4633 Shiloh Road Cumming, GA 30040 Saturday Vigil: 5:00 pm & 7:00 pm (in Spanish); Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:40 am, 12:20 p.m., 1:40 pm (in Spanish), 5:00 pm


Liturgical Life and Sacraments


The Mission of the Liturgical Life and Sacraments Commission is to foster full, conscious and active participation of the Catholic Community of St. Brendan with the celebration of the Eucharist as the center and source of our faith community life.  Nurtured and fortified by the Sacraments in our continual journey towards conversion and holiness, we are prepared to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to our world.

Altar Servers
Communion to the Sick and Homebound
Eucharistic Adoration
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Lectors
Liturgy Committee
Marriage Preparation
Music Ministry
Sacristans
The Lord’s Laundry
Ushers
Wedding Coordinators

Altar Servers


Purpose
An altar server is a minister who serves the parish community as we worship God, especially during Mass.  While altar servers primarily assist the priest who leads the community’s worship, they also help all people gathered to pray and worship God.

Responsibilities
Altar servers are scheduled for parish liturgies including all weekend Masses, weddings, and funerals.  Their main mission is to enhance the liturgical celebrations in the parish by providing whatever assistance is required.   Typically, three knowledgeable altar servers are scheduled for each parish Mass.  All altar servers should appreciate the position of service they are providing to the parish.

Helpful Attributes
This ministry is for those leaders who feel called by baptism to serve the parish community and who wish to assist the assembly prayerfully and reverently.  It is also for those who want to learn more about their faith through service.

Training & Time Commitment
All altar servers must attend a training session offered at St. Brendan before they are scheduled to serve at Mass.  Altar servers typically serve twice each month.

Requirements
This ministry is for any baptized Catholic who is age 10 (or 5th grade) to adult who has received First Communion, and who has received careful preparation.  Teens and adults are encouraged to become altar servers.  While serving, altar servers wear white albs, provided by the church.

 

Communion to the Sick and Homebound


Purpose
St. Brendan’s parish extends the love and compassion of the Body of Christ to those parishioners who are sick, homebound, hospitalized, in nursing homes, or Hospice and unable to join the parish community when we celebrate Mass.  We share communion with them so that we can offer our prayers and care and ensure that they know that we value them as part of our community.

Responsibilities
Ministers who volunteer are asked to visit the sick or homebound and bring them communion, as requested by members of our parish family at times of illness.  (Family members call the parish office to request this pastoral visit.)

Helpful Attributes
These ministers have a strong and spiritual commitment to Christ and the Church, have a desire to visit those who are sick or homebound, and are dedicated to sharing the Body of Christ with those in need.

Training & Time Commitment
This ministry is for trained Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (ExMs) who wish to broaden their call to serve those who cannot celebrate in the assembly.  Additional training is provided at St. Brendan’s.

Requirements
This ministry is for any baptized Catholic, 16 years of age or older, who has received First Communion and Confirmation, and if married, was married within the Church.  Ministers must be properly trained and certified as required by the Archdiocese.

 “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?”
Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.”

Matthew 25: 44 – 45

 

Eucharistic Adoration


Purpose
Eucharistic Adoration is the respect and worship we give to Jesus Christ, who is truly present to us under the appearance of bread and wine. The Eucharist is a priceless treasure; by not only celebrating it but also by praying before it outside of Mass we are enabled to make contact with the very wellspring of grace. Because Christ himself is present in the sacrament of the altar, He is to be honored with the worship of adoration. “To visit the Blessed Sacrament is . . . a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ our Lord.”[CCC 1418] Some of the purposes of Eucharistic Adoration are to draw us more deeply into the mystery of Christ’s Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist, to strengthen our relationship with Jesus Christ, and to express our love, gratitude, and respect for Christ our Lord.

Responsibilities 

Everyone is encouraged to come visit, worship, and adore the Blessed Sacrament. To make sure exposition can safely take place, there is a need to make sure that at least one person, preferably two, is with our Lord at all times. For those who can make a commitment of regular visits each week, they are responsible to keep their scheduled hour covered each week. If they are unable to attend the scheduled hour they have chosen, they are required to find a replacement guardian.  Assistance is available when help is needed to find a substitute.

Helpful Attributes

  • A desire to pray, meditate, and enjoy being in the presence of Jesus Christ
  • The need to slow down in this busy, hectic, and stressful world
  • A yearning to know and follow God’s will for them in their lives

Training & Time Commitment
No training is required. If you would like to become a scheduled adorer the time commitment is one hour during exposition hours each week. Please see the bulletin for the most up to date Exposition times and contact information.

