Mass Coordinators at St. James serve at weekend Masses and special seasonal Masses by ensuring an organized and respectful celebration of the Mass—the center of our Catholic spiritual life.
Mass Coordinators have a deep love and solemn respect for the Mass, especially the Holy Eucharist. They are responsible for organizing and guiding parish volunteers who serve at the Mass, including other Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, servers and visiting Priests and Deacons to ensure each Mass is properly staffed. We also make certain that all articles needed for the celebration of the Eucharist are properly prepared and available in necessary quantities, including the hosts, wine, Eucharistic vessels, and chalices. Purification of vessels by the Mass Coordinator is required after each Liturgy. This entire process will be explained to each new Mass Coordinator.
Our ministry lead, Bonnie, will train any committed volunteer Eucharistic Minister to guide them as to the specific duties of a St. James’ Mass Coordinators. Being a Mass Coordinator is a special opportunity to interact with the Priests, Deacons, Lectors, Cantors, servers, other Eucharistic Ministers and with parishioners.
Normally two Mass Coordinators are required per Liturgy on a two-week rotation. We usually have two teams, A & B, who rotate every other week.
During this time of COVID-19, duties are limited to only suppling me with the names of two to three Eucharistic Ministers to serve each Mass on a two-week rotation since the Priests/Deacons are in charge of setting up and cleaning up for each Mass.
Not every Eucharistic Minister is available right now due to the restrictions due to the virus, but we try to use as many of our people as we can who are wanting to serve Our Lord in this way. Once we return to pre-COVID rules, we will revert back to teams A & B.
We use e-mail and phone calls to communicate weekly specifics for weekend and seasonal Masses.