Arts and Environment
Art and Environment is the ministry that adorns our worship space with the outward signs of the eight liturgical seasons in the Church calendar: Advent, Christmas, Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost and Ordinary Time. Each of these seasons requires a specific color as well as the presence or absence of certain liturgical objects that symbolically evoke the spirit and meaning of a given season.
Ten to fifteen people are needed to execute each of the various changes to the chapel environment appropriate for that season. Each season thus brings with it an exceptional opportunity for participating members of the parish to deepen their experience of the life of Christ being celebrated during a particular season. At the same time, those carrying out the changes are gifting their fellow parishioners with the aesthetic elements that bring them closer to the Savior’s time on earth.
For me, this ministry fulfills a commitment to an aspect of stewardship that I can share with others immediately involved in the seasonal adjustments and with the entire parish regardless of the Mass they typically attend.
For more information or to help with Art and Environment contact Teresa Mixco at [email protected]
Every liturgy is an exercise of the priestly office of Jesus Christ, Head and members. When the Church gathers for liturgy, we become a visible sign of the Body of Christ. All members of the Church have been made priestly people through Baptism; therefore all are copresiders with Christ. All are called to “full, conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations”. (See Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, # 7 and # 16.)
In the light of this renewed understanding of liturgical principles dating back to Vatican Council II, many important liturgical functions are now entrusted to the laity, who are drawn from the community, trained by the parish, and commissioned to serve with the sincere devotion and decorum expected of them by God’s holy people.
These include: Altar Servers who assist by carrying the cross, candles, etc. liturgical objects in procession, assisting the presider by holding the Book of Prayers, being of assistance to the presider in whatever is needed.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who assist with the distribution of Holy Communion under both species at Mass. They might also bring Holy Communion to those who are ill or homebound.
Lectors (Readers) are entrusted with proclaiming the Word of God to the assembly. The ministry of lectoring or doing the readings at Mass enables readers to serve their fellow parishioners as well as become more knowledgeable about the scriptures and their meaning. They also assist with preparing the Prayers of the Faithful. For more information about lector ministry, contact Barbara Bannon at [email protected]
Ministers of Hospitality/Ushers greet the people as they enter, assist them in finding seats, and help them get situated within the assembly, be vigilant to whatever might need attention as the assembly gathers.
For more information or if you want to be a liturgical minister contact Will Reeves at [email protected]
Each mass has one or more individuals who share their musical talent to enrich the liturgical life of the community. Those who participate in the music ministry are blessed with a good voice or play an instrument and enjoy sharing their musical gifts with our community. If you are interested in participation in music ministry, please contact any of the musicians who participate in this ministry and express your interest.
Prayers of the Faithful
A ministry that writes the Prayers of the Faithful which are prayed during the Mass. If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact Barbara Bannon (801) 583-4289.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is designed for adults who consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. With God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments in full communion with the Catholic Church.
The RCIA process here at Saint Catherine of Siena invites inquirers who have been baptized in Protestant or Orthodox faith traditions, those who have not been baptized, and baptized Catholics who never received confirmation and first communion. Meetings are held on Tuesdays at 7:30 P.M.
Any journey of faith should be a gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful. Your journey will begin as an inquirer. This is a time in which Gospel values are examined, and the beginnings of your faith are defined and appreciated.
Two thousand years ago the Catholic Church was formed in the belief that adults are not saved unless they come forward of their own accord and with the will to accept God’s gift through their own belief. It is our mission at Saint Catherine of Siena to engender not merely the faith of the Church, but the personal faith of each person that will flourish into a living faith capable of enduring the storms of life until the day they inherit eternal life with Jesus Christ.
Please contact Fr. Jacek Buda at [email protected] if you are interested in beginning this process. Or by completing the following:
Children Needing Baptism
Children who were not baptized as infants and are of catechetical age, exercising the use of reason (usually 7 years old), may take the initiative to seek Christian initiation with their parents’ permission.
The Catholic Church recognizes that children are capable of receiving and nurturing a personal faith while recognizing an obligation in conscience. Christian initiation for these children requires both a conversion that is personal and developed in proportion to their age. The process followed at Saint Catherine of Siena Parish is adapted both to their growth in faith and to the catechetical instruction they receive through the process of religious education.
Adults and children share journeys of faith marked by liturgical rites of acceptance into the order of catechumens, the rite of election and penitential rites prior to baptism at the Easter Vigil. This process was implemented during the first centuries of the Church and because adults and children share the same liturgical rites, children accompany their adult counterparts through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
For further information or to register your child for RCIA, please complete the form above.