Liturgy, centered on the Eucharist, is the heart of our worship
All of the Liturgical Ministries are intertwined to in all that we do and all contribute to the special parish life at St Theresa.
It is a very special calling of Lit ministers to teach, encourage, inspire, and lead members of the worshiping assembly.
Our Ministries include Music Ministry, EMHC, MTS, Altar Servers, Altar Care, Ushers, and Readers, in addition, we have Bereavement, LOM, Parish devotional activities, and events.
We, the Catholic Community of St. Theresa Church, are a diverse parish united in the Body of Christ.
As followers of Christ, we are called to worship together, to serve one another, to grow in faith, and to further the presence of God in the world.
Liturgical Art & Environment Committee
Prepares seasonal and other decorations for our church.
The Music Ministry
The Music Ministry is one of the most important areas of service to the liturgical life of a parish. St. Paul advised the Colossians to “let the word ofChrist dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”
That is the calling of every member of the worshipping assembly. But it is the special calling of music ministers to teach, encourage, inspire, and lead them by example.
ushers work description
To volunteer as an Usher is one of the most important servants for God! They are there to meet and greet everyone who is coming to worship in the House of the Lord. They are the face of the church and we all look to them for everything!
Training is provided and meetings are held as needed prior to mass. All volunteers are screened and fingerprinted.
Thank you for saying yes and becoming an Usher!
Contact Loretta Montalto, Usher Coordinator 352-274-3535
The Altar Server’s Ministry is a unique one in the Catholic Church. Other than priests and deacons, no one else is allowed to so closely play a part in the preparation of the Eucharist.
Your participation as an Altar Server is special. When you serve the priests and deacons, you serve the people of God, and above all, you serve Christ. Altar Servers must remember that everything that they do is for the Glory of God. They do it out of love for His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
St. Ignatius of Loyola called this attitude “AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM”. This means “All for the Honor and Glory of God”. It is the motto of a heart of service.
Sometimes, we don’t feel like doing our best. Sometimes, we just want to sleep another 5 minutes later; or we want wear our pajamas under our albs; or we want to not have to carry the candles today; or maybe we even want to just call in sick and let someone else serve. When we feel that way, we should ask ourselves, “Would I do it if Jesus Himself asked me?” Would I substitute for a sick server if Jesus Himself asked me? Would I let the new server take my favorite part if Jesus Himself asked me? Would I wear my best Sunday clothes if Jesus Himself asked me? Would I put aside my daily worries and worldly concerns and instead come serve at Mass if Jesus Himself asked me? He did ask. And you answered. Now you have been chosen to be a special minister of the Mass.
As an Altar Server, you will do things that others will never do. You will learn things that others will never know. You will see the Mass in ways that others may never see it. You will do it all for the Honor and Glory of God.
Thank you for saying yes to Him, and welcome to Altar Service.
altar linen ministry members
The Main Mission of this ministry is the proper care and upkeep of all of our Altar Linens that are used throughout the Altar area.
Duties of the Altar Linen Ministry Members:
..Members collect used linens from the Sacristy once or twice a week, and returned within 2 or 3 days.
..Linens are rinsed thoroughly in a container reserved for this purpose. The rinse water is then poured into the earth on an outside garden area at the home.
..Linens are then pretreated for stains, and laundered to remove all stains, etc.
..When dry, all are ironed and folded according to Church guidelines.
..Finally, the linens are returned to the Sacristy ready for use as needed.
..The Altar Linen Ministry currently has eight (8) faithful, dedicated members who treat this humble duty as a prayerful time. Each member has a partner and they together have responsibility for a month at a time. The month duty is determined by Sunday, with months having 4 or 5 Sundays during which the linens are processed.
MISSION: To proclaim God’s word to the congregation with conviction and clarity that expresses the dignity of the scripture.
REQUIREMENTS: (1) Complete Volunteer Information Form. (Found in the Church office) (2) Pass fingerprinting and background check as required by the Orlando Dioceses. (3) Be a practicing St. Theresa parishioner who is living in communion with the Church. (4) Be present for assigned reading dates or secure a suitable replacement from the List of Lectors. (5) Be properly dressed; have a mature and prayerful demeanor; show proper respect for the alter; and proclaim the reading in a clear manner.
TIME COMMITMENT: The time will vary, but, usually 2-3 hours should be sufficient. The goal is to demonstrate a familiarity with the scriptures. Remember: “Preparation before presentation.”
RESOURCES: 2020 WORKBOOK FOR LECTORS, GOSPEL READERS, AND PROCLAIMERS OF THE WORD
ministry to the sick
The purpose of this ministry is to provide the sick or shut-in with an experience of the care and concern of their faith community and also, to provide an opportunity to pray with others and to receive the Eucharist. It is a way to keep the sick and shut-in connected with their faith community. This service is offered to those people hospitalized, in nursing homes or confined to private homes.
This ministry is provided by trained and certified lay men and women, ordained deacons, vowed religious sisters and brothers, and priests within the Diocese of Orlando.
If you are entering a nursing home, rehab facility, or are confined to your home and you wish to receive Holy Communion, please call the office at (352) 245-2458 to let them know and a MTS Minister will contact you.
Qualities of a Minister to the Sick
Ministry to the Sick is a service offered to people at vulnerable and painful times in their lives.
The person who service the sick and shut-in needs to have specific qualities and gifts, such as:
Because Ministers to the Sick represents the Church and serve as its evangelists, it is necessary that they be trained and developed for the responsibility. The Diocesan MTS certification is obtained after completion of a 1/2-day Eucharistic Ministry Training workshops. Once the office receives your certificate of completion from the Diocese the MTS Coordinator will contact you.
The Eucharistic trainings are offered by the Liturgy office. These are offered throughout the year at different parishes. The pastor and the MTS Coordinator recommend those ministers to be trained and certified. Ministers of the Sick must complete eighteen (18) hours of spiritual development in order to be recertified every five (5) years.
THIS CAN BE A SPIRITUAL UPLIFTING KNOWING YOU RESPONDED TO GODS CALL “FOR I WAS SICK…I WAS ALONE…AND YOU VISITED ME… WHEN YOU DID IT TO THESE… YOU WERE DOING IT TO ME!” (MATT. 25:36-40)