"The word 'liturgy' originally meant a 'public work' or a 'service in the name of/on behalf of the people.' In Christian tradition it means the participation of the People of God in 'the work of God.' (Jn 17:4) Through the liturgy Christ, our redeemer and high priest, continues the work of our redemption in, with, and through his Church. " (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1069)
Getting involved in the liturgy at Holy Name of Jesus can be a rewarding experience, offering you a special bond between yourself and Christ as well as yourself and the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Community. Different ways to get involved in the liturgy are outlined below. To learn more, please contact the individuals listed below call the parish office at 763-473-7901.
Altar Servers Altar servers assist the priest and deacon during Mass, and learn about the Eucharist as they participate in this special way. This service opportunity is open to 4th to 6th-grade children or older. There is an annual training event. Altar servers are scheduled for approximately one Mass per month.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion share Christ with the parish community by distributing the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass. This service opportunity is open to confirmed high school students and adults. A training session is required. Eucharistic ministers serve at Mass as needed. Sign up before Mass.
Lectors Lectors proclaim the Word of the Lord at all Masses. Lectors are also responsible for preparing the gifts collected at Mass for Monday's accounting team after Mass has ended. Rehearsing each assigned reading is required during a practice session held at 7 p.m. in the church the Monday evening prior to the Mass.
Want to know more about this volunteer opportunity? View the Tasks of Lectors.
Current lectors: click here to view fall schedule.
Greeters A greeter is a person with a gift for hospitality who greets parishioners and guests with handshakes and conversation, is available to direct people to the phone, restrooms, is interested in learning people's names, invites people to coffee in the Good Samaritan Center and makes an effort to introduce new people to others. Greeters will often assist Ushers in passing out worship aides before Mass and bulletins after Mass.
Ushers An usher is a person with a sense for liturgical prayer and a gift for hospitality. Ushers greet people warmly as they direct them to a seat. They pass out the Worship Aides before Mass and Weekly Bulletin Announcements after Mass. They take up the offering and care for any needs during the liturgy.
Contact: David Biek, 612-961-5340
Sacristans Sacristans work behind the scenes preparing items used during our liturgical celebrations, including hosts, wine, vessels, linens, vestments, etc. A training session is required. Sacristans serve at least once a month. We are also in need of sacristans for funeral liturgies.
Gift Bearers Gift bearers represent the community when they bring the gifts of bread and wine to the altar. This is an opportunity for anyone to participate in the liturgy.
Contact: Fr. Steve, 763-745-3493
Sunday Hospitality This ministry is a great way to meet your fellow parishioners. Looking for any singles, couples, or families willing to commit to serve coffee and donuts once a month, or once every other month after the Sunday Masses. No experience necessary--we will train you! Why not team together with neighbors or friends and join this fun ministry?
Contact: Michele Shatz, 763-473-7901
Sunday Nursery The nursery is for children ages eight months through preschool. Adults and youth, 6th grade and older, are needed to be involved with these children, while their parents participate in the liturgy. For more information regarding the nursery, visit our Nursery page.
Liturgical Environment These parishioners decorate the worship space They create an atmosphere of simplicity and hospitality with attention to the total space from the approach to the building through the gathering space and to the altar itself.
Cleaning and Care of the Church Monday mornings after the 6:45 a.m. Eucharist are set aside to get the worship area in order for the liturgies at Holy Name of Jesus. Duties include straightening hymnals and picking up programs.
Contact: Parish Office 763-473-7901
Wedding Coordinator Assist wedding party, priest and musicians with details for the wedding celebration. Participate in approximately two to three weddings per year. Assist in the rehearsal the evening before the wedding (one to two hours) and the wedding celebration (three to four hours). Stipend provided.
Worship Space Sound Board and Video
Serve the community by using your skill to enhance the Liturgy with effective sound production and video recording. Volunteers operate the projector to display messages, parishioner responses and song lyrics during Mass. Sign up to run the projector at one of our weekend Masses or during special liturgies (such as Holy Week). Training is provided. Ministers are scheduled as needed.