We all know the transformative power of music! Music moves us, inspires, brings people, their voices and prayers together, and helps our hearts to feel! Our gratitude for the many gifts we’ve received comes alive in our willingness to serve others through our gifts. Music ministry is a way to express the musical sound of “thank you” within our community for God’s gift of one another.
You don’t have to have sung in a choir before, just carry a melody and be curious enough to see how rewarding singing in a choir
Cantor Ministry Song leadership at Saturday/Sunday Liturgies
Requirements – Advanced musical and vocal ability
Rehearse – Varies based on schedules of participants
Contact the Lori Arnold at 530-4343 ext. 25 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Boys and girls in grade 6 or above and adults serve at Mass on the weekends.
Are you interested in a fun and rewarding ministry? We are looking for adults willing to serve as acolytes at the 10:30 liturgy. Training will be provided and a commitment to serve only once every few months is all that is required. Please contact Lori Arnold at email@example.com. (If you are a 6th, 7th or 8th grader and aren’t yet serving, we need you on the team for all the mass times, so please email Lori!)
These individuals share the Body and Blood of Christ with the assembly at Mass.
Some Masses have a Coordinator: Mara McGrath or designee (5:00) and Charles Jurczak or designee (10:30) are on hand to make sure all positions are filled before Mass and assisting the Lead Ministers with cleaning of the bowls and cups after Mass. If the coordinator for your Mass is not present or there is not one, it is requested that both Lead Ministers make every effort to see that most if not all positions are filled prior to the start of Mass.
(#1 Bread & #4 Wine) RESPONSIBILITIES BEFORE Mass, DURING THE COMMUNION RIGHT & AFTER MASS:
Both lead ministers should arrive at least fifteen (15) minutes before Mass and check the following:A) The Lead Bread Minister’s responsibility will be to check the Tabernacle for the key.B) The Lead Minister of the Cup’s responsibility is to check the credence table for bowls, cups and purificators: 1) 5 p.m. & 8 a.m. Mass, four (4) bowls if Fr. Leo presides and three (3) bowls if Fr. Basil presides (Fr. Basil uses the bowl brought up during the offertory when distributing communion), there should be four (4) cups and four (4) purificators. 2) 10:30 a.m. Mass, six (6) bowls, six (6) cups and six (6) purificators.C) When serving with Fr. Dan or an outside of the parish priest, the Lead Wine should be sure to note if there are any elderly parishioners who need to be served the bread and wine right after the consecration. If Fr. Dan heads for his presider position, please steer him to these parishioners.D) Sign in at the Reconciliation Room.
At the Sign of Peace the Presider goes to the Tabernacle, brings the Ciborium to the Altar and distributes the consecrated bread into the bowls. Father Basil will often ask one of the Ministers to do this for him; if asked to assist please remember to return the hosts after communion.The Presider will then turn and offer Communion to the Lead Minister of the Cup. The Presider followed by the Lead Minister of the Cup carrying the cup handed to him/her by the Presider will offer Communion to the other ministers and altar servers (beginning with the bread ministers). After distributing Communion to the ministers, the Presider returns to the altar. The Presider will then hand the bowls and cups all ministers. The Presider will either provide the Lead Minister of the Cup with a new cup or he/she will use the Chalice that was used to serve the other ministers.
A) Lead Ministers (#1 & #4) are to bring the cups and bowls to the Sacristy for cleaning.B) Any remaining particles of Host are to be swept into the Challace using one’s index finger. The consecrated wine combined with the Host particles is to be consumed; under no circumstances should anyone pour consecrated wine down the sink.C) Following the 8 a.m. Mass please place five or six bowls (depending on who is scheduled to Preside at the 10:30-see item 2 above), 6 cups and 6 purificators on the credence table in preparation for the 10:30 a.m. Mass.D) Please note that after the 10:30 Mass the hand washing bowl and the cruet are left on the sacramental sink cover and are not put back in the cupboard. Please leave the corporal cloth on the credence table. It will be taken care of after the liturgy.
ALL OTHER EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS (assigned and substitutes):
All assigned ministers are asked to arrive at least ten (10) minutes before Mass and check in at the reconciliation. Please put on a cross and wear it until you have finished distributing Communion. (All other ministers are requested to go to the reconciliation room upon arrival to make sure all positions are filled.)
