This drawing depicts the St. Vitus Church 1907 building inserted into the current building with Fr. DeMita and Italian immigrants who founded the parish.

 

Ministries

Our parish offers a variety of opportunities for parishioners who want to be an active participant in the parish life. We encourage you to prayerfully considering offering your talents to be of service to your parish and fellow parishioners.  For more information about the various parish ministries, contact the parish office.

Altar Server - Youth
The altar server assists the priest and deacon by presenting or arranging vessels and other items used in the celebration of Mass on weekends and Holy Days of Obligation.  Children in grades 4 through 12 are eligible to become an Altar Server.  Schedules are prepared every three months and available for pick up before or after Mass or sent via e-mail.  Servers are scheduled according to your date and time preferences.  This commitment to serve bears responsibility by both parent and the server.  Servers must be faithful to the schedule of assignments and helpful in ensuring that all the liturgical assemblies are adequately served with this ministry.

Altar Server - Adults
The adult altar server assists the priest and deacon at weekday daily mass, at Sunday 7:00 a.m. mass or at funeral masses and perform the same duties as described for altar servers – youth.  Funeral servers are required on an as needed basis.  Servers at weekday morning and Sunday 7:00 a.m. masses serve on a rotating basis.

Cantor
The cantor has a crucial role in the development of congregational singing. Besides being qualified to lead singing, the cantor must have the skills to introduce and teach new music, and to encourage the assembly.
This must be done with sensitivity so that the cantor does not intrude on the prayer.  During the liturgy, the cantor leads the various liturgical songs. In addition, the Cantor should possess the ability to sing and exhibit an aptitude for leading others to joyfully sing.

Catechist – CCD and RCIA
The catechist leads the implementation of programs for adults, youth and children to assist in building a solid foundation for spirituality, Christian living and ministry. They provide guidance through reflection upon life experiences in the light of Jesus’ Gospel and message.  They are able to communicate the faith and life of the Church as reflected in its creeds. They also take an active part in the rites and celebrations of the parish.

Choir Member
Choir members contribute to the musical life of the liturgy.  Under the direction of the Choir Director they sing the musical portions of the liturgy as part of the congregation and part of the choir alone. Choir members must show his or her commitment through regular rehearsal attendance as well as independent review of the music rehearsed.

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion serve the Eucharistic life of our parish community. They are appointed by the bishop at the request of the pastor to help the ordinary ministers of Holy Communion share the holy gifts of the Lord’s table with those who have gathered for the Eucharist.  They may be entrusted with the ministry of taking the sacrament to the sick and absent members of the Church who are at home or in health care facilities.  Schedules for serving at Mass are prepared every three months and available for pick up before or after Mass or sent via e-mail.  Ministers are scheduled according to your date and time preferences. Ministers must be faithful to the schedule of assignments and helpful in ensuring that all the liturgical assemblies are adequately served with this ministry.

Liturgical Reader (Lector)
The Liturgical Reader serves the members of the liturgical assembly by proclaiming the Word of God during the Liturgy of the Word at Mass and other liturgical celebrations.  The Lector must prepare for his or her role by rehearsing, praying over and coming to understand the biblical text assigned him/her for a particular liturgical celebration.  The Word must be proclaimed with clarity, conviction, dignity and understanding.  Schedules are prepared every three months and available for pick up before or after Mass or sent via e-mail.  Lectors are scheduled according to your date and time preferences.   Lectors must be faithful to the schedule of assignments and helpful in ensuring that all the local community’s liturgical assemblies are adequately served with this ministry.

Sacristan
A Sacristan serves the parish community by caring for the items used in liturgical worship, preparing them for the various rites and maintaining the good order of the sacristy.  The Sacristan sees to it that liturgical vessels, linens, vestments and furnishings are kept in good repair, clean and respectfully stored.  They monitor the supplies needed for the liturgy (bread, wine, incense, candles, oils, etc.).  The cooperates with members of the maintenance staff to ensure that the church building is kept clean and orderly and plans with them so that items or places are prepared for special services (baptistry, Easter fire, special processions, etc.  Sacristans prepare particular items needed for the various liturgical celebrations (Eucharistic vessels, cruets, linens, book markings, furniture, etc.).

Ushers
Ushers see to it that the church building (including entrances) is presentable and welcoming, with everything prepared (including lights, climate, participation materials, etc.) for the arrival of the people.  They are ready to welcome worshippers as they arrive at the church, being especially attentive to strangers, children, elders, or anyone with special needs.  When necessary or helpful, they offer information or assistance concerning the parish, the liturgy, the facility, special processions, location of restrooms, and accommodations for little children, etc.  Ushers facilitate the full participation of the assembly by helping with hymnals, processions, late arrivals, collecting the offering, assisting persons with disabilities and with special events (e.g., procession with palms, Easter Vigil, etc.).  They must respond to emergencies within the assembly (e.g., microphone failure, sickness, etc.).  They also assist at the departure of the assembly (friendly and orderly exit, distribute literature) and final cleanup.  Ushers carry out these special roles with calm and reverence, while otherwise participating fully in the liturgy.

 

All volunteers for ministries must complete the Diocesan requirements of the Safe Environment Policy with regard to minors established for those in positions of trust.