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Saint Paul University Catholic Center

The Mass



Ministers of the Word proclaim the word of the Lord to the congregation, drawing the assembly more deeply into the mystery being celebrated. They prepare the readings in advance. They approach the ambo with dignity and reverence, and proclaim the readings in a strong, clear voice.

Lectors are scheduled on a rotating basis.

Altar Servers

Altar servers assist the priest during Mass. This assistance comes in the form of being candle bearers, book servers, and the assistants of the priest at the altar.

Altar servers are scheduled on a rotating basis.

Master of Ceremonies

The Master of Ceremonies assists the priest and directs the altar servers during Mass. The MC helps to prepare the altar for the Consecration and cares for the sacred books during Mass.

Masters of Ceremonies are scheduled on a rotating basis.


Sacristans prepare the chapel for the celebration of the liturgy. They put sacred objects and books in their proper places to allow the Mass to proceed smoothly. They also work with the liturgical ministers, giving guidance and instruction as needed. By helping other participants in the liturgy, sacristans help create an atmosphere that is more conducive to prayer and holiness of the people gathered at Mass.

Sacristans are asked to serve either each week or bi-weekly at one of the weekend liturgies.

If you are interested in serving at the Mass in any of these ways, please email the Liturgy Coordinator at liturgy@uwcatholic.orgĀ for more information and training.