At Notre Dame we have a robust liturgical life with Masses celebrated daily in Residence Halls, the Basilica and academic buildings. While here, all are encouraged to participate fully in these liturgies as we live our baptismal vocation as priest, prophet and king.
With many liturgies, we also need many volunteers to serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Lectors, Altar Servers, and Ministers of Hospitality.
Expectations: All volunteers attend a training session either at the Basilica or in their halls. All Basilica ministers are expected to attend two formation sessions each academic year.
If you are interested in getting involved in any of these ministries, please contact Megan Urbaniak.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
“I am the Bread of Life, whoever comes to me will never hunger.” -John 6:35
As Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion we have the opportunity to share the Body and Blood of Christ with our brothers and sisters gathered together in prayer. We need many volunteers to help distribute Communion across campus.
“In the beginning there was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” -John 1:1
The Lector proclaims the Word of God during Mass, allowing all to hear, encounter and absorb the Scripture. We need many volunteers to serve as lectors across campus. All are welcome, no prior experience or “try out” is necessary.
“In the liturgy, you are much more than simple "helpers of the parish priest." Above all, you are servers of Jesus Christ, of the eternal High Priest. Thus, you, altar servers, are called in particular to be young friends of Jesus.” -St. John Paul II, General Audience, August 1, 2001
Altar servers assist in the celebration of the Mass, so that all may pray well. Altar servers lead the opening and closing processions, assist in preparing the altar for Communion, and attend to any other liturgical needs that arise during a regular Mass. All are welcome, no prior experience or “try out” is necessary.
As we see through the witness of St. Andre Bessette, CSC, there is a great service in opening the door to the stranger and welcoming them to our holy places of worship.
Hospitality ministers greet people warmly, help people sit together, pass out programs or worship aids, take up the collection, help maintain good order during Communion and distribute bulletins following the liturgy. Many volunteers are needed to welcome members of our campus community and visitors to the Basilica. All members of the Notre Dame community are welcome to participate in this ministry. This is a great ministry for students and families alike.
No formal training is necessary.