Five (5) minutes before the start of the Liturgy, all serving ministers (unless you are unable to process) are to form two lines behind the altar servers and process to the Altar. At the Altar the Eucharistic Ministers of the Holy Communion are to stand to the left and the right of the readers and Presider. The reader carrying the Book of the Gospels will place the Book on the Altar and return to stand beside the Presider. At that time the Presider and all liturgical ministers will bow to the Altar then go to their respective seat for the celebration of the Mass.
All serving ministers are to approach the Sanctuary during the sign of peace. The bread ministers are to stand to the left of the Presider and the wine ministers to the right. The first minister on either side of the Altar is to stand parallel to the Presider. All other ministers should form a line going towards the back of the Presider leaving ample space between themselves and the bottom step so that there will be enough room for the Presider and the Lead Minister of the Cup to distribute communion.It is at this time that all non-serving ministers should be observant to see whether there are enough ministers in the Sanctuary. Please come forward if you see that we are short of ministers:1. At the 5:00 and 8:00 Mass there should be three (3) bread ministers and four (4) wine ministers standing around the altar waiting to receive Communion; and,2. At the 10:30 Mass there should be five (5) bread ministers and six (6) wine ministers standing around the altar waiting to receive Communion.After you have received Communion, please move close to the bottom step so that the Presider can hand you your bowl or cup. All ministers are to remain in place then following the lead of the Presider are to go to his/her designated station to distribute Communion to the assembly.
Special Instructions for those serving at the 2, 3, 5 & 6 Positions:
1) At the 5:00 and 8:00 Masses: a. (Fr. Leo presiding) Fr. Leo has asked that after ministers 2, 3, 5 & 6 have finished serving their section of the assembly they proceed to the center to assist him and the other three ministers. (Please note on the position sheet where these ministers are to stand.)b. (Fr. Basil presiding) Fr. Basil wants the four ministers in the back (near the piano) to bring forward their bread and wine and present it to him and the Eucharistic Ministers in the front. He does not want the EMs from the back to stay up front. They return to their seats after presenting the remainder of the bread and wine.2) 2. At the 10:30 Mass: When those serving at positions 2, 3, 5, & 6 have finished distributing Communion to their section they are asked to go up to the other ministers to check and see if anyone is in need of bread or wine. If that is the case, either pour your bread or wine into the other minister’s bowl or cup or simply trade your bowl or cup with him/her. It is of particular importance at this Mass you check with those ministers at the side stations. (Unlike at the 5:00 and 8:00 Mass those serving at the 10:30 are not to stand in the center area and serve.)3) When you finish serving, place your bowl or cup and the cross you are wearing on the credence table and return to your seat. Do NOT consume the consecrated wine at this time. It will be consumed in back after Mass.4) The Presider will return the reserved consecrated hosts to the Tabernacle.
Lord God, be on my mind, on my lips and in my heart as I humbly proclaim your Word.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Lector Ministry
How will I know when I am scheduled to read?
Monthly you will receive a lector schedule from the Lector Coordinator. (Mary Kessler is currently serving in this role.) In addition to the schedule being sent out, you can view the schedule in Ministry Scheduler Pro (MSP) or on the Corpus Christi website. When you receive the schedule, note the date and the reading assigned.
A reminder will be emailed to you 6 days before you are scheduled to serve. Please reply by Thursday to this email to confirm that you are still able to serve. If a reply is not received, a substitute will be requested for your assigned reading.
How do I request a substitute?
If you are unable to read on that date, you are responsible for finding a substitute. Scheduling is done online through Ministry Scheduler Pro (MSP). Use the application to request a substitute if you are unable to serve. If you have any questions about this using this online application, please contact Mary Kessler at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 925 625-3678.
How do I accept a substitute request? When a substitute is requested an email will be sent to all lectors who are available to serve. If you are able to serve, please click the link provided in the email. It will take you to MSP where you can accept the position. The person requesting the substitute and the person accepting the position will both receive a confirmation email. If you have accepted a substitute request and you do not receive a confirmation email, then the position has already been filled and you are not scheduled for the position.
How do I prepare my assigned reading?
Practice reading ALOUD multiple times. Read slowly and clearly. Become very familiar with the text. When practicing, project your voice as if speaking to the people in the back of the church. Read the workbook notes and the other readings for the day. It’s always a good idea to prepare both readings. If the other lector does not show up, you may be asked to read both readings. If you have time, it’s also helpful to review the readings from the past few weeks to obtain more context for the reading.
