Stewardship of Prayer Ministries
League of the Sacred Heart
YOUNG ADULT GROUP
Respect Life Group
Women’s Spirituality Group
MASTER OF CEREMONY
TEEN MUSIC GROUP
League of the Sacred Heart
Prayer is the primary aim of the League. On the first Friday of the month, members of the League attend Mass and, on those afternoons, gather in the Parish Center Reception Room for a short meeting and prayer. Membership is open to everyone. Time commitment is usually 2-3 hours per month. If you are interested, click here.
This is a call for all men, regardless of where you are on the spiritual Richter scale, to come for a new beginning, or a booster shot, or a new perspective. How can you better understand the unique being that you are, your relationship to the One who created you, and what you need to relate well to others in your life?
There are all kinds of groups and organizations to provide for your physical, economic and sporting needs, but what about your spiritual needs? If the needs of your spirit are not met all else will be empty and unfulfilled.
Any man reading this is invited to be in the vanguard of something that can make a difference in your life, the life of your family and the life of Holy Rosary. Take this step and experience the difference as God will not be outdone.
The Men’s Group meets most every Saturday morning from 7-8am in the Parish Center Reception Room. All men are invited! Just show up!
Prayer is a very important part of the life of a Christian. In prayer we develop a deeper relationship with God, gain strength to get through the ups and downs of our day to day lives, and support our brothers and sister in our faith community. The Holy Rosary Prayer Circle consists of a group of parishioners who wish to pray for the needs of the Holy Rosary faith community and for others in the greater community. Parishioners may request prayers and those prayers are then sent to members of the Prayer Circle, via email or telephone, who will pray for that intention. Time commitment varies depending on the number of prayer requests and the time one wishes to spend in prayer. This is a wonderful ministry opportunity for all parishioners no matter what age and for anyone who requires something with less physically activity.
Holy Rosary Young Adults
The Young Adult Group at Holy Rosary is a community of young people that meet twice every month on the 2ndand 4thWednesday of the month. Our meetings run from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and the focus is on deepening our understanding of the Catholic Church. We come from different backgrounds with the age range of 18 to 40 years, yet we are united in the hope of living out and actively participating in our Catholic faith. This is done in a variety of ways: reading scriptures, listening to prominent Catholic speakers, debating Church Teachings in relationship to political issues, and of course sharing our own faith journey. We also make time to eat a meal together and do recreational activities with other young adult groups in the Archdiocese of Seattle.
Women's Spirituality Group
The Women’s Spirituality Group is a community of women of all ages, who come together on Wednesday evenings to pray, share faith and build fellowship and community. We select books or other materials designed to explore and deepen our spirituality. Our focus is on sharing our spirituality rather than engaging in a book review, Bible study, or Religious Education. Anyone thirsting for a fuller and more intimate understanding of one’s spirituality and relationship with Jesus is welcome to attend. You do not need to be a member of Holy Rosary Parish. All women are welcome. Time commitment: Varies
Altar Servers actively participate in the Mass by helping during the liturgy. They are responsible for assisting the priests and Eucharistic ministers when they are at the altar. Pope John Paul II proclaimed: “Commitment to the altar is not only a duty but a great honor, a true holy service.”
Our youngest altar servers are in the 5th grade, but we also have quite a few who are adults! Daily Mass is another area of opportunity. We do a group training once a year and offer special trainings as needed. Time commitment varies and is linked to Mass.
This special ministry gives you the opportunity to share the Body and the Blood of Christ with your fellow parishioners. With prayerful reflection before the Mass, this special one-on-one ministry lets you greet each person and share the Body and Blood of Christ. It is an exchange of faith. This ministry is wonderful because God’s presence is truly alive! It also allows people to participate more fully in the Mass, and it does not involve extra time outside of Mass.
Anyone who is a confirmed Catholic may become a Eucharistic minister. It involves a one hour initial training session. Eucharistic Ministers are scheduled for approximately one weekend Mass each month. Schedules are done on a quarterly basis and we do our best to accommodate special requests. Time commitment: 1-2 hours per month, while at Mass
Lectors are responsible for proclaiming the Word of God during liturgies. Lectors know that when they read from the lectionary (the book containing the Scriptures) they are reading God’s Word given to all faithful people. In preparing to read at Mass, lectors have taken the time to hear anew old words, to let the images of Scripture reflect and mingle with their lives. They know how to communicate their passion for God’s Word with the people in the assembly of the church.
Lectors minister the Word of God approximately once a month. There are training sessions to learn how to not just read, but to proclaim, the Scriptures, so that life may truly be given to God’s Word. After the training, there are 3 auditions, so that lectors may learn how to read well at mass. Feedback is given after each audition. After the auditions, the hopeful lector may then be invited to commit her- or himself to the ministry. Commitment time varies and is linked to Mass.
