Liturgical Ministries

Here at St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral we take to heart the importance and beauty of serving at the Altar and helping with the Eucharistic Celebration, the Mass. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus speaks to the importance of us, of every person praying with out becoming tired (Luke 18:1). Then, in St. Paul's First Letter to the Thessalonians he says, "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17 NAB). These are instructions given to us to help us to continue to discover the importance of Jesus Christ in our lives and so we may be able to worship God in all that we are and all that we can offer. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, "United with Christ, the Church is sanctified by him; through him and with him she becomes sanctifying" (CCC 824). It is in and through the Eucharistic Celebration, the Mass that this becomes accomplished in a real and powerful way. By our active participation in the various ministries which assist the priest in celebrating the Eucharist, we help to make this all the more real in our lives. 
We, at St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral, try to take this to heart at all times. Below you will find a list of the ministries at the Cathedral in which we try to accomplish this.

Liturgical Ministries:


Altar Servers and Acolytes

Altar Servers minister at the Altar of God with reverence, dignity, and love. They assist the priest at weekly or special Masses. Acolytes serve in a leadership role in assisting the Celebrant, and help direct the less experienced servers. 
Those who wish to join must have completed 4th Grade, and have received First Holy Communion. Acolytes are chosen from within the existing corps of servers based upon leadership, experience, and confidence within the liturgy. 
All Servers must arrive at least 15 minutes before the Mass begins and serve the whole Mass, usually one hour. 


Torch Bearers

Torch Bearers serve during the Mass at the Altar, in a different way than the Altar Servers. They help to illuminate and bring attention to the most important part of the whole Eucharistic Liturgy, the whole Mass. 
Torch Bearers are those who have comleted 3rd Grade and who have received their First Holy Communion. This ministry, while providing a beautiful service to our parish community during the mass, also helps to give some tools for when they become Altar Servers the following year. 


Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers assist the priests and deacon in distributing Holy Communion during the mass. They are called upon to fulfill daily or weekly assignments for the distribution of Holy Communion during the mass at the direction and discretion of the priest. A Eucharistic Minister shares the Bread of Life and the Chalice of Blessing with others. 
They must be 18 years of age or older, have received their First Holy Communion and Confirmation. A strong commitment to Christ and His Church as evidenced by a life lived in conformity with Church teachings is essential. 
The time commitment varies depending on the availability of each person. It ranges from assisting at daily masses, to assisting at the weekend masses.


Extrordinary Ministers of Communion to the Sick & Homebound

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion to the Sick and Homebound assist in a very important ministry in our Church. At various times in life, people, for various reasons, find themselves unable to come to and attend the Mass with the parishioners. The Extraordinary Ministers of Communion to the Sick and Homebound take the Eucharist from the Mass and go and meet those people where they are, whether that is in their homes, or in a nursing home. They go to provide that physical presence that is so important and they carry the love and support of the congregation to those who are unable to be physically present with us. 


​Greeters

Greeters are present to welcome all that come to the Cathedral. They provide that welcoming face and warm tone as people walk in to the Cathedral. They make sure that the bulletin is available and hand it out to people as they walk in to the Cathedral. Greeters also help to direct people who are looking for specific locations or to answer what questions they may have. It is important that all involved in this ministry help to provide that welcoming and family-like feel to the Cathedral. 


Lectors

Lectors proclaim the living Word of God, the Sacred Scriptures at the Masses. They help to bring the power of the Word of God and love of Scriptures to others. Due to the importance of the proclamation of the Scriptures, all Lectors are required to read, practice, and prepare their readings before the mass. Often times in various scripture passages, there are names, places, or difficult words present. The lector is to also take the time to practice pronounciation of these words. The main goal of this ministry is to help the Scriptures to come alive in the ears and the hearts of the listeners by speaking in a slow, deliberate and clear voice. 
While certainly not requried, it is a help to have an enjoyment of public speaking. They need to be willing to take the time to prepare responsibly the readings before the mass. They must be a practicing Catholic who has received their First Holy Communion. 


Sacristans

Sacristans help to set up before and purify after the Masses throughout the week and weekends. The duties may include preparing the altar, various sacrametnal articles, bessels for communion, candles, lighting, sound, and temperature controls before and after the Mass. Sacristans may also be called on to assist at baptisms, weddings, and funerals as needed. The sacristan helps "behind the scene" to coordiante people and necessary supplies. 
They must be over 18 years of age. Devotion and understanding of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the Mass, is essential. Desire to learn about sacred articles, vessels associated with the sacraments and their use, and care and storage. All training will be provided.  


​Ushers

Ushers, in similar dutues to the Greeters before mass, help to welcome people to the Cathedral, distribute bulletins and provide that welcoming and warm face. Ushers help to answer any questions that people may have and to direct them if necessary.
 In addition to that, Ushers also assist people in finding a seat in the church when necessary. Ushers are also responsible for taking up the collection, presenting it to the Altar at the appropriate time, and after mass is finished, safely and responsibly putting it away in the appropriate location. 

 















 

Coordinator: 

Tricia Tufaner 
(727) 515-2777
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Coordinator: 

Tricia Tufaner 
(727) 515-2777
trituf1961@aol.com



 

Coordinator: 

Susan Mittermayr 
(727) 455-8096
em.StJude@gmail.com






 

Coordinator: 

Fr. Joseph Eddy O.de.M
(727) 347-9702 ext. 308
freddy@cathedralofstjude.org




 

Coordinator: 

Charmaine Carter
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Carol Kanaszka- Weekdays
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Coordinator: 

Bab Macar
(727) 347-9702 
Bmacar@cathedralofstjude.org





 

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Chris Bombard
(727) 381-3473 
cbombard@tampabay.rr.com

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