What am I supposed to do before mass?
On the day you are serving as a lector, arrive at church at least 15 minutes before mass is scheduled to start. Sign in on the schedule in the sacristy. Practice your reading ALOUD from the Book of Readings. If you are the first reader, read ALOUD the Prayers of the Faithful. These are located in the binder.
The celebrant will pray with the lectors, acolytes and Eucharist Ministers in the sacristy before mass. When the prayer is completed, the lector for the first reading will take the Book of Readings and place it on the ambo open to the first reading, adjust the microphone and place the binder near your seat. Then walk to the back of the church. The lector for the second reading processes in with the Book of the Gospels, but it’s negotiable. Usually, the lectors sit in the first row closest to the ambo, but it’s not essential that you sit there.
How do I process in? You will process in with the celebrant, altar servers, Eucharistic ministers, etc. You will process in right in front of the celebrant. Whoever is carrying the Book of Gospels should hold the book up high, walk up to the altar and place the book on the altar. The front cover of the Book of the Gospels should face the congregation. It is not necessary to open the book. The Book of the Gospels will stand on its own when the book is closed. Then walk to where the other lector and the celebrant are standing, flanking the celebrant. All face the altar and bow. After bowing, go to your seat and finish singing the entrance song.
What are my reading responsibilities? When it is your turn to read, walk slowly to the ambo, pause and get yourself situated. If there are people who have arrived late, allow a short amount of time for them to move to the pews. If the children are leaving the church for Children’s Liturgy of the Word please allow them to leave the church before you begin to read.
Then proclaim the beginning of the reading (such as, “A reading from the letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians…”), take a breath, and SLOWLY proclaim the reading. It is helpful to pause at the end of sentences so that your listeners can ponder the message. It is also important to project your voice all the way to the end of the sentence so that each word can be heard.
When you have completed the reading, pause, look at the assembly, and then proclaim, “The Word of the Lord.” Be very deliberate with this phrase.
If you are the first reader, please advance the pages of the Book of Readings to the second reading of the day.
If you are the second reader, close the Book of Readings and place it on the shelf in the ambo. This will leave space for the celebrant to place the Book of Gospels on the ambo. Then return to your seat.
In addition to the readings, what are my other responsibilities?
Generally, the lector who read the first reading is responsible for reading the Prayers of the Faithful. These are read from the ambo after the Creed. As the Creed is ending, move to the ambo, open the binder and prepare to read.
Additionally, you will be invited to hold the celebrant’s hands during the Our Father.
How do I leave the church?
During the recessional song, wait until the celebrant is near the altar, than walk and flank him in front of the altar, face the altar and bow together. You will then process out of the church. There is no need to retrieve the Book of Gospels for the recessional. It remains on the ambo.
What are the final tasks for lectors?
Walk around to the sacristy. When the recessional song has been completed, return to the church to retrieve the Book of Readings, the Book of Gospels, and the binder and return them to the sacristy.
Thank you for giving of your time and talent to be a part of this important ministry.
Created by Nancy Midlin for Corpus Christi Church Revised 01/2017 MK
The Ministry of Ushers functions at Mass and other special occasions, usually within the Church. There are three groups of people within the Ministry: the Head Usherat each Sunday Mass; the Lead Ushersthat can substitute for the Head Usher at any given Mass and the Usher Volunteers that assist at Mass by taking up the collection. The Usher Volunteers form a loose knit group of men, women and young adults (students) who pass the collection baskets at the time of the Offering. These people are asked to serve at the particular Mass by the Head Usher. They form as a group at the Great Crossing before going to their designated aisle or section of the Church to pass the collection baskets. The Lead Ushers are a group of people who can be called upon to substitute for the Head Usher if he or she is not available. When substituting, the Lead Usher is responsible for assembling a staff of Volunteer Ushers needed for taking up the collection, and getting a group together to take up the gifts. At Christmas and Easter Masses, a Lead Usher may be asked to assist in directing parishioners to Communion. Each Mass has a Head Usher who is regularly assigned. The Head Usher has a set number of duties (see Checklist link above). The Head Usher acts as Maitre d’ or Head Waiter for our Eucharistic banquet. The Head Usher may greet the people as they enter the Church; should arrange to seat those who need directions; and arrange for the collection of the congregation’s offering. It falls upon the Head Usher to control movement within the Church during Mass and assist in any emergency.
