Liturgical Ministries

:: Ministers of Welcome
Ministers of Welcome greet parishioners and visitors to Eucharistic celebrations and special liturgies. They also organize seating at large celebrations, take up the offertory collection and distribute bulletins and envelopes for special collections. They also assist parishioners who wish to use our elevator/lift to reach our basement hall and washroom facilities.

:: Ministers of Music
Ministers of Music lead the community in songs of worship and praise at the Sunday Eucharist and on special occasions. Music enriches the joyous celebration of our gatherings. At present we are happy to have two choirs assist us: Sunday 10:00 a.m. SATB Choir and our Sunday Noon Folk Choir. All choirs welcome new members – just introduce yourself after Mass!

:: Ministers of the Word
Ministers of the Word proclaim the Word of God at the Sunday Eucharist, as well as introducing each Mass and leading us in the General Intercessions. Each minister of the word is provided in advance with a copy of the readings that they will proclaim, in order that they may pray and practice with them in advance of their appointed celebration.

:: Liturgy of the Word with Children
Liturgy of the Word with Children is designed to share the Sunday readings and their message with young children at their own level. Children aged 6 and older are called forward at the beginning of Mass and gather with a volunteer catechist downstairs for the liturgy of the word, returning to the Church during the preparation of the gifts. This ministry is offered Saturday at 5:00 pm, Sunday at 10:00 am and 12:00 noon.

:: Ministers of the Eucharist
Ministers of the Eucharist assist with the distribution of Communion under both species at each Sunday Eucharist. They are also responsible to check that all is prepared for the Mass, and to purify and clean the vessels after each celebration. :: Altar Servers
Altar Servers assist during the Eucharistic celebration by carrying cross and candles, assisting the presider with the book and by assisting with the preparation of the gifts of bread and wine. Girls and boys in Grade 4 and above are invited to join in this special ministry and will be expected to serve approximately once a month.

:: Altar Guild
Altar Guild members assist with the cleaning of the sacred vessels each week. They also arrange for the cleaning of the vestments and altar cloths, as well as the supervision of annual cleaning of the sanctuary and woodwork prior to Easter. :: Baptism Ministry
The Sacrament of Baptism is offered twice monthly in the parish, with a monthly preparation meeting for parents and godparents in advance of the celebration. Team members assist with these preparation meetings, as well as welcoming families and assisting at each Baptismal celebration.

:: Marriage Rehearsal Ministry
Marriage Rehearsal Ministry provides each couple being married at St. Dominic’s the opportunity to rehearse their specific roles in the liturgy of marriage just prior to their wedding day. Two members of the volunteer team are present at each rehearsal to give specific direction and guidance to the couple and their wedding party, and then are also present to help them on the day of their wedding ceremony.

:: Funeral Ministry
Funeral Ministry Adult ministers work in pairs to assist the presider at each Funeral held in the church – preparing all items necessary for the Mass and then acting as servers, ministers of the word and/or ministers of the eucharist during the Funeral Mass.