instrumentalists to join the choir for the Mass they usually attend.  Click here for more information or contact Brenda Weimer at (505) 629-4741.

Sanctuary Angels

The Sanctuary Angels Ministry is a “behind the scenes” ministry that performs “light” housekeeping in the church, gathering space and San Jose chapel. Teams are scheduled on a rotating basis. Click here for more information or contact Miguel Rodriguez at (505) 920-1563.
 

 

 

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.  1Peter 4:10

 

 

 

Please note:  As per Archdiocese policy, all volunteers in any ministry must attend the Abuse Awareness Training. Click on the link below to access the training
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