In the absence of a priest there may still be a celebration of the Eucharist led by lay persons. Faithful Catholic men and women may become lay presiders. These services are composed of the Liturgy of the Word, during which time the lay presider leads the assembly in a reflection of the Scriptures. The Liturgy of the Eucharist is then celebrated with hosts consecrated at previous Masses.
The ministry of lay presider requires special training. You will learn to give Scripture reflections after the Gospel is proclaimed. You will also learn how to lead the celebration of Communion. Time commitment: Varies but usually at least once per month.
Master of Ceremonies
During our weekend Masses, the Master of Ceremonies (MC) plays a vital role in ensuring that everything runs smoothly. MCs serve closely with the priests and altar servers during Mass. If there are special rituals taking place, the MC helps in the celebration of the ceremony by assisting the priests and other ministers. Oftentimes, the priest will rely on the MC as the go-to person, and so, the MC is a person who is trustworthy, reliable, and of course, prayerful at Mass. Both adult women and men may be trained to be MCs. In special circumstances, MCs may also serve at Masses when a bishop is present. Time commitment: 2-3 hours per month and is linked to Mass.
If the Eucharistic Liturgy on weekends can be compared to a divine drama, then the “stage” must be set up with the necessary “props” to signify the Divine Action that is being performed with the People of God. That is the simple, yet rewarding, ministry of the Sacristan. Bread and wine for the Eucharistic Meal, bowls and cups to contain them; books marked for the proper readings and prayers – all must be readied. Lights, microphones, and the heating system must be adjusted. At the end of one Mass, the “stage” needs to be reset for the next Mass. Properly done, the sacristan is transparent to the Assembly. Yet the ministry demands knowledge of liturgy and dedication to arrive on time to do the duties of this ministry completely. Duties include opening the Church and closing up afterwards. Time commitment: Approximately 2 hours 1 or 2 weekends per month and is linked to Mass..
Our large ensemble & choir leads the singing at the 9:30am Sunday morning mass, and the ‘Vigilites’ lead the music at the 5:00pm Saturday Vigil Mass. All of our music ministers strive to lead and support the voice of the assembly. Our choir includes a number of excellent cantors and our ensembles feature piano, guitar, bass guitar, pedal steel, flute, drums, and percussion. There are many opportunities for singers and instrumentalists at all of our parish masses. A prayerful attitude, a joyful heart and a willingness to serve are all you need to participate in music ministry. As Elaine Rendler, a prominent Catholic musician has stated so well: “Our mission in music ministry is to serve the people of God through the gift of music and thus to further the mission of Christ in the world.” Music Ministry at Holy Rosary is a great way for you to share your musical gifts with your parish community
The 11:15am choir is a group of singers from the parish that specialize in four-part choral literature spanning five centuries, from the Renaissance to the present day. This Holy Rosary Church choir is considered to be one of the finest Catholic Church choirs in all of Western Washington. Currently with twenty-three members, the choir provides a positive, friendly environment for creating liturgical music.
Members of the Sanctuary Choir are ministers in every sense of the term. Our mission is to support the voice of the assembly at Mass and to provide music to reinforce the messages contained in the readings and the Gospel. We rehearse from 7:15 -9:00pm on Tuesday evenings in the loft of the church. On Sunday mornings we meet at 10:15am in the Parish Center to prepare for singing at the 11:15 A.M. Mass.
The Holy Rosary Children’s Choir is comprised of 20-30 grade school students of Holy Rosary and other neighborhood schools. Their most common trait is that they love to sing! The choir sings at Mass to lead and support the singing of the assembly, the same as our adult choirs. In doing so, our children are learning to become music ministers—our future leaders of song and prayer! They also learn that their talents are gifts from God to be given back in service to the parish community. We practice on Tuesday afternoons in the church from 3-4pm (cantors also practice from 4-4:30). We sing for Sunday Mass about once a month, including Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday. The Children’s Choir is a great way for your child to learn how to be a music minister and to be actively involved at Mass!
Teen Music Group
Our Parish teens provide music ministry for the First Saturday Youth Mass at Holy Rosary. The Teen Music Group is a contemporary music ensemble with piano, guitar, drums, bass guitar and flute. Our junior and senior high teens lead the singing, minister as cantors and even play some of the instruments. Our music comes from the best contemporary composers, with familiar Catholic songs to make all feel welcome. The Teen Mass is on the First Saturday of each month, October through June at 5 p.m. Music practice is Thursday after school from 3-4 p.m. and prior to the First Saturday mass from 4-4:30 p.m.. Teens and the young-at-heart who like Spirit-filled music are invited to participate. Come and be a part of this exciting new music ministry.