For more information please see the Eucharistic Exposition & Adoration page.

O Sacrament Most Holy
O Jesus, we adore you, 
Come, live in us we pray,
That all our thoughts and actions
Be yours alone today.

O Sacrament most holy,
O Sacrament divine,
All praise and all thanksgiving
Be every moment thine!

 

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion


Purpose              
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (ExMs) are servants of Christ who bring communion to the people, sharing food and drink with those who hunger and thirst for Christ and commit to being Christ’s body in the world.

Responsibilities
ExMs assist the priest and deacon by bringing communion, under both forms, with care and reverence to the people during Mass.

Helpful Attributes
Those who serve in this ministry have a love for Christ that draws them to the Eucharist and a love for the Church that draws them to liturgical service.  They seek to be an integral part of the sacramental sharing of the Eucharist at Mass.

Training & Time Commitment  
Each individual must receive the certification of their pastor that they are properly qualified and trained.  This certification is renewed every three years as required by the Archdiocese.  ExM certification classes are offered at St. Brendan’s periodically throughout the year.  ExMs are not scheduled ahead of time but sign up to serve as they come to Mass, so the frequency of serving is up to each individual.

Requirements
This ministry is for any baptized Catholic, 16 years of age or older, who has received First Communion and Confirmation, and if married, was married within the Church.  Ministers must be properly trained and certified as required by the Archdiocese.

 

Lectors


Purpose
Lectors proclaim God’s Word to the gathered community.  They do not simply read the scripture but they proclaim His Word so that the community may experience God’s saving and loving presence.

Responsibilities
As they prepare to read at the ambo, lectors are asked to pray, explore scripture’s meaning, practice reading aloud, and check pronunciation of difficult words.  At the ambo, lectors should read in a deliberate, appropriately paced, and clear voice so that God’s redeeming activity is revealed in the Living Word.  Lectors proclaim the Word at Sunday Mass, Holy Days of Obligation, and special liturgies.

Helpful Attributes
Lectors should have a deep understanding of and respect for the Word of God.  They should be comfortable as public speakers and have a willingness to take the time to prepare to meet their responsibilities.

Training & Time Commitment
Ministers can expect to serve approximately once a month.  The parish offers new lector training and training for experienced lectors.  Rehearsals are held for special Masses, such as Palm Sunday and the Easter Triduum.

Requirements
This ministry is for any baptized Catholic who is 13 years of age or older, who has received First Communion, who, if married, was married within the Church, and has received training offered at St. Brendan’s.

 

Liturgy Committee


Purpose
The Liturgy Committee is a working group, who does prayerful, thoughtful, organized preparation to encourage full, conscious, active participation of our community in worship.  A primary goal is to encourage communication among ministers who have specific roles in liturgical prayer and worship.  This commission brings together priests, deacons, parish staff and leaders of liturgical ministries at St. Brendan’s.

Responsibilities
Committee members meet monthly to plan upcoming worship celebrations and coordinate among liturgical ministers so that all those serving in liturgy have the information they need to ensure that parish worship is a rich experience for all.  Those who coordinate a liturgical ministry (e.g., ExMs, altar servers, lectors, sacristans, ushers, environment, music, etc.) are invited to serve on the committee.

Helpful Attributes
Those who have a desire to enrich our liturgical assemblies, who serve as leaders in a particular ministry and who want to learn more about worship and its connection to how it shapes our community are helpful additions to this group.  Members should be comfortable communicating with and working with people.

Training & Time Commitment
Ministers attend monthly meetings and coordinate liturgical ministers.   Continuing education is offered in several forms including recommended readings and parish retreats.

 

Marriage Preparation


Purpose
When a couple decides to get married they need guidance from the Church on preparing for this sacrament and ensuring that the couple doesn’t focus only on the wedding day but, more importantly, on the life-long commitment they are making to each other.  A couple is required to begin their marriage preparation at least six months before entering into the sacrament.   They must first meet with our clergy representative to determine if there are any encumbrances to getting married and also to explore the marriage preparation options that are available.   Please contact the Parish Office to request a pre-marriage clergy meeting.

 

Music Ministry


Purpose
This ministry allows its members to develop their God-given musical talents in order to guide the congregation toward a deeper experience of Christ, spirit of prayer, participation in the liturgy, and understanding of the mystery of the Eucharist, through professional, enthusiastic and appropriate music for Mass and other events.

Responsibilities
The members of the music ministry are asked to sing or play an instrument at most rehearsals and Masses that their choir serves.

