giving of our talents during the Liturgy
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS of HOLY COMMUNION
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 [email protected] 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 our
Parish Music Coordinator
Mrs. Ami Villanueva at [email protected]
or call (619) 420-9193 extension -132 or -143.
MINISTERS OF HOSPITALITY
While today's ushers don't ring bells or open the church, their primary duties and responsibilities include greeting and welcoming parishioners as they enter the church, help them to find seats, taking up the collection and wishing everyone a good day at the conclusion of the Eucharistic Celebration.
“A liturgical function is also exercised by… [t]hose who take up the collections in the church; [t]hose who, in some regions, welcome the faithful at the church doors, seat them appropriately, and marshal them in processions” (GIRM, no. 105c-d). As the priest and other ministers prepare for Mass in the sacristy, lay persons have a valuable role to play in welcoming their brothers and sisters to the church and ensuring that all have a place to sit. These apostolates are related to hospitality, an important aspect of the New Evangelization.
It is the perfect ministry for those who want to serve but do not have a lot of extra time.
You can perform your service during the Mass that you regularly attend. Ministers of Hospitality are usually assigned 1-2 times per month and asked to volunteer for Holiday Masses and Reconciliation Services.
If you would like more information about becoming a Minister of Hospitality, 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]