The first document of the Second Vatican Council, issued in 1963, called for the laity to take a more active role in the celebration of the liturgy. Various liturgical ministries provide this opportunity for the laity to assist the clergy in their role of leading God's people in prayer.
Worship Ministries Include:
- Altar Servers
- Choir - Adult
- Choir - Resurrection
- Communion Ministry to the Homebound
- Environment & Art
- Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Altar servers assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy. Besides weekend Masses, altar servers also minister at special liturgies throughout the year such as the Easter Triduum, weddings and devotional services.
Currently, there are 40 altar servers on the schedule. New servers are welcome at any time. Any youth who is a member of the parish in grades 4 through 12 may become an altar server. Training will be provided for this ministry.
For more information please contact Monsignor Begolly through the parish office at 724-335-9877 ext. 205.
The Adult Choir at Mount Saint Peter Parish is a choir consisting of parishioners high school age and older who love to praise God through music. The primary responsibility of the choir is to enhance the liturgy with music and to inspire the assembly to join together in song.
The choir sings at the 10:30AM Mass on Sunday mornings. The choir also sings for the holy days of Christmas, an Epiphany concert in January, the Paschal Triduum, and concludes their season of singing around the festival of Pentecost.
Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 8:45 PM in the church. For more information on joining please contact David Leo, Director of Music Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org
Communion Ministry to the Homebound
Many of our sisters and brothers are unable to be with us at Sunday Mass, but they are still a part of our community, the Body of Christ. Aware of the need for us to share the Word of God and the Eucharist with our sisters and brothers who are unable to be with us, we invite parishioners to visit them and share with them the Bread of God’s Word and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Some parishioners are visited weekly and others are visited monthly.
To help with the Communion Ministry to the Homebound please contact Pat Policastro at 724-335-9877, ext. 210.
If you would like to receive Holy Communion at home, please contact Pat Policastro at the parish office at 724-335-9877 ext. 210.
The ministry of the usher is a ministry of hospitality. The ushers assist at all weekend Masses to provide a sense of welcome, distribute worship aids and bulletins, take up the collection and facilitate the processions within the liturgy.
The ushers meet annually for a social and to review guidelines and elect officers.
The role of the cantor is one of the most important liturgical roles in the liturgy. The cantor leads, inspires, and prayerfully animates the assembly to sing forth God’s praise at each liturgy.
A high level of preparation is needed for this ministry so that both the liturgical and musical demands of this ministry can be carried out with love and dignity for God’s people.
If you are interested in becoming a cantor please contact David Leo, Director of Music Ministry at email@example.com
The ministry of the Resurrection Choir is one that provides great comfort for families in their time of loss as they sing at the funeral liturgy.
Members of the Resurrection Choir are called several days before the funeral and invited to come to sing at the funeral liturgy. The Resurrection Choir rehearses once a month.
For more information please contact David Leo, Director of Music Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Environment and Art Committee
Each liturgical season and festival requires a different use of color, plants, and environment. From the festival of Christmas to the Pashcal Triduum, the Environment and Art Committee strives to enhance our worship space to further engage us in our celebration of the church year. The committee is responsible for developing a plan, coordinating the volunteers needed to enhance the space, and evaluating the design after each liturgical season.
The committee meets once a month. To join, please contact Monica Pallone at 724-335-6733.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion have an important role at Mass. They assist the priest in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ.
This ministry is done with great care and reverence for the Eucharist as well as a sense of love for God’s holy people as they come forward to receive the Body and Blood of Christ.
For more information please contact Pat Policastro at 724-335-9877 x 117 or email@example.com
The lector proclaims the Word of God to the assembly at the celebration of the Mass each Sunday.
The ministry of the lector requires a person to love the Word of God and be eager to proclaim the Word with sensitivity to the text and the delivery to the assembly.
Any member of the parish who is the tenth grade or older is welcome to join.