In the Sacred Scriptures, God reveals Himself to creation and makes known us the hidden purpose of His will. At Mass, we revere the Word of God by proclaiming readings from both the Old and New Testament. Lectors lend their voice to God so that people may hear the saving word of their creator.
All confirmed Catholics who are registered parishioners are able to serve as lectors for both Sunday and weekday Masses.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a lector, please contact our Lector Chair, Teresa Langton, at either (763) 370-3366 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the most important act of worship we can offer to God. In order to make it a fitting and glorious prayer, the Church has employed altar servers throughout Her entire history. These servers assist the priest in his work of offering prayers on behalf of the whole Church, while also helping the priest to prepare the altar for the Eucharistic feast.
Altar servers fulfill one of the most important roles in the life of our faith. Children are able to begin this great work once they have reached the 5th grade. Training sessions are held in the Fall and led by the pastor.
Liturgical worship is given a more noble form when it is celebrated in song, with the ministers of each degree fulfilling their ministry and the people participating in it.
Indeed, through this form, prayer is expressed in a more attractive way, the mystery of the liturgy, with its hierarchical and community nature, is more openly shown, the unity of hearts is more profoundly achieved by the union of voices, minds are more easily raised to heavenly things by the beauty of the sacred rites, and the whole celebration more clearly prefigures that heavenly liturgy which is enacted in the holy city of Jerusalem. (Musicam Sacram 5)
Welcome to the Sacred Music Program of St. Francis Xavier Parish
The music program at St. Francis Xavier parish, full of men and women, boys and girls, who love God and want to sing to him and play for him, has a long history of providing faithful music for divine worship in the Holy Mass. You are warmly invited to consider joining the music program here to offer your talents for the worship of the Heavenly Father. Read more here
Director of Music: Dustin Austreng – (763) 489-9222; email@example.com
The usher’s role in the Church dates all the way back to ancient Rome. As Christians were a persecuted minority and gathering for worship was punishable by death, ushers (then known as “porters”) played the important role of making sure spies would not enter the place of worship. While the need to worry about enemies invading the church to send us to our death has abated, ushers nonetheless still perform an important role.
Ushers not only welcome people to the church as they come to worship, but they also help people find their seat, attend to those who may have special needs, and assist those who may become ill during Mass. If you are interested in becoming an usher, please contact the parish office for more information.