LITURGY
 
Serving St. Teresa of Avila through the Liturgy allows dedicated men and women within the ecclesiastical structure of parish life to both worship God and respond to the needs of His people. When we proclaim the Good News in Jesus Christ or of the Word of God itself, we share in the covenant relationship between God and His people. The Liturgy ministries offer a variety of ways to serve: in support of the Mass, through music, or within a committee.

CELEBRATING MASS

Altar Servers
Altar servers are dedicated and responsible boys and girls, grades 5 through high school, who assist the celebrant and Deacon at the Liturgy during weekend Masses and on Holy Days. For information, contact the Parish Office at 203-263-2008.

Adult Altar Servers for Funerals
This ministry seeks men and women who are interested in serving as altar servers for Masses held at St. Teresa’s. For information, contact Don Hartmann.

Eucharistic Ministers
Eucharistic Ministers are trained parishioners who assist with the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass, to the homebound, and to our parishioners in convalescent homes. The essence of this role is to draw faith from the people. For information, contact the Parish Office at 203-263-2008.

Greeters
As a ministry of hospitality, greeters welcome people as they arrive for Mass, with an emphasis on making the “newcomer” comfortable. Your efforts will reflect the warm, welcoming atmosphere that is St. Teresa of Avila. For information, contact Mary Kay Flaherty.

Lectors
Lectors are men and Women who proclaim the Scriptures at Mass, open to anyone of high school age and up. The essence of the role of Lector is to draw faith from the listeners, the people of God. For information, contact the Parish Office at 203-263-2008.


Liturgy of the Word for Children 
What better way to bring the children of our parish to Jesus than by sharing the Word of God with them!
At Mass where we have Liturgy of the Word for Children, after the Opening Prayer, the children will be dismissed to the church hall with the Adult Proclaimer and Youth Assistants: there they will hear and discuss the Sunday readings (which are adapted for children) and participate in song and activity. The Adult Proclaimer proclaims the Gospel and the Youth Assistants will help the Adult Proclaimer with the First Reading, Responsorial Psalm, Reflection, Creed, Prayers of the Faithful and handouts. Everyone returns to Mass for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. 


Ushers
Ushers ensure the Church is prepared for Mass, greet parishioners as they enter the church, collect the offering, arrange the offertory procession, distribute bulletins, seat people when necessary, and attend to needs during Mass when necessary. For information, contact Bob Barsi through the parish offices.

 
SERVICE IN COMMITTEES
 
Sanctuary Committee
The mission of the Sanctuary Ministry is to provide the necessary linens for each Mass, change altar clothes seasonally, refill altar candles, replace votive candles, and replace water in holy water fonts. For information, contact Bob Sullivan

Treasury Committee
The Treasury Committee comprises a team of people who count the weekly offertory contributions and deposit them into the bank. Each team has a captain responsible for making the weekly deposit. For information, contact Gene Shugrue.
 


WORSHIP THROUGH MUSIC
 
Adult Choir
The Choir’s call is fundamentally musical, carried out through the music of the community of faith in worship. Music is a gift which bears the church’s praise, prayer, story, and proclamation around work, sacraments, and prayer. The center of the Choir’s task is the people’s song – leading people in their song. For information, contact Chris Shay.



Youth Choir and Music Ministry
Let’s Sing! Choir is open to 2nd through 12th grades and offers all the opportunity to raise your voices in praise & share your gift of music with our parish. Rehearsals are on Thursdays at St. Teresa's from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.  We hope to be singing twice monthly at masses and may have the opportunity to sing/play during holidays and liturgical feasts. For more information, please email Chris Shay.
 

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