Liturgical Ministries

giving of our talents during the Liturgy




The church service provided by the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHCs) is assisting the ordained ministers during Mass (priests and deacons) in distributing the Sacred Body and Precious Blood of Jesus to our fellow parishioners.  This awesome calling allows us to be role models that focus on preserving an atmosphere of reverence throughout the Communion Rite.  If you feel called to join this ministry you need to be at least 16 years old and have received your sacraments up to and including Confirmation.  The form used to register is attached here and can be turned in at the office with a copy sent to the EMHC Coordinators (Anthony & Jeannine Pires) at  You can contact them with any questions and they will schedule you into a training for the ministry.
Additional EMHC service is provided through a separate ministry for the homebound, hospital, and Birch Patrick parishioners.

God Bless you,
Anthony & Jeannine



“Among the faithful, the schola cantorum or choir exercises its own liturgical function, its place being to take care that the parts proper to it, in keeping with the different genres of chant, are properly carried out and to foster the active participation of the faithful by means of the singing” (GIRM, no. 103).

If you play an instrument or are interested in singing in one of our choirs please contact the parish office.


Ushers serve as ministers of hospitality. This involves greeting worshippers before Mass, providing assistance in seating if required, and being responsive to requests for information or assistance. They should be alert to any emergencies, or other situations that may arise during services, and respond as appropriate. Ushers are also responsible for the direction of Communion flow, taking up collections, and passing out bulletins at the end of Mass.
If you would like more information about this ministry, please contact Frank Lim at
or call the parish office. 

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Psalms 119:105


The proclamation of the Word of God is truly a service to the Church. Lectors bring the living Word of God to the liturgical assembly. The ministry of the Word should, therefore, be treated seriously and with great dignity. (GIRM 55)

Ministers of the Word train and develop skills to become effective in bringing the scripture to life and imparting new meaning for the listeners. Lectors usually read once a month, alternating between Old Testament and New Testament scripture. Prayers of the Faithful are also read by lectors. 

Training & Development: The Diocese of San Diego offers training for new and continuing lectors. This Pastoral Center training gives lectors insight to both the importance of the ministry and the scripture. Videotaping is used to encourage self-assessment. After the initial training, further information is given to acquaint lectors with traditions at St. Pius X. At least once a year, lectors meet to discuss their concerns, ways to improve the ministry, and rehearse any changes requested by the priests of our parish. Contact individuals listed below for more information about training. 

If you are interested in joining this ministry, please contact the parish office for more information.


Elementary to High School Students

Altar Servers play an integral part in the Mass, assisting the priest reverently and prayerfully with the duties they have been assigned. 
The Altar Server ministry is open to parish children in the 4th grade and above who have made their First Communion, attend Mass regularly, and are continuing their faith formation through religious education classes. 

Training for new Altar Servers is provided in the fall and spring. Once the class has been completed, Altar Servers are scheduled for their requested Mass time. Opportunities are also available to those children who wish to serve at funerals, weddings and special Masses throughout the year. 

If you are looking for a way to serve St Pius X community and be involved in the celebration of the Mass, please contact Martin Villafana (Altar Server Coordinator) at:

Adult Altar Servers

The sacristan is an adult altar server who “diligently arranges the liturgical books, the vestments, and other things that are necessary for the celebration of Mass” (GIRM, no. 105a). Working from the sacristy, he or she should be well trained in the complexities of the liturgical actions, as well as those of special Masses or those of greater solemnity, so as to make appropriate provisions.

Other Sacristan duties may include but not limited to preparing/clearing the altar before and after, reading in the absence of a lector, turning on the sound system, church lights and air conditioning when necessary,  unlocking/locking all church doors before or after Mass and opening/closing gates surrounding the Church campus.

If you are interested in joining this ministry, please contact the Parish Office.

Most information was taken from the
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops [USCCB] & 
General Instruction of the Roman Missal [GIRM]



The Role of Lay Ministers in the Liturgical Life of the Church

“Servers, lectors, commentators, and members of the choir also exercise a genuine liturgical function. They ought, therefore, to discharge their office with the sincere piety and decorum demanded by so exalted a ministry and rightly expected of them by God’s people. Consequently, they must all be deeply imbued with the spirit of the liturgy, each in his own measure, and they must be trained to perform their functions in a correct and orderly manner” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, no. 29). While all members of the faithful truly participate in the liturgy in an important variety of ways, including participation in responses, acclamations, dialogues, and litanies, by attentive listening to the Liturgy of the Word and the presidential prayers, and by joining oneself to the gathered community through song, processions, and common posture and gesture, certain lay men and women fulfill necessary roles to ensure its orderly running.
-USCCB, Newsletter 2015