Through the Sacrament of Initiation, the Holy Spirit has bestowed on us gifts that are intended to enhance the life of the Church and the lives of our brothers and sisters. As a member of our parish community, you are invited to share your gifts and talents in at least one of our parish ministries or activities.
We truly understand that God has given each of us the ability and gifts to do certain things well and we are to develop those talents for the building of the parish community. We are happiest when we are using our gifts.
We invite you to pray about sharing your talents and gifts with St. Patrick Parish.
Below are descriptions of some of the ministries here at St. Patrick Parish. At the bottom of this page you will find a link to download a comprehensive document describing all of the Ministries, Committees and Groups active in our parish. Please contact the Parish office at 603-635-3525 if you would like to join a particular ministry or for more information.
The Altar Servers are very important in the liturgy. During the Mass they assist the celebrant and help prepare the altar as well as add to the solemnity of the liturgy. This ministry is open to boys and girls who have made their First Communion.
A Lector proclaims the Word of God during the liturgy and leads the General Intercessions as well as other prayers or litanies as the liturgy may require. In order to participate in this ministry, Catholics must have made their First Communion, and have basic public speaking skills.
An Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion assists the celebrant in the distribution of Communion to the faithful at the liturgy. Extraordinary Ministers also distribute Communion to those who are homebound or hospitalized. In order to participate in this important ministry, Catholics must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation, participate regularly in Mass (Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation), and be in good standing with the Catholic Church (i.e. – if they are married, they must have been married in the Catholic Church).
Hospitality ministers welcome those who come to St. Patrick for weekend liturgy. They guide and assist the parishioners to their seats, are alert to their safety, help them to be comfortable in church, and direct them to the reception of the Holy Sacraments. Typically Hospitality ministers hand out bulletins, take up the collection, maintain good order and respond to special or emergency situations. They also invite members of the congregation to bring the gifts to the Altar.
Music and song are an essential part of liturgical worship here at St. Patrick Parish. Everyone is encouraged to praise the Lord in song. The purpose of the choir is to lead the congregation in singing. Cantors are those who lead the congregation in singing acclamations and responses during the liturgy. Those who play some musical instrument are strongly encouraged to add their talents to our music ministry.