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Altar Servers - This group of young men and women, from grades 6 through college, assist the Parish Community in its liturgical prayer. Being an altar server is an honor and a privilege which provides the opportunity to participate in the liturgy in a special way. Other goals of the Altar Server Program are to deepen the server's faith, helping the server to appreciate the Mass more deeply, and to inspire young men and women to consider a religious vocation. The altar servers also participate in an annual day of recollection.
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Bishop's Servers -
are high school or college students who expressed their desire to be involved with our parish ministries by serving episcopal liturgies at the Cathedral. Their ministry includes not only serving at the bishop’s Masses but also all major diocesan celebrations at St. Agnes. Volunteers for this ministry do not have to have previous experience of serving. Training is provided for assisting at various liturgies.

 

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
- The Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion fill a great need in helping to distribute Holy Communion at Mass on Sunday and weekdays. The ministry of extraordinary ministers is open to both religious and lay men and women over the age of eighteen. These men and women bring Communion to the sick and homebound offering spiritual nourishment and comfort during times of illness and infirmity. They also visit nursing homes, health-related facilities and hospitals within the parish providing a much needed service to those who cannot come to church. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion receive
intensive diocesan training and are commissioned at St. Agnes Cathedral in a special ceremony.
 
 


Family Mass Committee
- The Family Mass Committee works to create an inspiring atmosphere where children and families can participate at the Family Mass held on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the Cathedral and 10:30 a.m. in the Lower Hall. The committee offers all families the opportunity to participate by proclaiming the
readings; leading the responsorial psalm; carrying the offertory gifts and preparing the altar. Families also
serve as ministers of hospitality by distributing the liturgy programs and children’s bulletins before and after Mass.
This committee also supports the Cathedral’s annual Christmas Pageant, where the celebration of the birth of Jesus is reenacted. It involves our Children’s Choir as well as children ages 5 - 14 who bring to life the Christmas Story.


 
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Lectors
- Many men and women and youth of the parish proclaim the Word of God at Sunday and weekday liturgies. Lectors receive training at parish and diocesan workshops. In addition they participate in special recollection sessions to promote their spiritual growth and to maintain and improve the skills needed to properly proclaim the Word of God.
 
 


Ministry of Consolation
- The loss of a loved one often requires grief stricken families to make decisions about unfamiliar details at a time when they are least able to do so. The Ministry of Consolation consists of St. Agnes volunteers who assist family members as they plan the funeral liturgy for their loved ones. These companions offer consolation and help the families select appropriate scripture readings and music and guide them through the Liturgy of the Mass of Christian Burial. They accompany the family to the church and are available to assist them during the Funeral Mass.
 
 
Ministry of Hospitality
- The Ministry of Hospitality welcomes parishioners and visitors who gather at St. Agnes and helps to make them feel that they are an integral part of our Eucharistic Celebration. Ushers and greeters set an example of hospitality for the rest of the assembly. Even beyond giving an example, the very act of welcoming someone often enables that person to be more hospitable to others as well. The gift of
welcome that greeters and ushers give is passed on, like the ripples created by a stone tossed in a pond. The ushers and greeters are the initiators of a climate of hospitality that should spread throughout the assembly. The activities of the Ministry of Hospitality help to make real our parish mission statement where we “affirm the sanctity of each person.” In addition, their active and visible participation in the liturgy encourages other to do the same.

Greeters welcome people s they arrive and hand them a liturgy program to encourage active participation. At the end of Mass, they distribute the parish bulletin, so people are informed about parish activities. They may also assist the ushers in taking up the collection.
The Greeters have instituted monthly “Hospitality Sundays,” where people can gather after Mass in the Parish Center to enjoy coffee and cake while getting to know their fellow parishioners.

Ushers also welcome parishioners to the liturgy. In addition, they assist worshippers to find seats, organize the Offertory procession and take up the collections. Each month they take a count of those in attendance to assist in determining the correct number of hosts to be consecrated for each Mass. They are also available to provide assistance and attend to emergencies if they arise.

 
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Music Ministry - It is said that singing hymns is like praying twice. St. Agnes Cathedral Parish is blessed with many talented members who share their gift of song in praise of the Lord. Their voices raised at Mass and other liturgies enrich our spiritual life and encourage us all to participate more fully. The many singing choirs and other ensembles take part in concerts, seasonal music services and performances outside the Parish. Our choirs have performed at Shea Stadium, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. and in concert with the South Shore Symphony.

The choirs and ensembles are: Children's Choir, Junior Girls, Senior Girls, Choir of Men and Boys, Cathedral Chorale, Schola Cantorum, Cathedral Singers, Spanish, Contemporary Music Ensembles, and Resurrection. In addition to these groups selected choristers attend additional rehearsals and sing at some 11:00 a.m. Masses and special liturgies. MORE... 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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We, the parish of Saint Agnes Cathedral, a community of believers, proclaim the presence of Christ in the

world through Word, Sacrament and deeds.  Affirming the sanctity of each person, we minister to all
by committing ourselves to renewal, formation, and living the Gospel. 
 

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