Unless another name is listed, please contact Phyllis Stone.
Altar servers play a prominent role assisting the priests and deacons at Mass, weddings, funerals, and other parish celebrations. Boys and girls usually begin serving in fifth grade and most continue through high school. They perform a variety of tasks from processing in at the beginning of Mass as cross and candle bearers, to setting the altar for the Eucharist. Servers are trained and asked to commit to serving at least one Mass each month. If you are interested in joining this ministry, click here to register or please contact Cathy Allegro with any questions.
Teens 16 and older are welcome to participate as lectors at weekend Masses.
The Banner Brigade prepares banners and altar cloths for the sanctuary which are hung throughout the liturgical year for our Eucharistic celebrations. Brigade members carefully clean, mend, iron and steam banners just before the change of the liturgical seasons from Advent, to Christmas, to Ordinary Time, to Lent, to the Easter Season, and finally back to Ordinary Time. St. Matthias traditionally adorns the sanctuary with banners and fabrics behind the tabernacle, on each side of the cross at the front of the church, on the altar, at the ambo and from the ceilings in the aisles. To serve in this ministry requires that you bring an iron when the Brigade meets to iron and steam banners and altar cloths at the church. Since many hands make work lighter, this “hidden” ministry is open to all parishioners!
Baptismal Bib Sewing Ministry
The Baptismal Bib Sewing Ministry sew baptismal bibs that are given to the youngest members of our community when they are baptized. Fabric, ribbon and thread supplied. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like more information about the Baptismal Bib Sewing Ministry, please contact: Mary Ann Vetter at 732-247-9237.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)
Young people between the ages of four through the fourth grade are led by adult catechists from the Sunday assembly at the 10 am Mass to another location (Parish Meeting Room) to break open the Word from the Sunday’s scripture readings more on a children’s level of understanding. The children return to Mass to participate in the Eucharist. Note that this ministry is on hold due to the pandemic.
The St. Matthias Liturgical Environment Ministry decorates the Church to reflect the liturgical seasons of the Church year. If this description peaks your interest in this ministry, it means you tend to enjoy learning about the liturgical seasons, as well as such activities as design, crafting, sewing, building, painting, and floral arranging. A green thumb is helpful for work with the church plants. People of all ages and with all levels of talent are welcome, as well as those with skills and talents specifically related to architecture and design, as long as you have the desire to help. Time commitments tend to consolidate around the change of Church seasons.
Eucharistic Ministers assist the priest and deacons in serving the Body and Blood of Christ to our parish community during the Liturgy at daily and weekend Masses and Masses on special holy days and occasions. They serve at daily and weekend Masses based on a schedule. Eucharistic Ministers also bring the Body of Christ to hospitalized and homebound parishioners. Special training is required for this important ministry.
Intercession Writing Team
Our intercession writing team prepares our Prayers of the Faithful for our Sunday Eucharistic and Holy Day celebrations.
Lectors / Readers proclaim the Word of God during daily and weekend Liturgy and other liturgical celebrations. Lectors need to be good readers and be comfortable speaking before a large group. Training to proclaim the Word is provided, as are spiritual formation opportunities.
Members of the Linen Ministry provide a very important service by laundering and ironing the linens used for our Eucharistic celebrations. This includes the corporals, purificators, lavabo cloths, and hand towels used by our presiders, deacons, and Eucharistic Ministers. To serve in this ministry, you must provide your own laundry and ironing supplies. Since many hands make work lighter, this “hidden” ministry is open to all parishioners!
Ministers of Hospitality
Ministers of Hospitality (traditionally called ushers) endeavor to make all feel welcome in our parish. Present at all liturgical celebrations, they greet, seat, and see to the needs of the gathered community. Ministers of Hospitality are especially needed at this time, to help seat people at Mass due to the seating limitations resulting from the pandemic. Please consider volunteering.