Head Usher’s Checklist 1) Arrive about 10 minutes before Mass is scheduled to start. 2) Select ushers (a crew) to take up the collection (s). a) 6 people minimum at the 5:00 PM or 8:00 AM Mass b) 10 people at the 10:30 AM Mass c) Ushers may be men, women and/or teenagers 3) Select people to take up the gifts a) This group should be at least 3 people. b) This group can be a family or a group of individuals. c) If there is going to be a special occasion celebrated at your Mass try to have people from this group bring up the gifts. 4) Check to see if a second collection will be taken up. 5) Check the following: a) That all the collection baskets are accounted for at or about the Great Crossing; b) That the baskets for the collections that go forward as part of the Gifts are in the back of the Church; c) That the Bread and Wine are on the table at the rear of the Church. 6) After Mass has started, direct people entering from the main entrance (Court Yard) to be seated, except during the procession of ministers and priests to the altar, during ceremonies at the Baptismal Font, and during the first and second readings. 7) At the time for taking up the collection, make sure that your staff for the day get the cue. Make sure that the group that is taking up the Gifts get the cure too, but do not wait for them – substitute with some members of the your staff for the day if necessary. 8) At this time, ask anyone standing in front of the windows of the Family Chapel to be seated or move away from the windows. 9) After the collection, the baskets can be returned to their original location or left at the back of the Church until after Mass. 10)With the help of one or more other ushers for the day, start the procession of those going to communion. This is especially important on holidays and Head Usher’s Checklist special occasions. Block the side aisles and send everyone to the center aisle. 11)When the Mass is about to end, open both doors to the Court Yard. 12)When the procession is leaving the Altar, stop those who are leaving from the side aisle nearest the door. 13)After Mass, return collection baskets left at the rear of the Church to the proper place. 14)After Mass, see if the collection has been taken to the Sacristy by the Alter Servers; if not, take it there. 15)You may be asked to assist in other functions at Mass, but the role of the Head Usher is to be a good host or hostess to the Congregation attending Mass.
Corpus Christi Church of Piedmont Robert F. Mac Donald May 14th, 1999
Contact Theresa Fields for more information.
A friendly smile and a welcoming spirit are all that is needed for this ministry. Greeters make people feel at home as they arrive and welcome visitors and newcomers to our Church.
This group works with the Liturgy Committee to plan and prepare
liturgical environments, which enhance our worship. Contact Sharon Noel.
Please contact Debra Kalmon for more information.
Corpus Christi Altar Guild is a group of ladies organized to take care of all the altar needs required by the liturgy. All members meet monthly to discuss needs. Two members meet weekly to tend such tasks as polishing candlesticks, chalices and other sacred vessels; laundering purificators and other linens; grooming and watering flowers; and replacing candles as needed. Members also make purificators and baptismal bibs for parish use. Although the Altar Group is a work group, members also meet for a potluck luncheon and Christmas party every year in December.
Contact Karen Chan Keil for further information.
This committee provides fellowship and hospitality after Mass and for special occasions to build community among parishioners.
Want to join?
Please contact Lenore McCracken or Madeline Briar. Want to volunteer?
If you’d like to volunteer for a specific event, please see contact names below for further information.
The Outreach Committee’s mission is to connect the parish of Corpus Christi with the world by identifying ways to answer Christ’s call for mercy, charity, and love towards those in need. We are committed to bringing together groups of parishioners to assist in events/drives. You need not be a member of the Outreach Committee to participate in our events.
Annual Schedule of Events
August St. Martin De Porres School Student School Supply Collection
The school serves families of the West Oakland neighborhoods and beyond by providing a multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural K through 8 educations, regardless of means.
Outreach has committed to assist St. Martin De Porres School with school supplies and other needed materials to improve the quality of education for its students. Coordinated with Young Family Connection. Contact: Julie Rettagliata (email@example.com)
September American Red Cross Annual Fall Blood Drive
The Red Cross and blood donors are ensuring that the safest possible blood is readily available whenever and wherever needed – for the military, for other blood centers in America and for all 5,000 of America’s hospitals.