Helpful Attributes
Members of the music ministry should be willing to serve the parish with joy and desire for improvement, and should possess a good voice quality, sense of pitch and rhythm. The ability to read sheet music, sing harmonies, sing solo and play musical instruments (especially organ and piano) are not required, but they are very helpful.

Training & Time Commitment
Rehearsal times vary from group to group, but most groups rehearse for about an hour one weeknight and arrive early to warm up before their weekend Mass. Training is provided for those who would like to cantor for the psalm or for the whole Mass.

 

Sacristans


Purpose              
Sacristans prepare our church for parish liturgical celebrations.  As they put the physical items in place that we need to celebrate, it is through these actions that they also communicate to the assembly to prepare their hearts for worship.  Ultimately, they work alongside other ministry leaders to encourage full, conscious, active participation for all those gathered for worship.

Responsibilities
Sacristans attend to the worship space before and after each liturgical celebration.  This includes preparing physical items we use in worship, such as bread, wine, vessels, linens, books, and candles.  They ensure that the Mass flows well by making sure that the tools for worship are readily available to those serving in liturgical roles.

Helpful Attributes
Anyone who seeks meaning in the spirit and purpose of the liturgy and has a desire to learn about the use and care for items used in worship would feel at home in this ministry.  We invite those who are comfortable communicating and working with people and have good organizational skills.  Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (ExMs) are encouraged to consider this ministry.

Training & Time Commitment  
Training is offered at St. Brendan’s for all sacristans and they are encouraged to continue to learn more about the meaning and purpose of the liturgy in their lifelong faith journey.  Parish retreats and special educational opportunities are recommended.  Sacristans typically serve once a month.

Requirements
This ministry is for any baptized Catholic who has received First Communion, and if married, was married within the Church.  Sacristans must be current in Extraordinary Minister Certification with the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and trained at St. Brendan’s to serve in this ministry. To encourage all ages to engage in liturgical ministry, a junior sacristan program is available for younger people who want to learn how to serve in this ministry and thus learn more about the Mass.

 

The Lord’s Laundry


Purpose
To wash and iron all Mass linens

Responsibilities              
Volunteers are responsible for making sure that all Mass linens are cleaned and ironed prior to the weekend Masses.  Also, every few years, new linens including altar cloths and purificators are made.

Helpful Attributes
A desire to help your church while working at home

Training & Time Commitment
There is no training needed and any sewing is simple.  Volunteers take turns washing linens and usually wash every other month or as needed.

 

Ushers


Purpose
Ushers are ministers of hospitality along with our welcoming committee of greeters.  They have the opportunity and the responsibility to represent the parish community as they offer gracious welcome to all who enter our church for worship.  As servants of the assembly they build a welcoming atmosphere for parishioners and visitors alike, so that those who gather can spread their hospitality to others.

Responsibilities
Among a number of responsibilities, ushers ensure that the church, especially the entry area, is a warm hospitable place for all who gather for worship, offer song sheets to encourage full, conscious, active participation, help people find seating, identify those who are disabled who might need special assistance, invite families to participate in the gift procession, help guide participants during worship, assist in times of emergency, and help newcomers find information about the parish.

Helpful Attributes
Those who have a gracious and helpful personality are most welcome to serve.  This ministry is for those leaders who feel called by baptism to serve the parish community and for those who want to grow in their faith through service.

Training & Time Commitment
Training is offered at St. Brendan’s to those who want to serve in this ministry.  Ushers are encouraged to continue to learn more about the meaning and purpose of the liturgy in their lifelong faith journey.  Parish retreats and special educational opportunities are recommended.  Ushers typically serve twice each month.

Requirements
Anyone can be an usher who has received appropriate preparation.  Children are encouraged to serve as ushers with their parents.

A talent is a talent until it is used to serve God.  At than point it becomes a gift of ultimate value, multiplying every time we use it.  In man’s eyes it may seem insignificant, in God’s eyes, you are a superstar!

 

Wedding Coordinators


Purpose
Wedding coordinators assist both the bride and groom, at no charge, in the “ordinary” problems of a rehearsal and practice for the wedding so that they can focus on the extraordinary sacrament into which they are about to enter.

Responsibilities
The priest and music staff helps each couple to plan their wedding liturgy and the wedding coordinators ensure that the rehearsal and the wedding liturgy run smoothly, are in keeping with Church guidelines, and are, above all, joyful celebrations.

Helpful Attributes
Ministers who have knowledge of the Church, the Mass, and the rite of marriage are welcome to join this ministry.  These ministers should be comfortable communicating with and working with people.

Training & Time Commitment
Most volunteer time is spent on weekends.

 

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.