As the saying goes, “Many hands make for light work.” And it takes many hands for each of our Masses to run smoothly — from greeters to lectors and altar servers. We all have talents that we should consider using to aid in celebrating the Mass.
Alisa Arthur is in charge of scheduling the sacristans, lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, ushers, greeters, and servers. She’s served in this role for about the last eight years. When she meets someone who wants to get involved, she always encourages them to consider their talents and how they might use them. If the person is charismatic, maybe they could be a greeter. If they like to help behind the scenes, serving as a sacristan is a good fit.
The scheduling of the Mass ministries was originally a volunteer role for an office staff member. When the staff member wanted to hand it off, Alisa stepped in to help at St. Patrick’s and Immaculate Conception. It has also become a more straightforward process since the parishes started using Ministry Scheduler Pro. Alisa also serves as an Extraordinary Minister, while her husband, Ken, is a lector, sacristan, and Extraordinary Minister. Their three children have helped usher, as well.
“One of my major skills is organization,” Alisa says. “I am good at seeing the big picture and then breaking it down. Getting involved has helped me get to know people and for them to get to know me.”
Alisa also uses her skills to serve as the Director of Religious Education, helping with youth group and the Parish School of Religion (PSR) at St. Patrick’s and Immaculate Conception. She started teaching PSR about 22 years ago. As a convert to the Catholic faith, it’s important to her to know that children have an opportunity to learn the faith. She gives a lot of her time to the parish, and it’s absolutely been worth it.
“I like to help,” she says. “I feel like God gave me that desire to help, and I like it.”
Consider getting involved in a ministry of the Mass. For instance, as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, you can bring the precious Body and Blood to the congregation.
“There is nothing more important to me than to bring people the Precious Body and Blood,” Alisa says. “Or you can be a lector and bring the Word of God to people in the congregation.”
Youth of our parish community can also sign up to be altar servers. This is a great way to help the priest and participate in the Mass. Alisa loves seeing the excitement for serving among the youth. She was also happy to see many people sign up for a Mass ministry during the recent Ministry Fair.
“All of the ministries are very important,” Alisa says. “It’s a wonderful community, and we all work together and cover each other.”
To get involved in a Mass ministry, contact Alisa Arthur at 573-308-7215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.