Every parish needs help in creating beautiful and meaningful liturgy. If you have a talent or the time, we hope you will volunteer.

Altar Servers

Servers assist the priest by taking responsibility for many of the details in the preparation of the altar and vessels for Mass, other special celebrations during the liturgical year, funerals and weddings.  Those boys who have completed 3rd grade should apply to become altar servers. Parents need to contact the Parish Office.

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Lectors

The proclamation of the Word for the People of God that gather to worship is the ministry known as Lectors. Lectors carry out this vital function during the celebration of the Eucharist, sacraments and other rites. Training is provided through the Pastoral Staff.  Contact Deacon Hamlin if interested.


 

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMs) are trusted with the important duty of assisting in the distribution of the Eucharist to the assembly who gather for worship at Mass.  EMs also bring Holy Communion to our many homebound parishioners.  Candidates must be baptized, confirmed and practicing Catholics in this parish, at least sixteen years of age (21 if visiting homebound) and in good standing with the Church. Training is provided. If you have an interest in this ministry, please contact Kathy W. through the parish office.

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Sacristans

The sacristans at Our Lady Star of the Sea, under the general direction of Deacon Bill Hamlin, undertake the care of the sacristy, laying out the liturgical vestments, and assisting with anything else needed for the celebration of Mass, Benediction, and other liturgical events, such as chalices, ciboria, cruets, oils, procession candles, incense, altar linens, and altar server garments, ensuring that everything necessary is available and in proper order.

Anyone interested in participating in this ministry must be an active member of the parish and have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Contact Deacon Bill Hamlin in the Parish Office: 479-3777.

 


 

Ushers

Ushers assist at the Sunday liturgies by greeting and seating people, taking up the collections, assisting the congregation at Communion and handing out the parish bulletin. To volunteer, contact Ginny G. through the Parish Office.


 

Sacred Music at the Parish

 
“The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art.” 
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy #112 
 
The music heard at Masses and at other services aim to bring the faithful closer to Christ in a reverent and prayerful way while acknowledging the musical traditions and guidelines provided by Holy Mother Church. While many traditional and beloved hymns are sung at every Mass, the Proper of the Mass (the Introit, Offertory, and Communion antiphon) takes priority. These texts, proper to the specific Mass celebrated, have been chanted and prayed by the Church for centuries.
 
Director of Sacred Music, Mary Castaneda

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Mass Schedule with Music

 

 

  • 5:00 PM Masses (Vigil & Sunday Evening)
    Mass with cantor and organ, singing hymns from the Catholic Tradition,with the with Propers chanted in English and the Ordinary of the Mass sung in English or Latin.
  • 8:00 AM (4:30 PM Wednesday & 7:20 AM Sunday rehearsals) 
    Young ladies choir (4th grade – high school seniors) accompanied by organ, singing sacred choral music, hymns from the Catholic Tradition, with Propers chanted in English and the Ordinary of the Mass sung in English or Latin.
  • 11:00 AM (9:30 AM Sunday rehearsal)
    The semi-professional adult schola accompanied by organ singing sacred choral music, hymns from the Catholic Tradition, with Gregorian or polyphonic Propers/Ordinary of the Mass sung in English or Latin.
We are always looking for new members to join our two choirs. Choir members must be able to maintain a straight tone (no vibrato). Please contact Mary Castaneda with any questions about joining or about the music program.

Parish Organ:

In the Latin Church the pipe organ is to be held in high esteem, for it is the traditional musical instrument which adds a wonderful splendor to the Church’s ceremonies and powerfully lifts up man’s mind to God and to higher things.
– Sacrosanctum Concilium 120
Marceau and Associates Opus 33 (originally M.P. Moller Opus 8152)