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Guidelines for Liturgical Ministers

General Guidelines for Liturgical Ministers at Mass


  1. Scheduling – Schedules for altar servers, lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, ushers, and greeters are on a continuous rotation. Schedules are posted on the respective ministry bulletin board at least two weeks before the current schedule ends. These schedules may also be found on the parish website.


  1. Dress and Appearance – General appearance, apparel, and accessories worn during the liturgy should reflect the dignity of the role of one called upon to assist in the sacred liturgy. Accordingly, liturgical ministers should dress nicely and modestly. Business casual attire (dress pants, slacks or skirts with dress shirts or tops; conservative dresses) is always preferred. Dress shoes should be the footwear of choice. Nothing a minister wears should distract from the community’s prayer. Shorts, jeans, and similar casual attire are not appropriate. Proper dress and appearance whenever one attends liturgy is an important commitment of a liturgical minister.


  1. Arrival Promptness & Check In – Most liturgical ministers should arrive at church no later than 10 minutes prior to the start of liturgy. Altar servers, lectors, lead ushers, and lead extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are to check in.


  1. Absences and Substitutes – When you know in advance that you will be absent, the preference is that you contact the Sacristan.