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Liturgy

Liturgical engagement is celebrating Christ’s presence through full spirited worship and joyful praise. Four major components contribute to Liturgical Engagement: Liturgical Ministries, Music, Ambiance, and Style.

 

Ministers of the Word or Lectors

are selected to proclaim the scripture readings and to lead the congregation in response. Any confirmed member of the parish may volunteer for training as a lector by contacting the pastor.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

assist the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion during the celebration of the Mass. Ministers may also bring the Eucharist to our parishioners who are homebound. Interested applicants must meet the following Diocesan guidelines: “mature Catholics respected in the Parish community who are noted for their devotion to the Eucharist and their service to the parish”. Accepted applicants are required to complete a short course of study after selection by the pastor.

Ushers

assist in the seating of parishioners and visitors at our weekend liturgies and help direct parishioners and visitors towards restrooms or any other location in the church that may be requested. Ushers also select people to carry up the gifts and receive the collections at Mass.

Greeters

assist in the welcoming of parishioners and visitors to the church and distribution of the parish bulletin. Adults and youth of all ages may act as greeters.

Altar Servers

assist at the altar during the celebration of the Mass and during other liturgical functions. Volunteers are accepted from youth who have celebrated their First Eucharist. Training must be completed to participate in this ministry.

Cantors and Choir Members

lead the congregation in music during the liturgy. Blessed Sacrament encourages the full participation from the assembly by providing effective musical leadership. We welcome new members at any time. Please offer your musical talents to God and our Parish!

 

 

It is critical that all members of the Blessed Sacrament community take responsibility for preventing the spread of illness, especially in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Mass has been cancelled throughout the Diocese of Buffalo, but at this most holy time of year, Blessed Sacrament Church will be open Wednesdays and Sundays from 11 to 1 for private prayer and devotion.

However, we ask that those at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19, because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, follow CDC Guidelines and stay home as much as possible to reduce your risk of being exposed.

We will also be communicating often via email, Facebook, Twitter and here on our website.

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Our website now offers a "Resources" section that includes links to our Video Archive to view special messages from Fr. Joe and our Diocese and also our Holy Week Schedule for information about how our parish will be celebrating Holy Week 2020 as well as the nature and symbolism of this special time on the Church calendar.