Outreach will sponsor a blood drive in coordination with the American Red Cross. Appointments will be scheduled via sign-up sheets and online three weeks in advance. Contact: Danielle Hayes (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Helene Gryfakis (email@example.com)
October St. Vincent de Paul’s Visitation Center Gently Used School Clothes Collection
This center is a daytime drop-in for homeless and low-income women and their children. Last year, they received 23,000 visits from women and children in need of assistance.
This collection provides new or gently used clothing for school children up to the age of eighteen. Coordinated with Young Family Connection. Check out our flyer. Contact: Lenore McCracken (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Helene Gryfakis (email@example.com)
November St. Martin De Porres School Harvest Festival Fundraising
Outreach will prepare crafts and food to sell at the Harvest Festival with proceeds benefiting St. Martin De Porres School. Check out our flyer.Contact: Annmarie Hallin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cold Winter Nights Coat Collection
Men and Women’s Coats
Gently Used Coats for the homeless
December St. Vincent de Paul’s Visitation Center Gibson Center Holiday Giving Tree
The Holiday Giving Tree provides parishioners with an opportunity to purchase new clothing for children ages 6 to 18, who visit the Visitation Center. This is a great way to get in the spirit of giving. Contact: Lenore McCracken (email@example.com)
January through April St. Mary’s Center Prepare and serve Sunday dinners
The Center is the only agency in Oakland with programs exclusively designed for homeless seniors. They provide daily dinners, prepared and served by different organizations.
During the months of January through April, Outreach visits St. Mary’s Center once a month to prepare and serve a meal at this shelter for men and women over 50 years old. Contact: Anne Ratto (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Danielle Hayes (email@example.com)
March/April Lenten Tree
There are three traditional observances during Lent; Prayer, Fasting, and Alms Giving. To help our parish to stay engaged as a community in Christ’s love we will have a Lenten Tree. It will be similar to our Advent – Christmas Giving Tree. Each leaf will represent a commitment by an individual or family to perform an act of prayer or fasting or alms giving [Alms Giving will also include a devotion of time to a specific act.] Our goal will be to have the tree stripped bare at the beginning of Lent, but covered with the returned and completed leaves before Easter. Contact: Mark D’Ambrosi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Spring & Fall Mary’s House Infant Clothing Collection
Outreach sponsors a collection for Mary’s House of infant clothing, baby blankets, diapers and other baby related items. We will also collect gently used baby furniture. Cash donations, Safeway or Albertson’s gift cards are also gratefully accepted. Contact: Carmel Mahoney (email@example.com)
June Elizabeth House Brandied Cherries Sale
Elizabeth House is a transitional residence for single women and women with children who have experienced homelessness, violence, addiction or poverty.
Each June the Outreach committee picks and brandies cherries in order to sell and benefit displaced women and children. Associated with the Catholic Worker. Contact: Julie Rettagliata (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ONGOING Weekly Friendly Place Collection
A Friendly Place is a daytime drop-in center for homeless women in downtown Oakland. Women can wash clothes, shower, receive mail, use the phone, have a snack, be safe, and be peaceful. The sister’s mission is to provide dignity and hope, a rare commodity for a population fighting mental illness, addictions, abuse, violence, and unemployment. A Friendly Place serves over 1800 women each month.
Outreach sponsors a weekly collection of hotel and other toiletries, used towels, bingo prizes, etc. Check out our flyer. Contact: Carmel Mahoney (email@example.com)
Catholic Worker Free Will Offering
The Catholic Worker provides houses of hospitality, which serve run-down sections of many cities. Food, clothing, shelter and welcome are extended by volunteers to those in need. The Catholic Work communities are also known for activities to support a nonviolent culture.
This is a weekly collection of non-perishable foods to benefit the Catholic Worker. Check out our flyer. Contact: Madeline Briar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For additional information regarding the Care Connections Ministry, please contact Parish Office.
The Care Connections Ministry consists of a group of compassionate and caring parishioners with a desire to assist other members of the parish who might temporarily need extra help.
Our services include:
• Meals during an illness or disability of a child, spouse, or yourself;
• Provide Eucharist to the homebound;
• Rides to Mass for those unable to drive;
• Assistance with errands;
• Home visits and/or phone calls to provide support/companionship;
• Support after the loss of a loved one;
• AIDS community services liason;
• Information about other community support networks. If you, or someone else that you know in the parish, are in need of assistance during a temporary illness, disability or personal challenge, please contact our Ministry through the Parish Office at (510) 530-4343. Privacy is always respected and no need is ever too small.