Liturgical Ministries

Altar Linens

Contact: Jennifer Gardner and Rosalie Doerr
Phone: 301-929-9252 and 301-294-9481

Primary purpose
The primary mission of the Altar Linens Ministry is to provide clean altar linens (towels, purificators, corporals, etc.) for Sunday, daily and major liturgies.

Group activities
One person is assigned for each week. That person will pick up soiled linens, wash, iron, and return them by Wednesday. Training and illustrations are provided on proper liturgical folding of the different types of linens. Each person will serve about once every four months.


Altar Servers

Contact: Joe Wickes
Email: jwickes@verizon.net
Phone: 301-924-1082
Schedule is posted in the Church

Primary purpose
The altar server program at St. Patrick's has a two-fold purpose. First, it provides assistance to the celebrant in various liturgical settings. Second, it provides a setting for active involvement in Church activities for young men and women. It exposes them more intimately to the sacramental life of the Church; an exposure that will, hopefully, strengthen their spiritual life and be passed on to their children.

Group activities
The role of the altar server is a very important one in enhancing the solemnity of the liturgical moment. They lead the procession to the altar with crucifix and candles, they hold the Book for the priest, assist in preparing the altar and the gifts, and they lead the procession from the sanctuary out of the Church at the end of Mass along with whatever other help the celebrant may require. The altar servers primarily function at Sunday Masses, but they are also called upon to serve at weddings, stations of the cross, and other nonroutinecelebrations.

Goals
Each year (generally in the late Summer) we recruit new servers for training and service. Both boys and girls in the fifth grade and above are eligible to be servers.


Arimatheans

Contact: Phil Doerr
Email: thedoerrs@ymail.com
Phone: 301-294-9481

The Society of Arimatheans is comprised of a group of parishioners who perform the Corporal Work of Mercy of Burying the Dead at St. Patrick's Church. The name is derived from the man who offered Jesus a tomb after his crucifixion. The Arimatheans assist at all funeral masses as servers, ministers of Holy Communion, and as lectors if the family is not able to do the readings. They are a great service to the bereaved family by guiding them through the funeral and assisting them with the duties the family usually performs during the funeral. We currently have 16 parishioners serving in this important but "behind the scenes" ministry. We need additional people so that an individual Arimathean need service only once in a 5 to 7 week period. If you are retired or semi-retired, and own a dark suit, we want you! If you are interested or need more information, contact Phil Doerr.


Eucharistic Ministers

Contact: Eleanor Barry
Email: ebarry29@msn.com
Phone: 301-929-9224

The Eucharistic Ministers assist the priest and deacons during Mass on weekends and Holy days.

Group activities
Eucharistic ministers help by distributing communion to the parishioners, and also, some take communion to those in nursing homes. Each of the ministers is usually scheduled about two Sundays per month. We would like to encourage more young adults to become involved in this ministry.


Lectors

Contact: Kathy Devine
Email: kathleensdevine@gmail.com
Phone: 301-570-1670

The primary mission of the Lector ministry is to proclaim the Word of God at the celebration of major liturgies. Lectors minister under the direction of the Pastor or an Associate Priest or Deacon, assisted by a lay Head Lector.

Group activities
Mandatory workshops with the Pastor are held periodically for all lectors to help develop voice projection and proper inflection. New lectors must attend a workshop or other training session(s) prior to being assigned as a reader. Lectors are also provided written instructions on liturgical and reading procedures. Additional personal training is provided as required.

Two Lectors are assigned to each mass, and are expected to serve or to obtain a substitute. The obligation assumed is explained at initial training. Lectors can expect to read every two to three weeks. Scheduling will consider mass preferences, although, unless agreed in advance, Lectors are expected to be available for any Mass.


Transportation

Contact: Steve Goldhammer
Email: segoldhammer@aol.com
Phone: 301-570-9613

Transportation to and from Sunday Mass is provided, as part of our Parish Social Ministry, to those parishioners who are unable to attend Mass by any other means. Anyone needing transportation to Sunday Mass should call the Rectory at 301-924-2284 to advise of their need and their preferred time to attend Mass. The Rectory will notify the Transportation coordinator, Steve Goldhammer, who will attempt to arrange transportation by someone in the neighborhood of the individual/s needing transportation.

Group Activities
Volunteer drivers are at a premium! Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Steve Goldhammer or our office of Parish Social Ministry. To accompany someone to Mass is a wonderful ministry. Please consider joining our team.


Ushers

Contact: Phil Doerr
Email: thedoerrs@ymail.com
Phone: 301-294-9481

Primary purpose
To provide order and direction to parishioners before, during, and after Sunday and Holy Day Masses at St. Patrick's.

Group activities
Our duties are: to greet people upon their arrival and make them welcome; maintain order and control traffic within the church; assist in the seating and keep communion time orderly; select a family as gift bearers and assist them; assist anyone who becomes ill during the service; assist the elderly in and out of the church if necessary; take up the collection(s); hand out bulletins at the end of the Masses; and last, but not least, to be at the beck and call of the celebrant if he needs any assistance. Any man or woman who is a member of St. Patrick's Church is eligible to become an usher.

We hold no regular meetings, but ushers are on duty at all six Sunday Masses and at all Holy Day Masses.