The Salina Diocese ordained its first permanent deacons on January 3, 2009. The possible ministry of permanent deacons is almost limitless, but it centers around three areas: 1)service as an expression of charity, 2)the Word, 3)Sacrament. In addition to assisting the priest at Mass, proclaiming the Gospel, and preaching, deacons can pronounce blessings of various kinds, including Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament. They are also able to baptize and preside at marriages, parish vigils, and funerals without Masses. The role of deacons is limited only by imagination and sensitivity to the needs of God’s people. Deacons are ordained for the diocese and are assigned by the bishop. They can be assigned to parishes or to any specific ministry where the bishop discerns a need.
Liturgical Coordinators prepare the sanctuary and communicate with all other liturgical ministers to facilitate the weekend Masses and other liturgies.
Ushers greet parishioners and visitors, assist with seating, and coordinate the Offertory Procession. They also distribute the “Sunday Bulletin” after Mass as people exit the church.
Extraordinary Ministers assist in the distribution of Communion at Mass.
Lectors serve the community by proclaiming the Word of God and leading the Petitions/Prayers of the Faithful at the weekend Masses and other liturgies.
Mass Servers (4th Grade or older) assist the priest at the weekend Masses and other liturgies.
All types of music ministers are needed. Cantors lead the assembly in sung prayer at each Mass. Organists/Pianists accompany the cantor and assembly’s song at all Masses. Instrumentalists of all types enhance our weekend and feast day liturgies. Guitar Groups prepare music for different Masses each month, in contemporary style, with rehearsals as needed. The Choir prepares music for two Masses each month with rehearsals on most Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. The Youth Choir/Combo sings twice a month during the school year. The Children’s Choir also prepares music for Christmas and Easter. **All use of the organ, other musical instruments, and equipment must be approved by the Music Liturgist.
Art & Environment
Art & Environment works to beautify the church in accordance with each liturgical season. They also work to maintain the health of all the indoor plants and flowers.
The Bread Baker Ministry seeks to enhance the eucharistic experience through the preparation of homemade bread for communion.