“There are different gifts but the same Spirit; there are different ministries but the same Lord; there are different works but the same God who accomplishes all of them in everyone. To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”
(1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
“...whatever you do, in word or indeed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 13:171)
Getting involved with
“Yours is a share in the work of the Lord’s Spirit who calls
women, men and children to faith and to communion
with the church.” (Austin Flemming, “Preparing for Liturgy”)
At Our Lady of the Sierra Catholic parish in Oakhurst, we are all called forth, by the nature of our Baptism, to take part in the full and active participation of the Liturgy. With our ordained clergy, everyone has a gift to bring to Liturgy, whether as a member of the Assembly, or as a liturgical minister.
Altar Servers (please visit “ALTAR SERVER” ministry page)
Art and Environment
"Beauty is a key to the mystery and a call to transcendence. It is an invitation to savor life and to dream of the future. That is why the beauty of created things can never fully satisfy. It stirs that hidden nostalgia for God which a lover of beauty like Saint Augustine could express in incomparable terms: 'Late have I loved you, beauty so old and so new: late have I loved you!'" (Saint Pope John Paul II)
“The tradition of decorating the church for liturgical seasons and feasts heightens the awareness of the festive, solemn or penitential nature of these seasons. Human minds and hearts are stimulated by the sounds, sights and fragrances of the liturgical season, which combine to create powerful, lasting impressions of the rich and abundant graces unique to each of the seasons.” (Built of Living Stones: Art, Architecture, and Worship: Guidelines of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.)
Members of this ministry are “teachers” for the entire parish community. They set the environment so people will enter into the worship experience. Without saying a word, they try to convey to everyone who walks into the church from the gathering area, to the baptismal font, through the body of the church and to the sanctuary, what the liturgical season is and all that it brings to mind when coming to worship.
“Yours is a share in the work of the Spirit of all that is holy, for in who you are and in what you do is found the most powerful experience of the sacred.”
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
"The Eucharist is Jesus who gives himself entirely to us, feeding on Him and abiding in Him through Eucharistic communion - if we do so in faith - transforms our lives into a gift to God and to our brothers and sisters." For a Catholic, receiving Holy Communion in a state of grace and with faith and love therefore means "entering into harmony with the heart of Christ, assimilating his choices, his thoughts, his behavior. It means entering a dynamism of love and becoming people of peace, people of forgiveness, reconciliation." ~(Pope Francis)
The Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion perform a great service to our parish by assisting the priests and deacons with the distribution of Holy Communion to God's people during Mass and to those in nursing homes or those who are home bound.
Ministry of Hospitality (Ushers and Greeters)
“Yours is the first of Christ’s faces to greet God’s people as they assemble for prayer. Your greeting of welcome is the first wish that “The Lord be with you.” Yours is the word that welcomes the stranger at home, or the silence that makes of our assembly a foreign land. Yours is the task of direction: knowing how to welcome, and, when and where, to seat the latecomer. Yours may be the last word that ushers the community to its week of work in the Lord’s vineyard. Yours is the Lord’s face and voice for those who enter and depart the holy ground of prayer.” (Austin Flemming: “Preparing for Liturgy.”)
Ushers and Greeters perform a variety of services during Liturgy and all are important in maintaining a safe and sacred place for the parish to celebrate liturgy.
Music Ministry (Please visit “MUSIC MINISTRY” page)
“Yours is a share in the work of the Lord’s Spirit who opens our hearts to God’s holy word. Yours is the task of telling our family story, the story of salvation. Yours is to proclaim the true and saving word of God. You are the messenger of God’s love for us. Your task is to proclaim a word that challenges, confronts and captures our hearts. You proclaim a word that heals and comforts and consoles. Yours is the ministry of the table of God’s word, which feeds the hunger and the longing of our hearts for truth. Yours is to offer the story of the “great things that Lord has done for us” that we might turn to the table of Eucharist with good cause to give thanks and praise. Yours is nothing less than the ministry of the Lord’s voice calling out in the midst of God’s people.” (Austin Flemming: “Preparing for Liturgy”)
We celebrate the presence of God in our midst in Word and Sacrament. It is the responsibility of the Proclaimer (Lector) to “proclaim” the Word of God to all who worship with us at Liturgy.
So, there you have it! There is a ministry for everyone who worships with us at Our Lady of the Sierra Catholic Church.
To inquire about a particular ministry or request contact information for a liturgical ministry coordinator, please call our Parish Office at 559-642-3452 or email the office through the “Contact Us” page here on the website.