Altar Servers, Youth

Youth Ministers of the Altar serve the parish by assisting the Pastor at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sunday Masses, weddings and other special liturgies as required. They take part in the opening and closing processions, assist the Presider by holding his book of prayers during certain parts of the liturgy, and assist in preparing for the celebration of the Eucharist. They also assist during the Christmas and Holy Week liturgies for children and Confirmations.

Training is provided and is generally conducted as part of either 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. Sunay Mass, with positive critique usually following. Direct contact is made with volunteers’ families for support, cooperation and scheduling. Upon successful completion of training, altar servers’ contact information is provided to the Parish Office for scheduling purposes. Altar servers have access to the Ministry Scheduler to define their availability and to request swap dates with others.

Contact:   Joseph Kingry   (416) 371-6742   jkingry@gmail.com

Altar Servers, Adult

Adult Ministers of the Altar serve the parish by assisting the Pastor at the 5:00 p.m. Saturday Mass, special liturgies, Christmas and Holy Week liturgies and at parish funerals. They take part in the opening and closing processions, assist the Presider by holding his book of prayers during certain parts of the liturgy, and assist in preparing for the celebration of the Eucharist. Adult servers are scheduled on a rotating basis and as needed for funerals. They have acess to the Ministry Scheduler to define their availability and request swap dates with others. Training of approximately 1-2 hours is required and is conducted in the church

Contact:   Tom Kingry   (905) 827-2261   tomkingry@gmail.com

Children’s Liturgy

The Children’s Liturgy program is provided during the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sunday Masses to children from Kindergarten to Grade 3. The program runs from October through May. No registration is required for children.

Volunteers present the program in the chapel following the opening prayer. The program has an outline with the readings, along with age-appropriate guiding questions. Volunteers are asked to make a 3-week commitment and are required to obtain a criminal record check and complete the Vulnerable Sector screening form. Volunteer training is provided. For details of the program, click here.

Contact:   David Lozinski through the Parish Office.

Eucharistic Ministers

Ministers of the Eucharist assist the pastor at each Mass, distributing the Body and Blood of Christ to the faithful. New ministers are trained in the duties and the profound significance of this service. They are then placed on schedules to serve at their preferred Mass. Eucharistic ministers have access to the Ministry Scheduler to define their availability and request swap dates with others.

Contact:   The Parish Office

Lectors

Ministers of the Word (lectors) serve the parish by proclaiming the Word of God from the lectionary. Prior to Mass, they prepare and prayerfully contemplate the scheduled readings. Youth lectors serve at the 9:00 a.m. and other special youth-oriented celebrations. Adult lectors are needed at all weekday and weekend Masses.

All lectors receive a workbook to help in their preparation, as well as training. Lectors read 1 to 4 times per month or when scheduled and have access to the Ministry Scheduler to define availability and request swap dates with others.

Contact:   The Parish Office

Music Ministries

Youth Choir

The Youth Choir contributes to the Lord’s Day, Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m. from September to Pentecost and also on special occasions such as Christmas Eve, Good Friday Children’s service and Easter Sunday. Rehearsals take place each Wednesday evening from 7-8 p.m. in the church and on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m., prior to Mass in PC-4. Children from Grade 2 and up may participate in the choir. No auditions necessary but a willingness to serve the Lord in song and a commitment to regular attendance. Adult volunteers are welcome to assist with the choir. Vulnerable sector screening is required.

Contact:   Dylan D’Costa   (416) 452-3512   dylandcosta2010@gmail.com

Adult Choir

The Adult Choir sings at the 11:00 a.m. Mass each Sunday from September (the first weekend after Labour Day) through to the end of June. This choir also sings at Midnight Mass on Christmas, at the Easter Triduum celebrations and at some special Masses throughout the year. All adults and students in Grade 3 or higher are welcome to the choir. You do not need to read usic to be a part of this choir; just bring your love of singing and a willingness to learn. There are opportunities to learn harmonies and to develop skills as a cantor to lead the psalm. This ministry involves about 3.25 hours commitment per week. Rehearsals are Thursday evening 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the church. Sunday morning warm-up starts at 10:30 a.m. in PC-4.

