Boys and Girls in Grades 5 – 8 may sign up to assist the priests at the celebration of the Eucharist on weekends and weekdays. They also help with such liturgies as weddings, funerals and Holy Week services.
In order to become an altar server, one must be an active participant in the Children’s Faith Formation or a St. Walter School student, be a responsible person, attend periodic meetings, adhere to the Mass schedule, and have received the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Eucharist.
What It Means to be a Server
Art & Environment
Volunteers use their artistic talent behind the scenes to help create a prayerful worship place. They plan the beautification of the church through use of candles, banners and flowers according to the Liturgical Season. All participate in the decorating of the church for each of the special church celebrations.
We are blessed to have a group of parishioners that volunteer to care for the beautification of our parish grounds especially around the church, the parish house and the parish center.
Those who volunteer for this ministry, accept the responsibility to launder the church linens on a rotation basis and return them to church in a timely fashion.
Cross Bearers are the parish ministers of Christ’s Cross. We lead the celebrants, the altar servers and the liturgical ministers during both the entrance and exit processionals, at Saturday evening and Sunday Masses; as well as other special liturgies and services that may be requested by our Pastor. This ministry is open to all men, women and teens; with the only requirements being able to carry the 25 lbs. cross.
Join our ministry and show your love for Jesus by Carrying His Cross!
At all Sunday and special liturgies these ministers are present to extend welcome and hospitality to all who enter and leave the church. Orientation and training meetings are required for this ministry.
This ministry serves refreshments and/or coffee to the parish community after Sunday Masses and special liturgies. A friendly smile and a caring attitude are helpful for this service ministry. Orientation and training meetings are required.
Mass Captains have a strong knowledge of the order of the Mass; act as the lead for all Mass liturgical ministers; fill all positions before the procession begins finding subs, if necessary and is responsible for the Mass set-up and purification of the Sacred Vessels after each liturgy. In addition, they are responsible for all emergency calls.
Ministers of Communion
Ministers of Holy Communion are trained in the parish and mandated by the Diocese of Joliet to assist in the distribution of the Precious Body and Blood of Our Lord, Jesus, at all Masses. These ministers graciously welcome the assembly to full Communion with our Lord and with one another. Periodic Liturgical Season training and ongoing formation are provided. Orientation and training meetings are required for this ministry.
EMHC Training Manual
Updated for 2016
It is our mission statement that : “Rooted in God our Creator, the gospel of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit, St. Walter Music Ministry exists to inspire an outward expression of the assembly’s faith, emotions, and prayer through music.”
By creating an environment in which all are welcome, the music ministry strives to foster small faith communities to make it comfortable for the assembly to express their prayer through song.
The Parish Choir is a wonderfully warm group of talented and generous people high school age and up. We meet on Thursday evenings from 7:30 – 9:00 P.M. in church and lead the music at 9:00 A.M. Mass on Sundays (fall through spring). All vocalists and instrumentalists are welcome and there is no audition necessary for vocalists.
The children’s choir meets on Tuesday afternoons from 3:15 – 4:00 P.M. in the church. Children from St. Walter School and Children’s Faith Formation (3rd through 8th Grade) are welcome. We sing throughout the school year once or twice a month at the 5:00 Mass on Saturdays.
The Teen Choir is open to all high school students in the parish and is a great way for teens to be involved at St. Walter’s. Singers and instrumentalists are welcome. We sing at two Masses each month from September to June. We rehearse prior to Mass.
Cantors are a special ministry called upon to lead our assembly in prayer through singing the psalms and special verses in our music. Cantors are used with all ensembles and choirs. Anyone with a solid prayer life and strong vocal skills is welcome to audition to be part of our cantor training workshop. (Time and commitment are flexible.)
Organists, pianists, guitarists, bass guitarists, percussionists, woodwind, brass and string players all add to our music ministry program. If you can play any of these or other instruments, please consider sharing your talent with St. Walter Parish.
Proclaimers of the Word
Ministers of the Word are the storytellers of the community. After prayerful group and individual preparation they proclaim the Word of God with faith-filled expression and good public speaking skills at all Sunday, Weekday and Special Liturgies. Initial and ongoing training is provided. Orientation, Sharing the Word sessions and Formation events are required for this ministry.
Men, women and teens are all welcome to join this ministry. You can sign up for a weekly time or just help out on occasion. Ushers at our parish greet and seat the parishioners and guests, take care of special needs, take up the collection, assist with the flow of traffic at communion time, control the environment and distribute bulletins after Mass. Generally, these ministers tend to those tasks that bring good order to the liturgy.
In an effort to insure that each couple’s Wedding Day is a beautiful celebration at St. Walter Parish, a Wedding Coordinator is assigned to assist each couple with their needs at church. The Coordinator usually conducts the rehearsal, is responsible for preparing the church for the ceremony, provides direction and assistance in the church for the wedding party and the guests, and works with the florist, photographer and videographer for detailed set-up.