Instrumentalists (violin, flute, piano, etc.) are welcome as well, particularly for Christmas and Easter Triduum celebrations.

Contact:   Pat Hood   (905) 825-5098   pat.hood4music@gmail.com

Cantors

Cantors lead the congregational singing at the Saturday 5:00 p.m. Mass year round, at the 11:00 a.m. Mass during July and August and at other Masses as needed. Cantors may act as soloists for weddings and lead music at funerals as needed. From September through June, cantors lead the Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Acclamation at the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Masses in conjunction with the Adult Choir.

Cantors provide leadership to animate and encourage the congregation’s singing. A clear, pleasant singing voice, vocal projection and poise are required. The cantor posts the hymn numbers on the hymn boards and clearly announces all the hymns during Mass. Cantors are encouraged to be part of the 11:00 a.m. choir to become acquainted with the ryhthms of the Mass and the presentation of the songs. An audition is required. Music is loaned by the Parish on an annual basis.

The commitment involved is approximately 1.5 hours per Mass, plus individual rehearsal time during the week. Cantors with the 11:00 a.m. choir are expected to attend Thursday evening choir rehearsals as often as possible. Cantors serve on a rotating basis, from once a month to every 6 weeks. On rare occasions, a cantor may be asked to substitute for another singer on short notice.

Contact:   Pat Hood   (905) 825-5098   pat.hood4music@gmail.com

Resurrection Choir

The Resurrection Choir, led by the cantor and organist, sings at the funerals celebrated in the parish. The joy and beauty of the music enhances the liturgy and comfortsthe family as we celebrate the life of the deceased. The choir meets 15 minutes before the start of the funeral. There are no rehearsals. A telephone subcommittee contacts choir members a few days in advance of the funeral with details of the deceased and the date and time of the funeral. To be effective in this ministry, you should love singing and be familiar with music sung in the parish. You do not have to read music. This ministry requires a commitment of about 1.25 hours per funeral, once or twice a month, as your schedule permits.

Contact:   Pat Hood   (905) 825-5098   pat.hood4music@gmail.com

Sacristans

A sacristan is an individual who sets up the Missal and altar vessels, lights candles in advance of each Mass on weekdays, Sundays, holy days, special celebrations and funerals. Prior to Mass, this individual secures and/or confirms necessary ministers for the liturgy. After Mass, the sacristan removes vessels, purifies them and stores them in the designated cupboards. Sacristans for selected Masses also open the church before and lock doors after the liturgy. Training is provided for all new volunteers. Sacristans are scheduled on a rotating basis and have access to the Ministry Scheduler to define their availability and request to swap dates with others.

Contact:   Judi & Tom Kingry   (905) 827-2261   jkingry1@cogeco.ca  or  tomkingry@gmail.com

Sacristy Team

a.k.a. SWAT (Sacristy, Wipe and Tidy) Team, a name given the group by the late Rev. Msgr. Roger Formosi

On a weekly basis, members wash sacred vessels, launder and iron altar linens, dust and tidy the chapel, sacristy, sanctuary and vestry, and clean interior windows throughout church and narthex entrances. They vacuum floors in the chapel, vestry, sacristy and clean the floor of the sanctuary, not including the church or parish centre. Members also re-organize materials in hymnal pockets, gathering and information centres, clean and refill Holy Water receptacles, tidy existing church decorations, and tend and water all plants throughout the church and parish centre. The commitment is Wednesdays, throughout the year, for about 1 hour following the 8:30 a.m. Mass.

Contact:   Judi Kingry   (416) 540-5637   jkingry1@cogeco.ca

Ushers

Ushers warmly greet parishioners and visitors arriving at Mass. We answer questions and help those who need to find a seat. We help organize the collection and distribute the bulletin after Mass. This is an essential ministry that creates a loving and welcoming community family. It’s a great way to meet people too! Ushers are scheduled 1 to 3 times per month and have access to the Ministry Scheduler to define their availability and request swap dates with others. If you would like to join the team, you are most welcome. We welcome recruits of all ages.

Contact Person:   Tom Kingry   (905) 827-2261   tomkingry@gmail.com